Health / Wellness, Mental health, Mindfulness, Mindset, self care

Does Your Morning Set You Up For Success? Check Out These 5 Tips On Building a Top-Notch Morning Routine

Well, September is almost over… And that means our focus this month has been getting back into a routine with work and school.

Oh has it…?

Has it been tricky to get back into a routine this new school year?

If it has, don’t worry – You’re not alone!

This blog post is especially for you to help you make the most of your routines!

With routines, we can build positive habits into our lives.

If you had to implement just ONE routine into your day, design yourself a morning ritual that will assure a thriving day ahead.

A solid morning routine can set the motion for your whole day.

Morning routines have shown to make us

  • Happier,
  • Healthier, and
  • More Productive

Does your current morning do this for you?

If not, here is how to construct yourself a morning ritual that will guarantee a successful day and successful life:


#1. A Successful Day Begins With a Successful Night:

Making sure to get enough, consistent sleep, will allow for an easier wake up the next day. Sleep is crucial for our brains and bodies to get the rest they need – it improves our memory, learning, decision-making and even our creativity. Another way to enhance our mornings is to get our mindset ready the night before. We can do that with some positive affirmations like:

“Tomorrow will be a great day…”

“I will wake up with ease…”

“I will accomplish everything I need tomorrow…”

#2. Don’t Let Your Phone Be The First Thing You Grab Upon Awakening: 

Many of us start our days by checking our emails or social media, but this isn’t what will set our days up for success. Often, we get stuck in “the scroll”… Wasting time scrolling through feeds… While we may see it as useful or a fun way to start the day, our subconscious is busy comparing ourselves to others… Not a way to take on the day.. We need to start off the day with something(s) that nourishes our soul and allows us time to focus on ourselves.

#3. Get a Moment Of Silence: 

This silence could mean meditation (if you’re into it), or visualizing your day, or your future! You may even want to use this moment of silence to contemplate a problem that you need to solve. Meditating, Visualizing, and Contemplating help us feel more in control of our days. And our lives. And you don’t have to carve out a large chunk of time either- it could be 30 seconds, or a few minutes… You get to decide!

#4. Exercise Your Brain: 

This could be done by journaling, or reading, even through art. Use your interests to decide how you want to start the morning exercising your brain. Taking the time to exercise your brain helps to improve its functioning, balances both hemispheres of the brain, and helps to keep it sharp with age!

#5. Get Your Body Moving: 

Find what works for you! If you HATE running… Don’t force yourself to run in the mornings. It will end up working against you. Tailor this to your interests. It can be something as simple as stretching, or doing 10 minutes of yoga, maybe weight training or some cardio. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy doing. And something that’ll get you excited to get out of bed in the mornings!


“This is great and all, but what if I don’t have time?”

Then, I would ask you… are YOU not worth making the time for?

I say, YOU ARE WORTH IT!

No one said you have to carve out a whole hour in your morning to have a successful day ahead! I mean, you can eventually get there.. if you want to.

But begin with waking up just 10 minutes earlier.

That’s it!

Adding 10 minutes in the morning to guarantee an accomplished day…

It’s an easy ‘yes’ for me!

With love,

Miss T.


Health / Wellness, Mental health, Mindfulness, Mindset, self care

Habits that can Make you or Break you: How to Make your Subconscious Mind Work for you

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality…”

Earl Nightingale

It’s true.

The habits we chose to nourish our soul with each day are the ones that end up governing our lives…

Like caring for flowers in a garden, we can give our minds the nourishment they need for us to bloom.

If left unattended, our flowering minds begin to wilt…

How can we Harness the Power of the Subconscious?

Maybe you’ve noticed you have the ability to do some things without thinking much about them.

Have you ever found yourself lost in thought while driving to work… And when you arrive, you don’t remember how you got there…?

A little scary… But that’s your subconscious mind at work!

We don’t have to put a conscious effort into some things, like driving to work, because already we’ve engrained these patterns into our brain through daily repetition and practice.

It’s like running on autopilot.

We do many things on the daily where our subconscious mind takes over.

If We Aren’t Careful, Our Subconscious Mind Can Work Against Us…

If we are building patterns of negative habits like:

  • Constant Complaining
  • Negative Self-Talk
  • Unwillingness to try/learn new things (stubbornness)

These types of habits work against us.

They don’t allow room for growth or change.

And they affect our health and well-being – and not in a good way…

So, How Do We Make Our Subconscious Mind Work For Us?

We harness the power of our subconscious mind by building in positive daily habits.

Habits like:

  • Practicing Gratitude
  • Positive Morning Routine
  • Stretching our Minds with Reading and Writing
  • Being open to New Things and Ideas

I Used to Hate the Saying:

“Fake it till you make it.”

But now, I embrace it.

Because our subconscious mind works in exactly this way.

We may not always feel grateful, or happy, or like putting in an effort…

But by making it a daily habit to ‘fake it’, overtime, your mind will start believing it

And all of those positive habits… will be switched on autopilot!

And THOSE are the habits that will get you somewhere.

Those are the habits we need for growth and happiness. 

With love,

Miss T.

Health / Wellness, Mental health, Mindset, self care

Miss T. Is Back! Here Are 5 Insights I Gained From Traveling

Miss T, here!

I’ve been on quite the adventure for the last 18 days…

But,

I’m finally back and ready to take on the world!

On vacation, I visited different places all around British Columbia, Canada.

(If you’ve never been, I highly recommend planning your next road trip there!)

My boyfriend and I drove around from inland B.C. all the way to the west coast where I got the see the ocean for the first time – Yes, I said FIRST time.

We saw the mountains landscape change. We visited friends. We relaxed on beaches and found solitude in the forests…

Like I said, it was quite the adventure!

I’m always grateful for adventures – Especially with my travel partner by my side.

This time… I’m feeling extra grateful!

Grateful for the reset, but also grateful for insights I had while on my trip.

Some insights were things I had realized before, but vacation provided a gentle reminder.

Others were complete revelations!

Today, I’d like to share these insights with you!

Maybe you can relate because you’ve had similar insights from your last vacation.

Or maybe, it’s been a while and you could use the reminder too.

So… Here it goes!

5 Lessons Learned From My Travels Across B.C.:

#1: Get Outside!

And as often as you can! Connect with nature and Mother Earth. Spending time reconnecting to our natural roots is healing for the mind, body and soul. It’s a beautiful way to reset.

I knew this before, and I am reminded again by the way I feel now. I am reinvigorated and feeling ready to take on the world!

English Bay in Vancouver, B.C.

#2: Reconnect with Friends (Or Make New Ones)!

Distance is not a good reason to lose touch. But don’t beat yourself up if you have lost touch… It’s never to late to reconnect! And road trips are the PERFECT way to do just that! We managed to get 3 different visits in during our time in B.C. and I’m so glad we did!!

What if you don’t have friends in other places? Make NEW friends! Get yourself out there and connect! Chances are, you’ll run into friendly locals or even some who are on their own travels. You just never know what friends you might find! They may even become friends for life! Connection is fulfilling. And a human necessity.

Meeting NEW friends at Shambhala Music Festival!

#3: Challenge Yourself!

Try new things and get outside of your comfort zone. Whatever that looks like to you! Maybe its reading a different genre of book than you usually do, or maybe its going zip lining or bungee jumping! Challenging yourself and facing fears is a rewarding experience.

During our trip to B.C., we found ourselves visiting a friend in Vancouver who took us on a WILD bike ride around the coast! We had just been at a music festival and needless to say, we were NOT in the shape to ride that distance in our one speed bikes… 😛 BUT, we did it anyways! No regrets!

During the wild bike ride around the coast with our good friend, Rich!

#4: Harness Your Inner Child With Play!

Play is SO important! – Yes, for adults too! We often get too busy in our work and homes lives that play takes a seat on the back burner on our priorities. But it shouldn’t! Play is essential for our wellbeing. And while on vacation – with no responsibilities and no pressing deadlines – is the PERFECT time to get some play in.

Remember, play looks different for us all depending on what you find fun and what nourishes your soul. For me, play looks like dancing to loud bass-y music in the sunshine surrounded by others harnessing their inner child too. Its okay to be a little silly sometimes. Let loose and let your inner child out!!

Harnessing our inner-children at Shambhala Music Festival!

#5: Scrap Your Calendar (And Phone While You’re At It)!

Who cares what day or time it is when you’re on vacation?! It’s not important! Be present in the moment and cut off your ties with the outside world – As much as you can anyways (You may want to check in or set an alarm when it’s time to go home though :P). Typically, I have a very rigid and strict schedule, but on vacation I’m able to take a break from that rigidity. There’s something exciting about not knowing what time it is other than looking at where the sun is in the sky to decide. Its freeing.

I also choose to put my phone away, with the exception of using my phone to take the odd photo. In fact, my phone was on airplane mode the majority of the time. I didn’t need anything to distract me from the beautiful vacation I was experiencing. I was living in the moment. And I suggest you do too!

Last stop on our trip – Canyon Creek in Golden, B.C.

I hope you found something of value here!

Wishing you all the best on YOUR next vacation!

With love,

Miss T.

Health / Wellness, Mental health, Mindset, self care, Stress / Anxiety

Meaning Making Machines: Do You Filter The Stories Your Brain Tells You?

Do you notice that your brain comes up with stories?

You’re having lunch with a friend and theres a couple at another table getting into a heated conversation. You can’t actually hear what they are saying but… their faces and body language says it all.

Your mind automatically fills in the blanks.

It begins coming up with stories about what the couple could be arguing about.

“Maybe she caught him checking out the waitress…”

“Or maybe she spent a little too much of their money on those heels..”

No matter how ridiculous or unlikely the story we come up with is, our minds are willing to create it.

Our Brains Are Meaning Making Machines!

Our brains are designed to close loops. It fills in the gaps of missing information as if it is fact.

They label a story as either positive or negative.

But, do you notice….

Our brains lean towards labelling the negative, more catastrophic side of things?

Our Brains Are Designed to Help Us Survive, NOT Thrive…

The brains key function is to keep us safe and out of danger.

This kept us safe when days were simpler….

“Oh snap, that lion is approaching me with hunger in his eyes, I must escape…”

These days, it has definite downsides….

Debilitating, even.

I watched a video recently by Alex Hormozi who perfectly explains the downsides of labelling situations as positive or negative – especially when it comes to our Mental Health…

We See Experiences As Two Opposing Sides of a Spectrum

We label moments in time as either:

  • Good or Bad
  • Happy or Sad
  • Relaxed or Stressed

The problem is, when an experience isn’t ideal, our brains label it as a “negative experience.”

It kicks into survival mode. It tells us that this negative experience is “bad or wrong.”

It wants us to escape it – often by taking medication, or finishing off that 6-pack in the fridge…

The thing is….

These “negative experiences” aren’t bad at all….

They’re What Makes Us Human!

It is okay – in fact – normal to experience both highs and lows.

It’s part of the human experience.

It is a blessing to feel so many emotions – We need not condemn ourselves when we are feeling low.

So, Is Being Human The Problem?

Not at all!

Feeling a range of emotions – ups and downs – is human nature.

Just like it’s our brains nature to help us survive – even if that means telling us irrational explanations to an experience.

It’s up to us to decipher if the labelling going on in our brains is rational or not.

(Hint: most times… its not)

Man’s Search For Meaning

Alex Hormozi ended off his video by sharing a little piece of advice from this book by Viktor E. Frankl…

Viktor E. Frankl – for those who do not know – was a Holocaust survivor. He survived the Auschwitz Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany. His family did not…

In his book, he shares his experiences as a prisoner and the revelation he received about life and suffering.

Viktor’s message is simply this:

“Between our circumstances and our responses, there is always CHOICE.
Suffering is OPTIONAL.”

This is coming from a man who has been through the worst of the worst.

Even he can find meaning in suffering.

The key is not eliminating emotional distress or negative experiences, but accepting it as a part of being human.

And being able to find meaning in the madness.

With love,

Miss T.


If You’re Interested In The Alex Hormozi Video I Was Referring To In This Post,

You Can Check Out The Video Below!

Health / Wellness, Mental health, Mindfulness, self care

You Or Your Breath… Who Control’s Who?

Did you notice your breathing today?

Chances are, you’ve been breathing unconsciously your whole life. Without ever thinking about it.

And why should you have to start breathing consciously now?

Your Reptilian Brain, which Controls your Instincts, Automatically Signals your Body to Breathe.

You don’t ever have to think about it.

Or do you…?

You might not… but you should!

Why?

Even though our Reptilian Brain does a good job of keeping us alive, all the stress in the world makes for shorter and shallower breaths.

The Reptilian Brain is keeping us alive by keeping us breathing… but that doesn’t mean it keeps us breathing well…

Not in the long term, at least…

Stress is Everywhere These Days…

With all of this added stress, our breathing has changed.

We no longer fill up the entirety of our lungs when we inhale…

And we don’t fully empty out our lungs on the exhale…

We miss the opportunity to get the most amount of oxygen delivered to our bloodstream. And to the rest of our bodies.

Without the proper amount of oxygen delivered to the body, it lacks the ability to function optimally.

Lack of oxygen contributes to:

  • Ramped up Nervous System – more stress.
  • Reduced Immune Functioning – more sickness.
  • Decreased Functioning in the Heart, Brain, and other Organs – a whole lot more stress and sickness.

Our Body Systems are Connected.

Connected by our breath.

We need to stop taking our breath for granted.

Our breath is our life force.

It isn’t something we can afford to forget about.

The key to health: Remember to notice your breathing.

And then breathe like your life depends on it.

Because…

… It does.

With love,

Miss T.

compassion, Health / Wellness, Mental health, Mindfulness, Mindset, self care, Stress / Anxiety

Teens Have It Rough: Help Your Teenager Navigate Tough Waters With This All-In-One Gratitude Journal!

Teenagers Sure do Have it Rough…

For them, life is a balancing act.

  • Balancing stress from all the social pressures…
  • Struggling with confidence and self-acceptance…
  • Questioning their place in this world…

They have to deal with all this (and more) with an under-developed brain.

Their brains are STILL a work in progress…

I look at that list (even with my developed adult brain) and know I’d be struggling balancing all of that too…

So What Can We Do?

How can we help them navigate through this tricky spot in life?

I asked myself these very same questions at the beginning of this school year…

Because this School Year, I Found Myself Neck-Deep in the Middle of Grade 9 Classroom Waters…

This classroom was filled with some complex kids with complex needs…

I wanted to help them…

The way I wish someone helped me back then…

They desperately needed certain skills…

Skills that would help them THRIVE, instead of just SURVIVE…

This is why, after much thought and a lot of field research (testing the waters of my Grade 9 classroom), I came up with a way to help my students build an essential skillset!

A skillset that would help them, not only, navigate the rough waters of Junior High, but also prepare them for life (and develop their brains along the way)!

Introducing…
The Kids Yoga Stories Gratitude Journal for Teens!!

Okay, but what makes this Gratitude Journal so special?

How is a gratitude journal supposed to help our struggling Teens…?

Well, THIS journal is MORE than just any old Gratitude Journal…

In fact, it helps Teens develop qualities and skills like:

  • Emotional Regulation and Stress Management
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Empathy and Compassion for Themselves and Others
  • Positive Self-Talk and and Self-Acceptance
  • Forgiveness and Perspective Shifting
  • And of course, Expressing Gratitude and Feelings of Appreciation

How Does One Journal Do All of This?

It provides regulation strategies, like Breath of the Month and Mindful Colouring, to manage stress and anxiety – tools that Teens can use for life!

(I don’t care who you are, you can’t tell me Teens are “too cool for school” to colour… My field research says otherwise! :P)

The Weekly Positive Affirmations promote positive self-talk, self-acceptance, boosts confidence and reminds Teens to show themselves compassion. We are all just human, after all.

The Gratitude Questions and Challenges are thought provoking and help shift perspective in Teens. They begin to understand their place in the world and have appreciation for whats going on around them.

This Interactive Journal provides a creative outlet for Teens to get thoughts and worries out of their heads. Getting things out on paper gives Teens the chance to reflect on experiences and even learn from them.

Plus, we already know that when our Mental Health improves, so does our overall health! This translates to other parts of our lives.

And Teens will benefit for years to come!

But Why?

Why Did I Decide To Create A Journal For Teens Unlike Any Other?

Well, I’d like to ask you this…

Do YOU remember what it was like being a Teenager?

I sure do…

And when I met my Grade 9 students on that very first day, I saw myself in all of them.

All of my insecurities…

All of my worries…

All of my struggles trying to fit into the world…

I Barely Got By My Teen Years

I wasn’t about to let that happen to these kids.

So…

I asked myself,

“How would I have helped MYSELF back in my Teen years?”

“What supports did I desperately need?”

DIY: Gratitude Notebooks

A few students and I put together personal notebooks filled with gratitude, breathing and calming strategies, affirmations, and other random thoughts!

The note books were amazing, but they just weren’t quite enough

They weren’t as organized as I would have liked.

They weren’t as appealing to the Teenager who is concerned about appearance.

So….

I took all of these lessons I learned from my Gratitude Notebooks,

All of the lessons from my Teenage students,

And all of the lessons from reflecting on my Teen years,

And turned them into the beautiful…

Kids Yoga Stories Gratitude Journal for Teens!

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are…”

The Kids Yoga Stories Gratitude Journal for Teens helps teens develop the courage to be who they really are.

So they can be who they are really meant to be…

With Love & Gratitude,

Miss T.


If You are Interested in Helping Your Teen Navigate Tough Waters…

Check out the Kids Yoga Stories Gratitude Journal for Teens!

Twelve weeks of Gratitude Journal Prompts, Reflection Questions, Breathing Exercises, Positive Affirmations, and more!

This Journal Also Includes:

  • A NEW Gratitude Question EVERY DAY
  • Weekly Mandala Colouring Pages (That Double as Positive Affirmations)
  • Inspirational Quotes for Each Day of Prompts

Here Are What Some Teens Had To Say About The
Kids Yoga Stories Gratitude Journal:

“I would buy 8 copies of this journal if I could…”

-Grade 9 Student

“Can you let me know when this journal comes out so I can get my parents to buy it?”

-Grade 7 Student
Health / Wellness, Mental health, Mindfulness, self care, Stress / Anxiety

What Is The Heart-Brain Connection? And Why Do We Need It To Unlock Optimal Health?

We understand the importance of the brain.

Especially when it comes to our mental health, stress, and of course our intelligence.

But, we seem to be forgetting something about our friend, the brain…

He doesn’t work alone…

He is part of an essential team!

Introducing Team: Heart-Brain Connection!

Our heart and brain are in constant communication with one another.

They communicate in 4 different ways:

  • Neurologically
  • Biochemically
  • Biophysically
  • Energetically

The heart and brain need open communication to function optimally, just like any good relationship.

When they are communicating openly, it creates something called ‘Coherence’ in the body.

A Coherent state not only improves our mental wellness, but also improves our physical health and boosts our immune functioning!

So, HOW Do We Get To Coherence?

First, we need to understand who the real captain of this team is….

This Captain is…. drumroll please….

The HEART!

We need to, first, tap into the heart to effectively access the brain.

In order to synch up this wondrous team.

And then, to become coherent.

Okay, But, Why The Heart?

The heart has a mind of its own with 40,000 neurons!!

It has its own intelligence…. It can think for itself…

It doesn’t need its team member, the brain, to do all the thinking like we might assume. In fact… it does most of the thinking.

Afferent Neural Pathways

One way the Heart and Brain are connected are through these Afferent Neural Pathways.

These pathways lead up from the heart into the brain through ascending pathways, and down from the brain to the hearth through descending pathways.

When looking closely at these pathways, scientist have noticed that 90% of information travels UP from the heart to the brain.

We can see that the heart responds independently to the environment, processes emotions, and regulates its own rhythm without receiving any information from the brain!

Fascinating!!

Electromagnetic Waves

Another form of connection is through electromagnetic waves.

The brain and heart emit their own waves into the space around our bodies. These waves interact with other waves around us – including those waves from our fellow humans.

What scientists have found is that our hearts electromagnetic waves are 5000x bigger than that of our brain!

It is greater in amplitude and greater in strength.

In fact, our heart has the strongest rhythmic field produced by the human body!

And because of this, our brain syncs up and moves to the rhythm of our heart!

What a beautiful dance!!

This Heart and Brain Synchronization is Imperative for Coherence!

Coherence is a necessity.

It is the key to optimal health and well-being.

And our Heart-Brain connection is the key that unlocks coherence.

So please, don’t neglect your heart…

Remember we need to harness the power of both, the Heart AND Brain in order to care for our health through Coherence.

With love,

Miss T.


Education, Health / Wellness, Mental health, self care

Burnout Is REAL: Why Self-Care is Essential For Educators

All day long, you give away pieces of your self to others.

To the tiny humans who need your support. Your full-attention. And your love…

But do you ever take a fraction of a second to give back to yourself?

Like a Car.. You Just Can’t Run on Empty..

Listen, I’ve been there.

My students mean the world to me.. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do for them. As long as it means their protection. As long as they are loved.

But along the way, I forgot to stop and love myself…

Even though, I was aware of it, I thought burnout just couldn’t happen to me if everything I did was out of love.

But that wasn’t the case.

I’m human. You’re human too.

And as humans, we need to be filling up our fuel tanks constantly so we can keep on giving to others.

Sometimes, that means we need to give ourselves more than others.

For humble educators: it’s a hard pill to swallow…

But it’s true.

I’ve spent the last few years learning this lesson the hard way.

And if I could go back in time now and have a conversation with the younger version of Miss T,
I would tell her this:

#1. Don’t Bottle Things Up:

It’s easy to stuff our feelings, our exhaustion… And carry on for the sake of our students. But don’t.

Talk to people. To other teachers. Find a community. There is power in knowing you are not alone.

#2. Practice Self-Care:

There are no rules for self-care – it looks different for everyone.

Do things that nourish your soul, recharge your battery and foster sanity. This could mean writing in a gratitude journal, taking a bubble bath, going for a walk… Whatever it is, schedule time for YOU… Everyday!

Begin your morning with something for you, instead of immediately rushing off to take on the world.

#3. Take A Break:

There is strength in knowing when to step back. When to ask for help.

We pride ourselves in never having to call in sick or book a sub. But that’s not sustainable… Take the time you need to recharge.

Book a mental health day each month. Or apply for a short leave if you are in need of some ‘you-time’. Make it a reoccurring thing – like you’d make time to see your mechanic regularity.

There is a Good Chance you Already
Know These Things,
I Did Too…

But please, don’t let yourself hit burnout, like I did, before actually making some changes in your life.

It’s time to put yourself first.

You are human, after all.

Even the tiny humans in your life need you to love yourself.

With love,

Miss T.


Health / Wellness, Mental health, self care, Stress / Anxiety

Calling All Empaths: 5 Powerful Tips to Care for Your Empathic Self

Miss T, here!

Are you an Empath

Do you understand and feel what others are feeling?

All of my life, I have been able to quite literally, FEEL the feelings of others. 

When someone is going through a rough time, or having a bad day, in my head, I can instantly see all of the things that happened to them that led up to this feeling… I can feel exactly what they are feeling. I understand them.

And that feeling of empathy is magnified when it comes to my students.. 

Working at my little Elementary School, I’d met a lot of kiddos with some sad stories… some very tough starts to life. 

They expressed their sadness through anger and tears. 

And I felt it… deeply… So much that it would physically hurt.

I often wondered
why I had been given this curse of being an empath

I feel too much. Every heart break, every traumatic experience…

But over time (and with the help of a fabulous read that I’ll share below!), I shifted my perspective…

I realize now that being an empath is not a curse,
it’s a gift

Almost like having a super power!

To be able to completely feel and understand where someone is coming from. As much as it has the capacity to hurt… It can also heal…

You can truly BE there for that human being- fully present for that human being…

And being there, in complete understanding, can mean the world to someone.

So, if you are an empath, like me. And you hurt and feel the pain of others on a daily basis, just know that you have a gift! 

The world needs your empathetic super power!
Now, more than ever.

Trust me, I know it hurts. I know how hard it can be…

BUT, can you imagine what the world would be like without people like you and me? 

I envision a world of isolation.. Beings who go through the motions each day.. Being who lack understanding and compassion. 

And that is not a world I want to live in.

Pain is hard, but I’ve learned that I’d rather feel pain if it means also feeling joy.  

Especially if it means that I can make a difference to one little someone. Anyone who might need someone to understand…

So… calling all you empaths out there…

You have a gift! And the world needs that gift!

With love, 

Miss T.

P.S. Embrace the hell out of your superpower!



5 Powerful Tips to Take Care of
Your Empathic Self:

As an empath, it is necessary to recharge yourself on the daily. We can easily be drained of our energy from day to day just through our emotions and feelings.

Here are some simple things you can do to recharge your battery:

  1. Start the day off doing something for YOU!


    It’s common in society for people to wake up at the last possible moment before rushing off to work or school. We get right into our days doing something for someone else, but this doesn’t allow us any time for ourselves. And at the end of a tiring day, it’s even harder for us to expend more energy on ourselves. We get left out. But when you jump start the day by doing something for you, it changes everything! And that something could really be anything, anything that fuels your soul… What do you enjoy doing? Journaling? Reading? Meditating? Yoga or some exercise? Whatever it is, make sure it is something you LOVE to do. Otherwise getting up a tad bit earlier will feel like a chore. Make it so you are EXCITED to get out of bed in the morning!
  2. Get some good sleep (and probably a little more than you are currently getting)


    This one is a given. Sleep is necessary for us to feel recharged. When we sleep, our brain and bodily systems have a chance to rest and restore themselves. The problem is, we don’t often give ourselves as much sleep as we need. Sleep looks different for everyone, so I’m not about to prescribe a ‘one-size-fits-all’ amount. But ideally, you want a consistent sleeping pattern and a nice deep sleep. Hitting REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is so beneficial for our health! This is when we do most of our dreaming. REM sleep positively affects our moods, memory and brain development. Treating yourself to some deep REM sleep is a wonderful way to replenish your empathic self!
  1. Unplug from Technology or go on a Tech Fast.


    This one partially goes hand in hand with #2… Unplugging from all technology (yes, I’m talking about ALL screens- your phone, your tablet, even your tv!) 2 hours before bed will help you get to sleep quicker and have a deeper sleep. Also, there is value in going on a technology (or social media) detox. Being dependent on our technology can cause enough stress on its own- constantly feeling the NEED to respond right away, or comparing ourselves to instagram models… Taking some time apart from technology is freeing! Try a day or 2, or a week – you decide what you’re comfortable with. Don’t let it become stressful though or you’d be missing the point. Even setting some better limits on the amounts and time you use technology. Like: not using your phone first thing after you wake up, or limiting the amount of time you spend on social media on your phone. Unplugging from our technology every once in a while – however you choose to do it – is a gift.
  2. Know your limits… and HONOUR them!


    As an empath, sometimes saying no can be a hard thing to do. When your boss asks you to stay at work and earn some overtime, or a friend asks you to attend an event.. We empathize with them and easily cave in. Even if we are already running on empty… Awareness of this pattern is important because once you can spot it, you can start to say ‘no’ when you are feeling depleted. It’ll take some time building the ‘no’ muscle though, so don’t be too hard on yourself if at first you don’t succeed! To ease into it, don’t say ‘no’ right off the bat. Try saying things like “I’m not too sure, can I check my calendar at home and get back to you later?” Then, when you’ve had more time to process the priority of what you are being asked to do, you can get back to them with a confident “I’m sorry, but I won’t be able to make it this time! I have a prior commitment.” Being aware of your limitations and saying ‘no’ are crucial for all human beings! It’s impossible to pour from an empty cup.
  1. Read books on Empaths! Especially THIS book:
    The Empath Experience: What to do When you Feel Everything
    by Sydney Campos



    This book played a huge role in shifting my perspective from the empathic curse to the empathic gift. A friend of mine at work recommended it to me (I’m all about book recommendations so if you have any, send em’ my way!) and I am forever grateful to her for it. It definitely changed the way I viewed myself as an Empath. It allowed me to see my strengths instead of my weaknesses. I’ve been better able to deal with tough situations and tragedies because of it. Not that it means I don’t get affected by sadness anymore, but my awareness allows me to shift my thinking to seeing the opportunity… the opportunity I have to help.. And to make a difference. And that’s all most of us ever want to do… is make a difference…
This powerful book allowed me to reframe my thinking of myself as an Empath… Grateful to have happened upon it..

Remember: Self-care is not selfish, it is essential!

“Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

— Buddha