Health and Happiness

5 Ways To Feel Better Now

I am always looking for ways to improve myself.  I want to be healthier and happier and I am constantly striving toward making better decisions when it comes to food, drink and exercise.  I have compiled the list below of five things I do to help myself feel better when I’m having a not so great day.

  1. Drink Water.  I read an article on Popsugar.com that says you should drink half your body weight in oz. of water per day.  Whenever I am feeling kind of sluggish, I will drink a bunch of water instead of reaching for a caffeinated drink and I always feel better. Most of the time when you are tired, it is because you are dehydrated.
  2. Go for a Walk.  Sometimes just getting out and getting some fresh air can clear your head and reset your system.  When I am having a tough day at work, I will go for a walk on my lunch hour to clear my head.  I try not to think about work while I am out.  Instead I pay attention to the sights and sounds and beauty around me and try to spend the hour practicing gratitude for all the good things in my life.
  3. Write.  I am a big fan of writing in a journal.  Sometimes we are dealing with things in our life and it is hard not to talk about it to anyone who will listen.  I have learned the hard way that discussing your feelings or your current situation with anyone who will listen is not always the greatest idea.  There is a saying that says “Don’t tell your problems to people.  80% don’t care and the other 20% are glad you have them.”  Writing in a journal allows you to get your feelings out of your head and can help you clear your mind and take a different look at the situation.  I have an online journal at Penzu.com.  It is password protected and completely secure.  You don’t have to worry about leaving it lying around for someone else to find!   If you still feel the need to talk to someone, choose a person you trust and who you know has your best interests at heart.
  4. Practice Patience and Gratitude.  There is an immense power in positive thinking.  I used to be a glass half empty person.  I would always wonder why things didn’t go my way or why I always felt stuck and sad.  That was the old me.  I think the motto for my life is this: “If you wake up and tell yourself it’s going to be a bad day, it’s probably going to be a bad day.  If you wake up and tell yourself it’s going to be a great day, your chances of having a great day go way up!”  It’s so true.  Look around you.  Tell yourself 10 things that you are thankful for right in this very moment.  After you do that you will see there are good things in your life.  If there is something you want or are striving for, have patience and trust the Universe.  Everything will fall into place at the exact right time.
  5. Do Some Food Prep.  I don’t know about you, but I truly believe you are what you eat.  I recently started doing a little food prep (you can ready my article here on how to get started) and it has made a big difference for me.  This may not be an instant way to feel better, especially if you don’t have any food in your house, but you can start by making a plan.  Make a list of healthy foods you will want to eat, get to the store and get started.  This is an activity I like to do with my daughter.  We spend quality time together and she learns about eating healthy food.  It ensures we always have easy, healthy options to grab if we are in a rush.  I feel better knowing I can grab a bag of vegetables or some fruit to snack on instead of a bag of chips or cookies!

Everyone has days when they are feeling less than fabulous, but I hope you can find some relief in the tips I’ve shared.  Please post your comments below on things you like to do to feel better when you having a not so great day.  Just remember to keep going!  You have it in you to create a life you want to jump out of bed and live fully every day:)

~lmg

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My Fortune is Love

I am not rich in the sense that I have an over-abundance of money in the bank.  Sure, I have a good job and I can pay my bills and help provide for my family, but I am not rich.  My fortune lies in the abundance of love I am surrounded with because of my friends and family.  I have a very close relationship with my parents.  They have been there for me unconditionally, and I would not be who I am today if I didn’t have them.  I also have a loving, caring husband who supports me no matter what kind of crazy idea I come up with.  I am somewhat of a dreamer, but he never says I can’t do it.  He always tells me I can do whatever I put my mind to and he will be there with me 100%.  I have a beautiful, healthy daughter and two amazing step-sons and watching them grow into the little people they have become is a blessing I am so thankful I get to witness every day.  I don’t have a ton of close friends, but the ones I do have are amazing and supportive and loving and I would do anything for any of them.  I am also fortunate to have many acquaintances who add a fresh outlook on life.  I am always learning from the people I meet and get to talk to.

These are the things I am thankful for and I hope never to take for granted.  When I was younger I used to think I had to be wealthy to be happy.  Every day I am further from the person who used to think that way.  Don’t get me wrong, everyone wants to have a good job and be able to buy things and provide, but if you are fortunate enough to be grateful for all the wonderful things you already have in your life, then you my friend, are truly rich.

~lmg

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Why Is It So Hard To Just Be Happy?

I don’t like to say that I’m a depressed person. I’ve been diagnosed with depression and I’ve taken medication over the years to try to “be happier”, but the truth is, those medications didn’t make me happier, they made me overweight and lazy. This does not help one who is supposedly depressed. I actually don’t even know if I am depressed, or if I’m just one of those people who doesn’t know how to just “be”.

It’s not so much that I am a perfectionist (which I guess I am, but only when it comes certain things), but that I can’t just be happy with where I’m at. I am not a perfectionist when it comes to folding laundry or keeping my car clean, or dusting furniture. But when it comes to the image I see in the mirror, it’s like it’s never enough. I tell myself if I could just lose 3 lbs, or get a promotion or get a better haircut that I’d be happier. Maybe I would be, but it wouldn’t be for long because then I would just need something more.

I am a decently good looking enough. I exercise and watch what I eat. My daughter is happy and healthy. My husband is good looking, smart, kind, caring and motivated. He loves me the way I am, but for some reason I never quite feel I am enough. I spend hours, days sometimes beating myself up for not being perfect or making the perfect choices. It’s exhausting. I wake up in the morning sometimes and feel it would be so much easier to go back to bed and sleep the day away. But then I’d beat myself up for being lazy. 

I’ve been trying REALLY hard to practice patience and gratitude. I keep telling myself that if I just slow down a little bit and start being thankful for what I have that maybe it will change my point of view. Positive affirmations are becoming my new best friends. 

So this morning I am going to start my day with these 10 positive affirmations. Hopefully someone else can relate to my story and they will help them too.

1. I am enough

2. My life is filled with joy and abundance and it flows freely to me

3. I am thankful for all the love that flows into my life

4. I can handle anything that comes my way

5. God is watching over me and he has a plan for my life. I will trust in my path

6. I am smart and kind and worthy of genuine love and friendships

7. I cannot change yesterday and I cannot control tomorrow. I will trust and live peacefully in this moment

8. My career is exactly where it is supposed to be and opportunities will come to me at the exact right time

9. I am a good mom, wife, and friend and those who love me accept me just as I am

10. I can do this

~lmg 

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Purple Is My Comfort Color


Purple is my comfort color.  Someone once told me that purple is an Angel color, and because of my intense belief and connection to the Angels, it has become a part of me.  It became my comfort color.  I had already owned an amethyst worry stone that was purple, and my daughter happened to be wearing purple at the time I was told that purple is an Angel color, and I guess it just sort of stuck.  Purple makes me feel good and safe and protected.  If I am going into a stressful or troubling situation, I will wear something purple.  My purple amethyst is always close by and I feel a connection to something greater than me when I  have purple around me.  Purple is my comfort color.

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I Am My Own Version of Ordinary

What is it to be ordinary?  Is it normal, mediocre or common?  Yes, it is all of those things. Am I ordinary?  Sure, but not by anyone’s standards but my own.  I am my own version of ordinary and it suits me just fine.  I don’t want to compare myself to others and I don’t want to compete with anyone.  I want to exist in my own skin and be happy there.  Being extraordinary can be ordinary if that is your definition of normal.  So, I think I’ll be extraordinary today.  Happy Friday!

~lmg

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Love Yourself: The True Path To Acceptance


Practice what you preach.  This old adage rings true every day of our lives.  Part of my job as a fitness instructor is to help empower women and show them that they can be beautiful and strong just by being themselves.  Don’t listen to the criticisms of others, and especially do not listen to the criticisms in your own head.  You should speak to yourself as though you are speaking to your best friend.  You would never tell your best friend that he or she is overweight, unattractive, or anything less than what they truly are.  So why do this to yourself?

I struggle daily to keep the forefront of my existence focused on self-love and self-acceptance.  I am far from perfect, but that’s only because I don’t match up to someone’s idea of perfect, including my own.  I take steps every day to make healthy choices, stay physically fit and to live with integrity and love.  I don’t think I should ask myself for more than that!  But it is hard.  We beat ourselves up for bad food choices or skipping workouts, or drinking too much wine sometimes.  We beat ourselves up for not being the perfect parent or the perfect husband or wife.  But the truth is, if you go after each day knowing you are doing your best, then I say give yourself a great big hug at the end of the day.  You deserve it for being yourself.  Your truly beautiful, wonderful, amazing self!

~lmg

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Today is Day One (I Will Conquer)

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I have let myself go.  I came into a very stressful situation in my life and I used food and drink as a way to cope.  I also slacked off on my workouts because I was feeling depressed and let myself skip them.   I didn’t think the situation would last as long as it has, so I let myself indulge hoping I could find some comfort.  Well I didn’t find any comfort, I only found myself feeling sluggish and filled with more anxiety.

I woke up this morning at 9am feeling worse than I have in a very long time.  I had a headache and I slept until 9 because I just didn’t feel like getting up to face the world.  I knew it was time to make a change.  I cannot control the outcome of my current situation, but I can control how I am dealing with it.  Today is day one.  I will conquer the urge to indulge as a way to cope with my problems.  I will instead drink plenty of water and make healthier food choices.  I am also going to stop drinking for 30 days.  I need to reset my mind and my body and get myself back to a healthier place mentally and physically.

This is not going to be easy.  Once you get yourself stuck in a rut, taking the first step to get out is always the hardest.  I know I can do this, because I have to do this.  If I keep going down this road I will only become sadder and unhealthier.

Feel free to post a motivational comment to help get me started on my road back to happiness.

~lmg

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My Love For Her is Massive


My lovely, sweet daughter was brought into this world almost six years ago.  The fear I felt when I first learned of my pregnancy was massive.  I was not prepared for the sudden shift in my life and I remember having a mix of fear and excitement.  I had always wanted to be a mother, but was I ready for it?  Would 9-months be enough time for me to get my life in the proper order to make sure she could be taken care of and I could give her everything she needed?

The months leading up to her birth brought upon me a massive shift in my priorities and my life’s desires.  All I wanted was to have a healthy, happy and safe little girl.  Long gone were my days of staying up late and thinking only of myself.  She was my newest and greatest priority and not once did I miss my old life.

The day she was born was the most magical day of my existence.  I already knew I loved her, but I had no idea how massive the idea of love could be.  My heart bursts just writing this because I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be this little girl’s mother.  She is my life, and I will spend every moment of my life making sure she knows how much she is loved.

Someone told me once that it isn’t our children’s choice to be brought into this world.  We make that choice for them, and it is our responsibility to make sure we give them the best life we can.  Parenting is a massive responsibility, but the massive amount of love you get in return is worth more to me than anything my heart could ever desire.

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Developing Your Eye I

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Today’s story is about a street.  My pictures isn’t a street so much as it is a quiet road just before dusk.  I take this road when I need to clear my head or to  get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.  It is amazing what some fresh air and the quietness of this road can do for the soul.  I feel like I am resetting myself and silencing the inner turmoil.

This picture is also spiritual for me in a way because my Angel #33 appears and there is also the silhouette of a cross in the background.  When I snapped this picture I feel I must have been very close to God and the angels and they were sending me the message that everything is going as planned.

~lmg

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