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If you’ve ever wondered how to make affirmations work (or work faster) or how to make affirmations more powerful and more effective, this is the perfect blog for you. To understand what affirmations are and how you can use them to build self-worth, rid yourself of limiting beliefs and reprogram your mind for success and confidence, I encourage you to read my recent blog The Power of “I Am.” It also includes...
“Exercise is really important to me – it’s therapeutic. So if I’m ever feeling tense or stressed or like i’m about to have a meltdown, I’ll put on my [music] or go out on a bike ride.” – Michelle Obama With summer here, it’s a perfect time to get outside and be active. In today’s blog, I’m excited to share powerful tips and info on exercise and mental health and how...
Once upon a time, both internationally and in the USA, elders were cared for and treated with respect. A proverb of King Solomon exhorts: “Stand in the presence of the gray-haired ones.” Elders were respected for their wisdom and for their contribution to the life of the family. Some cultural traditions include elder worship. The Amish expanded their homes to keep the extended family together as a benefit to all. Today,...
“Even the unacceptable is acceptable.” – Lao Tzu Sometimes life is just hard. Sometimes things just feel stressful no matter what we do. Obstacles or unexpected difficulties come up from time to time that are not immediately in our control. When this happens, it can be easy to become discouraged or overwhelmed. We feel powerless. We ask, how can I feel better? How can I feel happy again? How can I feel better...
April is “Stress Awareness Month,” so I thought this would be a perfect time to focus on simple, easy, yet extremely effective ways to de-stress. This can be an enormously stressful time of year for many people: Students working hard to bring grades up before the end of the semester; Parents juggling kids’ activities and their own work; Professionals getting taxes done (I see you, CPAs!) But it...
“Turn off your email; turn off your phone; disconnect from the Internet; figure out a way to set limits so you can concentrate when you need to, and disengage when you need to. Technology is a good servant but a bad master.” – Gretchen Rubin First, I’ll acknowledge the irony of discussing the importance of “unplugging” in an online post. However, reading a self-help blog, and spending all day...
“If people would reflect that one can only do one thing at a time and therefore there is never more than one thing to do at a time, there would be less fatigue in the world.”  Emmet Fox You’re probably familiar with the concept of  “multitasking”- doing several things at once to try to get more done and squeeze as much productivity as possible into a shorter amount of time. But I’m...
“[Focus] comes from saying no to a thousand things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.” – Steve Jobs One thing that high achievers, busy people, and perfectionists tend to struggle with, almost more than anything else, is getting overcommitted and overwhelmed. There are so many times when busy people wish they could say no to staying late at work, taking on an extra project,...
Creating Your Reality “What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.” Wayne Dyer Welcome back! In Part 1, we discussed your mind’s superpower of visualization and how this mental process has a profound effect on how you feel. You also learned a simple & effective visualization technique for relieving stress and experiencing calm....
Taking a Mental Vacation “Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.” Bo Bennett The New Year is a time when many of us reflect, regroup, and set goals and intentions. We envision where we’d like to be and what we’d like to improve, setting a course for the coming days, weeks and months. This can be a wonderful practice and believe it or not, when you picture what’s ahead, you’re using one of...
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller Yes, I just quoted Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I’ll explain. One of the reasons so many people–especially busy, high-achieving people–experience so much stress is the frantic pace they set. With so many obligations, places to be, things to...
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius While I love Marcus Aurelius’ beautiful sentiment, I’ll admit it, I’m a night owl and a heavy sleeper. Always have been. It’s always been naturally much easier for me to stay up until all hours of the night than it is to “arise” in...