Relax and Dream
Relaxing and allowing the body to sleep and refuel is so important. Imagine driving your vehicle around non-stop for a week – at some point, the engine will let you know it has had enough. The same goes for our bodies, they are our vehicles. Our bodies need sleep of at least 8+hrs, and our body needs time to relax and just let go of all that is confining our mind.
I say “relax and dream” because even if we are getting the right amount of nighttime shut-eye – we also need to take the time to truly let the energies within our body calm and find center throughout the day as well.
Think about what relaxes your body and how you can include those relaxation techniques in your daily routine?
DRINK THE MOST NOURISHING CHOICES OF LIQUIDS.
When it comes to nourishing our bodies with the proper hydration, it is vital to choose liquids that serve our body well. I regularly make sure that I drink at least 8-8oz glasses of water (good old h20) daily.
In addition to drinking my water first, I then add organic smoothies and raw juices to my daily routine. I typically juice more veggies than fruit – juicing is an excellent way to sneak those hard to taste vegetables in your diet. A typical smoothie for me consists of ½ banana, 1 handful of rich greens like baby spinach or kale, 1 tsp Chia seeds, ½ cup berries, and 1 cup of pure water or other liquid like almond or coconut milk (nondairy milk).
I also love – love – love drinking infused water as well. When drinking infused water, you simply add fruit to pure water and have it ferment in the fridge for a couple hours until the nutrients penetrate the liquid and are ready for use.
NOURISH YOUR BODY WITH NUTRIENTS.
It’s time we ask ourselves every time we eat if what we are about to consume will nourish our body or not. To choose foods that nourish our body and are designed to support it, we simply need to choose foods in their most natural form. I choose foods that are mostly raw, not packaged, not fried, not “fast” served, and foods that if labeled – are completely and totally understandable when it comes to the ingredients.
I choose to stay on the outer aisles when I shop for groceries because most of the products down the aisles contain harsh preservatives. I prefer mostly organic foods for both my veggies, fruits, and my meat. I prefer food items that are free from pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and antibiotics. I prefer meat that is free-range from farms where the animals were cared for and loved. As the old saying goes “Eat your fruits and veggies”. It truly cannot be simpler than that. If you don’t like to eat vegetables, try juicing them.
A nourished body creates a nourished balanced mood.
DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING.
This step sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? But, when was the last time you let your body freely flow in the form of rhythmic movement and pure joy? Too often, we create a busy lifestyle which involves demand deadlines and scheduled routines. Also having a workout routine is absolutely excellent for your health and for your mood because you are moving those needed endorphins to boost your mood.
But- I really want you to freely move, freely dance, as if nobody else is around. Not only will you be releasing tension, but you will be having a good time! I love to dance around when I’m by myself because it releases tension, and it’s fun, and I get to jam out to awesome music that by the end of my jam out session leaves me feeling fabulous and stress-free.
Indulge in key foundational supplements.
Our body runs on required vitamins and nutrients. Our digestive system runs on required “good bacteria” to function properly. I always take a good multivitamin, 1000mg of Vitamin D especially during the months when the sun is barely showing face, omega 3’s, and, of course, a multi-strand 5 billion CFU probiotic.
You want quality over quantity with everything in life, including supplements.
Now, we get to the “good stuff”. These steps fuel our mood by nourishing our soul as we take a holistic approach to our life and happiness.
Fearlessly dream. This step is vital for mood boosting. Too often, we stop dreaming especially when we become an adult and our responsibilities get in the way of our child-like free thinking mind.
I want you to write down your top 3 dreams – without fear, and without any thoughts of objects or circumstances that you think may get in the way.