Don't Give Up

In my previous post, I discussed the central role played by awareness in your progression toward a place of well-being. In this post, I want to leave you with the simple message of not giving up, of continuing in your journey as you progress toward wellness.

Harnessing Your Awareness

The steps that I have outlined so far in this blog series all work together to create powerful change in one’s life. Ultimately, however, the progress made rests upon one factor more than any other: awareness.

Keys to Quality Sleep

The complete rest we experience during deep sleep provides the most favorable setting for both body and mind to truly heal and recuperate. Like many other important areas of our health, sleep has come under pressure in the modern world. An adequate amount of sleep is needed to be able to deal with the inevitable stress and challenges of life.

Nutrition Part Three: Foods To Live By

Recommendations for foods to live by, hydration, and the timing of meals.

Nutrition Part Two: Juicing

Drinking juiced vegetables is one of the most powerful practices you can introduce to your daily routine. Vegetables lose nutrients and enzymes when cooked, so by juicing raw vegetables you extract a high concentration of nutrients and energy far beyond that achieved when eating cooked vegetables.

Nutrition Part One: Avoiding Harmful Foods

What we eat has a profound effect on our well-being, influencing everything from brain chemistry to sleep. Strengthening the body and mind with optimal nutrition better equips you for dealing with stress.

Walking, Stretching, and Earthing

I want to thank Alexander for his question on my previous post about the daily walk. I’m glad this question was raised, as I sometimes feel that the nature of the walk that I’m speaking of may not be fully understood and that it warrants further elaboration.

The Daily Walk

Daily walking was one of the most important components in my learning to master stress and recovering from my breakdown. Walking is the most natural form of exercise for humans; our evolutionary makeup is built for it. This is why I am a strong advocate of a brisk, uninterrupted daily walk for at least one hour.

Affirmations

Our minds have been programmed by a lifetime of patterns and reinforcement, and this programming has a profound effect on our choices and our attitude. Although I had spent years practicing meditation, it was the practice of affirmations that I found most helpful during my period of rebuilding myself, and this is still the practice that I find most helpful today.

Learn To Say "No"

Learning to follow your innermost feelings is central to your well-being. I want to continue with my presentation of the nine natural steps by introducing the third step, learning to say “No.” It’s something that was critical in my recovery and that I still find myself coming back to again and again.

Kick Your Bad Habits

Last week I discussed the role that coping mechanisms play in our relationship with stress and well-being. Once you have identified some of your coping mechanisms and understood their destructive nature (the topic of last week’s post), it’s time to take action.

Identifying Coping Mechanisms

The nine steps that form the basis of my approach to mastering stress and living well are, at a basic level, about identifying and changing habits. The subject of my previous post was “Taking Charge,” and once an individual has summoned this crucial resolve, one of the first areas to focus on is our habitual coping mechanisms.

Take Charge

In my previous post I highlighted the seriousness of what I call the “stress pandemic.” In this post, I outline the first of the nine natural steps that enabled me to master stress and overcome bipolar disorder: Take Charge.

The Stress Pandemic

Stress is a fact of human life, but the pandemic levels of stress, stress-related diseases, and lifestyle diseases that we are seeing today are abnormal by historical standards and certainly not desirable.