It’s the beginning of the year and if you’re like me, the beginning of the year is a time to think about redesigning and redefining your life. It’s a time to make changes. To get a new job or start getting in shape.
Here are three things I strongly urge EVERYONE to do in the new year. They are very simple but very powerful and will help you do everything else.
1. Sleep More
2. Exercise More
3. Meditate More
Now there are some of you who get enough sleep and there are others who might exercise too much but, generally speaking, nearly everyone could benefit from more sleep, exercise and meditation.
Over the past year I have made a concerted effort to get at least 7 hours of quality sleep every night and it’s made a huge difference. Nearly everyone is sleep deprived and its because nearly everyone has too much to do and is addicted to TV, computers, phones and other screens. Shut them off and lie down 8 hours before you have to get up.
If you have trouble falling asleep, your problably not getting enough exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week plus strength training of all your muscles at least twice a week. That would be a half hour of activity 5 days a week. That is a MINIMUM. We are evolutionarily designed to walk and run and hunt and work all day long. Exercise is incredibly important. Not for losing weight, it’s actually not very good for losing weight. That’s something I’ll go into some other time. But exercise is good for everything else.
If you’re up to something in life you should set aside some time to move around. Play a sport. Go for a walk or a run. Go swimming. Do yoga. Do something.
If you say “I don’t have time.” Let me ask you a question. How many bodies do you get to live this life with?
If you’re like most people you only get one.
So you need to take care of it by sleeping and exercising. If you don’t take care of your one body you won’t get be able to use it to do anything else.
And while we’re on the topic, let me ask another question.
How many brains do you get?
Take care of the one you have by sleeping, exercising and meditating.
Meditation or some kind of mindfulness practice (like yoga or mindful walking) helps with every aspect of life. It helps with emotional equilibrium, problem-solving, stress management, and decision making. It also can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of all kinds of disease.
Just try taking three deep breaths right now.
Good. Keep it up!