All the trends and buzz words in the health industry — words like detox, diet and gluten intolerant — have my head spinning.
I am by no means a nutritionist or a health expert, but I do know a thing or two about happiness, and being happy is impossible if you don't feel healthy.
Being healthy can sometimes be overwhelming. With so much conflicting research and so many experts saying their diet is the best, it makes one want to give up and just start dating Ben & Jerry’s.
It doesn't have to be so hard.
As the author of Find Your Happy, I've realized that my happiness is only as good as my health. If I feel uncomfortable in my body, my self-confidence suffers.
Last winter I took a hardcore look at my habits and recognized that I could be happy and healthy without having to overhaul my lifestyle. In fact, subtle shifts in my daily habits could improve my well-being in a significant way.
I have been on an in-depth, two-year long self-study where I have dissected every aspect of my life to understand the relationship between my happiness and my health. I studied happiness experts, followed gurus, became a dedicated yogi, experimented with green drinks, said daily affirmations, inhaled self-help books and went on expensive meditation retreats. After all that work, my pants were still cutting into my stomach.
Trying to reach a happy, healthy and hot state proved to be exhausting. If I continued to look outside of myself for the answers, I would never find them. This pivotal realization sent my search inward. When I realized that no amount of downward dogs, juicing or meditation would change me, I found that the key was to believe on the inside that I was worthy of love, happiness and wellness.
When I recognized this, I realized I didn't need to change anything; small shifts would be enough. On my health journey, these tips helped me, and maybe they can help you too.
1. Add chlorophyll.
I recently went to the Grand Velas Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and during my treatment they handed me a crisp glass of chlorophyll water. The green drink caught me by surprise, but instant energy and clarity was apparent the minute I started drinking it. After doing more research, I saw how powerful this ingredient is to help aid in healing and health. Chlorophyll has numerous health benefits, as it can help:
- Cleanse and oxygenate the blood
- Detoxify the body
- Break addiction
- Alkalize the body
- Fight infection
- Promote healthy intestinal flow
- Protect from cancer
- Help skin disorders
Add a couple drops to your water, or use a pill form, and realize these benefits for yourself.
2. Stop working so hard.
My trip to Mexico was long overdue. Before I left, I had run myself into the ground. My business, PlayWithTheWorld, was all “work with the world” and no play. It wasn't until I went to Mexico with the intention to relax and play that I found myself becoming more productive. Inspiration was flooding in, and I found new ways to solve old problems. By removing myself from the regular routine of working hard, I was able to allow my brain to relax and let inspiration and fun take over.
3. Pretend it’s your birthday… or your friend’s birthday.
This tip is a little biased because I recently celebrated my birthday. In the week-long celebration of my birthday, I recognized how awesome it is to feel loved, cared for, and happy. When it's your birthday, people tell you they love you and they give you gifts. Friends you sometimes only talk to once a year come out of the shadows to wish you a happy birthday and shower you with love.
Why do we have to wait until birthdays to do something special for those we love? Why not call a friend who's been on your mind? Why not buy your boss coffee out of the blue? Doing random acts of kindness as if it were your own or someone else’s birthday helps you feel special, and it shares some of that birthday joy with them.
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