These 5 tips you have probably heard over and over— but I cannot stress the importance of integrating them into your life so that you can Live Better! If you want to take control of your life and your health, start here.

1. Harness Your Ability to Become Aware Of Your Thoughts & Actions

Establish a mindfulness practice. Whether it is as part of a group meditation retreat, a regular Feldenkrais® class, or work on your own, take the time to acknowledge all the goings on in your body which happen without your conscious attention. This can be the most important skill you acquire in your lifetime.

Developing awareness will help you to better understand yourself, better communicate with others and will lead to an overall happier and healthier being. It is important to make time intentionally for this, when you are not trying to do anything else. If you have trouble making time for meditation, book a Massage Therapy session or a one-on-one Feldenkrais® session. As you lie on the table, pay attention to the thoughts that come up and how they are related to your body sensations. Without harsh judgement or expectation, explore how your body functions and become aware of tendencies that may be holding you down or interfering with your intentions.

2. Exercise

Get your heart rate going. Run, jump, dance, swim, bike, kayak, hike, dig – do whatever makes your heart happy – literally. Aerobic Exercise benefits not only your cardiovascular system and musculoskeletal systems but your nervous system as well, we learn more effectively when we are physically active! Aerobics can not only release the endorphin that can combat a down mood but also they promote the growth of the brain. Get moving and gain a greater capacity for brain function!

3. Stay Hydrated

Drink WATER – while other drinks like tea and coffee may have some beneficial compounds, water makes up more than ⅔ of your body weight (95% of your brain, 82% of your blood and 90% of your lungs). In fact, all of the cell and organ functions that make up our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water to function.

If water is hard for you to drink on its own, try Fruit & Herb Infused Water! A little bit of natural fruit flavor without all the extra sugar of concentrated fruit juice and with the fiber to slow down the sugar absorption that you do take in. Stay fluid and lubricated, and watch everything improve!

*Note: make sure your water is coming from a good source as the quality is just as important as the quantity of your water intake.

4. Sleep More & Better

Sleep is so very important to your health and to your sanity. Sleep is the time during which your body heals itself. If you are not getting enough sleep, make this a priority.

Consider approaching sleep in a systematic way. Set up calming routine before bed, minimize caffeine and other stimulants once evening approaches if not before, shut off digital stimulation an hour or two before sleeping and engage in only quiet activities such as taking a bath, listening to soothing music, or reading a book. Allow both the mind and body to settle before expecting to sleep – this will get easier as your mindfulness practice improves too!

5. Put Only Good Things In & On Your Body

Start reading the labels of your food, soaps and cosmetics. Better yet, buy the majority of your foods without labels. Find out where your food is coming from, especially your meat, and be aware of what it was fed. Grass-fed beef for example will have a much more healthy fat profile for your body to be able to use. Be on the lookout for preservatives, plastics (yes in your food too) and excess sugars that cause inflammation in the body. Know that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.

Eat good food regularly throughout the day, balance various food groups and avoid excess sugar and stimulants help to reduce mood swings. Cut out the processed ‘food’ right away and see what a difference this makes in the way you feel!

About the Author

Evan VanDyk, is a Licensed Massage Therapists and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®. Always intrigued by biology and the study of the human body functions, Evan began her study of Massage Therapy straight out of high school. She attended Morrisville State College in New York where she graduated top of her class and obtained her Associates of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy and qualifications to sit for the NYS board exams in 2010. You can find out more about Evan and her practice at SaratogaAwareness.com

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