Tending to your mind body and spirit will certainly help you stay healthy and live a balanced life style. It seems though that everyone has their own ideas of what a balanced life style means. What works for one person may be abhorrent to another. The one size fits all idea is crazy in this day and age. Individuality is always the key. When you find something that work for you stick with it until it starts to not feel good anymore. I know of an eighty-five year old man who still swims every morning and can walk miles. He eats a simple diet by choice and is incredibly fit. He’s very small in stature but enjoys his life which as well as his exercise routine includes weekly Japanese lessons which he has been taking for years. He’s also a church goer so in my opinion is enjoying a healthy lifestyle because he nurtures his mind body and soul.
Doing what makes you happy is the key here. If someone makes a New Year’s resolution to get fit, stop smoking or lose weight, if they are doing it because they feel the “should” they are very likely to give up before too long. Likewise if a child leaves school early in their education because they hate it and they have bad grades, they may well go back to school at a later date to study something that interests them. If this is the case it is much more likely that they would be much more successful at their studies because it’s been their “choice” to return.
When we are inspired to do something it is always more enjoyable and we achieve better results than if we are motivated to do something. Motivation suggests being coerced into something from an external force, whereas inspiration suggests an internal desire. Internal inspiration is what creates masterpieces and inventions whereas external motivation may come from a fear of failing or unpleasant consequences.
The things you choose don’t really matter, it is more that they are your choices and not things imposed upon you by someone else. If I told you that you had to sit for 20 minutes twice a day and meditate to lower your blood pressure and you got bored easily and hated having to sit still, meditating would be a chore. It may even cause you stress and irritation, something that is certainly not an environment conducive to lowering your blood pressure.
The more happiness you can create in your life the healthier you are likely to be. If you are inspired to try any of these activities it’s a good indicator that they may enhance your life. If not, why not come up with your own list? Inspiration of any kind comes from your inner wisdom and it’s always a good idea to listen to that. No one knows what is best for you more than you so be guided by your inner knowing and see how these suggestions can help you relieve stress, and bring balance into your life.
Nurture your mind
Write a poem
Do crossword puzzles
Play internet games to distract your mind from your worries
Eliminate negative thoughts for 1 hour each day. (This is actually a big challenge – try it)
De-clutter your room, desk or home and you will find it helps to clarify your thinking
Nurture you body
Do some gardening
Have a massage or facial
Take a long relaxing bubble bath
Try aqua aerobics
Go for a hot air balloon ride
Go for a swim
Nurture your spirit
Read something inspirational
Take picture of happy family events
Spend time with people that share your spiritual views
Write out 3 wonderful things about yourself everyday
Release your anger by imagining the person you are having a problem with sitting opposite you
Let nurturing your mind body and soul be something that you find inspiring, fun and a joy and you will find yourself living your best life.