As I was on the verge of insanity about 18 months ago, I was looking for ways to feel happier, healthier and more balanced. I quickly found I was overwhelmed with the numerous strategies available to me. And then trying to figure out how to do all of them within my already jam packed schedule!
I’ve now established what I call my “Health Hour” as a way to weave a few of my most important and impactful strategies into each day. I don’t do them altogether in one block of time, but rather throughout the course of the day.
Spiritual Health: 10 minutes
Spiritual Health consists of meditation or prayer. I recommend starting your day with Spiritual Health. Meditate in silence, meditate with calm music in the background or practice a guided meditation, such as those found on YouTube or through a variety of apps. When you do this in the morning, it starts your day off with a clear mind and allows you to be prepared for what’s ahead.
You could also meditate during the day. If you’re having a particularly stressful day at work or at home with your children, close the office door or take a break when your children are napping. Spend those ten minutes allowing yourself to be in the moment, let go and breathe. Create some distance in order to quiet your mind and see things in a more peaceful way.
Mental Health: 20 minutes
Mental Health is spent with self-improvement material through either reading or listening. You can listen to audiobooks, CDs or podcasts. It’s important for us to stimulate our mental health in some way. You might be saying, “I stimulate my brain ALL day! I just need a break!”
I get it, but this is a different type of stimulation. Mental Health time should be used toward self-improvement, motivation, and ways to improve your life. It could be material needed to advance in your career or start that business you’ve been thinking about. Whatever it is, it should be used to move yourself to an even greater you than you already are!
Listening to audiobooks and podcasts is one of my daily rituals during my morning commute. I highly recommend it as a confidence booster to start your day! If I’m in the car for 20-45 minutes, I might as well make that my learning lab. And you can find some fantastic podcasts out there for free!
If you don’t commute, as I don’t on the weekends, I put my phone in a glass bowl in the bathroom and listen while I’m in the shower getting ready in the morning. A tip that was given to us by a past Event attendee…the glass bowl acts as a speaker. Try it out, it really works!
If mornings don’t work for you, try Mental Health time before going to bed at night. It fills your mind with amazing thoughts and then lets your subconscious mind go to work for you while you’re sleeping. You’ll find yourself waking up with new ideas and solutions to challenges you’ve been facing for some time.
You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn, how much you’ll be inspired and how much more productive you’ll be if you read and/or listen daily!
Physical Health: 30 minutes
Physical Health is comprised of exercise or play. Play is great if you have young children. Put them in the stroller for a walk or run. Run around with them while you’re at the park. Exercise in the more traditional sense can be accomplished at home through your own equipment, DVDs or online videos. Run laps around the track while your child is at soccer practice or join a gym.
Exercise is my personal addiction! I often say I’m a “group exercise junkie” because I love how I feel during and after. The Mayo Clinic states, “Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.” Top this off with a hot shower and you’re sure to feel revitalized!
There you have it, an hour a day to keep the insanity away. Try it out and let us know what you think!