23 Feb The Path that Leads You back to YOU
With spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to focus on love (self-love that is!) and connection. Perhaps the connection to ourselves is the most forgotten in our day to day lives. As moms, dads, employees, students, volunteers who are busy constantly thinking about and doing for others, our connection to ourselves is simply lost. What do I mean about “connection to ourselves”? Well, defining what that means to you is often key to focusing inward and addressing what may or may not be lacking in this area for you specifically. This lack of connection with ourselves can take its toll and manifest in many ways from not being able to calm your mind enough to have a peaceful night’s sleep, to feeling stuck on how to accomplish a goal you’ve been working towards. Having a strong connection to yourself frees you of self-doubt and paves the way to an abundant life filled with clear direction and yes, even good health! To get more connected to YOU, I recommend adopting the following practices into your daily routine. You can start by adding one a month in order to sustain these new behaviors. Even adopting just one of these suggestions, you will see positive shifts in your mental and physical health.
Move your body
Yoga is a great practice that can easily get you connected to your body and mind through breath and movement. When you quiet the mind and simply breathe while aligning your breath to movement, you create a deeper connection to yourself. This deeper connection will allow you to clear your mind and truly focus on the messages your body is trying to tell you. Even folks who run can tell you they get in a “zone”. They get into a rhythm of breath and movement in order to get into a steady pace. Many runners have said they’ve been able to reach greater physical endurance while in this state. This is because the mind clears the negative false thoughts that are driven by fear. These fear-based thoughts we are all too familiar with, like “This is too difficult” or “I can’t keep going” are eliminated. I suggest trying a few different exercises and classes available to you to find the one that feels just right for you. This may take a little bit of time, but once you find ‘the one’, you are more likely to stick with it and reap the wonderful benefits.
Mediation is the practice of focusing on your breath in order to clear your mind. Much like exercise does for the body, mediation does for the brain. Through the practice of meditation, the brain is essentially trained to go back to a state of calm. This not only provides the same mental benefits as exercise, but it helps you to combat stress and helps you to return your monkey mind back to clear and focused, which allows you to assess situations and perceived problems with clarity. Being able to get your thoughts on track enhances your understanding of yourself and guides you towards better decisions, instead of reacting from a cloud of emotions and heightened stress. There are several resources available for meditation newbies from apps to editorials and you can find them just by searching the internet. Meditation apps such as Headspace help guide you to through the process, and are great for when you are traveling or need something at hand when you get those precious 10 minutes back from a meeting that ended early.
Self-care is one of the most overlooked practices because of all the excuses we come up with not to do them. We often feel that we don’t have the time or money to spend on things like a monthly massage, or simply taking a hot bath. We feel guilty for taking the time or spending the extra money. The truth is, if you fail to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally, you may find yourself facing a setback you are not prepared for. Energy, enthusiasm and motivation are not bottomless resources like we often think they are. Schedule an afternoon nap on your calendar, or take the extra time to take your dog out on a longer walk than you normally do. There are even massage therapy businesses that offer monthly memberships so you don’t skip out on your ‘me time’, and provide a discounted rate.
Getting yourself into the groove of picking up and sustaining positive change can seem difficult, or maybe you have more health goals you are looking to achieve, and not sure where to start. If you feel overwhelmed, you can assemble a support group of like-minded people who are looking to achieve the same goals at work or the gym. Seeking a certified Health Coach who can be your wellness “co-pilot” is another great option to help you achieve your short and long term health goals. As a certified Health Coach, I’ve been trained on some of the most cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. To learn more about how you can benefit from hiring a Health Coach, visit healthcoachconnect.com.
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