20 extra years of life, who wouldn’t want that! Every day there are new life-extending products being launched on the market. From extreme fad diets claiming to reverse ageing to new pills that promise to keep you young forever.
All of that is pretty understandable. Longevity is a hot topic at the moment and rightly so! Never before have we as humans thought about our own mortality so earnestly. As life seems to keep accelerating, one cannot be blamed for wanting a few extra years to enjoy.
The issue with most “new” longevity products and services out at the moment is in their title. They’re new. And as with many new things, they probably haven’t been tested. It’s ridiculous to claim that something can make a person live until 100 years of age when the product itself has been around for hardly a year.
This post is not a new product
The 7 habits that I’m about to share with you are time-proven. They’ve been gathered from years and years of research on health and longevity. And just as the title of this post suggests, they’re simple. Too simple if you ask me! But as with many other things in life, the key is in simplicity and consistency.
Now before you get so excited and rush off to read what these habits are all about, let me just warn you. Just because they’re super simple doesn’t mean that if you incorporate them into your life for a week your job is done. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. But if you begin incorporating as many of them as possible into your daily life, that’s when the magic happens!
The 7 Habits
Sleeping seven or eight hours a night
Eating regular meals at regular times
Not eating between meals
Maintaining normal weight – i.e. not more than 5 percent underweight, and no more than 10 to 20 percent overweight (the lower number is for women and the higher for men)
Regular physical activity – i.e. engaging often in active sports, long walks, gardening or any other exercise
Moderate drinking – i.e. taking no more than two alcoholic drinks a day
Never smoking cigarettes
This is a super brief list of simple habits, the kind that you would learn as a child and yet many of us tend to overlook them.
If you already consistently engage in 5 or more of those habits, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, do not get disheartened, it’s never too late to make positive changes to your life! Just start today!
I would be happy to answer any questions regarding the habits in the comment section below!
The autumn equinox is the moment when the sun is exactly above the equator making the day and the night equal in length. This year it will take place on Monday 23rd of September. This event occurs twice a year; in autumn and then again in spring, known as the Spring Equinox.
The Autumn Equinox is of significant importance in esoteric texts. The day that the night and day are equal signifies a crossroad. From this point onwards up until the winter solstice the night will lengthen.
This is a time for a change of direction, should you feel the need for it. The energy on this day is extremely powerful and yielding. If you feel like you need to make a change in any aspect of your life, this would be an excellent time to do this.
Pick a place that is of significance to you, preferably somewhere in nature. Some ideas include; under a beautiful tree in a lush forest, a quiet spot by the sea or somewhere high up in the mountains. If you live in a city and those places aren’t easily accessible to you, then a nearby park should work fine too.
Make yourself comfortable in your chosen location. Sit down if you can. Then just take a few minutes to look around, notice your surroundings. Take deep breaths.
Come face to face with your self (your soul, higher self, true self or any other name you may like to use). And ask yourself the most important questions, for example: “Which way should I go?” “Is what I am doing right now serving me and the people around me?” Of course, your questions may be different but you get the essence. In order for this to work you need to be brutally honest with yourself. The truth is simple, you know the answer to those questions, the tough part is getting yourself to admit it and tougher yet is to do something about them.
Once you have decided the direction of where you are now headed in your life, declare it to the universe. Saying it out loud is extremely beneficial as there is something so powerful about hearing your own voice making such a statement.
After you’ve made your new decision you must shed something or clear something out (this depends on what your decision is about). This is because you must clear the old and make room for the new. If it is a new eating plan you are embarking on then clear your cupboards and fridge of the things you won’t need. If you’ve decided to incorporate meditation to your morning practice then perhaps prepare the spot where you will meditate, clean the surroundings and prepare a cushion to sit on and so on.
We very rarely speak to ourselves. Sometimes out of fear of someone hearing us talking to ourselves (hah) but most often because it’s not easy to lie when we are alone and with our thoughts. And most of us can’t bear it. However, it is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself. Nothing will make you quite as happy as being true to yourself and taking action on the conscious decision you decide to make.
P.s. As I am currently in Cyprus I will be performing my Autumn Equinox Ritual in Troodos mountains. I will be posting about it on my social media platforms so do check them out on Monday. I would also love to hear about your ritual, where did you decide to go? Or perhaps you’d like to share what changes you’d like to make?