8 Essential Wellbeing Rituals

[fullwidth backgroundcolor=”#fef2f5″ backgroundimage=”https://www.sarahlaurielifestyles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/scallop-border-pink.png” backgroundrepeat=”repeat-x” backgroundposition=”center top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”solid” paddingtop=”40px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”40px” paddingright=”40px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]The human physiology is incredible. We are made up of over 50 trillion cells that operate with a complexity we can only imagine. On a daily basis the inner workings of your body are restoring, replenishing, preventing, healing, nourishing – all with the purpose of optimum function and health.

Further, there are aspects to your physiology; simple workings; tasked with optimising your health. Sadly though, most likely due to their simplicity, we are overlooking these, and this is contributing to the high levels of stress, ill health and extreme tiredness that our society is experiencing.

Consider these simple, yet robust resources that your body has made available to you, in order to cope, to refresh and to experience joy:

  1. Pause. How often do you just keep on going? Not taking a break has large health implications. Simply, a moment where you turn away from your screen at work between activities or a 5 minute break [yes that small] each 90 minutes during a work day to breathe, and you feel plugged back in.
    Every 90 minutes
  2. Develop a future orientation. Humans are inherent creatures of progress.
    So whether we take just a moment to review a personal goal, or have a 3-hour brainstorm on the direction of your business, we become energised and solutions oriented when we look forward.
    Weekly – or anytime you feel ‘on the treadmill’
  3. Meditate. Immunity, inflammation, brain function, memory, attention, anxiety, stress, depression are just a few factors that are positively impacted by meditation. If you cannot meditate initially, that is perfectly fine. Simply be still, and breathe slowly, deeply and rhythmically for as long as you can.
    Each morning
  4. Create Rhythms. Nature operates in rhythms. Tides, seasons, cycles of the sun and moon all operate with an exact precision. Similarly, our bodies operate, and respond to rhythms. Create patterns in your day and week where you can – morning rituals, set gym days, sleep and wake times
  5. Gratitude. New neural pathways are formed in your brain when you consistently focus on positive, uplifting, or special events however big or small. Consequently, this creates a shift in how your view challenges and life in general. I can’t put it more simply; gratitude is an essential health and wellbeing tool.
  6. Breathe. The simple act of one big beautiful breath has a huge impact on your health and vitality. Your breath is a vital vehicle that oxygenates, alkalizes and detoxifies your body, when you do it properly. This increases your energy, reduces stress, and prevents inflammation and disease. Practice breathing properly, and eventually it will become natural to you.
  7. Choose optimism. Worrying depletes us emotionally. The cells of our body experience worry as a negative stimuli, which causes them to reduce and separate from one another. This means that we are less likely to form constructive solutions, and of more concern, our health is compromised. What are you worried about? Be still, ask yourself what you need to do about it? You’ll know…
  8. Rekindle your Joy. Most of us are not sure what truly brings us joy. And even if we are, it is likely that we do not prioritise it in our schedule. When you are engaged in a joyous, meaningful encounter the brain responds and creates attachments to that experience. If we are continually engaged in rushing, worrying, and mindlessness, those neural circuits develop differently and form patterns accordingly. A special joy may be remnant from your childhood – perhaps playing the piano or riding horses or being outside in nature. Your joy’s need not be time-consuming activities; they may simply be moments in laughter with a best friend or reading by the fire at nighttime. Ruminate on them. Choose one or more for yourself. Engage in it regularly.

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