Brandie Gilliam is the founder and creative director of Thoughtfully Magazine, which launched last year. Brandie believes that health and wellness are holistic, and that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body and say about your body. Read on her for thoughts on five things you should let go of right NOW.
The idea of letting go can feel daunting, too enormous to handle at times and well, downright uncomfortable. You’ve held on to that belief, behavior, habit, relationship or object for so long that it’s become a part of you…a large part of you. But is it really serving your highest best? When you let go of something that no longer serves your growth or upward progression, you actually make room for more. And with it comes a freedom that blossoms into a deeper sense of gratitude, fulfillment and happiness. So today, I’m sharing five things to let go of right now that have completely changed my wellness world and can for you if you choose to let go too.
5 THINGS TO LET GO OF RIGHT NOW
Plastic Water Bottles and Containers
It’s so easy to grab those convenient, plastic bottles of water when we’re out (even though we may be recycling them) and forget that plastics are doing some serious damage to our environment and our health. Instead opt for a reusable glass or stainless steel bottles like bkr, EarthLust or S’well (feel free to share any others you like below in the comments). Plus, your water and other liquids will taste so much better and fresher. And while you’re at it, ditch your plastic containers too and store foods in glass containers like these.
Your body was made to run on clean, fresh, REAL food…not the artificial, processed stuff that’s filling many of our grocery store shelves these days. Have you read the ingredient labels on the foods you’ve purchased lately? Be warned: it’s a little scary. Eat plenty of whole foods for optimum health and wellness, including lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Here’s a great list from EWG so you can know which ones to buy organic in order to steer clear of pesticides.
Toxic Ingredients in Our Beauty Products
Most of us are great about working out and getting in our green juices and smoothie bowls, but then we lather our skin with toxins and never think twice about the ingredients in our personal care products and cosmetics. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and absorbs what you put onto it (f it didn’t, we wouldn’t have topical medicines!). Here’s a great list of ingredients to avoid (I’ve been using it since 2001) and online stores like The Detox Market, Follain, Eco Diva Beauty, Vitacost and more make it easy to be green and glamorous!
Did you know that conventionally-grown cotton takes up 3% of the world’s farmland but uses 25% of the world’s chemical pesticides? Did you also know that the EPA considers 7 of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton as likely” or “known” human carcinogens? Everyone, including the environment, benefits when we use organic cotton and support organic farming. And why? Because it’s the way Earth intended it, pesticide free. Nature was never meant to churn on a dime like a machine at our every whim and to be genetically modified and sprayed with harmful chemicals so that we can sell more. Nature gives to us graciously and we should do the same back. You can also embracing organic cotton even further by letting go of fast fashion altogether. Watch The True Cost movie and see who pays the price for our clothing.
Get out of your head and stop killing your vibes with negative self-talk. You should be your biggest cheerleader and fan. And just so you know, not every thought that actually comes into your head is really yours (that’s for another post). You hold the power over your thoughts and what you speak to yourself about yourself. It’s time to take those negative thoughts captive, and tell yourself who you really are. Say it out loud: I am strong. I am wonderfully made. I am beautiful. I am smart. I am talented. I am divine. I am well. I am fully loved. I am…
Remember to be gentle to yourself in the process of letting go and to take it one day at a time. You may find yourself letting go, but then trying to pick it back up or grab hold of it again in some areas…and that’s okay. Start over and continue at it until it becomes a permanent part of your lifestyle. Your wellness journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can. You’ll be on your way to fully letting go in no time!
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