Tips to stop the rush and to be­gin your jour­ney back to calm

New Zealand Fitness - - FIT FOOD -

Just breathe. Start ev­ery day with 20 long slow breaths be­fore you get out of bed or al­ter­na­tively, breathe and move your di­aphragm while you wait for the ket­tle to boil or while you sit at the traf­fic lights.

Chang­ing your per­cep­tions is crit­i­cal. Pres­sure is a per­cep­tion; it is not real, which is why you can have two peo­ple face the same ex­pe­ri­ences and have a very dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude, out­come and also health sta­tus. So the first thing to ex­plore is your at­ti­tude. What makes you feel over­whelmed? I sug­gest peo­ple cap­ture their tasks and then in­stead of ap­proach­ing it by re­peat­ing to your­self over and over again “oh my good­ness, I have so much to do” ask your­self “what out­come do I want to achieve today?” And fo­cus on that.

Never un­der­es­ti­mate the heal­ing and restora­tive power of food. A diet pri­mar­ily fo­cused on plant foods, is so ben­e­fi­cial to the hu­man body. It is very dif­fi­cult to be kind, com­pas­sion­ate and pa­tient when you fill your­self with stim­u­lants and foods that con­tain very lit­tle nu­tri­tional value. Food be­comes part of you and nu­tri­ents from food drive ev­ery chem­i­cal reac tion in­side of you.

Grat­i­tude. It is im­pos­si­ble to feel over­whelmed or stressed when you feel grate­ful. Vol­un­teer, give thanks to those who have passed be­fore us, or re­cite pos­i­tive af fir­ma­tions, soak up the na­ture around you . . . what­ever works for you. Take a look around you and be grate­ful for all that you are and all that you have.

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