2022 was a great year, professionally and personally. And the best part was not getting sick or injured a even once. Here are 10 simple tools that helped me in ‘22.
Mobility exercises are important for your joint health. Usually we don’t give it the 5 minutes needed. I used to do the same before I read in someone’s blog about kitchen workouts and that gave me an idea. I enjoy my black coffee every morning and it takes almost 5 minutes for the coffee to brew. I use that time to do my full body mobility routine. If you want to know what all I do check this video.
Education should never stop. I completed my sleep, stress management and recovery certification this year and enrolled in Level 2 Health coaching and once I graduate from it, I will be in the top 1% of all Health coaches. With the use of these new learnings, I am able to better support my mentees and help them achieve their goals. I professionally coach interested folks on habits and tools for deep health, to raise money for my charities. So far I have been able to support a ‘mother and child care’ unit at Rotary Hospital, Purulia, make 8 public toilets, partnering with IIT K, at a village near Kharagpur and fund making of a 12000 sq ft gaushala at Deshnoke, Rajasthan.
Share – Share your resources, knowledge and experiences. The more you give the more you will get. जो देता है सो पाता है – Babuji, my grandfather, always used to teach, those who keep giving, will get back. It can become the most beautiful intention of your life. Communion was born because of this.
Physiological sighs is one of the best tool to make your system para sympathetic. Subconsciously I start to do it now whenever there is a stress. Whether an argument with spouse or a nasty email from customer, whether some one’s cutting me bad on the road or after a purposeful exercise, I do 5-10 of them and they immediately help me slow down my heart rate. Check this video for learning how to do it.
Using your credit card right can be a good tool to save money. From the time I learnt this from my son, I have been able to generate more than 14 Lac points which were consumed for the whole family’s travel. I have recently taken a free 12 days holiday to Europe, courtesy the credit card points. The first step for this though is not over spending or carrying forward your outstanding. In fact I pay back everything even before my statement is generated. To give you an example, my statement is generated on 25th every month and I pay back the entire amount on 24th itself and my statement comes with zero outstanding. The reason to do this is if you use your credit card limit to full, your credit rating suffers. By doing this process, I am using 100% limit and still not reducing my credit card limit.
Call your loved ones more. Both of us decided that we will call our distant relatives or old friends over weekends. We call 3-4 such old connections every Sunday. Even if we are traveling; we stick to this rule.
Read the right books. I was slower in reading books this year, by count, as had so many courses going on, but two books that changed my whole perspective and attitude were, From Strength to Strength by Arthur Brooks and Die with Zero by Bill Perkins. Read the right books that grow you.
Walk every single day. Walking is the most underrated habits I had done an entire of Good Vibes newsletter on its importance and tools. You can check it out here:
There is a last time to everything that you are doing and most of the time we don’t know that it is the last time. There was a last time I dropped my boys to school. There was a last time I had dinner with my Grand father. During the last two years most of us have lost a closed one to Covid. Be present when you are doing anything or with anyone. Keep your phone away when meeting someone over dinner or playing with your child.
Never hesitate while investing on yourself. Never think twice when you are spending money or time to grow yourself – whether it’s a mentor, coach, experience, food, gym membership, health, books. Wait and rethink about buying a thing but for anything that grows you, just do it. The dividends will be way more than you can invest.