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

Daily Affirmations

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 

Daily Prompt

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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Daily Prompt

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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Le-Vel

My Thrive Experience

junkI have had Thrive posts blowing up my Facebook page for as long as I can remember, and I’ll admit I was quite skeptical and thought it was just another pyramid scheme.  How could some vitamins and a patch on your arm make you feel that good?

Well let me tell you, it does make you feel that good and I am living proof.

Let me go back a few months to tell you where I was mentally and physically at the end of summer 2016.  I had just gotten married, my daughter started Kindergarten, we had a home with three great kids, good jobs, etc.  My life was becoming everything I had always wanted.  And I was absolutely miserable.  I would struggle to get out of bed in the morning, and after hitting snooze about 5 times I would pull myself out of bed dreading the day ahead.  My head hurt, my back, my neck, everything.  I felt like I was too young (at 38) to feel this way.  I was also drinking wine at night as an attempt to try to relax for a little while even if it was fleeting.  There were times when nothing should be wrong, but everything felt wrong.  I wasn’t working out as much because I just couldn’t find the time or energy and going to the gym was pure torture.  I felt unhealthy, out of shape and CRABBY.  I would snap off at everyone and I was miserable to be around.  I couldn’t even stand being around myself sometimes.

Fast forward to November, when my friend invited me to check out an open house at a new gym that had just opened.  I went along without any expectations other than finding a glass of wine to drink while she did her thing.  Upon walking in I was immediately taken in by the environment of this all women’s gym and the more I hung around the more I realized I had to make this a part of my life.  I signed up for a membership the next day and have been going 2-4 days a week ever since.  I was now back on track with my workouts, and I had cut out almost all wine drinking (except for a occasional glass on weekends).  But I still didn’t feel great.  I was still really tired in the morning and I felt like I was crabby all the time for no reason.  I just couldn’t get out of my funk.  The gym owner was posting about Thrive on the gym’s Facebook page and I became intrigued and decided to check out the website.  I signed up as a Promoter, because I figured if I loved it as much as she did, why not spread that feeling and sign others up too.  I was very nervous and skeptical, not only because of the costs involved, but also because I was afraid I would fail as a promoter and the good feeling would wear off and I would end up right back where I was.  Depressed and miserable.

Well let me tell you I was wrong!  The first few days I was afraid the supplements would be too much for me and I would get anxiety.  I think I actually did give myself anxiety on the first day because I was anxious about being anxious.  But I didn’t get anxiety and I felt great all day.  I didn’t drink any caffeine and I was on my feet and busy the entire day.  The second day was the same.  I felt amazing and I didn’t have the afternoon crash.  It has been a week now and I am still feeling as good as I did on day one.  I also have an amazing support team who emails and does calls with me constantly to help me make sure I succeed.  I look forward to continuing on this amazing journey of feeling amazing.

So, if you are tired of being tired and miserable and feeling like you have to struggle to get through each day, then I encourage you to try Thrive.  Trust me, you will become a believer in no time.  And, when you do continue to feel amazing every day you WILL want to become a Promoter for this amazing company so you too can give others the gift of feeling AMAZING!

You can sign up for a free account and get started on YOUR Thrive experience at

lmghir.Le-Vel.com

Thank you!

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