THIS MONTH WE ARE FEATURING
There are so many varying health topics to discuss but at the end of the day, awareness can help us go a long way. If we aren’t aware of a potential issue, we can’t resolve it. If we aren’t aware that we aren’t breathing well during the day, we don’t get enough oxygen into our blood and can feel very tired or groggy. If we aren’t aware that our shoulders are really hurting and we are simply ignoring it, that problem can persist into a bigger problem later. Or maybe we aren’t aware we are yelling at our loved ones because we’re so tired, creating relationship problems. Awareness just isn’t about meditating or doing yoga. While those are great ways to increase awareness, there are many other options as well and you can choose options that will work for you. I chose to start this program off with “Awareness” as I feel it is one of the most important starting points to improving health in any area. When you are aware of a physical problem or behavior, you can then make changes to move in a more positive direction, whatever that might mean for you. Changes can’t be made until awareness happens.
So what does this all mean and what exactly is AWARENESS?
Awareness is simply being in the moment and experiencing whatever is happening in that moment, good or bad, acknowledging it and eventually accepting it, just as things are. How and if we achieve that will be different for everybody. Many people do not realize that lack of awareness can cause or exacerbate issues such as pain, problems sleeping, worry, increased anxiety, mental illness such as depression and even other diseases such as heart disease, liver problems and lung conditions. We are all different and what works for one person will be different for another. If you can really focus on YOU and what’s happening in your mind and body even for a few minutes a day, you can accomplish things such as reduced pain, mental clarity, less anxiety, more energy and better sleep. All of these benefits can solve a lot of other health problems or at least reduce any suffering from health problems. When we have the basics down such as good quality sleep, reduced negative stress, healthy diet and some exercise, the body heals and moves towards more balance; the rest just then flows. If you suffer from any type of illness or health condition, these basics decrease the severity of those problems and in some cases, can even reverse them. Awareness doesn’t make all your problems or symptoms go away but it can certainly help take the edge off so you can manage your life much better and experience more relief and happiness, inside and out.
So how do we start?
So now that we know why we should be doing this in the first place, what do we do to start? It can be as simple as breathing. There are number of breathwork exercises you can do including box breathing, journaling about anything and everything that comes to mind as a form of self reflection (you might find out more about yourself than you realized!), taking a walk in a forest and just taking in the beauty around you and absorbing all of the healthy ions given to us for free by nature (also called forest bathing), sitting by the ocean and just staring out at the horizon or in a lovely garden and focus on the nature sounds around you.
To practice self awareness, it is most helpful if you are alone so you are not distracted. Most importantly, to avoid true distraction, turn your phone off. Find a quiet, comforting spot where you can do at least one or more of the above exercises for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. The more the better, but no matter how busy you are, 15 minutes isn’t too much to ask to make space for your very important self.
Box breathing, view links below for a video example and written instructions:
What if I am practicing mindfulness/awareness and it works but then I feel more anxious, annoyed, scared or confused?
This can happen and sometimes with increased awareness, the body actually feels like it’s finally allowed to acknowledge or experience sometimes overwhelming emotions that can surface. If you can continue to breathe through it and feel safe enough to do so, then let the breath wash and nurture those emotions until they pass. If you don’t feel safe or you feel more pain or anxiety, then you may need some additional support. I work with a number of practitioners that are well versed in this area. Please see links below for more information.
Somatic Movement: https://edispanier.com/
In addition to increased awareness practice, incorporating the following basics can enhance your awareness health. Here are some options for you to increase your awareness journey:
DIET FOR INCREASED AWARENESS?
Foods to focus on:
- Whole grains
- Leafy green vegetables
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dark chocolate
These are all great foods for brain health, better mental clarity plus also full of magnesium which helps induce a calmer, more balanced and grounded mental state, making mindfulness and awareness that much easier to obtain.
Recipes for mental boosting and increased awareness:
PHYSICAL EXCERCISES FOR INCREASED AWARENESS
TREATMENTS FOR INCREASED AWARENESS
Massage has been known to induce deep relaxation by providing pain relief and more relaxed muscles. This can help you achieve more awareness and can even be part of your awareness exercises. How does it feel when that body part is attended to? Feel the relief of paying attention to your body and let your muscles be nurtured!
If you have never floated before, you probably don’t know that floating is an extremely easy way to achieve a deep state of relaxation that is so healing for the nervous system. As your stress is drained away within 1000 pounds of Epsom salt, muscles relax and the mind is infused with a calmer yet clearer and more focused state. A float is a perfect option to help you with your awareness journey.
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Suggested float program for increased awareness is once per week. Ask us about a program that is best suited and affordable for you!
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Thank you for taking the time to read this information. You are doing yourself a great service and when you reap the benefits, you won’t want to stop!
If you are unsure about any of this but want to learn more or need help getting started, book a session with Lehla at email@example.com to discuss your specific needs and get an individualized program created just for you.