You can’t balance your hormones, if you won’t balance your life. We find ourselves saying a version of this to our clients almost every day.
But is balance even possible?
The truth is, for most of us, our hormones didn’t just one day poop out on us. Our bodies are way too resilient for that. This imbalance was created over time. Years or decades of too much stress, not enough play, poor sleep habits, etc.
I was totally guilty and honestly I’m still striving to create more and more balance in my life. Every! Single! Day! It’s a practice. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it will change your life and your body in a powerful way, if you let it.
I only know one person who has created TRUE BALANCE in their life. I think that’s actually a lot. It’s so rare these days.
I don’t know about you, but I was never taught this. And society definitely doesn’t foster balance either. Instead, we are taught…
No pain, no gain!
Sleep when you’re dead!
Hard work pays off! But does it or does it leave you exhausted, sick, burn-out and unhappy?
What if laughing and joy was actually the KEY?
So, what is a balanced life? And is it actually possible to create?
I believe a balanced life is totally possible? If you’re skeptical, can you at least admit you probably could take care of YOU, on the inside, a bit more right now…am I right?
How would your life be different if you if...
You laughed as much as you cried?
You felt joy as much as sadness?
You trusted yourself/the universe/higher power as much as you worried about things?
You played as much as you worked?
You smiled as much as you were angry or frustrated?
Balance will look different for Every. Single. Person.
I want to help you make A BALANCED LIFE easy to create.
So let me backup a minute…
What is a balanced life anyways?
I like to define a balanced life as... taking care of yourself equally on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
So let’s break it down.
This includes the basic routines you most likely already have in place such as
Moving the body
Getting quality sleep
But also includes routines for
5. Nourishing your body (which tend to be forgotten)
Start honoring your amazing body and fill it up daily.
This might be a weekly massage or body work, but there are many other ways you can do these nourishing practices for free. Here are some of my daily nurturing faves…
Epsom salt baths
Coconut oil self-massage to move lymph (morning time)
How we choose to interact with ourselves, all day, everyday should not be underestimated. It’s the difference between us feeling fulfilled, healthy, happy vs. empty, alone, sick, and tired.
As a mindset teacher I talk about this a lot. So what would mental balance look like and how do you create more of it.
For me, true mental balance would be staying as much in the present moment, as possible. Not running my life on autopilot, the thoughts of my past as well as worrying about the future.
The first step is the awareness. Being aware that your thoughts create your reality, not the other way around. Your negative, limiting and sabotaging thoughts that you’ve been functioning from day after day for maybe your whole life, are creating the life you live right now.
So if you want transformation it has to start with your mind. I repeat. If you want transformation in your body, if you want to heal it has to start in your mind. If you’re not willing to change your constant worrying or thinking negatively about people or yourself or everything, being sarcastic and pessimistic, nothing will change.
Your hormones and your emotions are connected. Your internal emotions have a direct impact on your health. If you are not honoring your emotions on a daily basis or holding onto old stuff/grudges and/or haven’t grieved a loss (of any kind) in a healthy way, it will affect your physical health.
If you are feeling stressed, angry, anxious, or fear, you need to make personal reflection and emotional release a part of your daily routine.
My favorite practices for self reflection and honoring emotions are…
Doing daily self check-ins through the practice of journaling is a great way to get real with how you’re feeling on a regular basis and process it in a healthy way.
When you feel an emotion good or bad, don’t ignore it, look at it. If it’s happy, enjoy it, be grateful for it. If it’s heavy, intense, negative, is it something you can let go of? What can you do to shift it? Is there someone you can forgive, no matter how hard it might be? Can you do something to lessen the intensity? Does that emotion or situation have to keep running your life?
2. Meditation and Prayer
I talk more about this in the next section.
I want to define spirituality for a moment. The definition I found was being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. And honestly that looks different for every single person on this planet. It’s such a personal thing.
For me it is connecting with something greater than myself, that includes me, that IS ME.
A connection to my truest self and what I’m meant to contribute to the world. This focus can be a great thing when life gets hard.
For some it’s religion, for some it is not.
This is what this looks like for me.
a Meditation practice Learn more here
Prayer can be with meditation or separate….learn how to use the power of prayer for healing
Creating more balance in your life is crucial for balancing your hormones. And yes, sometimes it feels like these practices are just one more thing to add to your to-do list. But, I’m not asking you to do all the things, right away. As I always say, the success is in the baby steps. But you have to start somewhere. So incorporate one new practice this month that sounds fun, intriguing and see how it goes. And next month, try another. See what sticks.
These practices will begin to nourish you from the inside. They will allow you to feel like the king or queen of your world. And when you feel full, honored and that you are enough… you will create more ease in your world and in your body. You will treat yourself better and others. And most importantly you will be happier and healthier too!
After awhile you will notice how these practices make you feel inside and you won’t want to live without them. When you know your worth, you realize you’re worth it, it makes it easier to create space for more balance in your life.
Lots of love,