How are you feeling those days? Do you have the freedom to wander in town in eat in restaurants or not just yet? Are you in a homeschooling mode, with no idea of what next month will look like? How are you coping with the current situation?
In those times of uncertainty, I have realised that I need discipline and routine to make me feel secure. I have it with the homeschooling, with my morning yoga practice, and we are still eating 3 times a day (ahemm… minimum!).
Yet it is not enough. Do you also feel the stress building up just by mindlessly scrolling through social media or by rushing to answer any message?
Then it’s about time to enroll into this real efficient diet – that doesn’t cut off chocolate nor a good glass of red wine!
1.Cutting the fat in our relationships
This is the most important part of my diet: keeping negative people at bay. My Mum hates when I say that, but trust me it works!
Why bother arguing, explaining, justifying or always been the one to cheer up? Do you like the way you feel after spending time with energy draining people?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t cut off all the complainers, we have all been there and will be there again – and being French I know it’s very healthy to complain from time to time.
I cut off the everlasting ones. It’s one thing is a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person ignores your boundaries and disregards your feelings, why allowing her in your private space?
As A. Einstein said :”Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution“. Do you need this kind of energy in your life now? Then cut off!
You’ll be surprised to see that you are actually making more space for positive people to join your sparkly circle .
2.Count the calories of what you are listening and watching to
I used to be a news junky to feel abreast of the covid situation in France, to be connected to my family in Paris. It turned totally conter productive. We are living in Hanoi and the depressing French news just managed to raise my anxiety level. So I stopped.
If there is a great Covid news, it will find its way to me even if I am not plugged to France Info.
I want news from my family and friends, I text or I call. We exchange pictures, Daddy’s jokes, anything light and fun!
We have a new Netflix diet too. No drama allowed, only the good vibes and Captain Kirk and Spock. We somehow feel safer on the starship Enterprise those days than in the streets of the Earth.
I used to be a fan of Star Treck some decades ago. Watching it all over again with the kids is much better as we get to understand some deeper meanings. My preteens were laughing so hard at the first episodes (the special effects are very old indeed), but they are totally into the stories now. We can stay locked in for a while, there are dozens and dozens of episodes .. all ending on a happy note.
It’s a common sense diet: Remove what’s too heavy to digest and you’ll feel much more lighter!
3. Select the kind of cookies you eat before bed
Max Strom is a great yoga and breathing teacher. He recommends: “before going to bed tonight, the last hour before sleep, instead of looking at your phone or computer, I invite you to read.
Read material that makes you proud to be a human being and gives you hope for the future. If these are the last thoughts that go through your head in the evening it will change how you sleep. And changing how you sleep will change how you wake up in the morning and how you feel when you wake up. Just try it and see for yourself“.
I have been doing it for a month and the results are amazing. If you can hardly remember the last time you had a real resting night and woke up fresh and motivated, you must try this reading diet. I recommend it with all my heart!
Your diet is not only what you eat. Be mindful of all the things you put into your body emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Stay happy, safe and healthy ❤️
..about Max Strom on his website Breathe to Heal. I also really enjoyed his book “A life worth breathing”
..about inspiring books? Reading Time and Again by Jack Finney for traveling back in time in New York, the Kim Thuy ‘s 3 novels because they are pure literary jewels, and they embody resilience and beauty and Living the Sutras for a bit of yoga wisdom and self reflection.
.. about deepening your yoga practice ?. There are tons of sites but if you miss the community practice, you’ll enjoy booking a a seminar at Triyoga, London. It feels like going back to a public classroom, and there is more than active practice. They have a great selection of lectures and the workshops are they are really worth the investments. It’s my way of treating me for a movie evening 😉 2 of my favorite yoga teachers, Tias Little and Annie Carpenter have a workshop scheduled in the upcoming weeks..
.. about good series ? Besides Startrek, try Lupin and for the cheesy version of Paris you must watch Emily in Paris. It’s obviously all on Netflix 😉