HEALTH STRATEGIES – how your life looks today and down the track
There are so many small things that we do each day that are just as easy to do as they are not to do, yet stepping up and doing them can have a profound impact on what your life looks like today as well as down the track. These tiny choices can simply become good health habits – rituals – that significantly contribute to the quality of your life, and the life of those around you.
Brushing your teeth for example is an effortless habit that you’ve built from the strategy that brushing your teeth will benefit your oral and overall health. Imagine your life if you hadn’t brushed your teeth each day – extra dentist visits, altered taste, poorer ability to chew, decreased ability to absorb the nutrients out of your food, compromised digestion, bad breath, cost for false teeth and the list goes on.
Many of us are good at making and following strategies in our professional life but we miss making strategies in our personal life and in particular regarding our health and vitality. Actually it doesn’t take much to make a health strategy, all you need is to put a little thought into a few areas that can improve your health and you can easily upgrade your strategies along the way.
As our physical environment has become more toxic and our mental environment more stressful, I think it has become even more important to create and follow strategies to improve and optimise your health.
Strategies are not a new thing, going back in time I believe that humans always have been applying strategies to survive and thrive. Strategies for hunting, gathering food, building shelters, social behaviour and spiritual practices. Flash forward to today, we need strategies to ensure we get the least toxic version of our most basic needs like air, water, food, reduced stress and true social connection. Our ancestors didn’t have to worry about manmade and synthetic chemicals polluting their environment or meeting stressful productivity targets.
I want to share with you some practical examples of strategies in the following areas to allow your body and mind to truly thrive in the modern world.
- Ways to improving the air you breathe in your home.
- Ways to improve the water you drink.
- Ways to improve the nutritional value of the food you eat.
- Ways to reduce your internal and external stressors.
- Ways to strengthen the connection with yourself, your family, friends and community.
I’ll be posting my ideas, findings and experiences here, but as an individual you may also need to prioritise a little time and thought into how you want to improve the areas listed above specifically in your own life. This might mean doing some research online to find better technologies, devises or practises for your list.
Once your strategies are created, all you need to do is follow them and remember it’s not about perfection but dedication and refinement. If you fall off the wagon, just get up again and no need to beat yourself up about it. To make these changes effortless, you need to make your strategies into habits (or practises which is a term I prefer).
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