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April 21, 2015

Wellness Prescription

I recently blogged that I retained the services of a life coach. His name is George. I love George! When I hear the name George, I'm always reminded of the abominable snowman from the cartoon days of my youth. "Oh look, my very own bunny rabbit! I want to hug him and squeeze him and pet him and name him George!" But I digress.

I wanted to elaborate upon the wellness prescription that George has given me.

1) Exercise: I endeavor to run 2 miles, 3x/week in order to improve my cardiovascular endurance without beating up my body. On difficult days, I use a mantra while I'm running: "change your physiology, change your mind." On odd days I alternate between core stabilization therex, yoga stretching, and the 7-minute workout.

2) Meditation: 5 minutes a day, combined with deep breathing: 4 seconds in, 6 seconds out, 2 second hold. Thoughts move into the mental field, are acknowledged, and released.

3) Mindfulness (living in the now): George wants me to get into the habit of "checking in." Program your phone to chime every 15 minutes and ask yourself: "How am I feeling right now?" If you don't like what you feel, do something to change it: Eat if you're hungry, empty your bladder if you've gotta go, deep breathe if you're agitated, drink water if you're fatigued. If you're happy: Celebrate!

4) Gratitude: Part of staying present is being grateful for every little thing every day. Why is gratitude so hard? Because we get busy and stressed and forget to notice all the little miracles that occur around us all the time. Gratitude is the gift that is coupled with being present. Often, I have heard that people who pray are better at gratitude because prayer is all about saying thanks rather than asking for something. Thanksgiving can be celebrated every day when remember to incorporate gratitude into our daily routine.

Posted by linda at April 21, 2015 6:05 PM

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