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Five simple ways to rediscover your sparkle

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By Megan Dalla-Camina

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Do you move through your hectic days in a blur, meeting everyone’s demands except your own?

Do you go to bed at the end of it all feeling like you’ve been through the rinse cycle too many times and then been hung out to dry? Well if this is you, don’t worry – I have you covered. Here are five simple tricks for turning yourself into a cool calm success, instead of a hot crazy mess.

Get your sleep

Sleep is numero uno on this list because it can have a more profound impact on how you feel than almost anything else. In spite of this, sleep is too often the first thing to go when you get busy. Here are some tips to get the beauty sleep you need:

  • Create a bedtime ritual to wind you down. Mine starts an hour before bed, with a cup of herbal tea, some light reading, then meditation before sleep. This routine helps the mind and body wind down and get ready to slumber.
  • It is important to be in bed by 10.30pm whenever possible as the sleep before midnight is worth double the hours after it.
  • Try to get 7-8 hours consistently. A good nights sleep really can change everything.

Nourish yourself

We hear so often that we are what we eat. The truth is that while we may reach for carbs or sugar when we feel stressed out and tired, it really is the worst thing we can do. Below are my top foods tips to get your body zinging:

  • Drink a green juice or smoothie every day (see my website for recipes)
  • Cut out the white stuff and all processed foods
  • Get off that crack that is sugar!
  • Limit your caffeine to one a day (sad I know)
  • Watch your alcohol intake

Make time to restore

As a woman, you can spend so much time taking care of everyone else, that you end up feeling run ragged. It is so important to build in restoration moments to recharge and save yourself from burning out. Think about what you can do for yourself that will leave you feeling refreshed. It could be a bubble bath, a quiet moment with a cup of tea, a legs-up-the-wall yoga pose (http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/690), or a mini meditation. The key is to practice these things regularly, not just when you feel like you’re at breaking point.

Take a meditation break

Meditation. It is such a simple word, yet somehow it manages to strike fear into so many people. It doesn’t need to be scary. Endless research has been done into the power and benefits of meditation on the brain, the body and everything in between. It is a practice that can be life changing, so it’s certainly worth trying. To start, all you need to do is sit down, close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Follow your breath as you inhale and exhale through your nose. Start with 5 minutes and see how you go. That’s it. Build a practice twice a day, or whenever you need to bring in some peace and calm, and you will always have a powerful tool to heighten your well-being.

Rethink Stress

There is a chapter in my book called ‘There is no stress, only stressful thoughts’. You can read it to get the full gist, but the key is that the way we think about what goes on around us, is really where the stress comes from, not the event itself. If you can change the way you think, you can dramatically change your stress levels. Every thought you think is creating your future.  Start keeping tab on your thoughts and language, including that voice inside your head. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, or you hear that voice telling you you’re stressed- stop. Use your breath to slow down and choose a different thought, a positive affirmation, to break that downward spiral. Your nervous system will thank you for it.

You are in control of your well-being, even when you don’t feel like you have control over anything! Use these simple tools to bring more moments of wellness into your day, and you’ll soon find more of that sparkle you’ve been missing for far too long.

For more tips like these, check out my book Getting Real About Having It All

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Megan Dalla-Camina - to view all of Megan's blog post click here

Megan Dalla-Camina is a strategist, speaker, author and coach passionate about creating positive change. Through her journey from being a crazy sick workaholic to a thriving wellness warrior, she loves helping women create the career and life they love, and live it well. Her first book, Getting Real About Having It All, is out now through Hay House.

Website: http://www.megandallacamina.com/

  • Great tips Megan. Particularly the point you make about stress. I always like to analyse a situation that is stressing me. First – is there anything I can do about it? If yes, well do it! If no, then there is no use worrying about it. A simplistic approach but it works for me….most of the time.

    • Hi Jodi, thanks so pleased you found them useful. You might like the chapter in my book called ‘There is no stress, only stressful thoughts’ – it’s a little funny and controversial, but speaks to your points 🙂 And simple is always best!

      Have a great day
      Megan x

  • Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  • Awesome tips Megan. I must check out your book!

    • Thanks Jane 🙂 let me know what you think when you read it gorgeous xx

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