Healthy mind, body and soul

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By Blaine Ochoa

 

Throughout life’s winding roads and adventures it’s important to pause, take a moment to breathe and reflect. Life can be overwhelming at times, and anxiety and stress can easily take over. When we pause to think about what is truly important, focus on gratitude and love; that is when joy and peace is found and we heal and strengthen from the inside out. It’s important to keep your mind, body, and soul healthy in order to remain strong and be your best form. Here are some tips that help me continue to move forward daily in peace, power and good health no matter what challenges life throws my way.

Your mind is extremely powerful, and it is the root of your actions and decisions. The body follows the mind. Make sure what you are putting into your mind is positive and encouraging. Your life will be an example of what you believe and what you give your thoughts power, too. Certain things you watch, music you listen to, and people who give you advice all contribute to your mental state. Be aware of what others are pouring into you, and make sure it is to your benefit.

We have each been given one physical body. It is our job to nourish it and take care of it the best way we can. What we eat and consume is a direct reflection of our health. I have found that when you stick to a clean and healthy diet, the better you feel and look. Eating more green vegetables, healthy protein, and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will increase your natural energy levels, help your body function properly, and give you clearer skin. I also suggest taking vitamins daily. I recommend taking vitamin C, fish oil, calcium, B12, and a probiotic daily.

Exercising is also critical in having and maintaining good health. Thirty minutes of mild exercise daily can transform your health. Walking, yoga, dancing, pilates, and kickboxing are some of my personal favorites. No matter what your fitness level is, there is always something you can do to get your body moving and blood circulating.

Lastly, but most importantly, keep your soul healthy. Your well being starts from within. I have found that peace comes from above, and only perfect peace can be found in God. No matter what storms or hardships life gives us, you can rest in the perfect peace of God and put your hope and trust in Him. Pray, read, and meditate daily. Meditate on the positive and be thankful for what you have. Praying gets you out of your own way and reduces worry and stress. Reading books increases knowledge. Meditating brings calmness and clarity.

These tactics definitely help keep your mind, body and soul healthy. When practiced, we grow in strength and wisdom, and when we face the unknown, ultimately we will have peace and the grace we need to carry on. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” John 14:27

Stay healthy! XO, Blaine

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