10 Tips To Break Your Phone Addiction

How’s your relationship with your phone? Are you two inseparable? Is it on you every minute of the day? Lately my phone has been making serious in-roads into my life, to the point where I was responding to it every minute of the day. Voxer, SMS, Whatsapp, Messenger, Emails, Instagram, Linkedin, and phone calls. It didn’t stop, I was losing control of my life to my phone. And lately wherever I go, I have been noticing how everyone else is on their phones as well…all the time!

For that reason, I had to set some very clear boundaries so that my phone no longer controlled my life. I found that once I set these boundaries, I felt less agitated and less hyper-stimulated. It made a big difference to my day. We are in unchartered waters now, in the history of human evolution we have never been so exposed to anything like this. Just get a train to the city at peak hour in the morning and have a look around. It will be very rare to find someone not engaged in their phone in some way.

I didn’t want to be owned like this by my phone, so I set to map out ways I could live more freely from my phone and here I share with you the 10 steps that I took to try to take back the power from my phone. Now admittedly, these are my preferences, and sometimes I struggle to stick to them!!

1. Avoid the phone while I am eating. I found eating and being on my phone highly distracting from my ability to enjoy my food. It was like eating was ‘just something you do’ rather than a special part of my day to relish the sensory delights and nourish myself for sustenance. So now eating is for eating!
2. Avoid the phone for the first hour in the morning. I found myself waking up and falling into the void of everyone else thinking processes by reading feeds, messages, and news items. I wanted to start my day with greater clarity and stillness so now my day starts with meditation to create space then visualisation, gratitude, and intention setting. It’s not until after this is done, that I will check my overnight messages.
3. Avoid the phone 30 minutes (ideally one hour) before bedtime. Rather than ending my day with some low-grade news feeds or Instagram posts of people’s cappuccinos, I like to finish my day now with some stretching, and reading deep spiritual and transformational books before I drift off to sleep. These leaves my mind in a positive framework that helps me set up the next day ahead.
4. Don’t read or text on my phone while walking. I found that while I was walking and texting or walking and reading on my phone, my nervous system would get over-stimulated and I felt uncomfortable. So now if I have to respond to something on my phone while walking I will stop and pause to send the message, and then keep walking.
5. Turn my phone on airplane mode or silent while driving. I found myself responding to messages at red traffic lights (shhh!) and I was always feeling a sense of haste trying to squeeze everything in during those small windows at traffic lights. So once I made the decision to turn my phone off in the car I was much more at ease with the drive and yes, also driving legally!
6. Turn my phone on airplane mode at night time while sleeping. It’s been proven that your phone is emitting radiation. Even just the thought of my phone being on in the house while sleeping left me uncomfortable. So every night now I turn my phone onto airplane mode.
7. Turn my Wi-Fi off in your house at night time while sleeping. When we sleep we open ourselves up to frequencies around us. Knowing that there is a black box in our home sending out an entire web of information isn’t something that I wanted to expose myself to so we now turn that off every night before bed.
8. Don’t take my phone into the gym. Ok so I’m sure many people like to listen to music or podcasts at the gym but I found that I was getting work messages and responding to them while I was at the gym so now I prefer to work out without my phone, and keep my workouts separate from my work!
9. Avoid double screening by leaving my phone off while watching TV. I used to have my phone with me everywhere I went, which meant it was on me while I watch TV with my family. If it buzzed or a message came through I would immediately answer it. Not only distracting me from my family time but also from the TV show. Now I leave my phone off or in another room so that for that window of time I am not distracted.
10. Block out time in my day to check my phone and respond to messages. By now you are probably wondering how I will ever respond to my messages on my phone. What I do is a blackout periods of time to get through things that need to get done. So the end of the meeting when I get to my car I’ll sit in my car before driving off and respond to any messages that have come through. And I do these in stages throughout the day so I’m compartmentalizing the time on my phone and not always responding to it. This way I’m empowered and not giving my power to my phone.

So like I said, these are my preferences and sometimes I bend these rules, but they are a useful guide to help me be less controlled by my phone and live a more balanced, calmer life. Do you have any other suggestions that might help our readers with their phones? Please share below.

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Tom is a meditation teacher, speaker, personal coach, and producer and co-writer of the film and book The Portal!

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My Top 5 Herbs To Improve Your life

One of the many benefits of having a wife studying naturopathy is that your home starts looking like a health food store. Over the last few years, I have become a testing device for countless medicinal herbs and I have to say, I’ve been amazed at what I’m learning.

Herbs have been used for thousands of years to heal the body and maintain optimal health and although some people feel you should get everything you need out of your diet, I feel it’s getting harder and harder to do that with so many of the nutrients and minerals farmed out of the soil.

This is where herbs come in as a way of boosting and enhancing your body on top of your diet. There are so many great herbs out there however today I want to share 5 of my top picks for herbs that can improve your life.

1. Ashwagandha: This is an adaptogenic herb native to regions like India, northern Africa, and the Middle East. It is used to reduce inflammation, fight cancer cells, lower cortisol, can lower blood sugar levels and reduce depression. This is the bee’s knees of herbs!

2. St Mary’s Thistle: This is a flowering plant from the daisy family. It is used to help cleanse the liver, promote skin health, promote weight loss and boost the immune system. Ideally, a great choice for liver cleanses!

3. Echinacea: This is extracted from the Native American coneflower and is used to combat cancer, boost the immune system, is anti-inflammatory and can improve mental health in relation to ADD and ADHD. Is a great choice for fighting colds and flu’s!

4. Astragalus: This belongs to the legume family is an adaptogen and has anti-aging properties, is anti-inflammatory, and boosts your immunes system. Great if you have sinus issues and effects of colds and flu’s.

5. Turmeric: Otherwise known as Bio-Curcumin, it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It can dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body, is linked to improved brain function and lowers the risk of brain diseases and may be useful in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s Disease. Simply great as a daily supplement for SO many things!

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All these benefits listed above are derived from controls studies however it’s essential to understand that every physical body is different and requires different attention. Before using any of these herbs I would suggest seeking professional help from naturopaths, nutritionists and doctors and also doing your own level of research on each of the herbs. Oh, and my wife says to let you know that rotating herbs and not depending on them every day is best practice.

Are there other herbs that you might recommend? Please share them below as we’d all love to know which ones you like.

Why My 16 Yr Old Son Skipped School And I Was Ok With It

Friday morning at breakfast and my 16-year-old son tells me he isn’t going to school today. “Something much more important has come up” he tells me. He’s marching in the city with 40,000 other kids to help the government wake up to the climate crisis that’s unfolding before their eyes. “The thing is Dad, the 60 year olds in government don’t care that much, they know they won’t be here for another 50-70 years, but we will. We have to live with this and they don’t!”

What moved me about yesterday’s march was the genuine level of passion and integrity behind the voice of these youths. This was not a day to skip school… this was a day to make change. They really are concerned for the future of this planet.

But another question was asked at breakfast, by his sister, who asked us all: “Do you really think it will make a difference?” This wasn’t asked in a negative futile way, more at a deep level of enquiry as to what needs to be done to make a change for the better.

The beauty of democracy is that a government will make most of its policies on the need to win 51% of the countries vote to retain power. The challenge with democracy is that if that 51% of that country have a mindset that isn’t progressive and for the enhancement of society or the planet, then that will influence the government’s policy. So as much as the march was for the government, it was also to help sway more people to join in the movement for change.

I often struggle with my own impact on climate change. I recycle my paper and plastic, I pick up plastic when I’m at the beach and turn off the lights to save electricity where possible. But as most people feel, it’s so far out of our reach that we feel helpless. I feel that the immediacy of the need for change has to come from the top down AND bottom up.

Governments can influence policy when it has the courage to do so. Last December, Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City said they would remove diesel cars and vans by 2025 with all of Norway to phase out conventional cars by 2025 also. So yes things like this can be done when governments are willing to implement policy over big business.

But what about from the bottom up, i.e. the grass roots of society? This will require more than recycling our newspapers and plastic cups. It’s going to require a complete shift from a consumeristic “need more to be happy” mind set. It will only come when we transcend the programming that getting new things will make us happier. It’s been proven through numerous studies that prioritising our extrinsic values over intrinsic values will NOT make us happier. What this means is that if we feel we will be happier when we get more clothes after excitedly purchasing them from an online store and having them arrive in the mail at our doorstep, then think again. Studies prove this is not the case. If we think we will be happier when we get the latest sofas and rugs delivered from IKEA because we were tired of the old ones, then think again. Studies prove this is not the case.

As long as we have a yearning to have more so that we can be happier, then we will continue on this path of deteriorating conditions. Living from a state of lack, with a sense that there is a hole to be filled by acquiring ‘items’ is a big part of what is driving our climate crisis. This will change when we are fulfilled more from the inside. How do we do that? By assessing what our intrinsic values are and then putting more attention on them. Intrinsic values are what it sounds like, they come from within.
Some intrinsic values are:
• A sense of purpose
• Loving relationships
• Having a sense of inner fulfilment
• A state of calm
• A connection to the Divine or God
• Gratitude

When we have an increase in our intrinsic values then we will be less geared to seek fulfilment through external ways and if this happens in a scaleable way, then we will start to see significant change to the way humans impact the planet. When we combine that with change from the people at the top like governments and corporations, then we really might start to see some big changes! Sounds promising right?

 

Tom is a meditation teacher, author, corporate speaker and personal coach. He provides one on one coaching as well as group coaching in his Zen Academy for Transformational Leadership. To contact Tom about receiving his guidance or booking him to speak at your company click here

Addiction – Another Way To Heal

Addiction is a very challenging issue to overcome. For some people it can be a life time sentence. I understand this as I have an addictive personality and have experienced addiction in my lifetime also. There is another way that we can reduce the addiction grip on our life by using meditation, which I have seen the results of not just in my own life but the lives of many students also. Only recently I received a message from one of my students who said they had noticed a significant drop off in their gambling addiction. In this short video I share why this is the case and how meditation can help people who are struggling with addiction. You may know someone that this video could help, so feel free to pass it on to them.

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Waking Up in the Middle of the Night? Can’t Sleep?

Sleeping manBy Carrie Richardson

There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night after a tiring day. For some people, falling asleep again after waking during the night is very difficult and can in turn lead to sleep deprivation. In the U.S., insufficient sleep is a public health problem. According to the data presented by American Sleep Association, 37% of 20-39 year-olds report a lack of sleep, while 40% of 40-59 year-olds also have the same problem.

People wake up in the middle of the night for various reasons. If you’re one of those people who experiences this every night, you may want to change some of your bedtime habits and adjust your bedroom in line with some of our tips below.

1. Unplug

This is probably one of the most important things to do now that gadgets have become an integral part of our lives. Browsing on our smartphone or laptop right before sleeping not only makes it harder to fall asleep, it can also wake you up in the middle of the night.

Sleep expert Dr. Wendy Troxel suggests that you should unplug at least one hour before bedtime: “Technology such as iPhones, tablets, and televisions not only provide very stimulating content, which can keep you awake at night, but they also can directly interfere with a good night of sleep by emitting light, which can interfere with sleep.”

2. Avoid alcohol before sleeping

While there are some health benefits from drinking red wine, drinking too much of it at night can actually cause disruptive sleep. Leesa provided some information on how to fall asleep faster in a recent blog post, which states that you should avoid alcohol at least 4 hours before bedtime to ensure a good night’s sleep. The reason for this is that while alcohol may put you to sleep, it’ll probably be the cause that wakes up again in the middle of the night.

A study presented by Web MD backed up this claim, stating that alcohol and sleep don’t mix. Part of the reason is because alcohol gets metabolized into sugar, and causes spikes in blood sugar, which keeps people awake.

“Alcohol may seem to be helping you to sleep, as it helps induce sleep, but overall it is more disruptive to sleep, particularly in the second half of the night,” said Irshaad Ebrahim, the Medical Director at The London Sleep Centre. “Alcohol also suppresses breathing and can precipitate sleep apnea.”

Just like wine, water may also be cause you to wake up at night. If you drink too much of it before bedtime, your body will wake you up a few hours later because you’ll need to urinate.

3. Cancel out the distractions in your room

You probably never thought that your bedroom could be the root of the problem. What’s common in most bedrooms is that sometimes light seeps in and can stop you from sleeping. Or the walls in your bedroom are too thin and the external noise can stop your from getting to sleep. These distractions can be detrimental to your sleep and make you restless.

Dr. James Findley claims that keeping an optimal sleeping environment means having a bedroom that is basically like a cave. It’s important to get uninterrupted sleep especially during the lighter stages of your sleep cycle. That being said, you might want to invest in a sleep mask, blackout curtains, and earplugs if you are easily disturbed at night.

4. Meditate 

Daily meditation can help calm the mind and slow down it’s noisey chatter. One of the biggest causes of insomnia is a busy mind that won’t stop thinking. Meditating twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before dinner will help. Another option is just before bed spend 5-10 minutes sitting upright in a chair and observe the breath moving through the nostrils. This will have a calming effect on the mind and help produce more melatonin to induce sleep.

Sleep is very important so that you can function to the best of you abilities throughout the day. Keep these tips in mind if you’re constantly waking up during the night and the chances are you will be able to improve your sleeping habits moving forward.

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In this book you will gain a deep understanding of why you may be experiencing poor sleep and then a series of simple guidelines that will have you falling asleep within minutes of your head hitting the pillow every night.
Faster Deeper Sleep is your ultimate guide to a restful good nights sleep.
Here is what you will recieve:
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* A meditation to calm your monkey mind
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* An ayurvedic massage technique that will ground you ready for bed
* 4 things to avoid that will be affecting your sleep patterns
* and much much more…

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Why Falling Asleep In Meditation Is Ok

sleepDo you ever fall asleep in your meditation sessions? Trust me it’s a very common occurrence and one that happened to me many times and still to this day can occur. Many people feel they have failed or aren’t meditating well because they keep falling asleep when they sit down to meditate. In fact it’s probably the main enquiry that I get with my students.
So I have put together a short video for you where I explain why you fall asleep in meditation and what to do about it. The good news is that if you fall asleep in meditation it’s a sign you’re getting a lot out of meditation….Click below and I’ll explain why.

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Earthing- What It Is And Why It’s Good For You

earthHey I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been feeling FRAZZLED! When I say frazzled, I mean that state where you know your nervous system and body really needs to just chill out!
It could be all the wifi modems emitting data into the ether, it could be the traffic, it could be the bluetooth in my car, it could be the amount of computer time I’ve been doing, the amount of phone time or all of the above! When I feel my body responding this way I know its time to get grounded and Earth myself. This can be anything from walking barefoot on the grass or sand, lying on the ground or hugging a tree (yeh sounding very hippy here I know!)

This is called Earthing and it has huge benefits from:

  • Improved Sleep
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced or eliminates chronic pain
  •  Increased energy and vitality
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Lowers stress and promotes calmness in the body
  • Improved blood flow
  • Reduced jet lag

This connection to the Earth and nature has decreased over time as we live modern lives in cities, surrounded by technology, buildings removed further and further from nature. For many the closest they might come to being around nature is watering the cactus plant on the coffee table!

When I feel the need to connect more to the Earth I will make sure I have found a patch of grass that has no wifi reception (check this on your phone wifi connection) and no over head or nearby powerlines. Then I will simply lie down, turn my phone on airplane mode or off if I have it with me and sink into the ground. When I’m lying there I can feel the energetic pull of the Earth gripping me or hugging me into her. There’s enough magnetic pull by the Earth’s gravity on my body to create a pressure of my body against the Earth’s surface. Ah bliss! Then just lie there. That’s it.

After about 30-60 minutes of this I feel amazingly calm, grounded and energised. It’s super simple, costs nothing and has huge benefits!

Here’s a small clip for you that I made after one Earthing session I had yesterday. And if you have any other suggestions of how to Earth yourself please let us know below, we’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy!
Peace and light,
Tom
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Why Awareness About Mental Health Simply Isn’t Enough

smilingIn the last few years in Australia we’ve seen a rapid increase in organisations specialising in mental health awareness. Some are privately run through sponsorship funding and some governmentally funded. What’s inspired this growth is the dramatic increase in poor mental health in our society. These bodies are reportedly seeing huge increases in anxiety and depression across the population.

On one hand it is great that we are bringing awareness to this issue, but on the other hand, the question is….What are they doing about resolving the issue? Have we seen a decrease since these organisations have appeared on the scene or has the issue continued to balloon?

I applied as a speaker at one of the organisations a while ago, offering my services to support those who may have suffered with anxiety or depression. In the interview process, they asked me what sort of topics I would be discussing in my presentations, to which I replied:
“Effective strategies to overcome the debilitating effects of anxiety, panic and depression.”

“Oh No. We don’t like to discuss strategies, we are about awareness.” They replied.

I was a bit confused.

What does awareness alone do to help people recover from a lack of mental health? Don’t these people need strategies and a process to go through to help them recover and regain their mental health back? Apparently this was not what this incredibly well funded organisation was about.

Needless to say, they declined my application.

If someone sat down in front of you and they said they were physically unhealthy, would you talk about it or propose some steps they take to improve their health? No doubt, you might suggest they exercise 3 times a week, make veggie juices, go to bed before 10pm, stretch 2-3 times a week, drink 2 litres of filtered water a day, avoid drinking too much alcohol, decrease their sugar, gluten and processed foods.

It wouldn’t be a complex process but one that once applied would certainly bring about an improvement in someone’s physical health. It shouldn’t require huge amounts of discussion and awareness, just being proactive and empowered in making choices and presenting an option. Once they take that option and embark on those steps, invariably we see their physical health improve.

The very same goes for mental health. Being mentally healthy is a process. It requires action. It requires processes. It’s not complicated to get the basics of mental health. The foundation of being mentally healthy is quite simple and presenting the options to those suffering is the key to improving someone’s state of mind.

I once had very poor mental health. It’s certainly better these days than where it was. Is it perfect? No, I’m not sure we can reach perfect mental health. Are we ever going to feel happy all the time? (Maybe the Dalai Lama?? Even there I’d be surprised.) But by taking a series of steps and continuing with them daily I found that my mental health improved dramatically. So if someone does have a lack of mental health, what steps could they take to improve the health of their mind?

1. Read self-help books daily: There’s a Sanskrit phrase, yad bhavam tat bhavati which means what we think we become. By reading positive self-help books we continuously over-ride those negative conditioned thoughts in our mind.

2. Meditate daily or ideally twice a day: Meditation is like going to the gym for your body. It’s a work out and will help develop the mind into more positive space. Science has revealed that meditation increases grey matter, and the biochemical’s of serotonin and oxytocin that help you feel happy and calm. Meditation also helps move the body out of sympathetic nervous system state and into parasympathetic nervous system where it restores balance.

3. See naturopath and get your gut health checked: The gut is considered the second brain and if we have poor gut health this can affect our moods, leading to anxiety and depression. Issues like low healthy gut flora, inflammation and lack of nutrients all influence our mental health.

4. Avoid negative media and as much as possible, negative people: As per point #1, constantly being around people and reading media that is filled with negativity will affect your thoughts and your mental health. This isn’t always as easy to do, however where possible, make mindful choices about engaging in negative gossip, discussions and watching only the negative aspects of global news. There is a lot of good going on out there as well, only it doesn’t sell as well as negative news!

5. Gratitude daily: When we feel gratitude for the good things in our life it immediately changes how we feel. It’s much easier to see the negative things in our life than the good things, so it will require a structured process. I have gratitude journal by my bedside that I write 10 things I’m grateful for that day. It can be a small as having a hot shower, the warmth and light from the sun, the oxygen provided by the trees or your family.

6. Avoiding technology and going to sleep by 10pm: A good night sleep is crucial for mental health. The mind is a muscle and if it gets overworked it gets worn out and tired. Providing sufficient time each day for the mind and body to repair is key to good mental health.

7. Eating more organic healthy wholefoods: The brain needs to be fed nutrients and minerals to be healthy. If it’s starved it will suffer. I don’t subscribe to diets, but I do like to eat nutritious whole foods preferably locally sourced from my weekly growers market. Another way to feed the brain is with the powerful micro-nutrients found in Q96 Empowerplus. The vitamins and minerals feed the brain helping to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and panic.

8. Exercise: Yes this is a physical practice that will help physical health but it has been proven to also help mental health. When we exercise we release healthy endorphins into our body, increases serotonin, and reduces inflammation by detoxing through sweating.

Mental health means just that, a healthy state of mind. To achieve physical health, requires a regular regime or process, and the same too for mental health. We need to be proactive and embrace daily actions that constantly improve our state of mind. Bringing awareness about the poor state of mental health in our society, I’m all for that, but can we also offer options and strategies to help us all continuously achieve good mental health?

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Why Your Nervous System Is Getting Battered And What You Can Do To Protect It

data-information-overload-ss-1920You’re nervous system is taking a battering. You may not even be aware of this but it’s happening right now. You can’t see it happening, and you probably can’t feel it happening, but it’s happening. It’s been a gradual process, one that over time your nervous system has normalised to. You’ve come to accept that this is how you feel every day. This is the new normal right?

I’ve just arrived at my villa, deep in the jungles of Bali, about to start our annual 6-day retreat tomorrow. All I can see for miles around are forests…lush, thick, dense rainforests (So no, not the heaving bars of Seminyak and Legian!) Immediately I can feel the calming, healing effect of this on my nervous system. I have something to compare it to as I’ve just come from a highly populated city of 7 million people to a thick jungle where I can’t see anyone or anything but trees!

What is most apparent is how highly stimulated and overworked my nervous system is right now. I can feel its jitteriness and there’s a buzz in my body. Why couldn’t I feel this before? Why am I only aware of this now? Contrast. In the city the whole ‘field’ is a highly stimulated matrix of pulsing technology and flow of information. All around us is a bombardment on our senses, and this is not just traffic, TV’s, radio, loud music, fluorescent lighting, air conditioning units, iPhones and computers. It’s the unseen that is a big issue.

Pull out your phone and check the source of your wifi. Depending where you live, you might find there are between 3 and 10 different wifi modems to choose from. Each modem is spitting out huge amounts of data. Have a look around many of the buildings in your area. You will notice mobile phone receptor towers on every corner. There’s electric cables, satellite dishes, white noise, and then there’s the electro magnetic field (EMF’s). Holy Moly…this is intense and all relatively new to the planet. The effect it’s having on us, especially the children is massive. The rise in anxiety, depression and ADHD with adults is exponential, but with young children, it is off the charts! (That’s Aussie slang for ridiculously high!)

Is it going to go away? Nope. If anything it will only intensify. Can we do anything about it? Yes!

We need to take action because this is going to really take its toll on us all if we don’t do something. So here are 10 things that can alleviate some of the impact this field of frequencies is doing to our nervous systems:

1. Get out of the city…regularly. Even if it’s for a day, go for an hour or two drive and spend a day in a forest.
2. Turn off all electrics and your modem before going to bed at night
3. Put your phones on airplane mode or turn them off when you are asleep
4. Dim all lighting and use blue blocking glasses in the evening
5. Get some EMF protectors (do your research as there are some good ones and some not so good ones!)
6. Block out sections of your day where you are not on either your phone or computer
7. Give your ears a rest, have silence (i.e. no radio or music) in the car or at home regularly
8. Give your nervous system plenty of rest by having a good nights sleep
9. Read good old-style paper books
10. Shut down your senses in daily meditation

You don’t have to get to the rainforests of Bali to start the process. We can take some of these steps (which are a reminder to me too!) straight away. The price to pay will be huge if we don’t. Fatigue, anxiety, depression, ADHD, poor digestion, migraines, insomnia just to name a few are becoming more commonplace than not these days and at some point we might want to ask why and what can we do about it?

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7 Pillars For Optimal Health

healthyIt’s not long now until I turn 50. Seems strange to think of that number when I feel so young. Not only do I feel young, but I also feel the healthiest I’ve ever been. How is that so? Health is a process. It’s not a goal. Goals are something you reach, and then it’s done. Health is never done. It’s a daily process that I’m dedicated to and conscious of, where as lack of health more often than not is due to no dedication and unconscious decisions.

I want to clarify that fitness and health are two very different things. My friend is fit! He runs marathons all the time. But if he’s not running and training he’s battling flus and sleeping. Professional athletes are fit. I read an article on the weekend about Lauren Jackson the basketballer. She was fit! She was a professional athlete and paid lots of money to shoot hoops. But she was addicted to pain killers and sleeping tablets! Healthy? Or fit? You decide.

Of course, the body is fallible. It has limitations. And over time it will show signs of wear and tear. I have a tear in my meniscus in my left knee, some rotator cuff issues in my right shoulder, minor pain in my left wrist when I do downward dog and push ups and I now need glasses to read! Yep, the creaky old thing is showing the effects of age. But beyond that there is health. Health is vitality, zest, strength, aliveness, stamina, immunity, potency, lightness and energy.

To be healthy I have a 7-pillar program. It’s simple and I believe if you follow this 7-pillar program you will reach optimal health in no time.

1. Sweat. 2-3 times a week I will have big sweat. Either through training or in a sauna. I believe sweating is a great way to cleanse the body. I will sauna 1 hour at a time to really cleanse deep in the body with intermittent swims at 20-minute intervals. Be sure to drink lots of water. (See Step 4)

2. Strengthen. 3 times a week I like to lift heavy weights. There is something grounding, strengthening and empowering about lifting heavy metal to the point of exhaustion. Deepak Chopra says that lifting weights increases bone density and obviously develops muscle tissue and if great for longevity.

3. Stretching. Be it yoga or just stretching before bed at night or first thing in the morning is something I like to do every day. It could be as little as 5 minutes or up to 2 hours for a yoga class. Stretching opens up the tension points in the body allows the energy to flow more freely increasing immunity and vitality.

4. Hydration. 2 litres of clean filtered water to hydrate the body a day. Many people are suffering from dehydration, which will affect your adrenals, your immune system and kidneys and liver. I have a 2-litre BPA free bottle that I fill up in the morning and make sure I finish by the end of day. Take into account caffeine and alcohol do not hydrate the body, they dehydrate it.

5. Nutrition. Hippocrates nailed it when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” There is more than enough information in the world today to know that clean organic fresh foods are good for you. Processed foods, sugary foods and trans fats aren’t. I will have 1-2 cold pressed organic vegetable juices a day and eat as much natural food as possible. Whether you are paleo, vegan, Ayurvedic, pescetarian or whatever, that’s up to you and I think everyone has to find what’s right for them. But under all that the same simple principles apply. Eat for health.

6. Sleep. There are not many people I meet in my coaching and training sessions that aren’t tired. I think the biggest imbalance we have on the planet today is fatigue. We simply don’t rest enough. (Guilty here!) Ideally I’d like to be in bed asleep by 9-9.30pm, but that rarely happens. I wake regardless around 5-5.30am, which is my body clock that wakes with the sun. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I can take breaks and nap in the afternoon. (Those Spanish were on to something!) Making sure we are rested and our battery cells are charged is key to being healthy.

7. Mental clarity and calm. Ok let’s cut straight to the chase, I’m talking about meditation here. Meditation has been a priority in my day for 20 years now and I won’t let a day go by without sitting in meditation. It’s like eating food, going to the toilet and sleeping. I don’t question it. It’s a non-negotiable. The body is a print out of the mind and if the mind is busy and filed with negative thoughts then this will transfer through into the body.

It’s not complicated. Following these steps has had a huge impact on my life. Of course there are times when I deviate from this and it shows when I do. Life isn’t rigid and you cant always fit everything into a day or week. But if health becomes a priority then you will probably find ways to fit most of these pillars into your week in some way shape or form. Have you got any other pillars that I might have missed out? Please let me know below, I’d love to hear them!

Happy health!

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