Embodying equanimity physically, emotionally and mentally will lead you to a path of wellness and health in 2019, says Anne Heigham
Yoga expert Anne Heigham with advice for a better you
To be able to prosper and fulfil your dreams in 2019 it is essential to be well-fuelled. This means eating regular, nourishing, well-cooked meals, ideally using seasonal locally-produced foods.
Try to avoid snacking and build a real appetite for your meals. Moderation is key and helps promote balance and avoids yo-yo behaviour. Keep yourself well hydrated and minimise coffee, black tea and alcohol intake.
In addition to a well-balanced diet, after getting up in the morning balance your body every day by doing a short routine (which can take just five minutes). This could be some yoga postures, your own stretches, including the plank; anything to stretch and tone gently.
Then two or three times per week engage in an exercise activity that you really enjoy. For example, dancing to your favourite music in your living room or following a local swim fit programme. The key to success is doing something you love.
Dedicating even just three minutes a day to practice a short meditation or mindfulness exercise can start a cascade of mental health improvements. Hunt out great apps such as Headspace or dive into one of the many yoga/meditation/ mindfulness classes available in Norfolk.
Rhythm and regularity is important here, so cultivating a daily practice, even if it is only for a few minutes, is key and can be added onto your morning stretch.
Norfolk has many opportunities to build emotional wellness. Working with the five senses is a great way to start. Whether that means the Japanese way of Shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing, in Thetford or a full-on sensory onslaught on a windswept beach, try to regularly take advantage of the local beauty.
The power of this is even further enhanced when you are accompanied by a great friend or companion who lifts your spirits, and followed by a warming cuppa. Above all, try to make you the priority and only then will you be in a position to contribute effectively and positively to those around you.
NAnne Heigham is an Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher practising in Norwich eatandbreathe.com [email protected]breathe.com 0773 4051620 @anneheigham
ABOVE:Norfolk has many opportunities to build emotional wellness