This is one of my favorite times of the year, because it’s all about reflecting on what we are grateful for in our lives.
Although, for the last four weeks I've been writing out five things I'm grateful for every single morning as part of my journaling routine. It definitely gets more press on this one day of the year!
Taking the time to really FEEL gratitude is actually good for your health.
First of all, what is gratitude, exactly?
It’s here. We’re officially heading into one of the busiest times of the year!
Before everything ramps up … let’s take some time to get prepared NOW.
A little bit of effort now will help you cruise through the holidays without the stress.
It all starts with taking care of YOU.
When life gets hectic, one of the first things to drop off our to-do lists is our self-care routine. Which is ironic, since taking a little time for yourself each day will help you do everything else better.
Tips to stay ahead of the game:
This is one of my favorite topics … it’s all about MINDSET, and how you have much more control over your days than you might think!
As we head into the busy end-of-year holiday season, it is SO EASY to feel like your days run you, instead of you running them.
Have you ever had one of those days when you’ve felt incredibly busy … but then at night you look back and feel like you didn’t get anything done?
I know it's happened to me!
Today, I’m going to share ONE TRICK that can turn that around.
Should you jump right in to your day?
If you're trying to improve your habits to get better results, one of the fastest ways you can do that is to upgrade your thoughts
Pay attention to that little voice in your head and how you talk to yourself.
The messages it sends you all day can have a HUGE effect on how you feel and can even impact your mental health.
For example, if you constantly tell yourself how tired you are, you are naturally going to feel even more tired.
Or if you’re feeling stressed, and all you do is remind yourself of everything stressing you out, you’re just going to feel even more stressed.
I think all of us have at one point.
Why flipping negative thoughts to positive creates meaningful transformation.
“Work-life balance was a mistake from the start. Because we don't really want balance. We want satisfaction.”— Matthew Kelly, author
Balance is a sticky subject among many people. If you want a life where you need to juggle a career, family, eating a healthy diet, exercise, and a social life… balance is the only solution...or is it? Fact or fiction?
Being balanced is defined as the ability to manage various elements of your life without feeling like you are struggling.
Easier said than done, right?
In my last post, I shared what happens in your body when you're stressed. Read it here if you haven't already. This week, I'm writing about the potential results of what happens in your body AND how you can change it for the positive.
When you learn exactly how your body responds to stress, it can be a HUGE “a-ha” moment.
It helps you understand what you can do to calm your body so you feel instantly more balanced and more in control – and why that’s so important!
It’s tempting to think we can power through stress, but over time it takes a real toll.
Here are just some of the ways stress change your body:
We're headed into. a busy time of year with new schedules, etc... and I know that as women, we often try to toughen up and push through.
Spoiler alert: you can't do it. That’s because stress isn’t all “in your mind.” It’s also in your body.
Your stress response system is a primal reaction... it’s hardwired into your system to keep you safe and alive.
Today, I'm going to outline some important things you need to know about stress and how it affects you – info that also will help you:
When your ancestors were under threat – whether it was fighting off a predator or dealing with everyday problems like feeding a growing family – their bodies responded with energy to keep them out of harm’s way.
Our culture has changed a lot since then, but our body’s wiring hasn’t. We react to stress the same way, except our stressors don’t require us to outrun a bear or worry about where our next meal is coming from.
And that can have a major impact on your health!
I want to walk you through what happens to your body during a typical stressful situation. Hang in there with me, because it’s pretty eye-opening.
Did you know that almost 1 billion people across the world have a vitamin D deficiency?
That's a big deal, because vitamin D does so much to keep us feeling healthy.
Do you know how your vitamin D doing?
One big symptom of being low in vitamin D is feeling rundown and tired, along with catching every cold/bug that comes around. Feeling depressed and losing hair are also two common signs that you might be low in the "sunshine" vitamin.
Why Vitamin D is SO Important
Did you know that there's a nutrient in your food that can keep you feeling full, doesn't have any calories, and also helps you live longer?
Most of us don't get enough of it!
It's fiber, and it's definitely worth taking a look at your intake...including all those healthy snacks I've included in my free ebook this month!
Spoiler alert: I've got a delicious fiber-rich recipe below that you'll definitely want to try.
Before we get to that, though, let me tell you how much fiber you need to get each day.
Do you get enough sleep every night?
Some surveys are showing that people are sleeping less than ever, with some only getting five to six hours of sleep per night.
"Powering through" on too little sleep is not a good idea for the long-term health of your body.
There are two major hormone "pathways" that take a big hit when you don't get enough sleep -- including hormones that handle things like your sex drive, stress, hunger, and blood sugar ... and (ironically enough) your ability to fall asleep.
And...it only takes a night or two for them to get out of balance.
One pathway is governed by your pituitary gland and the other is your autonomic nervous system. But they are intertwined, and they have a hand in virtually every function of your body. Keeping your hormones in balance is a huge part of feeling strong, focused, and vital.
Three Ways Sleep Affects Your Hormones
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