How To Be A Healthy, Happy, Balanced Person
Right now my morning routine goes something like this: smudge, meditate, journal, walk Kona, a little yoga or running, read (while drinking coffee), write. This feels good to me, but my routine is always shifting. Starting my day in this way helps me feel balanced. And this isn’t all I do for myself in a day. Sometimes I feel like I need to go out for a hike or take a salt bath or do a headstand or drink a smoothie or talk to my friend for five hours, and I give myself permission to do just that.
My self care shifts based on what my needs are at any given time. I pay close attention to how I feel throughout the day, and when I’m feeling too mentally stimulated I try to be in nature. When I feel lethargic I try to get my body moving to stimulate my energy.
I am always reading something new, watching something informative, or trying out a new technique. I like to experiment. My soul yearns for growth. But I have learned that it’s not enough to download all of the incredible information out there. I can spend my entire life implementing new methods of healing, filling my days with dry brushing, oil pulling, meditation, breathwork, yoga, tapping, reiki, and on it goes, but it wouldn’t necessarily heal me or allow me to live a balanced life.
We can’t create static routines full of self-help tools and expect to thrive. In order to find balance and maintain our overall wellbeing, we have to be able to discover what we need to apply to our own lives, and that depends on where you’re at on your path. Because our needs are continually shifting, we have to learn to listen to ourselves and adapt.
We heal when we notice we’re off balance and correct it. This means that we have to learn to know ourselves deeply. Intimately. We have to understand the signals our bodies are giving us. We have to know when our energy is being depleted and how to rebalance. The trick here is that we have to learn to intuit our needs as they arise.
This can be really hard work because, for most of us, we’re not wired to understand ourselves in this deep way. We often connect to ourselves through the mind. We create ideas about what we think we need instead of intuiting it.
Intuition occurs within the body and in order to understand the signals our bodies are giving us we have to be conscious of what our bodies are feeling. Practicing any type of work that gets you connected to your body (like yoga or breathwork) is the first step and the second is making a conscious effort to pay attention.
Pay attention to how things make you feel. How do you feel before and after yoga? Notice it. How do you feel when you’ve meditated for a week straight and then skip a day? What happens when you start singing or dancing in your bedroom? When we begin to pay attention to how our bodies feel in every moment we can begin to notice when we’re losing energy, and we can intuit what we need to rebalance ourselves.
Paying attention takes effort, and so does healing. Healing is active. It’s a choice, an intention, a deep desire to be more whole. Healing isn’t just something you do through breathwork or Reiki or massage or yoga. We can’t read a million self-help books, create a diligent regimen, and look to other people to heal us. We have to take responsibility for our own health and well being. That means learning to know ourselves and to decipher what it is we need.
In order to heal, healing must become important to us. Like, really important. It must become a priority. The only way to be a healthy, happy, balanced person is to make it a priority to be a healthy, happy, balanced person. The good news is that this is your life, and it can go any way you like. It’s up to you what you choose.