This mornings mood boost provided by a new flavor of iced coffee – pistachio! 😍
Normally my mood boosts come in the form of endorphins from a workout… but today I couldn’t even muster the energy to get out of bed. I’m dealing with some intense emotions and I just wanted to sleep (or try…), and even though working out usually helps my mood, today I chose to be gentle and focus on resting.
Wellness includes knowing when not to push – knowing when to be gentle with yourself. Took me waaaay too long to grasp that, but I’m better for it!
Any fellow meditaters here? I had never really done it (I struggle with sitting still, nevermind not even THINKING anything) but it was an exercise we did at a recent Team Retreat, and I actually loved it. I did notice some thoughts creeping in, but redirected them back towards focusing on my breathing, and it was a nice release, it felt good and I definitely intend to make it part of my every day life!
I have been trying to do it several times a week to get in the habit… it is ripe with benefits, these are just a few!
If you meditate, what is another benefit you notice?
Stressed? Anxious? Feeling chaotic or pulled in too many directions? Just breathe. Deeply!
When you take the time to breathe deeply before reacting, responding, or overreacting, you allow your initial reaction to burn off somewhat, and you allow your breathing to slow a little bit – rapid breathing tends to make your body think it is in “fight or flight” mode, so your reaction tends to match as such if you don’t cool off a little bit.
Vacations used to stress me out, majorly. The planning, the logistics, and oh, the money. Both getting the most bang for our buck, and the paying for it.
Vacations, even cheap ones, are stressful on most people’s finances. Or, if they aren’t, they are vacations that are paid in full because they were saved up for. Which takes a LOT of discipline, you know.
Here soaking in the Florida sunshine with family, my heart. Making memories. Moments. Laughing and living and loving life.
These are the moments we work hard for. These are the moments we grind for.
I am grateful today that by me sharing my story, and helping others feel good about themselves, I have made vacations less stressful financially. Still stressful, but less so. And some day, they won’t be, because they WILL be paid in full with the income I work my butt off to earn by being real, raw, honest and transparent in my journey.
That I have the courage to do that, and reap such fabulous rewards as the result, is awesome. And YOU also have the courage to do it, you just might not know it yet. Are you willing to work for it? Let’s chat!
Because it must be said:
**Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Your income will, of course, match your efforts!**
Let’s face it – life is riddled with ups and downs. No way around it, so it comes down to how you react; how you perceive the things that happen. Because our reaction and our perception really does have a profound effect on our bodies and our health.
I learned this fairly shortly after my Diabetes diagnosis. Prior to this, I was pretty ignorant about just how much stress and reactions played a role. It was eye opening, especially for someone who operated with no gray area – I was either super happy, or super upset; no in between. Every molehill became a mountain, seriously.
I was stressed and reacting poorly, and as a result, I had several hypoglycemic episodes (and those in and of themselves are TERRIFYING). I started to make the connection between stress levels and my body’s reaction. And I vowed to work harder at reacting more appropriately.
And it’s not easy, at all. It’s another daily battle. I am an empath, so I feel everything, whether it involves me or not. But you have to draw the line somewhere. You have to say “this is not my battle to fight”, and to work on controlling your reaction.
I apply the “will it still upset me in 2 weeks” practice. If the answer is no, I save my emotions and my reactions and just let it go (or try reaaaaaaaaaaally hard). If it will still upset me in two weeks, I allow myself to feel it. But I still tell myself that whatever it is, it is NOT the end of the world. Might seem like it, but it isn’t. So I breath, let myself feel it, and then commit my energy to handling whatever it is.
When I keep my mind healthy, my body is stronger, and when I keep my body healthy, my mind is stronger. Can’t have one without the other!
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.
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.
Stress is everywhere. It’s just the nature of the game. If it were possible to completely eliminate stress, I am sure most, if not all, of us would. Stress really affects your body’s blood glucose in two ways:
It changes the way your body handles insulin
It can cause you to change the way you take care of yourself.
Stress can be mental, physical, emotional, even spiritual. Each can cause a similar chemical reaction in your body. For some Diabetics, exercising regularly provides the level of stress relief needed to control their health. Others need a little more help in managing stress.
Emotional stress is one of the hardest to control, and can be brought on by a myriad of situations; a fight with a spouse, the stress of taking care of an aging/ailing parent, worrying about a stable future, a difficult job situation… unfortunately, there are countless stressful situations in this thing called life.
A good tip is to develop coping strategies that will enable you to have more control over how stressed out you get. You can’t control all situations, but you can control your reaction to them. For some people, it helps to put the situation in perspective and ask if this is really that big a deal? Others take action to fix the problem, thus reducing the stress. And some people just remove themselves from the situation entirely – in some situations, this is truly the only way to avoid getting too stressed out. This could include transferring jobs or changing positions within a company.
There is no right or wrong way for you to choose which is the best method for you. I try to always act out putting it in perspective, and taking action. I don’t like to feel helpless (does anyone?), and there is something powerful to be said for doing what you can to better a situation. If I know a situation might stress me out, sometimes I do avoid the situation. Like if a friend is constantly being negative and bringing you down – sometimes it’s okay to decline a lunch date with that person. I practice self-preservation by assessing situations and deciding how best to handle them to keep my own stress levels stable. And a good tip I got from an old friend was asking myself “in two weeks, will this still upset me?” if the answer is yes, the issue has merit, and needs to be handled accordingly. If in two weeks you wouldn’t still be upset about something, it’s not worth getting up in arms about. Like yes, in two weeks time I might still be upset by a friend’s betrayal, but I would not still be upset about being 10 minutes late for an appointment or a lunch date.
As for physical stress, sometimes that’s harder to control, because you can’t always avoid it. You are likely, at some point, to fall ill, or be injured. It’s important to note that in these situations, it’s important for you to seek medical attention, or monitor your condition closely. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Life happens. To all of us. You are not the only one dealing with life, so take solace in the fact that we all have our struggles. Do the best you can to deal with them, using your own health as a great motivator. You are worth it.