Cues are the way our body, mind and soul communicate with each other. When we get busy and have a full to-do list, we often ignore the subtle ways that our body speaks with us. We may notice hunger pangs but choose to work through our lunch hour. We may feel fatigued and choose to stay up late to work on that overdue project.

There is something beautiful about being on holidays and having the opportunity to forget what day it is. We wake when our body naturally wants to, we eat when we are hungry, and we approach our day from a different mindset. It is during this time that we are more likely to listen to the cues our body is giving. There is beauty in the simplicity of listening to our inner knowing.Lessons from Holidays

We may find ourselves eating lunch a whole hour earlier than expected because we were hungry. We might go to bed extra early because we are tired. We might take the time to acknowledge and appreciate the sunset or listen intently to a child’s story. These moments can range from feeling very ordinary, to even magical.

This is what can happen when we take a few moments to slow down and find ourselves fully present in the moment. This is a beautiful space to acknowledge what it is our body or soul needs.

Often come January, we create a long list of lofty goals. By mid-month, we are feeling burnt out and like we’ve failed. I encourage you this year, to do things differently. Bite off less than you can chew and celebrate your successes. One of the simplest strategies for improving our health is making sure we are drinking enough water. According to the Mayo Clinic, on average, men 15.5 cups of 3.7 litres and women 11.5 cups or 2.7 litres of water per day to stay adequately hydrated. When we are properly hydrated, we often experience clearer thinking, less fatigue & fewer headaches.

This year, try leading your life from a space of slowing down, being present and keeping things simple by starting your day with a glass of water.

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