10 super simple things I do that make me feel more alive, radiant, and light

Feeling alive, radiant, and light in my emotions and body are some of the key things I believe give someone internal happiness and external charisma.

Underlying notions of aliveness, radiance, and lightness are confidence, warmth, and a deep inner friendship with yourself.

I have found that feeling alive, radiant,and light DAILY is much more a result of our little action and the way we give ourselves permission to live out the pleasurable nuances of life than the big decisions, the grand gestures, the vacations and big scale luxuries. And that’s great news, because it means we can choose something small, inexpensive, and simple each and every single day to promote our own well-being and happiness.

 
 

Here is a list of 10 things I do to create the space for myself to feel alive, radiant, and happy. You will see it's all anchored in pleasure, joy, and fun.

1. I always walk in the sunny side of the road.

Not just for vitamin D purposes but because I feel like I'm soaking up the radiance of the sun and can then shine it right back out into my environment, to my loved ones and to my clients.

2. I find unique jewelry and clothing patterns that make me feel different, a tad exotic, and like my very own creation of who I am.

My husband sometimes calls me his hippy wife; in all lovingness lol. Feeling free to express how you feel in the way you dress feels super enlivening and special.

3. I cook with different spices.

What makes life more exciting than a delicious meal?!? Personally I'm not a fan of bland food and so I stock up on spices like cumin, turmeric, cilantro, ginger, cardamon, cinnamon, paprika, basil, and oregano. A well flavored meal is pure pleasure for your senses and inspires your thoughts and actions.

4. I apply my lotions and body oils slowly and gentle.

My intention to really nourish and feel every angle, rounding, and curving of my unique body. I pay especially loving attention to the areas I used to staple as my “weak” or “ugly” areas.

5. I wake up to light versus an alarm clock.

My husband gave me an alarm clock that is a light that starts to become brighter very slowly starting 30 minutes before my actual wake-up time. The awesome thing is that I now naturally wake up about 5-10 minutes before it makes any sound (and then the wake up sound is birds chirping). This way of waking up softly has changed my life. I love it! The way you start your day is crucial.

6. I plan time to cook and eat my meals as if it was an appointment with the Swedish royals.

Alternatively (you know, when the Swedish royals are busy lol), I try to meet my real life friends for lunch ;) I love how creative, rich with ideas, and different my friend are. I truly cherish them as the individuals they are + a meal enjoyed together and without stress is always better, for your body and your mind. (especially for us ladies! Studies show that women release increased amounts of oxytocin -also the hormone released during breast-feeding- when they spend time with other women --> it's great for feeling connected,  loved, and supported!)

7. I try my best to not over-schedule my calendar.

Why? I realized that one of the biggest stressors in my life was feeling rushed and behind all the time. There is nothing that kills aliveness, radiance and lightness quicker than being in a hurry. Think about it: It doesn’t give you permission to be present and enjoy the moment.

8. I apply a little bit of blush

I’m not going to lie, some days I feel pretty pasty (thank you NYC winter!), but there is nothing a dabble of peach blush cannot fix. Plus, I love how the soft brush feels against my skin.

9. I get outside every day.

Even if it’s for a quick 20 minute walk. Soaking up fresh air and exposing your skin to natural elements is key in feeling awake. In the summer, I love spending some time in park barefoot, feeling nature right underneath the soles of my feet.

10. I buy flowers and light candles!

This is a small loving act anyone can do for themselves and trust me, it transforms your environment almost instantaneously into one of intention, warmth, and comfort.  

 

In the comments below, I’d love to hear from you: what makes you feel alive, radiant, and light in your body and mind? What’s one small thing you can add to your daily routine?

XX,

Caroline

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Here’s to rockin' hormonal health! XXX

Caroline Zwickson

Caroline Zwickson has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Women’s Health Coach focusing on natural pregnancy preparation, hormone balance & postpartum recovery for women who want to feel amazing in their own skin and birth happy babies.

Caroline integrates functional nutrition, life & wellness coaching, as well as positive psychology to guide her clients in creating joyful lives and fertile bodies. She skillfully helps her clients adapt to new food & lifestyle habits that are grounded in establishing physical and emotional balance and health so that they can make decisions that are truly based on their goals, desires and intentions in life, especially at the onset of a new era: motherhood. Knowing how to nourish yourself in a way that promotes hormonal balance and having a close, loving relationship with yourself is the best possible preparation for pregnancy and motherhood.

Through her own experience navigating hormonal imbalances after coming off birth control in her 20s, Caroline experienced first hand that the most important factor in achieving a healthy and fun pregnancy is how women prepare their bodies and lives before they conceive. Her approach to women’s fertility and motherhood is based on positivity and the firm belief that women have an immense capacity for creation and bringing joy and beauty to the world.

Caroline has been featured in The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Your Bella Life, The Beauty Bean and Cafe Truth. She has spoken at companies like Martha Stewart Living, Yelp, AMEX, Twitter, and Charity Water. You can find out more about her at www.carolinezwickson.com and you can download her FREE workbook guiding you through her top 5 tools to help you conceive naturally.