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Wellness as a way of life

We are all fond of New Year’s resolutions- we make them; we break them; resolutely, year after year. As we get older, our resolutions centre around health and well being; we resolve to start eating healthy and staying well, by way of diets and/or a rigorous exercise plan; unfortunately, we are not very regular with our habits as we do not find the time to commit to our wellness practice. We tend to fall back to our old ways very soon.

Wellness is a deeply desired state. Some are born with abundant wellness genes, whereas some have to work hard at staying well. When we are young, we take wellness for granted- as we get older, we hope that we will stay well. We try to maintain a moderate level of wellness by way of sporadic exercise, some careful eating and planned breaks from our stressful lives. We need to consciously build wellness into our everyday lives so that it becomes an integral part of life and is not just a New Year resolution that gets broken time and again.

We should incorporate a routine that includes the three main pillars of wellness: Exercise, Nutrition, and Rest and Relaxation into our daily lives. We should try to get our children to do this as well- habits they form in their youth will tend to stay with them forever- if they get used to sleeping till noon everyday and eating junk food, it will most likely be difficult to break the habit as they grow older.

I will begin with Rest and relaxation and move on to exercise and nutrition. One of the best things we can do to our body, is give it the rest it deserves- Try to be in bed by 10 or 10:30pm. It is said that the body renews and detoxifies itself between the hours of 10pm and 2am. Rise and shine between 6 and 6:30 am. Upon waking, try not to get out of bed right away. Try to be aware of your body, your breath, and feel a sense of gratitude for the life you have.

Before you begin your day, drink warm lemon water by squeezing half a fresh lemon into some warm water- this will help wash the gastro-intestinal tract, flush out the kidneys and stimulate good bowel health. If you are a coffee drinker, try switching to green tea with lemon instead- it is loaded with anti-oxidants and offers a multitude of benefits from lowering blood pressure to preventing heart disease and cancer. For those interested, I can do a special on the benefits of green tea. I got my mother who has a chronic lung condition and who was a life-long coffee drinker to switch to green tea and believe that has helped her manage her condition better.


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Renuka Vaidyanathan, an erstwhile finance professional, opted out of the corporate rat race and now likes to think that she wears many interesting hats. She is an events’ organiser in the cultural space and also writes every now and then about people, places and events. She is an avid advocate of 'green living' and dabbles in some sitar-playing as well, albeit as an amateur.

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