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Last week I chatted about how important it is to develop your mind-body connection and how it’s arguably the most vital tool in staying motivated, consistent and reaching those fitness/nutrition/health goals. It’s really such a simple concept yet we all tend to ignore it and get lost in our daily routines/habits. Today I’m going to give you 5 tips to improve or develop your mind-body connection. If you missed last weeks newsletter, here it is!
1. Journaling. Start keeping a journal of EVERYTHING you eat and drink. Between meals and drinks, write down how you are feeling. Energized? Sluggish? Bloated? Satisfied? Crampy? Pay attention to trends here. This is a great way to see if certain foods are causing discomfort or if that afternoon coffee is more of a habit than a necessity.
2. Start walking more. See how you feel with this! What aches? Stiff joints? Tightness anywhere? Do you get tired quickly? Do you feel energized after? Not only will this tell you a lot about your health, it will also remind you what problems you need to fix.
3. Take time each day to sit in complete silence and close your eyes. You can lay down, sit up, do whatever is comfortable and allows your entire body to fully relax. What comes up? What is your mind & body telling you? Do you feel anxious because there is so much to get done you can’t fathom sitting still and doing ‘nothing’ for a few minutes? Is your mind racing? Do you feel tightness and stiffness even when you relax? Pay close attention to how your body is feeling during this time along with what’s going through your mind. You will learn a lot here.
4. Break down your current routine/daily habits. What are you doing on autopilot throughout the day? Is it helping or hurting you? Are you using bandaids to cover your problems? Remember the examples I gave in last weeks newsletter!
5. Evaluate without judgement. This may be painful for some of you. To realize how out of control you’ve let your health get. From sore, achy joints, to daily headaches, fatigue, anxiety, constant stomach issues. It’s easy to get upset about this but I want you to view it as if you’re helping a friend. Forget where you’ve let yourself get and focus on where you’ll help yourself go. What bandaids are you going to peel off? What’s the first step to achieving the solution to the problems that arise? (hint: many times this involves asking for help).
I promise that if you start implementing these 5 things consistently, you’ll begin seeing more success than you ever have. I write these newsletters because I want YOU to live your healthiest life. I want YOU to feel good and be able to have full control of your well being. So please, if there is anything I can do to help you on this journey, reach out to me. I’m here to listen and I’m here to help.