My Favorite ‘Help Yourself’ Tools for HealIng
I hold a few things near and dear, but the value at the top of my list is self-empowerment.
The more you can avoid giving your power away to another person or situation, the better. Help yourself, take responsibility for your life and your outcomes, and know when you can rely on yourself to get the job done.
At the start of my health challenge, this was one of the most important lessons I learned. Just to be clear, I also learned that it’s a fine line between self-reliance and knowing when to ask for help. I did a lot of both during this time. Professionals are there for a reason, waiting to help you with (hopefully) mountains of training and education behind them. Use them when you need to.
For me, there were tools I kept in hand that changed my experience drastically. My finances didn’t allow me to visit the chiropractor or massage therapist as often as I needed to, and quite often these tools took place of them at crucial times when I otherwise wouldn’t have made it through the night or weekend without medical help.
Here they are; my tried and true favs that have become a permanent part of my life!
The foam roller
Oh, the foam roller!
This became my best friend and worst enemy when, a few times, I’d rolled a little too zealously and made things worse (only due to my super sensitive head-neck situation). Most of the time, though, it was like having my very own live-in chiropractor. Seriously.
I’ve used the foam roller to relax muscles, to recover after workouts, and to set my spine back in place when it was desperately in need of help. Yes, it has been a lifesaver and is so versatile I do think most people should have one.
The thing I love to hate.As torturous as this little devil can be, it’s indispensable.
Working along the meridian lines, it helps to release any blockages you hold, allowing energy to move freely and your body to function optimally. I use it regularly when I feel like I need a massage… tense shoulders, muscle knots, etc., or when I general feel like a certain body part needs some extra attention. This mat helps with circulation, lymph flow, energy release, and a multitude of other things. If you haven’t tried one, you might want to take it slow at first. I do recommend to having any clothing in between yourself and the mat in order for it to do its best work, however I also recommend working up to that because this little beast can be painful. Worth it? Oh, yes.
I use CBD oil on a regular basis. It helps me balance my stress levels, calm anxiety, aid my digestion in a big way, and get better sleep.
If you are unfamiliar with it, it is a hemp-derived cannabidiol oil. The brand I show in my video, Shift CBD, is my own and will be launching in my store on this site very soon. If you would like to be notified when this happens, join the mailing list at the bottom of this page and I will let you know as soon as it goes live.
I went through a testing phase with CBD for over a year while I determined with certainty that it was doing what it was supposed to. I saw very significant results during this time, which is why I decided to make it available to you. I will be filming a detailed video soon on my experiences with it and how it helped me. Stay tuned!
Over the last four years, few things have kept my head attached to my shoulders like journalling has.
It’s a handheld shrink, and it has been absolutely vital in helping me work through emotional trauma and intense situations. I sit down whenever I need to, and dump whatever is weighing on my mind onto that sheet of paper. I’ve worked through some of the most difficult (and enlightening) experiences of my life this way, and can’t recommend it highly enough. It always leaves me feeling lighter, which more clarity, and able to move forward feeling empowered and strong.
I’ve recently taken to coupling it with meditation, which is my fifth and final tool I found truly helped me grow as a person, and still does to this day.
If you take one single tool from this list, make it this one. Meditation has been life-changing for me in ways that I am not quite ready to discuss yet.
Contrary to popular assumption, it isn’t just sitting in one spot trying not to think. It’s a spectacular journey inwards. It’s a release from this life experience while you travel inside to reconnect with yourself and what is truly important to you. There is so much conversation recently on the topic of trying to distance or remove ourselves from the influence of others, specifically online. This is hands-down the most vital tool I know of to disconnect from the noise and remember who you are.
There is an ever-increasing number of meditation platforms out there, which is fantastic. I use a few of them, but love Insight Timer the most. It has a paid option, but the free is simply excellent.
I truly hope you find at least one of these tools helps you on your journey to better yourself. They helped me so much over the years that I could’t help but share. If you try anything, let me know how it goes in the comments below!