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The Basic Physical Stuff is Amazingly Important (Day Nine: Twelve Days of Wisdom)

P9160337Sleep is the best meditation. -Dalai Lama

These are the simplest pieces of wisdom in this whole collection, and they are amazingly powerful.

Oh, how I wish I could relive those days in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s (days?…actually years) of chronic weariness, when I was heroically trying to “do it all” and muddling through on way too little sleep.

I was also ignorant of the most basic of my body’s needs, including water!

  • Get enough sleep (for me that’s at least eight hours, often nine…and, yes, I am an adult. Kids need even more)
  • Drink enough water (if you’ve had several cups of coffee and you still feel dull, that’s your cue to grab a big glass of water; I’ve been amazed at the quick energy boost)
  • Don’t sit for too long (I am standing as I write this; using a standing desk took some getting used to, but I now feel so much sharper and invigorated).

It’s just so incredible to actually feel good…every day!

Here’s a selection of related articles:

Learning Sticks Better When You Sleep On It

Dehydration Influences Your Mood and Your Ability to Think Well

Sitting is Really Bad For You

Walking is a Great Way to Stay Fit and Healthy

 

The Basic Physical Stuff is Amazingly Important (Day Nine: Twelve Days of Wisdom)


Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."


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Cousins, L. (2015). The Basic Physical Stuff is Amazingly Important (Day Nine: Twelve Days of Wisdom). Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/always-learning/2015/01/the-basic-physical-stuff-is-amazingly-important-day-nine-twelve-days-of-wisdom/

 

Last updated: 8 Jan 2015
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