Make Time to Renew, Relax, Reinvigorate

by John Murphy, Founder, Make 100 Healthy

We always seem to be on the go, go, go! There never is enough time in the day. So much to do, so little time. It’s exhausting living in our fast-paced world.

If we don’t consciously take the time to slow down, we can overwhelm our senses. Whew! It’s time to take a deep breath and just be.

I have lived an action-packed life. Worldwide travel. I started, built and sold businesses. I raised kids and have worked literally 30 days or more without a day off many times. About 20 years ago, I hit a wall. I had no energy, felt sick and tired and just couldn’t get myself motivated to do anything.

My body hurt; my neck ached. It was like I just got old overnight. It was depressing.

What I did to restore my body, mind and spirit was not revolutionary, rather more evolutionary. That’s why I feel qualified to share some tips on how I got out of the funk and created a sustainable and healthy life,

The first thing I had to change was my mindset.

I could not relax. I was always thinking about or working on a project, an event or a new product I was developing. I had a hard time sleeping because my mind was constantly racing.

What changed?

I realized that I was rushing through life, sapping the joy of today for the reward of tomorrow. Once I committed to the following habit changes, the quality of my life improved immensely.

Here are the things you can do to rejuvenate yourself:

  1. Start each day with an attitude of gratitude.
  2. Stretch and exercise daily.
  3. Sleep when you’re tired — without guilt!
  4. Eat real food, in moderate portions.
  5. Consciously do deep, slow breathing daily.

While these things seem second nature to me today, it took time to get comfortable with them. Give yourself permission to take time for yourself.

Listen to your body. Love the journey of life, not the destination. As the saying goes, “Stop and smell the roses.” That’s a great mantra to live by.

Remember, today is a gift, and that’s why they call it the present.