Have You Ever?

When you look in the mirror, do you use that time to criticize yourself, or to lift yourself up?

We can often be so harsh to ourselves & we don’t look in the mirror for one second more than we have to, in most cases.

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror?

REALLY looked at yourself?

Try this for a week and see what shifts in you…

Spend 5-10 minutes daily looking in the mirror, focusing on each part of you.  Give gratitude for what you are grateful for about yourself, and dig to find some appreciation in the parts that are difficult for you.  Speak life-giving words to yourself — describing what you appreciate and admire about yourself.

Use this time to really get personal with yourself and begin a beautiful practice of self-love and acceptance.

What’s Best For You?

How often do you think about yourself & what’s best for you?

It can be a tough thing to do, no doubt.  It certainly can feel abnormal to focus on your own wellbeing, especially if you have a family to take care of, as well.  We often feel guilty for prioritizing ourselves, because it feels as if we are choosing to put loved ones on a back burner.  Do you ever feel that way?

It’s perfectly normal to feel that, but I do have to tell you… it’s so, so untrue, friend.  When you are in your best shape — mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. — you are in a position to care for others in the best way possible.

So take this as your cue today.  What ways are you taking care of yourself?  What can you start doing to care for yourself better?

Some of my favorite ways are:

  • meditate and pray
  • read
  • walk or run
  • listen to music
  • make a healthy meal or snack

Energy at Work

How often do you feel like finding the perfect, quiet corner in your office to sneak in a cat nap, hoping nobody else notices?

We know the 3 pm slump all too well, and that’s normally when we make a run for the coffee pot.  You, too?

There are ways to stay on top of your energy levels so you can drift through your day effortlessly, instead of drifting off to sleep.

My favorite ways to do this are…

– Prioritize movement throughout the day.  Starting in the morning, I take a short walk or do yoga.  On my lunch break, I like to fit in a 15-minute walk around the office or outside to digest my food better and get my blood pumping.

– Prioritize your sleep.  Stick to a schedule, so your body knows what to expect and how to use the rest you’re giving it.

– Magnesium at bedtime to relax.  It really helps to take away the stress of the day and ease your body into a good night’s sleep.

Any others that you use that I didn’t list here?

Let me know in the comments!

What’s For Dinner?

Do you struggle with figuring out what to cook for dinner, too?

You just worked all day, and instead of looking forward to going home to relax… you’re dreading the commute home because you have no idea what you’re feeding your crew for dinner.

Sound familiar?

You have enough on your plate — you shouldn’t have to worry what you’re going to put on everyone else’s plate, too.  Here are a few quick meals with minimal prep time.  Enjoy!

  1. Stuffed Sweet Potato Bar. Bake sweet potatoes and leave out all the toppings you have on hand to create your own baked sweet potato bar.
  2. Open face Avocado sandwich & soup. Add your favorite toppings on a slice of bread with smashed avocado.  Tomato and red onion would be yummy.  Pair with your favorite soup — you can even pick this up from the hot bar at the store already made.
  3. Flatbread on pita and salad. Take personal pan pizzas to a healthier level with these simple flatbreads on a pita.  Pair with a small side salad — simple and delicious!

What’d you have for dinner last night?  Inspire me!

Get Great Sleep

Do you struggle with sleep?  Sometimes no matter how much we dream of a good night’s sleep, our bodies have other plans.

I’m sure you are well aware of what NOT to drink to disrupt your sleep… like a big, hot, delicious cup of coffee.

But do you know what you SHOULD drink to help you catch some Zzz’s?

Here are some of my favorite drinks that are helpful for drifting off to sleep:

– Sleepytime Tea.  There are many different brands to choose from that you can find at any grocery store, so pick one up and give it a try.

– Golden milk.  It’s also great for your health overall, too!  Golden milk is so versatile and can be easily made vegan by using plant-based choices.

– Tart Cherry Juice.  Naturally a source of melatonin which helps promote healthy sleep.

– Magnesium.  Helps to promote great sleep, and is also helpful for digestion.

So tell me, what do you do to get a great night’s sleep?!

Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

The holiday season typically involves a lot of travel.  Bustling airports, busy highways, and packed trains.  Winter is also flu season and rampant with germs with all of these people around!

When I travel this time of year, I take extra precautions for staying healthy during my travels.

— About a week before I travel, I start increasing my immune boosters.  Aside from regular vitamins, Elderberry syrup works like a charm.  I also make sure to get enough sleep so that my body isn’t beaten down!

— Pack your vitamins and immune boosters to take with you.  I can’t even count how many times I felt an illness coming on during my travels due to the abundance of germs I was surrounded by on airplanes and public transportation.  Having your arsenal with you to combat it right away, before it sets in, is key.

— Pack your food.  It can be hard (or extremely expensive!) to eat healthy foods in airports and while traveling.  Pack yourself a healthy and easily transportable meal and snacks, so you don’t have to go hungry.

— Bring the antibacterial wipes or your favorite bacteria killing essential oil.

What do you do to keep the germs at bay as you travel?  Leave a comment below — I’m always looking for new ideas!

Slow Down

No matter how hard we try, curveballs will always find a way to sneak in.  It’s an inevitability of life, and that’s perfectly fine — if we are prepared to handle them!

This season especially can feel hectic, rushed, overbooked and anxiety-ridden.  So it’s the perfect time to put your focus on how you handle these stressors of life and make some tweaks to improve any areas that need a pick-me-up.

The thing about a worrisome mind is that it’s typically worrying about the future.  This makes it extremely hard to be present, so being conscious of this is crucial.  Practice being present and mindful of your current moment, the day you’re in right now, and with practice, you’ll notice the stress of tomorrow will dissipate over time.

Sometimes, when I feel particularly anxious, I focus on each of my senses.  What do I smell right now?  What do I see right now?  What do I hear right now?

This brings you to the present moment and helps snap you out of your anxious thoughts.

Try it, it really works!  What are your favorite ways to overcome anxious thoughts?

It’s not selfish to do what’s best for you

You are not selfish when you are taking your own feelings into consideration.  If you don’t want to do something you don’t have to.  While I do believe in helping people, sometimes I have to say no because I don’t feel comfortable doing what I am being asked to do.  Sometimes I don’t have the time or I would prefer to do something else.

Check out this devotional from Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope titled Is What You’re Doing the Best Use of Your Life?

Do what is best for you and your goals.  Make today count!

 

Time Changes You

Time changes you.  The decisions you make today and the situations you encounter affect who you will be tomorrow and in the future.   Are you doing things to improve your health?  What choices are you making?  How are you spending your time?

If you need some tips to implement check out my FREE Guide – 10 Steps to a Leaner, Healthier You.