I get this question all the time; “where do I start to manage symptoms?” Whether you have fibromyalgia, another chronic illness, exhausted and fat or just feeling stuck feeling lack-luster about everything; ”Where do I start is?”is the common question.

You can begin in many directions, but what is important is that you define one goal to begin with. Usually, if I don’t know the person and they are not my client, I direct them to focus on sleep. In order to sleep you have to address many areas in your life; nutrition, stress, routines, etc. When asked, I give them a few tips to try immediately and see how it goes.

Why focus on a good night’s sleep? If you address sleep first, you are assisting your body’s naturally ability to heal itself. Pretty cool. While you sleep, your body conducts heavy detox processes and healing and repairing operations. If you cannot sleep well on a routine basis, then these natural healing routines don’t go into effect, exasperating your overall health and outlook on life.

Try the following; Eat lighter at night, nothing heavy to include a lot of protein. Soup, smoothies, cooked veggies and salads are best. Include about a ½ cup of rice or quinoa too. The carbs will help your brain feel better and supports sleep.

Get yourself into a routine. I go to bed nearly the same time every night – even on weekends – and I have the same routine as I head to bed.

Cup of tea with honeyAt night try magnesium, 5-HTP and maybe a small cup of herbal tea with honey. Not too much liquid or you'll have to get up in the middle of the night.

I also suggest essential oils to help with sleep. You can buy them anywhere, but I do work with a company that sources and sells oils that meet a particular standard for therapeutic properties. The best oils for sleep are lavender, roman chamomile and frankincense. If possible diffuse them, but you can also put it on the bottom of your feet. Sounds strange, but that's where you have the largest pores.

Once you feel like you're sleeping better, you can move onto the next symptom.

In order to get a great night sleep, most of the time, you really need to address several areas in your life. I call this Integrating Essentials. When you focus on the areas of nutrition, physical activity, relationships, removing physical and emotional toxins and learn how to balance or pace your daily activities, you improve all areas o f you life and feel much happier In the process.

As you look at where you are now and where you want to go, just know that it’s possible.  If I can do it, you can too.  If you want my support, post on my Facebook page, send me messages, email client-service@justinececile.com, or schedule an appointment for a FREE Discovery Session to determine if group or individual coaching is right for you.  Just know that it’s is possible to feel better and be a more confident, functional you and you don’t have to do it alone.

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