If you're anything like me you're probably working a lot, juggling 5 million projects, activities, commitments, along with helping others. You're singlehandedly saving the world operating on drive and passion as your fuel. So, when do you find time for yourself?
When you allow yourself only a few hours of subpar sleep at night, then even your rest is not your own. Many of us toss and turn, our minds occupied and racing in thought, configuring to-do lists in our heads, I forgot to reply to that email, I need to pick up my dry cleaning, etc. Or your body may finally shut down and you fall sick with a cold, and if that doesn't stop you in your tracks -- the dreaded flu. Busy modern living can really take its toll if you allow it. But here's the good news: You are in total control of your actions, and you can design your day with style, literally style your life, honoring yourself first. You can, and deserve to, look and feel your very best.
Taking care of yourself sounds like a simple task; it's a constant mantra for me and the clients I serve at Mama Glow. Living a life of optimal wellness is a full-time job, and office hours are 24/7. Being a single mom, I often find myself playing Wonder Woman -- I mean, I dig the stiletto boots, cape, and all, but just because I can do everything that's put before me doesn't mean I should. Styling your life is all about taking accountability for what exists in your orbit and implementing practices that reinforce the intention of loving yourself and living out your goals. Don't let the daily grind dim your glow. Work to ignite your inner light as a daily practice.
8 tips for the glow!
Literally and figuratively, clear any clutter that shows up in your life. Resolve and dissolve emotional baggage so you can keep a clean heart. This means clearing out your home surroundings, your pantry and fridge, your Rolodex, clearing out old clothes... you see where I am going with this.
What you see is a reflection of what and who you are. When we surround ourselves with beautiful objects we foster an emotional response of joy, comfort, and wonder. Place lovely flowers in pretty vases all over your home, open the curtains and let the light shine in, paint the walls a color that resonates with your spirit. Integrate beautiful candles, art, and found objects to make your space reflect what you want to feel on the inside.
Yes, you have to run a bath for this one. But it is quite nice to soak. A mixture of dead sea salt, epsom salts, essential oils like lavender, neroli, geranium, and hot water, is the perfect solution to a long day. To really do it big, treat yourself to a nice scented candle -- or two. Shut off the phone and the lights, the iPad, and TV, and relax in the tub for a minimum of 15 minutes. Practice deep breathing and let your body take in the sensation of relaxation in the warmth of the water.
When you are green inside, you're clean inside. Try stocking up on more upward-reaching leafy greens -- kales, collards, arugula, mizuna, etc. Our ancient ancestors would eat up to six pounds of leaves per day. Can you imagine eating a grocery bag full of greens daily? Few of us even eat the minimum USDA requirement of three cups of leafy greens per week. Dark green leafy vegetables contain, calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients, which protect our cells from damage. Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of omega-3 fats. They help to regulate blood sugar, break down fats and cleanse the blood. Gobble two salads a day and down a green juice in the mornings. Make kale your new BFF. This will boost your glow big-time.
Rise and shine! Exercise during the mornings whenever possible. When you work out at the start of your day, it decreases your appetite and stimulates the thyroid to burn calories all day long. Try power yoga, walking, jogging, swimming, or spinning in the mornings to kick off your day, add some resistance training at the end of the workout to further stimulate the fat-burning process. This might include push ups, pull ups, crunches, and squats. Since it's warmer outside our bodies naturally desire more sunlight and activity. Carve out some time in your busy schedule to do some of the things you love to do outdoors, which might include: rollerblading, bike riding, recreational sports, dancing, walking, paddle boarding, etc. When you do what you love, you're happiest. It's exercise without effort.
Tune all the digital chatter out of your life for one day per week. If the thought gives you a panic attack, then try half a day. Phone fasting includes iPads, computers, video games, etc. Take that time to tune inward, be with yourself, go for a run, play Frisbee in the park, cook a meal for someone, write a letter, be present with family, spend time doing what you love with who you love, and take time to appreciate the precious moment that is the present.
We all love being showered with love, and when you can bless someone with the awareness that they have touched your life in some small but meaningful way, it makes a huge difference in that person's life as well. You can offer the "gift of glow" in acknowledging them. This practice will infect those around you with doses of gratitude. Who can you call right now and confess to? Light someone's inner candle that has lit yours in some way.
Set up a sacred space in your home where you can sit in silence and tune inward. Deep breathing and focused concentration slows down brain waves, making them more organized. It allows us to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, releasing endorphins in the blood stream -- happy hormones! This helps us to have presence, peace of mind, and a practice of gratitude. If giving thanks is part of your practice, your inner light will shine!
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