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Fine-tune yourself

by Lenah Caruana-Eriksson

Each day you’re faced with three options; keep going as you are, make a drastic change,  or fine-tune yourself. Ideas for upping your game a bit.

I find myself at the last option – tweak and fine-tune. There’s no need to make drastic changes, but I also don’t want to feel the same. Don’t want to be static.

Here are some ideas if you’re looking to up your game a bit, all relating to holistic health and well-being.

Sleep

Sleep. If you’re used to sleeping like a baby and not paying much attention to your sleep pattern, maybe sleep is not on the list of things you wish to improve. But as soon as you go through a period of stress and have a few sleepless nights, you start looking at what can be improved.
It’s what happened to me a while back, and the anxiety and bad moods that accompany lack of sleep are quite intense.

I recently started using an aromatherapy diffuser, which is a small upgrade from the ceramic essential oil diffuser, safer, and with more features. Using lavender essential oil (calming and soothing before sleep) is one benefit, and the fact that it dramatically improves air quality is another. I also use Sweet Pillow Spray with a calming blend of florals and herbs on my pillow, which helps to relieve stress and anxiety.

Another way to find yourself in a positive sleep cycle is to take a Melatonin supplement. The sleep aide naturally assists the body to help manage sleep cycles and give you a deeper sleep.

Before bedtime, eat a few almonds and drink some warm chamomile tea, which helps to calm down the body, and doesn’t take caffeine after 3 pm. Try to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time. The last tip is to buy a few bedroom-friendly plants. I recommend the Pothos plant – it is ideal for the bedroom because it purifies the air from harmful toxins, especially formaldehyde.

All these small adjustments did the trick for me, and whenever I feel out of sync, I go back to these points.

De-clutter

Go through all your drawers, garage, wardrobe, bathroom shelves, box room, etc., and throw away all the things, clothes, and products you haven’t used in the last year. Some items can be donated to charity, and some things are good for nothing. The whole purpose is to create an environment that gives energy, rather than takes.

Go through your supplements.

It’s easy to do a blood test to determine if you have a vitamin deficiency. Or go by what you feel is wrong. I take a few supplements daily, for energy levels, a healthy nervous system, healthy skin, muscle, and bones, etc. However, I will add 1 or 2 to find an even better balance. It’s incredibly important to boost your immune system and generally feel your best if you are looking to get the most out of your workout routine, and other aspects of your life.

Check your Blood Type and your Ayurveda type/dosha.

I follow my Ayurveda type/dosha (Vata) and my blood type (AB+) when I choose what I eat and how I exercise. Come to think of it; I follow these in pretty much everything I do. For example, my Ayurveda dosha (constitution) is mainly Vata, and the Vata dosha contains the properties of the elements ether and air. If there is too much air, it creates an imbalance, so whenever the weather forecast says wind I plan accordingly, as it negatively affects my mood. I also know that both blood type and Ayurveda type suggest a slow form of exercise, such as yoga and walks. By the way, Jonas is a Kapha and desperately needs his tennis 😉

Do a quick Ayurveda test to find your dosha, and see if your result suggests any changes in your diet, choice of exercise, daily routines, etc. Once you understand yourself through these constitutions, life becomes a little easier. It is all about finding a balance. 

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