Good relationships are critical to your mental well-being, and it’s important to realize that not all relationships fit into that category.
I had a friend who would call up and just start right in on how miserable life was. Before the phone call I would be in a peaceful and contented place and then all of a sudden I was being harangued by misery without even a hello-how-are-you moment. I could feel my blood pressure rise!
One day my sister overheard my end of the conversation (me trying to instill, for the millionth time, some calm and practicality into the friend’s otherwise drama-laden life) and after I got off the phone she asked, “Why are you friends with that person?” Great question!
About a month or two later, after seriously mulling over the pros and cons, I walked away and haven’t looked back with regret once.
I don’t suggest ending a relationship without giving it the thought it deserves, but if a friendship is toxic, then it either has to change or you need to walk away. Your health depends on it!
I love a quote from Ellen DeGeneres, “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”
I love it because I started walking around the block when I was 59 or 60 and before I knew it I was walking two miles a day, easy. This past spring and summer I averaged five miles a day.
It is always easy for me to step out the front door. Not only do I have to take Mikey, The Wonder Dog for his walk but, I give myself permission to just walk around the block. That’s what works for me: a pesky pup and optional laziness. If I were to tell myself, “Time to go walk three miles,” I know there would be many days that I’d say, “I do NOT feel like walking three miles. I’ll just stay home today.” Instead, I averaged five miles a day!
Michael Pollan has written several books on food, (www.michaelpollan.com/books) but his most famous quote says it all: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Of course, you have to understand that when he uses the term ‘food’ he’s not talking about Doritos or a McDonald’s Cheeseburger, Cocoa Puffs or Go-Gurt. He’s referring to whole food … You know, actual vegetables and grains, nuts, seeds, beans in their whole state rather than pulverized and then pumped up with flavor enhancers, chemical flavorings, salt and preservatives. Best advice ever!
Brookside Farmers Market in Kansas City on Saturday Mornings
Happiness, or satisfaction with your life, plays an enormous part in your overall well-being. The month of November is officially Gratitude Month, so your timing is perfect! Across the world people are writing out three things they’re grateful for every day. Get in on the action and feel your days get lighter and happier as you realize how much there is to be thankful for.
For more support on how to get started improving your outlook on life and getting healthier as a result, contact me through my website: http://www.HealthWorksKC.com
Begin your day with 5-10 minutes of exercise. From stretching to marching in place or putting on a couple of songs and dancing … Get yourself revved up to start your day! A great way to start a habit of exercise slowly!