Are you primed for prevention?

As a health coach and wellness practitioner my focus is to get you primed to prevent disease and live your best life.

This model of living will keep you well and thriving and, support you even if you do get sick. Meaning, when an illness comes, if your body, mind, and spirit is primed for prevention, you’ll be better able to handle it.

Prevention of disease is the key to remaining happy, healthy, and vibrant while you are here on earth for this short window of time. Yes… 70, 80, and 90 years (or more) is a short amount of time to experience all the amazing things you want to do while you are alive.

And as we age the time seems to pass quicker and quicker, so if you’re not priming your body for better health, you could be losing precious time.

With that in mind, what are you doing to get your body and mind primed for prevention?

One of the best things you can do is put yourself first and get the self-care that you need to thrive.

To give you a better idea of how to do this, here’s what one morning in the life of preventative health and self-care looks like. I’ll use myself as an example:

Morning Rituals

Personally, I do NOT wake up with an alarm clock.

I ditched my alarm clock decades ago. For me, the external ringing or dinging, always started my day in a state of high stress. I’m sure you’ve experienced that.

You’re in the middle of a dream and all of the sudden… a loud beeping, buzzing or other electronic sound pulls you out of a deeply relaxed state, as you are urged to get up and get into the world right now.

Most folks will hit that snooze button again and again, because they haven’t finished doing their rejuvenating work in the sleep zone.

Here’s an analogy to think about…

You are chillin’ in the womb of your mother, and the doctor forcibly excavates you and then slaps you on the ass upon entry. You wail loudly, cry, and here you are.

Wake up and welcome to the world!

That’s what waking with an alarm clock can feel like.

Instead of setting an alarm, I’ve learned to reset my circadian rhythms to be in alignment with my environment.

That means, I get outside during the day to get sunshine into my pineal gland, and then I wind down at night, keeping the lights low and computer screens to a minimum. Plus, I eat mostly local and seasonal foods, solidifying my connection to the environment.

Resetting my circadian rhythms helps me naturally wake with the sunrise – as I’m designed too.

On most mornings, my body begins waking around 6:00am-6:30am. It’s a gentle process that prepares me for the day in a much healthier and happier way.

Morning Stretch

When I get out of bed, I do what my dog does when she wakes up – stretch.

If you have a dog or a cat, or a hamster, watch what they do as soon as they wake up. They stretch. They haven’t been taught to do that – they just do it.

Our animals don’t need a cup of coffee or tea in the morning to get their system started for the day. Once they stretch, they are ready to get up and get moving.

Smart creatures!

For me, that morning stretching routine looks like a simple round of meridian and/or yoga stretches for 10-15 minutes. This opens the energy channels in my body and gets my whole system flowing well.

There’s a reason why the ancient practices of yoga, tai chi, and Qigong have lasted for thousands of years. They work!

When your system is flowing well, it improves your energy and gets blood and nutrients to all the places it needs to go.

Morning Meditation

Nine out of ten days, I sit for 10 minutes (or more) in morning meditation.

I know that during my busy workday, the mind will get busy with many things that need to be accomplished.

And, once the mind is filled with all of those activities, stress will naturally increase as deadlines need to be met. This is normal.

That’s why I make sure to give my mind the space it needs to rest.

A multitude of studies have shown that the mind rests during meditation. The scientifically researched benefits of meditation to your health and vitality are undeniable[1]:

  • Reduces stress
  • Manages anxiety
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Strengthens immune health
  • Enhances memory
  • Regulates mood
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Promotes better sleep

I know I couldn’t function as well as I do without a daily meditation ritual.

I don’t question it.

I don’t need the science.

I feel the benefits in my body and mind.

Try it.

Get Out and Get Into Nature

There’s no if’s ands or but’s about it, getting out into nature supports healing and prevention of disease on many levels and resets your circadian rhythms.

I have a dog, so I have to get out every morning to walk her. Either that, or I’d have to train her how to use the toilet. Not a very likely scenario.

But, even way before I had a dog, I would take a daily morning walk in Central Park, or along the FDR (city highway) and the Hudson River in New York City.

When you get outside in the morning, the soft sunlight informs your body that it is time to wake up. This literally resets your circadian rhythms as it is governed by light.

“You can reset your sleep schedule and circadian rhythms through lifestyle changes, because environmental factors impact these rhythms. Circadian rhythms are primarily influenced by the eyes being exposed to light and darkness, but they can also be affected by exercise, eating, and other factors.”[2]

Your body is perfectly designed to thrive on planet earth.

I understand we have created many unhealthy environments that literally disconnect us from the natural world, but if you are seeking to improve your health, heed this wise advice and spend some time outside.

It’ll help you sleep better at night, you’ll wake feeling refreshed in the morning, and it supports all of your bodily processes.

The above are a few simple ways to begin your day and get you primed for prevention. Now, all you have to do is implement them and make them part of a daily routine.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been interviewing wellness practitioners for my retreat that understand the role of these practices in daily life. They are in the business of supporting health, and that’s why I’ve hired them.

We live in a society that is primed for stress.

This is not healthy, nor does it work for long term vitality and prevention of disease.

If you want to experience a better way to be in the world and get your body, mind, and spirit primed for prevention, check out my Health is Wealth Retreat.

And, get ready to live your best life.