I believe true wellness is a lifestyle, not a diet. It is about balancing your food choices, taking care of yourself, and exploring your own individuality.
What started as a journey for uncovering why I felt NOT HAPPY, NOT SAD, BUT EMPTY, turned into the discovery of my own bio-individuality. I began learning what is best for my body, my mind, my spirit, and my emotions. My mission is to help you discover what works best for YOU. To give you and your body a chance to heal and become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself that you can be.
Common Thought takes a holistic approach by considering the whole person: body, mind, spirit and emotions.
Common Thought: Providing you with the tools to redefine your wellness.
I use homeopathy in my daily home life, to help my family recover from a range of everyday complaints. Knowing that I have multiple options for wellness is empowering. I feel even more empowered using homeopathy at the first signs of an illness, and am often able to nip it in the bud.
Sore Throat Home Remedy #1 – Honey and Tea
Hot herbal tea helps to ease congestion, keep you hydrated and soothe irritated tissues. Some of the best herbal teas for cough include:
- Lemon balm
To make herbal tea, place one teaspoon of dried herb (or several slices of fresh ginger) in a mug and cover with one cup boiling water. Cover with a lid or plate to trap the steam and steep for about 10 minutes. Strain and add honey and lemon if desired.
You can also use several herbs together, such as in this herbal cold and flu tea recipe.
I love how many different ways there are to approach self-care. Below, I describe what an overall lifestyle of self-care looks like to me (& it’s always growing). I’m likely to incorporate this list in my response the next time someone asks me, “So, what exactly is self-care?”
-Shop in your own closet
-Cook your own food
-Try new recipes
-Eat the leftovers
-Bring your own container
-Refuse most everything that doesn’t serve a function
-Give your things away
-Insist on beauty
-Create art of any kind
-Remember that dreams never die (they just hibernate while we’re busy)
-If you are able, walk around outside
-Look up at the sky
-Notice the miracles of the everyday
-Create a morning routine
-Create an evening routine
-Drink room temperature water (especially in the winter)
-Notice when you’re overwhelmed
-Notice when you’re triggered
-Notice when you’ve gone numb
-Notice when you need to rest
-Breathe more deeply
-Dance, when possible
-Get excited about the change of seasons
-Have specific foods you eat at specific times of year
-Touch the earth
-Look forward to things
-Cultivate an adventurous state of mind
-Create intentional warmth
-Sit in more circles
-Pursue intergenerational friendships
-Pursue cross-cultural friendships
-Get to know your neighbors
-Attend community events
-Chat with strangers
-Be honest about what is important to you
-Exercise your vulnerability
-Go easier on yourself
-Be intentional with whom you spend your time
-Be willing to let go of relationships that have run their course
-Make personal growth a very high priority
-Get excited about learning new things (always)
-Celebrate yourself and your progress
-Demand an inspired life
-Be thorough in everything you do
-Experience your feelings in front of other people
-Feel your grief about the past
-Feel your powerlessness to change other people
-Feel your faith and hopefulness anyway
-Move forward anyway
-Acknowledge your privilege, every single day
-Read books by people who don’t look or think like you
-Ask yourself who is not in the room who should be
-Take responsibility and clean up your messes
-Take leadership over your life
By understanding the importance of these types of self-care, we can keep moving in the direction of our most beautiful, contented selves.
How do you relieve stress and decompress from everyday pressures? How do you ease the pain, distract your mind, soothe your soul? If you’re like me – and I suspect you are – you craft.
I’ve been a crafter for as long as I can remember. I sew. I paint. I make wreaths. I design cards. I love to create something out of nothing and put my personal stamp on it. The creative arts, my crafts, keep my hands, heart, and mind busy, and sometimes I think they’re the only things that keep me sane. And I’m not alone. Far from it.
Here are some ideas for things you can start making::
- Apparel/fashion sewing
- Home décor painting/accessories
- Craft sewing
- Cake decorating/cake making
- Needlepoint/plastic canvas
- Floral arranging
- Home décor sewing
- Scrapbooking/memory crafts