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“Nothing will work unless you do”-Maya Angelou #goals #resolutions #mentalhealth #motivation #workit
Here we are in the official full second week of the new year. How are the resolutions working out? When I used to be a personal trainer and exercise instructor at the gym the first 2 weeks of January were amazing! My classes would have lines out the door, my training sessions had a waitlist. The gym parking lot looked like a Chick Fil A drive-thru. And then the 3rd week would come, the 4th…and then it was just the regulars showing up to class. So what happens?
What happens is we expect results immediately, and are hard on ourselves when we don’t see them no matter how hard we are working. The Blogspiration challenge this week is to stay motivated. Schedule time literally on your calendar for your resolutions and if the unexpected happens, stay committed to a piece of the time. So if you can’t sit and read your book for a half hour because of a doc appointment, bring the book and read while you are in the waiting room and for 10 mins in the car after. As the quote conveys, nothing’s going to work unless you do…even if it’s little pieces…the puzzle will eventually build.
“Now let us welcome the new year full of things that have never been”-Rainer Maria Rilke #newyear #possibilites #mentalhealth #openheart
The challenge this week is to open yourself up to the possibilities of the new year. You are strong and capable of allowing amazing things to happen this year. Use this first full week of the new year to reflect on your goals and ambitions while you begin to own up to take responsibility for what you want to happen. There are always choices and I encourage you to use your gut intuition to guide you toward what feels right.
Happy New Year!
“Surrender, again, is not quitting. It is allowing bigger and better things to happen on your behalf”-Sheri Riley
Open yourself up to the great possibilities coming in 2020 and enjoy time with others this week.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Life Prep Counseling!
“Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant”-Timothy Ferris #transition #mentalhealth #overwhelm #mindfulness #anxiety
There are so many of us where feeling overwhelmed is a nasty habit that creeps in on the daily. Feeling overwhelmed can only take you so far, I mean how to you feel when you are overwhelmed?…not very good I’m sure. So let’s change that feeling so you can focus, be productive and feel good!
The challenge this week is to be mindful when you are overwhelmed and remind yourself of only the next step that is in your control. It is important to only think of the next step, take a deep breath and when the overwhelm creeps in, come back to that 1 next step! This will be challenging, however once you master this you can say goodbye to overwhelm as you transition to being in the moment!
It’s easy to say “I’ll be happy when…” I lose 10lbs, I get a new job, my partner does the dishes, my baby stops screaming, etc. Could you actually be betting your happiness on other things?
The challenge this week is to create your own happiness in small ways. Using the examples above, this could be something small like simply saying to yourself “I will enjoy this 1 cookie” or “I am going to hang Christmas lights around my desk at work to make my job more bearable this month” or “I’ll just do the dishes now so I feel better” or “I’m going to sing my favorite song in my head while I hold the baby until they fall asleep”
What small thing can you do this week to create your own happiness? Let’s aim for 1 thing each day!
“Real growth is often unwanted, extremely painful, and ultimately completely worth it”-John O’Leary #mentalhealth #transition #learn #worthit #growth #perspective
Continuing with this Blogspiration’s monthly theme of transition here’s a powerful quote we all can live by. Life is hard, and often experiences can make or break how we feel about the world and ourselves. Staying in a bubble sure is comfortable, but if you were certain something better was outside the bubble would you pop it?
The challenge this week is to take something negative from the week and reflect on it. What did you learn from this experience? How can you grow from it? No matter what it is or how hard it was, when you work through something you can start to see a new person emerging, full of insight and newfound perspective. Once you actually see and feel the change it will be worth it, you’ll see!
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine”-Anthony D’Angelo #transition #anxiety #mentalhealth #sunshine #positivity
Welcome to the final month of 2019! You made it! Hopefully our weekly challenges have added to your life in a positive way.
The theme for December in light of our recent merge with another company and moving into the new year is “transition.” Life happens, and especially during the holidays, there are a lot of changes outside our normal schedules including seeing family (could be positive or negative depending who it is!), events, parties, etc.
The challenge this week is when you find yourself in a situation/transition that may be uncomfortable as the holidays approach, remember to bring your own sunshine! For example if you’re at an event and it’s not your thing, look at a funny gif, get curious about the people around you, challenge yourself to do something different like maybe striking a conversation with someone when typically you’d be a wallflower. Research tells us that our mind is heavily influenced by our body, so even if you just smile, it will trick your brain into thinking you are actually enjoying yourself!
Sending sunshine your way!
“We have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others”-Etty Hillesum #grateful #gratitude #mentalhealth #mindful #mindset #thankful #peace
Ending our month of gratefulness is my personal public service announcement:
Find peace and pay it forward!
This week, find a moment of serenity for yourself. If it’s a minute for a deep breath or a spa day…whatever it is, remember that peace and spread it to one other person. That’s the challenge this week…let’s make peace contagious! Be thankful for those who give to us and keep giving it back to spread the message!
“It’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left”-Hubert Humphrey #grateful #gratitude #littlethings #mentalhealth #mindful #mindset #thankful #crafty #resourceful
We can be grateful for what we have…
Whether it’s making dinner with the bare bones in your pantry, using an old shoe box for a school project or counting your blessings on a crappy day: Remember this quote when it “feels” like there is nothing and see what you can use around you to make something!
Since it’s getting colder I’ll give you an example I did at home with my family last year that was a success. School was closed, it was a snow day and the power went out for an hour. I was in the middle of doing laundry and decided to roll socks into balls for an impromptu snow ball fight. It was so good, we didn’t even notice when the power came back on!
This week be creative, see what you have and what you can do with it. Be grateful that even in moments where it seems like resources are sparse, there is more to be found with a little love and imagination.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things”-Robert Brault #gratitude #mentalhealth #mindful #mindset #thankful #littlethings #grateful
The month of gratitude continues…this week the challenge is to savor and bring forth gratefulness in those everyday moments. Maybe it’s hugging your child, your friend sending you a positive text when you need one, or that moment at the end of the day when you put on your pajamas. Whatever it is, breathe it in, smile and enjoy it! It really is the little things that can provide you with the most positivity, hope and gratitude.