While you may not be able to completely shut things down for any length of time; there are still some wonderfully simple ways to reboot and get a truly fresh perspective, as we approach the spring season of renewal and rebirth. I would like to share some favorite ways to reboot.
First, it’s important to understand that our thoughts and mindset have a very powerful and direct relationship to the food we eat and how it affects our physical body. By infusing meals with negative thoughts, we program our bodies to respond negatively. But if we infuse our foods and meals with positive, nurturing thoughts, our bodies respond accordingly. You may be familiar with mindfulness. It’s simply paying attention to the present moment. We tend to live either in the past or the future so it does take intention, but it’s worth cultivating the habit. For example, before you reach for that cookie, pause, take a long, slow deep breath and ask yourself a few questions: How do I feel right now? What is happening in my body? Why do I want to eat this? What’s going on around me?
All too often we do things mindlessly, without truly being aware of what is driving us. Even just the minute or two that it takes to breathe and ask yourself those questions is a type of reboot. Upon just that brief reflection, you may find you really aren’t hungry for that cookie at all but in need of something else entirely!
If you focus your thoughts on a specific muscle or body part as you exercise it, you reap more benefit from that exercise. This is the mind-muscle connection.* Well what if by thinking about the nutrients in the food you are eating and how they will improve your health, you actually gain more of those benefits? It may sound a little far-fetched but Dr. Masaru Emoto proved that water is sensitive to intention. You are made mostly of water (and so is your food!) and since water is impressionable, what you think and say has a powerful effect! So when you sit down to eat, why not think about how the minerals in your roasted veggies are building your bones and the protein in your grass-fed burger is strengthening your muscles? It certainly couldn’t hurt and it could just intensify the positive benefits.
Another of my favorite ways to reboot is tapping or EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique. It is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without using needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about a specific problem or issue – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. We all have overwhelming and frustrating things that happen daily. This is a simple, easy method of internal transformation. For example, if you are stressed or anxious about something, tapping, even just for 10 minutes, can reset your whole system.
It is very easy to learn and is such a simple, effective way to deal with daily stressors as well as with negative, limiting beliefs. If you are interested in learning more about how to tap there are many wonderful resources available, including a free 15 minute session I offer right here: https://bit.ly/2Kvk1yM
Another great way to reboot is to change up your routine. I am definitely a creature of habit and begin running through my day essentially on autopilot, doing everything in the same order, in the same way. A great way to reboot and get out of the same old, same old is to intentionally do things in a different order or in a different way. If you always get up, put the coffee on, brush your teeth, make breakfast and then sit down and read, switch things up. Get up, do a few stretches or squats, spend 10 or 15 minutes reading, then put coffee on. If you always read a motivational book or the newspaper, try using an adult coloring book instead. Change things up. It will feel strange at first but that’s actually a good thing. Getting out of your comfort zone wakes you up and creates positive momentum. Just what a reboot should do, don’t you think?
Also if you are interested in rebooting your diet and perhaps losing a few pounds this spring, take a look at my new book, Today is Still the Day, and you can also access the free printable insert and a free 15 minute consultation for any questions here! https://bit.ly/2M15rfU
How will you reboot and get a fresh start this spring?
Link to mind-muscle connection
Ann Musico is a certified holistic health coach, independent nutritional consultant, author of Today is Still the Day and other books. She works with women of all ages to empower them to live well so they can model health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body – to their families and beyond. Visit her website at www.annmusico.com to learn about the coaching options and weight loss plans she offers as well as numerous free resources you can access.