Are you interested in committing to a healthier lifestyle but just don’t know where to start? Well, you’re not alone.

Between the countless fitness routines, evergreen diet regimens, and trending workout activities (#pilates) we can be left feeling like achieving our most pivotal level of wellness is simply out of reach.

But the truth is, it’s more attainable than you think. And it can be achieved right at home, through simple, natural practices that will make all of the difference in your life.

To learn about some achievable practices to capitalize on and boost our wellness, we reached out to Frank Elaridi, co-founder and emotion code practitioner of Modern Nirvana. Check out five tips that he shared with us!

Start Putting Yourself First!

“One very common thing I see among my female clients — especially moms — is that they tend to fall into the habit of putting everyone before themselves. That’s partly what makes mothers so special— their ability to be selfless and overflowing with nurturing vibes. However, the old adage of only being able to give when your cup is full is true, and it’s important for moms especially to understand that it’s ok to be selfish sometimes. 

So first and foremost schedule time every week to be fully indulging with yourself. Turn your bathroom into a spa experience with a warm herbal bath, scented candles, essential oils and face mask. Literally rub your shoulders, arms and stomach in the bath and say to yourself, ‘You are safe, you are loved, and everything is working in your highest good.’ Talk to your inner child, look in the mirror and say, ‘I love you. I really love you. Thank you for doing the best you can.’”

Prioritize Your Mornings

“The first hour each morning after you wake up is important for the body. Before reaching for your phone or a cup of coffee, stand outside barefoot on the grass – if the weather permits – or meditate for 5 minutes. 

Also when you first wake up, have a glass of water with sugar-free electrolytes in it. Make sure it’s sugar-free because even some of the ones at ‘health food stores’ have sugar in them. The reason for this is because your body gets dehydrated while you sleep overnight so the first thing you want to do is give it proper hydration with a cup of electrolyte water rather than coffee which will dehydrate you further. 

Coffee has great antioxidants, but save it for a bit later in your morning. This has been a game changer for me – during quarantine, I built the habit of reaching for the coffee as soon as I woke up and I realized it was depleting my energy levels dramatically. As soon as I switched to having my electrolyte water outside with the sun shining and telling my body that it’s daytime, and then having the coffee an hour or two later, my energy levels balanced out again.”

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Heal Your Gut!

“Only recently has new science emerged which shows the gut microbiome being the second brain. Hence the old saying, trust your gut. Diversity of these trillions of cells and bacteria is so important in the gut so it’s wise to feed it with daily pre and probiotics, and my absolute favorite is from Microbiome Labs because they have a full gut reset protocol that you follow for 3 months and they make it so simple. I would urge anyone who is having mental health issues like depression or anxiety to learn the science behind the connection between your gut and your mental health.”

Move Your Body And Improve Your Mood!

“Exercise is one of the most transformative things you could do for your brain. Neuroscientists have shown that one single exercise session can immediately increase levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain. That elevated mood is likely to seep into and improve other areas of life like work and relationships. Exercise also increases your reaction time so you’re more likely to jump back before the spilled salad dressing hits your shirt at dinner! 

In terms of more long term benefits, exercise is a powerful aid in combating the risk of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The brain has billions of neurons and if any of those neurons get disrupted, it can cause disease. The brain is a self healing machine but we have to trigger that healing and one of those triggers is exercise. That’s why immediate rehabilitation is crucial for stroke patients.”

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Consider Turning To Intuitive Practices Tarot!

“My company Modern Nirvana recently published the Modern Nirvana Oracle Deck with Chronicle Books to help people receive daily guidance on their path. Dating back to 1400 BC, the Oracle of Delphi was among the most important shrines in ancient Greece. People traveled from all regions of Greece and even beyond, to ask questions about their future to the priestess of Apollo. Her answers could determine the course of everything from where a person should build their home to when an empire declared war. 

The search for meaning and direction in life was very much in style among our ancestors, and remains especially fashionable today. Whether we are a seasoned yogi or new on the path, whether we believe deeply in the cards or if we do it just for fun, Tarot cards and oracle decks seem to embody an intuitive power that, amid times of pandemics and potential wars, can be difficult to access without some help.”

Modern Nirvana explores all facets of mind, body and soul. The goal of Modern Nirvana is to be a catalyst for transformation in people’s lives, to inspire them to take control of their spiritual and physical wellbeing, by sharing both ancient practices and modern bio-hacks on their YouTube channel and at their annual conference. Their mission is to bring inspiration and information to a new generation, paving a way for a more enlightened world. If you are human, you have the potential to be superhuman.