Sleep like your life depended on it, because it does! Restorative sleep has been shown to be exceptional for brain health, mood, mental stability, and physical health. Creating good sleep hygiene is essential. Here are some tools to help!
I’m not talking power-housing through some HIIT and Cardio, although that is good for you, too. I’m talking about balancing your body out with rhythmic movements while in nature. There’s something really calming and peaceful about being in nature. It has a way of helping let all the stress and anxiety of the current moment be released.
Listening is key here, because let me be honest – the name of the game in change, is brainwashing. No, we don’t engage in some clockwork orange ninja weird stuff, but we do encourage that you surround your whole life and mind with all the good stuff. That’s what this entire list is about. This one in particular means hitting the “play” button on an audio book that will get you moving. I have SO MANY resources here; I’m a walking self-help library. If you’re looking for a specific book, I (Jennifer) can probably recommend one. Just email me.
I just lost a client because I insisted she meditate religiously. I don’t mean start a religious practice that takes you away from the spiritual one you already have; I mean beginning something that helps you clear the content from your mind in a peaceful, natural way. Yes, you could use drugs for that, but that’s not on the list, and I don’t recommend it. Meditation is highly researched, and it is super powerful. Meditating just 15 minutes every single day has been found to change the structure of your brain chemistry, and isn’t what what we’re trying to do here? Change brain chemistry? Yes. Take a look at these resources to get you started…
Connect with our Inner Core of friends is really comforting. It helps to know we aren’t alone when we are going through something, and being vulnerable is really the only way to have emotional connection. This is hard in our fast-paced world, but it is extremely important.
Most people don’t like to journal, and I get a huge eye-roll when I suggest it. However, I encourage that you start small. Start by just jotting down 3-5 things you’re grateful for everyday. Yes, there is research to backup why this is important! What you put out to the world, the world gives back to you. Being thankful and grateful is but one small way you can look around and see that most of the issues we’re facing are just small things in a very vast, expansive Universe.
Reading books of fiction and memoirs are one of the best ways to engage in perspective-taking. In order to have empathy and know what it’s like in someone else’s shoes, it takes a bit of creativity. Reading is one way to do that.
What you put into your body has so much to do with what you get out of of your body both mentally and physically. I’m pretty particular about what you put in, but I encourage you to engage in intuitive eating. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body so you can be optical and have clarity.