My dear friend and holistic Hogwarts graduate Kerryn Nilsson-Linne has been kind enough to give us some tips and tricks to brighten and enlighten your mental and physical health.
SELF ESTEEM/BODY IMAGE
Start a self-esteem journal practice and finish the following sentences at the end of each day.
- Something I did well today was...
- Today I smiled when...
- I felt proud when...
- I helped something with...
Celebrate all of your achievements throughout the day and go to bed feeling proud and accomplished.
Ladies, a big point is to unfollow ALL social media and stop watching television shows or reading magazines that shame bodies or endorse 'perfection' only. Seriously, stop it. Find body positive people to follow and watch instead. Mix it up and notice how soothing it is to see a range of different women of all shapes and sizes.
Start a body image journal practice and answer the following questions at the end of each day:
- Today I am grateful that my body...
- Today I used my body to...
- One particular part of my body that helped me stay alive today was...
Celebrate the function of your body rather than focusing on it's form to help change the way that you see your body.
Write these affirmations on your mirror and read it aloud to yourself every day.
'I thank my body for all it has done and does for me.'
'More and more I understand that my body is magical in many ways.'
'My body is a gift that I cherish and honour.'
'I am a beautiful expression of love and light. There is nobody else like me and I celebrate it!'
Lighten up by regularly cleaning out your wardrobe and giving away (or selling) anything that no longer fits or makes you feel uncomfortable. Only wear clothes that you love and feel amazing in.
Love your body by feeding it foods that nourish you. Some days this may be smoothies and salads, and other days it might be a chocolate cake. Check in with what YOUR body needs to feel truely nourished.
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Recognise that what you eat could be impacting your mood. To avoid mood fluctuations ensure that you are getting a healthy balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates at every meal or snack. Healthy fats and proteins are particularly important for women to ensure our hormones are functioning at their fullest capacity. Keep a food and mood diary so that you begin to notice if any particular foods are causing you anxiety or depression.
Being dehydrated has a HUGE impact on our moods because the brain is made up of 75% water. Ensure you are drinking at least 8 glasses / 2 litres a day.
Many deficiencies in essential nutrients (like Vitamin B and Magnesium) have been linked to mental health issues. Ensure you are eating a wide variety of quality proteins, fats, fruits and vegetables to meet your bodies needs. If you are still feeling flat consider seeing a Nutritionist or Naturopath.
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