Top Ten Good Health Habits in the New Year

This week’s edition of the Midway Simplicity Tips of The Week comes from Laura Plumb. It is all about good HEALTH habits!

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1. Breathe

Breathe deep. Breathe with awareness. Breathe light, love and gratitude into your whole being and feel what a miracle you are.

2. Center 

Say a prayer, meditate, or listen to inner silence. Visualize beauty, feel your aliveness, imagine a day full of possibility.

3. Enliven

Splash your face with cold water. Cup water to your open eyes to clear & refresh.

4. Stimulate

Spoon an ounce of sesame oil into your mouth and swish for 20 minutes.

5. Rejuvenate

Massage your whole body with sesame oil, let it absorb for 20 minutes, then shower.

6. Hydrate

Add the juice of half a lemon to an 8 ounce glass of room temperature or warm water and drink on an empty stomach.

7. Circulate

Start your day with movement: yoga asana, a brisk walk, joyful dance, a swim… and feel your heart pulse with energy and life.

8. Ignite

Drink ginger tea with your meals; alternatively, mint or fennel tea if you run hot.

9. Season

Align with nature’s rhythms. Live seasonally. Cultivate quiet and warmth in winter; heat and movement in spring; cool and soothing in summer; slow and steady in autumn. Eat seasonally, too. All of the world’s healthiest foods are seasonal!

10. Sleep

Get to bed by 10pm and aim for 8 hours of restful sleep. Listening to sweet music. A guided visualization or yoga nidra will help.


Laura Plumb is the founder of VedaWise, a teaching, healing and wise living institute devoted to the traditional knowledge and science of the Vedas, offering online Consultations, Courses and Training in Ayurveda, Yoga, Mind-Body Therapies, Nutrition, Meditation and Jyotish. She is also the co-founder of DYSHA, the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, which trains Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists, and offers Wellness Retreats in America, Europe and India. She blogs at


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10 Responses to Top Ten Good Health Habits in the New Year

  1. Dan Garner January 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Hi Laura,

    I really like that most of your activities center around mindfulness. When our minds are healthy, our bodies will follow.


  2. Laura Plumb January 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Thank you, Mohamed and the Midway Simplicity community. This is such a positive, powerful movement. I am grateful to know you and to feel embraced by it. To lives of joy, ease and abundance, made so by the midway of simplicity!

  3. Sacred Practices January 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Beautiful advice for healing body, mind and soul!

  4. Sophie Malahieude January 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    Thank you Laura to define a list of good habits that we can follow and introduce to our personal routine. They are simple and will bring optimal health. We just have to know them. You wisdom guide us!

    • Laura January 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

      Thanks, Sophie. I appreciate your dedication to a healthy life.

  5. Pathways to Peace January 24, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    These are great health habits for all the people to apply in their daily life..

    • Laura January 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thank you Pathways. What a beautiful Dharma you have. Thank you for serving our human family so powerfully.


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