Hey, hey friends! Happy Friday! Seemed to take forever this week, huh? It’s always that way for me the week after any time away. I have such a hard time getting back into the swing of things. Luckily the adjustment didn’t feel as challenging as normal this time around, though. I think that whole “make life simple” thing I’m focusing on has really been working well for me.
Simplicity. Not really a novel concept because, well, simple should be simple. Yet we still struggle with it and try to complicate so many things. Why do we do this?! I over-extended and over-complicated my life so much that I nearly buried myself back in depression. Not. Healthy. At. All.
Obviously these sort of thoughts have crashed around in my head for awhile now. I keep searching for ways to giving myself the energy to really live life to the full and relish the important things. I want to make things easier on myself. With my time. With my schedule. Even with my health.
That got me thinking…what ways can I make health simple? Turns out…it’s not that hard.
Eat foods from nature. May be a “duh” for some, but I have to put that one at the top here. The more simple the food, the better it is for you. I used to analyze macronutrient ratios, calorie content, and a slew of other facts before choosing a food. I won’t lie – sometimes that led to choosing a packaged protein bar back in the day. No. No need for that. Simple, whole, REAL foods.
Go basics with fitness. The classic moves have been around for the long haul for a reason. I love me some variety, as witnessed in my Best Body Bootcamp program, but the basics WORK. Squats, push-ups, pull-ups, rows, presses, lunges, planks. Do them. Check out my Basics 101 workout for some ideas.
And don’t forget or negate the power of a good walk for some simple activity either!
Drink water. It’s good for you. Your body uses it for a slew of different processes and functions. The most basic need. It’s simple and necessary. Drink up!
Make health tasks, like taking your vitamins, enjoyable.
You know how I love me some of my new Vitamelts for this purpose. I can pop them whenever throughout the day since I don’t have to choke them down with water. They taste good, using natural flavors and colors I can feel good about, so I’m more likely to take them. And they cover a wide variety of supplemental needs. Evidence:
- B vitamins for energy
- Vitamin D for bone health
- Zinc or Vitamin C for immunity
I don’t think you can get any more simple than opening a small pack you have already stashed away in your purse/drawer/cabinet, savoring the burst of flavor as it melts in your mouth in a couple of seconds, and then moving on with your day. Easy peasy. Simple health. Love. Them!
Get some good sleep. Oh, sleep, how I love you! By making life less stressful, I feel as though I have slept so much more soundly. Then, the more I sleep and feel well-rested, the more zest I have for life each day. I go to bed at night with a smile and a full heart knowing I gave life my all with joy each day. Winning.
I gotta say, if you have trouble falling asleep, grab yourself some Vitamelts Relax or Sleep to help out. Knocks me out every time I need some assistance before snuggling into my Technogel pillow (still the BEST pillow ever!).
Think happy thoughts. Yes, that is part of health. Mental health is health. Taking care of our minds, including our emotional and, in my opinion, spiritual, health impacts more than anything else. When you can put yourself in a good place mentally, you can consider other important needs of your body. You can’t care for your body if you don’t love yourself. Just my two cents. Get positive daily – start with just one positive thought or visualization and let it grow from there.
Find time for yourself every day. I know this can be HARD! Turning yourself into a stressed out mess because you never allow yourself time to refill your needs, though? Not going to get you anywhere in the health department. Just like your body needs fuel in food, your spirit needs fuel in things you do just for you. Find what fulfills you and give yourself at least 10 minutes in some fashion every day.
Smile. Laugh. Hug. Love! What is health if you can’t share it with others? We add to each other’s health and wellness. Let people add to yours and feel the benefits of adding to others. Life is meant to be lived in relationship. If we’re created to be relational, I can’t help but believe our health suffers without positive interaction with others. A smile, a laugh, a good talk, a hug, an act of kindness…they all go a long way to add to health. Simple. No need for huge gestures…just simple, basic, positive interaction.
There you have it. Health comes in the simplest of things. Live well.
Your Turn – What simple things do you believe contribute to your health? Any tips on making healthy living more simple and less complicated?
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