Has your life sped out of control? Has your health began to deteriorate? If so, keep reading as we have a three prong approach to regain control and bolster your health.
Recently while traveling down the streets of Tulsa Oklahoma, my wife and I found ourselves amazed by the number of cars speeding past us. We were even more alarmed by the fact that we were actually driving about 5 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Yes, we were indeed technically breaking the law. However, it truly did astonish us that many people seemed to act in such a way as to indicate that we were going far too slow. Here’s the problem: life in itself has became too fast. The excessive speed has now became the norm. Chaos seems to reign.
This speed has not only permeated our driving but also our life in general, whether work, relationships, or other. It is important for us to realize that the increased speed of the world is indeed taking a massive toll upon our lives, relationships, and our health.
We have seemingly forgotten how to rest, how to listen, how to play, how to laugh, and how to have fun. Our health in turn has suffered. The trends in today’s world are shocking. The center of disease control (CDC) predicts that by the year 2030, 60 to 100% of the population in our country will be overweight and/or obese.
So what can we do about it? Here are three practices to ensure quietness in your soul and life, and consequently, produce vitality in your health.
1. Take a quiet break daily.
Set five minutes aside to simply be quiet. Put away the cell phone, turn off the TV, put the animals in the other room, and ask your family to give you a few moments of silence. During this time, reflect where you are, what you’re thinking, what do you dream, and what makes you happy.
2. Take a 10 minute walk daily.
This will ensure at least a start of a healthy exercise pattern. Exercise, as we all know, is necessary for proper structural, metabolic, digestive and cardiovascular function. Additionally, research has shown that exercise is a superior anti-depressant to often prescribed Prozac. After all, there is no such thing as a Prozac deficiency.
3. Make a point to say thank you to someone daily.
This forces acknowledgment of something good that someone has done for you or to you. It basically gets attention away from any self-imposed misery and puts attention on someone else’s good will. It only takes a minute to say THANK YOU.
Though these three practices seem simple, they are very profound in their positive effect. It is mine and Dr. Michele’s desire to promote healing in your life. This healing occurs daily, many times minute by minute. As you will note, the sum total of minutes spent on the above-mentioned life practices is no more than 16 minutes. We submit your health is certainly worth these very few minutes of daily attention.