Ten things you can do every day to create Wellness in your Heart, Mind and Spirit.

1. Value the body you have – warts and all, imperfections and all and accept that, just for today, this is what you have to work with. Every body has something going on, and we can work with what is going on for us, or against it. Swim with your current:)

2. Breathe….in through the nose, out through the mouth. After you get up, before you get out of bed. Take a moment to take some deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Nothing to do yet, nowhere to go, just breathing, in through the nose, out through the mouth. If you can do 10, great, if not, 5, if not five, three. It’s not about the number, and it’s not a competition. It is about breath/life/inspiration. Inspiration meaning not only breath, but to inspire us as we start the gift of today.

3. We are where our thoughts are. Every thought we have, every emotion we experience has a direct, measurable biomedical reaction in our bodies. When we are happy, our white blood cells are doing one thing. When we are sad, they are chemically different. We cannot control everything in our lives, and we CAN control what we choose to think about. What do you choose today?

4. Eat often. Skipping meals is not going to help you lose weight or get any medical condition under control. Eating regular meals, with people you enjoy if possible, will lighten your mood, engage your brain and feed your body.

5. Be mindful of what you put in your body. While we all want to eat foods that nourish our spirit as well as our bodies, we need to watch what passes our lips. Real food for real people is our family motto. That means reading labels: no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup. You can find many treats at Trader Joe’s without them that fit your diet plan whatever it is.

6. Move your body – every day. Stretch move, do what you can. Not every body can do every exercise. Finding the one (s) that work for your body and support you and DOING them is the key.

7. Drink water (as long as it works for your body and your medical conditions). Squeeze some fresh lemon into your water to support your Liver (from a Chinese Medicine perspective) and your bowels. Being hydrated well supports your mood, blood sugar regulation, digestion and help prevent Kidney stones.

8. Look at beautiful things. If you can, get outside and breathe in the fresh air and look at the beautiful surroundings here. Watching a fish swim in a tank has been shown to lower blood pressure. Surely looking at beautiful things in nature, or pictures of loved ones will engender good feelings and support you to be your best.

9. Be compassionate with yourself and others. Shift happens. We cannot control what goes on around us, but we can control our responses. Our children will say things that push our buttons, as will spouses and friends and others who love us. When we take a step back and ask ourselves on a 1-10 how important is this comment (opinions are like noses, everybody’s got one), we can allow others the space to be wrong….or maybe even right and disagree with us.

10. Surround yourself with people who support you (whether they know it or not). Many studies have shown that when people are connected to other people, they heal AND feel better about themselves. Helping others even when you are feeling down will lift you up and shift your perspective about yourself.