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Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.

Three Tips to Quiet Your Mind

August 26, 2020

Three Tips to Quiet Your Mind

If you are not extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception

and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve,

and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have lasting

negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the

moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our

lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of

negativity.

We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our

day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they

are not present in front of us right now.

Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to

smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something

goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will

listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we

are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our

perspective and attitude.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile

about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places,

and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from

stress!

Stillness

Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create

schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have

time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see

what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to

have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your

body, and that means giving it some rest.

One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in big

red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your

list of things to do this week. Take time for you.

Stay in the Moment

Being in the moment has become a cliché; however, if you really take

the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quietening

your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are

doing it. If you are washing a dish, focus on the water, the soap bubbles

and the dish in your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in

the moment and not two days from now when something big is

scheduled.

Daily Quick Stretching

February 14, 2020

Having a good stretch once or twice a day feels good and can help

prevent injuries (flexible muscles can do more), improve your posture

(and as a result help with back pain), increase blood and nutrients to

your muscles, and help you to feel less stressed.

Here's what I do:

Spinal Stretch – lie on your back, bring your knee to your chest and

then across your body. So your right knee will go over to the left side of

your body. Hold this for at least 30 seconds. Then stretch the other

side.

Forward bend – Sit with your legs straight out in front of you stretch

your arms up to the sky and then bend forward as far as you can.

Spinal Twist- still sitting with your legs in front of you, bend one knee to

your chest then twist your body and hug your bent leg.

Other quick stretches (you can do these at your desk)

Clasp your hands behind you and pull back to stretch your chest.

Hold your arm in front of your body and stretch it into your chest

Stretch your neck from side to side or do neck rolls

I bet you are feeling better already!

Also check out You Tube for some quick stretching

routines:

5 Office Stretches https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Q9AIMCj3o

5 Minute Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khDyWeZGb4w

Healthy Eating Tips We All Know!

January 15, 2020

Healthy Eating Tips

Since we absolutely are what we eat, there is no way we can talk about

self care without talking about food! It is my belief that there isn’t one diet or plan that is right for everyone. We each have to figure out what our bodies need for ourselves, and that is what I want to focus on, figuring that out! I think every eating plan there is agrees on at least this one thing: our bodies need vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential fats. How you choose to get them is up to you, but here’s a few tips:


• Greens, the more greens the better! They have calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iron. (Tomorrow is Green Smoothie Day :))

• Eat regularly, skipping meals doesn’t help your metabolism.

• Eat breakfast soon after getting up.

• Eat all the colors of fruits and veggies, organic if possible or wash thoroughly. Nobody needs to eat pesticides.

• Follow the 80/20 rule 80 percent really good stuff, then don’t stress out about the other 20 percent. More good stuff in, less bad stuff in!

• Enjoy your food and be thankful for it!

It’s ok to go in increments, and upgrade your nutrition in steps. Make a

healthier choice and another and another.