Day 227-233/365 Days of Fulfillment Blog
Day 233/365 – August 21
“Structure Allotted Phone time per day”
Phones are an incredible invention. They offer convenience, efficiency and connectedness, but at the same time phones can really take up a lot of our time, attention, energy and focus on activities, tasks and periods within our day that are meant for more productive ventures. We can even track this by having our phone show us “screen time” per day, in a recent study, results showed subjects logged screen time of around 277 minutes, but checked their phones an average an astounding 77 times per day (WTF!). This is way too much time taking us away from us creating a life full of meaning, purpose and happiness.
The best way to rectify this issue is by putting your phone away and checking your phone on a schedule and no time else. Emails can wait. Texts can wait. “Likes” can wait. Once upon a time we lived life without this immediate instant check-up, so yes, life will be okay. I’ve had to put this into practice myself, as I found myself checking my phone randomly way too often, taking momentum away from time I could be spending increasing my fulfillment.
My new phone schedule…
Mid morning email check-up (10:30 amish)
Afternoon email check-up (2:30ish)
Early evening Post on Instagram/social networks (10-20 minutes) – set boundaries. (1st social media use at this time)
Day 232/365 – August 20
“Read a Religious Passage or a Quote before bed”
I’m not pushing religion here, rather, i’m pushing perspective. I believe religious passages and quotes for that matter can be quite effective in getting us to open up our perspectives and see things from different angles. Typically religious passages can be interpreted in a deep way, while giving us a strong enlightened message to help make our lives a little more selfless and rewarding. Whatever your religion is, try this out. If you’re not religious, read a quote before bed from historical philosophers. Ask yourself what the quote or passage is really saying, and see how you can apply it to your life.
Day 231/365 – August 19
“Do a DIY Project”
Now, this may not sound like the most appetizing thing in the world, especially if you aren’t a very “hands on” kind of person (me)… but, I do see the value and fulfillment in taking on a DIY project. This can be as simple as hanging shelves, building a bird house or cutting down a dead old tree (not sure how simple that one is), or it can be something bigger and more time consuming like building a deck. In whatever realm this DIY project takes on, the goal is to get your hands a little dirty, learn a new skill set, apply some patience, and at the end of it, see your hard work come to fruition.
Knowing that YOU did something yourself, without paying someone else to do it, is a rewarding feeling. It’s biologically ingrained in us to be this type of person to some degree, so I’d say embracing this concept once in a while is a critical aspect in remembering your roots and keeping your perspective on point.
Day 230/365 – August 18
“Get Natural Sun Light in the Morning”
For one, natural sunlight is a restorative measure in waking your body up. The natural light signals to your mind that the day has begun, thus awakening the system and firing the natural hormones that aid in energy and alertness such as serotonin. The sun is also a great provider of vitamin D which is responsible for proper nutrient absorption , strong bone health and of course supports a healthy immune system.
One key take away when waking up is to avoid blue light exposure and instead get some natural light shone on you; open your blinds, and ideally, make time to expose yourself directly to the sun by taking a short walk outside or doing a quick stretch or some isometric exercises in the backyard.
Day 229/365 – August 17
Lifting weights falls into it’s own category of exercise. Of course I am happy if people are exercising regularly in what ever form, fashion and style they prefer, however, there are some great benefits that you get from weight lifting, that you don’t get from swimming, doing yoga and going for long walks.
Lifting weights as we all know helps build muscle and strengthens our muscles which results in greater stamina, muscular endurance and balance, but lifting weights also increases our bodies bone density. Our bodies bone density is the amount of bone mineral in our bone tissue. The two benefits together – more muscle and more bone density – help reduce the risk of injury from falls, and lessens the bodies ability to have long term damage – a common issue for elderly people.
Also, by having more muscle, you will naturally burn more calories throughout the day, which helps you maintain a healthy weight and body composition – limiting our chances of strokes, heart attacks and chronic diseases.
And no, you’re never too old to lift weights. Everyone’s situation is different though, which makes consulting a health professional to help design a plan a good place to start.
Day 228/365 – August 16
“Attend a Fitness Expo”
This might sound like a biased piece of advice, coming from a health and wellness professional like myself, but I truly believe having so much useful information at your disposal will be a life changing experience. To learn from some of the leading experts in their field for a steal of a cost, considering how well versed and highly touted they are in the field of their expertise, you will easily leave feeling like your life will immediately improve.
Not only do this fitness expos and conference have speakers, work shops, seminars and key notes, but there are tons of fitness experts and companies at your disposal to talk to, learn about and purchase at a fraction of the cost. These types of expos, if used to their full potential are truly life altering. Regardless if you are a fitness fanatic or not, you will gain an immense amount of knowledge and inspiration from attending an event like this, and as we all know, it only takes one special moment to turn out life around. Without hyperbole, this very well could be that thing.
Day 227/365 – August 15
“Eat some Toronto Style Street Meat”
This was a tradition every time I went to watch a Blue Jays game as a teenager, and in an odd sort of way, a right of passage amongst our friends. Street meat is authentically good, and is so simple, yet so satisfying, especially when attending a baseball game on a beautiful summers day – the two just go hand in hand. These types of traditions not only taste great, but hold some nostalgia to it as well, which makes the experience that much more fulfilling. Even if you’ve never had some street meat and the nostalgia isn’t there, the smells alone will put a smile on your face and put you in the mood to experience this tip. And once you bite in t the juicy sausage, you’ll know why this tip made the list. Bon Appetite.