Being in love with your health isn’t easy for everyone and it’s not something I was always 100% passionate about. If you know me personally, you know that I am solely dedicated to my well being and living a truth seeking life. With that comes being authentic to who you are as an individual, speaking your truth about what fires you up and setting boundaries within your life that feel right to you. Being healthy is partly a mindset, but also physical things we incorporate each day into our lives.
Over the years I’ve gotten clear on the energy that I want to bring to the world. You see, I wasn’t always super healthy and there was a time, 6 years ago, when I used drugs and alcohol to numb myself. It was a way to escape the discomfort and unfulfillment I was experiencing in my life. My diet was generally clean, I didn’t eat processed foods, I juiced my veggies and had a disciplined fitness schedule. These things made me feel better about my disconnect and it almost seemed to cancel out the fact that I was hiding behind a wall of mild depression. My sleep was lacking, I didn’t have close intimate friendships and I wasn’t as authentic as I wished I could have been with my family and friends.
When I was ready to get sober, it happened fast. I made the decision and committed. For me it happened overnight. It felt right and I knew it was time. This is when my health and spirituality began to make a shift. So with that being said, I want to share some tips that can help you begin to take a step in the right direction and simple ways that will empower you to fall more in love with being on a wellness path.
Take baby steps to making these transitions. Give yourself credit when you try something new and be kind to yourself when you slip back into old patterns.
SLEEP 7-8 HOURS
I’ll be the first to admit that I never got 8 hours of full rest, until just recently. Even once I was sober. I would find lots of things to do at night, like clean the house, read books or cook. I used to be full of energy at night and seem to get my “2nd wind” after 10pm. I would easily be up until 1am and then get up at 7am to get my daughter and I ready for the
day. I did that for a few years and even though I only felt tired 1-2 days out of the month, I knew that I needed to honor my body even more and provide it with the right amount of sleep.
RELAX + BREATHE
Relaxation can take on many forms depending on how you enjoy quiet time. For those of you that are more introverted personality types, you know that you need time alone to recharge. It’s crucial to learn to be by yourself, to listen to the ocean, to be in nature and to turn off your screens. Meditation is a form of relaxation that plugs you into a higher source. Studies show that even 5 minutes of meditation a day can shift your thoughts to a more positive mindset, reduce stress, increase happiness and self-awareness. Try not to feel intimidated with the idea of practicing meditation. Simply find a quiet place to sit down and close your eyes. Allow the thoughts that enter your mind to come and go, and then practice wiping away the thoughts that show up, as if you were wiping a white board clean. In time, see if you can sit for a few minutes longer each week and even try journaling after you open your eyes. Journaling can be a powerful tool to get you more in touch with your feelings and give you a clearer direction with your life.
LESS CAFFEINE, MORE WATER
I know, I know. You love your coffee. Most people do and a lot of us associate coffee with getting our days started. On average, people generally have 2 cups of some sort of caffeinated beverage every day and very little water. Coffee can wreak havoc on our skin, leaving it dehydrated, irritated and looking dull. Water is an essential part of our diet and you should try to aim for more than you are probably drinking. Try half your body weight, in ounces, daily. Drinking more water will decrease brain fog, provide better sleep, flush out toxins, provide clearer skin and maintain regularity. All good things!
Give more than you receive. And give without expectations. Be generous. Help someone in need. Be the person that makes someones day more joyous just from the smile you give them. The truth is, it feels good to be a kind person. Your soul with feel calm and satisfied. You will even lower
your stress! When we allow negativity and anger to take over our emotions, we feel drained. Our mood is affected and body feels tight. See if you can take a few deep breathes next time you are feeling upset, count backwards from 10 and try to be mindful of the energy you bring to your environment.
LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF
List 5 things daily that you like about yourself. This might be a difficult exercise for you, but it’s good to acknowledge positive qualities about ourselves. Even if you name similar ones each day, you’ll begin to program your mind in a more positive way.
MAKE A GRATITUDE LIST
Making a list of things that you are grateful for is such a beautiful exercise that instantly lifts your vibration higher and allows you to appreciate the good in your life. Start with the simplest of things (mode of transportation, food to eat, job) and move on to the bigger things. I guarantee you’ll feel so much better and appreciate all that you didn’t realize you have.
LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE
It’s called intuition. We all have it. It whispers and sometimes you might need stillness to actually hear it. Our intuition is always trying to guide us, offer solutions and steer us in the right direction in life. It’s your job to hear what it’s trying to say. Remain open or even ask a Higher Source for guidance. It doesn’t matter what you call that energy, as long as you feel comfortable knowing there’s something bigger at play, you can ask.
PROTECT YOUR ENERGY
Surround yourself with people that energetically lift your vibe higher. You know this to be true by the way you feel after you have a conversation or spend time with people. Ask yourself, “Do I feel drained or energized?” You want to feel happy, heard, connected, loved and so forth. If you feel tired and low, then these people might be bringing you down. It’s also a great time to take a moment to see what energy you bring to your
relationships. In order for us to receive a high vibrational tribe, we must bring our best, loving self to our people, too. Don’t feel bad for setting these boundaries for your life. Remember this is your life, day by day. You get to write the script. Holding yourself to a standard that allows you to only have healthy and loving relationships in your life with greatly affect your outlook and creativity.
TELL THE TRUTH
Tell the truth and tell it fast, is my new motto. Being honest can be difficult and is sometimes harder than telling the truth. But I have learned that not being honest is the fastest way to lose respect and trust in a relationship with anyone. We lie in order to protect the ego and make ourselves feel better about the situation. But being dishonest isn’t being authentic. You aren’t serving anyone by keeping things hidden and certainly not allowing more positive situations to flow into your life by twisting the truth. So, next time you are in a situation where you might normally want to be dishonest, tell the truth, don’t second guess it and see just how good you’ll feel about being your authentic self.
Taking care of yourself should become a non-negotiable. This is something that you might have to work at, as it doesn’t come effortlessly for everyone. Self care consists of taking time for you, so you can be of more service to loved ones in your life. Baths, massages, facials, meals shared with friends or buying yourself flowers, all count as great examples of self care. Most of us give a lot to our loved ones and can end up feeling worn out or depleted if we don’t pour back into ourselves. See what simple acts of love you can give yourself each week. Commit to loving all of you and give yourself a hand for all the love you give out in your life.
CLEAN UP YOUR DIET
There it is. I know you’re not surprised to read this, but this is something that most of us struggle with. There are so many opportunities in the world to eat junky food that it can become a struggle. And depending on where you live, it’s nearly impossible to eat out and have a plethora of healthy options. So getting clear on what you will and will not eat will
take the guess work out of your decision making when the time comes to decide.
I firmly believe that in order to make healthy lifestyle shifts, you’ll want to surround yourself with people that are doing the same. You may even want to start shopping at healthier grocery stores, as well as farmers markets and your local food co-ops. That way, the only options are healthy ones. If you have friends and family that have already adopted a healthy way of living, that’s a bonus! But for many of you, you might need to to lead the way with this. You’ll want to eliminate processed, canned and sugary foods. Limit your red meat intake and reach for fruits and vegetables over baked good, chips and sugary drinks. Try going meatless one day a week or substituting beans or non-gmo tofu. I always aim for lots of veggies with every meal and a good helping of healthy protein and fat. Remember you want your plate to be as colorful as possible.
Exercising releases endorphins that make you “feel good” and lift your mood. It’s the best natural high and the only high I prefer. Aiming to move your body several times a week will encourage a healthier lifestyle and make you more conscious of the food choices you’re making on a daily basis. I always suggest doing something that interests you. Whether that means walking, running, cycling or swimming; do what excites you. If you follow your interests, you’ll be more likely to stick with a weekly plan of exercise.
I hope you’ve found this information useful and that you might want to adapt a few things into your life. Please reach out and let me know your thoughts.