Create a Joy Generating Routine

Create a Joy Generating Routine

How often do you wake up feeling TERRIFIC?  I mean  SUPER terrific?  Ready to jump out of bed and start the day just knowing it will be fantastic. It’s an amazing feeling when that happens, but for most people, that isn’t an everyday occurrence.  Even the happiest people don’t always wake up feeling fabulous. There are days you wake up grumpy, tired or just dreading another iteration of the daily grind.  Once you’ve started down this negative path, it can be really hard to turn your day around.  You find yourself without patience, snapping at other people and just not enjoying your life. If you want to start your days with joy, I have a basic recipe for you that I call my “Joy Generating Routine.”  It includes some movement, some gratefulness and some indulgence. Sounds lovely, right? The best part is that if you have a plan like this in place, you can invoke your routine any morning you are feeling down.   Short on time?  Make sure you have a shortened version at the ready too. Although this needs to be tailored for YOU, I’m sure you’d like to see an example.  Here is mine: My Ideal Joy Generating Routine: 20 minutes of yoga (Daily Yoga), a fresh, hot cup of coffee with a splash of my favorite vanilla creamer and 15 minutes of devotions/ writing a line in my daily journal with what I’m grateful for, and running a few drops of Joy through my hair.  If I can add in a ten minute walk outside in the fresh air the routine is perfection! My shortened...

4 Reasons You Are Failing at Exercise

I know you have good intentions to exercise regularly.  You care about your health.  You want to feel better.  So you decide that you will exercise – you will work out on a regular basis. But you don’t do it.  You think about it.  You know you should do it.  Yet often it just doesn’t happen. Sound familiar? Through my work with various clients, I’ve discovered 4 key reasons people don’t exercise.  Take a look and see which ones apply to you and how you can work around them: You try to do something you don’t like.  I used to fall into this category.  Runners are in great shape, right?  They are committed, they exercise regularly and it’s fast.  All true.  Sadly I just don’t like to run.  Every time I try to commit to running (starting a couch to 5K, signing up for a race, etc.)  I just don’t enjoy exercising.  It becomes a chore.  Often I can complete whatever goal I’m looking to achieve but I’m sure not having fun doing it.  Plus once that goal is met I find “reasons” to slack off and stop running.  Eventually I had to accept that running isn’t for me.  But guess what?  That leaves a LOT of other ways to exercise that I DO like.  If this is you, make a list of all the physical activities you like to do and start doing one of them as your daily exercise. You are exercising for the wrong reasons.  It’s super important to know why you are exercising.  If it’s just to lose 5 pounds, it’s going to be pretty hard...
4 MORE Ways to Increase Your Energy

4 MORE Ways to Increase Your Energy

In my last post I shared some food choices to help you increase your energy.  Today I’m going to delve into some additional energy adding lifestyle changes: Sleep.  If you’ve ever been short on sleep, you KNOW how badly this affects your energy levels.  Even getting enough “hours” won’t help if they are interrupted (new baby, stress, etc.) hours.  A full seven to eight hours of sleep most nights is crucial to feeling energetic.  If I start having issues getting up in the morning, or am dragging by evening, sleep is always the first area I look at for improvement.  If you want some tips on getting a better night sleep, check out this Huffington Post article and this blog post. Physical Exercise.  I know when you are feeling tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise.  However, that old adage is true – frequent exercise increases your energy levels.  If heading to the gym just seems like too much, next time you are feeling worn out, head outside your front door for a brisk twenty minute walk.  Do this five or six times a week and your energy levels will begin to rise! Stress.  Stress is a real energy killer.  The constant cycle of your brain racing, increase heart rate, tight shoulders and back.  All of these side effects from stress can really wear you out.  If stress is an issue for you, it’s something you need to begin reducing today.  There are dozens of ways to reduce stress, and I recommend finding four or five that consistently work for you – it might mean some experimentation,...

Where did my energy go?

Are you feeling it too?  Lack of energy and motivation to tackle your days? This is something I hear ALL.THE.TIME from my clients, friends and even casual acquaintances. I’m sure you hear it (or say it!) also.  That “I’m so tired.  I just don’t have enough energy anymore.” Instead of complaining about it, or fueling yourself with “fake” energy from excessive sugar and caffeine, why not attack the cause and make some healthy, natural changes to increase your energy levels? This month, I’ll delve into why we lack energy, and how we can increase our daily energy levels.  If you are feeling sluggish, I encourage you to follow along each week and try out some of the ideas to see if you can end the month feeling energized and ready to tackle each day with enthusiasm. This short series will cover the common causes of lack of energy and how to overcome them.  We’ll look at what we eat, how we take care of (or don’t take care of) our physical and emotional needs, and how to get that spark back. To kick things off, what ARE the common causes of lack of energy? lack of sleep poor diet artificial stimulants lack of excitement dread or boredom draining relationships Recognize any of these in your life?  I’d say most people encounter most if not all of these issues at various points in their life.  But just because we are experiencing it, doesn’t mean we have to accept it as the status quo.  Often we can do something about it and increase our energy at the same time. So, if...

Do you need a new vantage point?

Recently I was reading an issue of Southern Living magazine, and I came across an article with some advice for landscaping.  There was a paragraph in this article about providing different vantage points in yard.  In other words, finding small spots in your yard to enjoy a different view or to invoke a different feeling. For some reason, that idea of a different vantage point got stuck in my brain.  I started to think about how we could and should often have different vantage points for our lives. Think about that for a second. How fabulous would it be to be able to view any aspect of your life differently?  Especially areas that trouble or stress you out.  Guess what?  You can totally do this. Let me give you an example: First Vantage Point:  “My evenings are crazy!  I’m so busy hauling kids around to their practices that I don’t have time to get ANYTHING else done.  Forget healthy dinners, exercise and a clean house – I spend all my time in the car and when we finally get home all I want to do is veg and then go to sleep!” Alternate Vantage Point:  “Wow, I am so lucky to have a flexible job that allows my kids to participate in sports they love.  And I can accomplish a lot of work, exercise or just relax with a book while they are doing their thing!” See that twist?  Same situation – different vantage point.  I know which one I want to see.  By coming at the situation from the second viewpoint, you’ll create a positive vibe and a...

Get Outside and Play

I’m so happy that Spring is here and the weather has warmed up.  There is nothing lovelier than enjoying that first cup of coffee on the screened in porch before I jump into my day.  In addition to starting my day with fresh air, I really like to get outdoors and play!  Being active and exercising is so much easier when it’s fun – when it feels like playing. As kids, we naturally spent free time playing outdoors when the weather was nice.  These days, few things warm my heart more than seeing my kids outside after school playing kickball or wiffle ball, wading in a creek or riding their bikes – hair streaming behind them. When did WE stop playing? Why? What’s stopping us from starting to play again? Maybe for you it’s been so many years that you don’t even know where to start.  Maybe you feel like you don’t have time.  Maybe you just feel too “grown-up” to spend free time playing.  Regardless of your why, I want you to GET. OVER. IT. Think back to when you were a kid – what did you love to do?  What was your favorite kind of play?  Guess what?  I bet you can still do it – still incorporate it into your life and enjoy the benefits of fun, exercise and letting loose with play. When I asked myself these 3 questions, I realized that as a kid, I was always riding my bike, hiking in a nearby park or roller skating.  All three of these are GREAT forms of exercise and totally doable. Last week I dusted off...

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