It’s a wonderfully simple acronym for remembering a few of the most important elements of your health: Meditation, Exercise, Diet, and Sleep.
A Simple Wellness Strategy: MEDS (Meditation, Exercise, Diet, Sleep)
In her book, Brooke attributes this simple concept to behavioral consultant, Nicholas Bate.¹
On a daily basis, Nicholas says we should be “giving consideration to M-E-D-S or meditation-exercise-diet-sleep.”
He explains it in a bit more detail:
“Wellness is about balance. M-E-D-S is a simple such strategy.
M is meditation. Take a bit of time out. Just to think.
E is exercise. Walk every day. Walk more. Take the stairs.
D is diet. Reduce the rubbish; increase the nutritious.
S is sleep. Get rid of sleep debt.”
How are you doing on your MEDS?
🔴 M (Meditation): This is where I’m currently failing. I’m all-in on slow living and do a lot of contemplation, but I honestly haven’t yet explored meditation (other than reading about the benefits and listening to a guided meditation a couple times). Lots of room for improvement here.
🟢 E (Exercise): Doing fairly well here. I exercise 3-5 days/week—mostly strength training, some mountain biking, and going on walks with our dog. However, exercise seems to be a constant roller coaster for me (up and down, in shape and out of shape, repeat).
🟢 D (Diet): My wife and I have taken inspiration from the Blue Zones and try to incorporate the Blue Zones longevity diets into our lives (along with elements from some of these 🔒timeless diets). We still eat some unhealthy stuff in moderation—snacks, chips, etc. And, we eat meals out every once in awhile. My latest win has been reducing alcohol consumption—I quit drinking liquor 18 months ago, beer 12 months ago, and just recently quit wine.
🟡 S (Sleep): Sleeping 7-8 hours most nights (with the occasional 6-7 hours). Sometimes I even throw in a short nap. However, now that I’m tracking my sleep with an Oura ring, I’ve realized there’s a big difference between time in bed and actual quality sleep. I often have restless nights of sleep according to my data. So, room for improvement here. Maybe meditation would help!
How about you? Please share your honest MEDS analysis in the comments!
You May Also Enjoy:
- The Five Balls of Life: A Very Short Story about Balance
- Mindful at Mealtime: The Zen Buddhism Five Reflections
- Blue Zones: How Ikarians Live Simply for 100+ Years
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