New Year . . . YOU!

7 tips to help you start the New Year and dazzle!

Why be a “new you” when you can be the best you.  So in the hopes of inspiring you to become the very best “you” this year, I’ll share my top 7 tips that help me feel great inside and out.

  1. I find 20 minutes a day – ME time.  . I was chatting with one of my friends recently, who announced that she was in a rut. “I’m wearing myself down with worrying, my compulsive behavior, and my need to be in control.  I’m exhausted”, she said.  Sound familiar?  We talked about this and I suggested that she find 20 minutes a day to do something totally different, by herself, for herself – something ORGANIC to her being.  My friend likes to dance. And she enjoys writing.  She ended up buying some dance dvd’s and started writing in a journal. For me, it’s walking the mall or taking a long hot shower. I often think if I could write in the shower, I’d be able to create the next great novel!  The point is to take a few minutes to inspire yourself….
  2. I smile often.  I bet your mother told you if you frown too much your face would freeze that way!  Who knew, that in part that was true. Think of smiling as a facial that we can give ourselves any time of day, as often as we like! Smiling releases endorphins, exercises lots of muscles, particularly facial muscles.  And as I start to get those little crinkles around my eyes- at least I know that it is from smiling and laughing instead of frowning.     
  3. I have a smoothie and drink my fruits and vegetables.  I recently bought four nutri- bullets, one for me and my husband and the rest for our kids. Best gift ever! We drink our fruit and vegetables now!  And we started posting pictures every day of ingredients we’re using.  I can feel my cells thanking me for feeding them.  And there’s a symphony of flavors in my mouth.
  4. I put on lipstick every day.  Years ago I was very sick after I gave birth to my daughter. It wasn’t quite post-partum depression, but pretty near close.  I went for walks and managed to get myself up and moving, but it wasn’t until I added lipstick to my regimen that I started really feeling better.  I think the ritual of putting on lipstick reminded me that I was still a woman, and if I was healthy enough to wear lipstick, I was healthy enough to get out of bed. It’s a little thing, but it sure helped me.  I still wear lipstick every day, even if I’m home with a cold or flu.  And sure enough- I feel better.
  5. I try to learn something new everyday.  We need to keep our brains working and resilient.  Contrary to what we were led to believe years ago, our brains only atropy if we let it.  I try to do some googling or research, learn a new skill, work on my hobby, ask a lot of questions and then look for answers. Explore.
  6. I walk or do some sort of movement for at least 20 minutes a day.  I have tried every kind of gym membership, bought every kind of home exercise equipment- only to be disappointed that my enthusiasm would fizzle out.  Oh yea, I started out strong each time- but then, life would happen- I would miss one session or work out and that would stop me in my tracks. My motivation would wane, and my belly-fat would continue to remind me of my inability to commit.  So- I decided to JUST MOVE for 20 minutes a day.  It could be walking my dog, walking around my office or apartment building, dancing to a video or walking to get groceries instead of driving. The benefits of walking are enormous- and it just plain feels good to get moving.  And it’s certainly something I can do every day and doesn’t take a lot of expensive membership or equipment. I do wear a “fitbit” and it calculates how many steps I’m taking.  It’s the only piece of equipment I’ll invest in.
  7. I use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): tapping.  EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture without the use of needles. We mentally “tune in” to specific issues while stimulating certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our finger tips. I learned the process from Dr. Joe Vitale and Brad Yates, authors and practitioners. I have had amazing results- and just about every time I work on myself during a tapping session I learn something new and have an amazing “ahah” moment. Tapping is easy to learn, and the results are near miracle as far as I’m concerned.

 

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