by Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND
What are you hoping to achieve or experience in 2021? The one thing that 2020 has reminded us is that ultimate control of your life is an illusion, so it is important to focus on those things that you can directly influence.
Do You Need To Detox 2020?
The emotional states that are the hardest on the body are secrets, being 'on hold', feeling 'trapped' and being 'on the fence'. These states block the flow of energy in the body. They impact how we breath, how we move and every function in the body. Emotions, when not expressed, get stuck somewhere in the body and can start to manifest as various symptoms such as disruptions in sleep, muscle pain, heartburn, headaches, increases in blood sugar or blood pressure, feelings of numbness or tingling and can result in the worsening of underlying conditions or in the manifestation of other more significant symptoms and conditions.
If you need to detox 2020, I encourage you to work with your naturopathic doctor or other health professionals that can provide you with the support and guidance that you need.
What Is Your Word For 2021?
2021 promises to be memorable. There is an expectation of tremendous change - hopefully for the better. When in a time of chaos and significant upheaval it is even more important to set goals and to be conscious of how you live your life.
- Detox the Old: Before you can adapt to what's new it is often important to identify, express and process the emotions that you have, especially if the change was forced upon you or unexpected. It is important to process destructive emotions and regrets. If expressing your emotions and letting them go is not a strength of yours, it is often helpful to find the support that you need. Be patient with this phase as it can sometimes awhile. You do not need to complete this phase completely before starting the next.
- Willing to Change: Adaptability requires the desire to change and the willingness to embrace new things. This is not always easy, but it is important. This step requires acceptance, a change in perspective and a recognition that change is a fact of life. Sometimes the change is gentle, and sometimes not. I encourage you to ask yourself how willing you are to change?
- Know Your Limits. Adapting to change is important, but it is not necessary to embrace all change. Sometimes the best solution is to slow down, go back to the basics and regroup. Achieving health is often about doing less and being more conscious of your choices. It is seldom about embracing the latest technology, such as smart watch or devices. Instead it is about doing less, eating whole foods, spending more time in nature and less time on devices and gentle versus intense exercise.
- Set Goals. Goal setting helps to focus the mind and it helps to remind a person what is important. The goals may be about changes to lifestyle, address health concerns or financial concerns. It may include spending more time with loved one or learning a new skill. Goals help a person connect more with their life and can be the anchor that we need to get through stressful times.
- Make A List of Things To Do. Once you have your goals, the next step is to make a list of things that you need to do to achieve them. Remember the saying, 'whatever gets measured, gets done'. The mind likes a 'to-do' list. There is satisfaction in crossing off things that you have accomplished. Affirmations can also be helpful in reminding us and reinforcing the desire to change.
- Follow the Energy. If you feel that the change that you want is meeting with a lot of resistance, you may need to relook at your goals. Moving through life and adapting to change is a 'dance' between what you want and what the world around you will allow. The more you pay attention to this dance, the easier it can be.
- Ensure You Have Support. We weren't meant to walk through this world alone. The dance of life is not a solo performance. The journey is easier with support. Reach out.
- Shaking is a great exercise. Simply shaking a couple of minutes two or three times a day can helpful to loosen areas of congestion. Shaking also helps regulate the stress response and can improve how you manage stress. Gently shaking, whether standing, sitting or lying down, is a great way to start when you want to 'shake off' the old and embrace the new.
- Stretching. After a year of being on-hold, in isolation and waiting for something to change, it is important to recapture our own space. Stretching is our way of holding your own space in this world. Stretching doesn't have to be extreme, gentle stretching is all that is needed. Reach for the stars and gently move the body in all directions.