Bart Rademaker, MD
Drink when you are thirsty, eat when you are hungry and rest when you are tired.
Interesting how we forget our basic needs. When we do, our bodies need to adapt in such a way that it comprises the efficiency of the body. In the past when we really were not overwhelmed with all the distractions we face today – information overload – we pay little attention to what our body is telling us.
Be more single task oriented – this creates better and timelier results in whatever you are doing. More importantly, it allows you to be more present in whatever it is that you do and the experience is much better. Fulfillment is now more certain – a feeling that seems quite fleeting in our busy world and it’s no one else’s fault but our own.
Gratitude – this simple daily exercise allows us to remember the good things in our lives. Culturally and instinctively we are in search for what is bad around us – it grabs our attention. This is a natural survival instinct to be ready to either fight or flee from danger. Truth is – without really being able to appreciate what is great – we miss out on so many things in life. Learn to celebrate the greatness of life – interestingly – it sets up the vibrations for more success in the future. Whenever your energetic body is focused on this celebration – it sets in motion for more to come your way – like attracts like.
Exercise – our bodies are designed to move and move a lot. There are so many benefits from motion that to deny this to the body, the body adapts and changes making motion much harder in your future. Plan now your future past history in wellness. Act now so you can look back and realize you did not limit your future. Motion is also part of the detoxification process – a way to remove harmful substances from the body.
Earthing – get grounded with nature. Go barefoot on natural ground or at least experience the outdoors on a regular basis. Scientifically it has been proven that the earth’s surface acts as a giant stabilizer of the bioelectric field in your body when you go barefoot on natural ground (soil, grass or sand). In this way harmful radicals in your body can be stabilized. In addition, just being in nature allows you to be more creative, happier and improve your memory.
Stay connected with friends and family. All of us need the sense that we belong, that we matter and that we can contribute to others. Feeling loved and cared for are important drivers that help us be happy and healthy and allow us to live longer. It is a very lonely existence if you don’t experience with others. In fact, it’s not much of an experience if you can’t celebrate your life with other people.
Have a purpose and a plan: living life by your intention and terms. Too often we seem to be driven by other people needs, emergencies or directives. Give your life your personal meaning and find the passion that excites you in the morning. Then plan it so it happens the way you intended. Be specifically conscious or curious about your life so that you can come up with the answers that serve you the best.
Discover the lighter side of life: fun, laughter and adventure. Too often, too busy – it’s almost like busy is a badge of honor for success. Studies show that whilst the average number of hours we work has not changed over the last 60 years – we feel we have less time for leisure. In fact, our time has become so fragmented that we have become less efficient with our time. Decide to experience fun, laugh a lot and dare to be bold with new experiences. Life begins outside of your comfort zone.
Get intimate. Always an area of taboo for so many – it’s the forbidden side of life but without sex, we would not be. Intimacy is essential to our wellbeing – find the freedom to discover and express what is right for you and shake off any limiting beliefs or inhibitions that keep you from experiencing life to your fullest needs.
Be good to yourself. Connect your mind to your body, be truthful and meditate as much as you can. Finding the time to naturally align your beliefs and values allows you to live your true identity. It requires time, honesty and courage to do so. You will find congruency and peace with much less conflict in daily life. Meditation helps you process your truths.