Good morning, everyone!
I’ve been focusing more on self-care on the blog recently, because I feel like I need it, and I feel like others can definitely benefit from it, as well. For this new Self-Care Sunday Series, I’ll be asking wellness experts and self-care advocates to tell a bit about their stories and share some tips and tricks for how to maintain physical, mental, and emotional health.
To kick off the series, I’d like to introduce you to Kristin Merizalde from Sassy Holistics. She is a wellness coach and HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) consultant, blogger, and creator of the Facebook group Mineral Mavens. When she’s not helping others realize their full healing potential, she’s reading, writing, or learning about Tudor history.
Allie: Tell me a bit about your health and wellness journey.
Kristin: My health journey has been incredibly long, and was so super frustrating! I dealt with fibromyalgia and about two dozen chronic symptoms that went along with it for about 6 years.
I played the “musical doctors” game for most of that time until things got so bad that I couldn’t even eat without pain–that was my final straw. I quit the meds I had been put on (that never helped anyway!), started apple cider vinegar and aloe vera and boom–all of my gut issues resolved within a few weeks.
That was the moment I realized that there was something to natural healing, and I dove into the rabbit hole to learn as much as I could. Once I reversed most of my own health issues (and got pregnant after being told by docs that I would not have kids), I knew I needed to help others to realize that we all can heal naturally!
Nutrition truly is at the root of most chronic health issues out there, but it takes a lot more effort to heal and rebuild than it does to get sick in the first place. My goal is help others heal now so we can make sure that the next generation has the tools to learn how to prevent illness more efficiently.
A: What is one thing you think everyone should be doing for his/her health?
K: I truly believe that the one thing that everyone should be doing to focus on better health is to eliminate toxic people, jobs, environments, etc. from their life. Move on from what is no longer serving you otherwise you will be stuck in your patterns and you’ll likely never be able to fully heal.
You can have the perfect diet, the best attitude, or even a great home but if you are dealing with a job that you absolutely hate or a person in your life that is constantly draining you emotionally, you need to either address the situation to make it better or find a new job/cut this person out of your life. It can be one of the hardest things to do, but it can be the most liberating!
A: Do you have a quote or motto you try to live by?
K: The only motto I would say I live by is just to keep everything balanced. Whether it is nutrition or life in general, we need to learn to balance everything. You cannot work yourself to the bone every day and forget to take care of yourself.
You need to find the balance between being able to get your work done and still allow time for yourself to actually enjoy life. I have come by this way of thinking because of my work in mineral balancing- everything in life is about balance, even our personal biochemistry!
A: Tell me about a big win you’ve had in your health/self-care journey.
K: A big win that I had recently was learning to accept help when it is needed. When it comes to self-care, it truly can be hard to admit when you need an outside perspective on an issue you are dealing with. In my case, it is trying to fix sleep! When I am stressed, sleep seems to suffer the most.
But recently, this caused me to finally look for help from another holistic health practitioner (a homeopath and nutritionist) to see what I might be missing. This experience made me realize how something like childhood trauma can affect us long-term if we don’t address it. At the end of the day, we all can use a bit of help from someone else, whether we would like to admit it or not.
A: How do you practice self-care? And why?
K: My philosophy on self-care is to just try to do something every day that makes you happy, even if it is just a short amount of time each day. My personal favorite self-care practices include reading, writing, watching funny videos, or playing my favorite video game.
Most days, reading is the one that wins out the most because I’ve included it into my bedtime routine. I’ve always been a big reader, but during the years that I was sick I completely stopped. So over the last few years, I have done the Goodreads reading challenge. I made my goal for 2017 to read 25 books, and I’ve already surpassed that number at the beginning of June!
I stay dedicated to this goal by finding books in the subjects that I find most interesting, and I remind myself that I am taking care of my own health by doing something I enjoy so much every day.
A: What are your three favorite SHORT self-care techniques a reader could try, if he/she only had 5-20 minutes?
K: My favorite short self-care techniques would be watching a few funny videos (laughing is great medicine!), legs on the wall yoga pose (which can be so incredibly restorative and calming), and putting on my favorite music and dancing/singing to it (music can be its own form of medicine as well).
A: What are your three favorite LONGER self-care practices?
K: My favorite longer self-care practices would include cooking or baking (or even setting up my fermented foods for the week–it’s incredibly empowering to be able to make your own probiotic rich foods!), writing blog posts or even short stories (if writing is your thing- it is one of my favorite things to do), and going for a nice long walk when it is nice outside.
Here are some final tips from Kristin about the most important aspects of health:
You can check out http://www.sassyholistics.com/ for more information on nutritional balancing and how to improve your own health naturally. You can also join my Facebook group Mineral Mavens for amazing information and support on your natural healing journey.
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Thanks for reading! What questions would you ask Kristin if you could? Let me know in the comments!