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The First Step Toward Abundant Health

One of the biggest struggles people have with experiencing an abundant life is being healthy. And when I say “healthy”, I’m not talking about the absence of diagnosed disease. If you are experiencing optimum health, you:

  • have energy for most of the day, without any need for caffeine (I busted most of my readers right there!).
  • have healthy teeth, skin and hair.
  • experience no or only mild seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • rarely get a cold or flu, and when you do, symptoms are mild.
  • can concentrate and focus well.
  • do not experience mood swings.
  • feel positive most of the time.
  • can walk up at least two flights of stairs without getting out of breath.
  • have few aches and pains in your body, even into your senior years (traumatic injuries excepted).
  • are not obese.

If you’re like most people, based on those criteria you aren’t anywhere near being optimally healthy. Now, as time goes on I’m going to hit on diet, nutrition, and fitness tips to help you improve your health. But there is an even bigger factor that impacts the state of your health, and that is chronic stress.

Most Westerners live in a state of chronic stress, which translates into a state of hormonal imbalance in their bodies. This imbalance slowly yet progressively deteriorates the proper functioning of cells, organs, and systems. Dysfunction at the cellular level will eventually lead to some kind of disease.

So what is the first step toward living in abundant health? Reduce your stress.

Yes, I know, you’ve heard it before. But if you’re like most people who have heard it before, you are still experiencing levels of stress that are too high and too frequent to ensure that your body remains healthy.

So I’m going to say it again, and again, and again:

You need to reduce stress.

You need to reduce stress.

You need to reduce stress.

In the next few Fabulous Health Friday blog posts, I will be talking in detail about a handful of the most important things you can do to reduce stress. But for now, let me touch on them, and add a few more ideas for good measure.

  • Get unforgiveness out of your heart.
  • Stop needing to be right.
  • Stop judging.
  • Change your perspective about events you currently perceive to be stressful.
  • Have at least thirty minutes of “me” time every day.
  • If your job is sucking the life out of you, look for another one.
  • Avoid fear-instilling media, such as the evening news or horror novels.
  • Pray and/or meditate every day.
  • Try to take a long walk every day.
  • Smile more.
  • Replace negative thoughts and words with positive ones.

If you are serious about living an abundant life, then you need to be serious about improving your health. And the first – and perhaps most vital – step is to get as much stress out of your life as you can.

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