Change your routine, change your life

“It’s time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.” -Marcus Aurelius

One of the things I learned during my time at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is: How you do one thing is how you do everything. Meaning, if you make healthy changes in one area of your life, the rest of you will follow. Pick the lowest hanging fruit, whatever that might be for you, make a positive change there, and the benefits of this change will ripple out amongst the harder to change aspects of your life. Or, continue to make poor choices and this will affect the rest of you as well.

We can see evidence of this in our daily lives. It’s the reason for recommending a positive morning routine. How you start your day tends to dictate how the rest of your day will go. Make smart choices here and it is far more likely you will have a good day. In the same way, if you declutter your physical surroundings, your mental clarity will improve as well. Or, eat junk food, expect junk thoughts. Continue reading “Change your routine, change your life”

Permission to show yourself a little love

Self-care isn’t necessarily an elaborate ritual that you have to perform every day. Self-care, in its purest form, is giving your body what it needs when it needs it in order to perform at your very best. Knowing what your body needs involves staying tuned in to the subtle signals it gives you throughout the day. This means staying present and checking in with yourself often.

What is self-care?

You know how the flight attendant instructs you to secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others in case of an emergency? Self-care is kind of like that. It is taking care of yourself so you can perform better for everyone else. If you helped everyone else with their masks first, you would pass out and be unable to help as many people as you would if you helped yourself first. Taking the time for self-care is not selfish, it is essential to keep you performing at your very best.  Continue reading “Permission to show yourself a little love”

The Importance of a Morning Routine

While your early morning is the tiniest snippet of your day, one could argue that that tiny snippet can make or break you. What you do in the early morning hours sets you up for the entire day ahead. People are fond of saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I would say your morning routine is the most important endeavor of the day. Setting up a morning ritual that creates positivity, gratitude, and high vibrations can be the difference between having a great day or having an off day. It is like calibrating yourself for optimal performance.

The early morning is a great time for self-care practices that often get bumped off the calendar because you get busy later in the day. Instead of leaving self-care to the very end, do it right away in the morning. That’s right, set your alarm a tad earlier than usual and get up without pushing the snooze button. Not a morning person? I thought I wasn’t either. It turns out, I get my best writing done early in the morning. Get up and get going for yourself. Show up for you!

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