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Post Partum Positivity

Carrying babies is seriously amazing right? It comes with a whirlwind of highs, lows and changes. Some changes are controllable and some, not so much. This means as women and as moms, we need to be able to acknowledge the changes in our lives and bodies and find the best way to be happy about it.

It means not comparing yourself to Sally. Sally has different priorities. A different body. Different kids. A different home. It means learning to love where YOU are at. It means loving the process and appreciating what your body has created.

For most of us, finding post partum happiness, means deciding what bring you the most joy and prioritizing that. What makes you feel like your best self and sacrificing A because B brings us more joy. You might be a superhero and have it figured out with no sacrifice and that is AMAZING. I am SO proud of you. With one baby, I felt like I had everything 100% how I needed it without sacrifice. With 2 kids, I had some bad days and decided I needed to let shit go. I needed to make some sacrifices. So I did and I’m happy. Not every day goes well…honestly most are still a sleepless shit show while we all adjust to the change. But I choose happy. I choose what serves us best in that moment, for that day.

For me….that’s letting go of a spotless house for me time and workouts. I don’t nap when my kids nap. I workout. I shower. I sit in silence with a glass of wine and yes, sometimes…I clean. It also meant letting go of being the ‘perfect’ mom. I’ve now been caught with a screaming toddler dangling from my hand and a newborn in my arms….in public. I’ve now said fuck it and left events after meltdowns because seriously….fuck it, it’s not serving anyone in that moment πŸ˜‚ We’ve stayed in PJs all day because it just wasn’t happening. I’ve cried on the floor in the middle of the day because everything went to shit that morning and it wasn’t even 1030am. It allowed me to laugh at my self that evening. I’ve opened a bottle of wine before noon. I’ve used YouTube to entertain my little monster because I couldn’t do another 5 minutes in the car being yelled at. At the end of the day….I ‘caved’ and did so many things I never planned because in that moment…it helped my day and prevented me from feeling depressed, angry, frustrated etc. In that moment I chose to go for happy, not even for myself but for all of us. It helps me be patient with my kids. It helps me laugh off the bullshit.

So…how do you choose happy?

Prioritize what’s important to you. Stick with those points. Let go of the rest.

For me… (really in no specific order but my personal priorities first, mom second)

  • Fitness/feeling strong and good in my skin/self care
  • Alone time
  • Caring for/loving on my hubby
  • Getting outside
  • Being organized

Mom priorities:

  • My kids are hugged/kissed/feeling loved the shit out of
  • Healthy meals
  • Routine
  • Socializing/activities/exercise
  • Fun fun fun and development

Wife priorities:

  • My husband feels loved and cared for
  • When he’s home/working his lunches are made, his dinner is hot when he gets home
  • His needs are met πŸ˜‰
  • We have fun together

I seriously think those are all my priorities. Nothing outside of that matters on a bad/hard day. Having this list allows me to focus on what I CAN do…even when I’m having a hard, shit day…this list is always attainable and is always met.

On good days, which happen pretty often, everything gets done. The house is clean, laundry is done, yard is cared for etc.. Having a plan for shit days makes all the difference to me. It helps make my shit days good, even though it felt like everything went wrong, I still cared for everyone, including myself and that is something to be proud of and happy for. Don’t neglect yourself. You deserve to feel good. Your family will feel it when your cup is empty. Fill that cup right up every day.

I get rid of things that don’t motivate me, encourage me or elevate me. It’s not worth it. It leaves you prone to wasting time and feeling bad because it didn’t happen today, or yesterday.

This also means you need to hold yourself accountable to your priorities. Hold yourself to what is important to you and make sure it happens when it is supposed to. You CAN do it and you’ll feel like shit if you don’t so set yourself up for success and JUST DOOO IT. Don’t blame your hormones or being ‘too busy’ because you can choose happy and you are in control of your to do list and priorities. You can override your hormones (I do it often right now) and you are in control of your body and mind. 🌹❀

Life is a marathon and you cannot win a marathon without putting some bandaids on your nipples. Bandaid up you beautiful babes πŸ‘ŠπŸΌβ€πŸ˜‚πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

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Our Perfect Breech Delivery Story

I couldn’t have imagined my pregnancy and delivery being SO different, 18 months apart. My pregnancy with Maddox was perfection from start to finish. My first delivery was fast and exactly to ‘plan.’ There was no guessing, no questioning, just calm simplicity. I LOVE that I am able to carry babies and being me… was persistent on a natural, vaginal delivery which was made possible by a perfectly cooperative boy.

As soon as I discovered I was pregnant the second time, I knew it was a girl. I had 17 weeks of all day nausea and vomiting followed by migraines, more nausea, anemia, headaches/migraines, restless legs, back pain, insomnia and overall wild discomfort. To follow my first pregnancy, I was persistent and planning on/hoping for a nice, calm, easy going vaginal delivery again. At 35 weeks, I found out Penelope was full breech and stubborn. I tried almost everything in the books to flip this girl with no change. We tried all the circuits and exercises. I practically lived upside down for the last month of my pregnancy. We tried lights, music, acupuncture and an unsuccessful ECV. I prayed to the gods, the universe and anyone listening for her to please flip and get ready. My last ditch effort was meditation. I ‘gave up’ and released my control. I asked P to show me what she needed and to help me create a plan in her best interest. This gave me the most peace I had had in weeks. I was now ready. I felt confident in her safety. I felt confident in my strength no matter the outcome.

My doctor knew the importance of a vaginal delivery, if safe for Penelope. He connected me with multiple OBGYNs in hopes of finding someone who can assist me in the delivery. The first doctor booked a cesarean for January 14th. We sat on this appointment for a week but as it got closer it felt more and more ‘wrong.’ It just wasn’t what I felt she wanted or I needed. I reached out to my GP and he booked me with another OBGYN. It took a couple tries but I found someone who’s birth plan aligned perfectly with mine, without prompting. He explained the risks and statistics associated with a breech delivery. Unfortunately these deliveries are rare today which means statistic sample sizes are limited. SO we also weighed pros and cons. In order for a breech delivery to be successful, there is specific criteria that needs to be met. Baby needs to be around 7-9lbs, full breech with a tucked head and lots of amniotic fluid. Mama (ideally) needs to be on her second vaginal delivery. Due to my first delivery, we knew this one would be quick and we assumed she wouldn’t delay in my pelvis. We monitored the last week and a half of my pregnancy closer and she checked all the boxes making us perfect candidates for the delivery. The OBGYN was in full support and confident in me waiting and delivering vaginally. This was SO important, his knowledge, education and confidence was all I needed to feel SO good about this option.

With everyone on board, we played hurry up and wait for my water to break. As we approached 40 weeks, I saw my OBGYN to discuss options if my water didn’t break. (Really we discussed when to book a cesarean). We also decided to do a sweep that day to encourage labour. This took about 10 minutes to work. Contractions began as soon as I walked out of the office and got in the truck. I went home and we waited. Due to her position, contractions were in my pelvis, not my abdomen like expected. I contracted through the night every 10 minutes or so and into Tuesday morning. I contracted through the morning and knew this was the day! Things began to progress around noon so I decided to shower and get ready to go. During my shower I contracted 5 times in 20 minutes. They were coming faster and stronger but still no water breaking. I did some last minute research and discovered they may have to break my water at the hospital. Due to her position, we assumed there wasn’t enough pressure low enough to break it on it’s own. We decided to call the doctor and go. By the time we left the house, contractions were 2-4 minutes apart and intensifying. We live an hour from the hospital so it was quite a drive to say the least haha

We made it to Northfield Rd in Nanaimo, around 10 minutes of lights and traffic to get to the hospital. At a very busy red light, I got the urge to push. If you’ve had babies, you know this means it’s time. I squeezed alllll my muscles the opposite direction to hug her in and fight the urge. I called the doctor to meet us right away as I knew this was it! We pulled some sketchy moves and got to the hospital in time.

I was quickly checked in and prepped by the support staff for delivery. I was fully dialated and ready to go upon arrival. This was around 330/4pm. We were long past the point of any medication and I am uninterested in an epidural so that was that. Contractions were steady with minimal or no break and all in my pelvis. My water still hadn’t broken so I began to push in hopes of bursting the sac. It worked! I managed to push P low enough to burst the sac. It didn’t take long for her to drop and (I haven’t looked at the photos yet) begin to drop her feet earth side. (Yes you read that right….there are photos of feet….just feet, dangling). We let her take her time and drop further into my pelvis before bearing down and pushing. I pushed for 15-20 minutes allowing her to slowly make her way. She did. She progressed beautifully on her own with a little encouraging. It was just that fast, we had our baby girl earth side and HEALTHY. She dropped both feet, I felt her shoulders ‘pop’ and her head followed effortlessly. Penelope had no complications and a perfectly round head πŸ˜‰

Now having a breech delivery and ‘normal’ delivery, I have to admit this one felt better (LOL). Experiencing feet, hips, shoulders and lastly head made for a smoother transition and gave my body a better chance of adjusting and stretching. I never felt the same amount of pain as I did with Maddox. My contractions and urge to push came from my pelvis as apposed to my whole abdomin like my last delivery. The urge to push felt like a strong urge to pee. It was a very isolated feeling and required a conscious choice to use my whole core to push. Definitely different πŸ™‚

I am recovered, feeling amazing and Penelope is perfection. I am in full gratitude to my doctors and hospital staff for supporting my beautiful breech delivery. With their support and shared vision, I avoided a cesarean and had a completely natural, vaginal, breech delivery. It took multiple consultations, half a dozen ultrasounds and a little stress and worry but we made it happen.

I hope this beautiful experience encourages you to SHARE IT because these deliveries are rare. I hope it encourages expecting mamas to explore their options. If a vaginal delivery is important to you, explore your options, there is so much possibility you may be missing.

No, not every breech story ends this way, I knew that but if your end result is the same whether you plan on a cesarean or plan to wait it out, why not wait it out? For me, it was important to try. My OBGYN was comfortable letting me go full term which allowed Penelope and my body the time it needed to begin labour instead of booking a cesarean without that chance. Having the right support staff made all the difference. They weren’t uncertain or worried or even skeptical. They were confident in my delivery and confident in a rushed c-section if she didn’t transition through my pelvis fast enough.

I learnt so much through my research and consultations. If you have questions or need support, please reach out to me. I know how stressful and wearing this decision can be πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Packing Your Hospital Bag!

What’s in your hospital bag? This is one of the exciting parts of preparing for your new addition. It means it’s almost time!

I always see this question online and intended on blogging it for Maddox. My pregnancy came to an unexpected halt and I packed my back 30 minutes before driving to the hospital…oops! This time, I’m a little more on top of it.

It’s like packing for vacation, always hard to plan for the unknown. Ideally, we all want to plan for a few comfort items for the afternoon or an overnight in the hospital. Based on my last experience, this doesn’t always work and you need to be comfortable up to a few nights.

When I packed my bag this time, I asked myself a few different question.

What am I packing for? I am packing for a breech delivery that may end up in a c section, which could leave me in the hospital for a couple nights.

What do I need to deliver comfortably and what will keep me focused?

β€’ Calm spray/lavender spray

β€’ Enough Pillows

β€’ Iced water

β€’ Slippers if I need to walk around

β€’ Tissues (I bring my own, hospital ones are so rough).

β€’ Scrunchie

β€’ Lip balm

β€’ Cup with a lid and straw. I use my Starbucks cold tumbler πŸ™‚

Other suggestions are a ball, music (I might try music this time) TENS machine, personal belongings/items, picture for meditation/breathing.

What do I need to get a good nights sleep?

β€’ My own pillow

β€’ Fuzzy blanket

β€’ Eye mask

β€’ Essential Oils

β€’ Water bottle for cold water (I’m weirdly temperature specific)

What do I need post delivery?

β€’ Shower items (soap, shampoo, sandles, cloth)

β€’ Hair dryer, moisturizer, toothbrush, chapstick, perineal healing spray.

β€’ Iced water, electrolytes, food!

β€’ Clean clothes (dresses/rompers/high rise or maturnity tights work best for me)

β€’ PJs with a button down front for easy nursing

β€’ Socks, nursing bra, comfortable panties (I didn’t need more than a regular pad last time so regular panties worked perfect. I liked full bum, seamless). You will get the lovely hospital mesh ones. Use them! They’re great when needed πŸ’—

β€’ TOILET PAPER. Seriously, you don’t need to share with everyone but your yoohoo will thank you after a vaginal delivery.

β€’ Nipple shield. There’s mixed thoughts on these but I found they saved me while we were learning. Last time, my milk didn’t come in right away but we still practiced latching and encouraged it to come.

What I discovered last time was getting clean/freshened up and being comfortable made a HUGE difference for me. I made sure to maintain as close to my regular routine as possible so that even when things are burning, throbbing, over all uncomfortable I felt good in my skin πŸ™‚

Everyone is always different when it comes to lists like this. I think the most important part is to ask yourself a few questions to guide your packing and then to write down the items.

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Essential Oil Fragrance Stone DIY

I’ve been searching for fun DIY projects lately and stumbled upon fragrance stones, I had to give it a try. These stones offer an alternative to diffusers, potpourri etc. as they hold and emit fragrance from essential oils. This is also the easiest DIY, anyone can do it. It was also a fun way to get my son involved in the kitchen πŸ™‚

I took the instructions from Hello Glow with a couple modifications from my own trial.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Β½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ΒΌ cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 30-40 drops essential oils
  • Flower petals, grated citrus rind or food coloring (optional)
  • Parchment paper.

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt and boiling water in a bowl. While the water is hot, use a whisk to combine everything as best you can (it’s going to thicken quickly). When it’s cool enough to touch, use your hands to knead the ingredients into a dough.
  2. Add the essential oils and optional ingredients (like flower petals) and continue kneading.
  3. Break off 1 to 2 inch pieces of dough and roll with your hands until it forms a ball. Press the ball slightly until it resembles a stone.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let dry overnight.
  5. Put several stones in a bowl or stash individual stones wherever you need a boost of fragrance.

I have found these to be a great option for small spaces like the bathroom or conversation spaces like a side table. With little kids in the house, these stones make an awesome alternative to waxes and oils πŸ™‚ I might even try them in my sons room for some lavender oil.

Note** in these photos mine have not dried fully. I ran out of time for camera photos and a full dry time πŸ˜‚

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5 Mistakes You’re Making with your Candles

There are numerous different factors to consider when purchasing candles. Quality and ingredients are always most important to me. You can assume that by purchasing a higher price point you get the best aroma and burn. I buy naturally scented candles only, although more expensive, they are much cleaner for your home! I also avoid chemicals in my candles and wax melts and use natural ingredients like soy or beeswax.

Regardless of how much you drop on your candles, these tips will help you get the most out of your candles! To get the best burn for your buck, don’t make these mistakes….

1. Not maintaining the wick. This one is so important. If this wick is too long it may fall in the wax or burn too hot. Keeping your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch is usually recommended. The smaller my candles get the shorter I trim my wick (within reason).

2. Trimming your wick too short for the first burn. You want your first burn to be at least an hour, or long enough to burn from the wick to the edges. Failing to do this will cause tunneling and then you’re only utilizing half your candle.

3. Throwing out the lid. Candles should have lids. They keep your candle free of dust and other debris. It also helps keep your candle scent fresh! Replacing the lid also protects your candle from the sun which can fade or discolour your candle.

4. Burning too long. Don’t power burn your candles. This helps prevent the wax from melting toooo much. Your candle should release enough scent within an hour or two so no need to burn it all day before your guests come over. Light it just before they arrive πŸ™‚

5. Blowing it out. If you can, use a snuffer. This prevents the wick from moving too much. This will also help keep your wax centered πŸ™‚

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Four Steps to Relieving a Tension Headache

The last weekend before Christmas is always crazy! If you’re on the island like me, this also means you’ve been without power this weekend! The stores are crazy, the weather is crazy….it is feeling hard to stay organized this week. If the extra crazy has brought on a little tension, here is my 5 step process to relieve a tension headache and how to incorporate your essential oils. I always like to try natural methods first, it often works if you catch it early enough.

One thing to keep in mind, like western medications, essential oils can take 20 minutes to two hours to start taking effect. I like to start by apply the oil so it gets working asap for me.

1. Apply your essential oils! Make sure they have been properly diluted in a carrier oil, you can also use my Head-Helper roll-on, designed specifically for headaches. I like to apply it to my temples, back of my neck and traps. I usually roll on and massage in.

2. Apply heat. I use a neck pillow, throw it in the microwave and voila!

3. Use peanut or massager on neck/traps. Once my heat bag has cooled, I use a roller for the back of my neck/head and traps. If you have someone near by, I’m sure they could help you out! If you don’t have a roller, a tennis ball or hockey ball work great. I usually apply pressure as it feels good.

4. Drink lots of water. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. If you’re massaging the area, different chemicals may be released in the body bringing out toxins in the body πŸ™‚

When we have busy days we sometimes forget to drink water (I’m guilty…it usually starts with forgetting my water bottle at home). When you become dehydrated, your brain tissue shrinks causing it to pull away from the skull. This often causes headaches and can be solved with hydration!

As someone who suffers from chronic migraines and headaches, the best thing you can do for yourself is listen to your body, respect its needs and rest! Making sure you notice when it’s coming makes a huge difference too πŸ™‚ if I can catch it at the early stages, I usually start drinking water and I apply my roll on and massage it in. Often times this is enough to stop it !

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I can’t do it…

I can’t do it.

How often do you catch yourself saying you can’t do something? We’re all guilty of it at one point or another. Whether we’re tired, feeling lazy, uninspired or disconnected, we often use ‘I can’t’ statements as a crutch.

To reach the goals many of us have, we need to shift our language and our habits. Social psychologists have learned over the years that even seemingly subtle differences in language can have powerful affects on our thoughts, feelings and behavior. As much as I believe in will power, we can’t always will ourselves through every struggle. We need to change our language. By replacing phrases like ‘I can’t ‘ with choice phrases like ‘I don’t’ we are empowering ourselves as apposed to limiting ourselves. Researchers conducted a study comparing I can’t and I don’t. On the way out of the lab, participants were offered a granola bar or chocolate bar as a thank you. Who chose the granola bar? Sixty-four percent of those who said I don’t, compared to only thirty-nine percent of those who said I can’t.

Another study was conducted using female participants working towards health and fitness goals. They were encouraged to use I can’t and I don’t phrasing when they were tempted to lapse. By the study’s end, 8 of the 10 women using the I don’t strategy were still using it successfully, while only 1 of the 10 who used I can’t lasted that long.

The nice thing about shifting your language is it’s an easy choice. When you catch yourself thinking or saying I can’t replace it with I don’t. Oh I can’t eat that cake…. now sounds like, I don’t eat cake. You have the power of choice. You have the power to harness your inner badass, take control and make the choice πŸ™‚ Another way to shift your language is by removing phrases like ‘I will’ or ‘I’ll try’ or ‘Id like to’. Just fucking do it. making a claim for right now. Not tomorrow. Not in the new year, now. Albert Ellis explains that the language we use to describe our experiences or circumstance impact the way you embrace them. If you look at past situations and can see how this may be true, wouldnt you want to smother yourself with positivity?

The next time you notice you’re limiting yourself, think of adjusting your language and take control of the outcome. πŸ’•πŸ’•

“the harmony between thought and reality can be found in the grammar of the language.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Why Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are EVERYWHERE these days. It’s a great and a bad thing. The term ‘aromatherapy’ means using essential oils from plants for improving or maintaining health and beauty.

EOs are organic compounds and may react to light, temperature, air and time. They are volatile at room temperature and shouldn’t leave you feeling greasy. It takes them anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours + to penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream. Yes, you ready that right…into your blood stream.

Essential oils are extracted from plants using a variety of methods, usually with distillation or expression. An essential oil has the β€œessential” aromatic and chemical properties of that plant.

Essential oils are made up of minute molecules that are very easily absorbed. Each oil has a unique chemical composition of terpenes, esters, oxides, alcohols, phenols, ketones, and aldehydes. These components interact with bodily systems, and depending on the essential oil support various systems of the body.

I’ll write more another day about how they work πŸ™‚ For now, let’s chat 5 reasons why you should use them.

1. They’re versatile. No, there isn’t one oil to rule them all…but we can get close. Take an oil like peppermint. Peppermint has 10 properties: analgesic, antiseptic, decongestant, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and on. This means you can solve a lot of problems with one tiny amber bottle. This also means that you can use them for anything from low energy to chronic pain.

2. They’re natural! Hollaaa, they are from plants. There is a reason the use of essential oils can be dated back around 5000 years. I’d rather start natural and use western medicine if I absolutely must. No point filling my body with shit if I don’t have to πŸ™‚

3. They work to help heal the body and to help relieve symptoms as apposed to masking them.

4. You can skip the chemical dyes and scents. No not all essential oils smell awesome, but some do! The scents of the forest, rose, coffee, amber, citrus, eucalyptus…yum.

5. You can clean with them! If you have dogs and kids that lick everything (hopefully that’s not just my house), natural cleaners are important. Your skin also absorbs everything you put on it, which means every night you do the dishes or clean the bathroom, your skin is lapping up the Vim, lysol or whatever it is you’re using.

Now, like anything there are risks. If you are pregnant, prone to high blood pressure, epilepsy etc. it is important to check with a certified aromatherapist before using.

Different oils and uses require different dilutions. It is important to understand how to dilute your EOs for topical use. Please please use safely. Make sure their properties align.

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How Online Training Works!

Hey guys!

I get asked a lot how exactly we online train. I figured I would write about it to hopefully answer your questions!

Who is it for?

Anyone, with any goals. Anyone can train online. This is perfect if you need to get set up at the gym or home. This is perfect if you’re training for an event. Starting running. Needing accountability. Needing a push. Just super duper lost.

If you’re brand new to working out , it can be a little trickier but I make sure to emphasize proper form and simplicity.

What do you get?

Right now, I have 2 options. 1 fitness program or a 3/4 day split. Each program is written for you and your needs/goals. If you’re hoping for a quick trial or some new inspiration, 1 workout works perfect. If you’re ready to crush some serious goals, splits are nice for those wanting to exercise around 5 days a week. It gives your muscles a chance to recover properly so you don’t burn out.

Not sure on your goals? I can coach you through that also πŸ™‚

Do I need to go to the gym to work online with you?

Nope! You can workout at home or not workout at all πŸ˜‰ What I mean by that is you don’t need to have gym goals to get support. I have worked with a lot of runners and other athletes. I have also worked with some pretty abstract goals.

What if I need help with an exercise?

The software I use has both visual written aid. If you’re still uncertain, I’m always happy to hop on a video chat or video tutorial to go over form or any other questions you have πŸ™‚

What does it look like?

I’ve attached a small leg workout I wrote for myself. The size of each workout is based on your time! Variations depend on your available equipment. That being said, I’m pretty creative when it comes to body weight workouts!

If you have any more questions please please send them my way! I’m more than happy to answer them for you ❀❀

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Shaking Off Negative Energy

We’ve all had those shitty interactions that leave you hot with rage, yelling at yourself in the car or shaking your head. I recently had a terrible interaction with a vendor that left me feeling angry, upset and annoyed. Not only was the encounter unprofessional it left me feeling like shit…it ruined an entire morning (because I let it). I had to interact with this person the following day. It started to bother me, but I wasn’t letting it ruin another morning, this time I shook it off. I should have done that the first time, it wasn’t worth draining my energy the first time.

It’s always so much easier to say you’ll act a certain way than it is to do it. I am typically great at pushing away the negative but struggled with it this time. I blame the pregnancy hormones these days for making me work harder πŸ˜‰

So I’m going to share some of my best practices for clearing the negativity out of your mind and body!

Photo from Pinterest

1. Pep talk. I literally slap my cheek and say ‘you got this’….because I do. It might take a bit of time and work, but it’ll clear.

2. I vent. Whether it’s to my husband or a friend, I let them know I’m having a bad morning/time and that I just need a space to vent for a few minutes. I let myself share the anger, frustration….all the feels in one giant rant covering everything that made me ____ about the situation. I allow for 5 minutes max, minimal engagement (lol), I let them know I’m done and say thank you.

3. Smile!! This is called behavioural activation. I’m going to share an article that explains this below because it’s SUPER interesting but essentially, when you smile, you are activating parts of your brain associated with positive emotions. The movements you make on your face can affect the signals you send to your brain. Amazing. You might at well do some laughing while you’re at it πŸ˜‰ You can read the article HERE !

4. Cleanse. I use a spray mister with an uplifting scent to spray all around me, I inhale deeply, tighten my whole body and literally, physically shake it off. Wiggle the negativity from your core out your fingers, toes and mouth πŸ™‚ Don’t be afraid to make a little noise, it seriously feels good.

5. Still nothing? Try a form of meditation. Listen to your body and follow what feels good. Sometimes it’s silencing the negative thoughts, anger etc. and focusing on calm and breath. Other times I go hiking.

It happens to the best of us, I feel the older and wiser I get πŸ˜‰ the less patience I have for poor communication, negativity, and a lack of accountability. Nobody’s got time for that shit. But, at the same time, patience or not it’s all around me and never something we can escape. It’s important to understand how your brain works, and how you can go from πŸ™πŸ™„πŸ˜­πŸ€¬ βž‘οΈπŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ€—πŸ˜Š. (I’m hoping you can see my emojis).