While I admire Elizabeth Gilbert’s courage and success, I am not a fan of her bestseller, “Eat, Pray, Love”. I enjoyed the movie (lots of eye candy for everyone), but I’m not a fan of Gilbert’s writing. Sorry, that’s how I really feel. Anyway, the motivation for this post is to suggest that “Be Mindful, Be Loving and Drink Enough Water” is a more helpful slogan for self-care than EAT, PRAY, LOVE. After all, EAT is generic and easy enough to do. PRAY has good intentions, but may be too limiting, and LOVE, well, no problem there, but to my thinking, it should get a higher billing. I know my saying is not as catchy, but that’s not the point. The point is that “Be Mindful, Be Loving and Drink Enough Water” has been very helpful to me in creating a more joyful life, and in case it’s of assistance to you, I’d like to share why:
Be Mindful: If you are searching for your best life, start here. The first step to feeling well is awareness, or mindfulness. If you can answer, “What is going in this moment for me?” you are much closer to also knowing, “What do I need in this moment?” Do I need to establish a boundary with someone? Do I need a nap? Do I need a hug? Awareness of your present state is fundamental to taking good and joyful care of you. Meditation is one terrific way to mindfulness, and there are other practices that can lead you there as well, including silence, going slowly, breathing deeply, and praying, to name a few. The joy of being and feeling stillness was for me, the first critical step to finding my most joyful life. As Ram Dass put it, “Be here now.”
Be Loving – Fear (not hate) is the opposite of love. If you can be loving toward yourself, truly kind and nurturing, (no negative self talk please) chances are you are managing your fears and worries which will allow you to create more joy in your life. Guess what? When I’m not stressed out and afraid, life is more fun, and it is easier to take good care of myself and eat well and get what I need. Being loving to oneself enables you to truly love others. Therefore, in my book, “Be Loving” needs higher billing than third place in a saying worth remembering!
Drink Lots of Water – I am constantly surprised by how many people do not drink enough water (the recommendation is typically eight eight ounce glasses a day; or half your body weight in ounces) to maintain good health. I find water extremely important for better digestion and for feeling more energetic.
But don’t take my word for it. According to the Mayo Clinic Website, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, that’s when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
Furthermore, an eHow.com article says,
- Water is critical to digestion. Dehydration slows digestion and can make bowel movements difficult and painful.
- Water aids weight loss. Without enough water, the body cannot flush out broken-down fats.
- Water boosts the body’s metabolism, a necessary component to feeling energetic and active, which in turn will help to burn more fat.
- Drinking more water can help manage appetite. You may confuse being thirsty with being hungry.
- Drinking sufficient water can help increase the elasticity of your skin.
So there it is, from a self-care coach: Be mindful, love yourself, and drink enough water for good health. If you want to relax, read a terrific book or catch a fun movie once in awhile, even if it’s EAT, PRAY, LOVE.