"Your body is your temple"
"If you don't have your health you don't have anything"
"early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
I could keep going with the cheesy old lady quotes but I will refrain for my own sanity...HOWEVER, they are kind of true right? Your body is sacred, if you aren't healthy you can't perform your best, if you don't sleep you can't perform your best and then everything goes to shit (or "hell in a hand basket" to keep with my old woman isms).
The fact is, we often put everything- our jobs, our person, our friends, etc- in front of our personal well being. Which, ok, is admirable, but ALSO, if you are taking care of yourself you will be better equipped to take care of the things you need to at work, at home, and in your community. You feel me?
Eatting well- this is not to say you can't have indulgences (such as ice cream) every now and again. Denying yourself will only make you an asshole to be around and that is the opposite of what we are going for. Sugar, dairy, and grain all cause spikes in our insulin levels, which affect our hormone levels, which affects our mood. The basic rule is this: eat WHOLE food (that is to say, not processed to shit) and truly, everything in moderation guys...
Get enough sleep- Sleep deprivation is real problem. If you are running on back up energy (or the back up to your back up if you are most people) you aren't able to function at full capacity.
Breath- deep breathing is good for A LOT of things, one of which is that it stimulates your Vegus nerve, calming and energizing the body.
Exercising- Elle Wood taught us all that exercising produces endorphins and endorphins make you happy and, "happy people don't kill people"... ok but seriously though... exercising releases tension, builds a healthy relationship between your mind and body, and allows you to concentrate on something NOT work related for an isolated period of time (that is just the tip of the iceberg on how good working out is for your mental health, not to mention physical and emotional health).
Going to a chiropractor, getting acupuncture, massage or seeing a therapist are all amazing for your well being. Yes, you can wait until something is broken before you 'fix it' but why wait? Drew and I talk about this all the time. Investing in our health and well being now (hopefully) means less hospital time later.
To quote my favorite yogi, "find what feels good"... that is so good right? Find what feels good, be good to you so you can be the best version of yourself at work, at home, and in your community.
*Ok... I am not a health expert, I have just had a lot of health issues of the years and these are things I have learned on my journey to 'wholeness' and health.
ALSO the photo is of DREWS back after he got acupuncture! I love it.