In our always-on world, slowing down can feel more than luxurious — it can feel like you’re breaking the rules. But that’s seeing the world upside down. Slowing down and living your life a little less hectically will not only improve your mental and physical health, it will simply bring more joy and pleasure into every moment. Here’s how you can live the slow life.
More than 56% of people live in an urban environment, and (at least in the US and Europe) spend more than 90% of their lives indoors. As you might imagine, most of that time is spent sedentary, and in front of a screen. The Japanese, however, instituted a simple practice that has shown surprisingly powerful health benefits to counter this trend.
We are continually overloading our nervous system and the stuff between our ears, but give little thought to how we’re going to recharge these two vital systems — yet expect them to function optimally! But when we don’t recharge we negatively impact our ability to achieve our long term goals in a sustainable way. Pranayama can help you flip the switch from brain-drain to nervous system recharge.
Grocery shopping can feel like a dreaded chore — until you learn to appreciate the abundance of healthy, fresh, colorful, food available and you start to say to yourself, “I get to choose.”
Our fast-paced lives distract us from being genuinely intentional about our meals. It’s common for us to eat in front of the television, computer, or to have our smartphone in hand, which is the very definition of mindless eating. Instead, we need to become mindful eaters — because doing so is vital to becoming your most vibrant, healthiest self! But to do that, we need to unpack what mindless eating is really all about.
Mindful eating is a great way to create a positive relationship with food, but have you ever considered how a food journal can help? Keeping a mindful eating journal is an excellent practice that helps us observe how our body and mind relate to our food and eating experience.