Hacks for a Happier and Healthier Lifestyle
As someone who went through a period of chronic illness, I was desperate to find relief from pain. There was a time where I was dealing with all sort of ailments like bronchitis, chronic laryngitis, GERD, food allergies, and panic attacks. I was in no shape to leave the house. So, I was willing to try anything even if it was outside of the norm of Western medicine.
This is not an article on how to have the perfect relationship, but how to have a healthy one instead. There is a major difference. I think it’s common to want to chase after the figment of a “perfect” relationship, much like the ones we fantasize about in Hollywood or in fairytale storybooks. Although some experiences of love can sure feel that way, we have to remember we’re getting the filtered version, the version that fits into a 2-hour frame. A long-term relationship, however, has a number of sequels. My husband and I have been together for 12 years! I know, even I can’t believe it. That’s a rarity these days. I feel like an anomaly. While I’ve always loved the man to pieces, we didn’t start out easy. There was a lot of fighting. And time and time again there were doubts and fears of all kinds. However, today we are stronger than ever. And I’m about to tell you why.
For someone who has struggled to believe in herself as long as she can remember, the concept of investing in oneself has been revolutionary for me. Actually, I felt pretty guilty investing in myself at first – like I wasn’t worthy of it. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve also struggled with a sense of self-worth, too. I mean who hasn’t at some point in their life? What is it when it comes to investing in ourselves that makes us feel unworthy of such love? For some reason, I think most of us find it much easier to invest and believe in others than in ourselves. Well, I’m telling you from personal experience, how this one shift in my perspective has become a game-changer for me. It has not only helped me feel happier, but wealthier, more fulfilled, and empowered. Now, who couldn’t use a little more of that in their life?
Are you traveling, working late, living in small apartment, or simply don’t have time for meditation? I had all the same excuses, but these days meditation is as important to me as breakfast. Once you start making meditation a daily practice, you will find it reduces stress, improves concentration, and increases overall feelings of happiness, and these five apps and online resources make it easy for anyone to get started anywhere.
In March of 2014, I tore my hip cartilage while playing golf at a networking event. It left me on a cane for 6 months and in physical therapy for over a year. After a year of recovering, my body suffered from the stress of running my own photography business while I was injured. I then suffered a nervous breakdown in June of 2015 which led me to incessant panic attacks. I could barely walk without blacking out. Before all this even happened, there were red flags to warn me that my health was on the decline but I ignored them thinking I had to hustle my way through life.
Now that I’m back to work, I’m both excited and nervous. The big question is, can I trust myself to take care of myself when the going gets tough or will I give into overwhelm? The answer is yes, I can trust myself! I’ve spent the past few years learning from my mistakes, changing my ways and doing some deep inner work. These are just a few things I’ve learned along the way.
Conscious Living, also known as mindfulness or self-awareness, is the act of being fully aware of oneself and one's surroundings. Sounds like common sense, but in our busy world, it can be difficult to be fully present all of the time. So often, we get distracted by worries over the future or bogged down by memories of the past. These constant distractions are a major cause of anxiety.
For someone who has struggled with self love most of her life, I am very passionate about the topic. I know, that healthy self love has the power to change your life, from your health to relationships to your career to how you feel on a moment to moment basis. Practicing self-care has helped me learn to love myself in a way that offers a sense of internal peace in this often stressful and tumultuous world. There are many methods of self love, and the key to them all is to listen to what your heart desires. It’s time to give yourself permission to love yourself more, and you can start by adding these five self-care techniques into your daily routine.
For those of you who find meditation to be somewhat alien, let me demystify it for you. Although its origins are spiritual, the end goal is simply to quiet your mind to make room for deeper awareness. On some level, I think we all know this kind of awareness is key to finding inner peace and happiness. But we often don’t know where to start.
It’s been 12 awesome years with my husband. Well, let’s be real, not all of those years were awesome. There were times when it was boring and stressful. But after a lot of trial and error, we’ve found a few tricks that help us get our groove back in no time flat.
Feeling in funk? There are times where it really does feel like a dark cloud is hovering over us. Perhaps, something really bad happened recently. Maybe someone in your life passed away or you had your heart broken. We’ve all been there. We have put together seven tools that can help you make it through the hard times and allow you to come out on the other side stronger, healthier, and more ready than ever to face the challenges of life.
Summer is here and who doesn’t want to rock an effortless glow? You don’t have to spend a ton of money on skincare to look good, in fact, most of what you need is probably already on your kitchen shelves.