Grateful for Opportunities

I got pregnant and married when I was barely 18. (It was 1967 and that’s what you did.)

He was an alcoholic and was fired just about every month. We moved four times. He was physically and mentally cruel.

We were poor. I made one chicken last a week. We ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a lot.

After one year I left.

Today, as I look back, I am immensely grateful that I had the strength to get out, that I had supportive parents, and that I saw opportunities that came my way.

Our challenges create the person we become. Never be ashamed of where you’ve been. Just look at how far you’ve come!

Quiet Time

Do you plan for quiet time? It can be a challenge, right? If you can’t find the time, try this:
Take five minutes before you get home from work or errands. Pull into a parking spot a bit away from the other cars, lock your doors, close your eyes and visualize the life of your dreams. When you’ve finished say, “And so it is. This or something better.”

Friends

Hang with your buds! In a review of 148 studies, of over 300,000 participants, researchers found that people with strong friendships and ties to community have decreased mortality. #wellness #friendship #healthylifestyle #healthcoach

Get Outside

Getting outside can actually lower your blood pressure. What can you do to spend more time outdoors? Bike, hike, walk, play games, hopscotch, throw a ball against the garage door, garden, pull weeds, find, and walk, every trail in a 5-mile radius.

As a health coach, I help people make changes they want, or need, to make, but haven’t been able to achieve.

Who Needs a Midday Perk-Me-Up?

Good health is more than what you eat, drink, and how you move, so we’re going back into that self-care arena to explore a few quick and easy ways to perk you up in the middle of the day … ways that don’t involve monster drinks and caffeine. 😉

Even if you can’t get outside for a walk, you can step outside and take a few deep breaths. Maybe take ten minutes to look for flowers … and, if you can’t find any, run to the store, spend a couple of dollars and plant some yourself. No yard? No problem! Get a pretty pot and plant it on your balcony or that sunny spot in your office or apartment!

Did you know that sellers on Amazon have plants for sale? Yep! I love this Money Tree! What a great addition to your space AND your abundance! Or this 3-pack in gorgeous pots! Add some oxygen to your life!

You can’t always get outside when the weather isn’t cooperating, so here’s another quick perk-me-up: Wash your face! Soak a luxurious cloth in super-hot water, you can even add a drop of your favorite essential oil … I LOVE eucalyptus! Once the cloth is hot, wring it out, fold in half and place over your eyes. Leave it there until it cools off a bit, then repeat a couple of times. When you’re ready, scrub your entire face with the warm cloth, then rinse with ice cold water … You will definitely feel refreshed!

By midday you’ve probably already applied your makeup for the day, but if it doesn’t take long to reapply, you’ll get the added benefit of fresh makeup! What a great feeling! (As an aside, these Erase Your Face make-up removing cloths are awesome!) They have a 4.5 star rating with almost13,000 reviews!! LOVE THESE!

Another option for refreshing your energy is to try dry brushing. I learned about this when I was a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I LOVE it! It’s basically a body massage using a dry, natural brush. This is the one I use. (Proceed with caution if you have sensitive skin.) Midday isn’t the most convenient time to partake of a full-body dry brush session, but a mini-session is perfect.

For your midday pick me up, you want to focus on your hands and arms … it feels delicious! Starting at your fingers, use the brush in a circular motion moving up toward your heart … do both the top and bottom of your fingers, hands, and arms. Rinse off and apply a natural lotion. (I really like TruAura’s body lotion. It’s on sale right now and you can get it from my pal, Nancy Miller here.)

Why do I have it as a perk-me-up? Dry brushing stimulates your nervous system and leaves you feeling invigorated afterward … I’ll take it! And, it can help with flaky skin, increase circulation, detoxify, and improve lymphatic flow. A terrific return on your time investment!

So, here are some easy ways to boost your energy midday, or anytime … Let me know what worked for you.