3 Simple Ways to Help Raise Happy & Healthy People (Who Want to Come Home for Thanksgiving)

3 Simple Ways to Help Raise Happy & Healthy People (Who Want to Come Home for Thanksgiving)

1. Understand their development.

This will inform your interaction and communcation with them. It will let you meet them where they are at and allow you to be more compassionate and present with them.

Not many parents know that children under 7 live predominantly in the theta brain wave state and learn by imitation and by doing. They think in pictures and are physical. Modelling what you want them to do speaks louder than explanations. When you do explain pair the words with actions.

Their brain is not developed to include the higher executive functions and abstract thought yet so talking to them about things will not foster the close connection we desire.  Storytelling that brings in their picture consciousness does.


2. Love them the way they want to be loved.

Take time to figure out what their love language is and schedule something regular – even just once/month - where you are especially conscious about honoring that. My 15 year old’s love language is quality time & words of appreciation (and food lol!) so I take him out to dinner once a month – just me and him and in our time I am mindful of letting him know what I appreciate about him.


3. Be well yourself.

Self-care and self-love is getting lots of air-time these days! (-: Let it not turn into a ‘have to’ on the to do list. Self-love can take time. Find little ways in your day to nourish you and be curious as to what truly sparks joy and uplifts you. I have a lift list that helps . A hot cuppa chaga tea to support my adrenals, a walk in nature, time with girlfriends.


Nurture a relationship of warmth and with yourself.Children love to see their parents thriving. If you think about your own parents you’ll notice this might be true even still for you! As moms we teach by how we are and when a mom is well she teaches wellness.

Our adrenal health affects our mood, weight, energyand all our relationships.  

One of my favourite, yummy ways to support women’s wellness in my office is through the restorative practices of Yoga Nidra and Yoga Therapy. 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep! Yoga Therapy is really about releasing tightness and softening.

Out of all the practices I do Yoga Therapy is the one that clients tell me helps them truly feel love for themselves. Any practice that supports someone to hold loving presence for the unmet parts of their self seems to do this.



There is a Yoga Nidra meditation in the blog link below for you. It’s an easy, ‘can’t-do-it-wrong’ lying down guided mindfulness meditation that is key in healing adrenal unwellness


Getting away for a retreat and reconnecting to You is a powerful gift to give yourself (and everyone in your life!).

Consider our November 23-30, 2019 retreat where we will be heading south and sunny for a week of replenishment at Xinalani. The theme of the retreat is of coming home to ourselves (in love, calm, clarity, confidence, simplicity, beauty and joy). Yoga Nidraand Yoga Therapy sessions will be part of our time together.


To learn more about She Shines 2019: Eat. Play. Love. Connect. ..:


Early bird prices until June 21st!

Be well, (-: xo,


Dr. Monika Herwig ND is a mother of 2, and a Trailblazer with Happy Healthy Women in Canmore, Alberta. She practices Mind-Body Medicine especially around Adrenal, Gut and Mental Health in her clinic and leads Wellness Workshops and Retreats locally and internationally. Dr. Monika supports conscious women shine their light and share their gifts with the world without burning out. She is especially passionate about supporting moms and runs yearly Fairy Nature Camps for her clients’ children (and herself!).

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