Do you feel drained, unfocused, irritable or experience frequent stomachaches, headaches, or bowel issues? Are you burned out at work? This can leave one depleted and physically/mentally exhausted. Let’s break this cycle! Put yourself on this diet to bring back vitality and energy into your life. You’ll notice that at Happy Food, “diet” is all aspects of our lives because they are all integrated and affect one another. We have to address the whole person.
- Boundaries. This is a leading problem in my office – lack of boundaries. Learn to say “no” and be realistic about what you can actually accomplish. Being an overachiever without boundaries will leave you sick and under-performing.
- Sleep. This is another major issue I see. Americans don’t get enough sleep. Have a sleep hygiene routine that is consistent regardless if it’s a weekend or weekday. Get at least 7 – 8 hours.
- Move. I can’t go one day without some sort of exercise even if it’s quick and simple. This is an easy way to release stress, balance hormones. Make time for movement daily even if it’s just 15 – 20 minutes of brisk walk.
- Goodbye phone. I guess most of us can’t put our phones/computers away for too long but at least turn off all those notifications. The screen light lowers our melatonin levels, putting our deep sleep in jeopardy.
- Veggies. I tell my 4 year old that vegetables give her super powers. Well, they do. They give us lots of energy, vitamins, antioxidants, and regulates our bowels. Eat up!
- Meditate/Yoga/Passion. Find peace, calm, and recharge however you do it. Some do it by changing a career and seeking their passion. Others change their perspective and make meditation or yoga their spiritual release. Find your way to relax and recharge.
- Vacation & Connection. I can’t believe the average American gets less than 2 weeks of vacation and many don’t even use that. We need to reset, turn on our parasympathetic system so that we can properly relax and digest. All the great food and exercise won’t do you any good if you’re a big ball of stress. And don’t just wait for vacation to reset either. Make plans with people, find time for fun and play. What does living really mean to you?