As I noted last week, I’m going to be writing a few posts on emotional intelligence and (physical) self care, because in this culture, especially, it seems really hard to get going so fast we forget to tune in to what both our bodies and the medical profession are telling us.
At this point, in fact, there is so much evidence that nutrition, exercise, and, yes, sleep are crucial to our health, it’s a wonder that not all of us are paying attention. Or maybe it’s just testament to the human capacity for denial.
For instance, we really do know that:
a) Regular aerobic exercise helps prevents high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, and diabetes; and reduces stress, improves mood, and can help you sleep better.
b) A low fat, high fiber diet can helps prevent heart disease, obesity, colon cancer, and diabetes.
c) Getting enough sleep helps prevent high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other factors related to heart disease, as well as reduces stress and, possibly, your risk of getting depression, all while helping to boost mental clarity and memory.
d) Yoga helps with flexibility, strength, balance, concentration and stress reduction; meditation can likewise help with stress, depression, anxiety and concentration.
So why do we not stop to take care of ourselves? Post your comments here — and I’ll write more on Thursday.