Are you living consciously, or just living? The way we go about our everyday lives impacts our mood, energy, health, and the environment, which is why the fast-paced 21st-century lifestyle may not prove ideal in the long run. Between work, chores, errands, and family responsibilities, we seldom stop to reflect on the present moment and the consequences of our actions on our bodies, emotions, and the planet. Conscious living means being aware of life as it unfolds, taking responsibility for our choices, and being capable of grasping the big picture behind immediate outcomes.
1. You Are What You Eat
Do not take your food for granted: in addition to nourishing your body, diet impacts the look of your skin, nails, hair, brain function, digestion, mood, and the immune system. Junk food is neither healthy nor environmentally friendly, so opt for home-made meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients instead.
• Fruit and vegetables are the primary source of vitamins and minerals, as well as complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, and fiber. Eating 2-3 portions of fresh veggies or fruit a day can prevent various chronic health issues, boost your mood, and keep your energy stable.
• Water promotes detoxification and exchange of nutrients in the cells, boosts focus and mood, and it also prevents sluggishness and exhaustion. For optimal body functioning, you should drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
• Super grains and super herbs are extremely tasty and beneficial for the mind and the body, and they can prevent or alleviate health problems such as respiratory infections, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hormonal fluctuations.
2. Pay attention to how your body feels
When is the last time you paused for a second to feel your own body? Mind-body equilibrium is essential for conscious living and long-term health, so you should never neglect the messages of your physique. How does your stomach react to processed foods vs. raw ingredients? Is there any difference in your body’s response to plain water, green tea, sodas, alcohol, or coffee? How does your body feel after a workout, a stressful day at the office, interpersonal conflict, or fewer than usual hours of rest? Your body is a clever mechanism – listen to what it is telling you.
3. Get regular exercise
Regular exercise is essential for long-term well-being and optimal fitness, and it also plays a role in increased energy, positive mood, and emotional balance. Engaging in physical activities outdoors will allow you to get the best out of both your workouts and fresh air, and spending more time in the sun can trigger increased Vitamin D production. When training, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing such as Ryder yoga pants, warm up properly before proceeding to intense exercises, and keep your water bottle close at hand.
4. Go Organic
Organic labels have gone viral in the past few years, and for a good reason: the cleaner the food or cosmetics are, the lesser the long-term damage for the body will be. In addition to their positive effects on complexion, mood, and well-being, organic products are also good for the planet as they entail minimal environmental footprint. This is all the more reason to swap your regular personal care kit for an all-natural alternative.
5. Wake Up Your Consciousness
Conscious living entails long-term benefits, as well as immediate rewards. Being conscious of your body, emotions, and the environment at all times means living life to the fullest, and enjoying the ride every step of the way. Get in touch with your true nature and the world around you: living in the moment, not pondering on the past, or worrying about the future, is your one-way ticket to happiness, peace, and good health – and it feels great, too!
About the author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Australian personal trainer and an editor at Ripped.me fitness blog. She has a degree in nutrition and her goal is to teach people to live a healthy, happy life. You can contact Amy on her Facebook page.
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