Reminder #50: Optimizing your Mind and Body with Clothes

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Why are you wearing the clothes you are currently wearing?

If you are new to these Weekly Reminders you might like to know that your subconscious mind is accountable for 90% of your daily decisions. If all you do is read this email (but put nothing into practice), you are already sending a positive message to your subconscious mind. Congratulations! The more similar messages it gets, the better decisions you will make.

How much time do you spend thinking about what to wear every day? Less than 5min? 5 to 15 min? Over 15 min?

Do you make decisions based on what’s available? Your plans for the day? Comfort and style? Or is it something you do automatically without much thought?

That was the strategy of Steve Jobs – which is why he only ever wore blue jeans and black tops – so that he didn’t have to waste any decision-making energy on things that didn’t matter to him.

Do clothes matter to you? Do you only wear clothes to keep your private parts hidden and to stay warm and dry? Or do you also want your clothes to make you look attractive? To look professional? O to reveal an aspect of your identity? Do the colours you choose to wear energize you? Or could you not care less about colours, textures and shapes?

There are two things that are important to me: comfort is number 1. I hate having my movement feel restricted. Feeling good is just as important: I want to feel proud of how I look; I want my choice of clothes to energize me for the rest of the day. But choosing the right clothes is not always easy for me.

How does this relate to optimal health?

If you are over 40 you have had decades of practice getting dressed and decades of practice feeding yourself (and maybe even feeding others too). You are technically an expert at both. But do you feel like you are good at each one? Is it possible that you are an expert at keeping yourself alive but not an expert at thriving?

This week, I am simply reminding you to pause and reflect on how things feel in the inside. When you are buying a new outfit, it might look good to you at the store (or on the online page), but sometimes you have to try it on more than once, before you can really make a decision. It might even look okay on you, but it feels tight and uncomfortable. The same happens with food. It might look very attractive at the store or on the restaurant’s menu, and it might work very well for your taste buds, but it’s not until you pay attention to how it feels on the inside that you discover it’s not so good for you. Here are some questions to help you reflect:

  • What about it is attractive to you?
  • What promises does the marketing make?
  • What’s it truly made of? (i.e.: what’s on the ingredient’s list?)
  • How are you feeling just before you decide to have it? Are you feeling Nutritional Hunger or is it an Emotional Hunger?
  • How does the first bite taste? And the second and third? What about the last bite?
  • How does it feel 30 minutes later?
  • How’s your sleep that day?
  • How do you feel the next day?

Slowing down and paying attention to these things will help you ensure you are giving your body the types of treats it deserves.

Have a smarter day, a smarter week and a smarter life,

Ginny Santos, your holistic coach.

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A love note from your future self:

Remember that your body communicates with you all the time, it’s just that it uses subtle sounds and sensations to get its message across. Thank you for slowing down and making time to listen to your insides.

Love, from your future self.

Health Disclaimer: The content contained in this email is for educational and inspirational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice because of something you may have read on this email.

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