As the seasons change, so do our activities, our schedules, and even our exposure to different kinds of viruses – all things that can challenge our overall wellness. So, while you reach for your pumpkin spice latte and snuggle up in your favorite cozy sweater, do your best to flow with the energy of the seasons and explore what it will take for you to become or remain spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.
For some of us, maintaining our overall health may include simplifying our commitments and daily routines. For others, it may mean eating more healthful foods, so our bodies have the nutrients they need to function at their highest levels or getting more sleep. But for all of us, there is the room and necessity for a few basic practices to ensure we are at our optimal spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health, especially as we enter a time of year where our health is easily compromised.
1. Cleanse your Body
With each season change, we often feel a sense of renewal. It’s a great time to reset our bodies too. Rid it of harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, pollutants that have accumulated with a seasonal cleanse or juice fast. They will flush out impurities from our internal organs, cells, and tissues.
When you have been able to reset your body, continue to nourish it with organic, local foods. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and more stable emotions.
2. Clear your Mental and Emotional State
Meditation is a powerful tool – especially when there is a lot going on in our lives – to clear your mental and emotional state. Take the time to just “be.” As we honor the stillness and quiet time we create in meditation, we are able to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety, all while increasing our sense of peace and well-being. It has a way of neutralizing your emotions and helping you find your center.
If you already create space for meditation in your life, you might want to consider going deeper into the stillness by exploring yoga nidra.
3. Move your Body
Keeping your body moving is critical to your mental and physical health. Movement does not necessarily mean exercising or playing sports – it can be a leisurely walk, dancing, or anything else that has you up off the couch. It improves circulation, encourages flow of the lymphatic system to keep us healthy, enhances your mood, boosts your energy, and helps regulate digestion.
4. Mentally Close your Day
As your body winds down for the day, it is also important to wind down mentally. Recapping your day through recapitulation is a powerful and conscious way to evaluate your day and quickly determine if there are any shifts you would like to make, instead of letting the events of the day fester and potentially keep you awake. This is best done right before going to sleep.
Recapitulation is a simple process that just takes a minute or two:
- Sit up straight in your bed and close your eyes.
- Take a few deep breaths and settle comfortably into your space.
- Begin to play back your day on the screen of your awareness.
- Start from when you woke up and move through each of your experiences, conversations, and behaviors all the way up to this moment.
- Play back your day relatively quickly—as though you’re watching a movie reel—and don’t spend too much time on the details.
- Observe the events of the day.
- Notice any course corrections you may need to make and also note where you are doing well – both during your days and in your life in general.
- When you have finished, settle into your bed for the night and sleep well.
I wish you success as you explore how to feel your best this beautiful fall season!
An International Bestselling Author, Lifestyle and Leadership Coach and speaker, Tris Thorp is one of today’s leading experts in the field of personal growth and leadership development. Having spent a decade traveling the world, being trained by and sharing the stage with Dr. Deepak Chopra in the field of social emotional learning, consciousness and mindfulness-based practices, Tris has a real gift for integrating the ancient spiritual teachings with modern-day science and mindfulness to help people all over the world let go of their past and create an empowered new future.
During her tenure at the Chopra Center, Tris apprenticed under the Chopra Center’s co-founder Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heart and Emotional Freedom workshops alongside him. Prior to his passing in 2012, Dr. Simon appointed Tris as the person to carry on his teachings in the field of emotional healing. In addition, Tris was fortunate to be mentored by the late Debbie Ford prior to her passing in 2013, which is where she continued her extensive studies of the unconscious mind and concepts of the persona and shadow. After the loss of her two mentors, Tris went on to become certified through the Ford Institute as a coach specializing in Shadow Work and reconciling mental and emotional issues stemming from past experiences. She continues to share the gifts of emotional healing and facilitating this work in the footsteps of her former mentors.
Tris is the International bestselling author of Healing Your Heart: Rewrite Your Story with Awareness and Intention. A guide book to understanding your emotions, how we create our story and workable tools and techniques to heal from the past, Healing Your Heart stewards you through the process of releasing mental and emotional baggage, forgiving yourself and others, setting and enforcing boundaries and consciously communicating your needs in a loving and effective way so you can be who you’re meant to be, do the things you want to do and have all that you deserve to have in this life.
Tris is also the co-author of bestseller Mental and Emotional Release® with Dr. Matt James. Written in a language both professionals and non-professionals can understand, Mental and Emotional Release® offers real life case studies, an overview of MER and its foundation, step by step scripts to follow, and clinical efficacy studies comparing MER to other therapies.
Clearly in her dharma, Tris’s passion and dedication to gently guide people on their inward journey through personal growth is evident in her work as a Lifestyle and Leadership coach, Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release and workshop facilitator. She teaches various courses on leadership development, personal empowerment, social emotional learning and higher states of consciousness – both in online courses and her certification programs, live workshops, VIP retreats and 1-1 clients.
Tris Thorp is Board Certified by the Association of Integrative Psychology as a Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release ®, Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, and Mental and Emotional Release ®, a Certified Reiki Master, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Tris is devoted to inspiring and empowering others to cultivate and maintain mindfulness-based lifestyle practices that lead to greater clarity, purpose and fulfillment. Through one-on-one coaching, online programs and live events, Tris specializes in helping people to fully release negative emotions, limiting beliefs and unconscious patterns, enabling them to make quantum leaps into the life they are truly meant to be living.