Let’s face it – these days most of us are having trouble making ends meet, and caring for our health is the last thing on our minds, at least until we get sick. With the cost of modern medical care rising to levels that make it nearly out of reach of the average person, getting healthy and staying that way appears to be an unattainable goal. Believe it or not there are ways that you can take care of yourself, stay healthy and not break the bank in the process.
These days it is easy and inexpensive to learn simple ways to improve your overall health and well being. One of the best options I’ve found is The Center for Healing Arts. The films made by this healing arts company offer the opportunity to learn more about a variety of holistic practices directly from renowned experts via full-length DVD sessions that are sent to you every other month for a very reasonable subscription fee. Learning is easy because you can review each DVD session at your own pace in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
Watch What You Eat
We all know that we should watch what we eat, but how many of us actually put that into practice? The truth is that it is much easier to stop by the drive-through window on the way home from a long day at work than to cook a meal and then clean up afterwards.
One relatively painless way of alleviating the desire for the speed of fast food is to set aside two to three hours each week on a day off and prepare several healthy meals in advance. By freezing them in individual portions, preparing a hot and hearty meal after a long day will only take the time required to stick it in the microwave. When you cook your own meals you’re getting a delicious and wholesome meal that is healthier than factory freezer food.
Move Your Body
Exercise can be another story entirely, especially with today’s hectic schedules. Increasing your exercise can be as simple as taking the stairs at work or as involved as joining your local gym or workout center, it all depends on you. Why not get out in the morning before you take off for work and enjoy a brisk walk for a few minutes in the fresh air? It will help to get your body energized and clear your head, putting you in a great state of mind to start your day.
No need to visit the gym and run on the treadmill for hours or do endless sit-ups- It is more important you find a way to increase your overall activity level that works for you. If you do not like any particular activity you are in all likelihood not going to stick to it. Consistency is the key!
Make Personal Time
Taking time for you is just as important to good health as diet and exercise. Set aside at least thirty minutes every day for personal time. Whether you choose to read a book, work a crossword puzzle, meditate or simply take a nap, the important part is that you are doing something for yourself and you don’t feel obligated to anyone’s needs during that specified time but your own. You know you deserve it and a little time spent away from your hectic schedule can work wonders for your overall well-being.
Learning for Less
You have no doubt heard the buzz in recent years about alternative medicine, the healing arts or holism. There are quite a few choices out there for those who want to learn more.
The best option for me was an inexpensive subscription to the DVDs offered by The Center for Healing Arts. It was the most cost-effective way for me to learn the most by spending the least. Of course I have read what I could find online, and that is excellent for certain types of information but when it comes to healing we need to see and hear the people who are offering it. The Center’s DVDs are taught by people who know what they are talking about because their healing tradition is an integral part of their lives. Learning is important, but making sure you are learning accurate, practical and insightful healing practices is even more important though I still like to get a good deal.