Nirvana: tips for taking care of mind, body and spirit
Our new columnist Alison Canavan has weekly tips and inspiration on how to achieve real inner peace and true wellness on a daily basis
DID YOU KNOW? YELLOW GOLD
The humble banana has many benefits. As well as helping to combat depression, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, help protect against kidney cancer and type 2 diabetes, our yellow friend also acts as a prebiotic: stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. Alongside this, bananas also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
SLOWING DOWN TO SPEED UP
We live in a world of disconnection, where being busy is a badge of honour. Stress and speed are the norm, but from a health perspective, they are ways of living that we must become more in control of. Let's face it: we can't control how fast the world is moving, but what we can control is how we react and respond to it.
Waking quickly, drinking coffee, rushing out the door and then pushing through your day, often eating at your desk or skipping meals because you are too busy to take a break, is wreaking havoc on our health and well-being.
We are also conditioned by society to believe that hours spent slogging means that we deserve something more than if we have achieved the same results in less time, but this is simply not true. New research shows that working smarter, not harder, by taking short breaks, can increases productivity, and will help you manage your stress. This will not only benefit you, but your family and friends, too!
Why not start your journey into mindfulness as soon as you wake up? Sit at the side of your bed and pay close attention to your first breaths of the day. Take five big, deep breaths, smile and rise.
SELF-CARE CORNER: SLEEP WELL
Real self-care is when we nurture and nourish each aspect of ourselves in body, mind and spirit. Developing a regular sleep routine plays a key role in this. When we get enough sleep, our body rewards us with better immunity, memory and mood. So stick to a regular schedule (retreat and rise at the same time each day), remove your mobile phone from your bedroom, and don't go to bed hungry or full.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude" - Maya Angelou
JENNIFER'S MORNING ROUTINE
"I started doing transcendental meditation, and that's really changed everything. In 20 minutes, you just notice the difference. When I get lazy and don't get it in, I can feel a difference in the day. So I try to meditate first thing when I wake up"
BOOK OF THE WEEK: HEALTH & WELLNESS
Gabrielle Bernstein's The Universe Has Your Back is a beautiful reminder that when we learn to turn our back on fear and turn towards love, the universe really does always have your back. You will learn how joy is your birthright and how disconnection from love blocks us from getting there. Through the many stories, you will learn to transform fear to faith. €15.40, easons.ie
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