TIPS for Staying in BALANCE
SLOW DOWN. Not to be confused with stop moving. SLOW down your hectic pace of agendas and have to's. Take time for a walk in nature (not a power walk), a long bath, slow stretches, deep breathing (see example below). If you start getting antsy, use the affirmation: "I have an abundance of time to do all that is required."
UNPLUG. Get up from your computer every 30 minutes. Set a timer if necessary. Your body needs to move and your eyes need a rest. Leave your cell phone at your desk and walk down the hall, up a flight of stairs or stroll around the yard. A brisk pace is fine as long as you take a leisurely walk at some point during your day. NOTE: This goes for TV watchers, too.
WHEN YOU EAT - EAT. Dr. Bernard Jensen, a pioneer of Iridology, knew back in the 60's that distractions diminish digestion. Thich Nhat Hahn at age 90 is still preaching mindful eating. When we focus on what we are eating, we absorb nutrients better, digest more easily, eat less, make smarter food choices and feel more connected to the process of life. Turn off the screens and look at your food. Enjoy the colors, the flavors, the aromas. Chew slowly. Think about where the asparagus traveled from and who grew the lemon? Conversation is fine as long as it is good natured. Keep disagreements away from food. Mindful, positive mealtime helps keep us connected and in balance.