Some days are meant to be spent chasing the sun across a patch of grass.
Even though we know it must end eventually, it makes sense to squeeze as much as possible out of a plump, ripe day.
When that white-hot disc dips behind a building and the day is done — and tomorrow turns out cloudy — we’ll regret it if we haven’t caught a bit of it.
It’s a lot harder to remember the sun is always behind the clouds if we don’t stash some away while we can.
Don’t forget the sun cream!
You might be surprised how much thoughts can impact your body.
Visualization isn’t going to make you shredded, but it might help you get there. The real danger is from the flip side of the coin.
Although some stress is a good thing, it’s vital we’re not stressed out all the time.
If we don’t let ourselves relax — and drop into recovery mode — for a few minutes every day, it has a knock-on effect on everything else; our sleep, diet, mood, focus, everything.
We can take a whole lot more stress if we relax a little now and then. That’s why you get to have a little power nap after a yoga session.
Take a couple of minutes every hour, some hours every day, a few days every month, and a handful of weeks every year to relax.
Go for a walk or lie in the sun for 15 minutes.
Take some of Mother Nature’s valium.
Squish your toes in some earth.
Stare at the ceiling.
And then crack on.
It’s very easy to live for eighty years without noticing.
The business of living involves so much worrying, fussing, and faffing that we often simply forget we’re alive at all.
One of the best ways to avoid this is to invest in some pool floaties.
It’s impossible to do anything in a pool floaty except enjoy life. If you try to do anything more than drift very majestically, sipping a Strawberry Daiquiri, you’re going to become very frustrated indeed.
Life isn’t all cocktails and pool floaties.
They just happen to be a particularly good way to stop and appreciate how great life is.
Here’s a powerful shield against anxiety that we can take everywhere.
Meditation takes advantage of it, but we don’t have to meditate to quiet anxious thoughts or help us sleep.
The fastest way to reduce stress is to take a breath and a half.
In the 1930s, scientists found that all mammals have this automatic breathing pattern that helps them calm down. It helps us offload CO2 and triggers the parasympathetic nervous system — aka rest & digest mode.
- Take a breath through your nose.
- Before breathing out, take another little breath through your nose to fill up your lungs.
- Release your breath naturally through your nose or mouth
- Repeat from step 1 a couple more times.
And that is Mother Nature’s Valium.
Drop it anytime — there’s no maximum dose.