With the end of the month only days away, if you didn’t press the reset button January 1st... IT’S OK!!! Many of us have the best intentions of hitting the reset button on New Year's Day, but life gets in the way. It could be that your career and side hustle are taking up most of your time, or maybe you have a family with children, or all the above on top of a hectic schedule. The list of reasons why we are not taking time for ourselves is endless. If you are one of the many who wanted to start again or has fallen off your routine, don’t beat yourself up… it’s never too late to reset!
My reset button didn’t get pressed on the New Year’s Day, and I’m ok with that! Although I had great intentions and a fantastic plan to reset for the new year, it just didn’t happen. If I could describe 2017 in one word it would be IRONIC! Last year was by far the best and worst year I’ve had to date. So many wonderful things had happened such as taking a yoga teacher training at Bethel Farm in NH studying Jivamukti with Stephen Bethel, which was one of the most self-fulfilling experiences of my life. I went on a road trip in Portugal, got engaged on the bluffs in Albufeira while watching the Pink Full Moon come up over the Ocean. It was absolutely amazing! I was able to see first hand the production of one of the biggest rock concerts from load in to load out and watch the show from backstage. That was always a dream of mine and I’m grateful for that experience. I also rebranded my massage business from East Side Escape into L. Marie’s Wellness, with the help of the three awesome women from The Branding Edit.
With all of these awesome adventures, it can be hard to believe that it was the worst year to date, but it was. Being hurt by someone very close to you can be too hard to just let roll off of your shoulders. I was betrayed by a dear friend and mentor that started bullying me, which sent me spiraling into a depression. Never have I felt so much sadness and confusion. I started questioning all aspects of my life and the world around me. I still have so many unanswered questions as to why this situation even happened and why I have put way too much time and energy into this negative behavior.
With being in the wellness industry for the last 12 years, it was hard for me to grasp that I had fallen into this funk that I couldn’t pull myself out of. Knowing how to take care of the mind, body, and spirit and teaching others how to create a better wellbeing, I knew I needed a change! Recently I rolled out of bed, looked in the mirror, and said “NO MORE!” No more feeling down or confused, and no more neglecting my self-care, and no more holding space for people that don’t deserve it!
I FINALLY PRESSED MY RESET BUTTON!!!!
The reset button doesn’t mean changing your whole life in one day, and having that change-all mindset can become overwhelming, and it is quite easy to fall off the plan. Starting off slow is a great way to stick to your intentions so it will become a healthy routine. Minimal changes can be made to have lasting results!
Here are some tips that you may want to incorporate into your reset plan.
Start off by eliminating foods that cause inflammation within the body such as processed foods, sugar and refined carbs, wheat and gluten, caffeine, alcohol, and dairy. You don’t have to take them all out at once. Try removing one of these categories each week and adding a new fruit or veggie to the menu. Also, stock up on protein, nuts, and seeds for fuel. If you are looking for more information on taking these harmful foods out of your diet, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo is an amazing and informative read!
Meal prepping is key! I find it’s best to prep as soon as I come home from the market. It helps to make better food choices when you have healthy snacks on hand already cut up and ready to serve, and it's less wasteful!
Of course, stay hydrated! Not only will it help to get your circulation moving, but it will help to release toxins. Staying hydrated will help to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness when you begin to exercise. I bring a gallon of water to work and keep filling it up all day. If you’re not a fan of water you can make your own flavored water. Add lemon, cucumber, ginger, and mint in a mason jar to make a great tasting detox water.
If the thought of trying to fit in a work out everyday stresses you out----you’re not alone! Create a system that works for you and that will be easy to stick too. Going for a brisk walk on your lunch break counts as physical activity. No time to get to a yoga class? There are plenty of 30 minute yoga videos on YouTube. Have a gym membership that you’re not using? Block off time in your schedule to make an appearance! Even if it's twice a week for 30 minutes, it’s better than not showing up at all. Plus you’ll feel better about using the membership that you’ve been paying for. If all you have is 10 minutes in the morning before your workday begins, gentle stretching is a great way to keep your muscles pliable, and it's a great way to start the day!
Creating a sacred space in your home where you can relax and meditate is ideal! Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a quiet space where you can quiet your mind and unwind from the busy world around you. My scared space/alter consists of a small table from my grandmother, with a Buddha statue, crystals, sage to cleanse the energy, and flowers. As well as a comfortable cushion and my yoga mat to sit on while meditating. Starting off the day with just 5 minutes of mediating can have a positive effect throughout the day. Also, ending the day with a 5 minute meditation is a great way to release the workday and any negative encounters you may have come across. Once you are comfortable with 5 minutes, start to add a minute a day or week. One of my favorite meditations is to inhale LET, exhale GO. If you’re the type that can’t quiet your mind and have a hard time meditating, then this simple meditation is a great way cut out that mind chatter.
Intention setting is great to incorporate into your meditation practice. The intention could be as simple as having a productive day or filling your heart with love for yourself and others. If you have several intentions that you would like to meditate on, best to write them down and place in your sacred space. This way the intentions are set and every day when you sit down to meditate, you are bringing those intentions to fruition.
Did you know that massage affects every system of the body in a positive manner? Massage helps to promote hemostasis or balance within the body. It’s not only great for your muscles, circulation, and your skin; also helps to release your happy endorphins: serotonin and dopamine!
Reiki is another type of bodywork that uses channeled universal energy to help release any negative energy or energy blocks within the body. We can be holding onto energy for years and not even realized that it existed. Our energy has a profound impact on our wellbeing. Holding on to past issues or traumatic events in our lives can hinder how our energy is moving throughout our body.
Hope these tips have helped, and you have tremendous success with pressing your reset button!
Loren Mendozzi is the owner of L. Marie's Wellness, your destination in Providence for holistic treatments & workshops that feed your spirit and repair your body.