Mind your Health

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

Image by Rebecca Schönbrodt-Rühl from Pixabay

Enjoy the Moment!

Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, I go to my local dog park and spend
time watching all the dogs runaround.
They never seem to have a care in the world!

I think we can all learn something watching dogs,
or children romp around and play.

They’re not mourning the past,
or worrying about the future.

They’re also not concerned about
running into other dogs (owners) without masks!


There’s enough fear and anxiety to go around.

Let’s not anticipate trouble!!!!

Good Mental Health includes paying attention to what we need right now. Paying attention to what’s right in front of us.

Let’s focus on the simple joys of life.

Running through the grass!

Taking your dog out for a walk.

Sitting quietly with a good book.

Snuggling with someone you love watching a movie.

Listening to the birds sing outside your window.

Playing string with your cat.

There are literally a million things you could do in the moment.

So – live with earnest intent and focusing on the present moment.

Because – that is where you’ll find peace.

Here’s to living a life filled with Passion, Purpose and Play!

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Enjoy the Ride

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Mental Health Month

 

There has never been a time when this quote wasn’t more relevant!

It seems lately that most things have been out of our control.

So we try to hold on to the things we can!

But in holding on so hard, instead of feeling safe and secure,  we end up feeling more vulnerable and afraid.

It’s time to have more Faith!!!!

Faith that things will work out. Faith that we have the strength to weather the storm. Faith that life will go on and we will all prevail.

It’s also an opportunity to let go of the way things were or the way we wish they would be.  Our new normal is here to stay and we need to get back on the bicycles of our lives.

Riding a bike is a great analogy for letting go because you’ll never know how strong you are or how far you can go until you do.

We can still enjoy the ride and the journey!  We’ll be safe with our masks and keeping our social (physical) distances.  We can keep our minds safe too by practicing good mental health strategies. (Take my 7-Day Stress-Management Challenge – starting 6/1)

So – relax.  Let go a little.  Start making plans to transition back to resuming your life. Go outside for a walk – or a bike ride! Even if you fall down, remember you can get back up and try again!

Here’s to living a life full of Passion, Purpose and Play.

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Sometimes the worst place you can be at is in your own head.”

(Gluck, S. (2013, January 29). Quotes on Mental Health and Mental Illness, HealthyPlace)

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Mental Health Month

One doesn’t have to be suffering from a mental illness to be suffering from mental distress.

And the thing that is most distressing us are our thoughts!

When we’re felling overwhelmed and stressed, we need to take a break.

A break from our Thoughts!!!!

How do you do that – you ask? Well … let’s take a look at some strategies to quell a noisy mind and mind our stress:

  • Journal what’s in your head and then put that aside
  • Go for a walk and engage all 5 senses in your environment
  • Dance, Sing, Draw, Color
  • Yoga or any exercise that takes concentration
  • Watch an engaging film, video, talk that requires your full attention
  • Read
  • Learn a new skill, language, task
  • Talk to a friend, colleague, support person
  • Savor cooking and eating a delicious meal
  • Name the sensations you’re feeling in your body
  • Practice mindfulness activities

That should get you started.  The key is to try different things at different times to quiet your mind.

Once you’re in a calmer frame of mind, it’s easier to address your worries and concerns from a constructive place versus an anxious state.

Go ahead – try it for yourself!  You’ll be glad you did!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life full of Passion, Purpose and Play.

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Self-Care = Self-Love

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This is Mental Health Month and we’ll be focusing on tips and strategies to support good mental health.

Let’s start with Self-Care!  

Too many people believe that self-care is just a ‘Nice-to’ – not a necessity!

We’re all so busy working, or taking care of our families, or running errands, or cooking or cleaning or ….. (fill in the blank).  We collapse at the end of the day with no time or energy for ourselves.

Tomorrow is another day.  We’ll work out then.  Or get up early and meditate.  Or make time to prepare a healthy dinner, etc.

The truth is tomorrow never comes

If you want to feel better, look better, work better, or just be happier, you need to make self-care a priority.

Decide – Right Now – that you deserve to be Happy.  You deserve to be Healthy! And this is essential to your Mental Health.

Focus on what nurtures you – what feeds your soul.  Or at a minimum, what puts a smile on your face.

Make a list of 3 things you can do today for your mental health.  If you’re not sure, here are some suggestions:

  • Write down what you most appreciate about yourself and your life
  • Reach out to someone you appreciate and tell them
  • Get outside and breathe some fresh air
  • Go for a walk in your neighborhood and focus on the greenery & flowers
  • Put on some music and close your eyes and get lost in it – or get up and dance to it
  • Drink a cold or cool glass of water and savor how it quenches your thirst
  • Prepare your favorite meal and set a nice table for one
  • Stop comparing yourself to others
  • Give yourself a facial, manicure, pedicure, shave, etc. – Spruce up your look
  • Spruce up your home – Declutter – Organize – Purge
  • Paint, draw, color, sketch, write – Be Creative

These are just some suggestions and I’m sure you have your own.  The key is to do something everyday just for you!

Here’s to good Mental Health and living with Passion, Purpose and Play!

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Paper Paradise

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As we come to the end of ‘Tom Foolery’ month, let’s not lose sight of our                          sense of humor!

When my son came home this morning from the store with Charmin in tow, it was as if we had just been given the winning lottery ticket!

Who would have thought that toilet paper would be our next form of currency!

There have been many funny memes and TikToks about this – but one of the funniest videos I’ve seen was from Carol Burnett.  It is over 20yrs. old but very topical!

I highlighted it in my ‘Five O’clock Friday‘ series.  If you missed it, here’s the link:

 

Let’s never lose sight of our ability to laugh in the face of adversity.

To smile even when we’re stressed!

And to have hope and faith that things will get better!

 

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with toilet paper! :+)

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Right-side Up

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”Phyllis Dillar

 

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When your world seems to be Upside Down, a Smile can turn it Right side Up!

I know a lot of people are in difficult circumstances right now and don’t have a lot to smile about.

But that’s the EXACT reason we all need to Smile!

Smiling has a direct correlation to our Happiness!

And I know we can all use a little more of that right now!

Smiling can trick the body into helping you elevate your mood because the physical act of smiling actually activates neural messaging in your brain.

A simple smile can trigger the release of neural communication boosting neuropeptides as well as mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.

In layman’s terms … it makes us feel better!  And once I feel better I’m more likely to engage in positive activities which will make me feel even better which will make me SMILE even more!

It’s a Win-Win-Win!  So go SMILE  a lot today!

 Spread your Sunshine all over the place and put on a HAPPY FACE!

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ps – Tune into our new Video Series on our Facebook Business Page.  I know you’ll SMILE at how bad they are!  Only kidding … they’re real like me!  Transparent & to the point!

 

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Keep the Light On

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Tomfoolery Month

Ok – Admit it …

Your refrigerator sees more of you than your family!

Call it stress eating,
Call it snacking,
Call it ‘Why am I always Hungry’!

Even though I’ve worked from home for years,
I have found myself standing and staring
into the refrigerator a lot more since this Pandemic!

Can you Relate?

So instead of ‘stress eating’ at night – maybe we can make it a game instead.

How about leaving surprise treats in the refrigerator for our loved ones?

I left a bag of baby carrots for my son.

I left a bag of sweet peppers for my daughter.

And … I left myself a box of ice-cream sandwiches!                                                                (I deserve a treat – don’t I)

Of course you can leave anything you want!

Instead of food – leave love notes.

Or notes of appreciation.

Or N.O.T.E.S.:  No One Take Ellen’s Sweets!

Bottom line is to have some fun here!                                                                                           Go ahead and have a dance-off to dance off your night bingeing!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life!

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Epicenter for Fun

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Given that most people are now working from home, this quote/image seemed ideal for this week!

Our homes have become the Epicenter for Work & School!

There’s no reason why they can’t also be a Hot spot for some Hilarity!

I’ve watched countless videos & Tiktoks of people doing the silliest things to put smiles on everyone’s faces!

Laughter is the best medicine as I said last week and we need to laugh now more than ever!!!

Last week I posted a list of ideas to ‘lighten‘ your mood.  How many have you done?

What … none?  What are you waiting for! Here’s a few more ideas to get you going:

  • Watch funny memes or tiktoks  or whatever is the hotspot today!
  • Go to Netflix or Disney or Hulu or ( whatever is ‘hot’) and watch a funny show or movie!
  • Make funny faces at your loved one – or your neighbors or your TV!
  • Create an Improv Show
  • Stage your own Karaoke contest
  • Have a pillow fight
  • Share baby photos with friends online or virtually
  • Share embarrassing photos with each other from your childhood
  • Share an embarrassing story about yourself that you now laugh about
  • Share a Joke
  • Share this post …..

Have some fun – be silly – and remember to play this week!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose and Play!

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April Foolery

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans.  It’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.”  – Horace

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Photo by Lidya Nada on Unsplash

 

I’m kicking off the month of April in honor of  APRIL FOOLS DAY!

It’s been very stressful for a lot of people right now.

Given all the fear and anxiety everyone is experiencing,
I think we could all use a little Silliness to lighten up our Moods!

And, this is the Right Time to be Silly!

Many of us are working from home and homeschooling our kids.  There’s a lot on our plates and it can feel overwhelming at times.

Laughter is the best medicine when it comes to stress and there are few things better than laughing at ourselves.

Let’s all be Fools and do something Silly everyday this month!

Here’s my suggestions:

  • Dance around the living room or kitchen or any room really
  • Use funny filters on your posts
  • Share silly videos with your friends & coworkers
  • Wear your PJ’s to work (easy right now)
  • Dress ‘Inside-out’
  • Be a Super-Hero for the day
  • Talk backwards
  • Have a Karaoke contest
  • Eat dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner
  • Paint your Nails a Rainbow
  • Color your Hair a Rainbow
  • ___________________Fill in the Blank Yourself!

There are so many silly things we can do to make life feel fun again!

What are your suggestions?  Love to hear them below!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose, and Play!

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Innovation in Hibernation

“In tech communities, we consider  disruption the way to lead to innovation.
Ayanna Pressley

Lightbulb_leafThe Planet has not seen this kind of disruption in many many many years!

As people all over the global are settling into their  ‘New Normal’
we have been forced to find new INNOVATIVE ways to Connect!

TV shows are broadcasting from their living rooms.
Employees are connecting from their kitchens.
Friends are connecting from their couches!

Social Distancing is creating Innovative ways for Social Connections!

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Technology has made it possible for all of us to stay connected.

Virtual meetings are the New Normal. Virtual ‘Happy Hours’ are done via Zoom or Skype or some other platform.

And I’m sure as I’m writing this, there are people all over the globe innovating other ways to connect and create community.

A friend posted a picture of their neighborhood curbside ‘Social Distancing Happy Hour’!  We’ve seen the photos of people in Italy & Spain singing & playing music on their balconies.

Let’s put on your own ‘Thinking Caps’ and Disrupt our routine in Newer, Innovative ways. 

Here’s a few of my own:

  • Work on my couch in my PJ’s (not really innovative – but comfortable)
  • Play all day and work at night
  • Create content for my website
  • Exercise midday
  • Conduct a Creative Cooking Contest with what’s left in my pantry!

 

Ok – those are mine. Clearly I could use YOUR inspiring innovative ideas too!

Post below and let’s STAY CONNECTED!

Here’s to Living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose & Play!

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