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Whether you’re a hard working career woman, student or entrepreneur, it’s often easy to forget that a whole other world exists outside your everyday routine. A world that perhaps involves sleep-ins, self-indulgence, and dare we say it – “me” time.
You’ve heard the saying “Two heads are better than one”, and we agree! Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive and loyal friends is the perfect recipe for creating a motivational environment. Let’s take a look at some small ways that you and your friends can better each other and climb the ladder to success along the way!
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Most people are likely to tell you that their life goal is to be happy.
Many people will spend their whole lives trying to find what it is that makes them happy. The secret? It’s the old tried and tested formula of setting goals and achieving them. Sounds simple enough right? It is, but if you, like us, need some motivational tips to get you there, then we have of some helpful pointers below.
Celebrating yourself will leave you feeling happy, energized and full of life. Our favorite saying goes: ’Believe you deserve it and the universe will serve it’. Here a 5 simple ways you can start today.
1. Celebrate the Positives
A positive mental attitude will benefit your health, longevity and quality of life. We actually have a great tip for starting this! A positive attitude is the quickest way to believing in yourself, so every morning, call out 3 things you love about yourself and repeat them several times out loud. This will teach your brain to focus on all the amazing traits that you love about yourself. Doing this will also set the tone for your day, making it a great one, everyday!
Look back at all your accomplishments in life (big or small) and acknowledge your growth and how far you’ve come. You never know what you can achieve until you try, right? Well, that all comes from you. Yes, you! You are the most powerful when you believe in yourself. Looking back at your life achievements helps you see your greatness and reflect on all the times you thought you couldn’t do it but did!
3. Set Goals
Setting goals for yourself (long or short term) is a another positive way to start the process of believing in yourself. It could be absolutely anything! You’ll feel great once you take steps in the direction of these goals. Once goals are set, the self-belief process begins. Now go back to step 2 and focus on all the positive accomplishments you’ve done already, to get you mentally ready for your new achievements.
4. Self- Compassion
Being kind to yourself and nurture your emotions, body, spirit in the same way you would a close friend/people you deeply care about. This will improve so many important elements in your life including your mental equilibrium. As you practice the art of self love and self compassion you reduce the risks of depression, anxiety, feeling tired etc. You will also feel an urge to spread love and kindness, attracting more and more positive into your life. So, don’t be so hard yourself Sugar, treat yourself the way you would treat a loved one.
5. Give Yourself Credit and Rewards
Yes! treat yourself! You deserve it Sugar. Rewarding your success, good behavior and achievements will only reinforce it and help you continue the positive cycle. Giving yourself a ‘nurturing reward’ refocuses the real purpose of the reward to be loving, respectful and again, re-iterates and reinforces your good behavior.
Reprogramming your attitude and thoughts can take time, start small and take it step by step. Remember to take it easy on yourself we believe in you and the time to start believing in yourself is now!
1. Veggie Garden
Gardening increases physical activity. It is a great way to engage with the whole family and lets them help take responsibility for the garden. The fruits and vegetables grown in your
garden promotes a healthy lifestyle, because they are rich in nutrients, especially in phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. Not only will you save more dollars, it also gives you a new appreciation for nature, when you can have the opportunity to see how things grow.
2. Say Goodbye to Processed Foods
Did you know that 60% of the calories in an average American’s daily diet come from “ultra- processed” foods? Food is what nourishes your body on the inside; so the old saying “You are what you eat” does have some truth to it! Cross out everything that is processed on your grocery list. In fact, go to your kitchen right now and throw all processed foods out. Out of sight, out of mind means you have no choice but to eat the healthy alternatives.
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Vegan beauty products have a whole list of benefits as they tend to be gentler on the skin, making them better for sensitive skin. Since Vegan products are packed with so many nutrients, your skin will absolutely love it!
4. Get Active
Benefits of practicing physical activity regularly reduces your risks of a heart attack, manages your weight better, lowers your blood cholesterol level, lowers your blood pressure, gives you stronger bones, muscles and joints, lowers the risk osteoporosis, and the list goes on! This will help you feel good naturally, so set a aside 30 mins each day to go for a walk. It’s worth it!
5. Gratitude is The Best Attitude
Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with happiness. It also has many benefits in terms of our health, satisfaction with life, and the way we relate to others. Being grateful helps you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences and build strong relationships.
Take a little time out of each day to show some gratitude.
6. Cook Fresh Food
Cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients is so much more healthier, which means you and your family will be consuming the right foods to benefit your health. Eating at home allows you to cut out what you may deem unnecessary in your diet. You’re in control of the food you cook and the food you consume, which allows you to build healthier habits and encourages the whole family to be healthy with you.
7. Get Organized
Who would have a thought that such a simple thing like getting organized can bring you so many health benefits? Here are a few things that being organized will do for you: improves your sleeping habits, reduce stress (which makes us happier), can lead to better eating habits and can boost your energy! Go on, get organized.
Breathe in, chill out and do some meditation. It encourages a healthy lifestyle, increases happiness and some study’s show it actually slows aging! Where do we sign up?
You may laugh at this (pun intended) but, it’s true! Laughing releases natural endorphins in the brain which are your feel good/happy chemicals. Don’t forget, laughing is contagious – spread it. Who doesn’t feel happy laughing? Try it, we dare you.
Scheduling downtime every single day (even if it’s 15 mins) increases your energy, mood, and enhances your creativity!
There you have it. 10 easy ways you can start living a more natural and healthy life right now!
With summer slowly approaching, many of us feel a fresh sense of hope.
A new day is on the horizon, and our bodies and minds are telling us that it’s time for improvement.
Instead of focusing on a specific area of physical refinement for
tomorrow – like signing up for a gym membership, for example – why not start living your happiest, healthiest life… today?
There are many things you can control in your everyday life to ensure you’re living at your best. If you make a habit of the following 5 things every day, we guarantee you’ll feel better because it.
Start Your Day By Setting Intentions
Setting positive intentions is a wonderful thing. By understanding what you truly desire and how you desire to feel, your everyday life your life will glow with a brand new sense of being.
Setting intentions helps you get your power back. Once you’re
clear on how you want to feel and what you want to achieve, you can make clearer and more assured day-to-day decisions that will lead you to the life you truly want to be living.
Make Gratitude Your Attitude
It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of everyday stress, but when we do, we
forget to stop and smell the roses. When we get so busy chasing what we want, we don’t often appreciate what we already have.
Practicing gratitude, or thankfulness as a daily
ritual can greatly improve our mental and emotional well-being. In fact, studies have shown that gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. People who make gratitude a priority tend to have enhanced levels of
creativity and power, are more resilient, have stronger immune
systems, and even have stronger social relationships with other people.
Find the Exercise You Love
Our bodies are designed to move. Your body is an extraordinary thing – capable of doing so much if you treat it kindly. Moving your body will not only benefit your physical health, but your mind too. Exercising releases endorphins, the feel good hormone your body produces to create a positive boost in your mood.
We know gyms aren’t for everyone, and you can’t force a habit you
simply don’t enjoy. Experiment with a few types of activities to find the one you truly
love – and when you do, it won’t feel like a chore, but rather a daily hobby that you look forward to. Perhaps you’ll enjoy yoga, or maybe nature walks. Maybe your thing is competitive
sports, like soccer, or could it be something water-based, like swimming or surfing?
No matter what it is, you’ll find it. Once you do, it won’t even feel like exercise!
Repeat Positive Affirmations
What you think, you become. Choosing positive patterns of thought and repeating positive affirmations will lead you feel more optimistic and happy. In Western society, we’re all programmed from birth with scripts that play through our minds all day long. Unbelievably, more
than 75% of those scripts are skewed toward negative thinking.
The power of your mind is incredible, and you can equip yourself with the tools that change the way you talk to yourself. By practicing daily affirmations that reassure and inspire, you’re setting yourself up for more self-love, self-acceptance, and self- belief. What could possibly be better than that?
Practice Inner Peace
A powerful way to find greater contentment is to practice inner peace.
Giving your mind time to stop and take a mental deep breath allows more clarity and harmony.
Whether you choose to meditate, pray, practice yoga, or even listen to music, giving your mind a few moments of peace will help you center yourself and really feel the blessings you already have in your life.