Wellness Tip for February 2017

Five Choices for a Vibrant Life

These choices are taken from an article in the Omaha World Herald by July Luzarranga and Wendy Pecoraro, and I thought they were worth sharing.

Exercise. Walk regularly and increase your distance and speed. Lift weights or use exercise bands to increase your strength. Try stretching or yoga one day a week to keep muscles lean and long.

Food. Eat whole foods and eat the quantity your body needs. Listen to your body’s cues-when you are hungry and when you are full- only eat when you can rate your hunger a 3 on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = not hungry at all and 5 = famished). Try new recipes with healthy, colorful foods. Increase amount and variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Sleep. Develop a bedtime ritual and shut off electronics an hour before going to bed. Try reading, having a warm cup of tea, and decompressing from a busy day. A nightly ritual signals your body it is time to sleep.

Play. A couple of defining factors of play are that it is time “spent without purpose,” and you tend to lose track of time when playing. Play is essential to live wholeheartedly, said Brene Brown, Ph. D. a best-selling author.

Mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply bringing attention to the present moment without judgement. Sarah Young, author of Jesus Always, suggests whispering: “Jesus, You are my Treasure. In You I am complete.”

In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is vital to a vibrant life.