HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE new beginnings. They’re so full of hope and promise and freshness.
But, I also know that New Year’s resolutions to make healthy lifestyle changes have a way of evaporating into thin air faster than you can say abracadabra; and we’re so often left with disappointment, self-loathing, and resignation.
Who wants that? No one, ever. So, let’s not do that this year, O.K.?
Here’s how I can help you avoid the repetitive cycle of yo-yo health habits and diminishing levels of well-being and happiness:
5 Soul-Centered Self-Healing Solutions
These are my 5 top Self-Healing tips for making resolutions that stick because they’re coming from a place inside you that is committed to living your life “On Purpose” with the intention to fulfill your true destiny—vibrantly healthy in body, mind and soul.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
The key to a healthy body is a calm, peaceful and focused mind. Your body is a reflection of your mind. Healing only happens when your body and mind are at rest.
Mindfulness is the best solution because it switches your entire autonomic nervous system from the stress mode (sympathetic nervous system) into relaxation mode (parasympathetic nervous system) as you focus on your breath. Within minutes your entire body, mind and spirit begin to relax—allowing your body to repair, renew and rewire your brain and cells.
2. An Anti-inflammatory Diet
I know, I know. . . who doesn’t know it’s important to eat healthier? Duh. But, what I’ve found is that most people are not really aware of what constitutes a healthy diet. Here’s my best advice in a nutshell (I used this diet to reverse Multiple Sclerosis 30 years ago):
Your body cannot repair or heal itself of all those nagging symptoms unless you stop creating stress in your body from inflammatory foods so, whether you choose Keto, Paleo, Vegan, etc., the important thing is to eat the food your Maker intended you to eat—and that is food that has not been processed (i.e. white grains that have had the healthy kernel removed, bleached, ground, separated from it’s natural state, filled with additives, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, etc.)
Veggie Recipes that will heal your body. Increase your veggie consumption by at least double, but shoot for 5-10 servings a day. I know that sounds like a lot, but here’s a link to an awesome recipe treasure trove for veggies that are yummy and healthy, click here.
3. Heal Your Childhood and Adult Traumas
This self-healing tool has not been widely discussed. In fact, it has barely been discussed in wellness blogs, programs, etc., but, here’s the deal—almost everyone has had trauma in their childhood. Unhealed trauma creates chronic stress in the body. Chronic stress does not allow your body to heal or even to repair itself, so you need to take a look at any unhealed trauma so you can reduce that chronic stress.
The Science Behind Childhood Trauma and Adult Onset Disease: The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and Kaiser Permanente Health Organization recognized trauma was a huge factor in adult onset diseases and conducted a study in 2005-2007 that surveyed over 17,000 patients with a test to rate their levels of childhood trauma. They discovered that 67% of all people have had at least one severe trauma in childhood! And, even one experience correlates with developing disease in adulthood. The more you have, the more chance you’ll develop chronic health problems in adulthood. You can take the test here.
4. Mindset Makeover
Most of us have more negative thoughts than we’d like (think fear, anger, resentment, judgment, etc.). In fact, research has shown that up to 95% of our thoughts are negative and repetitive. Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful way to notice your thoughts and release them. And, keeping a journal while becoming more aware of your thoughts is another great tool.
5. Soul Retrieval
I know. This is another “whaaat’s that?” self-healing solution, but what I’ve discovered after working as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years, and as a life coach for many more, is that most of us have lost pieces of our soul along our life journey. Here’s what I mean by that—your soul is your True Self, and that True Self (SOUL) more often than not gets lost due to 1) not being seen and heard as a child, and 2) Being told we’re wrong or bad or not being accepted for who we are 3) Emotional Neglect, etc. and these traumas lead us to disown those parts of ourselves.
We also try to mold into society’s expectations for us and slowly, but surely, we have created a False Self (loss of SOUL). When I work with people, I help them forget who they think they are and remember who they really are (i.e. what they love, where there passions lie, their strengths, what their dream life would look like, etc.) and help them retrieve those lost parts of themselves so they can feel whole and healthy again.
You can find many more self-healing tips in my best-selling book, and/or I can guide you to a healthier you with my life and health coaching as well. You can schedule a free 15-minute session with me here to see if this might be a good choice for you to create the life you really want to live.
I would love to support you to become your best, healthiest and happiest self in this New Year! Blessings and much love.