Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
Hope everyone is having a great week! It is another full one over here. I worked the first 3 days of the week, but it pays off big time because now I have an extra long weekend. I’m SO excited to have days at home with Maxwell! It has been a while because of our little trip to Lake Geneva, so I’m going to soak it in. I’ve been telling Drew how much I miss just being home alone with Max. Lately, I’ve been holding him in my arms and thinking, “how did you get so big?!”
This week left little time for blogging, so I actually pulled this one out of my draft archives and put some finishing touches on it 🙂
Today I wanted to post on mindset. It’s such an important part of life and influences our entire day.
In my experience, you have to actively engage in activities that will give you perspective and positivity. I also believe you have to train your mind to be resilient through the trials of the day, instead of throwing your hands up and thinking “ugh, this day!” or “it is just one of those days!”
I’m going to share a couple examples of what has been positively influencing me lately and hopefully you’ll find a pick me up or two along the way 🙂
I wrote a whole post on this, but there is tons of research to back up that our minds and bodies are very interconnected. If you aren’t taking care of one, the other one is suffering. Coworkers will always ask how I’m able to stay positive and upbeat (I always tell them that I do feel very resilient since I only have 3 shifts a week), for me a lot of it has to do with taking care of myself. As you know if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I workout 4-5x a week, I go to bed at 9:30pm (I average just above 8 hours of sleep at night), I try to eat well most of the time, I drink a ton of water, and I engage in activities that fulfill me (like blogging). In my opinion, a lot of people really skimp on their self health and it leaves them less to give to others in all of their other roles. My huge suggestion is to start somewhere! So if you are one of those that skips breakfast, start planning a healthy way to start the day! Or if you don’t drink enough water and you know it, buy yourself a beautiful new water bottle (I love this one: Whale Watch S’well )and make start drinking more!
Here are a few take away points from the A Healthy Mind, In A Healthy Body post:
-If you talk to me about your stress or anxiety, I always suggest that you try yoga. It has been proven to reduce stress. In my personal experience, I can head to the mat for a complete reset. There is just something about the poses + slow controlled breathing that makes your mind slow down. There are plenty of studios that offer a very affordable introductory month, so I would suggest really giving it a chance with 2-3 classes a week for that month.
-Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, stress, + enhance cognition. Complete bonus to all of the physical benefits that I keep sharing. How does it work? The FEEL BETTER PHENOMENON: it is a complex interaction of social + psychobiological factors that come together to improve your psychological state.
-“Exercise is considered vital for maintain mental fitness + can reduce stress.” -ADAA
-“According to some studies, regular exercise works as well as medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the effects can be long lasting. One vigorous exercise session can help alleviate symptoms for hours, and a regular schedule may significantly reduce them over time.” -ADAA
I was talking to my co-worker who was about to undergo surgery. We were talking about recovery + how she really wanted to make walking an active part of the recovery process. She shared this quote with me: “Spend a half hour outside each day, unless you’re too busy. In that case spend an hour.” That stuck with me. I think there are little nuggets of positivity and inspiration all around us, we just have to be willing to seek them out.
We can all get so consumed with our day to day tasks that we forget to just enjoy each day. Even if I have a long to do list, if it is nice out I always try to spend an hour outside with Maxwell soaking it in. I know that always resets both of us and makes for a much happier day.
Motivations vs. Dedication.
Motivation can come and go. I can watch a Michael Phelps commercial (you should watch this! ps. I wrote this all the way back during the Olympics!) and want to immediately head to the gym and lift weights. But there are also those days when it feels like a “job” to go or start a home workout. That’s where dedication comes in. I will not always be motivated to do my workout, but I’m DEDICATED. I know that my best self is one that works out. One that is confident in her body in part because of working out. My mental health is better. What I’m saying is I have to talk myself into workouts because I know I will reap important benefits. So, do you have go to phrases that help you get out the door and to your workout? Or go to phrases to be more body positive? There are all in my arsenal and I use them regularly.
SO, not to sound old…but, I’m newer to the podcast scene. My favorite are Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger (a business style workshop podcast, but also covers important life issues), NPR: How I Built This (learning from people that have made if BIG, like Spanx big) and Bucci Radio (fitness, lifting based podcast with a lot of fitness pros on it). I can get a lift in my mood and even productivity by listening to one of these. Sometimes I’ll just start cleaning the kitchen and turn one on when I’m running short on inspiration and it gets me headed in the right direction.
I’ve turned to the audible app because of the beautiful and full season of life that I’m in, but it works just the same. When I get a great book (like Thrive) I listen to it on the way to and from work. The books serve as such an inspiration for my upcoming workday, but also an inspiration for my upcoming transition into being a happy/positive wife and mama.
Grab yourself 2 free audiobooks here: I started with Present Over Perfect and Thrive:
I’ll be honest, sometimes I need to talk myself into taking the time to listen to a sermon. We’ve found it more challenging to get to church (although we’ve been rocking the family room lately) since our little man came into our lives, but it is very convenient that our church offers all of their sermons online. Just like working out, once I’m doing it…I’m reaping the benefits. It gives me a fresh perspective. Drew and I often talk about the sermon afterward and it is common for us to say, “whoa, we really needed to hear that.” Whatever your faith or beliefs are, I think it is awesome to have something that helps center you and gain perspective. Now, that is something that is worth your time 😉
Hope you enjoyed this post and have a terrific weekend!