We are quite literally hardwired for connection. We are meant to share life with others, our village, our community, our people! Healthy social connections are greater predictors of longevity than almost any other pillar of health, including diet and exercise. How cool is that?! Simply put, if we don't have our people, we cannot thrive! Prioritize nourishing, healthy, supportive relationships and see how damn good & full life feels.
The food we eat on the daily plays a HUGE role in how we show up in the world. We eat, on average, at least 3 times a day (or ya know, every 2 hours if you're like me!) The food we eat can be both delicious AND healthy! Not only does it provide us energy and fuel, but it also provides pleasure. There's no reason that you have to sacrifice enjoyment to reach your health goals. It took me years to figure this one out, and that's why I get so excited about sharing amazing food with my clients and community.
Joy is a beautiful, full body experience we can feel in our spirit and from head to toe! It's something that seems to come so naturally and easy to children, and somehow as adults, we can lose our way with joy – but it is oh-so-essential for living a life full of connection, healing and meaning! Joy comes in many forms, we just need to make space and time for it. And when we do, it sets us up to feel expansive, in-flow and free.
Sure, exercise is great for our physical well-being, and we all want to feel strong in our bodies. But physical exercise also impacts our mood, and can be a tremendous help when navigating feelings of anxiety and depression. It also generally makes us feel more courageous, confident, badass, and beautiful! The energetic way we carry ourselves impacts ALL of our interactions — from work to relationships to our sex life — even just checking out at Walgreens! But just as intentional as we are about movement, we must also prioritize rest. It's critical that our bodies, brains and spirits get enough sleep, rest and downtime to truly rejuvenate ourselves.
Our internal dialogue, literally the thoughts we think about ourselves, impacts our self-esteem, confidence, and ability to create the life we want. By cultivating a supportive internal narrative, we reduce cortisol levels and inflammation, produce oxytocin (a.k.a. the "love drug"!) and increase overall well-being. Basically, being kind to ourselves makes us happier, healthier and more resilient! Not to mention, it just feels better to not be a jerk to ourselves. Change your mind and change your whole damn life! To do this, we focus on cultivating gratitude, a growth mindset and self-compassion.