Over the last year I have been recording a weekly podcast with my cohost Rachel Freeman, interviewing people from all different specialties within healthcare. We have developed five principles that I want share with you that have changed my life. The key, and the challenge associated with these five principles, is attempting to implement and balance all five of these at the same time. When you are able to do so, we call this living an Aligned Life. Shea Family Chiropractic's theme of the month is “balance” so I thought this would be a great time to unveil this concept! That being said, the name is not important. You can call this state of being anything you like. Some people have called it having their mojo, or being in a flow state, being in a sweet spot, being on purpose or having their chakras aligned. What is important however, are the steps associated with getting to that place as often as possible and attempting to stay in that space for as long as you can. I want you to know that living an Aligned Life is not a destination. In fact, it is rare to being completely aligned. It is fleeting. It is much more about the journey because what I have found is that what will help me feel alignedat one point in my life will not get me there later on because I have evolved and often my goals have changed. 1. The first principle of living an Aligned Life is you must Know Yourself. You must understand who you are at a very deep level. The reason why this is the first principle is because the only person who can determine if your current actions are balanced is who? You. For some people, taking a nap in the middle of the day is a way to find balance and for others it is an avoidance tactic. For some people working out super hard 6 days a week is great exercise in work life balance and for others it is a recipe for disaster. For something to be seen as balancing, it must be viewed as such by the person doing the activity at that time. Knowing yourself also helps you establish balance-based practices through creating 2 things; boundaries and self-worth. Boundaries are standards of living that we set up for ourselves and uphold even in the presence of others. Examples of boundaries are saying no
This week, Dr. Shea and Rachel celebrate one full year of weekly podcasting. What??!! Where did the time go? This episode is a fun one as Dr. Shea and Rachel reflect on the past year and share their favorite moments, interviews and takeaways. A special shout out to all the amazing guests who said YES to coming on the show and for sharing their knowledge and insight with our audience!
Ep. 51: Jessica Rothenberg on Bullet Journaling for Health, Identifying Food/Mood Triggers & Reversing Metabolic Damage
Special guest, Jessica Rothenberg (@thetraininghour) joins The Aligned Life Podcast this week to chat all about metabolic damage, bullet journaling for health, cardio vs. weight training, taking ownership of your health and so much more. Jessica is a personal trainer and online coach and has been in the field for several years now working with (mostly) women who have a history of overtraining, under eating and damaged metabolisms. Her own experience of losing 55lbs has transformed into a career dedicated to helping others repair their relationship with food, restore their metabolisms and connect with their own body’s cues. Listen to this episode if you’re interested in learning how to optimize your physical and emotional health in our modern lifestyle. Jessica’s website: www.thetraininghour.com Jessica’s IG: @thetraininghour
On this week’s episode of the Aligned Life Podcast, Dr. Shea and Rachel get real and open up about their current health struggles. No matter how healthy you are or how much you prioritize your mental and physical health, we all struggle to maintain a happy, healthy and aligned life at times. Dr. Shea and Rachel share their vulnerabilities in an effort to normalize and validate any frustrations you may have with your own health struggles. Listen to this episode if you’re feeling overwhelmed on your health journey and need additional support, guidance and recommendations.
Special guest, Melanie Morton joins The Aligned Life Podcast this week to chat all about motherhood, entrepreneurship, work-life balance and having it ALL. Melanie is a wife, mom of two boys, a personal trainer, nutritionist, podcaster and works with moms on getting them the support and tools they need for hormonal balance, effective strength training and balancing all the demands associated with motherhood. In this episode, you will learn Melanie’s top tips for rocking the whole mom-life balance as she has navigated the process first hand with plenty of insight, awareness and lessons learned. If you’re a mom or caregiver of any kind, you won’t want to miss this episode!
On this week’s episode of the Aligned Life Podcast, Dr. Shea and Rachel are chatting all about how-to get out of a funk. Whether you’re feeling stuck, in a rut, or things just simply feel off, you’re not alone and there are steps you can take to overcome these feelings and get you back on the path towards your goals. Dr. Shea and Rachel discuss action steps, mindset tips, and teach you how to check in with yourself so you can take back control of your life.
I recently picked up the book, Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo – a guide to minimalism, tidying up your physical space, and choosing to surround yourself only with material things that spark joy. This simple yet powerful concept can be applied to many things in our lives – material goods, relationships, and the ways in which we choose to spend our time. With an abundance of activities available to us throughout the summer, we can easily feel pulled in many directions and attempt to do it all. Over-commitment can drain us of precious time and energy that could be better funneled toward the things we actually want to cultivate in our lives. The good news is, with a little time and reflection and asking the simple question, “Does this commitment/use of time bring me joy?” we can make some simple changes to our calendar that will have a significant impact on our overall happiness and mental/physical health. So, where do we start? Take time to look at everything you have committed to on your calendar and sit with the sensations each thing brings up. Does that coffee date with a distant friend bring joy or anxiety? How about the long anticipated road trip with the family? The goal of this reflective method is not to avoid any situation in which you may experience anxiety or discomfort – we grow in situations that challenge us. However, that’s why this mindful and reflective method can have such a radical impact. It challenges us to keep not what just is “necessary” or “useful,” but only what brings us joy. It's definitely a hard thing to do and you have to get real with yourself. For me, I find that looking at my commitments from this zoomed out lens helps tremendously in seeing my energy input and output and empowers me to say no to that which ultimately doesn't bring me happiness. But what about our “must-do” tasks? For example, a trip to the DMV - “necessary” but dreaded. Reflecting with the question of what brings joy in mind, we can see that while going through the DMV process may be draining or frustrating, ultimately, maintaining a functioning car and license allows us to traverse the city and take on summer trips – and that certainly brings joy to our lives. Perhaps this is a stretch, but it makes for a thought-provoking and enlightening exercise and helps us to