7 Practices Great for Your Emotional Health

A key to total health and wellness is making sure you have good emotional health.  Check out this article by Pathways.



By Natalie Sager, Certified Holistic Healer, Certified Pilates Instructor

1. You are what you think

Our thoughts consume us. All day. Everyday. We think about our kids, our parents, our friends. We worry about work and finances and accomplishing the days goals. We fear accidents and illnesses and death. We daydream about living a life of ease and serenity. We analyze past conversations and dissect every angle of our life. We plot and plan and organize. We create chaos between our ears and stress in our souls. We begin changing the cell structure in our bodies which in turn affects the future of our lives.

We have 50 trillion cells in our body and every second, every thought is releasing different neurohormones that go into our cell membranes to signal to the brain that we can change the way DNA makes protein.

We have a lot of thoughts everyday, thousands and thousands of thoughts. Thoughts translate into chemistry through our nervous system. A thought of love translates in the brain into wonderful hormones like oxytocin and dopamine. Then suddenly we feel a surge of love and energy.

2. Positive and negative thoughts are profoundly affecting our future

Stress is the greatest cause of cancer and disease in the world. Positive thinking can promote healing, but negative thinking is equally as powerful in creating disease and even death. Positive and negative thoughts are profoundly affecting our future.

Thoughts give rise to emotions. Emotions rule our moods and minds and therefore affect our relationships with ourselves and others. When we learn to see the world differently we can enjoy a much healthier, happier life. Because our thoughts shape our lives, we would be remiss to ignore the gab between our ears.

How many of our thoughts are positive, inspiring, motivating, and calming thoughts? How many are negative, judgmental, self-deprecating thoughts?

Once we become aware of our thoughts and where our minds automatically go when put in stressful situations, we can either continue down the path of negativity, or we can change our pattern and decide to be happier.

It really is that simple.

Our thought patterns can directly influence our day, our week, our life. The beauty and simplicity of that is in the realization that we have the power to manipulate our thoughts and reconfigure our hearts purpose by simply acknowledging our thoughts and thought patterns.

3. Realizing your truth, is the first step in taking control of your potential

In addiction therapy, people are successful when they admit they have a problem. When they are aware that there is an issue that they need to work on, they are able to heal. Acknowledging there is a problem is the first step in successfully overcoming their addiction.

Because, as a society, we have this visceral reaction to the word addiction, admitting there is a problem is a problem in and of itself. It’s a double edge sword. But, the fact is, we are all addicted. Some addictions are healthy and nourish our eternal light and some addictions are self-sabotaging and are eating away at our hearts potential. Acknowledging your addiction, declaring it to be true, admitting the existence of your attachment, or realizing your truth, is the first step in taking control of your potential.

Once you have honored that certitude with honesty and candor, then you can move forward. At that point you are ready to progress. Progress is never a final destination, it is just the tool and the fire to keep you moving forward in a positive and constructive direction.

4. We need contrast and growth in our lives to help us appreciate more

We explain addiction as a weakness or a defect. We think of it as failure or a massive shortcoming. The word addiction and depression tend to go hand in hand because we are looking at addictions as a negative fault rendering us imperfect. However, we do not have to define addiction literally. Instead, we can use the definition and suggest to ourselves that addiction is a tool to help us improve our current situation. If there was no addiction, there would be no need for growth. And, without growth there is no contrast. We need contrast and growth in our lives to help us appreciate our lives. There is simplicity and depth in every experience.

It is our moral obligation to our souls, ourselves, our communities, and our families to acknowledge our addictions and then empower our thoughts to take honorable action in pursuing the higher good for ourselves and for others.

Remember, addiction does not have to imply alcohol or drugs, sex or stealing, violence or hate. You can be addicted to food, or exercise, attention, or guilt. You can be addicted to people or certain types of people. You can be addicted to shopping or materialism. You can be addicted to TV and the media. You can be addicted to video games or gossip magazines. You can be addicted to feelings, emotions, thought patters, moods, relationships, etc.

5. Become fully present and in the moment

Once you have honed in on your addictions and your “weaknesses”, you can begin your path to self-awareness. You will become more sensitive to your thoughts, your words and your actions.

I love the term “consciously aware” because it implies that you are fully present and in the moment when you say, do, or think something. If we all live our lives with constant conscious awareness we would have the power to truly feel and bask in the glory of life’s offerings. We would be in such awe of the world and the people in it, that our entire lives would shift.

The beauty of this is that we really do have that power. We have the inherent intuition which originates in the mind. It’s not metaphorical or philosophical, it is a reality we must drink with enthusiasm and respect. When we are ready to digest the Universes capabilities we are permitting ourselves to Be. To be in the moment, to be alive, to be intuitive, to be heard, to be loved, to be helpful, to be worthwhile, to be blessed, to be productive, to be you.

6. Learn to love yourself

Self-discovery is one of life’s most cherished gifts we can give ourselves. Learning to not only love yourself but contriving the meaning behind your existence will bring you to a place of peace and true contentment.

We have the innate ability to tap into our inner being and develop our future success and usefulness. Our energetic field of power has the ability to attract anything we desire into our lives. The possibilities and potential prospects are infinite. In order to use our intrinsic ability to discover our purpose, we need to become aware of the mind chatter in our heads.

Our thoughts are energy, our physical bodies are energy, our relationships are energy, we are filled and surrounded with energy from the universe and its electric field. When we use these energetic thoughts  in a beneficial way, we are contributing to the betterment of the world. And, when we give to the world, we feed our souls purpose.

It is a circle. A circle of being, a circle of energy; a ripple effect where one thought or action will influence or impact the next thought or action. What we don’t realize is that we have countless opportunities everyday to positively feed ourselves which will then feed others.

7. Start seeing your glass as half full

What are you thinking about right now? Is it serving you or others? What kind of language are you using when you are thinking? Positive, optimistic, encouraging, and loving thoughts? Or draining, depressing, painful thoughts that are negatively affecting your mood. In the simplest of terms, are you a glass half full, or a glass half empty type of person?

Every second of everyday we are thinking, whether we are of present mind to realize that is another story, which is why it is so important for us to become aware of the buzz inside our minds. Before we react, we have to actively think about what is going to come out of our mouths and how that will potentially affect the being we are connected to and connecting with. Acknowledge the monologue in your mind and change is on its way.

natalie-headshotHi, My name is Natalie Sager, the Modern Hippie Mama and I am bringing Hippie back! My company, HeWeLoHa is a groovy acronym for Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness. I am a Mama to my amazingly delicious sons, Jonah, and his baby brother, Skye. My mission is to inspire, educate & empower fellow Hippie Mama’s to take control of their HeWeLoHa. As the main power houses in the home we can then create a ripple effect to our family, friends, community and beyond. As Martin Luther King so simply put, “I have a dream.” My dream is to reach as many Mama’s across the world so that we can positively shift the mental, physical, and spiritual health for the collective benefit. My dreams are big, my vision is clear, my enthusiasm and determination are contagious.

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Consistency is Key

A Follow-up from the Sensory Sensitivities and Chiropractic Care post from last week on Pathways.  http://blog.pathwaystofamilywellness.org/pathways/consistency-is-key/#sthash.wcasgPD7.dpbs By Janaiah von Hassel In December of last year, I wrote an article “Sensory Sensitivities and Chiropractic Care” which was featured in the most … Continue reading


Check out this great article in Pathways on Sensory issues and using Chiropratic Care to help manage.


AUTHOR // Janaiah von Hassel

There are times when it seems that we over-label and under-respond to the many challenges of childhood. As a mother of two young boys who have each been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD) at one time, I’ve experienced this firsthand. While the DSM does not report SPD as a stand-alone disorder, many therapists and parents are finding cause to explore its significant effects on adolescents. Toddlerhood itself is a world of learning how to process senses, and labeling those whose sensitivities or tolerances do not fit the norm as having a “disorder” is hardly helpful. However, for many children, an inability to properly integrate sensory intake can range from mildly annoying to downright devastating.

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When my son was diagnosed at 2 with both autism and sensory processing disorder, his world was sent into a tailspin over how his nervous system interpreted the world around him. I remember one day in particular when I was at a loss for how to help him. He had fallen and gotten hurt, and he ran to me crying with his arms outreached, begging to be held in the security of his mother’s arms. When I hugged him, he recoiled in utter dismay at the impact of my touch. He pulled away and curled up like a ball on the ground. He would reach for me, but pull away the moment I touched him. It was as if my touch were like needles on his skin. I sat next to him and together we cried.

My son would easily gag from certain textures of food. He was always pulling off clothing, and he screamed through his diaper changes. His world was a hostile environment, and there was no escaping it. He would wake up crying and shaking as his body tried to adjust to its surroundings. Any change in temperature was upsetting to him. Loud noises were bothersome, bright lights intolerable, and he became self-injurious in his attempts to escape what he interpreted as an overwhelming and painful world.

He didn’t like to touch sand or Play-Doh, or to play in the grass or snow. While other children embraced the excitement of sensory-rich environments, my son tried to avoid them at all cost.

Sensory processing disorder is an impairment in detecting, modulating, or responding to sensory stimuli. In other words, the nerve system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) is not working properly. Misalignments of the spine, called subluxations, can cause this malfunction in how the brain interprets sensory intake. That’s exactly what was happening with my son.

For any parent dealing with a sensory sensitive child, the idea of chiropractic care can seem unfathomable. You might wonder how a child who can hardly bear to be touched could tolerate a chiropractic adjustment, and yet of every way we attempted to help my son with his sensory issues, chiropractic was the least invasive and by far the most effective.

When my son began receiving regular chiropractic care, I immediately saw an improvement in his ability to process his senses. Our chiropractor explained that my son had been in a chronic state of fight-or-flight.

Fight-or-flight is a psychological reaction to perceived harm. It is a stress response, and when the body is in this state, the function is to shut down everything that draws energy from the body so that it is free to escape the harmful situation. If you’re being chased by a bear, the fight-orflight response is nature’s way of saving you. The problem occurs when it becomes constant. In this state, the brain is not working at full capacity and both the digestive and immune systems are shut down to allow more energy for the body’s emergency functions.

After my son’s first week of regular chiropractic care, we were already seeing a calm come over him. After three months of care, his ability to determine the threat of his surroundings based on his sensory intake was completely rehabilitated.

My son became a better eater, and a lover of playing in the dirt. He was happy to jump in mud puddles, and we could get him dressed with ease and comfort. It felt like my son was given the world, and I was given back my son, who now cuddles with joy and ease.

To say that he has never struggled with any sensory sensitivities since then would be a lie, but with regular chiropractic care what was once a debilitating disorder has now become a tolerable nuisance for which we’ve found care.

The Journal of Pediatric Maternal and Family Health reports that chiropractic care improves SPD, and hundreds of case studies support its claims. Not all children react the same way to sensory integration issues. My son’s nerve system was over-reactive. For others, it may be under-reactive. Some children experience a mix of both extremes, but this is often the body’s response to spinal misalignment, and can easily be improved under chiropractic care.

I have since encouraged many of my friends whose children suffered from SPD to seek chiropractic care, and I have seen time and time again the body’s power to adjust and adapt to its surroundings when interference is removed.

Our minds and bodies are incredible, and when functioning properly our nerve systems interpret thousands of messages every second. When that system is out of balance, it’s easy to imagine that the messages can get distorted.