I love to read.And – an odd little secret about me – I love to read out loud. I started reading my textbooks and literature out loud in middle and high school, when my baby sister (10 years younger) would happily sit and listen. I soon realized I remembered everything so much better when I read out loud and that it was way more fun than just zipping through it in my head.
Last week, we talked about how a healthy circadian rhythm is key to mental and emotional well-being. I gave you several strategies for how to create a morning ritual that will set your wake-up time and result in benefits like increased energy, better digestion, improved mental clarity, and reduced mood swings throughout the day.
There is one morning practice that I left off of the list on purpose.
Symptoms of anxiety and depression are one way that our bodies and minds “speak” to us to tell us when something is wrong or “off.” The first thing to do when these symptoms arise is to stop and listen. What is your body trying to say to you?
Have you ever wanted some hard data about what’s going on in your body? Maybe you’ve tried an elimination diet or tried several different supplements, and you’ve had a hard time telling if these changes are making a difference.
Maybe you’ve had some testing done with your doctor and everything came back “normal.” Of course, normal is what you want; but you know something is off, and a “normal” test gets you no closer to figuring out what’s going on.
I have always been a really sentimental person. Anything that deals with the passage of time – lamenting how quickly the years go by or how fast children grow up – has brought me to tears since I was a child myself…The Giving Tree, cheesy commercials, growing-up montages in movies. I have never been able to handle it.
I first learned about yarrow in this beautiful piece by my friend Meredith Martin-Moats. As Meredith explains so well, yarrow is a hearty plant with lovely flowers and leaves, considered by many people to be a weed. Yet, it has hundreds of traditional medicinal uses, including bringing down fevers, treating colds, improving digestion, and reducing bleeding. It is also a pollinator plant, helping to nourish butterflies and bees that are so necessary to our ecosystem.
Meredith actually came to our house last summer and ceremoniously scattered yarrow seeds in our flower bed. As she shared her seeds, she also shared touching stories of how flower gardens help people deal with grief.
Dairy is a favorite food for many people – it might even be the most difficult food for many of us to consider giving up. Like gluten, it’s a comfort food that has emotional connections for us, too. Many people tense up and dismiss the idea completely when considering giving up their evening bowl of ice cream.