What’s your daily wellness routine? 

Every morning I wake up at 5am to do my morning yoga and meditation practice. I usually do between 30 to 50 minutes of physical practice and then 10 to 20 minutes of meditation straight after.

From 6 to 7am I have a decaf tea with oat milk, do some journaling/planning and then some reading. I like to focus my morning on developing my body (yoga), mind (reading and writing), and spirit (meditation) - which is why I divide my morning into those activities.

I always go to bed the latest 10pm to make sure I get at least 7 hours of sleep. 

 

What is one thing that someone could do today that would make a huge improvement to their overall health? 

Start journaling. Writing down our emotions and life events down teaches us self-observation, and that is the first step to learning self-responsibility. It is only when we are ready to be fully responsible for our own emotions and our well being that our life can truly transform.

Self-responsibility is realizing and accepting that you can never play the victim again, which can sound really scary, but that leads you to find freedom - freedom in the fact that your life is fully in your hands, and no one will live it for you, no one is responsible for your emotions, and no one is responsible for your wellbeing.

 

How do you overcome anxiety? 

I always like to see anxiety as an energy that is stuck inside me - what we think of as emotion is the experience of energy moving through the body - the latin derivative for the word emotion, 'emotere', literally means energy in motion.

So to remove that anxious energy out of my body I need to move my body, so that energy literally starts moving inside me rather than being stuck. So I step on my mat and do some yoga.

After moving my body I write down how I feel and everything that is making me feel anxious, I see the process of writing it as means of release, as I write these emotions down I imagine them leaving my body, they are no longer a part of me, because I can see it in front of me, they are a part of that piece of paper now.

Other tips for anxiety is quitting caffeine, getting some sleep, making a really nutritious meal, meditation and breathing (pranayama) exercises. Most of us don't breathe properly — our breaths are too shallow — and when we are anxious our breathing can become even worse. It's important to learn how to sit down and breathe, long and slow breaths help us come back to our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest state) rather then sympathetic state (fight or flight).

 

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