Have you ever asked yourself: “Gosh, what can I do to be happier in my life, have better health, feel great?” Everyone around me seems to be doing so well but what about me? I trust we all appeared at a cross road at some point in our life and wondering what next. Or even feeling we are stagnating in life. The remedy for that is of course change the thing that doesn’t serve you! Ha! But for some reason we humans don’t like to change! The successful pursuit of happy and healthy life – or Active Wellness revolves around the creation of good lifestyle habits. They go hand-in-hand with self-development. Active Wellness encompasses mind, body and spirit and according to an article in Medical News1, Japanese people—and Japanese women, especially—have a wonderful system resulting in good health, longevity and happiness. Do you want to know what it is?
Check it out:
Drink Green Tea
Japanese people drink a lot of green tea, commonly believed to be one of the healthiest beverages and renowned for its antioxidants, nutrients and many other benefits. Green tea leaves contain bioactive compounds and phytonutrients, such as flavonoids and catechins. Green tea also contains caffeine and the amino acid L–theanine, two compounds that are believed to help improve brain function. A simple lifestyle change, isn’t it?
Have More Fermented Food
Japanese people eat fermented foods, an ancient practice with plenty of health benefits. A popular food in Japan is natto, made by fermenting soybeans. Fermentation is a process that preserves food while creating beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics. Kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, tempeh, pickles and miso soup are all examples of fermented consumables. Fermented foods add good bacteria to the gut, helping your digestion. So beneficial especially in the winter months. If you don’t have the time to create your sauerkraut from scratch ask me for a simple solution which contains fermented blend that helps support mental focus and sharpness.* Don’t we all need bit of that sometimes?
Walking is a meditative practice in Japan. It’s a way people discover different parts of the country and become surrounded by nature. Instead of walking specifically to get somewhere, a walking meditation involves thinking about each step, focusing on the movement of the feet and how the body shifts when going forward. For those who find it impossible to sit still and empty the mind in meditation, walking as a practice could be a good way to focus and de-stress. Walking mindfully with Kenko mStrides® takes your meditative practice to another level!
Many Japanese practice martial arts, such as Aikido and Karate. Both emphasize a natural way of self-defense that aims to promote self-confidence and self-respect as well as the combined disciplines of the body and mind. Martial arts provide a total body workout that makes use of every muscle, thereby helping to improve stamina, flexibility, endurance and strength. Would you get inspired to sign up for a class in your area?
Hot Spring Baths
Japanese begin soaking in hot spring baths as youngsters. Known as balneotherapy, bathing in hot springs is believed to boost circulation, reduce stress and promote restful sleep. The heat helps relax tense muscles and hydrate the skin.
More Trips to Nature
Japanese exhibit an intense respect for nature. Children are taught to live in harmony with nature and to respect it. Going into the wilderness on days off is a common way for city dwellers to decompress from hard work. Even though Japanese women work some of the longest hours in the world, they somehow live the longest, and frequent trips back to nature help them stay grounded. For those who can’t access nature regularly, there is a solution, please contact me how you can reconnect with nature even when indoors.
Japanese women attend group activities regularly throughout their lives and into old age. The byproduct of this fun habit is not only having many friends but also keeping the brain functioning. Since a lack of social activity is correlated to mental aging, Japanese have a great system for keeping their minds intact. In fact, group activities even extend to exercising together. Not surprisingly, women are great networkers and business owners making 6, 7, 8 figure incomes, comfortable in conducting and participating regularly in groups with mentors and new “students.”
Attitude and Purpose is Everything
The Japanese attitude towards work results in high productivity. Although work is just as stressful as anywhere else in the world, the prevalent attitude is that no matter how difficult the job is, it has a larger purpose and is worthy of the struggle. Each hardworking individual is contributing to the greater good, and this belief produces an inclusive feeling of belonging. This is an evolved way of thinking, which comes with self-development started early in life. Any person in business can evolved to become a leader and embody this positive attitude.
Being conscious of what makes you happy and feeling fulfilled is another aspect of self-development. Japanese are taught as children to be in touch with their feelings and to identify what is called “ikigai”— “iki” means life and “gai” means worth. It connotes what brings joy into each life—any variety of work, family, friends or hobbies.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Which of these habits you’ll adopt into your lifestyle from today? Please comment below.
Invitation to a Personal Development Workshop
If Active Wellness and self-development are important to you I’d like to invite you to join our self-development workshop called Human Being More. It’s one day interactive workshop which gives you tools you can use weeks, months years after you finished the workshop. It’s not like one of those type of seminars that hype you up for 3 days and then you go flat and low again. Ah no!
7th of April 2019 in Arora Hotel Crawley Gatwick
So check this video interview where a very successful business woman and a mum of three Julie Tara talks about self development and the importance for life and business and why having the right tools in life can truly help you to get where you want to be.
And another video interview with another woman in business and why she has gone to a self development workshop and who she would recommend it for 🙂
If you are inspired, please contact me for more details and how to book.
To mark your diary – 7th of April 2019 in Arora Hotel Crawley Gatwick.
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