5 ways to boost your self confidence

Lets face it. Confidence is sexy.  We admire people that have it and we all want more of it.  We’re talking about the kind of confidence that is self-assured, self-aware, unintimidated, doesn’t try to impress and lives without fear and negative talk.  So how do we get more of it? How do you cultivate confidence and inner strength?   

 

Understand that no-one is perfect.  Even people that you think are perfect are not.   Everyone struggles with something. Start seeing yourself as equal to others and not less than.  It is what you do with what you have everyday that makes you who you are.  

 

Gain knowledge or get good at something.  

Challenging yourself by learning something new or committing to knowing more about a particular subject, or doing one thing really well.  Becoming good at something makes you interesting and being interesting boosts confidence.  

 

Silence your inner critic.  The first step toward self confidence is self love.  This is huge because it’s something most people don’t even realize they’re doing.  Even positive thinkers can walk around criticizing themselves all day long and it’s one of the most destructive barriers to self confidence. 

 

Pay attention to the thoughts you’re having. Just observe and listen to yourself.  Then question every thought. Is that true or is that a habitual reaction — then, reject the negative self talk. Truly reject it by saying I reject that thought — “I’m not stupid, I just wasn’t paying attention.”  Or “I’m not a loser, but I am overcommitting and neglecting to pay attention.” Or “I’m not fat, I have strong arms to carry my babies and legs that I can use everyday to take me places.“ Replacing negative talk with positive thoughts or solutions is key. 

 

Move.  When we are stagnant and unmoving, we don’t get the body confidence that comes from being strong and capable.  This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon or become a body builder — just move. Whether its walking, dancing, running, yoga, stretching, taking the stairs, becoming stronger and allowing your body to perform increases confidence.  

 

Affirm yourself.  Affirmations are positive and uplifting statements that we say to ourselves. We tend to believe what we tell ourselves constantly, whether positive or negative.  Make sure you’re affirming yourself and envisioning the confident person you want to become.  

 

Care for yourself.  This quote says it all; “Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” — Parker Palmer

 

Self-confidence depends on a combination of good physical care, emotional health and social fulfillment. It is hard to feel good about yourself if you are not taking care of yourself.   Make time to shower, spend an extra few minutes lovingly massaging a rich, beautiful smelling lotion in to your body, try new products that nurture you and uplift you, get sleep, dress in something you’re proud of and build your self-confidence by making the effort to look after your own needs.

 

Lastly, set yourself up to win.  Make small goals and keep track of your wins.  Your confidence will begin to creep in every day you are aware of what is derailing your confidence and every day you do something good for yourself or someone else.  You got this!

7 best self care practises you need to introduce to your life right now

Sugar, you may already know that you are the only one that can control your environment and what you allow in your life. That premise is what sparked the whole self-care movement. The realization that there are things you can do every day — both mentally and physically — to promote a sense of greater well being in your life.  

 

So what are some simple things that promote a more peaceful, loving relationship with yourself and in turn creates a more positive life for those around you?  Here are seven simple ideas to start you on your self care journey.  

 

 

  1. Practice gratitude.  Starting a daily gratitude journal or a morning meditative practice where you think of all the things you’re grateful will nurture a deep sense of well being in your life.  Not only that, the more gratitude you show and practice, the more things that come in to your life that you’ll be grateful for. You’ll attract an avalanche of abundance.

  2. Draw your boundaries like a [email protected]&8$# f-er.  Yep. Said it. Not taking it back.  Protecting your boundaries simply means learning to say NO to things you commit to that drain your energy.  You don’t have to accept every invitation. Be honest with yourself and look at what drains your emotional bank and what fills it up.  Are there things you need to let go of? Overcommitting, being sleep deprived and constantly busy are not badges of honor. They are a symptom of a person that is not protecting their emotional well being. 

 

 

  1. Sleep! Being sleep deprived affects your mood, your productivity, your focus, your memory, your food cravings — literally every aspect of your being. Making sleep a priority in your life will affect you profoundly. Creating a peaceful environment and regulating the time you go to bed and wake up every day is a good place to begin your new state of restfulness.   

 

  1. Move.  However you want and whatever you like to do — just move your body.  Dance in the kitchen. Walk barefoot on the beach. Adopt a morning stretch or yoga routine.  The key to moving and self care is that if your body isn’t strong enough as you age to handle the everyday demands, then you’ll feel it emotionally as well.  When you move you strengthen your body, mind and spirit. 

 

  1. Create a morning ritual that nurtures your body and feeds your soul.   Take 10 minutes to yourself to care for your body.  Cleanse then moisturize to start detoxing on a cellular level and nourishing your skin. Treat yourself to a face oil and spend a full minute massaging in to your face. Use a body wash that smells uplifting and fresh.  Caring for your body sparks feelings of love and nurturing rather than the self criticism that seems to be our default.  

 

  1. Unplug.  Whether it is for a day, an hour or while you take a long, warm bath. Turn off the phone, put down the laptop and just be. The freedom from being unavailable for a period of time allows you to get out of “reactive mode” to focus and be in touch with your own ideas, desires and needs.  

 

  1. Do something new.   Have you ever wanted to try reiki, sample a new type of cuisine or stand up paddle board?  Maybe you’d like to take a dance class or hike to the Hollywood sign or ride a horse on the beach.  The point is that trying new things inspires joyful living. Get out there and expand your horizons.  The more experiences you have in life, the more you have to contribute.  

 

Self care will never happen unless you intentionally make space for it. It’s not selfish.  It’s the only way to truly live your best life and be your best for the people you love.  

5 health benefits of adding Yoga to your morning routine

Making a decision to add yoga to your morning routine may seem counterintuitive if you’re a busy person, but it actually adds time to your day by helping you become more focused and present. In fact, the way you start your morning has a huge impact on your mood, productivity and happiness for the entire day.  

 

Substitute a few minutes of yoga for checking email or social media and you’ll no doubt see positive changes in all areas of your life.  The benefits are far reaching both physically and mentally.  

 

  1. Improved Focus + Mental Clarity.  Yoga helps you learn to bring your breath under control and teaches stillness in the mind which allows you to learn a deeper level of focus that benefits concentration and both task and time management.  

 

  1. Energy Boost.  After starting your day with a yoga session, you may even find yourself foregoing your cappuccino habit.  Moving your body means you’re oxygenating cells and when that happens, your whole body reinvigorates.  

 

  1. Reduces Stress + Anxiety Levels.  With more oxygen pumping and a more focused mind, you’ll automatically feel more relaxed.  Yoga breathing also helps calm nerves and release blocked and anxious energy in your body. The mindful approach to yoga also helps you become less reactive in general. 

 

  1. Increased Strength + Flexibility.  Yoga lengthens and stretches our tight bodies, and when done in the morning, prepares you to move throughout the day, helping to prevent injury and stiffness. It increases spinal flexibility, promotes better posture and uses our own body weight to increase muscle tone which also helps boost metabolism.    

 

  1. Helps Sleep Rhythm & Balance Hormones

 The attention to breathing and meditation has a positive effect on the endocrine system, which is responsible for long-term body maintenance. The endocrine system uses glands and hormones, to help keep you balanced. Certain yoga poses stimulate the pineal gland which excretes melatonin that regulates sleep patterns.

 

From mood to muscle tone, there are so many reasons to become a morning person and a yogi! Namaste! 

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Spring Clean Your Bathroom in Less Than an Hour

Spring is almost upon us, and along with the flowers, pollen and sunshine – this season means it’s time to do all the cleaning we’ve been putting off for the past three seasons.

 

And while that’s not exactly exciting, the feeling of accomplishment you get after a good spring clean are priceless.

 

The first place to start your spring clean is the bathroom. Why? Because it’s probably full of stuff you don’t really need anymore.

 

To give you a hand, we’ve rounded up a few easy ways to clean out your bathroom in less than an hour. Yep, you read that right. Your bathroom will be looking fresh in less than the time it takes you to watch a movie.

 

 

Keep the must-haves, but refresh where needed

We all need cleaning tools – they’re essential for the health and hygiene of our bathrooms. Keep the essentials you use that are still in good shape, and get rid of anything that’s seen better days in favor of a new item. Trust us, the small investment will be totally worth it.

 

Say sayonara to the harsh chemicals

Did you know there are so many effective cleaning ingredients hiding in your pantry right now? Instead of inhaling harsh chemicals like bleach, why not use lemon, vinegar or bicarb soda to clean your bathroom? It’s an easy way to free up space (where bottles of chemicals would once go) and ensure your home is a haven of health.

 

Beauty reboot

 

All those empty bottles on the shower floor? They’ve got to go. The ones on the windowsill too. And even in they’re not empty, if you haven’t used a shampoo, face wash, or body wash in a few months – it’s probably time to let it go.

 

Clear out any unnecessary decor

An empty diffuser. A dust-coated candle. An artificial plant. Bathrooms are a retreat – a place to go to refresh and rejuvenate, so they shouldn’t be filled with anything that can’t be used. Move, or give away, any decor that doesn’t serve a purpose other than collecting dust. It’ll make the space feel lighter, and make cleaning a lot easier.

Organize, organize, organize

Give everything in your bathroom a home. Use a cabinet organizer to store beauty products and cleaning products, and use a caddy in the shower for your shampoos, treatments, and body washes. Keep the cabinets looking tidy, and if you keep towels in the bathroom – place them somewhere they’ll be easy to reach.

 

Get down and dirty

Finally, it’s wipe-down time. Using your natural cleaning products, a sponge, cloth and cleaning brush, get into all those hard-to-reach places and give the entire room a thorough clean. If you work from the back of the bathrooms forward, you can do this strategically and quickly – it won’t take you more than 20 minutes to have the whole place sparkling.

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