Each day we make choices to eat, drink, relax and work our way to either balance or imbalance. Our health is an expression of our habits and beliefs. As a community we are now creating a new shared culture for self-care, illness prevention and home based retreat. This is requiring new behaviours supported by new neural pathways in our brains, and so is a perfect opportunity to layer in different positive living choices that become our new normal.

MEND with Connection and Purpose is the mantra that can remind us to choose the 6 pillars for Vitality in the flow of our daily life. We check off that we have visited each step in our MEND and tune in during the day to our level of Connection and life Purpose to ensure our day has been steered with a holistic focus.
How to MEND
Meditate ~ bookend your day with a short mindful breathing practice
Meditation creates the habit of returning our focus to a single point of concentration. It reduces our cortisol and adrenalin stress hormone levels that block healthy immunity and vital Qi, and builds a deeper sense of our own awareness.
It’s been cultivated and shared by human beings for more than 5,000 years.
This guided meditation from Plum Village can make a good foundation practice: https://youtu.be/tcEGMSaQZks
Exercise ~ organise your day to include time for a purposed exercise session
A targeted Yoga session or short burst cardio walking in nature (in your garden, or using a hill or staircase) will stimulate blood, lymph and Qi to build your energy bank.
I make good use of the free Asana Rebel app to keep my morning yoga fresh.
Nourish ~ cook delicious fresh whole food meals each day so that your plate is full of colour and nutrition
Choose seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally sourced foods as the centre of your diet. Don’t forget plenty of seeds and nuts as your clean source of protein and fats.
Ditch all packaged and processed food to quickly reduce your body’s inflammation levels and improve your gut health. 70% of your immune tissues reside in your gut and choosing foods from a plant based diet supports all the good gut bacteria for a robust and vital immunity.
Deep Sleep ~ make a nighttime ritual that calms and slows your brain activity to prepare for quality refreshing sleep
As the sun sets, mirror it’s rays with your external energy output.
No screen activity for the hour before sleep and switch from overhead light to lamps. The best sleep is achieved when phones and devices aren’t in your bedroom.
Make the hour before bed a time for self-care that is relaxing and nurturing.
MEND your immune system with conscious Connection to nature and your community, and make time each day to attune to what is your passion and Purpose in life.
When we place our self at the centre of a healthy life rhythm guided by these 6 pillars, we thrive with vitality and the awareness to be able to navigate through the continuous challenges of life. It only takes a mindful effort to set up new positive patterns that express our best self.
May you be well, May you be happy.
Dr Andrea.