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3 Wellness Practices That Make the Biggest Difference (And You Won’t See On Instagram)

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As a holistic nutritionist, BioSignature Modulation Practitioner and personal trainer, I have a tried and tested, robust and consistent personal wellness practice. I work out four to five times a week, I drink plenty of water, I meditate, I take supplements, I make smoothies, I journal, and I have crystals and an essential oil diffuser in most rooms at home and in my office.

But 2017 saw me take a deeper dive into my wellness regime. I undertook some practices that were not as Instagramable but made a deep and lasting difference in my health and wellness. Here are the three wellness practices that made the biggest difference—even if I don’t share them on social media.

Visiting A Biological Dentist

I’ve needed some serious dental work for a long time but wanted to find the right dentist for me and my holistic approach to health. After finding Groton Wellness and meeting with their staff, I knew their Biological Dentist Practice was the perfect fit for me. I needed six teeth taken out, including four impacted wisdom teeth (yes, it’s as painful as it sounds), and two old root canals that had become compromised.

I had all six teeth taken out in November of 2016, and can happily say I finished the full treatment (recovery, implants, crowns) at the end of December 2017. Feeling supported, safe and educated throughout the whole process made the difficult procedures a lot less challenging. Plus, the mixture of conventional medicine—believe me, I needed those painkillers for a couple of days post-surgery—nutritional therapy, homeopathy and even crystals in the treatment room made a difficult and painful process so much easier to bear.

Respecting My Chronotype

I’m one of those people who wakes up in the morning energized, ready to go and in an awesome mood (think Snow White whistling with bluebirds flying around her head but in organic cotton pajamas).

But morning for me is around 5 a.m., a good two to three hours before most of the world even considers getting out of bed.  The flip side to this is I’m usually in bed around 8:30 p.m., which means my social life is pretty limited (I’m great at brunch or a morning yoga class).

I fought against this early rising for a while, staying up way too late (i.e. 9 p.m.), and trying to make myself go back to sleep when I woke up in the morning, but it just made me feel lethargic and unmotivated.

Dr. Michael Breus and his identification of chronotypes. According to him, we all have a chronotype in the same way we have a genotype or phenotype. There are four different chronotypes (Bear, Wolf, Lion and Dolphin) and they can affect everything from when we wake up, to when it is best for us to eat, sit a test or even have sex! As a Lion Chronotype, I am naturally alert and awake between 5 and 5:30 a.m., and I now embrace this by using those extra hours to read, write and journal before being bombarded by the rest of the world.

Finding a Therapist 

I’m pretty sure that of all my wellness practices this is the one I will be most grateful for in years to come. After losing my mother unexpectedly five years ago, and subsequently unearthing childhood trauma, I knew that I needed to work with a therapist, but it was imperative to me that I found the right practitioner, and that the timing felt right.

I’ve since learned that the only right time to start therapy is now.

For the last four months I’ve been working with a wonderful licensed psychotherapist who has a holistic approach and integrates traditional talk therapy with somatic therapy. While this work is hard, scary and downright ugly sometimes, I know it is going to make more difference than any green juice ever could, and I suggest to all my clients to approach their mental health as pro-actively as they do their physical health.

Need a few other ideas to kick off the new year right? Check out why you should schedule a wellness retreat and what an expert says are the top health trends for 2018.

About The Author

Jennifer Hanway

Jennifer Hanway is a Holistic Nutritionist, Level 2 BioSignature Modulation Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer. Born in the UK she now lives in Boston and works with clients throughout the East Coast and London. With a celebrity client base that includes the British Royal Family and Hollywood actors, she is passionate about empowering others through holistic nutrition, fitness and wellbeing.