The 12 Core Principles

The foundations of the Mother Nature's Diet healthy lifestyle.

Core Principle 10

Reduce stress. Enjoy your life. Love more, don't hate. Sleep, relax, smile, pray

Constant, low-level stress is more of a burden than most of us appreciate. It drains your energy, it makes your body hold on to fat, and it kills your libido. If you eat a good diet and exercise but you still can’t lose that excess 20 pounds, it might be that stress is a big part of the answer. If you are healthy, active and successful in life but you wonder where your sex life has gone, it might be that stress is the problem. Many experts agree that stress is a major contributor to lifestyle diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Two or three decades of constant low level stress can be very harmful. Get a handle on things now and manage your life more effectively to reduce the stress burden on your health.

Reduce stress

Enjoy your work. If you don’t, change your job. Meditate daily, get some exercise, ensure every day includes a little time outside and some fresh air. Don’t get trapped in the cycle of working a job you don’t enjoy, to service debts to own stuff that doesn’t ultimately make you happy. It is just a pointless way to live your life. Buy less, live within your means, relax more often.

Stop borrowing, stop over-spending. So many people just can’t get their brain around this. Say you earn 10, then learn to live on 9. It’s called saving! Put the 1 away, and after a few years, you can invest your savings in something that will give you a return, such as your pension, or property. Do this throughout your whole life, and you will be able to live very comfortably in older age.

The trouble is, folks out there earn 10, and spend 11. They do this using credit cards, car loans, overdrafts, bank loans, mortgages and more. They do this for decades on end, then have to keep borrowing against the equity in their home to cover their debts. This causes relationship strain and too many folks wind up broke at retirement age. Just stop it and live within your means!

If you stop over-spending, and develop the habit of only spending what you have got, and saving a little each month, then some time down the line, when things go wrong, you might just find that you have enough reserves in place to cover these challenges without them becoming too much of a drama.

Relax, love, laugh, enjoy your life. Chill out before you peg out.

  • Enjoy your life
  • Laugh more often, make time to play, enjoy comedy and have more fun
  • Be adaptable, be flexible, and be forgiving. Be kind to other people
  • Take a day off. Stop and smell the roses
  • Love more, don’t hate
  • The world needs more love, and less hate and resentment. Negative emotions are costly, they cost you your health. It’s just not worth holding on to anger, bitterness or resentment. Let go
  • Sleep
  • Regular good quality sleep is probably your best weapon against chronic stress. Aim for 8 hours per night – more if you are an athlete
  • Relax
  • Get a massage, make it a monthly treat
  • Take a yoga class whenever you have time, make it every week if you can
  • Walk more often, allow time, leave the car at home and walk to the shop or to school. Walk with your kids, engage them in conversation. Walk with your partner, hold hands, listen to the birds, talk, take time to observe things
  • Smile
  • Cheer up, develop a positive outlook, life is amazing, but not long enough, so make the most of it. Seriously, happiness really is ‘an inside job’, so get to it, and don’t delay!
  • And develop a positive outlook on life. Frankly, in the lottery of life, we are absolute winners. This is the UK, it’s the 21st century. We’ve never had it so good. Know that, and celebrate it every day
  • Know that ‘shit happens’ and that’s life, and plan for it. When it happens, don’t go complaining to everyone else about how hard life is – the rest of us are dealing with our own shit and to be honest, we don’t really want to hear it. Behind your back, we just think you’re a moaner
  • Pray
  • Make no judgement of others for their faith – it’s their business, not yours
  • Whatever your faith is, follow it, practice it, celebrate it
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Summary

In a nutshell: Chronic stress is bad for you. That’s everything from alarm clocks and day-to-day hassles and worries, to bankruptcy, divorce and career pressure. This is the stuff we often live with for decades on end, and it all has a negative impact on our health. Many studies link stress to many major illnesses, including the big killers – heart disease, cancer and obesity. We want to reduce stress, love more, smile more often, have less debt, get more sleep and enjoy life. Happy is healthy, and vice versa.

 

“Low-level, constant lifestyle stress is a major health hazard. Chill out, before you peg out. Value good health over money and possessions – no sense being the richest man in the graveyard.”

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