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The consistent exposure to wellness tricks, trends, and tips is exciting because it opens up so many possibilities for wellness. However, it can also make us feel a little overwhelmed.
Which nutrition plan to trust? What celebrity fitness plan to follow? Which morning routine to adopt? In order to discover our own wellness plans for healing and thriving, we can do all the research, and consult doctors, specialists, spiritualists, healers, and therapists. Ultimately, the most fundamental expert on our health is ourselves. All this research on the impact of lifestyle choices on our mental and physical health has empowered us to take control of our well-being, and now we just need to know which healthy choices to prioritize personally.
As a Holistic Psychologist, I am an advocate of each individual’s ability to impact their own mental wellness and physical health through lifestyle choices. In fact, research shows we can directly impact our current and long-term health by the lifestyle choices we make now. We are living in a time when readily available access to healthy lifestyle information has empowered us to take control of our well-being.
While most will benefit from seven hours of sleep, daily meditation, and a plant-heavy diet, we still need to get to know ourselves to create the most personally effective, efficient, and impactful lifestyle. To do this, here’s a simple, two-step plan to create your wellness plan:
First, I recommend starting with being well informed about the information out there and setting realistic, personal goals. Read the research, peruse the blogs, consult the experts and take a good look at what is best for you.
Second, know it’s time to get to know your individual needs. We already have everything we need to know about how to create our optimal wellness plan. We just have to be open to the journey of connecting to ourselves. We need to listen to the body, tune into the heart, and spend time with the mind.
Wherever your wellness journey takes you, it’s important to know that the more you listen and connect to yourself, the more power you have to continuously evolve and impact your own health and wellness.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.