Thank You, two words that hold so much power. It is a proven fact that people who express gratitude to other people live, happier, healthier lives. It shows appreciation, it strengthens relations, it makes people feel better and more loved, it makes you count your blessings.
Rather than get angry be thankful. Think of positive things in negative times, be thankful that you can walk in the park, wood or beach, be thankful that you can look up to the sky, be thankful for that holiday. We all have a lot to be thankful for.
So put it in writing and make your colleague, friend or partner feel happy, give yourself a pat on the back and you will feel your confidence rise. Take that walk in the park with no distractions and listen to nature, look at the sunshine, feel the wind or rain and be in the moment.
Being thankful and saying thank you, reduces stress, anxiety and makes you more positive. So let your confidence grow, and learn to harness, heal and enjoy the happiness that will come.
How do you speak to yourself, are you loving and kind, or picky and negative? Do you encourage yourself to develop or do you criticise and judge?
Isn’t it amazing that when we speak to our friends, we encourage, we care, we are loving and kind, passing on compliments. Talking to ourselves however we sabotage, pick, and can be so totally negative which in effect knocks our self confidence, our own compassion, our judgement and our healthy choices. By belittling ourselves we are sabotaging our own happiness.
Stop, be kind to yourself, accept yourself, stop judging yourself in a negative way. Start being self compassionate, treating yourself with kindness and acceptance. We all face challenging times and need to overcome hurdles but we don’t need to respond with negative thoughts and self criticism.
So next time you starting talking down to yourself, stop and think how would you encourage a friend who was in a similar situation and give yourself lots of self love.
It always happens we are rushing through life getting our chores done, getting to work on time, making that appointment by the skin of our teeth. We spend our time focusing on the next thing, the next week, the next year. We look at all the problems coming up, all the bumps in our life.
It is time to clear our minds, be grateful for small things, our health, the flowers in the park, a beautiful sunset. If we concentrate on the good things, the things happening now, not tomorrow, next week, next year we can challenge setbacks, we are more content and we can focus on all the good things in the day.
Living in the moment is a challenge as we all want to think about the future, but try, think of 3 positive things each morning, write them down and then in the evening think about those positive things again, and if those positive things happened how did you feel, empowered, smile, feel grateful?
Don’t look at the ground look at the sky and smile.
So there I am waiting for the kettle to boil and I got thinking, how immersed in our own lives we can become, so much so that we don’t notice when friends are down, or busy, or struggling because we are juggling so many things ourselves. True isn’t it…..
So then I thought ok I can’t just change overnight as I am still juggling many balls of my own, but I can change things in a small way. If a friend has a hospital appointment I can put it in my diary and call her on the day to see how things went. Instead of just writing a quick happy birthday on Facebook I can call my friend and wish them a great day in person. When walking down the street I can look people in the eye and smile connecting with them.
When you make work plans you put appointments in your diary and stick to them, we should look after ourselves in the same way, put a coffee date with a friend in the diary it is important to connect on a personal level.
Bodies, we come in all shapes and sizes nobody is the same, so why do we beat ourselves up thinking we don’t have the perfect body. Nobody has the perfect body, because we are all different. I remember a story told to me by a motivational speaker about the boy Tommy who was always naughty, but he wasn’t, his parents told him he was naughty so he lived up to their expectations. We all need to think about what we say to people and make sure that we are supportive if friends or family need our help and love.
Bodies are beautiful in their difference, the way they repair themselves, the way the look after us as we get older. We should all stop and look at ourselves properly, love ourselves and our difference to anyone else. Social media can be a fake tool to mislead us and make us want to be something that we already are “perfectly imperfectl”
Change and happiness come from acceptance of yourself, accepting your body, your habits, the good things and working through the harder times in life. We do not need to change, work harder, longer, change our looks.
We need to accept that 80% of the time we may live a healthy life, but life throws us curve balls and we need to deal with them in different ways. Some sit on a couch, some enjoy a little too much wine, some eat cake. It’s ok, don’t let social media tell us what we need to do to change.
Sometimes we dwell on things but then we must move on and not spend time looking backwards, we all need to go with the flow of life. Living and enjoying yoga means balance and respecting the roller coaster of life.
Self Care is so important, as much as we rush around all day looking after other peoples needs we must also make sure that we look after ourselves. I know, you are now saying I don’t have time in the day to spend on myself, well maybe just take 60 seconds out.
Release any tension and drop those shoulders, we often hold tension in our bodies without realising. Think about your breath and before you say anything hasty breath deep, observing the rhythm and focus on how your are breathing. Walk outside into the sunshine this will immediately make you feel better, enjoy your natural environment. When you eat, think about your food, be mindful and notice the different flavours.
“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give others.”
The sun is out, the temperature is rising and Easter is on the way. A wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends. A long weekend to enjoy long walks, bike rides, trips out with some gorgeous weather. Whilst this is great fun make sure you also plan in time for you.
When you wake in the morning roll out your yoga mat and take yourself through a 15 minute wake up yoga session, if you have young children get them to join in, they will love it. When you get back from that bike ride or trip out, take yourself to a quiet area and reflect on the day and bring yourself back into the present with some self-reflection and meditation. This will then calm your mind for the evening ahead.
30 Minutes a day over the Easter break will see you emerge on Tuesday fresh and ready to tackle anything.
Mindfulness is a term that we have come to say a lot over the past couple of years it’s the ‘in word’ to get in touch with your feelings, your thoughts without judging them. Powerful thinking, mindfulness, positive thinking, all bring the same benefits.
By being mindful when we wake up in the morning we can set the day, it can boost our satisfaction with life, with how we will go through the day, it can lower stress and help us stay focused on our goals, our choices and make selected choices throughout our day.
When we practice yoga, we aim to stay in the present and be mindful with our meditation and breathing, we focus on our breathing, paying attention to how our chest and body rise and fall. By practicing yoga on a regular basis, we begin to live in the moment more, in both mind and body.
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Lighter evenings, warmer days, new habits. Yes, it is the time of year to overhaul our habits, we all have the power to change or create new habits and a new season is the perfect time to start.
It is so easy over the winter months for your weekly yoga practice drop to one class a week, or once every alternate week. By changing our mindset, we can consciously practise and choose our behaviours. By telling ourselves we will get to yoga twice a week and planning that time into our diaries, then by setting a reminder on our phones so that we leave the house or work on time to attend the practice, this behaviour itself becomes the habit.
The benefits of changing your habits will leave you feeling calm, in charge of a situation and will save you so much stress. By understanding how our habits are formed we can create positive, healthy and active mindsets to make the most of our days.
We all talk to ourselves, sometimes I find myself literally talking to myself and find people staring at me, which is a little unnerving. Yet, when you talk to yourself, do you find yourself thinking about the mistakes you made, how you could have achieved more, exercised more, been more loving or forgiving. Or my other favourite, worrying about tomorrow, what tomorrow might bring, oh the doom and gloom we put ourselves through.
Spring is all about new beginnings, everything is starting to grow, the nights are longer and the clocks go forward at the weekend. We should all take the opportunity to stop procrastinating about yesterday or tomorrow and think about the now, how we can achieve all our dreams by working hard today, living in the present. This may be picking up your yoga yet again after a vegged out sofa winter, or thinking about your diet so that you feel your best by summer. Perhaps you are after that promotion, now is the time to put in the effort to obtain that promotion, not tomorrow, or the next day or even the one after that.
Life throws curveballs to us all, let’s throw them straight back with a smile as we can do anything we set out to achieve, we are strong and we are worthy.