Life Tools: 101 Ways to Be Well
your #1 priority.
wellness rather than learning about your disease.
tea (instead of coffee).
of filtered pH balanced mineral water (instead of soda or sweetened
8-10 glasses per day.
Learn to love
unsweetened fruit juices. We get plenty of natural sugar; we don't
need an excess of refined white sugar. Excess sugar is said to
rob us of our essential nutrients. It removes calcium and other
minerals, depletes our stores of protein, and consumes important
nutrients like vitamin B1. (Taken from Natural Immunity by Norobu
Muramoto) It is also suggested in this book that eliminating sugar
from the diet can prevent osteoporosis.
Play with the
cat or dog. If you live alone and don't have a pet to love and
care for, consider adopting one. Studies have shown that the immune
system actually strengthens when we are in the caring/loving mode.
Play with the
kids. This usually brings your mind into the present moment
the healthiest place to be.
Take a good
quality multi-vitamin - one recommended for you from a health
practitioner or nutritionist.
milk thistle for a healthy liver any time you are exposed to food
or environmental toxins.
Do yoga stretches
or every morning.
for at least a half-hour every day. If you can't be, make up for
it on the weekends.
Adopt the belief
that the universe IS friendly.
over anger. Choose the attitude first and the feelings will result.
We always have the freedom to choose our attitude.
Listen to your
body. When it says rest - rest. When it says it is fatigued -
take a break. When your digestive system acts up - up your standards
of nutrition and diet. When your muscles cramp or joints ache
- drink more water
make it a habit. Your body knows!
Hang out with
Let go of relationships
that drag you down or deplete your energy.
you truth, being respectful of others.
Know what your
needs are and get them met.
quickly if you get out of integrity.
Do random acts
Know that the
body is always doing it's best to heal and appreciate it for it's
efforts. If it's still not well, then it's asking you for more
help. More help may mean "doing" less, or, taking more
responsibility for your healing, or, loving yourself more.
Wear good quality
sunglasses to protect your eyes. On the contrary, indirect light
into the eyes is supposedly beneficial.
and smiles will come back to you.
that serve you.
Make all chores
know when you are grateful for their gesture.
Make work a
party - Enjoy work. If you don't, fix it or change jobs.
Wake up to
an alarm that begins your day in a positive way. If your alarm
jolts you out of bed, or makes you curse, it's time to make a
change. For every emotion we feel there is a biochemical response
in the body. Don't begin your day with bad body chemistry. Wake
out of bed, thank God for the day.
Relax in a
place that nurtures your spirit a few minutes after each meal.
eat, be thankful for you food and the nourishment it will provide
you. Making this ritual a habit will help center you before you
dive into your food. Our state of being while we eat has an effect
on the digestion and processing of what we take in. Attitude.
chew your food completely. It is said chewing 30-40 times per
bite of food is best. The digestive process begins in the mouth.
junk mail the moment you get it. This will allow you more time
to relax or play! 5 minutes a day = 26 hours a year!
Look in the
mirror and say, "I am worthy of Being Well."
your greatest and most fun vision and see yourself there.
your next vacation scheduled. Having something to look forward
to is healthy in many ways.
that will result in laughter.
day by writing in your "gratitude journal".
Wash your hands
on a regular basis, especially when in public. Hands are the most
common carrier of disease and germs.
Use only natural
mouthwash, that is - if you use it at all. We absorb a great deal
through the tissue in our mouth and under our tongue, therefor,
using a mouthwash with alcohol, coloring and other chemicals is
similar to ingesting it.
Do at least
one loving thing for the person you are closest to.
If you are
struggling with an illness or disease, talk to as many people
as possible to find those who have had success with the same condition.
Find them and learn from them. Ask for their support and guidance.
vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and vegetable proteins.
Walk at least
30 minutes a day.
Take a long
luxurious bath by candlelight.
regularly. If your concern is cancer, seek the advice of a health
practitioner or doctor before having massage. It may NOT be advisable.
It may not be the right time to stimulate circulation and move
lymph around your body.
Learn how to
make decisions effectively so that you can make conscious choices
at all times, responding to life in the present moment rather
than reacting, avoiding or denying. When we aren't able to respond
appropriately to situations the moment they arise, unresolved
stuff begins piling up
and up. The result -
stress, leaving you susceptible to illness.
on your wellness because you love yourself, rather than because
you fear sickness or dying. If you are operating from fear
it will effect your healing efforts negatively, as love of self
will effect your healing efforts positively.
Make sure all
emotional stuff is addressed through traditional therapy; NET
(Neuro-Emotional Therapy), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique),
The Option® Process, or any procedure that brings you back
to center. If you haven't heard the term "being centered,"
it refers to a state of being where we are most stable, balanced
and in harmony; it's not when our emotions are in control, but
when our authentic self is in charge.
Seek the guidance
of a good nutritionist and/or naturopathic doctor.
Use only natural
and pH balanced products on your skin and hair.
Use a filtered
pH balanced showerhead for your showers and baths. Your skin absorbs
a lot of water while bathing or showering. Be sure the water it's
absorbing is helping you be well.
Put raw organic
sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds on your salads.
Seeds provide a powerhouse of nutritional value, everything from
B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, to calcium. Sesame seeds provide
a "natural" source of calcium. There are theories that
non-food source calcium supplements don't work and can actually
promote heart disease.
in a coffee grinder and put some on your cereal each morning.
Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, potassium,
magnesium, and fiber. They are also immune system boosters.
Use rice milk
or soymilk instead of regular milk.
Use only natural
Use only natural,
aluminum-free underarm deodorants such as those containing tea
tree oil or natural mineral salts. These products neutralize the
odor by providing an environment in which bacteria cannot thrive.
Do not use antiperspirants. Perspiration is an important function
of the body and one way our body eliminates toxins.
oils instead of perfumes. Essential oils can have beneficial effects.
There is a whole area of study around this subject alone!
Be sure your
home is free of molds, mildew, or other environmental toxins.
A whole house air filtration system is ideal, but there are many
other steps you can take to improve your environment from toxins.
cleaning products around the house to reduce toxins in the air,
on surfaces, and in the groundwater. There are many products that
are effective at killing bacteria and make for easy cleaning.
Hang out with
others who role model extreme self-care.
If you don't know what having faith feels like, seek out and spend
time with others who do have faith. Talk to them about it. Having
faith is a spiritual experience, not necessarily religious.
life. Learn to realize that less is more.
Join a gym
and determine a routine that is perfect for you.
Be sure your
bedroom is the place to sleep
not read or watch TV. Watching
TV or reading in bed can, over time, contribute to sleep disorders.
Condition your mind-body that bed is the place to sleep.
If you eat
meat at home, cook only natural, free-range, hormone free, non-genetically
engineered, organically fed meat.
What a mouthful.
free. There are world class tri-atheletes that are vegetarian,
so there's no argument that you need meat for strength or stamina.
And, in addition to health benefits, you will be helping both
animals and the environment
saving rain forests, wolves,
rivers, and much more.
books about healing and wellness, and don't forget to read those
fun and inspiring stories too! Fantasies
makes you feel good - read it!
seminars, or lectures, especially on cutting edge studies and
approaches to healing and wellness.
so that you always have a reserve in case you need it. Having
a reserve is a preventative measure against stress.
Build a reserve
of caring people in your life so there is always someone you can
turn to when you need support, encouragement, endorsement or simply
a listening ear.
Build a reserve
of time so that you are never rushed.
by listening to gentle nurturing music.
Keep you home
clean and germ free, especially the kitchen and bathroom.
Be sure to
use a separate cutting board (dishwasher safe ideal) for meat
and/or fish and wash it thoroughly using a disinfectant after
Have a hobby
you love and do it regularly.
Go out and
skip like a child. It will bring back that childlike feeling and
probably make you smile - or maybe even laugh. Even better
do it with your partner or a friend and laugh together.
Join a community
that you feel nurtures your spirit. Being connected with others
in a positive way has been documented to aid in healing.
to pray for you. There have been studies that when large groups
of people pray for an individual to become healed, the odds for
wellness are increased.
are thin, eat less. Most Americans overeat, putting undo stress
on the body.
Do a juice
fast one day a week. Talk to a health practitioner about what
kind of fast would best serve you. Fasting helps the body eliminate
toxins and refresh itself.
Use Olive oil
as your primary oil for salads and cooking.
your oils. Oils go bad rather quickly when not refrigerated. Don't
be alarmed if they change consistency or get cloudy. That's normal
and fully all the time. Oxygen is necessary for every cell in
our body, and there is less oxygen in our air than there used
to be. Therefor, we need to be extra sure to breathe deeply.
butter with almond butter. It's much better for you.
Keep an open
mind. Being boxed into believing that only traditional medicine,
or only a wholistic approach is appropriate could hinder your
healing. Explore all possibilities and make a decision that feels
uniquely right for you. It may combine several approaches.
as a gift. Illness is such a powerful stimulus to change. When
people recover and are able to look back upon their challenging
experience, it is often regarded as the greatest opportunity they
ever had for personal growth and evolution - truly a gift!
Become a model
of acceptance. Being in acceptance is a powerful place, it is
not a place of submission or subservience. It is a place of acknowledging
the absolute truth. It is from this place that we can move forward
from most powerfully.
to your baby
or to yourself. This may seem like it doesn't
belong on this list, but this kind of behavior results in good
feelings and good feelings are healthy!
No doubt about it.
that every year, fully 98 percent of the total number of atoms
in your body are replaced." This has been confirmed by radioactive
isotope studies at the Oak Ridge Laboratories in California. Deepak
Chopra, M.D. Let this strengthen your belief that you have the
potential to replace unhealthy atoms with healthy atoms, thus
building a strong and healthier physical body.
like "should, could, ought to, have to, and can't" from
your vocabulary. Replace them with "I want to, I am, I will,
I can, or I choose
" Practice speaking your truth at
all time. "I should," simply means "I don't want,
" This is not a healthy habit.
words from your vocabulary and replace them with fun words
that still allow you to acknowledge and release the "feeling"
of anger or frustration in the moment and shift it to a place
closer to humor.
and drug free.
rather than complain.
and other unhealthy rushes from life.
of everything you know is not good for you." Thomas Leonard,
Coach and author of The Personal Foundation Program.
Work with a
Personal Life Coach or Wellness Coach.
Copyright © 1999 Beth
Meininger, PCC. All Rights Reserved.