Let's do that thing you've always wanted to do.
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Your body, your experiences, you are the expert on what works for you and what doesn't. Triggers are there to show us where there is work still left to be done so that you can be your best self. Sometimes though, trauma can confuse the body.
We all need connection. Community, and mentorship! Nothing in this world is worth doing if you have to go it alone. Accountability starts with you, but its easier with a mentor! A person who has your back, doesn't pull punches, and has YOUR best interest at heart!
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Life Hack #1
You are who you hang out with.
There is a gene in the actual brain called the mirror gene! If your looking around yourself, and you don't like what you see it's time to make changes. And you cant get ahead in the same envirment that feels like a cage! I was once told I was running away when I decided to leave town. Yes it's true, sometimes you have to stand and fight- you have to sit with your uncomfortbal feelings and triggers, but sometimes your not running away - your running TOWARDS the new you.
Life Hack #2
Lets be real here for a minute. When your head is overwhelmed and your body is going off like a smoke alarm - sitting down to meditate or attempting to process your anxiety / panic attack isn't just a no go! Its a straight up fuck off!
My trick to getting out of my head and back into my body is to get outside. The nearest park or plot of grass. Take off your shoes. Cozy up to a tree. Fall back and look up at the tree line, the mountains, the sky, and take a deep breath. Repeat as often as necessary.
Life Hack #3
The truth is, growing up, I thought food came from a box at the supermarket. Dehydrated, frozen, wrapped in plastic. I had no idea what a serving size was, or that chemicals where tossed in for "preservation"! I was 33 before I found out that our bodies are designed to read the DNA in food so that it can distribute the energy appropriatly. I didn't know that certain foods were capable of overwhelming our bodies and creating brain fog, diabetes and disease! Our realities are affected by our hormones. What we put into our bodies, on our skin, the very air we breath affects us. Eating doesn't have to be expensive. Learning to adjust your eating habits can be hard, but OH SO REWARDING! I don't deny myself treats, but I have learned the key to keeping on track is to ask myself who I want to be, and how I want to feel in the future. The more often I ask myself those questions, the better choices I make in life to support that quest!
My number one go to life hack is Bioenergetics!
Life Hack #4
Find yourself an animal. Any animal! The super cool thing about crittes is that they live forever in the moment. How you make them feel is the only thing that matters to them. Which means all the energy you generally put into protecting yourself around humans, need not apply in the presence of an animal. Don't have an elephant, monkey, dog or a cat you can lean on? Volunteer at an animal centre! Hang out at the park and cozy up to the ducks. One of the best things about horses, is the magnetic field of their hearts - it helps to make humans feel better
Life Hack #5
Get curious! What lights you up? Go back to school! Take some workshops! Take an online course! Nothing is impossible, and if you really want it, I promise you - you will find a way to Make it Happen!!! There are sponsorships, grants, loans, jobs - anything to get you started!
Life Hack #6
What are you putting into your body? Our realities are affected by our hormones. What we put into our bodies, on our skin, the very air we breath affects us. Eating doesn't have to be expensive. Learning to adjust your eating habits can be hard, but OH SO REWARDING! I don't deny myself treats, but I have learned the key to keeping on track is to ask myself who I want to be, and how I want to feel in the future. The more often I ask myself those questions, the better choices I make in life to support that quest!
Life Hack #4
Allow yourself to be inspired!
Not a reader? How about Listening to audio books? Or podcasts! You don't have to have money to find books being read to you on Audible!
Life Hack #5
Journaling is where I am able to contradict myself, fight with myself, and even fight others. Its a place where I can pour out all my hurts, set down my burdens and lift my dreams back up. I find my inner wisdom, my dreams and my hopes that others might shoot down. It's a start to acknowledging pain, to self regulating emotions, and creating the future I want for myself.
Life Hack #6
For myself, I knew how to take a hit. I knew how to take a hundred hits and not flinch. But I didn't know how to hit back - whats worse, I appologized every single time I did. Martial Arts ( for me, it was Muay Thai Kickboxing ) didn't just teach me how to physically defend myself. It helped me to respect and hounour by body. It allowed me to be in my skin without the warning bells going off.
let's work together
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did we just become best friends?