Wellness

7 Reasons Why You Should Pack Your Bags & Go On A Yoga Retreat

Yoga Retreat

By Rachi Perera

Every year, tens of thousands of people are choosing yoga retreats over traditional holidays to escape the stresses of modern life. If you're feeling burnt out and overwhelmed by day to day demands and seeking a holiday to relax, replenish and return to the busyness of every day life with renewed energy and optimism then a yoga retreat is the perfect choice. Whether it is by yourself or with a friend or two, it is a truly transformative experience and a magical way to add a little spark to your life.

Here’s seven reasons why you should just pack your bags and your mat and go on a yoga retreat in 2017.

1. Time out for yourself

The word retreat itself tells us that it’s about taking time out, quietening your mind and taking an inward journey. A retreat takes you away from real life, and the stressors that go with it. It gives you the luxury of self-care time and space to do things just for you. By focusing on yourself and your needs you will be able to recharge your mind, body and spirit which will ultimately energise and reconnect you with the most important person in your life, yourself.

2. Practice mindfulness
We live our lives multitasking and rushing from one place to the next. We are constantly surrounded by distractions and it is rare that we take the time to simply be aware of ourselves and our surroundings. Yoga can help you be present by focusing on your mind and body. Going on a retreat takes being present to a whole new level. Whether your retreat destination is in the misty mountains or a sun drenched island, when you take yourself away from the daily hustle and bustle you focus on simply enjoying your surroundings and the joys of life.

3. Digital detox
A yoga retreat is a chance to press the reset button on the daily grind and do things differently. It’s an opportunity to disconnect in order to reconnect. Email, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp, Pinterest, text messaging, and so many other things can take up a lot of your time at home. Going on a yoga retreat allows you to step away from distractions of the past and future, be fully present and make your holiday about recharging your own batteries.

4. Broaden your horizons
A yoga retreat is an opportunity to see the world and yourself differently. Choose a retreat in a location you’ve always wanted to visit and and you will find yourself on a journey of a lifetime. It will change you far beyond just your yoga practice in so many positive ways. You will broaden your horizons, learn new cultures and experience new things. You will get to see the world through a different lens making you stronger, more tolerant and open minded.

5. Push yourself to new heights
Regardless of your level of yoga experience, practicing twice a day with a small group and an experienced teacher will transform you physically as well as mentally. It will take you away from your comfort zone and encourage you to try new things. You will allow yourself to let go and open your heart. Pushing yourself to find your potential on the yoga mat may also inspire and give you the internal strength to conquer other goals when you return home from your retreat.

6. Make lifelong friends
Shared experiences are the best experiences. Whether you are a solo traveler or going on a retreat with a friend, when a bunch of people with similar interests and passions get together in a beautiful place, new friendships are bound to blossom. A yoga retreat is an intimate journey of shared laughs, meals, adventures and emotions that can end up in lifelong friendships.

7. You deserve it
You work really hard and do so much for others. You probably wouldn’t think twice about spending money on a loved one, yet when it comes to treating yourself you’d probably think of many excuses and reasons why you “shouldn’t”. But remember, if you neglect to look after yourself and live your life to the fullest then you fail to give the happiest and healthiest version of yourself to your loved ones. So go forth and book that yoga retreat- treat yourself to a week in a beautiful location where there’s no one to take care of nor to worry about. A week without deadlines or distractions. A week to find your own inspiration because you deserve it!

Rachi Perera is the founder and host of The Paradise Retreat, an all-inclusive six night/seven day yoga retreat in the spectacular south coast of Sri Lanka. The Paradise Retreat is an opportunity to rest, restore and explore Sri Lanka through a carefully curated program of yoga, meditation and other activities. Use code BLOGSOCIETY to receive 10% off any of the advertised retreats. All details and bookings via the website.

The “Ugly” of Comparison

By Jenny Taylor

Leaders often strive for perfection. It pushes them into this space of not allowing themselves to be real or face their fears or inadequacies, and it’s exhausting. Nobody is perfect, and striving for perfection is an endless game of frustration and defeat. I’ve found the more I embrace the “ugly”, the more impactful my influence can be.  

So what do I mean by the “ugly”? We all have it. It's that area of weakness, selfish, ego-driven "yuck" that surfaces during our most insecure moments. I was taught to squash that stuff and hide it. Don’t EVER let anybody know your weaknesses.  

Remember the saying, "Never let them see you sweat?" During my corporate days, this was the way most leaders operated. We actually referred to the experience as a real life game of survivor, just like the TV show, but instead of being out in the rugged country we were in comfortable corner offices and expensive suits. The leaders that made it to the top were the ones that learned how to survive. Survival was often at the expense of others, and it certainly didn’t allow anybody to admit their weaknesses or flaws. That approach is exhausting.  

I was constantly looking over my shoulder, worried and panicked. In this world, eventually all of the yuck catches up to you. Your time card will expire. You will make the decision yourself that this isn’t for you, the company will decide it for you, or you'll live your life of always looking over your shoulder during your work week. Either way it is exhausting, and rather than focusing your influence and energy on how to help others, your completely focused inward and calculating how to survive.

As counter intuitive as it sounds, I have found freedom in the exact opposite. Identify the ugly, face it head on, and keep moving forward. In the beginning, I had a hard time identifying the yuck because I was trained to squash it. Now, anytime I experience anger, fear, self doubt, or insecurity, I lean into it rather than run from it. Sometimes it is easy to identify what is at the root of it, but sometimes not.

I've recently experienced situations with two individuals where the interactions were difficult and strained. My first instinct was to cast blame on the individuals, which wasn’t hard to do because these particular people are total energy suckers for me. I feel exhausted after our interactions. In the past, I would dismiss this and avoid contact with them which is certainly one way to deal with it, BUT that approach doesn’t help me grow as a leader. It actually paralyzes me and keeps me in the same spot. I want to grow and be an intentional leader that helps as many people as I can. In order to do that, I have to grow and learn from the more difficult people in my life.  

What I identified in one of the interactions was my frustration with this particular individual was rooted in my critical eye. I felt they should be more, should be further along in their journey, and more of a leader. That puts me in the position of playing God and that is not my role. My role is to demonstrate love and compassion with no judgement. I was deep in judgement and criticism.  

The other person is what I like to refer to as a “ask hole”. You know, that person in your life that constantly comes to you for advice but never applies the advice. It’s like they're going through the motions because they believe that is what they are supposed to do.

Well, again my role is NOT to worry about if the advice I give is implemented. My role is to share what I’m lead to share and leave it at that. The individual is responsible for implementing.

This isn’t always easy for me and is forcing me into a mindset of true leadership vs management. As a manager I could control what people did. As a leader I have zero control.

Once you learn how to identify your “ugly” and I really think it is as basic as when you start to feel anger, fear, any type of insecurity or entitlement take a step back, reflect and dig deep into what is causing it. You will be amazed at what is at the heart of it. Usually it has NOTHING to do with the person that sparked the feeling. It is just time, to start to address it and they happen to be the person that brought it out. As frustrating as it can be, they really are a blessing.   

The next step is to intentionally avoid the comparison trap. I love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, "Comparison is the thief of joy". Isn’t that the truth? These “ugly” moments are ripe for comparison. We are feeling vulnerable already so the next logical step is to start comparing our inadequacies to others adequacies. Whatever you do, avoid this. You weren’t made to be like other leaders. You were made to be you. Looking over your shoulder at a leader that, in your mind, is doing things better or has more talent or is more loved by their team will only spiral you into a negative head space. This is sideways energy and you can’t afford it right now.

Energy that is being wasted on things that take you off your path, make you lose focus and ultimately paralyze you is not in your best interest when you are facing the “ ugly” head on. Right now, you need to continue to push ahead and deal with the “ugly”. Don’t let comparison steal your joy or your energy.

So how in the world do you “deal” with the “ugly”? 

It is actually pretty basic. You definitely need to carve out time to reflect. Not vocally reflect to others in your network, but inward, personal reflection. Other people in your network will have opinions, but their opinions are usually laced with their biases so it is very important to reflect inward versus seeking the opinions of others. It is in this reflection you will find what your core challenges are. So in the above two examples a few things surfaced. In the first example, I was deep in judgement and criticism, and in the second I was frustrated because I wanted to control this person's actions.    

Now you have a choice. You can either avoid what surfaces and squash it again, OR you can admit to yourself you’ve got some “ugly” to work on. If you choose to take the path of growth, give yourself grace and start to work on it. These things don’t correct themselves overnight. Find a mentor or person that is uber good at what you're looking to improve and mirror them. Seek God’s word on the topic. The bible is rich with mentors and guidance. I LOVE the book Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud. It’s full of amazing nuggets that will help you identify what needs to go. Carve out reflection/journal time. Get comfortable with spending time with you versus processing your challenges with everybody around you.

I have found that in those quiet moments, I experience the most clarity and growth. Don’t underestimate the power of being alone and quiet. I also STRONGLY encourage a personal development practice. This is simply carving out 15-30 minutes a day to feed yourself. Be aware and intentional about what you are feeding yourself and make an effort to ensure it is information that is going to help you grow and reach your goals (reality tv doesn’t count).

Remember: you ARE unique, with special strengths and weaknesses and have a valuable and important role to play. Comparing yourself to others simply takes away from your role and diminishes what you bring to the table. You were made to SHINE and the way you shine is to continue to be okay with your imperfections. Broken boldness. In your brokenness you can be bold and influence. Your weaknesses make you real and your struggles will help others. Don’t be ashamed. Own them and work through them. In closing, noodle this quote from Ernest Hemingway, "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self". 

Jenny Taylor is the co-founders of Triple G: Give Grow Gain, an international team of leaders who's culture is focused on collaboration, integrity, and freedom. 

She’s built a multi-million dollar organization, and has a unique perspective and insight on building team culture, servant leadership, balancing motherhood and career, and designing a life you love with the people you love. She lives by the idea that women are #bettertogether, and believes that collaboration and linking arms are the keys to business and life success.  Jenny loves to write as a way to share her experiences in coaching people through fear and doubt, to build a successful business on their terms...with no alarm clocks! Find her on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

3 Tips to Preserve Your Most Valuable Business Asset

By Laura Kalister

It’s Saturday morning. Your family is still asleep and you know you have a good hour before anyone wakes up. How do you spend the time?

A) Check email

B) Finish your latest project

C) Enjoy a cup of tea

D) Workout

If you chose A or B you are not alone. Being an entrepreneur is hard, especially when it comes to self-preservation. It’s easy to lose ourselves in our business when we are the boss, and success rides on our results. Add in the other hats we wear – mom, wife, partner, daughter, friend – it can be hard to carve out “ME” time.

Self-preservation can even come off as selfish, right? And sometimes it might even feel like we don’t have a choice – we go to the bottom of the list.

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that when we don’t carve out time for self-preservation, we risk burnout, illness or other health issues, including depression. I would also offer that as entrepreneurs, we have an excellent opportunity to create a self-preservation model that is as individual as we are.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, I worked in corporate management, where long hours and intensity were expected. Despite the red flags going on in my head, I chose to ignore them, determined to be successful.  Only a few months in to my last job I became concerned about the toll it was taking on my mind and body. So I did the only thing I knew to cope. I turned to food as my form of self-care to numb out the stress of the day. I would overeat whenever possible, disconnecting from my body to keep pushing myself. Each night after 2-3 hours of “catching up” I crashed, exhausted and physically uncomfortable. Rinse and Repeat.

Do you see a theme here? It didn’t matter if I liked what I was doing. I was miserable because every waking moment was about my job. I was so afraid of failing that I ignored every signal from my body. More hours gave a false sense that I was that much closer to catching up…hamster on a wheel.

I gained over 80 pounds that year. I went from an outgoing woman who took really good care of herself to an isolated, depressed person just surviving. I was trying to pour from an empty vessel and nothing was coming out.

The intensity was part of the organization’s culture so I had a choice to take it or leave it. I was seriously worried about the weight gain was affecting my emotional and physical health.

After a disastrous “vacation” where I spent most of the time working and being a bitch to my family, I finally paid attention to myself and made the decision to resign. I took a break, redefined my priorities and made a commitment I would never erase myself again.

I offer this as a cautionary tale because now, on the other side as an entrepreneur, I can easily see how this could happen again. Our business and personal life often meld together and before you know it, we aren’t turning off the electronics and our “ME” time is pushed aside for time to catch up. We promise we’ll take care of ourselves later. Yeah, right.

Here’s the truth, though. I’ve learned that when I take care of my body, mind and spirit, I am actually a better business owner and provide a better service to my clients. I have the stamina to put on my other hats when the work is done. Self-preservation has become one of the necessary tools for me to be a successful entrepreneur. Self-preservation is now something I want to do, not must do.

Here are three key strategies, which still help keep me honest and tuned in:

Schedule it in ink

My standard lines used to be “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’m just too busy”, but I wouldn’t use these excuses to stand up a client so I began practicing the thought 'I am worth the time to take care of myself'. P.S. – notice I said practice…it takes time. But, what you practice is what you get good at.

Now, my self-preservation activities are scheduled, in ink, like any other appointment. Of course there are days I would rather put it off, but I always feel better when I’ve kept my commitment to myself. It is non-negotiable time and it is easier to show up knowing I have my own back.

Be willing to suck at it

Since my previous idea of self-preservation was a fast food binge, I knew the transition to making it a priority would not be easy. When I decided to take the first step I expected to suck at it. It felt weird and uncomfortable – I seriously had no idea what to do with myself other than eat. I got comfortable being uncomfortable and when I believe I was being selfish, I considered the perspective that taking care of myself was really a gift to others. Then I made a list of activities that recharged me, no matter how small and started actively doing them, whether I sucked at it or not. With more practice, sucking wasn’t such a factor.

Watch for Red Flag Warnings

With self-preservation a priority, I had to get real with myself. This meant telling myself the truths that could easily send me down the wrong road. I came up with a list of Red Flag Warnings, which are clues when I’ve made a detour. Here are a few examples of mine:

  • Two weeks without any exercise
  • No current book for pleasure
  • Eating out more than 3 times in a week (excluding vacation)
  • Isolating, napping more than normal

When I trip over one of these triggers today, I know it is time to spend some time regrouping with myself and paying attention. It has served me so well to catch myself early and I can get back to my preferred route much quicker.

Today, I rely on my self-preservation list. I decide at night what will work for the next day, depending upon my schedule. For example, I may take a 20 min break from writing and read. Or, if I am in between events, I will do a short meditation using a phone app in my car. Weekends when things are crazy and my family is home, I take refuge in my adult coloring books or a relaxing yoga class.

Finding the right self-care plan for you takes experimentation and may change depending upon changing schedules and evolving business commitments. I know, however, without a doubt, choosing the time to preserve your mind, body and spirit is the most valuable thing you can do for yourself, others and your business.

Laura is a Certified Weight Coach and self-professed “Shame Slayer” for emotional overeaters. As the owner of LK Weight Coaching Laura teaches women to find freedom around food, bringing wisdom and experience from her own journey. Laura’s passion is to show women that food is not the enemy and listening to the innate wisdom of our bodies provides us all the answers we will ever need. Find her on Facebook.

Staying up late to finish that blog post could be doing more harm than good

By Sasha Peakall

It’s the middle of the night, your eyes are heavy but you are pushing through it, you just have to get this one blog post finished.  

You hit publish, “Thank God, now you can actually sleep.”

The next day you share that blog post on social media, then you reread it and realise that OOPS, there are A LOT of grammar and spelling mistakes. Or worse, someone points out your mistakes in the comments or on social media. You’re mortified!

As a blogger it is easy to fall into the habit of sacrificing precious hours of sleep to work on your blogs especially if it’s not your full time job and you only have the mornings, nights and weekends to work on it. 

You find yourself working well into the night again and again and then feeling like rubbish the next day, tired and with no energy for anything. 

Now while those late nights blogging seem to be a productive use of time, after all, it may be the only time you have, did you know that a lack of sleep could really effect the quality of your blog? 

We’ve all heard the experts say that adults should get 7.5-9 hours sleep per night.  Now while it may seem like your brain’s having a holiday when you’re sleeping, in fact it’s working harder then ever to repair and rejuvenate your body and mind.

Without the required hours of good quality sleep you lose your ability to focus (in other words you’re more likely to get distracted on social media rather than focusing on the post you’re working on). You’re more likely to make spelling and grammar mistakes and generally struggle with stringing a good sentence together. 

Lack of sleep is a killer for motivation and effects our ability to access our higher-level cognitive functions aka those really important brain mechanisms that help you with thinking, reasoning, learning, remembering and creativity.

Now lets take a moment to imagine that you are getting the full 7.5-9 hours of quality sleep a night, you would transform into productivity and creative machine, and quite possibly a genius!

But how when you have been living in the negative pattern of lack of sleep do you get back into a better routine?

Well, follow these 5 tips and you will find yourself sleeping better and waking up earlier giving you time to work on your blog during the most productive time for your brain, the morning.

1. Give Your Bedroom a Makeover

If you have been using electronic devices in your bed or just generally have not been sleeping well in that bed for a long time then chances are your brain does not associate your bed with going to sleep.  If you give your bedroom a makeover, change the position of the bed, de-clutter and change up the décor, your bedroom will feel like a whole new room.  This essentially tricks the brain into thinking it’s a new room and it becomes much easier to fall into a new, healthier sleep pattern. 

2. Get Some Exercise in the Late Afternoon

Getting off your office chair or your sofa and just going for a 30 minute walk can do wonders for your sleep. When you exercise a chemical is released in your brain that accumulates throughout the day helping you to get to sleep at night. 

Walking or gentle exercise also releases tension in the muscles and the mind that allows for clearer thinking and a better nights sleep. 

3. Stop Working at Least 2 hours Before Bed

What happens when you’re working? Well your brain is running at a million miles and hour with a million ideas running through it. If you go to bed straight from working then all these thoughts will still be running through your head and your brain will just be too active to sleep.

Instead, stop doing anything related to work at least 2 hours before bed (and yes this means `checking social media). Instead do something calming that doesn’t require a lot of thinking like meditation, or reading a trashy novel or watching a sitcom.  

4. Do Not Take Electronic Devices to Bed

Electronic devices with all their apps and the only clock in your house have a knack of seducing you into letting them go to bed with you. But, taking your electronic devices to bed is the worse possible thing you can do for your sleep. 

The white electronic glow of the screens and all that fun stuff you can do on them over stimulates the brain making it impossible to fall asleep. Ideally you shouldn’t even have them in bedroom and if you do need an alarm clock, an old fashion analog clock will suffice, people used them for decades without running late! 

5. Wear an Eye Mask to Bed

Any light even if it’s just a tiny stream coming from the streetlights through the gap in your curtains can stimulate the brain and make it difficult to sleep. Wearing an eye mask will keep you in the pitch black your brain needs to sleep. If you make wearing a eye mask part of your bed time ritual than just the act of putting on the mask will tell the brain your ready to sleep and trigger your slumber. 

If you change your habits and start getting really good quality sleep you will wonder how on earth you ever functioned without it!  Your blog will only benefit from your newly discovered productivity, energy, creativity and clarity.   

Sasha Peakall quit her well paying tourism Marketing Management job, moved to Vang Vieng, Laos and started her own business helping female solopreneurs run successful businesses without all the overwhelm and stress.  She is a Wellness Coach in training and believes that your wellness is your biggest business asset. Sasha is also a Yoga Teacher and Co-founder and director of Non-profit organization Hand Up Laos

You can learn the secrets and tools she uses to overcome overwhelm and stress in her business and hectic life by downloading her FREE Overwhelm Buster Toolkit here. You can connect with Sasha on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter.

How to stay focused on wellness when life is hectic

By Dannielle Archer

As modern day women, we can all relate - juggling a career, kids, housework and a relationship is a tough gig!  In the midst of the day to day chaos, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. 

The thing is, when we’re not taking care of ourselves we actually become less efficient at juggling all those elements of our lives.  One of my favourite sayings is from Eleanor Brown: “You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”  To be truly present in each and every moment, and to serve those around you (whether at work or at home) you need to have ‘filled’ yourself up with all the essential ingredients for wellness: nutritious food, physical movement, sleep, love, and joy.  How do you manage this when you’ve got 2 weeks worth of washing to catch up on and you’re running on coffee to keep you going?  Read on for a few of my favourite ways to stay healthy when life just won’t slow down.

Put the kids to bed earlier

Are you still wrangling your kids into bed at 10pm?  Bed time is often such a stressful time for so many parents, and stress is the last thing you need at the end of your day.  In fact, stress before you go to bed will affect your entire nights’ sleep!  Children need sleep and they need an earlier bedtime than their parents.  Don’t think you’re doing them a favour by giving in to their tantrums and tears - read them a story and leave them to go to sleep.  I know it’s not easy, but it’s a step you need to take to reclaim your own health and energy!

Change the way you drive

Here’s a great thought - what if you left just 3 minutes earlier each morning, and you could relax in the car on the way to work/school/child care/wherever.  Imagine not holding every muscle in your body tense while you drive!  What a nice start to your day.  Just 3 minutes earlier than usual, and you can drive knowing that you have enough time to get there on time no matter how many red lights you get.  

Another tip for driving - listen to music that relaxes and soothes you.  Studies have shown that loud, fast music makes you drive faster, increases your heart rate and heightens your nervous system (in other words, it’s kind of stressful to your body!).  If you’re anything like most mums, you spend all day in a stressful state, so put on some calming music, leave 3 minutes earlier, and make your drives a time for you to wind down and breathe.

Try a smart wake-up alarm

Have you heard of those cool alarms that wake you up when you’re in your lightest phase of sleep?  When you’re asleep there’s a few different cycles you go through, some of them are deeper sleep than others. Your lightest sleep cycle is called Phase I, and there are some alarm clocks that are able to analyse your breathing pattern to determine which phase of sleep you are in, and wake you up at the best time - usually Phase I.  Have you every noticed that some days you wake up gently and quite easily, whilst other mornings you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck when your alarm goes off in the morning?  Try a smart alarm and you can avoid those ‘hit by a truck’ mornings.  The alarm clocks are also available as smartphone apps, just search in the app store. (PS. Make sure your phone is set to flight mode if you’re sleeping with in under your pillow, you don’t want to be exposed to high levels of radiation all night.)  A good start to the day usually brings a good day!

Cook and freeze in advance

Cooking large portions and storing in the freezer is the oldest trick in the book, but it’s a really great way to ensure that you always have something quick and healthy on hand.  Don’t know if you’ll find the time to have a cooking day to freeze a whole lot of meals?  Try cooking a little extra each night at dinner time and freeze the leftovers.  This saves you a heap of time and also means that you’ll have a variety of different meals in the freezer to defrost and reheat on those nights you just can’t bear the thought of preparing dinner from scratch.  Being prepared means you’re less likely to rely on take-away foods.

Utilise the benefits of superfood powders

A superfood powder, I hear you say?  What on earth is that?  Basically, it’s a cheats way of getting a whole lot of essential vitamins and minerals into your body easily and quickly.  My favourite brand is Vital Greens, but there are plenty of different ones out there.  You can get greens-based powders, or even beetroot-based or fruit-based!  Don’t be afraid to give them to your kids, too.  By having a dose of superfood powder in the morning, you know that no matter what happens during the day at mealtimes, you’ve had a little boost of nutrition to start you day off right.  With soil depletion a real issue in agriculture and the uncertainty over how long fruit and veg are stored for before you buy it, the nutritional content of much of what we eat is significantly lower than what it was 20, 30 or 40 years ago.  Superfoods powders are not to be relied on as your only source of nutrition, but they’re a great way to add extra goodness to your day.  You may find that you have more energy, better moods and clearer skin with regular intake of your superfoods, too! 

Move with your kids

Don’t have time to exercise?  Exercise with your kids.  Go to the park and practice soccer with them.  Wash the car together or go out and walk the dog.  Did you know just 15 minutes of exercise each day significantly reduces your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic diseases?  Physical activity is also a great way to reduce stress and low blood pressure.  Don’t wait for half an hour of free time to magically appear so that you can go for a walk - you have to make time to exercise and move your body!

Make your health a priority!

Ultimately, you need to make the decision to make your health a priority.  Do you want to be there to watch your children grow up, get married, and have children of their own?  Do you want to be fit and healthy enough to play with your grandchildren and enjoy every moment with them?  Don’t wait until your 50s or 60s to start thinking about health and looking after yourself.  Everything that you do each and every day is paving the way to your future health (or lack of).  Be a role model for your children and teach them how important their health is by making your health a priority.  And remember, you cannot serve from an empty vessel.  When you take care of yourself, you’ll find that you have more energy and clarity of mind, and suddenly everything else that you are juggling doesn’t seem so hard.

Dannielle Archer is a qualified naturopath and passionate blogger who lives in Adelaide, Australia.  Her website, Little Miss Moderation teaches people all around the world about the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with their health and the food they eat.  You can follow Little Miss Moderation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Subscribe to LMM for yummy recipes and all the latest blog posts!