Did you all have a wonderful Diwali? I hope it brings you and your families much prosperity, happiness and great health. There’s only two months left in 2013, and I’d like to share five things you can do to focus on wellness everyday as we prepare for the end of the year. Good luck!
- Keep a food diary for a week. Note down everything you eat in the course of the day. Also write down if you feel tired, or have excess gas, or aches and pains. Or, if you get an energy boost one day. What we eat determines a lot of other things. By noting down each meal and snack, you can track what works for you and what doesn’t. Please remember, however, that for any advice, you must consult a nutritionist. We have a team at CODS who can help you.
- Set aside at least 30 minutes for 5 days a week to exercise. You can take a walk. You can do yoga. You can go running. Or join a gym or pilates class. Dance, if that’s what makes you happy. But I really need all of you to get up and move. Exercise is key to staying healthy. Please don’t assume that if you are eating right, you can skip working out. Research has proved time and again that you need to do both in order to stay at your ideal weight. So this week – get ready to sweat it out.
- You need to sleep for at least 7 hours every night. A good night’s sleep can do you a world of good. Lack of sleep can cause severe health problems. Your body needs a break, right? Never compromise on your sleep for any reason. And if you have trouble sleeping, please leave a comment here, and we can talk about that too. What helps most people is a warm bath, a glass of warm milk, and some quiet time away from all gadgets and bright lights, for at least 30 mins before you want to sleep.
- Learn to de-stress. We live in a very challenging world, and our daily routines are so demanding. From the maid at home, to family, to the boss at work, and everyone and everything in between, we really have a lot to do. So it is very important to learn to switch off for at least 15 minutes every day. That should be your quiet time. Meditate. Chant. Pray. Listen to some music. Or just lie down with your eyes shut. Whatever works for you but please give yourself a break.
- Commit to wellness. This does not just mean eating right, working out, sleeping well, and destressing when I remind you to. It means making all of this a part of your life. And of your family’s life. Teach your children to eat right. Switch off that television! Make balanced meals at home. Don’t encourage laziness. See your doctor regularly. Get all routine tests done under their supervision. If you are in doubt about anything, consult a physician.