A Sacred Lunch Break

Have you ever thought of using your lunch break as your sacred time?  I’m confident you’re longing for it by the time your lunch break arrives, so use that hour out of your day as a source of rejuvenation.

Pack yourself a healthy lunch, listen to an uplifting audiobook or podcast, journal, take a walk around your office building, or call a loved one.  Use that hour a day to recharge and come back to work fresh and filled.

What do you currently do on your lunch break?

How do you feel once it’s over and you return back to work?

Feeding Your Soul

How often do we talk about feeding ourselves physically?  Multiple times a day, I’d venture to guess.  Today, I want to shift your thinking to a different type of hunger.  Aside from our physical bodies needing nourishment, our souls need constant sustenance as well.  We can eat all the kale we can find, but if our hearts feel empty and famished, it can breed health concerns worse than poor eating habits.

What fills your heart?

How often do you do those things?

We are spiritual beings that crave and deeply need connection, purpose, and love.  Where do you find those things?

Grocery Alternatives

There are many ways you can avoid loads of trips to the supermarket every month by getting the bulk of things that you will need over time from great websites like Thrive Market, Boxed, etc.  There’s also a new website called Brandless where you can get healthy items, household items, and more — and everything is $3.  Can’t beat that!

Another great option is to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  This allows you to have fresh, seasonal foods from farms in your area periodically delivered to your home.  You’re supporting local agriculture and getting fresh, local food.

You can then make a quick trip to the grocery store to grab anything extra you may need, taking far less time.  This will save you a lot of money, keep you on track and you’ll have much more free time to relax!

Do You Own It?

Whatever situation you’re in right now — whole and happy, or journeying through a tough time — are you looking at it with a proactive mindset about how to continue?

If you’re struggling, have you brainstormed ways to get yourself out of the quicksand?  Do you know what step to take first, and the subsequent steps that come afterward?  A plan of action takes an immense amount of stress off of your shoulders, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Evaluate what is and isn’t working in your life and what the next steps are.  Your happiness is important and is a crucial part of your overall health.

I Dare You

In our culture, we do most of our connecting via the internet.  Our phones are in our hands more often than not, and it’s become quite a habit that’s hard to break free from.  That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though — and all it takes is a bit of mindfulness to re-learn in-person connection.

Start by leaving your phone in another room during meal times this week — even if you are eating alone.  See what comes up when you’re left alone with your thoughts, and better yet, feel how great it feels to truly connect with the person sitting in front of you, distraction-free.  Are you up for the challenge?

 

Explore Throughout Your Day

At times, monotony can seep into our everyday lives if we let it.  Our schedule is on repeat, week after week, and as we go through the motions, we see our days and weeks slip right through our fingers unknowingly.  One of the main reasons for this is we mindlessly go through the motions.  We go on autopilot when we’re so used to our schedule, our work, our commute home.

Give something new a try.  Go about your days this week as if you are a stranger in your hometown, a visitor on vacation.  See how you seek out new experiences, soak up the surroundings differently, and see how different it makes you feel.  Adventures are in our everyday details if we let them be.

Think About It

Have you stopped to reflect on an experience that caused you frustration or pain lately, addressing these feelings with compassion?

This isn’t always our first instinct, for sure.

Go ahead and give it a try.

Think about the most recent time someone hurt you.  Dig a little deeper into your thoughts and see where you can address this pain with compassion.  Can you see where they were coming from, as they were acting in pain and lashing out?  Can you understand how this transpired?  Take this opportunity to free yourself from this hurt by understanding through compassion, and forgiving fully.

Do You Trust Yourself

Do you trust yourself?

Have you ever found yourself falling into the trap of trusting someone else’s advice over your intuition?  I’ve done it myself, countless times.

All of these education channels are great, and I’m in no way discounting their effectiveness.  But, it’s important to watch yourself in these instances.  Make sure you are seeking your answers using your intuition and personal experience.  You know what you need, you know what you will thrive with, and you know what step to take next.  It’s inside of you.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Avoid a Smartphone Addiction

Admittedly, smartphones make life a lot easier when it comes to finding new places or looking up information right at our fingertips. We can respond to work emails while on the go and truly multi-task like never before. However, most of us need a little help with putting down the smartphone and actually engaging in the real world more often. Wouldn’t you agree?

Teach yourself the art of timeouts. While there will be times when you need your phone, you’ll want to train yourself to limit the time spent mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or whatever else you’ve got on there. Choose a time of day that works for you and make it a phone-free zone. Use this time instead to engage with the kids, your spouse, or yourself without using your phone. It will help you feel more connected to what matters, and help let go of the habit of using the phone to fill any free time you have.

Bid adieu to unnecessary apps. How many apps are on your phone? Now, how many of them do you NEED? Interesting, isn’t it? You don’t have to stay away forever, but rather, limit accessing them to the time you’re on your computer. If you really MUST keep certain apps on your phone, disable the push notifications so you’ll stop picking up your phone every time you get a notification. The freedom you’ll feel just from having a clutter-free phone is amazing, believe me!

But install one more app that will help. So, while unnecessary apps need to go, you should replace them with one app that tracks your screen time. Apps like Moment and BreakFree are just a couple of the more known ones. You can even coordinate them with your whole family so dinner time can truly be spent interacting with each other again, just like the good old days!

Make mindful activities more prevalent on a daily basis. Being addicted to your smartphone is the same as any addiction. Replacing it with a healthier alternative takes some getting used to, but after a while, it just feels right without it. Instead of mindlessly
scrolling along when you feel bored, try some exercise, read a book, or do something else that nourishes your soul or brings you closer to the people in your life.

Smartphones are definitely here to stay, but learning how to detach yourself from them long enough to live in reality is important for a more fulfilling life. Try it and see how much you’ve been missing out on while you’ve been staring at your screen.

Life can be wonderful — full of absolute joy and laughter.  There are some seasons of life that feel too good to be true, but as with anything in life, things ebb and flow.  Naturally, we all have some “down” days, and aside from that natural occurrence, we all go through some rough patches in our lives.  There are some bumps in the road, inevitably, and we need to be kind to ourselves in those instances.

Many times, we feel like we have to keep our head held high and forcibly keep smiling — does that work for you?  Perhaps it does.  Maybe forcing happiness turns into real happiness, sometimes that can absolutely happen.

But, if that’s not the case, I have to tell you this.

If nobody has told you lately, I want you to give yourself complete permission to feel whatever feelings you’re sorting through.  It’s not bad or wrong to explore the darker, more sad feelings — it just gets troublesome when we get stuck there.

So give yourself the space and permission to sift through your feelings, sort them out, and hang them up to dry.