Oct 13, 2020
Taking a holistic approach to your health means looking at your mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, and nutritional health. I’m joined by wellness coach Sarah Anne Stewart to talk about how she encourages holistic health with her clients. She also shares some great tips on increasing your overall wellness!
Some quick exercises you can start doing that will help you heal your mental and emotional health and your relationship with your body.
About Sarah Anne Stewart
Sarah Anne Stewart discovered the world of wellness as a teenager when her father received a terminal cancer diagnosis. Her family made a choice – to fight back with alternative medicine. Seven months later, her father was cancer-free, and a spark was lit in Sarah that propelled her to dedicate her life to spreading the healings her family had discovered.
Today, as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (AADP), Sarah runs a leading private coaching practice with a focus on breaking free of diet culture through mindfulness. Her heart-centered approach has supported hundreds on their journeys to body love.
Sarah is the founder of the Awesome Inside Out Movement, an advisor to international wellness brands and soon to be Hay House author.
Taking the First Steps into Holistic Wellness
Sarah starts by sharing the story of when she first ventured into the wellness world. As a professional model, she struggled with what she knew to be true about her diet and lifestyle and actually putting it into practice.
She opens up and shares how she nearly killed herself with anorexia before she finally realized she needs to work on her mental and emotional health, as well as her nutritional and physical, in order to truly heal.
This led Sarah on a journey into holistic wellness that included a deep spiritual practice of healing. She found a spiritual teacher who told her that she needs to relearn everything she knew about suffering.
Sarah talks about self-sabotaging behavior and how, even when we’re actively trying to change our lives for the better, we can still engage in it. She explains some of the reasons for this and what we can do to stop this behavior.
She also shares some mindset tips to change who and what you attract into your life. I love these tips and I think we should apply them often!
Comparison is the Number One Barrier to Wellness
Sarah suffered from breast implant illness for years. She found herself in a bubble of people who denied this could be happening, but eventually discovered how sick her implants were making her.
Sarah shifts into explaining the mindset behind why people get implants. Social media is often blamed for poor body image issues in young women, but it’s not uncalled for blame. Sarah believes that social media and comparing ourselves to other women is definitely one of the reasons women get implants.
She encourages you to go on regular social media detoxes. Other wellness practices Sarah promotes are spending time in nature, writing or repeating affirmations, regular meditation, and engaging in mirror work.
One of the ultimate things we need to do in order to heal is to stop comparing ourselves to other people. Comparison doesn’t serve you at all, my friends. It’s time we let go and embrace who we are as our unique, wonderful selves.
How is this comparison serving you? How is it keeping you in a place of discomfort? What would happen if you actually let it go?
In This Episode
“So often, people are reluctant to go beyond the mind because we’re taught more research means that we have a higher IQ and we’re better at coping with the world and we’ll be more successful. But, often, what it really is about is going to the space between the thoughts. It’s going into our awareness.” [13:50]
“It’s not about feeling shame or guilt when you do a behavior that’s sabotaging. It’s about creating the self-awareness to recognize that there is a different way and once you know better, you’ll do better. It’s not your fault that you’re sabotaging. But it is your responsibility if you want to live an empowered life in a body that you love.” [17:11]
“We all face these different parts of our life where something from our past, an old experience, or even a relationship or career might come forward later in your life. It’s about having the tools to manage what shows up.” [21:04]
“The problem is that we’re in this comparison or jealousy model and we’re always on social media, we’re always looking at other people wondering why we can’t look like that. Through the acceptance and surrender, whether it’s the sickness, the not feeling well, the how we look, there is this mourning process that happens. On the other side of that is freedom.” [31:09]
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