Your physical reality is a reflection of your inner reality. If your mind feels cluttered and overwhelmed with too much to do, and you find it difficult to experience joy in the moment, chances are that your lifestyle is following suit. Spring is a season of renewal therefore it's a good time to tackle those areas of your life that are not aligned with your personal goals and dreams.
Warning Bells of a Cluttered Mind
Frequent negative emotions and moodiness
Continuously putting things off/procrastination
An empty feeling/lacking purpose in life
Which often go hand in hand with:
Misplacing/losing important items
Continuously arriving late to appointments
Forgetting to respond to timely email messages and follow up on voice mail
If the bells are sounding, it probably means that it’s time to spring clean your life! Take the time to work on your mindset and inject fresh energy into your life. As you do this, your life will begin to take the shape of your dreams and you will find yourself accomplishing things that are fulfilling and meaningful.
Start with cleaning up your mindset and organizing your thought process.
Do you remember the last time you cleaned your home from top to bottom? Did it take effort on your part? It’s quite possible that you finished the job feeling as if you had just completed a challenging workout! Spring cleaning your mind takes the same conscious effort that it takes to clean your home. And it might be a little tough at first. Yet the outcome is worth it!
The first step to spring clean your mind is to be aware of the bad habits which are creating the mental clutter. As soon as you are aware of the weaknesses and personal habits that don’t truly serve you, you are then in a great position to do something about them!
Procrastination: the Biggest Baddie.
In order to spring clean your mind, you will need to deal with the procrastination in your life. This habit alone is enough to keep you stuck in “limbo” and feeling like you are not getting anywhere. You see, incomplete tasks begin to pile up in a mental “to do” list which drains your energy. Putting things off creates higher levels of stress, sending stress hormones coursing through your body. As long as there is “unfinished business” on your mind, you will be in a state of agitation. And we all know what too much stress does to our immune system!
Have you ever noticed how amazing you feel every time you take action on and take care of something that has been on your mind?
Take action every day. Dream it. Say it. Do it. If fear is stopping you from taking action, feel the fear, and do it anyway. Write a statement of intention and write out your top three goals, daily. This will put the mind power behind your action, which will catapult you towards your goals.
Remember, ACTION is the key word here.
Food for thought:
What's the best thing you could be working on, and why aren't you?
This question rocks a procrastinator’s world! I came across it in an excellent article by Paul Graham. Read the full article here.
A true, successful workout regime with the potential to generate results for your body, will require healthy amounts of pain and sacrifice, both of which people tend to avoid and delay for as long as possible.
Human beings in general are programmed to avoid pain and seek pleasure. It’s one of the basic blueprints of the human psyche. This is what usually causes diets and workout plans to fail. On a subconscious level, our minds don’t accept avoiding our favorite foods or pushing hard in the gym as pleasure, and thus reject it.
But then, how does one create serious change within their own body if the measures needed to make the change subconsciously seem synonymous with pain?
The solution lies in changing how we define pleasure.
It's easy to view working out as a daily chore borne of necessity, and thus approach it with a sense of trepidation. It’s not common to be overly excited about our daily chores. How many people have you heard professing just how absolutely riveting it is to clean their oven?
Look at your daily fitness regime with a wider perspective. Work with your end in mind. Give yourself at least 5 minutes a day to imagine all the wonderful things you plan to do with your body. Create inspiring, interesting goals for yourself that will drive you both physically and emotionally. Above all, drive yourself through every moment with thoughts about just how amazing you will feel when you finally taste the fruit of your efforts. These feelings will be pleasurable, which you will then link to your exercise plan.
I’ve heard it said that pain is weakness leaving the body. When you feel the burn, visualise yourself becoming stronger with each repetition and push yourself just slightly beyond what you think you can handle.
As you begin to make exercise a regular part of your routine, you will find that you will value yourself more and develop a deep sense of your importance in this life. You will feel better about yourself. You will most likely tone up and get healthier. All these things will turn any previous trepidation and negative feelings about the “pain” in exercise to excitement about the amazing changes taking place.
Before you know it, working out will not be painful. It will be pleasurable and you will push for the burn simply because you like it!
Many people underestimate just how amazing water is. Life giving, thirst quenching, and energizing, water has been providing us with its essential benefits for thousands of years. Yet in today’s society, where drinking coffee and soft drinks throughout the day is the norm, pure, untouched water seems to have lost its place.
There are many reasons why water is vital to your own personal well being. Water makes up most of the human body. You’ve likely heard it said that the body is 60% water. Yet when was the last time you truly thought about what that means? Water is a prime building block within your body, serving as a means to transport red blood cells that carry essential nourishment throughout.
The neuro-transmission system of the brain and nerves depends on the rapid movement of sodium and potassium in and out of the membrane along the full length of the nerves, and that membrane is pumped by, you guessed it, water! This means that water, quite literally, helps you to think better.
Water also serves as an adhesive that binds the solid parts of cells together, quite literally becoming the substance that keeps your body together.
Water encourages healthy and efficient activity. Regular water intake will benefit you more than any energy drink. It is directly needed for the manufacturing of all hormones manufactured by the brain, including the depression curing serotonin. It also serves to expand your attention span, as well as help to reduce stress and anxiety. Best of all, there are no negative side effects.
Water is the agent that clears toxic waste from different parts of the body and takes it to the kidneys and liver for removal. Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart or brain. And it greatly increases the efficiency of the immune system in the bone marrow, where all its mechanisms are formed. Water helps smooth the skin, and bring luster and shine to the eyes, effectively countering and reducing the effects of aging.
In all, water is a miraculous substance that few people ever fully take advantage of. Create a habit of drinking water throughout the day. You’ll find yourself feeling stronger, healthier, and more energized!
You already know the answer: Exercise. So what is the question? Amazingly, exercise answers so many of the fitness/health related questions you could ask!
You know that your well-being depends on it. Ninety-three percent of people surveyed believe that exercise is the most important health habit to cultivate. Yet only twenty percent have made it a lifelong habit!
During your perimenopause and menopause years you need to move more than you ever did before. If you’re at this stage of life it’s time to take action!
If you like even just one of the benefits I just listed, take notice. Whichever way you look at it, exercise is the answer to anything that ails you.
Exercise will help you through your midlife years, which is a time of constant change in your body. This is a time when you realize that your waist is several inches wider and you are wearing clothes that are a full size larger or more. This can be disheartening yet, once again, the tried and proven answer: Exercise.
During perimenopause and menopause your fat cells go into survival mode and grow larger in order to start producing the hormone estrogen and start storing more fat. They also produce less fat releasing enzymes. Again, your body is orchestrating this in order to prepare you to “survive.”
The good news is that your fat cells will get smaller as you get fitter. The cells begin to manufacture more fat-releasing enzymes, shrink in size and are not functioning solely as fat-storage receptacles. The right combination of exercise will make this happen. Cardio exercise will boost the manufacturing of fat-releasing enzymes that cause fat to be released from the cells into the blood stream, and strength training will speed up your metabolism and condition your muscles to burn up the released fat.
Start an exercise program today no matter what stage of life you’re at. You know it will change your life for the better!
By Petra Bartlett
For a very useful article about how fat cells work see ‘How Fat Cells Work’ at HowStuffWorks.com
Shopping, cooking, working, and planning events at this time of the year can be stressful. It seems like the world we live in demands our constant attention, intensifying most during the holiday season.
In spite of the frenzy, you can find relief for just a few minutes a day. Take five minutes, preferably first thing in the morning, to set an intention for yourself and relax your mind.
A few ideas of what you could do for those five minutes:
Turn off your phone and give yourself license to do nothing. Let your mind wander; shrug off your “to do” list.
Listen deeply. Breathe slowly for one minute. At the same time, think about something you are grateful for. Continue breathing, paying attention to the sound of your breath. Then, shift your attention from your breath to the sounds around you. Enjoy the moment.
Take a few minutes to make a mental list or a written list of every positive thing that is happening in your life. If you are going through a particularly tough time, this list will help to tip the scales towards what is good and constant in your life.
Take time to stretch. Even a few minutes of stretching will benefit you throughout the day.
Visualize the perfect getaway. Imagine that you are having the time of your life. Allow yourself to feel the emotion and sensations of this escape.
Smile. It’s difficult to be bored, or sad, or mad, or stressed out, with a smile on your face. The smile will help your thoughts shift, which in turn will life your mood and melt away any stress.
There are many more ideas not mentioned here…the point is that you stop for at least 5 minutes a day to nurture your mind and body
An ending note: Eat foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan. Your body uses tryptophan to produce Seratonin. Seratonin is the neurotransmitter that boosts mood, improves sleep, calms you, and helps you control your appetite.Tryptophan is found in turkey, fish, beef, lamb, dairy, eggs, peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and soybeans.