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Five Tips to Boost Your Energy and Happiness

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Short grey days and long cold nights are back, but this doesn’t have to darken your disposition. These five tips are guaranteed to boost your energy and happiness levels!

1. Get out in the sunshine – even if it’s barely visible through cloudy skies! A brisk 10 minute walk will reward you with a quick burst of energy lasting up to two hours. Warm up with some yoga backbends to stimulate your metabolism. Simply stand tall, resting hands on your low back, and lean back as far as feels good to you. Follow this with a forward fold, reaching toward toes. Ahhhh! Do this daily and within a few weeks you’ll notice your overall energy and happiness have increased. For more benefit, use this time to repeat some positive affirmations, like:

I am now healthy and happy.

2. After that walk carbs may be calling you, but while sugary treats give you a burst of energy, they also quickly lead to a sugar crash. Instead, choose a healthy snack with protein and a big glass of water to keep your energy up. Not getting enough water can make you feel tired and hungry. Pee should be the colour of apple juice. Lighter means you’re drinking too much water, darker means you aren’t getting enough.

3. Colour your world! Surrounding yourself with uplifting vivacious yellow or vibrant orange colours will stimulate and energize you! Dress in these colours, add them to your décor with throw pillows or cozy blankets, fill a bowl with fresh lemons or oranges, even dab their essential oils on your wrist for an uplifting effect.

4. Eliminate stress wherever possible. Practice the fine art of saying no to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Boost your happiness by living in the moment, rather than mentally projecting yourself into the future, which produces anxiety. People who regularly engage in spiritual practices are twice as likely to report being happy, so why not try a simple mindfulness meditation – sitting in silence watching your thoughts without being attached to them. It’s like a mini mental vacation!

5. Nothing zaps energy and happiness like grudges. As the song says, “Let it go, let it go.” Forgiveness is a gift for yourself, it has nothing to do with the other person. Even if they don’t ‘deserve’ it, you do! Try nurturing gratitude instead – it’s my favourite method for boosting happiness. A daily list is a great way to start this healthy habit – why not make it a family practice?

6. Smile! This actually tells your brain you’re happy whether you are or not. While you’re at it, practice being happy for no reason at all! Set a timer for five minutes and celebrate as if you’ve heard the best news ever – fist bump the air, let out a woo-hoo! Not only does this feel good in the moment, you’re setting all those fabulous feelings and thoughts out, and what comes back to you in real life will feel equally good! And remember, spring is coming!

 

Originally Published: December 7, 2017

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Escaping the Worry Whirlpool

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Have you ever been caught up in a whirlpool? Everything spins so madly you don’t know which end is up and fighting against it leadsonly to exhaustion. A worry whirlpool is much the same. Something is causing incessant worry, making your head spin. The resulting negative thoughts cause stress and anxiety, and fighting it only draws you in deeper.

Not only that, but because thoughts become things, your worrisome thoughts are vibrating out and matching up with other equally undesirable thoughts, conversations and situations, until it seems your whole life is turned on its head.

If you can’t fight your way out, how do you escape this downward spiral?

The obvious solution is to stop thinking those thoughts, but this is much easier said than done because the Law of Attraction is keeping them coming. It’s much easier to distract yourself by taking a nap, watching a movie or visiting a friend. This will give you the mental space necessary to begin thinking different thoughts. You won’t shift directly from worry to happiness, but you can bridge your worrisome thoughts by repeating phrases such as, ‘things always work out for me’ or ‘I don’t have to think about that right now’ to break the cycle.

Think of a well-worn path in a field. It’s easy to keep going down that path because the weeds have been trampled down. You don’t have to think about where you’re putting your feet, it’s become automatic. When you make the decision to take a new path, it’s difficult initially but gets easier each time you use it, while the old path grows over and is forgotten.

It’s the same with your thoughts. Each time you choose the new path it becomes easier and strengthens your resolve. You are creating new patterns of thought that serve you while simultaneously releasing the negative ones that don’t.

You can take things further with the ‘tell a new story’ process. As the worrisome situation shows what you don’t want, what you do want becomes clear. I recommend sitting with pen and paper and imagining it unfolding exactly as you’d like. You don’t have to know how it can be resolved or even the precise results you want. Just write how happy everyone is with the miraculous solution, holding the feeling in your heart while picturing their happy faces.

If worrying about a loved one, remember we are eternal beings who chose certain challenges each lifetime for the learning it will provide. What we think is a bad thing may be just the experience needed for their spiritual growth, leading to much happier circumstances for them.

If that doesn’t bring relief, consider that worrying gives more energy, thus power, to unwanted things. It is essentially praying for what you don’t want, and robs you of the ability to help. Your best defence against worry whirlpools is to shine your light as bright as you can. This will uplift those you were worried about, and anyone else lucky enough to be around you.

 

Originally Published: September 20, 2017

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What Is She So Happy About?

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Are you feeling happy today? If not, why not? Are you postponing your reward of happiness until you’ve met some specific criteria?

Perhaps you think you won’t deserve to be until you lose 10 pounds, land your dream job, meet your soul mate, or retire?

These are all very nice things, but if they’re your reasons for not being happy now, they aren’t serving you. The reason you want any of these things is you believe you’ll be happier when you do. So why not just choose to be happy now, for no particular reason?

The opportunities are endless. Happiness is waiting for you around every corner, every moment of the day. It’s in letting someone off the hook when you have every reason to be mad at them. It’s in focusing on a loved one’s strengths when their weakness is screaming louder. It’s in going for a calming nature walk instead of sitting stewing.

It’s in remembering that you, and you alone, are responsible for the thoughts you think, ergo the feelings you experience.

You can set yourself up for happiness by reflecting on the best moments of the day as you go to sleep. When you wake up, decide you’re happy before even getting out of bed, and keep that momentum going by expressing gratitude for your life, your loved ones, the blue sky, anything you can think of.

Being happy is not just about you. Yes, it generates endorphins that contribute to your overall wellbeing, but it goes further than that. Moods are contagious. Happy people increase happiness and decrease stress levels of others just by being around them. They’re more popular because people like to be around happy people!

Happy people look younger, live longer, and have fewer aches and pains. Over 30 studies show they get sick less often after being exposed to cold and flu germs, because they have more immune-boosting blood cells. When they do get sick, they rebound much quicker. Instead of whining about their illness, they treat it as a blessing – time to rest and rejuvenate.

Habitual happiness reduces the risk of developing diabetes or cancer, and is good for the heart! It lowers heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol. As seniors, happy people have 77 percent lower risk of heart disease.

By intentionally focusing on the positive, happy people downplay issues that stress out ‘normal’ less cheerful folk. They handle problems more effectively, with less stress. Stress ages you inside and out, so that’s a pretty big plus! They are naturally more creative problem solvers, as being happy expands your thinking and lets you think outside the box, finding creative solutions to problems.

Happiness is a habit of thought, a mental muscle that responds quickly to your efforts, paving the way for synchronicities and serendipities, keeping life an exciting adventure where you know with conviction that life is good and getting better, and something wonderful is just around the corner.

 

Originally Published: July 10, 2017

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Fix Your Life in 15 Minutes a Day

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Abraham Lincoln once said: “We’re just about as happy as we make up our minds to be,” and it’s true! Your happiness is the ultimate DIY

project, and is largely the result of choosing to be happy from moment to moment. The real reason you want anything is because you think you’ll be happy once you have it. So why not go directly to happy?

Follow these three steps to get happier easily in just 15 minutes a day, with noticeable results starting the day you begin.

Step #1

A happy mood is easiest to capture first thing in the morning. Your vibrational attraction is neutral when you first wake up, so the new day is literally a fresh new slate.

As soon as you wake up, decide it’s going to be a great day. Say “thank you” as your feet hit the floor. Then as soon as possible, set a timer for five minutes. Imagine you just received a ‘phone call with amazing news, like you won $60 million dollars (or anything else). Then just let those fabulous feelings course through you.

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Try it now! Picture yourself beaming, see loved ones rejoice as you share the big news. Feel the gratitude and appreciation beginning to rise? Milk it! Fist-bump the air! Grin from ear to ear! Let these feelings grow until it seems your heart will burst.

Isn’t it interesting that you can generate so much joy when nothing in your life has changed? You just proved you can be joyful with life just as it is. But you accomplished much more than feeling good in the moment. Simply by pretending to be happy actually creates things to be happy about through the Law of Attraction.

Step # 2

Keep that positive vibe flowing by creating a gratitude list while you eat breakfast; being grateful to be alive, for your health, the roof over your head, the food in your belly, your job. Spend five minutes on this exercise. I like to write 10 each day: five things I’m grateful for now, and five ‘future gratitude’s’ for things I want to 

happen. Gratitude is powerful and feeling it in advance sets wheels in motion. This step works miracles!

Step #3

Now let’s do a specific visualization. Set your timer again and this time, focus on something you really want, be it love, health, or wealth. Imagine it’s already exactly as you wish it to be. See it in your mind and really feel the gratitude and appreciation, and soon you’ll be seeing it in your life.

Our thoughts and feelings are always attracting more of the same as they match up with similar thoughts, people and life situations. The more positively we think, speak and act, the happier our lives will be. To turn the life you have into the one you really want in just 15 minutes a day, try these few simple techniques daily for 30 days. You’ll be happy you did!

Life Coach Alexandria Barker is specially trained to help you achieve happiness in all areas of your life.

Live the Joyous Life You Deserve!

 

Originally Published: April 3, 2017

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