Personal choices can affect your energy, clarity of thinking, ability to ward off illness, levels of stress, absorption of nutrients, and many other components that make up your overall well-being, including your heart and brain health.
For example, are you getting enough sleep? If not, you may have a rise in stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes arrhythmia and depression.
Recognize and focus on your own need to restore and re-balance on all levels: body, mind, emotions and spirit. For example, to disengage from stressors and reduce tension, take regular one-minute breaks at your desk to breathe deeply, or set aside 45 minutes for a relaxing tub soak. Take a walk in nature. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage or join a weekly group for an activity that you love.
Schedule time for your own well-being over the course of your week, like you would do for loved ones or work projects.
Suggestions: (remember it’s practice that will bring long-term changes):