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Choose Joy During Hard Times

Nov 26, 2020

Life is full of ups and downs.  This year has been no exception.  When you’re feeling all the pain, worry, and stress, shift your focus to the positive.  You can still feel joy and sadness at the same time.  Do not dismiss the feeling of happiness just because you feel sadness.  If you’ve lost something this year and feel in despair, it’s okay to still laugh, smile, and feel a sense of joy in your life.  Both can be felt simultaneously.  If you want to get through your difficult time you must let some light in instead of holding onto the darkness.  When you choose joy, you will feel more equipped to get through the hard times.  Here is how to choose joy during hard times.

 

Schedule Your Joy

If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real and happening.  If you want to experience more joy in your life then you must schedule it on your calendar.  It won’t magically appear.  You must plan out...

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Five Tips To Make It Through Hard Times

Nov 19, 2020

Life is very uncertain.  Especially right now with a global pandemic.  The fear of the unknown is scary.  However, you don’t have to wallow in your fear of the unknown.  Here are five tips to help you make it through hard times.

 

1. Find Healthy Habits

When you experience a crisis, you begin to question a lot of your daily activities and what’s most important in your life.  Take a look at your daily life and assess what brings you joy.  Find things that remind you how important your life is.  Resolve to carry these things forward and make them habits that you include in your daily routine.  Then, let go of the habits that are not serving you.  Stick to your healthy habits and the things that make you feel good.  Your habits will provide you with a sense of certainty when everything has been turned upside down.  Your daily habits take out any decision making as you move through them without much...

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How To Spice Up Your Daily Routine

Nov 12, 2020

If you’ve ever struggled to maintain a daily planner, it could be because you don’t feel like you have enough variety of activities going on each day to fill one out.  But, even if you feel like your days are on repeat, it’s important to have a clear view of what’s happening each day.  If you’re wanting some more variety in your life, then there are a few things you can do that will spice up your daily routine.

 

New

If you feel like your days are stuck on repeat then spice things up by scheduling in something new and exciting.  This could be cooking a new recipe, taking a road trip, or trying a new hobby.  Do something that’s a new adventure for you.  This will give you something to look forward to.

 

Sometimes the easiest way to spice up your daily routine is just to give yourself a new look.  Instead of seeing the same old you in the mirror, spice things up by doing your makeup differently.  Get a...

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Create Your Successful Morning Routine

Nov 05, 2020

Setting yourself up for a successful day means starting the day off right to begin with.  Having a healthy morning routine will ensure that you get your day started on the right foot.  Increase your focus, productivity, and happiness by having a solid morning routine.  Use these three areas to help you create your successful morning routine.

  

Move

In the morning, start with a full glass of water to get hydrated.  Then wake up your body with some daily exercise.  Get your heart pumping and sweat.  You don’t have to do crazy cardio.  Even a nice brisk walk or yoga and stretching can energize your body after a full nights sleep.  Exercise not only gives you energy in the morning but it’s also a great way to reduce stress and make you feel good about your body.  Focus on your breathing while you work out.  Breathe deeply and increase the oxygen flow to your body.  Start your morning off by moving to get your...

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Create Your Perfectly Planned Day

Oct 29, 2020

Your perfectly planned day doesn’t have to be difficult.  Your morning and evening routines are the end caps to your perfectly planned day.  Then, you can start filling in the rest of your day based off your energy levels.  Here is how to create your perfectly planned day.

 

Morning Routine

Have a morning routine to wake yourself up and get you in the right headspace for the day ahead.  Drink a full glass of water to hydrate yourself after a long nights sleep.  Exercise to get your blood pumping and stretch out your muscles.  Fuel your body with healthy food like a green smoothie.  Listen to something inspirational to feel positive.  Avoid scrolling through social media first thing in the morning that may trigger comparison or negative thoughts.  Also, check your email later in the day so you don’t get sidetracked with other people’s agendas.  Set yourself up for success with a solid morning routine.

 

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Create Certainty With A Structured Day

Oct 22, 2020

In a world that feels so uncertain, it’s important to give yourself some certainty by creating structure in your day.  Having structure in your day may seem mundane and boring.  However, having your day planned out allows you to choose how your day is going to look.  Plus, you’ll know exactly what you need to get accomplished.  Begin to create a sense of certainty with a structured day.

 

Freedom

You may believe that by having a structured day, you don’t have any schedule freedom.  You prefer the idea of having the freedom to do what you want, when you want, rather than being tied to a structured schedule.  Yet, there is still freedom in a structured day.  You have the power to choose what you decide to put on your schedule.  You are in control of planning your day.  Yes, there will be things that happen that are out of your control.  But, for the most part, you get to decide what you’re going to...

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How To Break A Bad Habit

Oct 15, 2020

Habits are created to give you a sense of predictable structure in your life.  Some of your habits may be great and other habits may need some improvement.  Perhaps you’ve been trying to break a bad habit and you haven’t had much luck.  Often times you quit a bad habit cold turkey, only to return to it a few days later.  Bad habits can be hard to break.  However, there are a few things you can do that will help you break a bad habit.

 

Your Why

The first place to start in breaking a bad habit is to acknowledge why you want to break this particular bad habit.  Think of the reason why you want to stop this bad habit.  The simple answer may be because you know it’s not good for you.  But, go a little bit deeper and think of what it will mean to you when you’ve quit this bad habit.  Maybe you’ll finally feel healthier or won’t be embarrassed because you’ve finally broken this habit.  Get in...

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Four Steps To Create A New Habit

Oct 08, 2020

You have many habits.  Habits of eating your favorite foods, taking certain roads to the store, to self care habits.  Some may be healthy habits and some may be not so healthy habits.  Either way, habits are part of your daily life.  If you’re wanting to create a new habit then use these four steps to create a new habit in your life.

 

Trigger

The first thing you need in order to create a new habit is to have a trigger.  This is what will trigger you to take the action of the new habit you want to create.  The easiest way to pick a trigger is to choose a habit that you already do on a daily basis.  Such as, brushing your teeth, having your morning coffee, etc.  Choose an already existing habit that you have and use this as your trigger.  For example, if you want to make exercising your daily habit then place your running shoes in on your bathroom sink so that you’ll put them on before you brush your teeth. ...

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How To Create Happiness In Your Day

Oct 01, 2020

Life feels good when you’re happy.  In order to create happiness in your day, it’s important to set aside specific time dedicated to doing things that will promote positivity and happiness in your life.  This means scheduling and planning out activities that make you happy throughout the day.  Your day should have a few elements carved into your schedule that focus on positivity and happiness.  Here are three elements you should include to create happiness in your day.

 

Down Time

First, schedule in some down time for yourself.  You need your own space to get away, escape, and relax.  This helps you reduce stress and gives you essential time to recharge.  This is time you’ve designated for a mental reset so that you can get your mind back into a positive state.  Use this time to let go of anything bothering you, stressing you out, or causing negative thoughts.  This time is meant for pure relaxation.  Sit in...

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The Security Of Your Comfort Zone

Sep 24, 2020

Your comfort zone is what you’re used to.  It’s the normal day to day activities where you know exactly what to expect.  There is little uncertainty in your life when you’re in your comfort zone.  However, the security of your comfort zone is preventing you from living your dream life.  You remain stuck in your mundane daily routine with little change or growth.  The days go by and soon a year has passed and nothing has changed.  Learn to step outside the security of your comfort zone so that you can finally live life to the fullest.

 

Security Blanket

As a child you may have had a security blanket.  A nice warm blanket that would keep you safe from the boogey man and any other childhood fears.  As adults, you create your own security blanket with invisible lines that you draw in your mind of what is safe and what’s not.  This is your comfort zone.  Your ego knows not to let you step outside the security...

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