Actively posting nearly every day over the last two weeks, I began to think about how overwhelming all this information might be. Particularly so for someone who is struggling for time or maybe a little unwell or can't slow their brain down long enough to consider many the options.
From the numerous readings that I have undertaken over the last few months, every book on resilience, well-being, wellness, and the myriad of other topics on self-development espouse the benefits of taking 30-minutes each day to do what they suggest is the best thing that you can do for your health and wellness.
Depending on which book, article, research paper, journal or dare I say it LinkedIn Post, I should be spending 30-minutes on; reading, quiet time, meditation, training my brain, meditation, visualisation, exercise, prayer, listening to music, doing something that I enjoy, meeting new people, doing something to excite me, doing something to relax me, etc., etc.
There is only so many hours in a day and to do all of these suggestions would fill the entire day. So what is best single thing that is the very best for your mental and physical health?
Exercise. A 30-minute medium-to-fast pace walk at the end of the work day.
This form of exercise has to be undertaken at the end of each work day to burn off any remaining adrenaline and cortisol in your blood from the day's stressors. If you still want to go to the gym at the beginning of the day, fantastic, go for it. But why not do a little bit of cardio at the end of each day as well?
If exercise is not for you, or perhaps for some reason you are unable to do this activity, then simply choose one of the other activities from the list I have provided over the last few weeks. Pick one activity that resonates with you as most are of equal benefit. Better still, why not do a different activity each day to spice things up a bit.
It only takes 30 minutes each day to keep yourself well, surely you can find that much time in your busy schedule? If you just said "no" to that question, then you need to change what you do because you are far too busy and won't last for much longer at that hectic pace.
Slow down, you move too fast, you've got to make the morning last..... and feeling groovy - Simon & Garfunkel.