We are halfway through January and no doubt you have been bombarded by many, many different ways you could improve your wellness. This makes January a confusing, frustrating and overwhelming month, resulting in us potentially wasting time and money on things not right for us - or doing nothing at all. In this blog - The Keys to Wellness - I’ll explain more about doing the right thing for you and mastering the basics.
What I’ve found out over the years is that most of my clients feel like a rabbit, an ostrich or a hamster - or even a mixture of both or all three!
Rabbit in headlights - overloaded with wellness and nutrition information, but confused about what to do
Ostrich with head in the sand - stressed, in pain, not feeling right, but ignoring everything that's wrong
Hamster in a wheel - wanting to make changes, but with no confidence or energy to get off the wheel
So which one do you feel like? Let me know!
The keys to wellness is doing the right thing for you at the right time. Here’s some tips to mastering the basics!
Detoxing can be helpful if it is done correctly and if your body is able to benefit from it. However, if you already have digestive issues, feel tired all the time, have low immunity or don’t drink a lot of water, it is likely that your detox organs are already struggling. A detox releases extra toxins into your body to be removed putting even more pressure and stress on these already stressed out organs. This can reduce the benefits of the detox and possibly make your detox organs and body even more tired and out of balance than before.
On the emotional side, if you are stressed or unhappy, your digestive system and immune system are also unhappy. This is why you may be feeling tired and not feeling all the good vibes you want to feel during the winter months.
The same goes for trying to lose weight. A healthy mindset and digestive system is key for effective weight loss.
So, if you were to focus on one area this winter, I would say master the basics first by making small changes that you can integrate into your life. Here are some tips to get you started;
Listen to your body. How is it currently feeling, any stresses, niggles or pains that are stopping you from getting the most out of life? Write them down so you can track improvements as we often forget how these things affect and limit our daily lives.
Do all you can to get a good night’s sleep. It will help you to achieve any wellness goal. Put screens down and find ways to wind down and relax before bedtime. Sleep is key for recharging, replenishing and repairing the mind and all the body systems including your immune system so ask for help if you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep.
Make water your new best friend for 2019. It may not be ‘new news’ but we are 75% water! Each of our body systems needs water - including our muscles, brain, skin, digestive and immune system. Not drinking enough water is like running your car on a minimum tank of fuel every day so unsurprisingly you may feel pain, tired, anxious, sluggish, have a foggy head and be more prone to catching winter bugs.
Move every day. As well as your cardiovascular system, your immune system, your detox organs and digestive system also rely on movement to work optimally. Build in exercise into every day and make sure you get up from that desk several times during the day. A 20-30 minute walk every day works wonders for the body and clears the mind so you may have your best ideas when you are out and about!
Sort out that stress! Work out what is stressing you, what can you control/can’t control. Find ways to reduce any unhelpful emotions such as anxiety, overwhelm and fear as over time they can wreak havoc on your physical wellness. Talk to a practitioner about what is stressing you, learn simple reflexology, tapping, breathing or meditation techniques to help release the stresses.
Follow the 80/20 rule and be kind to yourself. Knowing we can step out of our wellness habits at times and still enjoy our favourite foods or have time totally chilling on the sofa instead of exercising makes the changes easier to maintain as we don’t feel deprived.
The reason all of these basics will help you with any wellness goal is because they all help to create a healthy cell environment. This reduces the risk of chronic inflammation which has been identified as the key cause of many symptoms. We are all unique and there is no wellness plan that fits all. Knowledge is power and the more you can understand your unique body, what helps it and what stresses it, the more you can support it in the right way at the right time.
To gain clear wellness insight and expertise to know exactly what you need to focus on in 2019, call me on 07966 502611 for a free 20 minute wellness consultation.
To find courage to create change this year or to finally find ways to connect to yourself, feel calm and maximise the power of each breath, then it would be great to see you at my events on 26th January and 10th February detailed on the Events page here.
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Wishing you all a 2019 full of smiles, success and wellness.
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