I love my kids. They are always sending me links from social media sites that they think I’d like. This week I’d like to share one with you. I think the article reflects how our lifestyle habits are changing to compensate for the quick, never-ending pace of life today in America. Want to live longer and add joy to your everyday routine? Keep reading.
How easy it is to get lost in our daily responsibilities of work, family obligations and household upkeep. Where do we find time to have fun? Where do we find time to decompress and just “be”? How do we slow down the pace of our day? These questions are not always easy to answer, but if you take a moment to do so, it can be life-changing. I personally find that when I concentrate on one thing, other things get forgotten. According to this article I mentioned, there is a way to kill two birds with one stone. (please forgive the expression-I LOVE birds, too). This simplifies the process. K.I.S.S. (keep it simple and sassy)!
This article demonstrates the benefits of active commuting by bike, train, bus or walking vs. single-person commuting by car. When available or possible to actively commute, people arrived to work upbeat, energized and with a positive mindset (even joyful), rearing to go. No coffee needed! Even better? They added years to their life! Can’t get better than that! The jobs didn’t change, the hours didn’t change, the only difference was getting exercise, social interaction or a bit a quiet reflection. Why? All three are important ingredients to a healthy lifestyle and what each of us need to incorporate into our daily schedule. Before you tell me that you don’t have the time, it doesn’t require a lot. Thirty minutes of exercise, five minutes to relax and just one minute of social interaction (though, more is nice). One smile from a stranger at the store or on the street is all that you need to feel connected and joyful. The cultures that have the lowest mortality rates are the ones who do this. A book called The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner does a great job describing this correlation between lifestyle choices and death rates. Finally America is catching on!!
If, like me, you find it difficult to find a way to actively commute each day to work due to availability or distance, don’t worry. You may still need that cup of coffee, but how you add in the three components to your daily lifestyle practice doesn’t matter. The joy, lightness and ease will follow. The only drawback is that it takes a bit more time unless you double up somewhere else in your calendar and the joy may not be at the start of your work day. What do I mean? Say you’re meeting friends for a coffee, it would save time and benefit your health to take that coffee on a walk at the park or around the block to get in your exercise and social interaction for the day instead of at the usual grouping around the cafe’ table. Then you would just need to find a few minutes during the day for your quiet time. An easy way to get that is to do breathing exercises in the car as you’re driving to meet your friends or play your favorite music as you do the laundry or another chore of the day. You see what I mean.
It really is simple!
The more you do it, the more time you will find to fit these things in or invent new ways to do them. You will find that it will definitely have a positive impact on your health. The more we can cut down on our busyness and add these three lifestyle habits (exercise, relaxation and positive social interaction) to each day, the healthier we will be. One tool I use, and my clients like, is My Daily Notes Journal. I use it to record my daily activities, so I don’t lose track of them and I can see where I need to adjust my time- day to day, week by week or month by month. http://www.healthwithpaula.com/my-daily-notes/
I suggest you try it for a month and see how you like it. Change it up to meet your needs, if you want to. Have fun with it! Let me know how you do. I’d love to get the feedback. See you on Facebook and Happy Adventures!!