Transitions can be intense.
Even the smallest transitions involve an ending, which can be sad, and a new beginning, which can be exciting but also scary.
Mixed feelings come with the territory.
The start of a school year, travel, and changing seasons are all phases of big transition.
Even if you’re hanging out on the excited end of the stick most of the time, changes can cause problems down the line if you’re not careful.
Emotionally you might find yourself feeling anxious, over-stimulated, and thinking too much.
Ruminating insomnia is a common reaction in times of transition, where your mind just won’t shut-up to let you sleep.
And because your mind and body are part of the same whole, physical symptoms can pop up too.
You might notice that your digestion seems kind of off.
This can look like loose stools or constipation, more gas and bloating, or even cramps, nausea, and stomach pain.
You might also feel foggy-brained, or have heavy muscles.
All of these are signs that you need to do a bit of self-care to keep yourself balanced as you move from one phase into the next.
But the best time to treat symptoms is before they even start.
So here are 3 surprising ways to feel more grounded and happy in times of transition:
1. Stick to a Regular Sleep Schedule (Even On Weekends!)
Sleep has a bigger impact on your mental health than you might realize.
Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day gives your body a predictable rhythm to operate from, so it knows when to fire off the hormones that are going to help you feel your best.
And that includes feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.
If you change your sleep schedule every day, your body has to work extra hard to try to keep up with all the things it has to do to keep you functioning.
This extra work triggers more stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine getting pumped into your system to help you keep up with the demands of the day.
And as a result you’ll feel wired and exhausted, which is the distinct opposite of grounded and happy!
Sticking to a schedule might challenging when you’re traveling, but do your best to establish a routine as quickly as possible so you have an easier time adjusting overall.
2. Eat More Root Vegetables
You are literally what you eat.
So eating more root vegetables that have spent most of their existence under ground will automatically help you feel more grounded too.
And so long as they’re cooked well, root vegetables also help your digestion.
Which will also help you feel more grounded, because as you already know, your mind and body aren’t just connected, they’re part of the same whole.
So when you’re digestion is good, it means that you’re transforming and absorbing the world around you in a healthy way on the mental plane as well.
And that’s a surefire way to feel happier!
3. Avoid Cold Things
This one surprises many people, but think about the physics in a block of ice vs. steam.
The molecules in ice are moving much much more slowly than the molecules partying in the steam.
There’s an old phrase in Chinese medicine that says: “Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong,” which roughly translates as “Where there is no movement, there is pain.”
So in order to be healthy and happy, things need to move baby!
And if you eat cold food straight out of the refrigerator, add ice to your drinks, or do pretty much anything that adds cold to your system, you’re slowing down the whole operation.
If you want to support yourself through a transition, you need everything to move smoothly.
But cold will make things get stuck and cause both physical and mental pain, the opposite of feeling grounded and happy.
So do yourself a favor and prioritize warmth.
Just try it.
See what happens.
You’ll thank me later 😉
Now I’d love to hear from you!
What practices or routines help you feel more happy and healthy in times of transition?
Leave a comment and get the conversation started, because you never know who you might help!
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