Well Being and Self-Care
Taking care of yourself is key to feeling good and living a full life.
A life that fuels you and enables you to have the energy to do the things which matter most to you.
However, poor health, social conditioning and being people pleasers, drain your energy and prevent you flourishing and feeling your best.
It’s not your fault.
It is just the way life is.
So, today’s post is to a gentle reminder to take care of yourself
As we are over halfway through January 2020 and so many of us are still keen to be healthy and happy in 2020, I’d like to share with you, 12 easy tips you can use (or deepen if they are already part of your daily routine) to be healthy and happy this year – and beyond.
Many of us feel this year, 20:20, is the start of something special.
A new decade; 2020 vision; we have bestowed a fresh start upon this year and everyone I meet oozes a sense of hope, possibilities and whispering belief that this is the year they will make that change, be the change and live the change.
No one knows what is around the corner.
Some say you create your own destiny through your past and present actions.
Others believe life is already pre-ordained and no matter what you do, you can’t escape your destiny.
Whatever you believe, the timeless quote “Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.” is the mantra I aspire to live by.
Why Being Healthy and Happy Is Important
There are many reasons for being healthy are important.
Being healthier gives you more energy to do the things you enjoy with less stress and struggle.
A healthy habit is any behaviour that benefits your physical, mental, and emotional health.
These habits improve your overall well-being and remind you of the need to be calm in the chaotic world we live in.
Here are 12 Easy Tips to A Healthy and Happy 2020
Healthy Tip #1: Eat More Greens
Such as kale and pok choy to boost your calcium and strengthens bones, spinach is also bursting with other vital nutrients and vitamin which does wonders for your health. Think of Popeye and you will know what I mean.
First, What is core strength and why is it important?
If you do a quick search on Google on “core strength”, you will find a lot of resources and exercises to strengthen the physical body, particularly your abdominals, lower back and pelvic regions.
On a structural level, a strong flexible back, toned belly, and supportive pelvic area are crucial in our desire to be healthy and well.
However, from a yogic perspective, your core strength relates to your inner sense of well-being and how strong you feel.
It is that fine balance between integrating your physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so you feel stable, safe, and secure inside.
What are the benefits of a strong core?
When you have a strong inner core you’ll be…
Strong enough to rise above any life obstacles and bounce back again.
Stable enough to fall off the wagon and know that’s OK, that’s life; you’re still beautiful.
Safe in your trust that life has your back and you’ll get through.
If you’re going through an emotionally challenging time, maybe a divorce, an unpleasant situation at work, or worried about your child, it is hard to tap into your inner core.
Instead of feeling strong, safe, and stable, you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted.
Your parasympathetic nervous system shuts down, your stress hormones ramp up and you function from a space of fear.
We’ve all been there.
Lost our sense of safety and security in life, and struggle to believe that things will change and get better.
Often, we can’t change external stimuli.
Society has a way of reinforcing all that is negative in the world and unless we take steps to strengthen our core, we fall apart.
So, to support you strengthen your inner core and be calm, strong, and balance your nervous system, today’s post is to remind you to keep up your self-care practices.
Self-care is often the first thing we neglect when we feel pressurised and operating in a reactive, self-preservation mode.
If your self-care has slipped, here are five simple self-care practices to help you take care of yourself and strengthen your core, so you can respond from a space of calm confidence.
These 5 self-care practices aren’t new yet make a difference when regularly practised.
5 Simple Self- Care Practices That Will Improve Your Core Strength
#1. “Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind Happiness, Yoga Shows the Way,” (Swami Vishnudevananda)
A regular yoga practice will help to strengthen your body and mind and improve your flexibility.
If you don’t have time to practice a full 60 minutes class, check out the simple Chair Yoga stretches in my book, which you can do at your desk, in bed or even on your train commute home.
A strong body gives you physical stamina and endurance to navigate the demands on your time and energy.
#2. Sleep Like a Baby
Like many people, I short change myself on sleep;Especially when the pressure is on, we struggle to unwind, go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.
Lack of sleep disrupts your nervous system and you wake up tired, exhausted, and irritable.
A few rounds of yoga breathing exercises as you settle into bed helps soften your nerves and makes it easier for you to fall asleep.
And when you get a good night’s sleep, you wake refreshed, energised and have the energy to get up and go.
#3. Mindful Eating to Feed Your Spirit
When you are feeling low and lack energy, our natural inclination is to eat high sugary snacks and meals to improve our mood.
Instead, a more calming and compassionate way to boost your energy naturally and improve your core strength is to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avocados and mangos are my favourite fruit!
If you are a snacker and graze through your day, snack on sunflower seeds or oatcakes instead of candy bars and cakes.
#4. Put Your Feet Up
Rest and relaxation are essential to help your body heal and repair from the stress and pressure of daily life.
Whenever you can, take a break during your day and practise Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Nidra is the perfect anti-dote to support your core.
You’ll regain your sense of calm and balance and easily reconnect with your core.
#5. Calm Your Mind
A daily meditation practice changes the structure and function of the brain.
When we spend our time fighting and putting out fires, our brain is on hyper-vigilant mode, we don’t feel safe.
Meditation reduces stress, improves focus and clarity, and increases the brain’s capacity for happiness, empathy and compassion.
Regular practice helps slow down the calm and clear your mind, which aids focus and improves decision-making.
When your mind is calm and clear, you feel decisive, steady, and can respond from a space of strength and certainty inside yourself.
Remember, when you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and going through a hard time, it is vital to keep up your self-care practices.
You’ll notice it becomes easier for you to bounce back and find your balance when things fall apart.
Practising yoga, meditation, yoga breathing exercises, eating well and getting more sleep won’t change your situation overnight, you’ll still go through troubled times.
But they can help you regulate your nervous system, help you settle down after a fright – without numbing, avoiding or stressing out even more.
You will lose loved ones; things will crop up at work – they may make you redundant and you’ll have mounting debts to clear.
So, whatever is going on in your life, take your time.
Practice loving-kindness and be gentle with yourself.
And slowly, one morning you’ll wake up and feel strong, safe and secure inside; ready to face your troubles with a steady heart and stronger inner core.
Sounds good, right?
Till next time, remember to look after yourself.
Hugs, peace and blessings.
P.S. Just to let you know, I adapted today’s blog from an article I originally published on Ezine Articles, which you can read here> Article Source:
Everyone wants to overcome overwhelm and live a peaceful, happy and healthy life.
To feel fulfilled at work, cared for and supported at home.
Despite that, the frantic pace of modern-day life often leaves you feeling overwhelmed and you struggle to regain your focus and calm.
What Overwhelm Feels Like
Disconnected from loved ones and stressed-out.
Your nerves are fraught.
You get resentful by the demands placed on you at work and, powerless to say “NO” and when you get home you crash out, wired and tired. [Read more…] about 7 Ways To Overcome Overwhelm When Your Head Is Exploding
In today’s post, I share a simple self-care routine you can use to relieve stress and overwhelm so you feel better better and enjoy the rest of your day.
Be honest. Much as you enjoy life have you ever woken up, feeling jaded, tired and desperate to spend a little longer in bed?
Your body aches and you don’t have the energy to wake up and get up?
You lie in bed, dreaming of taking -time out yet in the back of your mind you know you have to get up.
You wish you could stay all day snuggled deeper into your duvet.
Maybe your eyes feel puffy, your nose bunged up, shoulders ache and you feel bloated and heavy.
Perhaps your body is screaming out for you to stop, unwind and rest yet, you can’t take time off work because you have too much to do.
So you ignore your aches and pains and carry on.
If this sounds like you, it’s definitely time to take a self-care break,
Go ahead, read the following seven self-care activities, pick a couple and make a commitment that you’ll schedule time in your diary to fit them in as part of your self-care routine. [Read more…] about Simple Self-Care Routine For Busy Women To Relieve Stress And Overwhelm and Feel Better