“My heart is beating,
keeps on repeating,
I am waiting for you…”
It’s a song for the love struck hearts from an old hindi movie. As I was humming it this morning, I came across the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative for a healthy heart and my mind tweaked the words from the above song a bit:
“My heart is beating,
keeps on repeating,
“Are you lookin’ after me?”
Indeed, if our heart could verbalise its innermost feelings, this is what it would ask! The poor organ gets battered, bruised and neglected big time, what else would it wonder?! Do we ever stop to ponder that our heart, too, has a shelf life? In our hectic schedules, rarely do we give it the time, consideration or care it deserves. And, one day, all of a sudden, the worn little thing gives up in frustration, waking us with a jolt, but with no time to rectify our mistakes!
If we were to give some consideration to all the effort that our heart takes in order to keep us going, we would definitely give it the TLC it so deserves. Just a few minor changes in our lifestyle would ensure our heart stays shipshape, WE stay shipshape! A few necessary changes in our diet will do the trick, as we all know but fail to put into practice. Oh, and also, moving our butt off the couch and giving a good workout to our lazy body will make sure that we stay young at heart and so does our heart!
I can vouch for the fact that these minor changes have helped me feel the difference.
Some time ago, when I realised how I was ill-treating my body by eating anything I fancied and exercising only in my dreams, I decided to clean up my act. Blessed with a lean built, I took it for granted that I would never have to worry about a thing. Alas, how wrong I was! Every type of body requires a diet and an exercise regimen that will keep it fit and healthy. Of course, life is not in our control, but, taking care of ourselves for the long run is!
To begin with, I introduced oats in my diet. Those who find the grain tasteless and sand-like, will wonder why I torture my taste-buds. But, believe me, oats can be enjoyed – with milk/curds, a handful of dry-fruits or even veggies, some spices and a dollop of amrit, aka homemade ghee! It was a tiny step towards a healthier me! A 1 kilo packet of Saffola Oats always finds its way into my monthly shopping cart at the grocer’s. And, I am not saying this because I write a post for Saffolalife!
Eating healthy also meant restricting the junk food intake. I do indulge in some sin-foods every once in a while, for, what’s life without a few sins?! But, I make sure the quantity of fruits and veggies is much more than the quantity of junk food entering my mouth. My heart blesses me for being so caring towards it, towards myself!
Last year, I began practicing Yoga – something I had been only thinking of doing for a long time.. An hour long, early-morning workout is now my favourite part of the day! Yoga, as we all know, is the best exercise for our body, mind and soul – a fact I have realised since some time now. For, gone are the mood-swings, the depression and the wild bursts of anger – all of which harm our dil and leave the poor organ all achy and sad. There are times when things do go awry, but now my happiness hormones help me cool down faster and bring life back to normalcy. My workouts not only leave me feeling rejuvenated, but also leave my heart thumping happily! At times, I can actually hear it sing with an impish glee!
I understand that finding time for oneself early in the morning may not be possible for everyone, so maybe one could find some time at night, for a walk after dinner. For, any physical activity (an exercise or a dance form) not only helps the blood run through your veins and gives your heart a good workout, but also acts as a mood-uplifter. It wakes up our happy hormones – serotonin, endorphins and dopamine – and is also responsible for charging us up, mentally as well as physically! It needs to be done religiously, though. Sticking to a schedule is an effort, but rest assured that these efforts will not go in vain.
And, lastly, stay happy. H A P P Y.
We don’t own all the troubles in life. In fact, life is much better than we think it is. Most of our problems are imaginary, things we just think about. Condition your mind to de-clutter on a regular basis and fill it with happy thoughts. Spend time with your loved ones, discuss your problems with your closest people and programme yourself to accept the things you have no control over. Life comes with its own set of idiosyncrasies. Learn to live with life the way life has learnt to live with you!
So, smile, please. Thank you! 😉