A collection of tips & tricks that have best helped my clients and I revive our health, mindset, & expression
Last week, Candice and I went on a yoga retreat with the Citizen Yoga to the beautiful Tulum for some serious R&R. The days were full of yoga (3-4 hours!), 75-minutes of juicy philosophy, sun, healthy food, great conversation, adventures, laughter, and tons of sleep. Let’s just say it was self-care to the max and the hardest decision needing to be made was pool or beach. #blessed
Many of us who attended either needed a serious recharge or needed the space to feel and think through upcoming life transitions. Through several of my conversations with fellow retreaters’ and now my own experience of merging retreat life with the “real” world, the question of “...but how do I actually apply this new knowledge?” kept coming up.
Since we are all in different phases of life and going after our own goals, a basic framework is needed when you learn something new you want to apply to your life. Click here to read the full framework on J'adore Detroit!
It could be my line of work or the fact that gifts are my least preferred love language...but I am always looking to give others gifts that will allow them to pamper themselves. Our culture is heavily focused around DOING not necessarily BEING. Women, especially, often feel guilty taking time for themselves and put everyone else’s needs above their own.
I love to ask myself, “What could I give to my Mom or do for her that would allow her more time to pamper herself or do an activity she loves, but rarely finds time for?”
New gadgets and sparkly things are cool, but what can you give her that shows her you really hear her, see her, and cherish her?
Notice, is she in a period of hardship, transition and loss? Or is she experiencing overwhelm from many commitments or life events? Maybe she is exploring and looking inward as she understands who she is in this next chapter.
There is nothing like a change in weather to boost the morale of a whole state! This warm weather has me itching for more sun, time on the lake paddle boarding, hiking our gorgeous parks, and pretty much any adventure you can name—thanks to the ladies at j’adore Detroit; they always keep us in the know!
As we pass through spring on our way to summer, it’s important to intentionally help the body transition and prepare for the upcoming season. Here are 5 nutrients to begin increasing to ensure your mind & body will thrive for all your summer shenanigans:
Exercise has long been known for its aesthetic and vast physical benefits. However, in the age of hyper-speed, the go-go-go mentality, the mass amount of distractions from social media, and beyond, exercise is more needed than ever from an emotional standpoint.
Let’s break it down:
Positive mindset - Exercise naturally boosts the release of serotonin and dopamine. These are endorphins that promote feelings of well-being and happiness that help improve an individual’s outlook on the world and themselves.
Improved self-esteem - Yes, you’ll probably trim down and tone up from regular movement, but even more the act of taking care of yourself plus challenging your body can increase your overall confidence and inner strength.
Decreased stress - While exercise is a “stress” on the body, it is a positive one. Movement works as a conduit to channel and release daily life stressors from the body, which ultimately increases your stress resiliency or...
We are slowly but surely creeping closer to glorious summer nights & warmer temperatures! This makes it all the more essential to check your daily water intake to make sure you are prepared for increased activity in the heat.
We live in a state surrounded by fresh water and in a country where it’s rarely not within reach. With superfluous amounts available, it can be easy to overlook it’s primal need. However, without water, the human body would wither and perish quite rapidly, as every single cell (approximately 30-40 trillion) requires water to function properly.
I always love to tell my clients that drinking water is one of the most intentional habits we must cultivate; once you feel “thirsty” you are already dehydrated! This means you have to consciously make the choice to drink water before any feelings of being parched arrive.
A simple rule of thumb to follow is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs, you would...
Life is constantly seeking to be in a state of homeostasis or balance. However, energy is dynamic, constantly ebbing and flowing to counterbalance previous reactions in pursuit of finding a perfect balance.
Everyday the body faces different stressors from rapid weather and temperature changes, allergens, environmental toxins, overwhelm at work, life transitions, lack of sleep, angry _(boss, spouse, friend, etc.)_, bacterial and viral strains, fear of disappointing ______, news, world events, processed food, etc. that pull us out of a balanced or aligned state.
The list of stressors goes on and it is remarkable what the body is able to tolerate and still perform at relatively high levels. Think about it though, without little to no help from us (lack of movement, unhealthy food choices, high stress environments, high levels of caffeine and substances to ‘keep on, keeping on’) the body is able to put up with A LOT.
In addition to these stressors, we are also faced with...
Happy Love Day j’adore Detroiters!
Today is a perfect day for us to dive into Habit Number 4, self-care. When practiced consistently there is no better act of self-love.
While self-care is a buzz topic that has gained a lot of mainstream media in recent years, I have noticed most individuals I talk to are still confused as to what it really means and how to practice it regularly.
Let’s break it down. By definition self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve one’s health.
To put it simply, self-care is the daily maintenance needed to help our minds and bodies feel their absolute best. This can and does look different for each and every one of us, which is why it’s important to develop an individualized menu that nurtures your specific needs.
When I ask clients about their self-care regimen I often sense subtle defensiveness or excuses about time, money, resources, etc. and I get why. For years massages, facials, pedicures and the like have been...
I recently shared a post on 5 Habits to Master in 2019, so we are diving right into habit number five - Mindfulness, or Mindset as I'll most often refer to it. There are countless places that we could begin in terms of mindset, but I've found that it doesn't matter how many positive actions you take to improve your life if you don't radically love and accept yourself & your body.
There are five fundamental, yet basic, steps to take to revive your mindset. I’ll be sharing more about each step in upcoming posts, but the first step that starts it all is Awareness.
Our body carries us through this one life we have and while we can always seek to optimize its potential, there is a difference between punishing & manipulating it vs simply providing the tools needed to thrive.
While we live in the 21st century, our bodies are pretty archaic - cellularly speaking. They are old-fashioned and the simplest of habits make them most happy, despite our brain’s yearning for the newest developments in tech.
Today we have more health related apps and gadgets than ever and yet the mass majority of individuals are chronically unhealthy, which teaches us something profound.
To quote one of my mentors, Stacey Morgenstern, “Small hinges swing big doors.”
We often think we’ll have to do something drastic to shift our health or life in a positive direction, but rather it is quite the opposite. When we go all in too fast it can be too much for our psyche causing us to self-sabotage and resort to old behaviors before we even reach February.
It is my first midwest winter in four years and it has got me feeling like...
The last thing I want to do is put on gym clothes and venture out into the tundra to workout. Additionally, over the last year and a half, many old injuries have appeared and I have had to scale my workouts down significantly.
While I have been working to rest and heal during this time, my body has begun to deeply crave movement again. Any of my fellow do'ers out there have a hard time allowing the process to go as slow as it needs to for a full recovery?
Since this healing journey began, fourteen years ago, I have had to step further and further outside of routine and experiment to find the movement, nutrition, and self-care practices that work best for my body. It has had many trying times, but the wisdom that comes from experiencing different challenges I would not trade for anything...which leads to how this whole movement challenge came to be.
Two years after leaving gymnastics I found the...