mind & body
Where cutting-edge wellness and ancient healing traditions come together for the best in holistic and integrative care.
Exercise is not a one size fits all thing. Some people need exercise to be vigorous and others need a more gentle practice. Neither is the superior form of movement, what is important is that you are finding something that fits with you. This preference can also change day to day. Or, for example, may change with the stage of a woman’s cycle. One day running three miles can feel very authentic, and other days yoga may be more like it. Rather than setting a goal like “I am going to run 3 miles everyday,” schedule out time to do something active for 30 minutes a day and see what you are feeling. Pay attention to your body, if it is telling you not do do something, don’t do it. Simply play to what you like and get creative. The goal is to move and breathe. Get outside or get together. Whatever you need.
Libido? Did we just say that? Yes we did. It is not just for sex anymore. Consider libido your lust for life, not just for another person. What makes you excited to be alive? What hobbies do you need to reconnect with?
Some people love their job, others do it just to pay the bills – and that’s okay. Some people prefer to keep their source of income separate from their source of joy. But, if you are of the all-work-no-play variety, then ask yourself how you can cultivate a sense of libido in your life. How does it look? Do you sign up for an art class, a singing group or an intramural sports team? Do you go out to discover culture or nature on the weekends? Explore what this looks like for you and incorporate it into your life by setting aside time for your newfound source of libido.
Sleep is a natural healing process, not a luxury. When we sleep our body does repair work at a cellular level, the brain organizes what it has learned and our psyche can reset to take another day of experiences.
If you tend to have a hard time sleeping, the following are some simple modifications that can make a huge difference.
- Turn all screens off at least an hour (preferably 2) before bed. This includes phones, TVs, computers, electronic notebooks and even reading on backlit devices.
- Use lamps only (not overhead lights) after dinner.
- If you do wake up in the middle of the night, do not look at the time. Stay calm, accept that you are awake and assess if you need a handful of nuts to balance a dip in your blood sugar or if a gratitude practice might feel calming.
- Apply calming essential oils (such as lavender) before bed.
- Avoid stressful conversations at night. Save them for the light of day when you can better handle a spike in your stress hormones.
- Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.