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Hi friends! Man this summer is really speeding by! I’ve been traveling since June 27th and home on the East Coast since July 3rd and I can’t believe it’s almost time for me to pack up my bags, say goodbye to the valley and head on up to Lake Huron for a week before taking off home. It’s been a little hectic to say the least trying to work and write when there are so many fun outdoor adventures to be had, but today I wanted to get down and dirty talking about how our thoughts can effect our health. Our nervous system learns about our environment via our emotions, which then causes a release of specific hormones that can prime us for fight or flight or rest and digest. You can read a bit more about the specifics here, but suffice it to say that our minds and bodies are inextricably linked and by focusing on the incredibly powerful tool of our minds we can radically change our lives.

Science is finally starting to pick up on the knowledge that how we think about ourselves, our lives, and our surroundings can positively or negatively effect our health and well-being. I’m going to give you a little mantra to think about whenever life starts to get you down: If you can change your mood, you can change your life!

Now I’m not saying you should never feel sad, angry, or unhappy ever again. There is a time and place for all emotions that is completely valid and part of a well-rounded emotional intelligence. What I am saying is that if your default mood is negative or you’re always looking at the glass half-full, then that is going to manifest itself in your life as more negative encounters and experiences, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that leaves you unhappy and potentially unhealthy.

Happiness comes from a very deep place inside of all of us. If we cannot access that place in our core, we will never truly be happy, despite the cars, the clothes, the jewelry, the jet skis. Those are just the icing on a gluten free cake that is already sweet as can be. We have to dive deep sometimes to find out what is inside of us that’s holding us back from really living our best lives. Be kind with yourself, be patient, don’t discount any emotion that comes up, but sit with it, maybe journal about it, or talk about it with a friend. Figure out what is inside of you that is preventing you from finding that pure joy that can only come from within.

It may be a limiting belief such as “I’m not worthy of love/happiness/joy” or it could be a fear of success or failure. Whatever it is, the first step towards changing your perception is recognition of what’s holding you back. From there you can start your journey towards an increasingly positive, love-filled, and beautiful life.

Thanks for making my journey worthwhile friends! Have a wonderfully whimsical week 🙂

Cait xo