Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of a “New Year, a New You” to get yourself motivated to get rid of the old things, thoughts, people, etc. that weigh you down and focus on good things ahead; but if you’re like me (Type A personality: impatient, outgoing, ambitious, aggressive, competitive) I want everything already done by now (February 1st) and be working on something new! I know crazy; I’m working on this 😉 So, needless to say, my “New Year, a New You” is a large one! Grow my businesses (health coaching and yoga biz), get pregnant, network more, and, oh, make money so I can eat (exaggerating, but you get the picture)!
So if you’re like me, keep reading below for some tips on how I keep moving forward without losing my Sh$%. I hope it helps some of you Type A’s out there! Also, a free 12 minute audio mediation I created for you to try!
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1. Keep eating well. It’s February and you may have fallen off the eating well bandwagon, but it’s not too late to get back on board! I truly believe you are what you eat. It’s so important for the mind and body to stay nourished with good foods! See my prior blog which can apply to people that aren’t trying to be fertile as well. Also, provides the 2016 Dirty Dozen.
2. Meditate. I know, I know, it’s quite the popular thing to say now, but it’s real. Taking some quiet time each day to sift through your thoughts from the day really helps to clear the mind and keep the thoughts moving, think bad thoughts out positive in! Also, I find it helps me sleep better.
If you’re someone who’s trying to get prego (you or your partner) keeping stress at a minimum is best for the body. Meditation of all types has been known to help stressed out individuals. See study from the Mayo Clinic for more details: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858
Side note: If you’re not ready for any of these options just yet, I recommend a meditation coloring book (yes, you can color as an adult, I won’t tell).
3. Set daily goals. If you’re like me, you’ll need guidance each day to keep you from getting stuck on one project or from trying to do too much in one day and being exhausted, or getting nothing done at all. My recommendation is choosing three goals/tasks that NEED to be done that day; once those are complete, feel free to add others. This should keep you focused and free from being overwhelmed before you even get started. (If you are having trouble, or want help, with setting goals, well, this is where my services can help you!)
4. Keep moving! Last but not least, exercising daily does wonders for our minds (of course our bodies too!). It helps to turn on the “happy chemicals” in our brains called endorphins. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere like myself, sun is limited this time of year, so exercising is a must to improve your mood. According to a study from Harvard Health Blog: “We are governed by circadian rhythms, our body’s natural clock that helps regulate important functions including sleep/wake cycles and mood. These rhythms can be thrown off by the winter season.”
What tools have you found to keep you sane while you’re becoming the “New You”? I’d love to hear from you!
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