Motivation Monday: Feel Happier!

Meditate

I must admit that when I first heard of the concept of ‘meditating’, I use to think it was a lot of mumbo jumbo. But I gave it a chance and after continuing to try to meditate, I think this is a great habit to get into. It has helped me to be calm, focused and centered. I can always tell when I need to rewind and refresh myself with meditation. Once I do, I find myself back to feeling happy and my priorities aligned with a renewed energy.
So this week, my Monday Motivation tip is to encourage you to try out meditation. Begin you week by relieving some of your stress and focusing your energy on the right priorities, using meditation.
Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra periodically have FREE 21 day mediations focused on a specific topic. Today a new series begins and you can receive a free meditation every day for 21 days, free of charge. After the 21 days end, you can pay and continue if you like or begin practicing on your own. The title of this mediation is called “Making Every Moment Matter” and with Deepak’s soothing voice as the moderator, it is bound to help you with your issues.

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” ― Deepak Chopra

If you’ve never tried meditation before, it does take some practice to get the hang of it, so don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s hard to not think about things and keep your mind still. Once you start thinking about something or get distracted, the trick it to channel your focus onto your breathing again and concentrate on taking in deep breaths.
You can register for the free 21 day meditation series here: https://chopracentermeditation.com/login
Try it and let me know what you think about it.

Be grateful

It’s true and proven. Practicing gratefulness will improve your life and amazing things will happen. For example:
– You sleep better
– You will be less stressed out
– You will have more energy
– Your health will improve
– You will have better relationships
– You will improve your leadership skills
Keep a gratitude journal. Write down 3-5 things everyday that you are grateful for in your life. Continue to do this and watch what happens.

Dress to Impress for the Holidays

The holidays are here!! It’s time to start thinking about all the events and holiday parties you’ll be attending and of course, what you’re going to wear to them. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan it and end up disappointed with your outfits.
Once you figure out the basics, it will be easy to find the perfect outfit. Start by defining your style, body shape and what you want your personal brand to exhibit. Download my FREE Stand out from the Crowd Self-Assessment Workbook and find out how your wardrobe can impact your professional success.
Download it here www.FirstImpressionsMatter.com for FREE! (Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see it on the bottom left).
Do you have a gratitude journal or will you start one this week? What will you do this week to feel happier? Share your thoughts with me! Maybe one of your ideas will inspire me!

Motivational Monday

Motivational tips to uplift your monday

I decided to start a weekly #MotivationalMonday blog post. I will share some of my thoughts and tips that I use to get a jumpstart on my week. We know how hard it can be to get back to a productive routine after a relaxing weekend so I hope some of my tips will be helpful to get you back in gear!

Read something INSPIRATIONAL everyday

I started reading the book “The Wisdom of Sundays”, by Oprah Winfrey.

The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey

The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey

It’s based on her Super Soul Sunday talks with guests that she interviews on her show, which I look forward to watching every Sunday. If you’re on the lookout for something new to read, I highly  recommend this book. It will help to start your day.  It’s like having a breath of fresh air. Who doesn’t love to begin their Monday with some motivation from Oprah?

Take a hot bubble bath

I have been doing this as a ritual every night for as long as I can remember. Its my favorite part of my daily routine. I look forward to it as a special time with myself. It’s so relaxing and soothing to my soul. Even if you’re busy, take some time out to let yourself unwind and reflect on your day.

 GO TO NATURE

Here is a picture I took at Half Moon Bay

There have been times when I feel so  overwhelmed from stress so I put a pause on everything and I go to the ocean or somewhere among the trees, to feel like myself again.  Did you know that being around water takes the negative toxins out of your body? No wonder you feel like you can breate again. I also feel more creative and can think clearly. Trees are alive and provide us with fresh  oxygen, they have a stillness where you can just sit with them and think and enjoy the beauty of them. By the end, you will leave rejuvenated with a new perspective.

 

Make sure to look good today

It’s important to start your week out right to feel your best. One of the ways to do this is to prepare your outfit on Sunday night. Select a color you feel good in, maybe your favorite color. Whereever you are going on Monday, either to work, a client meeting or working at home, feel good with what you have on.

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What things do you do to start your Monday off to a good start? Share them with me. I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

When You Feel Good, You Look Good! FOUR Tips to Feel Better in 2018

If you feel good, you will always perform at your best. Here are 4 tips that will help you feel AND look good!

1)  Stay positive and motivated every day!

Read positive books and listen to CDs or podcasts to keep you in a positive frame of mind and ready to deal with life’s challenges. I purchased Tony Robbins’ Ultimate Edge CDs and listen to them daily on my phone. After a 15-minute segment, I feel so empowered and happy.  I constantly find ways to stay motivated and inspired. I also read my Daily Word every morning and it helps with my spiritual growth.

Invest in yourself to stay on track with your goals and you will feel better. Having a grateful heart is another way. Everyday write down at least one thing you are grateful for. Living in gratitude will make your heart happy. By adding a few of these activities into your daily schedule, you will feel happier.

2) Have more “FUN”!

Funny how I’m starting to hear more and more people say they want to have more fun now. “FUN” has always been one of my values and a “must have” for landing the right job. I had to make sure I was having fun in whatever position I had so that I would truly love what I do each and every day.

If you want to have more fun, try taking a vacation, attending a music festival, taking dance lessons, going to a comedy show, inviting friends over for cards or just plain laughing more.

Dr. Christine Northrup

 

When I read in Dr. Christine Northrup’s book Goddesses Never Age, that fun is important and what keeps you ageless, I almost fell off my chair! It’s great to know that I’ve made sure to have fun in my life for a long time. Try having more fun this year.

3) Want a new look?

Would you like a new look for the new year? Thinking about a new hair color or style? Perhaps you would like to change or update your style and find out what colors you should wear that complement your complexion. Wearing the right colors will give your skin an instant glow as well as wearing clothing that complements your body shape will make your figure look better. Brow shaping is another way to update a face. Do this and you will see how your face opens up and you will start receiving all kinds of compliments.

 

4) Move more and be good to your body!

There are lots of benefits to exercising, including sleeping better, preventing disease and thinking clearer and it definitely makes your mind and body feel better. Exercising can include yoga, cardio, Zumba, meditating or whatever gets your body moving. Remember, the mind is important too, it keeps the body going.

If you are interested in Yoga, try Wanderlust.com. Currently, there is a free 21-day program you can join.

In Dr. Northrup’s book, she also explains how exercising sets off a chain reaction of feel-good chemicals in the body. One of the chemicals is called nitric oxide (not to be confused with nitrous oxide, used in dentistry). This molecule or gas is triggered by laughter, exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, and experiencing pleasure. You will have more energy and a sense of relaxation.

**What will you be doing in 2018 to have a “Feel Good Year”?**
Please share your ideas with us in the comment area below.

Let’s have a Feel Good Year!

For more information about your health and feeling better, I highly recommend Dr. Christine Northup’s book, go to http://amzn.to/2jcnXTV. This is now my reference book in order to stay on track and age naturally and gracefully.

 


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