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The Art Of Life-Styling (Part 2 — Health)

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This post is part 2 of The Art of Life-Styling series. If you missed part 1, head here to read it before you dive into this article.

So without further ado, let’s dive in…

At the end of the day, without your health you have nothing. It’s the foundation for everything and absolutely crucial if you want to live your life anywhere near your full potential. But despite being so freaking important, it’s often the first thing that gets pushed to the bottom of our priority list. We are so quick to let it come second (or twenty-second!) to emails, social media, household chores, our family, our work — and the list goes on! But the simple truth is that if you aren’t thriving and well, you can’t show up to those things at your fullest. I learned this the hard way, landing myself in hospital with no candle left to burn, all because I continually failed to honor my body’s needs.

For me, this was a pattern that started right out of the gates. All my life, I witnessed the women around me put everyone else before themselves. It seemed so normal to put your own needs last — it was just the way things were done — so it was no wonder I became brilliant at it too. I had no idea what taking care of myself actually looked liked and no idea what self-care or self-love truly were. They were all things I had to discover and learn as an adult (if only they taught this stuff in schools).

Only YOU can take charge of your health. Only YOU can choose to put yourself first.
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Taking responsibility for my health radically changed my life — no more pointing the finger and blaming others, no more abusing my body with toxic crap. I realized that if I wanted to seriously get my glow on, I had to do the work. So over the past six years, I have been a human guinea pig and experimented with many different modalities in order to thrive. I’ve explored things like yoga, chanting, journaling, eating organic fresh local whole foods, dry body brushing, tongue scraping, kundalini, painting, Epsom salt baths, morning pages, and practicing gratitude — and that’s just for starters!  Each of these practices has been incredibly powerful in its own way, and many of them I still do every single day. However, if you’re looking to really supercharge your wellness, there are three health hacks I’ve found that give you the most leverage and the best bang for your buck...

Meditation

I have experimented with loads of different types of meditation and have found the type I practice daily to be the most powerful. It’s called transcendental meditation and I practice for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon. It has been scientifically proven to be the equivalent of 8 hours sleep (sign me up for that any time, baby!). I am obsessed with sleep, I love it, so when I found out that I could get an extra 8 hours a day I was all in.

But let me guess, you don’t have time to meditate? Well let me ask you this: Do you have time to feel like crap? I am presuming your answer is a big fat NO. So make time. Find the time and stick it in your calendar. My teacher Tom Cronin likes to say that we have 72 lots of 20 minutes in our day. If you take a mere two of those for meditation, you still have 70 left — and those 70 will be way more productive. That’s because meditation gets you out of your head and into that awesome ‘flow’ state. This is where creativity unfolds and you step into your zone of genius.

On top of all that, of course, there are loads of other benefits you experience from meditation such as a reduction in stress, a boost in your immune system and improvement in your focus. (If that’s not enough to get you going I don’t know what is.) I also love guided meditations, but I listen to them on top of my two 20 minute meditation sessions, just for an extra boost.

Drinking Clean Water

Our bodies are made up of 75% water, so it makes sense that what you are drinking is super important. Dehydration can be linked to many common illnesses and diseases, and can even cause those annoying ‘everyday’ symptoms that people live with for years on end such as constipation and headaches. But you don’t have to live like that, and when you start hydrating correctly and giving your body good quality, clean water you will start to really thrive.

Like everything, I have experimented with all different types of water — including filtered, tap, natural, reverse osmosis, rain, deionised, distilled, spring, bottled, and alkaline. Of all these, I have found that natural spring water is not only the purest, but it’s the best for you. I love the amazing Energised Spring Plus water if you live in Sydney, otherwise the best filter hands down is the Waters & Co BPM 500 available at Nourished Life which removes 99.99% of fluoride plus all the other nasties, and also leaves the water alive and energized! (I am not financially compensated for mentioning any of these products).

Some people don’t pay much attention to where their water comes from, but you really need to be mindful about it. If you are drinking out of a bottle, is it BPA free? And what’s the quality of the stuff coming out of your tap? Lots of people think that filters are the answer, and though they do remove most of the bad stuff,  they also often strip out all the good stuff so the water is virtually devoid of all nutrients. You can get around this by adding minerals back in, such as by adding a pinch of good quality sea salt to your water. But it’s not the same as pure spring water.

Because clean hydration is one of the most important factors to thriving, it’s not an area you want to skimp on. I now drink natural spring water and you can really taste the difference. Ideally, my home would be tapped into a natural spring, but right now that isn't a possibility. Instead, I did the next best thing and got the peeps from The Water Shop to come out and install a filter on our shower, bath and sinks so that we can all enjoy better quality water. (Lots of people skip the filter in the shower, but your skin is your largest organ and the water you bathe in gets absorbed straight into your bloodstream, so it’s uber important to consider too!)

Get In Nature

In order to seriously thrive and be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself, you need to connect with Mother Nature every single day. That can look like any number of different things — walking barefoot in the park, diving into the ocean, lying in the sun, hugging a tree, doing a bush walk… whatever feels good in your bones. We are primal beings and that primal instinct in us wants to connect to and be in nature. After all, we are nature... but we are more disconnected than ever. We wake up, get in the car to go to work, sit in an office all day, get back in the car, drive home, sit at home eating dinner in front of the TV, check our phones for the zillionth time, and then finally go to bed. We are moving from one box to the another, often with little to no contact with Mother Earth. No wonder some people go cray-cray! The primal animal in us wants so desperately to be in nature and to feel that sacred connection, yet we consistently deny ourselves that gift.

For me personally, I know that when I ignore that primal calling for too long, I tend to go a little stir-crazy. I start to get restless and irritable, which is my signal to get outside. And the thing is, it doesn’t have to be anything hard or major — all it takes is eating your meals in the sun, taking your shoes off as you walk through the park to work, or doing your exercise outdoors instead of inside a dark and smelly gym... It’s often the simple shifts that make the biggest difference.

So there you have it, beautiful. If you want to experience vibrant health, these three hacks will help you get serious leverage and style the life that you desire.

Now I would love to hear from you — Which one of these three things are you going to start today? Share with us in the comments below. And remember, there is no time like the present and your choices today affect your tomorrow, so take action now.

As always, thank you so much for being here and for wanting to be the best version of yourself... I honor you for showing up.

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    • Nyssa
      October 7, 2015

      I just started my TM journey and I agree it is amazing! I noticed results within only 2 days of starting it and connately feeling like I’m more ‘myself’ than ever. I am so thankful to have found this practice and just like you will be definetly letting more people know about it, its magic! I love your meditations too by the way.. they give me a nice re boost sitting in nature on my lunch break... I agree with all your points above and all the motivation of late.. has really giving me a good kick back up to make it all a daily practice ;).. Go out and do all the above ladies! xx

      • October 13, 2015

        I drink gem water. I have the water bottle with a pod containing crystals and a wand in a jug at home. The crystals improve the quality of tap water, improve the pH value and oxygen content, increase bioavailability of minerals, raise energy balance. All these qualities are only know in natural spring water.

        • Melissa
          October 13, 2015

          WOW! Sounds amazing. I am going to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

          xx

    • Charlotte
      October 8, 2015

      I love this serie of post.

      Few weekd ago I have started daily meditation and give up because find excuse that I was to busy.

      But you are right; only us can choose what we want and i want meditate everyday so no more escuse from now, I want move daily and connect to myself daily.

      As well, I will add more water through my day and try to miw with infused water.

      Look forward already to read your article next week.

      Much Love

      Charlotte

    • Hazel Robertson
      October 8, 2015

      Thank you Melissa for your generous and beautiful words of wisdom. You are an inspiration. I always enjoy reading your posts regardless of the mood I'm in because your intent is always positive and uplifting. Over the years I have also read and tried many practices and have found that when I have persisted the three practices that you describe of meditation, drinking more clean water and spending time in nature have always worked the best. I have ordered your new book and look forward to reading it and sharing it with my daughter. Love Hazel.

      • Melissa
        October 8, 2015

        Hey Hazel,

        Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I am beyond grateful you ordered my book and so excited you will be sharing it with your daughter. What a game changer it will be for her ;)

        xx

    • Beth
      October 8, 2015

      Thank you Melissa! As always a beautiful reminder to prioritise what's important to me!

      I attended the TM talk a year ago with my hubby and we have been planning to do it, since I started studying we postponed the plan (for financial reasons) now thanks to your reminder I see I can attend for a student price! What a bonus! Thank you for sharing your beautiful insights with us.

      • Melissa
        October 8, 2015

        You're so welcome Beth.

        Let me know how you go with TM. You will LOVE it!

        xx

    • Kate
      October 8, 2015

      Thanks Mel this is awesome x

    • October 8, 2015

      What I really like about this Melissa is that these 3 things are so simple to implement, and they also lay the foundations to support additional healthy habits.

      I think it's easy if we have spent all day inside a stuffy office to feel like crap when we get home where tasks like preparing a healthy meal or cleaning a kitchen seems like a drain on our already depleted body & mind. On the flip side, I know personally that if I have meditated and got some fresh air I feel a lot more more enthusiastic about cooking or exercising.

      Oh- and it also reminds me how the Swedish are all about fresh air! Doctors tell people who are sick there to open all the windows, they have shorter working days, many cycle to work, and everyone has mandatory annual leave where it is customary to holiday in nature. We could learn a thing or two from Sweden huh?

      Thanks for your tips :D

      • Melissa
        October 8, 2015

        Oh totally, that's amazing! Let's all move to Sweden ;)

    • October 8, 2015

      Beautiful and simple, yet very powerful advice Mel - love it. Meditation and nature are my "daily must do's" and the water - totally agree with you! We are super blessed to have natural spring water where we are and I really struggle to drink any other water.

      Really enjoyed this read lovely. Looking forward to diving into your book when it's here.

      G x

      • Melissa
        October 8, 2015

        How awesome is that, I wish there was a natural spring we could tap into. I may have to come get some from you ;)

        xx

    • Kelly Hensley
      October 8, 2015

      Ah Mel as always you inspire me to stay on path!! Looking forward to learning TM meditation in the near future

    • Coco
      October 8, 2015

      Thankyou Melissa!
      I just have a question- Do you have to learn TM from a teacher or can you self-learn the techniques etc.
      Thankyou x

      • Melissa
        October 9, 2015

        Hey Coco,

        You learn from a teacher. I learnt from the amazing Tom Cronin.

        xx

    • Diana
      October 9, 2015

      I'm in the uk, how can I pre order the book? I need to master my mean girl!

      I need to make time for meditation and remember to hydrate! You are the second person this week to tell me to hug trees! Check out Dru Kidger on Facebook, he is a barefoot wanderer too!

      • Melissa
        October 11, 2015

        Hi Diana,

        You can get it from Dymocks but you will be able to get it in stores in the UK but not until mid next year. But I am presuming you want it sooner ;)

        xx

    • October 9, 2015

      I definitely realized over the past days that I NEED to be in nature more often. I've always liked to be in nature but never realized that it is an actually need for me in order to feel calm and inspired. I work from home, study at home, most of my life is based around my home and the temptation is high to just stay in my little warm nest. From now on, I'll be planning little 20 minute walks each day! :)

      • Melissa
        October 11, 2015

        Great idea honey. You will LOVE it. Tag me in your nature post's and let me know how you feel after 2 weeks of 20 minutes in nature a day.

        xx

    • Anita McKenzie
      October 11, 2015

      This little prod has come at the PERFECT time for me.
      Thank you Gorgeous! Your rays of sunshine and sparkle are so appreciated.
      Love and light right back at you, ten fold.
      Anita

      • Melissa
        October 11, 2015

        You're so welcome Anita. Thank you so much for being part of our epic tribe.

        xx

    • October 13, 2015

      Hi Melissa,

      I am so glad to you. Three months ago after reading a newsletter you sent me I bumped into an interview of Dr Dain Heer of Access Consciousness in a webpage you were interviewing someone. ooh hes! that changed my life in all ways. During twenty five years, I have being looking for answers, doing all practices available and now after doing access everything is much more ease and joyful. Today when I have readen your newsletter I was wondering what else is possible for us to create change in the world together?
      with gratitude
      Marizete Da Silva

    • October 15, 2015

      Hi Melissa!

      Loving all these tips! I am definitely going to get trained in the TM so I can start a daily meditation practice twice a day. I've heard such great things about it that I really want to do it! And I've watched your video with Tim Cronin and have also seen him speak about it on several other websites. The training is a little expensive so I'm going to start putting aside a little money each week so I can finally do it, I'm so excited and can't wait to try it!

      xo,
      Erika

      • Melissa
        October 16, 2015

        It's one of the best investments I have ever made in myself honey. I pumped for you to do it with Tom (he is AMAZING!!!). Let me know how you go sweetie.

        xx

    • Janelle
      October 27, 2015

      Hi Melissa,

      Thank you so much for your article, such a great read as always!
      I was just wondering if you would share with me the type of water filter you use in your home? Do you use reverse osmosis and if so, do you use a remineraliser? And if you do use a remineraliser which type did you choose? I'm in the process of choosing a good water filter and it's such a minefield! Any help would be so appreciated! :)

      Janelle x

      • Melissa
        October 28, 2015

        Hey Janelle,

        I use this filter as it's the only one that removes the fluoride. In an ideal world my house would be hooked up to a natural spring ;)

    • Isabelle
      November 11, 2015

      Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it from?

      • Melissa
        November 13, 2015

        Hey Isabelle,

        Isn't it beautiful! it's from Spell.

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