Balancing your life in times of crisis is challenging. Here are five steps to help you achieve this goal. You can do this!
Improve Your Health and Well-Being
Our mental and physical health affects every aspect of life. The modern world places our overall health secondary to profit. So, it’s prudent to structure our lives to include tactics that bolster our health. It becomes more critical and challenging during a health crisis like a pandemic.
Let’s start our discussion with a definition of health and wellness.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” — World Health Organization (WHO) (1)
Here are five steps you can take to improve your health and well-being. They are practical but not necessarily easy. That’s because these simple steps go against the cultural narrative that keeps us bound.
However, implementing just one of these practices will cause noticeable positive changes. The more of these steps you can put in place, the better. We’ve put them in the order we think works best. You might think meditating or reading would be first, but reducing the cultural noise makes these processes much more accessible.
Be Your Own Health and Well-Being Coach:
1) Reduce Cultural Noise
Stop listening to major news outlets and talk radio; these channels promote sectarian religious bias and prejudice. Spiritual elitism is harmful to you and everyone in your sphere of influence. The ego loves this programming because it can maintain control through triggering fear and anger.
It is also hazardous to your physical health. As we’ve seen since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, people get sidetracked by religious and political rhetoric. When they ignore the advice of actual medical professionals, the CDC, and adopt gimmick treatments, people suffer horrible consequences.
It’s essential to understand the source of the negative programming. Our society’s religious and political entities spew propaganda with unhealthy negative bias and prejudice. There is a constant tension between science and religion, which can cause a condition known as cognitive dissonance. This mental state creates depression and anxiety. When we react to fear instead of reason, we are susceptible to groupthink manipulation. Fear can be addictive, even though it is harmful to our health.
The bottom line is to unplug from religious programming and start questioning the cultural narrative. Reducing your exposure to this programming is the first practical step in becoming your health and well-being coach. Religious and political propaganda are two of the most potent mind-control tools which infect the cultural narrative. Understand that the focus of these tools is to trigger emotional responses. Most times, they fill these assertions with misleading or inaccurate information.
2) Use A Journal
An excellent way to see our negative programming is using a spiritual journal. Journaling brings your inner thoughts to the surface so that it will identify the cultural narrative’s programming in your thoughts.
Using a journal is second on the list after clearing the mind clutter. Once you can think more clearly, you can start your true feelings and thoughts. Putting them on paper is therapeutic. Yes, use a paper-based journal instead of an electronic one. Your handwriting contains a lot of information. There are clues in your doodling and drawing as well.
Graphology is the study of handwriting. You can learn a lot from how you put your thoughts on paper.
This simple tool will help you see and purge negative bias and prejudice from your beliefs and self-talk. Within a week, you should start to see some patterns in your thought life. It will help you see the harmful programming you need to remove.
3) Read Books
Read a variety of different kinds of books. Best of all, read science-based books, something outside of your paradigm. It will open your mind to other possibilities and increase your analytical abilities.
Considering ideas outside of your comfort zone makes it easier for you to change your beliefs without triggering cognitive dissonance. You will become less fearful of ideas outside of your sacred ground, and it may even make you a freethinker.
It’s essential to learn and incorporate the proper meditation that will enable you to reach the 4th state of consciousness. Meditation is the most powerful element for balancing your health and well-being. Meditation will build a healthy foundation for the mind.
The mind heals itself through rest, and the proper meditation is like a reset switch providing this deep, restful state. It allows you to access the transcendent state of silence. You obtain this state through meditation. We recommend the process known as Japa Meditation. This technique’s more well-known commercial version is Transcendental Meditation (TM).
You have probably heard the 4th state of consciousness described in several ways. For example, Samādhiis the common Indian term from (Sanskrit) Samādhi, sama, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” Other influential teachers refer to this state of pure awareness, bliss consciousness, and the state of transcendent awareness. This state has metabolic characteristics that differ from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
5) Regular Physical Exercise
Engage in a regular exercise program designed to cover all aspects of general fitness, from cardio and strength training to flexibility and stamina. The greater the number of these actions you can put in place, the greater the probability of moving past the inertia. These steps may not unshackle you from your life situations, but they will provide a greater level of clarity and enable you to balance with less stress.
We know this one can be difficult to add to your routine, but it’s critical. Your internal health and well-being coach will need to find ways to make this possible. One way is to bundle something you like with the exercise. An example would be playing your favorite music before or during your exercise routine. When reaching a specific benchmark, you can also use periodic non-food rewards like new exercise shoes.
Our recommendation is for a focus on durability. Physical durability includes the full range of wellness, physical, mental, and spiritual. So, this consists of both seated and moving methods of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness differs from Japa or TM listed above. However, they are easy to learn. You can teach yourself if personal instruction isn’t available.
When you suffer from depression, anxiety, and lack of inspiration, you are more susceptible to self-hypnosis and group hypnosis manipulation tactics. Organized religion is the primary source of this propaganda mechanism. Many people believe religion is the fast food of spirituality.
Create a plan of your own, which incorporates these five steps. It will make you more durable. And it will insulate you from the effects of groupthink manipulation. Balancing your health and well-being is an essential element of enjoying life. It’s the best way to become your health and well-being coach.
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(1) World Health Organization, who. int
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia