If you read the previous blog, 4 Habits to Ditch for Good This Year, you'll have an understanding of how we develop and formulate habits. The important takeaway is to recognize that what we think is how we feel. Anyone can adopt any habit they want, but the only way to stick with it is having a good reason to make a change. It's best to focus on the why behind that change, for instance focusing on having health and vitality. What would it be like if you were the best version of yourself each and every day?

  1. Add Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of taking a moment of pause, to stop and consider what is going on inside us mentally, emotionally and physically. Sometimes it is as simple as taking a deep breath before doing a task or can involve long meditations. Just like playing a sport, practice makes perfect. The more often you practice mindfulness, the more readily accessible it becomes to you.

  1. Explore and Immerse Yourself in Nature

Countless studies have shown the healing effects of nature and regard it as the antidote for stress. Being in nature reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the hormones that cause stress. Nature is a driving force of balance, bringing us back to feelings of calm, rather than stress and anxiety.

  1. Practice Heart-Brain Coherence

Researchers from the HeartMath Institute have dedicated over thirty years of research to understand the effect of heart activity on brain function. In the past, many of us learned that the brain is in charge of sending signals to the rest of the body to tell it what to do. However, what the researchers at the HeartMath institute have discovered is that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the other way around! These signals include information regarding emotional processing and higher cognitive functioning (attention, memory, perception, and problem solving).

Here is a Quick Coherence Technique from the Heartmath Institute: https://www.heartmath.com/quick-coherence-technique/

      Step 1: Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual.

      Step 2: Make a sincere attempt to experience a regenerative feeling such as appreciation or care for someone or something in your life.

 

Photos taken from https://www.heartmath.org/science/

  1. Start the day with YOU

We all know that feeling when we first wake up in the morning and begin thinking about ALL the things we have to do that day. We are already planning our day, what meetings we need to go to, who we need to call, what emails we need to reply to, what to cook for dinner, where the kids need to be driven after school, and so much more. Before your feet even hit the ground, take a moment to pause, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and give thanks for a brand new day.

  1. Practice kindness and love

Love is a powerful emotion! When you live with love at the forefront, your entire being operates at a higher frequency. This elevated frequency promotes consciousness, and reduces feelings that make us feel minimized and disconnected. Take time each day to welcome in the feeling of love. Think about a person, place, pet or activity that you love, and sit with how that makes you feel.

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