8 Habits for Health and Wealth
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Everyday, people experience countless types of negative experiences, some to the degree of tragic. Human nature suggests that the ‘will to survive’ is a basic force, albeit not the only driving force we have to survive. The drive for self-preservation, and the will to endure, are characteristics found in healthy, well-balanced, successful people. These are also the kinds of individuals that take time to care about themselves and their personal care and growth.
Listed below are the 8 best habits we can practise to promote a pathway to becoming or maintaining our health and successes:
1. Make yoga a part of your daily routine
Exercise is key to a healthy body and mind. If you don’t move it, you lose it! One of the greatest benefits of practising a comprehensive yoga regime is the advantage it provides for the heart and surrounding muscles. Of course, you will also increase your flexibility and joint health simultaneously. If it is not yoga, find a movement ritual that inspires you to move in different ways than your normal everyday repetitive actions.
2. Drink, lubricate, hydrate and repeat!
The human body is comprised of 60% water. Every time we sweat, be it from exercise or stress, we lose that hydration. Hydration is what helps regulate our temperature, manage pain thresholds, and retain and effectively use our memory. One of water’s many benefits is an increase in brainpower.
Hydration is what helps regulate our temperature, manage pain thresholds, and retain and effectively use our memory
Since your brain is made of 73% water, drinking actually helps you think, focus, concentrate, and stay alert.
3. Know how to say NO!
Saying no often protects our own well-being. Saying no is about protecting your time and standing your ground. It can be tough to say no. Many of us were raised to always be nice and say yes. Learning how to decline an invitation or request, without feeling guilty, is an essential aspect of living a happy life.
4. Treat others with love, kindness, and respect
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto to you” are traditional biblical words, often referred to as the Golden Rule. By practising loving kindness (mettā or maitrī), you first learn to love yourself unconditionally, and then how to extend unconditional love to those around you.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto to you
This is a basic function of peaceful living and a practice that needs to be ingrained from early childhood years, not just for the healthy and wealthy!
5. Make ‘To-Do’ Lists
Planning your day ahead of schedule helps protect your time, manages your responsibilities, and prioritizes tasks to assist in accomplishing them. This will simplify your day, power-up productivity, and allow for personal care time that also contributes to your happiness and success.
6. Make time in your day for relaxation
Many of us feel like we should be using every waking moment to contribute back to a project, be it for the family, or for work. But ultimately, we need to carve out time to stop and smell the roses, too. Meditation is a great tool to help the body and mind decompress, relax, and restore.
We need to carve out time to stop and smell the roses, too
7. Seize the day!
One of my personal favourites on this list is for the early riser who wakes up with the sun and benefits from an extra hour or two in the day. As well, those quiet mornings are a time when it can feel like the world stands still. This can become a beautiful time to practise your meditation, maximise personal care time, and experience quietude.
8. The power of a positive attitude
The importance of seeing things in a positive light, with a silver lining, or simply reframing how we experience some more challenging events in our lives will help you achieve fulfilment in your life. Healthy, successful people think about what they want, and how to get it. With this goal in mind, developing a positive attitude can truly transform your life. Namaste