I believe having a healthy body and mindset is created by making good decisions as often as possible. Forgiving, loving, supporting, deep breathing, eating healthy, exercising – these are all decisions that can help you further ground yourself in your intentions and create a healthy environment where you can truly thrive.
However, I know that some days are harder than others, and some days are busier than others, and sometimes it seems like an entire week is just getting away from you. I know that sometimes it’s just easier or quicker or more efficient (in the short term) to make a decision that isn’t necessarily aligned with your health. I get it and it happens to me too. There are moments where I question my future, my path, my motivations and just want to throw the towel in.
But I find that as long as I can do 4 things every single day it’s easier to stay committed to my intentions and my healthy lifestyle :::
1. Set my intentions before I get out of bed
My alarm goes off, I stretch and before my toes touch the floor I take a few breaths and let my heart, soul and mind open to the possibility of the day ahead. I create a fresh page in my spirit where new experiences and adventures can leave their marks and I set my intentions – how I want to act, think and live. Usually my intentions are the same :: to live mindfully and compassionately. This is the first thing I do every morning.
2. Drink a green smoothie every morning
Some days I’m not in the mood for a smoothie but it doesn’t stop me from making one because starting my day with a smoothie sets the tone for the entire day. It reminds me that it’s important to think of food as fuel for my body and ensures that I get at least 2 servings of fruit and veggies before I even walk out the door.
My favorite? Frozen berries, banana, pear, green apple, summer squash, spinach and veggie juice all blended together into perfect deliciousness!
3. Meditate if only for a moment
I love meditating in the morning after my shower. I sit on a pillow in front of an open window, set a time for 3 or 4 or 5 minutes, close my eyes and focus on my breathing.
It grounds me. Centers me. Connects me to the intentions and values I hold most dear. It helps me breathe easier throughout the day and helps me live more patiently, compassionately and mindfully.
Sometimes I don’t have the 3, or 4, or 5 minutes to sit and breathe though. Those days maybe I get only 1 minute, but I take it. I focus on my breath for that one minute, and it still helps. Maybe not as much but it still makes a difference.
4. Tell Josh I love and appreciate him
It’s easy to get wrapped up in my plans, my schedule, my to do list, my writing and everything else but if there is one thing I never, ever want to forget – it’s showing and telling Josh how much he means to me. This goes for all those I hold close to my heart but most of all for the man of my dreams that is always there loving and supporting me. Telling him I love him is more important then anything else on my to do list for the day.
These are my anchors. The three things that help me live mindfully, authentically and healthy every single day. They may seem a bit simple but they are the building blocks that provide the foundation for the rest of the day. What are your anchors?