By: karengray | July 01, 2020

This week, let’s start building the habit of sharing some kindness with the most important person in your life  -  You!


We all have an inner dialogue, and sometimes that self-talk we experience is critical and can even be downright mean. That negative self-talk can cause real damage to our sense of confidence and well being. You are what you say you are, and if you are constantly hearing criticism you will start to believe it - even if it isn’t deserved.


You can turn that negative dialogue around by taking a few moments each day to tell yourself some nice things. You’ll have to be mindful of it at first, and soon being nice to yourself will become an easy habit. You’ll start to notice a happier mood, lower stress, and less beating y...

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By: karengray | June 25, 2020

Now that Summer has started, you may have started thinking about what sort of shape you’re in. Even if you’ve struggled with your weight in the past, this is the perfect time to reshape those habits so you can feel stronger, healthier, and better.


Here’s the thing - restrictive diets and demanding exercise programs don’t work. Yes, you will probably stick with them for a while, maybe even months. And yes, you will lose weight while you follow those plans. But the moment you stop following the plan, you are likely to gain the weight back.


Those diets don’t work because they aren’t sustainable. And they aren’t sustainable because they don’t do anything about the underlying habits and behaviors we have around eating and exercise. Stress eating, ...

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By: karengray | June 17, 2020

We experience tension in all sorts of ways both physically and emotionally. Physically, tension can manifest as tightened muscles, aching joints, a pounding heart, and more. Emotionally, tension can cause sadness, anxiety, boredom, lack of focus, agitation, and impatience.

 

Have you ever held a rubber band and stretched it out as far as it will go to see how long you could hold it there? If you have, you might have noticed that your fingers get those indentations on them, and if you hold it long enough they’ll probably get tired. If you hold that tension too long or too tight, the rubber band may even break.

 

The same fatigue and strain happens in our minds and bodies when we hang on to our tension for too long. There are simple str...

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By: karengray | June 10, 2020

There is a lot going on right now, and I know that it can seem difficult to stay positive. But I wonder how different your life would be if you were able to keep a positive mindset no matter what life brings you. I wonder what changes you would be able to create in your inner and outer attitudes by creating shifts in your thinking.


When we are faced with too much uncertainty our emotions can begin to build up. Those emotions, whatever they are, take up so much space in our minds that it can be difficult to focus on anything else. Our stress levels rise, and negative thoughts and emotions can become harmful.


What if I told you that those negative thoughts and emotions are a matter of perspective, and perspective is as easy to change as your po...

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By: karengray | May 30, 2020

You are doing great! You have excellent coping skills and you are getting almost everything done that you set out to accomplish. You don’t feel very stressed or anxious, and so far things are going pretty well. The truth is that stress has a sneaky way of building up in you without you being aware of it, and then it can become a serious problem.


There is a parable that tells the story of a frog that, if put in a pot of boiling water, will instantly scramble to get out. But if you put it in a pot filled with pleasantly tepid water and gradually increase the heat, the frog will adjust to the slowly increasing temperature, until it can’t. The frog will continue to compensate for the gradual increase in temperature until it's too late.


It’s commo...

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