Well, first of all, make sure you've already read part I. Then move on to step two:
Step 2. Identify those areas that are struggling and just pick one, or pick one thing from each one to start to change or focus on. Examples of what I did:
Nutrition: Keep it simple. Just eat non processed foods. (I literally only ate organic ground beef or chicken with whatever veggies I knew how to cook. Everyday. Because it felt so much better than the junk I was eating)
Hormones: Download an app to track your cycle. Just start putting info in when you think about it.
Nerve System: Turn off your phone, tv, and computer before bed. Lay in bed and deep breathe, meditate, or read.
Detoxification: Find foods that support your liver. (Literally just added drinking lemon water for this part)
Fitness: STRETCH (that’s all I did. I just started moving the tiniest bit)
Family: Let them know I need boundaries. Tell them you love them, then mute the group text, ignore the calls and focus on you.
Friends: Tell them you appreciate them. See them if you feel up for it.
Finance: I’ll be honest… this and my job were the two I let go of
Field: Luckily I had a job that understood what was happening and they let me take a few weeks off. You won’t always have that. At the very least, let someone know what’s going on if you’re struggling.
Faith: Start writing daily. (I just wrote a single sentence most days. How I was feeling. I didn’t know if I was talking to God or myself. I just wrote)
Fun: Netflix. (I think that’s all I really did)
Step 3. Make daily efforts to change. Take small, easy steps toward healing and aligning these 7 areas. Some examples of how to do that:
When you shop, shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Avoid processed foods as much as you can. Something important to remember is that when our bodies are overloaded with toxins, our liver is overloaded and can’t detoxify properly. Then these toxins get kicked back into other fatty areas in our body. These areas tend to be our brain and endocrine system. That means brain fog, thyroid, and hormone issues are possibly happening from this build up. The more naturally you shop, the more organic and toxin free you shop, the cleaner your body will be and the better it will function.
Download an app like ThinkDirtyapp or EWGapp. These apps are designed to scan the barcodes of your products and rate them from 0-10 (10 being the worst). This app gathers the ingredient information and scans it for Hormone Disruptors, Cancer causing chemicals, and allergens. You want to get that stuff out of your home and OFF your skin. It takes 26 seconds for something on your skin to reach your bloodstream. That means for every soap, dryer sheet, cleaner, shampoo, perfume, etc that you’ve touched is now, in some way, part of you. Think about your products in that way now. “Do I want this to be IN my body?” You don’t have to toss it all at once. Start with things as they run out. Make slow, steady changes.
Find supplements that fit you. I highly recommend getting your blood tested for deficiencies, but again, I know not everyone can. Supplements that I think are necessary (for me) are Vitamin B with Methylation Support, Magnesium (for anxiety for sure), Vitamin D (D for depression), and a ProBiotic!!! I was on antibiotics every year until I was in my twenties. I destroyed my gut with them and never replenished the good bacteria. My body NEEDED healthy gut bugs.
Grace. Give yourself grace. Change is hard. The best thing to do is to remember why it is you’re doing something. Can you continue to feel this way? Are you ok with not knowing what’s happening with your body? Do you want to live a passive life or one of purpose?
Do your own research! I’m just one person who found a solution for herself. I learn more and more everyday and I just want to share that with you. That doesn’t mean that I am qualified to diagnose you, support you, or change your life. I want us all to be more educated about what we’re putting in and on our bodies.
KISS. K E E P . I T . S I M P L E . S T U P I D*
* (i am not calling you stupid)
This post about my hot mess-ness is probably the best next stop for you.