I went on the internet yesterday and was strangely disturbed to find about 5 different things on Facebook and in my list of suggested likes about “Not gaining weight over the holidays…” or “How to keep the pounds off…” or “How to Keep your Workouts Consistent during the holidays…”
Oh my. Is this what we’re going to worry about and focus on during this magical time? Not gaining weight?
It makes me tired. It makes me tired how much time we spend focusing on the size of our butts and the number on the scale. It makes me wonder if we’ll all, ever start paying attention to what’s important. Will we ever?
We have an opportunity with this changeover from year end to year beginning to focus on something more important; to focus on something bigger. Something that can be the drop that causes a ripple that causes a wave throughout our circles and ultimately the world.
Our WELLNESS. How? Well, when you’re ticking along at optimum, you can positively affect change in those around you – and those around them – and on and on and on.
But to do that, you need to be less myopic and more holistic.
-characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
All parts of our health and wellness are connected. If you’re not sleeping well, you’re not metabolizing food like you could be. If you’re stressed out, you’re stressing your system. If you’re not drinking enough water… If you’re not eating whole foods… If you’re not moving your body with some regularity… If you’re not loving your beautiful self… If you’re not breathing fully…
It’s all connected. We are a system of connections (even physiologically – circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and urinary.) When one is being neglected, it stresses the others and so on and so on. From the inside out – it’s a system. A WHOLE system. A WHOLE AND BEAUTIFUL SYSTEM. YOU.ARE.A.WHOLE.AND.BEAUTIFUL.SYSTEM.
Now, how to support it? How to support this amazing system of yours?
It’s not complicated. But you have to be mindful.
1) Don’t eat too much or drink too much.
2) Eat whole foods.
3) Drink enough water.
4) Take deep breaths – or meditate every day.
5) Get spiritually connected in a way that moves you.
6) Give love freely to yourself and others.
7) Move in a way that pleases you.
8) Lift some things.
9) Stretch with regularity.
10) Get fresh air.
13) Listen to your body – it’s always talking to you.
14) Treat yourself kindly – massage, reiki, baths.
15) Listen to your spirit – it’s always talking to you and guiding you to help you stay in balance. It’s a quiet almost whisper of a voice. Be still and listen.
May your holiday season be blessed and joyful and peaceful and fun. And this year? Let us all keep our eyes on the prize.