- March 13, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Self Discovery
A life lived full of happiness need not be a life lived without logic, rules, reason and a look towards your mind, body and spirit. Self Care is key to a life of happiness.
Life will never be fully enjoyed unless you practice self care and you look towards life’s possibilities.
You must look towards how to take care of these integral parts of your being, your amazing life, the life in which you live just far enough outside of your comfort zone so as to step gloriously into your POWER.
This, of course, begs the question of how exactly to practice self care and self discovery. How do you take care of your mind, body and spirit. What does this even mean?
When looking towards your mind it is important to keep your brain young and vibrant. Research shows that brain health is positively affected by mind expanding activities, such as reading, and the physical movement of your body. A combination of cardiovascular exercise mixed with weight bearing exercises provides the most benefit to your brain health. An example of this may be a brisk walk three days per week followed by 15 minutes of weight training. Incidentally this is not only good for your brain but also good for staving off osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes the degeneration of your bones.
Brain health is negatively affected by a high sugar diet, lack of proper nutrition and a stress filled life.
Your mood is affected by what you eat. Eliminating processed foods, limiting your intake of cookies, cakes and other baked goods and eating a whole foods diet is best. Following these simple guidelines can provide tremendous benefit both for now and for later as we work to avoid age related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The elimination, or limitation, of sugar, can also help you to deal with stress in a more calm and mindful fashion. A practice of yoga and meditation is also of much benefit.
As we look towards these suggestions it is easy to see how integrated our well being really can be.
For instance, the practice of yoga helps us to deal with stress which in turn helps to protect our mind. Additionally, this very exercise also helps us to have a strong body. The benefits of this can include a strong heart, well functioning lungs, diabetes management and weight control. Further benefits are stamina for work, for life and for fun. Furthermore, it is important to note that the practice of yoga allows us to build our core strength. This helps with protecting our backs and the rest of the body from injury. We also received inward help with a good yoga practice.
We truly connect to our spirit when we turn our thoughts inward. It is a wonderful way to practice self care.
Spirituality can mean something different for everyone. The commonality is that this connection to your spirit, or lack thereof, drives thoughts, decisions, desires and actions. It may come from your connection to your inner goddess, a connection to god or a connection to something else entirely.
When we bring these beautiful parts of ourselves together we are practicing true self care. It is important to always be mindful and look towards the health of our body, mind and spirit. In doing so we provide proper physical, mental and spiritual nourishment. We must look toward our relationship with ourselves, respect ourselves and, finally, appreciate our wonderful qualities. We must look towards our relationship with others, how we appreciate the gifts that others offer and how we communicate our needs, wants and desires.