For anyone having trouble managing their stress levels, I want to share this quick and easy calming morning ritual. It’s so easy you can do it in the shower as part of your morning routine (a few extra minutes – tops!). I’ve been doing this over the past few months to help me deal with stress. This technique combines visualization techniques with positive affirmations. If you have 5 extra minutes in the morning, you have time to do this! I find this helps set the tone for the rest of my day.
In the video I made about how to beat fatigue and improve energy levels naturally, I touched upon the idea of “holding space” so I thought I’d expand on that idea. Holding space for ideas, belief systems, or unhealthy relationships where do we not feel understood or supported, can deplete us of life vitality and energy. Everything we think, eat, and experience can either give us energy or take it away. If you’re struggling with chronic fatigue, it’s important to pay attention to what makes you feel drained and depleted, and the thoughts, situations and experiences that uplift you.
Whenever I’m trying to make a decision about what I might need to cut out, eliminate or include in my life, I reflect on the following.
How does this make me feel? Heavy or light Inspired or discouraged Heard & understood or dismissed Uplifted or sunken Free to express or suppressed Expanded or contracted
Below is a daily affirmation I have been using to help improve my energy levels during the heaviness of the past year, where I have struggled off and on with feelings of unbearable hopelessness and fatigue.
There are many factors that can interfere with our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. When addressing any health concern, I always like to start with discussing what the body actually needs in terms of nutrients and lifestyle habits to promote balance, so I’ll talk about that first, then I’ll offer additional tips in the form of helpful supplements and herbs.
3 Important Sleep Habits that can Help Improve the Quality of Your Sleep: 1. Stick to a schedule 2. Limit your exposure to light at night 3. Keep your bedroom cool
Helpful Supplements Tart Cherry Juice: helps increase melatonin naturally (also helps reduce pain and inflammation) Available in capsule form as well. https://amzn.to/3g094Tn
Magnesium: A natural relaxant for both the body and mind. Regulates neurotransmitters like GABA https://amzn.to/3CJuFZR
Relaxation Blend by Sisu: Contains a great combination of magnesium, GABA and L-Theanine, which when used together helps promote relaxation so you can fall asleep easier and stay asleep. https://amzn.to/3m2Ofuj
Herbal Teas: Chamomile Nighty Night Tea (chamomile and passion flower) Valerian Root (for occasional use only)
* When taking supplements for sleep, 8 full hours of sleep is recommended to prevent drowsiness in the morning.
This is an excerpt from the full interview I did with Peggy about her experiences living with multiple sclerosis. Whenever I do these interviews, the conversation tends to last long after I’ve finished asking the initial questions so I usually keeping the camera recording in case anything interesting comes up.
At one point I asked her, “if there was a magic pill to cure MS, would you take it?” This is where the conversation became really interesting.
I met Peggy several years ago when she came to one of my health and nutrition lectures. She was diagnosed with MS in 2016 and has a lot of really insightful things to share about her journey living with multiple sclerosis! Her story is one of inspiring perseverance and determination to beat this disease.
The question about low fat diets comes up a lot when talking about multiple sclerosis. I admit, the topic can be really confusing because different sources often give completely different advice. In this video, I’ll explain the role of fat in the body, the benefits of “good” fats and what types of fat we should limit.
Steve was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004 at the age of 23. When I came across his YouTube channel where he talks about how he manages his MS with diet and lifestyle, I knew I had to hear his story! We ended up having an amazing conversation that lasted over 2 hours and in the process, I made a great new friend!
Confused about which type of diet is most suitable for you? It can be extremely frustrating to weed through all the health and nutrition info out there, especially if you’re living with a chronic health condition. In this video I list 5 things that might be going on in your body, which might help lead you in the right direction as far as your food choices.