09.18.17

Nourishing from the inside out.

Self care…we all are aware that this is an essential part of nourishing our bodies and souls but all too often life is full of anxiety, to-do lists, and on the go activities that leave us sometimes feeling alone and fully exhausted mentally and physically. I’ve been very aware of the feelings and emotions after going through a rough month of anxiety attacks that were brought on by insomnia. I personally have never experienced insomnia until a couple months ago and I hope I never experience it again. I was dealing with some fears and worries personally that lead me to sleepless nights, a brain that couldn’t shut down, and feelings of exhaustion and stress I’ve never felt so strongly before. Maybe this is you. Maybe you feel like life is moving along at lightening speed. You feel tired, alone in your anxiety, and want to give yourself the self care you know you need but you don’t know how. It took me some time and deep reflection to truly listen to what my body was needing/still needing to this day  and what would get me back on track. 

Here’s a few things I personally did to make sure that I was taking care of my whole self and finding the helpful tools to set my mind at peace. 

1) Go to your Dr. tell them the ways in which you are struggling. My dr recommended adding magnesium to my diet, as magnesium is a natural supplement that supports energy levels, sleep, and anxiety. Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation. Basically every person could benefit from magnesium in their everyday diet! I am so thankful I found Natural Calm it’s a powder form of magnesium that easily dissolves into hot water or cold water. They have quite a few flavors but my favorite being the lemon raspberry! I like to add fresh lemon juice and ice and take it with me on the go.

2) Reach out to friends and family close to you that could understand or empathize with you and offer support. Be open and let them know you are struggling. This takes courage but it’s really important in your journey to remember self care for yourself. 

3) My dr recommended buying a journal and journaling all of my fears and concerns. Good or bad get them written down on paper every night and then close that journal and be done with it for the day. 

4)Turn your phone off at a designated time you pick for yourself every night. Do something instead that gives your body rest and relaxation. For me I take a lavender, epsom salt bath every night before bed. I light a candle and turn the light off and soak in silence. This has helped my body and mind reprogram back to restful sleep and peace.

5) Meditate on positive things such a scripture, poems, music that you find inspiring. Repeat mantras such as “I am worthy and deserving of self care” maybe you repeat that ten times a day or more until those words start to resonate with who you are instead what you think you aren’t in the moment. 

6) Practice gentleness. Gentleness is what we need to truly grasp what beautiful and worthy humans we truly are. Gentleness is full of grace and love for a body that serves us and works for us everyday to heal and nourish the deepest parts of our souls. Reach deep inside and you will find strength and wisdom that have been there from the start. Dust off the parts of you that feel frail, tired, and insecure. Let the sun shine in and illuminate the beautiful and soft parts of you. Let your body be nourished by what is good and truthful in your life. Give yourself permission to feel silence, to feel the calm, to feel the sensations of the body when self care is truly in place. 


How do you practice self care?
Xo,
Sophia 

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