A few years ago, I was struggling with depression, an eating disorder, and bacteriophobia. Also, I was co-dependent and completely unable of being in a healthy relationship. If back then someone had told me I could overcome all this and be truly happy and healthy one day, I never would have believed them.
Being miserable had almost become second nature to me. The day my boyfriend asked me to marry him, however, I panicked and realized: I had to get out of this!
Not only my relationship, my entire existence was dysfunctional and derailed in so many different ways.
Luckily, I had hit rock bottom. Because it is true what people say:
"When you hit rock bottom, the only way is UP!"
Now a mindfulness coach and nutritionist, I have found my personal balance, which I strongly believe is the very basis of genuine health and happiness for each and every one of us.
Once we've found our center, no dream is too big. Anything is possible.
These are the 6 steps that helped me create a life I love:
1. Every week I clearly define a goal.
I picture it in the brightest colors and imagine exactly what I will feel like once I have accomplished this goal. I meditate upon waking up and before falling asleep. This practice is simple, but it has a huge impact.
2. I make sure to internalize my goal several times daily by using positive affirmations.
This is like re-programming my brain for success and is as effective as constant advertising: When you hear something often enough you start believing it is true!
3. I detox my body, mind, and soul.
A sound body and mind are are inextricably linked. Artificial substances in regular foods and household or body care products negatively affect our system and mess with our brain. For this reason, I make sure I mostly eat organic, unprocessed things and I use my own DIY household and beauty recipes. Also, I regularly cleanse my system in a common sense way, which makes sure I'm always full of beans, hardly ever sick and in a good mood.
4. I practice mindfulness and meditation.
Mindfulness and meditation are incredibly useful to balance our moods and develop a healthy relationship with food. The more often we practice, the easier it gets to take refreshing breaks and align our thoughts.
Many of us have a negative image of ourselves. Thoughts like I don't deserve to be happy, or I will never be able to achieve XYZ, or I am just not pretty enough are very common.
However, these are just thoughts. It's OK to have them because suppressing negativity is exhausting, but it's important to also let go of them so that they do not become manifest.
If a thought keeps on coming back, challenge it. Ask yourself: