Feel Good Friday – You DO Have 5 Minutes

We are all busy.

We all have stressors.

We all have “stuff“.

But the healthiest, happiest and most successful people are the ones that learn to cope and manage all of that instead of letting it CONSUME them.

What works for some might not work for others.

I am forever a work in progress with coping and handling stress, but compared to how I used to “cope”, I am so very proud of how far I have come.

And I used to think I was ‘too busy’ to take five minutes to appreciate fresh air, sunshine and the peace and quiet… but it turns out making that a priority helps everything else!

Coffee helps, too 😉

Happy Friday!

 

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful.

I am grateful.

I am blessed.

In this world, it is too easy to forget how blessed we are in life, but the past couple of weeks have been a welcoming refresher into how blessed I am to have the people in my life that I do. An uplifting, supportive circle of friends and family who all look out for each other, who offer a long hug when it’s needed, some kind words, a reminder to be gentle… so much more. Truly, SO much more.

I don’t thank the people in my life enough for being in my life. That’s my bad.

If you are reading this, you are part of my life somehow, and for that I am grateful. Thank you!

Mindset Monday

Having been working extensively on my negative mindset for almost a year now, it’s interesting to reflect.

On the one hand, I have come pretty far, and it has paid off greatly in so many different areas of life – I am now a firm believer that mindset really is the biggest piece of any puzzle. I see how much easier life is with a positive outlook and a firm belief in my ability to get through whatever life throws at me.

On the other hand, becoming so aware of mindset heightens my awareness of how negative other people (and this world in general) can sometimes be, and it can be quite a battle not to fall down that rabbit hole.

I am still a work in progress, which is why this is such a battle – as hard as I work, it is sometimes so easy to fall back into old habits!

It is worth the battle though, because truly, shifting my way to a more positive mindset is one of the greatest projects I have ever taken on!

Thursday Thoughts – Laughter

Who doesn’t like to laugh, right? I mean, I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t…

Laughter is a lot of power that lies within a simple, natural technique. We are hardwired to laugh.

laughter

While some people find certain things funny that others may not, everyone has something that makes them laugh!

Laugh. Even if that’s hard. Just the act of laughing about something, anything can break that spinning out of control feeling. It brings you back down to Earth. It reminds you that no matter what issues you are trying to transcend right now, it will be okay.

Laughter helps to decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.