Achieve A Healthier Body, Mind, And Soul This Holy Week

Learn how to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit this Holy Week for a happier, healthier you.

Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter, is a time for contemplation and preparation in the Christian calendar. 

Starting on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Easter Sunday, Lent is deeply rooted in Philippine culture. 

Here, take a look at how you can achieve a healthier lifestyle during this Holy Week.

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Energize Your Physical Health This Season

Abstaining from meat, such as beef, pork, or chicken, during Lent can have health benefits. 

Cutting back on these meats may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as lower blood cholesterol levels. 

According to the National Nutrition Council, reducing the consumption of processed meats and fast food products can also lead to a decrease in fat and sodium intake. 

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While there are dietary restrictions, substitutions like fish and vegetables are allowed. 

Fish, such as salmon and tuna, are rich in lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve heart health. 

Plant-based protein sources like vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes can also meet your protein needs.

Healthy Eating

During the Holy Week, consider incorporating healthier eating habits. Reducing processed foods and fast food products can lead to a decrease in fat and sodium intake.

Daily Exercise

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Commit to honoring God with your body during the Holy Week by exercising daily. 

In addition to the physical health benefits, exercise can also help cultivate discipline. 

When motivation wanes, discipline is what keeps you going. It’s the inner voice that encourages you to continue exercising even when you don’t feel like it.

Cultivating a Healthier Mind

During Holy Week, focus on cultivating a healthier mind. 

Daily meditation can offer numerous benefits, helping you find meaning and purpose in your joys and sufferings through Christ. 

Spend time meditating on the mysteries and love of God.

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Technology Detox

To deepen your prayer life, consider reducing your use of technology. 

Disconnecting from social media, putting down your phone, or taking a break from your favorite shows can create space for silence and contemplation.

Spiritual Rebirth

Attending Mass during the Holy Week can help you reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and realign your heart with God. 

Consider attending additional Masses during the week to open yourself up to God’s love and mercy.

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If you haven’t participated in the sacrament of confession recently, consider doing so during the Holy Week. Check your parish’s schedule and make time to seek forgiveness from God.

Renew Your Whole Self

This Holy Week, focus on rejuvenating your body, mind, and spirit. By observing Lenten practices and incorporating healthier habits, you can emerge from this season refreshed and renewed physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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