I, like many of you, do a lot of things to keep myself healthy. I eat lots of plants that have fiber and loads of antioxidants and micro nutrients, I abstain from alcohol and drugs, I exercise frequently in many different ways, I limit sugar, I use essential oils, I meditate, I take supplements, I see a Chiropractor, eat fermented foods, I could go on and on. And I, like many of you, get pulled into advertising. I should be on this particular green juice, I need this expensive coconut yogurt, what juicer should I buy?
Even though I do a lot of things, and don’t do a lot of things, the real reason why I feel great is simple:
I get sleep, I drink plenty of water, I move my body, I am involved in my Community.
Everything else is second place to the above. When I am making tough choices about what will get done and what won't, sleep is a big factor in my decision making. I am not going to make this a research paper but the biggest bang for your buck in health are the basics. And there is no buck, or not much of one. Sleep, water, stretching and moving, the love of your Tribe.
And if you immediately feel yourself pulled into resistance as you read this, “I don’t have time to sleep!” That is ok. Be gentle with yourself. Notice the thought pattern. There is no perfection to be achieved.
Kaizen is a Japanese term for continuous improvement. We can only focus on a couple of things at once. In an effort to continuously improve, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, engaging in physical activity and spending time with other people who have your back, and you have their's, is a great place for self-work. And self-love.
See you soon at The Hive!
Blaine Wilkes is the owner of Yoga Hive Colorado, and writes inspirational musings for our newsletter, which we post here, along with upcoming trainings and workshops. To filter, navigate using the links above to see the category you're interested in. If you have questions, or wish to get in touch with Blaine, drop in to a class, or connect online: