What areas are we talking about to live a balanced life?
Food, sleep, hydration, movement, self love, and spirituality. I highly recommend checking in with yourself everyday in all 6 areas to see how you are doing. You are worth enough, right now today, to put the effort in to take care of your body.
Let’s start with food as it has such a massive impact. Eating a plant based diet, no processed foods, no refined products (sugar and white flour), very limited caffeine, and alcohol. Eating a high plant, or plant based diet does take practice, and does require time to cook meals. That absolutely doesn’t mean that it cannot be done on a busy schedule, but please keep in mind that investing the time now into preparing your meals, is investing in the rest of your life. Giving your body high doses of nutrients at every meal will make it so much easier to switch from fight and flight to rest and repair. Your mood, thoughts, your entire body is made from what you feed it, you are worth it.
SLEEP. Anyone who has had a restless night understands the importance of sleep. It sets up the entire next day and helps your body to repair from the previous day. You should awake and then feel refreshed and rejuvenated, with energy. Not groggy, unfocused, and exhausted. If sleeping is an issue for you, I recommend removing all technology 1 hour before you go to bed, some relaxing music and reading, or a bath, meditation, or relaxing yoga postures I find to work the best.
HYDRATION is key here. Drinking water is the number one thing to start doing to lose weight. It helps to flush toxins out of your system, keeps the skin elastic, muscle efficiency, balancing mood by regulating brain functions, aids temperature control, improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain improving memory function, joint lubrication including your spine, eyes, and brain, are all protected by watery fluids, healthy bowel function especially important when trying to remove toxins safely from the body, aids digestion, and better immune health. It is said that we should drink half our body weight in ounces every day.
MOVEMENT. Yes movement and not exercise. A lot of people I have worked with rebel against exercise. I love the idea of incorporating restorative movement like tai-chi or restorative yoga. This not only is amazing for our bodies, but also builds a mind-body connection, and helps to relax us and move into rest and recovery. That being said, let’s remember bioindividuality and how everyone is different, some people love high energy workouts, but I do believe everyone can thrive when adding yoga. I personally believe finding things that you like to do, that involve movement is the easiest way to go because it is fun! The things that energize me are bike riding, hiking with my dogs, swimming, and yoga.
SPIRITUALITY – I am not here to say what spiritual practice you should or shouldn’t be involved in, but just that you develop one. I personally find deep, spiritual connections through meditation, being outside in nature/gardening and appreciating the beauty, and through yoga. Experiment, be creative and listen to your heart. Where do you feel connected and loved? Where do you feel that sense of belonging?
SELF LOVE – Loving yourself is vital in a balanced life. That means trusting in yourself. That doesn’t mean knowing the future, that means not knowing what is going to happen, but trusting in yourself to figure it out. Does that sound far away? The secret to building self trust and love is through self care or self love. Who knew right?
Self love is such things as: massages, Mani and pedis, soaking in the bath, hot towel scrubs, acupuncture, chiropractic care, being grateful, journaling, yoga and meditation.
Many successful women schedule time for themselves every day. When you feel fully nurtured and cared for it is much easier to spread the love around.
Where are you going to focus more energy today?
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