Remember the feelings of excitement, energy, and joy you felt as a child on Christmas morning? Our Kaha Tahi team did an incredible Challenge this month with tools, motivation, and activities to create these feelings through better health and well-being through the Holidays and into 2020!
Here are a few highlights to implement.
Day 1: Healthy Choices are up to you!
In life, use curiosity not judgment! Give yourself permission to do or not do something! Process choices, be intentional, and then CHOOSE! Circumstances might outside of our control, but choices are ours!
Day 2: Walking gives me energy
One way to start your day is by walking. Not only does it jump start your metabolism, but increases your energy, boosts your serotonin levels (creating more happiness), and helps you be more productive throughout your day.
Day 3: Habits Make or Break Us!
We all have habits. Some are health promoting and some are health destroying. Habits are not just behaviors but part of who we are. When we decide to BREAK a habit, it is important to replace it with a new healthy habit; when we want to create a NEW habit, it's important to create a plan and do it as often and consistently as possible.
Day 4: Breathing Calms Your Soul!
Breathing comes naturally. Our bodies miraculously breath in the oxygen you need, to work, and expel the toxins you don't need in beautiful harmony with the natural world. You can maximize this natural process to increase wellness and decrease stress, and prevent dis-ease.
Day 5: STUFF is just STUFF!
Is your stuff "magic"? No! Being able to separate stuff from emotion allows you to have healthier connections to stuff. You can use stuff to remind you TO BE the "magic" in your own space. Once you have your headspace in order, then it is so much easier to get rid of the things that aren't "magical" in order to make way for the important things that help remind us, to be who you want to be and be aware of what is going on in your mind. Own your life instead of being owned by STUFF!
Day 6: Your Body Needs Attention!
Your body is not here to torture you, your body is communicating with you! If you listen to your body whisper, you wont have to hear it scream. Find movement that is playful for your body. George Bernard Shaw says, "[You] don't stop playing because [you] get old, [you] get old because [you] stop playing."
Day 7: You are What You Believe!
"I am" statements can be a positive or a negative reflection of our self worth depending on what you put after it. You can create empowering or destructive statements that shape your core beliefs. You choose what you become, that is not determined by circumstances.
Day 8: Relationships are Key!
One simple way to increase your overall health is to strengthen healthy relationships.
Day 9: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!
Breakfast can be rushed or forgotten. One way to get a healthy breakfast in is to prep the night before; that way you have an easy grab and go breakfast. A simple way to add more veggies into your meal is to dice up dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc) and add them to your meal like a seasoning. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Day 10: Your Past does NOT Define You!
When someone asks why you have certain tendencies or personality traits, do you ever find yourself responding that it is just the way you were born? It's just who you are? You have a unique personality that is changeable. You do not have to slap a label on yourself, you have the ability to change and become who you want to be.
Day 11: Pictures Bring You Joy!
When it comes to pictures, add ones into your environment that bring you joy!
Day 12: Beauty is All Around You!
Bringing the outside world in, connecting to nature, understanding our connection to the natural world, to the power of the beauty within us and around use every day helps create a harmonious and healthier life. Life is full of beauty through nature, family, friends, simple pleasures in life, God's love and so much more. Remember the value in three super vitamins: