We all want to be the happiest and healthiest versions of ourselves possible. The good news is, you don’t have to be on a restrictive diet, go to the gym for hours every day, meditate every morning or have a strict yoga practice to get there! (I mean, you totally can if you want to!) Living your best life and being the best version of yourself doesn’t have to be that complicated and there are really simple ways you can add more positivity, health and light into your life without all the overwhelm!
Food isn’t something to punish yourself with, it isn’t something to fear and it most certainly shouldn’t lead us to feelings of anxiety or overwhelm. Food is simply fuel for our bodies and something we need to nurture ourselves with every day. Therefore, it’s so important to eat food that you enjoy and change the language you use around the food you’re eating.
There are no such things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods so it’s time to remove those words from your food vocabulary.
Yes, there are some foods that are healthier for us than others but that doesn’t mean we should fear or demonise the ‘unhealthy’ foods, just as we shouldn’t start only eating what we see as ‘healthy’ for fear of what will happen if we don’t.
It’s very simple: Eat food that you enjoy eating and eat it in moderation – be mindful of portion sizing and fuel your body with nutrient dense whole foods and a rainbow of colour! Don’t force yourself to eat something you don’t enjoy just because it’s the latest ‘superfood’ or ‘health food’ and don’t restrict the foods you love because you believe they are ‘bad’.
Stop punishing yourself with food and start fuelling your body from a place of love.
We are all so individual and unique that even the foods we eat affects each one of us in different ways. What works for one person may not work for another. Which is why it’s so important to connect to the food you’re eating and start to understand how your body is affected by what you eat.
Ideally, after eating we want to be left feeling full, energised, motivated, happy and light. Feeling sluggish, tired, bloated, irritable or too full are symptoms we want to try and avoid if possible.
Anything that leaves us feeling anything but our BEST might not be the best option for us, or it might mean we need to reconsider portion sizing.
The best way to monitor how your body reacts to what you’re eating is to keep a food diary. Record what and how much you eat, how it makes you feel straight after eating and how you feel 2-3 hours after eating it. Start to take note of the foods and portions that leave your body feeling fantastic and those that leave your body feeling sluggish.
We live in a society with a constant ‘go go go’ mentality. We are all so switched on all of the time, searching for that next big thing, rushing around to get a huge list of errands done or working on that next goal that we forget to take the time and appreciate the little things in our lives. The BIG things in our lives come around every now and again, but most of the time we are so wrapped up in everything else that we don’t even allow ourselves the time to celebrate those big achievements anyway. That’s why focusing on the little things is so important. It helps us to practice gratitude daily, keeps us grounded and keeps us connected to our true core and values. All the amazing little things do add up to something incredible, so it’s important to constantly acknowledge and appreciate them. It’s a way of always practicing and expressing gratitude which keeps us motivated, more positive and does wonders for our mental health. Plus, it can help to reduce pressure, stress and overwhelm.
Our lives are so much more than the BIG things we are aiming for. Appreciate and choose to focus on all the little things that make your life wonderful day in, day out.
Holding a grudge, anger, tension or resentment against someone doesn’t do anything but hurt you! You are the one that’s filling your body with the toxicity of those emotions and it doesn’t affect the people it’s aimed at more than it does yourself. Don’t allow that toxicity into your life and instead approach them from a place of understanding and love. You can only control to the tips of your fingers and therefore you have no control over others, their beliefs, values or actions (no matter how much you wish you do). Let go of what you can’t control and don’t hold any negative feelings against someone as you’ll only end up hurting yourself. If someone doesn’t fit into your life, then rather holding resentment against them, simply let them go.
You can control the energy you allow into your life so don’t allow negativity to influence your relationship with others. Simply meet them from a place of love and understanding and be on good terms with them.
Everyone needs more love in their life and you have the power to shine it over everyone you come into contact with.
What’s new and good in your life?
This is the first question I ask at every single one of my consultations with my clients. It’s so important to focus on the positive aspects of your life as they are what will motivate you to push forward and live the life of your dreams. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in the negativity, but there will always be something positive if you look for it. It’s time to start training your mind to search for the positive to help guide you when times are tough. Plus, it’s another opportunity to practice gratitude and that’s something all our souls would benefit more from.
Increasing your circulation can help eliminate toxins from your body and leave you feeling healthier, more vibrant and increase your energy. Some of the best ways to increase your circulation are:
There are so many toxins and chemicals in the products we use from house cleaning products to face creams, perfumes and makeup. These toxins all enter our bodies and there’s only so much our bodies can do to try and eliminate them from our systems before they start to build up. A build-up of these toxins can then lead to various health problems from tiredness and fatigue to chronic health issues or gut inflammation to some cancers. I’m not saying you should eliminate all toxins from your life but starting to use ‘cleaner’ products whenever you can is a great place to start! There are so many emerging ‘clean’ brands out there made with few toxins and chemicals that aren’t as harsh on our bodies. So start researching and make those switches whenever you can.
All emotions are meant to be felt. We are designed to feel every single emotion we experience and one emotion isn’t superior or inferior to another.
We shouldn’t fear emotions or shy away from them – they’re there to teach us a lesson. We live in a society where positive emotions are idolised and sought after whereas negative emotions are feared and demonised. It’s just as important to honour your negative emotions as it is your positive emotions. In fact, it may even be more important as that’s when learning, understanding and growth happen! There is always something to learn and allowing yourself to experience those negative emotions will help you grow as a person and move on. It’s much healthier to express those down feelings rather than repress them and hold them in. It doesn’t make you a bad person or a ‘Debbie Downer’, it just makes you human and in need of support to guide you through.
As we are all so unique, we all thrive in different environments. Understand the type of environment that supports you and start to create it in your life. Look at your home, your work place, your relationships, finances, nutrition – everything that feeds your life! Look at how all the aspects that make up your life affect you and start to create an environment around you that will help you to thrive!
Sometimes the most unselfish thing we can do is to be a little bit selfish. You can’t pour from an empty cup and we all need time to fill our cups back up. We need to replenish our energy stores before we can start to share our energy out with other people again. Take time every day for yourself. It’s not selfish – you’re in fact doing everyone else in your life a favour because you’ll be the best version of yourself and show up for them in a much more supportive and uplifting way if you look after yourself! It doesn’t have to be a long amount of time and it doesn’t have to be an overly complicated ritual – it can be as long or as short as you have time for and be anything that fills your energy levels back up! For example: It could be 5 minutes of meditation, 10 minutes to paint your nails, a half an hour walk, a 1 hour yoga practice, massage, haircut, gym workout etc.
Too many of us spend too much time indoors with poor air quality and lack of movement. Spending time outdoors is not only fantastic for our mental health but our physical health as well! Get some good quality air in your lungs and move your body while immersing yourself in nature. It’s grounding, uplifting, mood enhancing, energising and beneficial for your overall health in so many ways!
You are in control of your life. Your thoughts and feelings create your actions which then creates your outcome. You are in control of every single moment in your life because it all starts with the way you think and that affects how you feel. If you want something to change, you have the power to do so. Stop listening to that limiting belief that you’re powerless, not good enough, not worthy enough or just simply not enough. You ARE enough and you DO have the power to make any change in your life you want to see. All it starts with is changing the way you think, to take different action steps to then create different outcomes. Don’t worry if you don’t get where you want to straight away – you WILL get there. If it means something to you, then you WILL get there – it might not be easy and it might not be a quick journey, but it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it.
You are in control over every second of your life. You control what influences you, the energy you allow into your life, how you let people treat you, your choices – everything. Start believing you have the power to create the life of your dreams because trust me, you do!