Health Expert Series 7

Welcome to the 7th edition of my Health Series! The reason I am doing this series is because I truly believe in something we call Bio-Individuality. What works for one person, may not work for another and the trick (and the hard part) is finding out what works for YOU!

We all have different views on what health means and how we obtain it! And we should! We are all different and all need something different. Health is something that affects us all and we should all have an opinion on it.

For this edition I have interviewed another local health coach; Holistic Sleep Strategist & Coach, Christine. Some of you may know her? If not, you should! Here is what she thinks about this subject!!

Name, age, occupation: Christine Hansen, 33, Holistic Sleep Strategist & Coach

 

What does health mean to you?

For me health has so many different facets but here is some of what comes to mind straight away.
Health means that you are respecting and taking care of your mind and body equally. In those areas I also make a difference between self(health)care, which would be a healthy diet, exercise, supplements and so on, and self care, which is taking time out, meditating, having fun etc.

On top of that you are ideally not only healthy enough to just being able to keep symptoms of illness or disease at bay but able to actually have a great immune system that will make it difficult for symptoms to even appear.

Most of us live very close to the edge of being just about healthy enough as to not being ill. But very few of us are truly as balanced and strong as we are physically and mentally capable off.

 

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

First of all you need to understand that it will take time and a priority towards health. Which can be challenging in a world where very often material or financial topics take precedence.

I am by no means perfect either but I am being mindful when choosing which foods I eat, by carving out time for exercise and meditation and by having left a job that was not fulfilling to now doing something that I am passionate about and that makes me happy.

 

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

Most of us have difficulties prioritizing ourselves, so saying that you will feel better as a person is often not motivational enough. We are taught to not put ourselves first but those around us. So what I like to remind my clients and myself of is that you cannot pour from an empty cup. You have to be strong, happy and well balanced in order to serve other at your best.

 

Why are you an expert?

A lot of people know that sleep is important yet very few have really looked at its science or at its importance holistically throughout the different stages in our lives. Through my education and experience I can definitely call myself an expert and not an amateur in the sleep department.

 

What is your top health tip?

Get enough sleep! Your body needs you to rest and sleep enough in order to repair itself physically and mentally. So sacrificing your sleep will come and haunt you along the road. And if you are struggling with sleep then you know where to find me 🙂

 

 

So, what did you think? Great, right?

Thank you so much Christine! I completely agree that most of us are healthy just to point where we are not ill, but are we truly healthy? Probably, me included! What does it take for us to be really healthy and happy? What is one thing you can do today to get you closer to becoming truly healthy? Just one step? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Bikini Season is upon us! Are you ready?

My mother in law loves taking lots of pictures of us on holiday, including pictures of me in my bikini by the pool! I still remember the first time we went on holiday together and she was taking photos of me. I didn’t like it one bit. She likes “in the action” photos, so most of the time I didn’t even know she was taking them. I had to reassure that she would not post any of them on Facebook!! She promised she wouldn’t. I actually just wanted to burn (delete) them!

This year however, things were different. In March we went on holiday together and again she was taking lots of pictures. This time, when going through them I wasn’t all grossed out about seeing me in a bikini!

YAY!

First of all, what a terrible thing to think about myself! Is it really that bad to look at my own body? Well yes it is! And I am sure I am not alone! But really! Would we say that we are grossed out about seeing our best friend in a bikini if she is a little bulky and overweight? I recon not!

Second of all, did my body really change that much? I have lost some weight but I am surely not skinny and I do not look like the woman in the picture.

So what has changed?

 

My confidence and how I view myself has changed! All the holistic work I am doing for myself is really working! I am so happy that I am finally accepting and loving my body the way it is.

Here is the good news! So can you!

If you are unable to look at yourself in the mirror and hate seeing photos of yourself, especially in a bikini, you too can start to love yourself, just the way you are! You are worthy of love and you are beautiful!

 

Here are 5 small things you can do start loving your body:

  1. Take a yoga class.  Doing yoga forces you to connect with your body in a different way and you will start to see your body differently.
  2. Get to know Louise Hay! Click here to listen to one of her many lectures or guided meditations you can find on youtube.
  3. Schedule something good for yourself at least once a week. It can be a massage or other treatment, try something new like Reiki, go for a walk, reconnect with a friend – anything that makes you happy! Go on, schedule it in now!
  4. Eat more vegetables! When you fuel your body with delicious nutrients, vitamins and minerals, your body will glow and you will start feeling different.
  5. Stop comparing yourself to others! You are and look the way you look and that’s the end of it! Cherish yourself! You are worthy!

Oh dear, there are so many more, it is hard to choose just 5! Be good to yourself! How do you expect other people to love you if you don’t love yourself? You can start now!

Let me know in the comments below which one thing you will do today to love yourself more?

 

Health Expert Series 6

Welcome to the 6th edition of my Health Series!

This month we have the pleasure of our wonderful Marise Hyman from Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching. If you are an English speaking mom or pregnant lady, then I am sure you have heard of her. Well, do you know what her views on health are? Look no further, read here!

 

Here we go:

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Name, age, occupation: Marise Hyman, 38, Holistic Maternity & Sleep Coach/Educator – Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching. Founder & Birth Advocate – Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl

What does health mean to you?

Health to me means being resilient to what life throws at you. Everything is interconnected, much more than we think! Therefore, fostering a healthy approach to life impacts not only yourself but also your environment and the people around you. 

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

By following an integrative or holistic approach to life. Where body, mind and spirit is nurtured and living in harmony and flow with the environment around you. Realising that the body is self-healing and ever-changing, just like nature. We are nature! Understanding that anything you put in your mouth, put on your skin, inhale through your nose and create in your mind influences health. Rather being curious to new discoveries in science than feeling overwhelmed. As essential as the physical part is to health, acknowledging the underestimated role thoughts and emotions play in shaping your reality and ultimately health. And lastly, moving your body in ways that feel good.

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

To be alive is a GIFT.

Respecting and nurturing this gift just feels right to me.

This wasn’t always my attitude. I have gone through times when I took life, my body and the environment around me for granted. Becoming a parent and taking stock of who I am in the world and my place in it, has changed ALL THAT in a big way. 

Why are you an expert?

I won’t call myself a “Health Expert”…

Following an exhausting 18-year corporate career filled with sweat and tears, I analysed my life when becoming a mother and awoken to the realisation that life is more than just deadlines and material things. The challenging transition parents in the Western world experience compared to how traditional cultures approach this sacred rite of passage fascinated my so much, I fell in love with the “transition into parenthood” and made it my mission to support parents going through it.

I started my own business coaching and educating expecting and new parents worldwide after qualifying as Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner and Holistic Perinatal Educator/coach, Happiest Baby on the Block educator and soon-to-be “Becoming Us”-facilitator.

I also developed the desire to create positive change within my community and as a result, the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl was born, a volunteer-run organisation by the community, for the community raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and perinatal mood disorders by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg.

What is your top health tip?

Listen to your body, it’s always communicating with you. Be kind to yourself and others. Say no when it’s not for you. Do things that bring you joy.

 

Great tips! Say no! I love it! Live life holistically! Thank you so much Marise!

If you would like to meet Marise, then join us for this weeks Bellies and Booties event. This Thursday 16th March she will be our special guest and explaining all about Emotional Well-being, Baby and Holistic Sleep. Don’t miss this great opportunity! I will be there too 😉 See Facebook event for more details.