Happy New Year! Now is the time of the year where we revisit our New Year’s resolution. Have you been successful in sticking to your New Year’s resolution? We make our New Year’s resolution to make some changes for our health like eating healthier, working out more, or for financial health saving more money. How long did it last? A month, a week, a few days? It’s not uncommon that New Year’s resolutions fail after the first few weeks to a month. How about changing our approach. Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, we will make 2015 The Year of Transformation.
Let’s look at the New Year as:
2015 The Year of Transformation
Here are 15 Suggestive Transformative Practices/Tips/Suggestions that can help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution.
- Find out what motivates you and inspires you to change to live a healthier life style. Reflect on how you took care of yourself in the last year. Did you have setbacks? Did you have health challenges? Did you have wake up calls? (ex. abnormal test or lab results, new medical diagnoses, surgery, injuries, pain etc.) What needs to change? What bad habits do you need to let go? What lessons were learned, so that you can participate in activities, self-care practices to make a healthier you?
- Pick one physical activity you enjoy doing. Most likely you will stick to it and do it on a routine basis. Your endorphins will be released, which decreases perception of pain, promotes feelings of happiness, positive feeling in the body, and helps decreases stress levels.
- Do some type of physical activity 3-4 times a week for about 30 minutes. Consistency is the key.
- Avoid looking into your emails, social media, surfing the Internet first thing in the morning for at least 30 – 60 minutes, so you can focus on taking care of yourself. You can use this time to work out, meditate, do yoga, pray, journal, etc. In other words, avoid your electronic devices like your phones, smartphones, computers, tablets, iPads, gaming devices (like play station), and television. You’ll be amazed how energized and refreshed you feel, and how much time you have to take care of yourself when you start off your day with a self-care/nurturing morning routine/ritual. If you have children, try to wake up earlier so that you can find time to take care of yourself, then you can tend to your family. Or if you have kids who are old enough and willing, you can do these activities with them so at the same time you are spending some quality time with them.
- Pick one morning daily ritual that can help you set your day to be productive, efficient, grounded and centered. You can use this time to set your intention for your day to be productive and energized, so that you can make the best of your day. When you do this you are telling your brain and your body where you want to go and how you want your day to be.
- Learn or start meditating on a daily basis for at least 5 minutes a day. When you are used to meditating consistently at least 5 minutes a day, you can increase it to 10, 15 then up to 20 minutes. If you have more time, you can go up to 40 – 60 minutes. Benefits of meditation: promotes a relaxation response, mental clarity, self awareness, decreases stress levels, anxiety, blood pressure, pain, and uplifts your mood.
- Daily Power Pose– Wonder Woman Pose –Standing up with both feet flat on the ground with hands on hips. According to Catherine John’s book Show Up and Shine, the Power Pose changes your body’s chemistry therefore it increases confidence when you hold this pose for only 2 minutes. Also, the Power Pose decreases stress hormone (cortisol). Want to have confidence in accomplishing what you need to do for your day? “Strike a Pose”
- Start stretching. We hold a lot of tension and stress in our bodies. One-way to help release the tension and stress is to stretch. According to my mentor and my body worker, Everett Ogawa from Integral Bodywork, “As the body releases, the mind becomes free.” Not only you will be stretching your body, you will be stretching your mind. Use this time of stretching to release limiting beliefs, self-doubt, pain, and emotions, so that you will have more flexibility of the mind and body. In addition, you will become more resilient to what challenges may come your way.
- Explore and experience energy healing like Reiki, Pranic Healing, Therapeutic Touch or Healing Touch. You can go to HealingTouchProgram.com to learn more about it. Here are some of the benefits of Healing Touch:
- Reduces anxiety, tension, and stress
- Reduces fatigue
- Reduces pain
- Assists in the preparation for, and recovery from, medical treatments, surgeries, and procedures
- Supports individuals and families through chronic illnesses
- Assists in the management and treatment of side effects from medical treatments
- Supports illness prevention and health promotion activities
- Improves quality of sleep
- Enhances sense of spiritual connection
I hope you find these 15 Suggestive Transformative Practices/Tips/Suggestions helpful to start your New Year right.
My intention for you is to make 2015 the Year of Transformation for a healthier you of the mind, body and spirit as I will with my wellness practice to provide you with more services, presence, and education to help you empower yourself to achieve optimal health and wellness.
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Leave a comment below to share how these 15 Transformative Practices/Tips/Suggestions are helpful to you in starting 2015 The Year of Transformation.
Here is a toast to you!
To Your Happiness, Health, & Healing,
“Integrating Holistic Approaches for Optimal Health & Healing”
“Empowered People Heal Faster”