Keeping it Simple

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If you’re like most of us at some point you get caught up in the “drama” of life. No matter where you turn there’s lots of “noise.” Instead of focusing on the drama, it’s time to focus on you. Turn the noise down with a few simple tips for a happy and healthier you.

To be the best version of yourself, keep things simple.

Savor sleep.
Sleep is vital for your health and well-being. If you’re getting the right amount of sleep that is something to smile about. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declares “Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Epidemic.” Lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your health. According to the Institute of Medicine, 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders. Sleep helps your brain work properly. If you’re not getting enough sleep you may have difficulty making decisions, trouble controlling your emotions and behavior, and problems coping with change and solving problems. “Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide and risk-taking behavior.” Sleep can also help repair your heart and blood vessels. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.” How much sleep is required? For adults, between 7-8 hours. (For more information on sleep, please see resources at the end of this post.)

I am empowered and in charge of my health and wellness.
There are many simple things you can do to be in charge of your health. From eating healthy to exercising, to making sure you get enough sleep; being an empowered person is vital for overall good health and well-being. Fill in the blanks: (Here’s an example) – I am empowered and in charge of my health when I express gratitude, take 15 minute “me” time, and prepare healthy meals.

What do you do to be in empowered and in charge of your health everyday? Name three: ______________________, ___________, and ___________________________________.

Master the moment with enthusiasm.
Relish and enjoy the simple things. Whether it’s laughing with your family and friends, feeling sand on your feet, listening to the rain, running a 5K, walking in the park, cooking your favorite meal, throwing a snowball, playing with your puppy (or other favorite household pet), reading a new book, hiking a new trail, organizing your photos, visiting a farmer’s market, taking a bath, dancing to your favorite music, singing your favorite song or sitting quietly by yourself to feel your breath; (the list goes on and on) master and appreciate the moment.

Push positive thoughts.
Positive thinking can be as important as getting enough sleep, eating right and moving more. According to the Mayo Clinic, “positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.” Cut out the negative self-talk and focus on positive thoughts. Positive thinking is great for your overall health and well-being. According the Mayo Clinic, health benefits of positive thinking may include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Listen to your favorite joyful soothing music.
This merits repetition. “Research shows that listening to joyful music is good for your health. Research has found that listening to soothing music can decrease blood pressure and anxiety levels in patients with certain heart conditions. Research from the University of Maryland Medical Center found that listening to joyful music can have a healthy effect on blood vessel function, and most of the participants in the study stated that country music is their favorite type of music that evokes joy.”

Envelop and surround yourself with optimistic and happy people.
Happiness is contagious and surrounding yourself with people who you love being with is priceless. Surround yourself with people who will “fan your fire,” who will encourage you, support you and are good listeners. Most importantly, pick people who make you laugh and smile.

Your turn!
What simple things do you enjoy?