So far 2017 seems to be full of self-discovery. It’s only the end of February and I have already began to feel like I have self-cleansed from bad energies more times than I ever did in 2016. Perhaps it is because I am starting to open my mind and my soul to what is new and good for me. Or perhaps it is that I am only a few weeks from turning 26 and this late-20s mindset is kicking in. Regardless of the reasons I can say that I am loving the person I am becoming.
While eating well and discovering holistic remedies is a strong basis of this site, I feel it is important to emphasize that loving yourself first and foremost is the foundation of living a happy healthy life and sometimes stress and worries creates a barrier.
Personally, I felt that logging off of social media, specifically Instagram, would help me the best to begin focusing on what would make me happy. For you, it may be something else. But I wanted to share some key points that I find important that may help some of you to disconnect from your phones and computer screens and stress and instead connect with yourself and what makes you truly happy.
First: Let’s begin by living in the now. Trust me, this is something I am constantly working on too and it is much more difficult than it sounds. But let’s try and stop thinking of the past- what happened already happened. And let’s stop thinking too much into the future- what will happen, will happen. Grounding ourselves to where we are in the moment and focusing on that will allow us to appreciate what we have and what we need to work on right now. This doesn’t mean to loose focus on our goals but rather to understand that important work takes time.
Second: Dedicate time to work out a few times a week for at least 30 minutes. Studies have shown that exercising releases chemicals called endorphins and these endorphins trigger a positive feeling in our body which helps reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. In the book 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise, Dr. Christina Hibbert writes about how exercising helps us feel better in the inside. In her book Key 1 is: Heal your Mind and Body with Exercise. And whether or not we have a mental health issue, we all deal with stress and exercising is a great way to take our minds off of everything for a little while and release some tension.
Third: Eat well. As I have mentioned before, our stomachs are like our second brain. What we feed ourselves effects our mood and emotions. Cutting out all processed foods and sugar and introducing fermented foods, organic foods, and probiotics instead can actually make a huge difference in our physical health as well as our mental health.
Lastly: As long as it isn’t hurting yourself or others, do whatever it is that makes you happy. Don’t worry about what others will think or say. Work hard for what you want and don’t stop until you get it. Write it down and put it somewhere. Whenever you feel like giving up, go back to your little note and let that ignite the fire to keep going.
I hope this helps some of you in one way or another. Just remember that while life may not always be glitter and rainbows, we all carry a sparkle within us at all times and it is important to make ourselves happy to really let that shine.
When you shine on the inside, you’ll shine on the outside too.