Re­set your body, mind and soul.

Good - - CONTENTS - with Rachel Grun­well Rachel is a mum, writer, healthy recipe cre­ator and yoga teacher. in­spired­health.co.nz @in­spired­healthand­fit­ness In­spiredHealthNZ

Re­set your mind, body and soul

There are many pieces to the puz­zle with feel­ing healthy and happy. Most peo­ple who yearn to im­prove their well­be­ing of­ten turn to the gym first. That’s a great start. Fit­ness is a pre­scrip­tion for well­ness. It doesn’t mat­ter what kind of fit­ness ac­tiv­ity you pre­fer. Move your body in a way that in­ter­ests you. That way you are more likely to ex­er­cise.

There are other im­por­tant as­pects to im­prov­ing your well­be­ing. It’s not only move­ment – or what I call the “body work”; the “mind work” mat­ters even more.

I co-lead the Mind­ful Mo­ments Re­treats at Ro­torua’s Poly­ne­sian Spa. Here, I share well­ness wis­dom to in­spire a healthy and happy lifestyle. This re­treat work has in­spired me to share some of the well­ness tips here. Choose one or two to fo­cus on that res­onate with you to help you kick off your health jour­ney.

Ask your­self “why do I wish to im­prove my health?” Con­nect to your strong­est driver to help with mo­ti­va­tion. This is so when you have in­evitable tough days – and want to give up – you can re­mem­ber the rea­son be­hind why you do this. For ex­am­ple, you may choose to quit smok­ing. Your “why” might be to be health­ier and live longer for the sake of your kids. So, think­ing of your kids can be a pow­er­ful re­minder when you want to aban­don this health change. Re­al­is­ing some days are go­ing to be tough too is im­por­tant – pain is part of the process.

Are you keen to cut back on your al­co­hol con­sump­tion? Then ask your­self: “Am I a mind­ful drinker?”

As a so­ci­ety, we are gen­er­ally pro­grammed to drink al­co­hol at all kinds of cel­e­bra­tions. Next time you are of­fered an al­co­holic drink, ask your­self why you are say­ing yes. If it’s be­cause you want to drink it and en­joy it, then do that. Savour it. I be­lieve in a bal­ance of all things, by the way, not per­fec­tion­ism. I too en­joy a glass of wine some­times and eat cho­co­late. But, if you are say­ing “yes” only be­cause you are wor­ried about of­fend­ing some­one, have the courage to say “no thanks”. It’s your choice, al­ways.

Con­sider plan­ning healthy meals and mak­ing ahead.

If you are in a rush, then there’s more chance you could eat some­thing un­healthy on the run. Eat more leafy greens, too, at ev­ery meal to up­lift your mood. You can even eat greens at break­fast in a smoothie or add some to scram­bled eggs on toast. I rec­om­mend the Oh Good­ness Green Cleanse recipe, which you can find on the Good web­site – it’s beau­ti­fully plant-pow­ered.

Take time to un­wind in a way that helps you to find that sense of “calm” in your life. We live in a hur­ried world which puts our bod­ies in fight-or-flight mode. This is not ideal for di­gest­ing food and keep­ing the weight off. So find your “pause but­ton”. Read a book at night in­stead of look­ing at your phone. I love to light a can­dle too and drink calm­ing, medic­i­nal-grade tea, such as chamomile. Laven­der oil on my wrists is also a rit­ual I adore.

If you are an over-thinker or of­ten get anx­ious, re-learn how to man­age your fears. Know there are mo­ments in ev­ery day that will be test­ing. This is nor­mal. But the pres­sure you are un­der is likely al­most en­tirely per­ceived. So choose to ap­proach these tough mo­ments with a re­newed sense of calm. Know these thoughts will come, but they will also pass. Be aware to make the dis­tinc­tion between what is true, and what you might be over-analysing. If there’s no firm ev­i­dence, then don’t let your mind dwell there. Lov­ing What Is by By­ron Katie is a great read on how to al­ter your per­spec­tive to live a more pos­i­tive and happy life.

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