Today I will be sharing some of my journey with wellness, health, and spirituality. I’m extremely excited to write about this topic as this is one of those things I want EVERYONE to know. I had spent the majority of my life thus far feeling worried, sick, and like nothing ever happened in my favor. Before I began to take my control of my thoughts and behaviors I lived in a constant state of sadness. Not deep sadness where I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, but a sadness in my heart and soul. To my friends and family I probably appeared to be happy and confident in myself and where my life was headed. Inside I felt as though nothing was within my control. I was constantly worried about something. I would jump from worrying about student loans, to worrying about my weight, to worrying about my family, to worrying about if I left my hair straightener on before leaving for class. I was worried, I was scared, and I felt as though everything was working against me in one way or another. I know I am not the only one who has experienced this. I know my friends, family, and complete strangers are feeling this way right now. Which is why I have decided to begin sharing my tips, tricks, and experiences with wellness and spirituality and how I have completely changed my life. I have started making wellness guides for some of my friends. These guides contain meditations as well as ‘tasks’ that I have used to to change my thought process which ultimately changed my life. I am not saying I am perfect one hundred percent of the time, by any means. I still get anxious, I still worry, I still feel overwhelmed and sad at times. But, the difference is, now, I can finally say that through the anxiety and worry I still feel generally happy. I experience anxiety but I know that I am on the right path in life and that everything is as it should be.
In this post I will share my top 10 EASY things you can implement into your life to increase vibration, and begin to THINK and FEEL better.
1. Meditate: Meditation is one my favorite ways to relax when I am feeling overwhelmed or anxious. I prefer guided meditation as it includes commands while connecting to the breath. I chose to meditate every weekday morning and aim to meditate once on weekends. The amazing thing about meditation is that it is soeasy to implement into your morning or evening routine. You can do a 5 minute guided meditation or you can do a 40 minute guided meditation and both will have a positive impact on your day. A key to meditation is being present and open to the meditation. You can spend an hour doing a meditation but if you are not present and open to the experience you will not feel the benefits. I chose to meditate because people have so much going on. I used to (and sometimes still do) feel constantly bombarded with thoughts. Guided meditations remind me to focus on the moment rather than spend time thinking about the past. I do not worry as much as about the future, rather my anxiety comes from things I feel are past ‘mistakes’ or what I call ‘close calls’. I worry a lot about these ‘close calls’ which I feel are experiences or events that could have ended extremely bad if I did or said something differently. The rational part of me knows that there is no point in worrying about it because hey, look! Everything is fine. BUT, the annoying little irrational part of me LOVES to think about the ‘what ifs’ and the ‘can you imagine if that did happen’. Meditation has given me the tools to connect with the rational part of me to intervene when the irrational thoughts begin to sneak in. For more information on the principles of guided meditation, click here.
2. Journaling: I understand that you may feel that journaling is not for you, but this is something I highly encourage you to try if you are feeling ANY of what I talked about above. I try my best to journal every week night before bed, but as I am human this does not always happen and that is OK. I find writing out my thoughts extremely satisfying and I feel an instant release. I often have tons of thoughts going through my mind, especially if I am feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Journaling allows me to write all of the thoughts on paper, and to release and acknowledge what I am thinking and feeling. Visually seeing my thoughts on paper gives me an immense feeling of release. If I find myself anxious about something completely irrational, I usually take out my journal and write. Then, I can get out all of the annoying thoughts in my head that are causing me to feel anxious. Our thoughts create our reality and if we are allowing these overwhelming, negative thoughts to set up camp in our minds, then I guarantee you our reality will begin to look exactly like those thoughts. For more information on the benefits of journaling click here.
3. Exercise: The amazing thing about this tip is that in my opinion, exercise can be whatever YOU want it to be. Exercise does not have to be spending two hours at the gym or spending $800 a month on crossfit. Exercise awakens your mind, body, and soul and releases endorphins which actually increases your mood! The most important thing about exercise is that it gets your body moving. It does not have to be intense or unpleasant. Exercise can be going for a walk alone or with friends, it can be biking to the store to get your favorite bottle of wine, or it can be sitting on your bed doing a few stretches. It is just as important to take care of your physical body as it is your mind and soul.
4. Disconnect: Spend less time on your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Try to be present with those around you. I find myself constantly wanting to check Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat. Then, I spend like 10 minutes mindlessly scrolling through feeds. There is tons of research that shows cell phones and social media can make us sad, anxious, and negatively impact our sleep. I try not to use my phone for at least 15 minutes before I go to bed every night. I also try my best to be present when I am with friends or family. I try to consciously make the decision not to pull out my phone. I catch myself all the time reaching in my pocket for my phone, I stop myself and try and make conversation with the person who is sitting right across from me.
5. Spend Time Outside: Everything has an energy vibration. People, objects, everything. All things are at various vibration levels. My vibrational level may be lower or higher than someone else’s. Nature has an extremely high vibrational level and by surrounding yourself with high vibrational energy, you can raise your vibrational energy levels. Breathing in the fresh air and feeling the sun shine on you is amazing for the soul. Don’t rush, be present with nature and take in the pure amazingness that surrounds you. For more information on vibrations click here.
6. Gratitude List: I cannot begin to explain how much writing a gratitude list has completely changed my life. Even on the longest and most frustrating days I still write a gratitude list. Gratitude lists help transform your thought patterns from a place of lacking like “I can’t” “I wish” “I want” to a place of “I can” “I have” “I love”. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, gratitude lists force you to appreciate all of the amazing things in your life right now. Social media, especially Instagram makes us feel like we never have enough. We are raised to be consumers and to feel that if we just have the next best thing we will be happier, prettier, skinnier, etc. In reality, we already have amazing lives filled with love, family, friends, adventures, opportunities, and resources. Taking time to show gratitude lets the universe know you are open to receiving more as you are already showing gratitude for what you currently have (which for most of us is A LOT). For more information about the benefits of gratitude click here.
7. Vibration Raising Music: Listening to vibration raising music has been something I have only recently started getting into. I know, it sounds far out there but trust me on this. It is such an easy way to help relax and unwind if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. It’s pretty common knowledge that music can trigger emotions and even memories. Vibration raising music can positively impact your breathe and heart rate, brain waves, and general state of mind. You can use songs that you love and make you feel good, but lately I have been extremely into youtube videos of 432hz music. I put these videos on while I clean, cook, or while I lay in bed journaling and reading. I have found this music gives me an overall feeling of calmness, peace, and clarity.
8. Sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential to our wellbeing. Some people can fully function on like 6 hours of sleep. For me, I need at least 7 hours of sleep to feel like an actual human when I wake up. If I don’t get enough sleep I usually end up anxious, cranky, and unmotivated which makes it nearly impossible to have a positive and productive day. It is so important to take care of yourself as a whole. Drink water, eat vegetables, and sleep. This is a small step, but if you get enough sleep you will begin to notice an improvement in your mood and energy levels.
9. Affirmations: I believe affirmations are extremely personal and what I chose to use as my affirmations may not be applicable or resonate with someone else. Affirmations are basically just positive thinking with a focus on positive thoughts about the self. Affirmations should be used consistently throughout the day. Affirmations must be present tense, but can be used to manifest something you wish to have in the future. For example “I am so grateful to be student loan free”. Although this is not true for me as of this moment, it is something I want to see in my life (sooner rather than later). Another example of an affirmation I use every single day is “I am aware that money comes very easily to me”. Affirmations should be in the present tense, positive, personal, and specific. You can magnify the power of affirmations by saying them while looking at yourself in the mirror. Affirmations can be created about anything! Decide what you want to change in your life and create some affirmations around it. For example “I am surrounded by love. I am completely protected by the universe.” For more information and examples of affirmations click here.
10. Love yourself: This is probably the hardest out of all 10 tips because we live in a society that teaches us to hate, judge, and criticize ourselves (and others) constantly. Its cliché but seriously, there is no one else like you in the entire world. How amazing is that? Why should you care what people think? Love yourself for who you are at face value. Love yourself for who you are at the end of the day, for how you treat those around you, and because you are amazing. Look at you, you have made it this far, you have overcome challenging obstacles. BUT you are still here! That’s incredible. Trust me. Try it. It feels pretty good. It probably won’t happen over night, but work on it little by little everyday. It took me a while, but one day I literally woke up and thought why should I care what people think about me? I know I am a good person, so like, that’s all that counts. From then on I decided to love myself and put myself first. Try it.