As we embark onto 2019 we find ourselves thinking through what changes we want to make in order to grow and transform. Eagerly, we make several resolutions, only to find ourselves struggling to keep them as we try to do too much too fast. Shakti Therapy & Healing Services, a holistic group practice based in Los Angeles, CA believes that the one thing to remember is, each improvement we make must be lived with intention. So this year, I challenge you to take small actions and act inside yourself. What do you think are the top by things you can do inside yourself to be happier, stronger, wiser and more? Allow your self to wonder as you read through the 8 steps of self care lifestyle changes you can make this year!
1. Immerse yourself in nature. Being out in nature is a therapeutic, multi-sensory experience. Going for a walk, even if it’s only for ten minutes, can help manage the blues and lower feelings of anxiety. Research has shown that walking outdoors is linked to higher levels of oxytocin, which is the “feel-good” hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. Additional benefits of walking include increased cardiovascular fitness, reduced rates of heart disease and stroke, improved management of conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, join and muscular pain and diabetes, stronger bones and improved balance, and reduction in body fat. Interested in learning even more? Learn more about Walking Therapy with Shakti!
2. Commit to eating healthy. Have diets worked for you? If so, please share your secret with me! For many years I have been caught in a cycle of eating too little and ending up starving and over eating. Diets and I have not been able to get along. This made me wonder, how can I commit to a healthier relationship with food without becoming obsessed with food. Through this pondering I came across a study conducted during World War II that revealed starving our bodies leads to an obsession to food. So let’s rewrite the story to eating healthy by intuitively listening to our bodies when we are hungry, consume more natural foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. What’s one meal you can replace with a healthier option today?
3. Donate your clothes. We’ve all been guilty for keeping that shirt for one too many years; hoping we will wear it or fit into it one day. When we keep things from our past and do not use them in our present life, do they pull us back or move us forward? If you haven’t worn something in over a year, chances are you probably will not be wearing that item of clothing anytime soon. So let’s commit to sharing what we treasure, even if that be one shirt, with others by donating what no longer is part of our present moment. Through this act of giving, we can even reward ourselves with that tax deduction to get a couple of new pieces that bring joy! Clothing can lift your mood if you put a little energy into it.
4. Genuinely apologize and release. Is there a person you’ve wanted to meaningfully apologize to but haven’t gotten around to? I invite you to take a step in releasing that heaviness