The concept of wellbeing and health is rapidly changing as the pace picks up in our daily lives. Work is getting more hectic and so are the demands that we make of our bodies and minds. Ensuring that we are capable of coping with these rapidly changing demands without jeopardizing our health is something that is becoming one of the biggest concerns in our daily lives.
Managing our minds and bodies is hard as it is, but with the added pressure of tight work schedules, difficult travel calendars and an equally hectic home-chore routine, being healthy is becoming a tougher task. However, by simply allocating a tiny amount of time to a few special routines, we can bring about a massive change in the way we handle our lives.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to calm your mind and body down is to practice yoga regularly. Yoga is the most natural way of giving your body a lot more strength and flexibility, while simultaneously teaching your mind to relax on the path to general wellbeing. Most of us, living in cities, feel that the environment is not ideal for yoga, which requires a quiet and controlled environment. However, the trick lies in accepting these sounds and making them a part of your thought process.
There is a lot of depth in the noise that you hear around you. By simply accepting your situation and allowing these noises to come through, instead of trying to block them out, you will enable your mind to settle down amidst all the chaos.
By practicing Yoga and meditation for just 15 minutes every day, for a sustained period, you will find a marked difference in the way you breathe, the way you focus, the way you handle stress and in the general strength and wellbeing of your mind and body.
Pick up a Hobby
When we say "hobby", we mean something that you love to do. It could be gardening, fishing, fixing your car or anything that gives you pleasure and is not your regular line of work. This sort of activity helps you take your mind of daily life while giving you the subtle pleasures of being the master of your own destiny. There are plenty of hobbies that you can take up and a simple browse through the Internet will throw up plenty of options.
Just give things a try and you never know when you might strike gold. The mental peace and calmness that comes with tinkering around in your own workspace is unmatchable. You are the boss of your own time and anything that happens, even mistakes, are under your control. There is no better way of relaxing the mind.
Our work and home lives tend to seem hectic but they are, nonetheless, not about physical exertion of the kinds that a good, thorough workout will give you. For the wellbeing of the mind and body, you can join a gym or simply get yourself a home-workout solution to build your strength. Now, you might wonder how working out in the gym is going to help your mind. Well, when you are lifting weights and running through those repetitions, it requires a lot of focus to get through the sets.
If you are thinking about something else, while lifting those weights, not only will you not be able to lift them up, you might end up causing more harm than good. To lift those weights, you will need to focus your mind on the task of lifting them up, thereby channeling your strength through the muscles that are being worked upon. You will notice that you, automatically, shut out all other thoughts and the entire mind is working on just one thing.
If you keep doing it often enough, you will realise that it becomes dead-easy for your mind to focus on what you are doing, instead of bouncing around all the time. Oh, and you also end up with a tight, flexible and beautiful body - what else can you ask for?
Initially, Pilates was considered to be an exercise that only women did, especially when they wanted to regain their shape after pregnancy. However, everyone from businessmen to professional athletes are hitting the Pilates floor and turning it on. The entire focus of Pilates is on the core muscle centre of the body, which are your abdominal muscles and the lower back.
By building up strength in these areas and focusing on their development, we ensure that we can sit longer hours, walk longer and work longer, without feeling the physical strain that comes from all those activities. Add to that the aspect of mental focus that is, anyways, needed when you are doing any form of exercise, and you have the perfect solution for something so simple, yet so wonderful.
What you eat has a massive influence on how you live. You can exercise 20 hours a day but if the food you are eating is wrong, then you will never be able to sustain a hectic lifestyle. The ideal scenario requires you to eat a healthy natural diet of nutrient-rich foods, all of which will complement the exercise routine that you follow.
By eating natural food, you ensure that there aren't any harmful chemicals or preservatives entering your body to mess with your digestive system. On the other hand, the nutrient-rich aspect will ensure that you get all the energy you need, and quickly, to get through those tiring days at work and home.
A lot of people have massive goals in life - most of them related to their work. However, if you are required to work 18 -hours a day, then your focus must not diminish, for a second, in those 18-hours if you are going to make it to where you want to be. To do that, your mind and body need to be in-sync, not just in terms of the focus but also in terms of the fitness of being able to hold out for that long day-after-day.
Well-being and fitness is not something that you can earn sitting on your behind. You need to make a little bit of effort and the results will show. Once the results start showing and these routines become a part of your life, you will find that you cannot go without exercise, yoga or that healthy salad. That is when you know that you're on the right path to living longer and healthier, which helps you work and play harder on the road to financial, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.