Daphne Javitch is an Integrative Lifestyle Coach. I love following along as she shares inclusive and tangible tips on how to move through your life and overall well-being (she also wears THE BEST tops in her all of her videos, which brings a bit of joy to my day). Today she shares powerful tips that I hope you carry with you as you begin the year.
Here’s more from Daphne…
The new year (or new decade!) is a powerful and popular time to reflect, re-strategize, refine and reset but so is the beginning and end of each day. In order to avoid that early February slump, it helps to remember that the scope of our resolution matters less than our repetition of and re-commitment to it. Small improvements practiced consistently have a big impact on our long term health. And ideally an ongoing positive impact on our relationships, our community and this planet. Here are a few examples of petite adjustments that pack a punch!
Aim for 7-9 hours per night. Sleep is crucial for cellular regeneration. Sleep cleans the brain. When we’re under slept we are more likely to make reactive choices all day long. Well-rested humans are more mindful, intentional, and aware.
Aside from promoting detox, staying hydrated aids digestion, improves circulation, relieves constipation, reduces inflammation, and makes you glow. Drink it, lots of it, and aim for 2 to 3 liters per day. Carry a vessel in your bag or leave one on your desk or bedside table as a gentle reminder to keep on sipping.
The benefits of exercise diminish within weeks after a person stops, so be honest about what you do, and do it consistently. A little exercise five days a week is more effective than a lot on January 2nd. Gentle, focused exercises can be as effective as hard exertion without altering your cortisol levels (stress related hormones). If you’re short on time, or not ready to go public, try dancing or free movement at home instead. Start with a 15 to 20 minute playlist of lively songs to get you moving.
Reflexively looking at the phone throughout the day can leave us feeling interrupted, stressed, or unaccomplished. Try charging your phone outside the bedroom overnight or putting it on airplane mode to carve out some phone-free space before bed and upon waking.
It’s true that optimism helps us achieve our goals faster but forcing ourselves to be positive all the time can be a form of control or avoidance. Let’s be present. Presence often breeds positivity but allows for all feelings to be felt and pass through us freely. When the mind gets pulled into the past, future or in circles…softly bring your attention to something immediately in front of you.
Thank you so much, Daphne! Be sure to follow Daphne over at Doing Well!