Now you know I think food is important, and delicious, and worthy of much attention. It can be a powerful medicine and have profound effects on your mood and therefore your life. But there are other aspects of your health that are not to be ignored, especially when you need a boost.
Enter a man named Tony Robbins (look him up!). I watched one of his talks a couple weeks ago and something he said really clicked with me:
“One of our greatest scientific discoveries has been that you can change your emotional mood by a radical change in your ‘physiology.'”
Now there are many ways you can do that, but the easiest is exercise. I’ve been feeling a little lost these last couple weeks, so I decided to put my money where my mouth was. I have been religiously following the traditional recommendations. You know — a pretty intense hour of cardio or weights, three or four times a week. This is good, but it leaves a solid four days every week of days where I was not doing anything to improve my mental state.
I made the decision to do some sort of movement every day for at least 30 minutes. There are some days when I cannot even fathom a hard work out, and that is totally allowed. But I still do my 30 minutes by going for a walk or doing yoga. There’s a great app for android and iphone called Daily Yoga that has different videos every day. It’s excellent and a total life-saver after a long work day.
This got me thinking about how I’m using my time during the week, and have also added a 20 minute per day house clean. I usually pile up dishes and clothes all week and then have to spend hours one day cleaning because I just cannot take it anymore. Unnecessary stress you say? Why yes, I think I would agree. So now I set a timer and clean something in my house for 20 minutes.
There you have it. It’s an attempt to start some small habits that contribute positively to my mental state. Only 50 minutes a day! One less marathon episode of Chopped. A reasonable sacrifice. What is something small you could add to your daily routine that would drastically improve how you feel? Think about it, and try it for a few weeks. You might surprise yourself.
Until next time,