Oh the crazy hustle’n’bustle of the city. Sounds, sights and
spectacles abound! It can be so wonderful, but sometimes a bit too much. To
ensure that you’re getting the best of
you (and the city), here are some essentials for city living.
1. Play & Movement
We don’t have forests to play in, but we have lots of steps and parks. Take those steps two at a time, leap over a puddle, play some music, dance like nobody is watching, and maybe create your own dance routine. There’s no shame in silly, and most of us could use a little more of it. Play is proven to be good for us. Studies show play stimulates the mind, boosts creativity, relieves stress and keeps you feeling younger. But most importantly, it’s fun!
The National Institute for Play is a source of research on the benefits of adult play, in case you wanted to seriously learn about play.
“All grown-ups were once children...but only a few of them remember it.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
2. Healthy Intake: Whole Foods, Greens & Water
This rule alone will eliminate most of the fast-food options, ruling out foods that will leave you feeling tired, bloated, achy and moody. Include fresh veggies, fruits, good quality drinking water and proteins. Avoiding GMO’s and choosing local and/or organic is wise. If you really don’t have the time, support yourself with supplements. Protein powders, greens powders, and/or bars help ensure you’re getting good quality nutrients. Eating dark greens twice daily can be great liver support. We also love drinking Nettle-Tulsi Tea. Make 1L, then sip the day away.
3. Know thyself.
Denial about bad habits won’t help you move ahead. Embrace where you’re at, and welcome some positive changes. In the meantime, empower yourself! Learn how to balance your health. Working with a practitioner is ideal, and he or she can customize a whole program for your lifestyle.
Nutritionists tip: did you overdose on sugar & chocolate? Probiotics can probably help. A multi-strain is a great addition. Or, maybe you drank too much last night? Sip on some tasty chlorophyll, and have a Milk Thistle tea chaser. Love yourself and be good to yourself, especially when you’ve been oh-so-bad.
4. Sleep. In the dark. Naked.
That’s right, take it all off! When you sleep, your body temperature lowers, helping to lower cortisol (the stress hormone). You’ll also produce more HGH (Human Growth Hormone) – that should get the attention of weight loss and muscle building fans.
Sleeping with a partner? If you’re both naked, then snuggle up! With skin-to-skin contact, you’ll both be producing oxytocin, a molecule that stimulates the love feeling and the bonding between us.
Street lights shining in? You need complete darkness to produce melatonin; this can be a challenge with a light every few feet out there (in the city). Try an eye mask. With 6-8 hours of quality sleep, your body knows it’s time to repair, making it a great reason to catch enough z’s.
“Earthing That Electric Feel”
5. If you’re living in the city, then you’re living in a huge electrical grid, amongst waves of electromagnetic pollution. It is invisible to the eyes but slightly audible to the ears with those hums. And wi-fi is everywhere. You can’t escape, but you can help re-charge your body. The Earth has an abundance of negative ions, and they are easily transferred to you via direct contact. With our rubber soles, plastic shoes and beds placed near plugs, we don’t get much direct contact. The practice of intentionally connecting with the Earth’s ions is called “Earthing”. Try twenty minutes/day of barefoot contact or sitting on the ground.
These aren’t practices reserved for children, but essentials for the spirit. It doesn’t have to be a sit down meditation for an hour. There are 1440 minutes in a day; that’s a lot of moments you can take for yourself. One step is a start.
Need a little inspiration to get started?
REACH OUT, touch leaves, branches, run your fingers along the bushes.
FEEL the softness and bounce of the grass beneath your bare feet.
TAKE A MOMENT, watch a bee, listen to a bird, study a plant.
BREATHE a flower in. Did you know that each flower on the same bush will have a distinct scent? Find out for yourself.
Seize the moments, open your eyes to all that’s in bloom and look up to the sky! Between the concrete and sidewalk cracks is nature reaching out to us. High five Mother Nature!