Even though it is the shortest month of the year, many of us have a hard time around now. Cold, dark days have been with us for months, the excitement of holidays has passed and there are still several weeks until spring comes to save us from the winter doldrums.
On a lighter note, February is associated with Valentine’s Day and showing those around us how much we love them. In addition, the American Heart Association recognizes February as Heart Health month and promotes heart healthy lifestyle choices to the public.
In bringing all of these connections together, lets use this month to show OURSELVES love, as much as we show others we love them. This focus can sometimes help lift our spirits through the darker days of winter.
Some suggestions about how to show yourself love and gratitude:
- Create a list of accomplishments and review it often. Often when we have the winter blues, it is easy to get focused on what we haven’t accomplished or where we feel weak. Now is a great time to remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments
- Learn something new. Try learning a new language, sport or dance. Learning is a great way to get our brain out of the winter motivation slump.
- Get some exercise. Indoor or outdoor, this can help you appreciate your body and get those exercise endorphins flowing. Grab a friend and get two for the price of one! (See number 4)
- Spend time with supportive, uplifting people. Surround yourself with people and places that have positive effects on you. Positive friends and co-workers can support each other through the winter blahs.
- Spend some time just being. Winter is a time for reflection and recovery. Remember to take social, technology and screen breaks to give yourself a break from the hectic schedules we all live.
- Do something nice for yourself. Take a bath, make yourself a wholesome, healthy lunch to take to work (see number 8) or spend your break time reading your favorite book.
- Get out in nature. Being in nature is good for our heart and our soul. Even the American Heart Association recognizes that exercise outdoors is great for heart health.
- Make yourself your favorite healthy meal. Wholesome, home cooked food can boost your mood and support the health of your entire body. Check out some great healthy winter recipes here.
- Help someone else. Volunteer work and acts of kindness and compassion help us get out of our own thoughts and are known to change our brains in healthy ways!
- Hug somebody. After all, its the month of love and hugging is a great way to show you care. Plus, it can have positive health benefits for both people, including a stronger immune system.
Taking time to appreciate yourself will allow the winter blahs to pass easier and when spring comes, you will be ready to shine!
This week, we have Amy Johnson, Reiki practitioner and Life Coach, sharing her expertise on how to make sustainable changes in the new year.
New Year, New You!
Empower yourself by creating your own life.
In light of the New Year we often recognize that we want to make more positive changes in our lives. The stronger our intention line the more likely we are to attract to us what we want and meet the goals we set in our New Year’s Resolutions.
It begins with our thoughts’. Our thoughts shape the reality that we live in. We are where we are because our thoughts have resulted in the life that we have consciously and unconsciously created for ourselves.
“Where the mind goes energy flows”
If you are trying to get to a better place in your life you will want to turn your focus and intention on where you want to be. You have to be in a better emotional place in order to achieve a better life. The thoughts that you set forth with great emotion are the most powerful because they will eventually manifest into physical reality. You are setting creation into motion through your thoughts. A thought creates a belief, a belief creates our attitude; our attitude or perception creates our own actions/responses and in turn is us creating our own experience or the life that we lead.
“What we believe determines what we make true.”
Ego will often time stop us from making change. Our ego’s want to be comfortable and will resist change. We start with good intentions but find ourselves going back to our old selves. This is why breaking bad habits can be such a challenge.
In order to change our thoughts you may use positive reinforcement, visuals, and/or doing a visual meditation each day. The visual meditation can help you believe that you have already achieved the goal you have set for yourself so that you manifest it to yourself more easily. Positive reinforcement may be used in your thoughts or speaking it out loud. Say it or think it as if it is already happening and you are achieving your goal; for example, I intend to receive a lot of money this year, or I am losing the weight I want to lose.
~Life Coaching at Integrative Health Denver aids clients in setting their most powerful intention lines to achieve their goals and empower themselves by creating the life they want. Life Coaching does this by helping the client set up a specific action plan and teaches them how to manifest that action plan into existence. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Amy at (415) 889-0474 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To request and appointment, click here.
In the wake of all the holiday goodies that have been consumed, the beginning of the year is a common time for us to re-evaluate our dietary choices. There are so many opinions as to what is the best way to reset our diet, but as with most health practices, there is never a “one size fits all” answer to cleaning it up. Each person has their own needs and concerns that should be considered when chooseing a cleansing diet. Medications, activity levels and health conditions are just some examples of things that can effect how we process food and nutrients and should be taken into consideration when starting a cleansing diet.
There are a few dietary changes that all of us can benefit from and are safe for everyone as we aim to “clean-up” our food choices. The following is a list of guidelines that may work as a starting point:
- Avoid processed sugar
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid processed carbohydrates
- Eat more whole foods (any item that comes in a package should have less than 5 ingredients).
- Eat only when sitting and without distractions
- Grocery shop only when you are rested and not hungy
As you see in this list, even the WAY we eat can be part of our “reset” for the new year. Even if you just commit to 2 weeks of these guidelines, you will see benefits in breaking poor eating habits and making healthier choices that have the potential to carry on throughout the coming months. For more detailed plans for a diet “clean-up”, consult your health care practitioner or contact us here at IHD. We can help you find the right plan or get you to a person who can help you design one.
May 2017 be a healthy and happy new year for you all!