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Trauma-informed Practices to Develop a Healthy Lifestyle and Mindset for Body, Mind, & Spirit

Creating a balanced lifestyle that nurtures your body, mind, and spirit can significantly improve your overall well-being. By incorporating trauma-informed practices, you can ensure that your approach to health is compassionate and holistic, acknowledging past experiences and fostering healing. In this blog post, we will explore various strategies to cultivate a healthier lifestyle and mindset, enhancing your mental, physical, and spiritual health. These strategies are supported by current research from 2018 to 2024, providing evidence-based methods to improve your overall well-being.

Mind, Body, & Spirit Wellness

Cultivate Gratitude

Developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the most effective ways to enhance your quality of life. Research has shown that regularly practicing gratitude can lead to improved mental health, increased happiness, and reduced levels of depression and anxiety . Each day, whether upon waking up or before going to bed, make a list of things you are grateful for and reflect on why you appreciate them. By focusing on these positive aspects, you can gain a richer perspective on life.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

In our social media-driven world, it is easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. However, this habit can undermine our self-esteem and happiness. Studies indicate that social comparison is linked to higher levels of envy and decreased life satisfaction . Remember, what people portray online is often a highlight reel, not a full picture of their lives. Instead of comparing, strive to be the best version of yourself, independent of others' opinions. Embrace your unique journey and find freedom in self-acceptance.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

The people we surround ourselves with have a significant impact on our attitudes and behaviors. Research supports the idea that positive social connections can enhance our emotional well-being and overall happiness . Reflect on your relationships and seek to spend more time with those who uplift and inspire you. Conversely, distancing yourself from negative influences can reduce stress and foster a more positive outlook.

Do One Thing You Love Each Day

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to overlook activities that bring us joy. Engaging in hobbies and passions can significantly enhance our mental health and reduce stress . Create a list of activities you love, such as practicing yoga, journaling, walking, or spending time with a pet. Make it a priority to include at least one of these activities in your daily routine.

Love, Gratitude,  & Peace
What Brings you Joy & Ease?

Give Back to Others

Altruism and helping others can boost our own well-being. Acts of kindness and volunteer work have been shown to increase happiness, reduce stress, and even improve physical health . Find ways to give back, whether through volunteering, helping a friend in need, or simply offering your time and support. These actions not only benefit others but also nurture our own sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Meditate Daily

Meditation is a powerful tool for enhancing mental clarity and emotional stability. Regular meditation practice has been linked to reduced stress, improved concentration, and greater emotional resilience . Dedicate 5-15 minutes each day to sit in stillness and focus on your breath. This practice can help you become more aware of your thoughts and transform negative patterns into positive ones.

Reframe Challenges and Obstacles

Life's challenges are inevitable, but how we perceive and respond to them can make a significant difference. Reframing difficulties as opportunities for growth can foster resilience and personal development . Instead of viewing obstacles as insurmountable, consider how they can help you become stronger and more adaptable. Embrace challenges as a natural part of life's journey.

Engage in Daily Movement

Physical activity is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. Exercise has been proven to boost mood, enhance energy levels, improve muscle tone, and promote better sleep . Aim to incorporate 30-60 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine, whether it's through yoga, walking, or any other form of exercise you enjoy. Regular movement not only benefits your body but also supports mental and emotional health.

Eat Whole and Healthy Foods

Nourishing your body with nutritious foods is crucial for maintaining optimal health. A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods provides essential vitamins and minerals that support bodily functions . Drinking plenty of water and avoiding processed foods with artificial ingredients can also improve energy levels and overall well-being.

Laugh Often

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress and negativity. It helps us maintain a positive outlook and enhances our ability to cope with life's challenges. Studies have shown that laughter can reduce stress hormones, boost the immune system, and promote a sense of well-being . Make time for humor and fun in your life to keep things in perspective and foster a joyful mindset.

Trauma-Informed Practices and the Nervous System

Trauma-informed practices play a crucial role in supporting the nervous system, particularly through the lens of the polyvagal theory. Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the polyvagal theory explains how our autonomic nervous system regulates responses to stress and trauma. It emphasizes the importance of safety and social connection in promoting physiological states conducive to healing. Trauma-informed strategies, such as mindfulness and meditation, help activate the parasympathetic nervous system, fostering a state of calm and relaxation. Evidence from recent studies indicates that these practices can reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression by enhancing vagal tone and promoting resilience. Incorporating trauma-informed care into your lifestyle can create a supportive environment for healing and overall well-being.

By incorporating these trauma-informed strategies into your daily routine, you can develop a healthier lifestyle and mindset that nurtures your body, mind, and spirit. Embrace these practices and enjoy the journey toward a more balanced and fulfilling life.

With love, AGLOW

Stacy Ruse, LPC, RYI, EMDR & IFS Consultant

Stacy Ruse, LPC, is an esteemed Evergreen EMDR & IFS-Institute Consultant, and founder of Aglow Counseling. Stacy teaches a therapeutic style that is characterized by the art of EMDR & IFS therapies with a transpersonal twist, transcending the conventional boundaries of traditional therapy. Her holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allowing individuals to tap into their innate resilience and ignite their personal transformation journey. As a trauma expert, national and international trainer, and clinical consultant, Stacy's approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies.


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