We all have good days and bad. Some of us spend many hours lost in the mental haze of sadness, exclusion and depression.
At critical points in our lives, we experience the heartache of a breakup, loss of a loved one, loss of a house or car or job.
It may even be that we become terminally ill or have a chronic disease or become seriously injured through an accident or crime.
Yet some people seem to be energized whether things are going good or bad. How do they do it?
Apparently apart from adopting a positive attitude, there are ways that we can ensure we feel good although our situation may not be good.
I have found this works for me (when I do follow it). Sometimes though it is easy to lapse into laziness or complacency and not practice the steps diligently. This takes away from the feeling of being on top of the world in spite of all that may be going wrong in your corner.
Most of us know in theory what types of foods our bodies need. The question is how many of us actually take our high school nutritional education into account when eating?
We all need to eat from the following main food groups – fresh fruits and vegetables; fish, meat products and eggs or soy products for vegans; peas and beans; whole grain or high fiber cereals; ground provisions; and milk and milk products or substitutes.
Of importance, is the need for us to blend our foods in the correct proportions for optimum uptake of nutrients for cellular requirements.
2. Supplementing your diet
Over the many years of farming agricultural land, soils have become severely depleted.
So the fresh foods available to us in these times are in many instances, highly fertilized and treated with herbicides, pesticides and other potentially toxic chemicals.
Our so called fresh foods are lacking in key and trace nutrients. To be proactive and take responsibility for your nutritional health, consider supplementing your diet.
Dietary supplements include:
- herbals and botanicals which provide phytonutrients
- amino acids
Important questions to consider when supplementing would include, what to take, when to take it, in what combinations should supplements be taken and the use of water rather than other liquids for consuming them.
Many of us, I know I do, forget to drink sufficient water during the course of the day. Our bodies are made up mostly of water. So it is vital that we drink water to replace what is lost through perspiration or excretion for example.
But not only water is lost during these processes. Electrolytes are those vital chemicals needed for proper functioning of our heart, kidneys, nervous and muscular systems among other functions. These electrolytes are soluble in water. This means that when we lose water from the body, we lose electrolytes.
It is vital for us to replace the electrolytes as well as the water.
When hydrating the body, we need to drink lots of water as well as electrolytes. An extremely good isotonic drink or good natural source of electrolytes is coconut water.
4. Fasting occasionally
Eating and drinking are critical for life. However sometimes the body becomes overworked and overloaded.
To compensate for these times, controlled fasting is necessary. Fasting times help eliminate toxins and gives the body time to recover after periods of “abuse”.
5. Sufficient rest and sleep
We live in times where we never seem to have enough time to do the things we feel we have to do. This leads to sacrificing our sleep time to complete tasks, watch television, catch up on social media or meet deadlines.
But, our bodies are like machines. They need to be cared for like we look after our cars or computers. One of the ways to keep the machinery well oiled for us is to get sufficient rest and proper sleep.
Different people have different sleep needs. Determine your optimum amount and strive to attain that everyday.
Finally, having eaten, supplemented, drank, fasted and rested properly, we need to exercise.
Exercise produces “feel good” hormones. It eliminates toxins. It tones our muscles and increases our energy levels. It may also be a time for socialization or reflection.
Exercise should include cardiovascular activities, resistance training and flexibility training.
Of course if you are over forty, like I am, consult a professional before beginning a new programme of exercise.
For more information on these steps, you may read Chapter 4 in my book, Bounce Back Better, 10+1 Key Steps for Building Resilience.
Let me know if you feel great even when you are not so great.