When we are stressed, it’s quite easy to develop negative thinking patterns because we become frustrated by our challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward and break through the stress cycle.
Practicing positive thinking helps to focus on our strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck. The following tips provide practical suggestions that you can use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:
1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It's much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.
2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don't seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciat...
Belly fat is more than just the fat around the midsection. It plays a dangerous role in our health, both physical and mental. Read on to discover why you have belly fat, how your hormones are affected, and what you can do about it!
What is belly fat?
The stomach muscle covers the entire midsection of the body, and connects to the pelvis. If you have a pad of excess fat covering the muscle, it is known as belly fat, and is called visceral fat. Visceral fat, or belly fat, extends deep into your abdomen, and is close to your internal organs, such as the heart, stomach and liver.
Visceral fat is different to the subcutaneous fat which lies just under the skin, and is far more dangerous. It is made up large fat cells which can grow bigger with time, and firmly pack into the spaces between the organs, having a negative effect on how they function. This can have a serious effect on your health.
It is not only fat people who have belly fat, there are factors which show that thin people...
Are you ready for this to finally be the year you don't overbook yourself, promise your time to anyone who asks for it and enter the new year frazzled, stressed and unhappy?
Does that sound like an impossibility? I know it can sound that way, for sure. But with a few implementations, you can be well on your way to sanity in January... I promise!
Choose only the parties you really want to attend. You don't have to be everywhere at once and it is much more enjoyable for you to connect with others at the parties you'd on't feel obligated to be at.
You also don't have to throw a huge holiday party yourself. How about a holiday potluck where everyone brings a dish? Delegate out your tasks and let the responsibility fall on everyone, not just you. Potlucks are actually really fun!
While you're delegating out, get some help cleaning out those closets. Gather all of your items that you no longer need or use, bag them up and take them to shelters for donations to those in nee...
Staying on track with your weight loss goals during the holidays can be hard with all of the tempting goodies around. If you don't want to pass on the sweet treats altogether, there are tweaks you can make to recipes to contribute to making them "healthier." My favorite holiday treat is Scandinavian Almond Bars! I love the almond taste and I wait for them all year! Here are three simple ways to make your treats a little healthier!
Swap out sugar with a natural alternative such as coconut sugar or raw honey. Natural sweeteners such as these (and agave, real maple syrup etc.) can be much sweeter than processed sugar, so play with your recipes and find the right amount for your swap.
You can also swap out the milk/cream/butter for non-dairy alternatives. Swap out cows milk for almond or coconut milk, cream for coconut cream (be care not to by the kind with added sugar!), and butter for coconut oil. If you are still wanting that buttery flavor, I l...