Motivation Monday – 10 to Zen

Okay, I confess…. things have been nuts lately and my mindframe is not as focused as I would like it to be. Truthfully, while pre-engagement and during wedding planning I usually felt sharp as a tack, apparently due to the craziness of the time leading up to the wedding, my brain has entered “screw you, stop making me think!” mode, and I have never yet fully recovered from the wedding.

I know, lame… but I am doing what I can to recuperate and get my brain back to being sharp. It drives me crazy but it is what it is… baby steps I guess!

10 to Zen

Some solid advice here… obviously my favorite is the last one, because I firmly believe belly laughs are the best medicine, and no one should go a day without finding themselves in a belly laugh at least once.

I know that letting go is easier said than done, but the payoff is quite worth it, I would say. I still struggle with letting things go, but because I realize I am only hurting myself and my happiness, I am making a concentrated effort to be better at this. Holding things in is never the answer. Deal with them the way you must, but move forward, leaving any negative feelings behind.

Give it a try and let me know how you make out! 🙂

Wednesday Wisdom – Be Positive

I have been trying to remind myself of this daily, and be more conscious of my words and thoughts, because this is true. I am trying to keep my language positive, upbeat, and inspiring.

Of course, sometimes its frustrating and it’s easy to want to vent that out – I don’t advise against NOT venting it out, but do so in a manner that doesn’t fast track you to a place of negativity. Instead of saying “You lazy jerk, how could you not have made time to sweep the floor?” say something like “I understand you are tired, but next time please find a way to dedicate 10 minutes to sweeping the floor, and then enjoy a clean house!”

The language that you use matters immensely. Always try to see, and word things, in a positive, uplifting manner!

Workout Wednesday – 5 Health Benefits of Yoga

Any fellow yogi’s up in here? I have really developed a love of Yoga. I always feel stretched and relaxed post-Yoga. In fact, I think Yoga is what has MOST made me aware of how strong my body actually is, and how flexible I am. It took me a while to adapt to it, because I am admittedly NOT used to sitting still or peacefully stretching, but I am very much used to strenuous exercises and go-go-go moves. It’s a nice switch up!

There are endless benefits to Yoga, but I thought I would share 5 very important ones with you. This mind-body exercise can include physical postures, meditation, and breathing techniques. It helps you increase your strength, improve your balance, and creates self-awareness. By practicing yoga, you are able to:

  1. Improve your flexibility and strength – Yoga stretches your muscles, and our bodies typically respond quickly. Standing poses work your muscles in your lower body, while inversions, such as Downward Dog, strengthen your upper body.
  2. Improve your heart health – Practicing Yoga has proven to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, when compared to people who did not work out.
  3. Reduce your low back pain – This one is something I have suffered with greatly since I was rear ended at high speed while my vehicle was stopped. My body still has never fully recovered from that, but it has definitely made leaps and bounds. Yoga has helped this greatly, because research shows that practicing Yoga for several months can ease chronic low back pain, help you function better, and enrich your quality of life.
  4. Lose weight – Yoga has been proven to be just as effective in helping people lose weight as exercises such as cycling and walking briskly.
  5. Ease stress and reduce anxiety levels – Yoga involves exercises that make you pay attention to your breathing. Deep breathing helps you relax almost instantly, which of course, helps relieve stress and anxiety. (This is why people tell us to take a deep breath when we are stressed and upset – it really works!)

So tell me, do you practice Yoga? If so, do you have a favorite move?

I love the way the Scorpion stretches me out… whew!

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Thursday Thoughts – Nothing Else Needed

Fun fact: there are hundreds of exercises you can do with just your body; meaning, no equipment required. You have everything you need at any given time – your body to do the work, and your brain to get you there. If you believe you can do it, you can, and you will!

In other words, there are no excuses…. There are no excuses for not taking 30 minutes out of your day to take care of yourself, your body, your mind, your soul, and your spirit. Remember that next time you start to think you can’t – at ANY given moment, you have exactly what you need to take care of yourself. So do it! 🙂