New Years is just around the corner! I think we all get to this time of the year and cannot wait to get our life back on track. After a busy month of events and a week without routine - we really start to crave the structure we initially broke away from.
Before I begin this post, I just want you to know, the amount of research that has been done on coffee is exhausting. With so many brand names in the business, and so many sponsored studies, who really knows if coffee can effect our skin...
As an Acupuncturist, I see many different people looking for many different solutions regarding their health. Often clients come in for one thing, lets say, neck pain, but soon discover how many more imbalances Acupuncture can help them with. I'd like to go over this to create more understand and awareness of this complete alternative medical practice.
Working as a yoga instructor is different for each teacher. Some people work part time, feeding their passion while still working other jobs to sustain living. Others find themselves working in a full time yoga teaching position. Although I never expected to go full time, I cannot imagine being happy doing anything else.
Each day, you have an opportunity to set off on the right foot, making the rest of the day less stressful and more enjoyable. Every morning, we wake up with determination and positivity. Sleep cleanses us from the previous day. All the hardships we faced are now in the past.
Preventative health is commonly overlooked in the western world. It is unfortunate that many wait long into disease to look for nutritional advice. Food either feeds the disease, or fights it. We really are what we eat! Food is digested, absorbed and transformed into every cell of our body. We need to consider the power we have when choosing our meals. Can you switch that afternoon coffee to an herbal tea? There are so many little steps we can take to improve our health. All it takes is changing small habits.
Everyone has their own idea on how to be healthy. There are so many different variables: age, culture, gender, lifestyle and values. These all create different opinions on what health means. Health is unique to the individual. But sometimes, I feel like people become a little unhealthy about being healthy. Striving to do our best, we often get caught up, losing balance. I don’t believe that counting calories, or balancing ratios of protein, fats, or carbohydrates is healthy either. I think there needs to be a balance. It's okay to check in the macros and numbers sometimes for portion control, but not obsessively! It’s an unhealthy way to look at food. Food is so much more than a science, just as we are more complicated than a body.
In this day and age people are more like busy bubbles apposed to busy bees. We are all stressed about something, in a rush and in our own world. It’s not surprising to bump into a stranger on the street, because their eyes were glued to their phone. We are all busy – and we are all stressed.
People are so weird. When you watch a dog meet a stranger, they either like them or they don't. The just know. They have an instinct about the person and they trust it completely. People are funny in the way that we have completely disconnected from our gut instincts, our intuition.
Growth. This is actually all we are meant to do. To live, and to grow. To grow and to learn. To learn and to live. The cycle continues further and further as we age. We keep building, and making mistakes, and then learning, and then rebuilding some more.
It is incredible to think of where we have started from and where we already are. Take a moment to actually connect to how far you have come. Think about all the obstacles and times you have felt stress in such a state and worked your way through it. If you are still in it, trust the process that you will get out of it just like you did before.