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@ellisjrosen @newyorkercartoons

How are you doing through all this?
I ask you because often we just plug along and don’t stop to notice.
So stop for a moment, take a few deep breathes and notice.
I’ve been up and down, between being okay and then going stir crazy.The rain has not helped!
Meditating daily helps me be more aware of my thoughts.I am able to catch myself when my mind start to over think and create anxiety.
It is so important, especially right now, to notice when the mind starts to create havoc.
When we have this awareness we can OBSERVE and not get carried away into your thoughts. We can take some deep breathes and note that they are just thoughts and that we can choose to let them go.
The thoughts will come back, just keep observing and letting go.
When you notice this pattern go into your breath. Here is a good way to do it:

  1. Take a deep breath in for 4 counts
  2. Hold your breath for 4
  3. Exhale for 4
  4. Hold the exhale for 4
  5. Repeat

This is the simplest and most effective way to get out of your head and into your body.
It is very important for your mental health.
I bring this up because I have noticed many people are extremely anxious.I think the main cause is watching the news too much.
Yes people want to stay informed. This can be done very easily with just 10 minutes a day.It is not necessary to watch the news more than that!
Notice how watching the news makes you feel, does it:

  • give you shortness of breath
  • create a tightness in your chest
  • put your stomach in knots
  • cause sleeplessness
  • create negative thoughts that stay with you and repeat in your head

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider cutting down or even cutting out the news. I seriously think the news creates a lot of depression and anxiety in our society.
Turn off the TV or log off the internet.Here are some alternate activities that will make you feel better:

  • go for a walk – the beach, the forest, anywhere, just get outside
  • read or listen to a book, the public library has an amazing APP
  • listen to a podcast, there are so many great ones
  • watch an entertaining show (avoid depressing ones)
  • listen to music you love
  • do a puzzle
  • start a project: write a book, create a podcast, take up drawing, painting
  • play a game in person or invite a friend online
  • clean out a closet or drawer
  • clean out your storage space

Stay connected to how the things you are doing make you feel and choose activities that lift you up, not pull you down.
Hang in there everybody, this too shall pass!
Sending you lots of positive vibes.
xoAli

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by https://www.positivelypresent.com/

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are keeping well. Who would have ever thought that we would be in this situation?!

It feels like a movie (have you seen Contagion? It is exactly this!).

The stress and anxiety sometimes gets to me, but overall I am feeling calm and know that this will eventually pass. It’s been a good time to reflect on life and appreciate what we have.

I’ve had a post-it note up on my wall forever, now it applies more than ever:

ACTION IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR ANXIETY

That anxiety, stress and fear we are feeling is in our bodies. We need to get it out. I find physical movement is the best way. Make sure you are not holding it in, breath and move!

I find that going for bike rides, listening to upbeat music, dancing and of course exercising does wonders. Always makes me feel better!

Getting outside is also important, getting fresh air and a different perspective. We have been so lucky with amazing weather and our city has never been more beautiful, we are so lucky to live here.

Teaching my classes and seeing your faces has also been so grounding. Thank you for joining me. It’s been a huge learning curve, it’s wonderful to learn new things.

Helping others is another way to take action. Here are 3 things you can do to help right now:

1) Give Blood
Given the situation, blood donation is very low. Consider donating if you qualify.

2) Assist Seniors
This website connects you with seniors who need assistance. Things you can do range from cooking, delivering food, shopping for groceries, driving to appointments or a phone visit.

3) Help Medical Professionals
Food delivery services are oversubscribed. Front-line medical professionals do not want to go inside grocery stores and expose the public. Volunteers are matched with a medical professional in their neighbourhood by postal code to help with delivery.

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A very powerful message.

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At this time of so much anxiety and stress, I wish you love.

xo,

Ali

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Let’s make this our goal this week!

 

Here’s how you do it:

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May we find joy in the simple pleasures like when we were little.

@lgndfrvr

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continued from More Holiday Eating Strategies

The Ying and the Yang

For me, part of a good life is eating delicious food. The key to enjoying it is to feel good. That means eating with some moderation and balance.

I like to “pre-pay” for my indulgences (see Holiday Eating Strategies) and also Ying the Yang the day of and following a “feast” so there are as few repercussions as possible. Here is what I do:

PREPARE  The day of the event:

  • I always start the day with a big glass of water before I do anything else. It wakes me up and gives me energy. On this special day, I have 4 glasses of water before I eat and then another 4 glasses through-out the day.
  • I have my usual protein shake for breakfast and light lunch, like a big salad with chicken breast. I make sure to include a lean protein in each meal as this satiates the appetite, I don’t want to feel hungry.
  • I drink 1-2 glasses of water right before the event and if I’m hungry I have a light healthy snack before I go.

At the event:

  • I avoid or limit starchy food that will make me feel bloated and full: rice, potatoes, bread, pasta, crackers, etc. It really makes a difference to avoid too much of these foods.
  • I’m picky and choosy,  I try not to eat crap!  I savour the food I love and take my time.
  • I consider each thing I eat and ask myself: Is it worth it?  Is it crap?  How will I feel after I eat this?  Crap makes you feel like crap!
  • I eat one and enjoy it. Having more does not make it more enjoyable especially if you feel sick from over-eating afterwards. Of course, sometimes it’s worth having more though 😉
  • What to do if you find yourself parked in front of the chips eating the entire bowl even though you don’t like them:
    • Recognize what you are doing
    • Ask yourself why… am I bored? uncomfortable? eating unconsciously?
    • Pull yourself away and drink a tall glass of water
    • Repeat if you find yourself back at the bowl

After the event:

  • Before bed, I take a probiotic or a glass bubbly water with a little lime juice to help with digestion.
  • The next morning I’m usually still full from the night before, so I skip breakfast – the key here is to take a moment to notice how you feel.
  • I start the day with 4 glasses of water and then have another 4 through-out the day.
  • I eat extra healthy the next few days: salads, fruit, vegetables, lean protein (and everyday!).
  • It’s just as easy to lose a few pounds as it is to gain a few pounds. Do not starve yourself to do this! That is the absolute worst tactic. Just eat healthy, no crap, smaller portions, lots of water, cut the sugar, make sure to have lean protein at every meal.
  • I get moving: a long walk, the gym, a class.
  • It’s so easy to become addicted to the sugar, notice if this starts to happen and taper it down.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

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parents & kids having fun together – love this!

love the guy with the baby bjorn!

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Every joy disappoints.
What’s here doesn’t please you, what’s far off you crave.
                                                                               ~Anne Carson

I could so relate to this.

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