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This week I chat to the gorgeous and inspiring Brodie Welch, a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert, and self-care strategist who also likes to weave Ayurveda into her work. Brodie has been on the show twice already talking about Chinese Medicine (show #11) and the horary cycle or Chinese body clock (show #28) In this episode we talk about habits. So if you’re someone who has been wanting to focus on personal care more, or letting go of bad habits that don’t serve you, this show will give you some great tips on how to do exactly that and ensure your commitments last long term! I hope you enjoy the show as much as I did.
Here’s a little snapshot of the juicy bits in today’s episode…
- Our habits can keep us stuck or they can help us evolve. Considering that 40% of our day happens on auto-pilot – it’s a great idea to set the right habits that will make us feel vibrant and happy.
- Habits are cultural and contagious: we catch them from each other and we reinforce them in each other. Studies have shown that levels of happiness for example are correlated not only to people close to us but even people we associate with casually.
- To make habits/changes stick, it’s important to surround yourself with people who are likewise motivated. Also, getting in touch with your values and connecting the habit with your “deep why” will give you more chances to create a long-term change.
- Walk your talk when it comes to the changes you’re making – you don’t need to be an evangelist. Seeing the transformation and capacity to shift in someone is so powerful in inspiring change in others. For example you can be that person that chooses not to have lunch at their desk at work and you may inspire others to do the same and take a moment for themselves.
- Installing a habit of self-compassion when you’re willing to make some changes in your life is a great place to start. Instead of more discipline or more willpower, compassion towards oneself is key to make change stick.
- There are different types of habits: external habits such as eating habits, shopping habits, exercise habits, etc. and there are some habits that are more subtle: patterns of thinking and ways we present ourselves to the world. Evolving our identity and being more truthful about who we are and what we want to step into means looking at our habituated way of being: how we get by in the world. Is this serving me? Where does my greatest strength turn into my greatest weakness?
- Ancient wisdom traditions have identified things we should be doing every day in order to be in balance emotionally, physically and spiritually, daily habits that are based in synching up with nature. For example, going to bed before 10pm which is more conducive to rest and slowness.
- In Ayurveda, these daily habits are called Dinacharya. To set up your day, it’s important to start with a good morning routine. And if you want to be able to implement your morning routine, it starts the night before with adequate rest and sleep. Daily habits can include: taking time to align with your highest values, movement, mindfulness or meditation, nourishment, and making time for what matters most.
- There’s usually one habit that helps all the others stay in place, it’s called the keystone habit. For example sleep – if you get a good night’s sleep, you’re more likely to wake up in the morning and feel motivated to do your nurturing morning routine, etc.
- Having a plan for when and where something happens and making habits fall into a sequence can also help to make them last. For example, deciding that you will do oil pulling first thing in the morning while having your shower and before having breakfast.
- Download Brodie’s worksheet HERE in order to help you think through what changes you want to make and what small steps you can implement towards these changes.
And here are a few extra important links:
In addition to her clinical practice, Brodie shares her expertise to help people take care of themselves with innovative learn-from-anywhere courses, workshops, and retreats on stress management, the body-mind connection, and Chinese Medicine. She’s also a creator and host of A Healthy Curiosity: the podcast that explores what it takes to be well in a busy world. You can connect with her at BrodieWelch.com.
Brodie hosts self-care bootcamps online that you can join from anywhere in the world.
Click HERE to download Brodie’s free worksheet to help you implement the changes you want to make in your life.
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