I can confidently say that changing my habits and focusing on my breath has changed my life and has made it so much better.Reading Time: 2 minutes
As I started getting older I noticed that my body was slowing down and I was worn out by the end of the workday. Friends said that they were doing mindfulness and simply focusing on their breath and it was helping them become more relaxed and more productive.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally” — Jon Kabot-Zinn
I went to a couple of yoga classes but I wasn’t feeling much different, but I did have fewer body aches. So I did some research on types of yoga poses and started also noticing that many people also talked about mindfulness, exercise, and their diet. I decided that I was going to try to do some small changes in my diet as well.
I decided that I would give it a two-week run to see if changing some things out of my diet and doing simple breathing yoga exercises would help with any of my exhaustion, my body aches, and just feeling weak all the time.
I decided that I was going to cut out red meat and dairy for two weeks and make a point to do yoga 2-3 times a week.
By day three I was feeling more energetic after work and feeling confident in my decision because if I was feeling like this after 3 days I had a positive outlook on what I was going to feel like in 14!
A week in I was feeling great! My energy was up, my motivation and production at work had improved, and my overall gut health felt better.
After the two weeks I decided that I was going to stick with this and eventually I ended up cutting out all meat and dairy, I started eating more whole foods and juicing veggies and fruits.
I can confidently say that changing my eating habits and doing yoga has changed my life and has made it so much better. I recommend that people start out in small steps and figure out what works for you 🙂