Kicking off our Holistic Happiness Series
"Don't let yourself go unrecognized for the work you are doing, because the work you do on yourself is the work you do for the world."
- Emmy Singer, Inner Light Yoga
We had some serious wisdom dropped on us at Self-Care Saturday by some incredibly talented folks, and we can't keep it to ourselves. So, we're kicking off a weekly series in which we’ll provide you with some of our favorite new happiness tips.
Throughout your practice, in yoga and in life, remember to thank yourself. Share love and gratitude towards your body for being strong, and remember to honor what your individual body needs. Take 30-seconds every day to set your intention. Carry your intention and your gratitude with you throughout the day. Taking the time to care for yourself is a bold, brave and beautiful thing.
Nutrition and Mental Health
There is no single diet, workout, or therapy session that will fix everything, as all 3 are linked. In order to optimize your total health you should incorporate a wide variety of nutrient dense foods. Elimination diets can have an adverse effect on your digestion and can convince your mind that it's in withdrawal, thus increasing anxiety, and wreaking havoc on your overall health. Bottom line: incorporate as much variety as possible, while still caring for yourself.
Herbs for Stress and Anxiety
Herbs are a powerful support system for your stress and anxiety, but they affect everyone differently. Expert Herbalist, Lauren Haynes, says to familiarize yourself with 3 herbs and make teas out of each (or buy them if you're not into DIY). Get into a zen space, and see how you feel after each sip of tea, where you feel it in your body, and if the feeling increases after additional sips. Lauren's faves for anxiety are: skullcap, motherwort, milky oats, and chamomile.
Sound Bath Meditation
This practice is about deep listening and paying attention to yourself. Take a few moments to check in with yourself, identify how you're feeling, and try to understand it. How? Go to a quiet space, close your eyes, and breathe in and out to a count that feels good (try the Insight Timer app for 👌 guided meditation). We're constantly bombarded with information, and this practice will help you slow your mind and become more present and effective.
The main takeaway is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to self-care. We hope these tips help you to discover what works best for you!