You’re about two weeks into 2017. How are those resolutions going?
Surely, for most of us, our resolutions have run the gamut from disciplined diligence to wavering slightly to…well, let’s not talk about abandoned just yet.
Aristotle famously wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act, but a habit”. This takes time though and we are all bound to have days when our motivation wavers and the first excuse chips away at the foundation of a newly developed habit.
If you’re feeling that niggle of self doubt, we’ve pulled together a motivation space to which you can turn in your hour of need. There’s something in this collection for everything you might be feeling. And, if there is something in particular that has helped you, add it to comments to share with the community!
Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone else who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on - Hillary Clinton
If you're going through hell keep going. - Winston Churchill
No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. - Anonymous
Power’s not given to you. You have to take it. - Beyonce
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily. - Zig Ziglar
Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth. - Julie Andrews
If you have an idea, you have to believe in yourself or no one else will. - Sarah Michelle Gellar
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. - Albert Einstein
Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. - Michelle Obama
I did not have the most experience in the industry or the most money, but I cared the most.
- Sara Blakely
I think the truth of the matter is, people who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love and it just so happens that they are the first to do it. - Condoleezza Rice
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. - Maya Angelou
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear. - Mark Twain
Run to the fire; don’t hide from it. - Meg Whitman
[My mother] told me that fear was not an option. I was always told that women are stronger, so I believed it. - Diane Von Furstenberg
We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes -- understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. - Arianna Huffington
Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. - Amelia Earhart
Psychoneuroimmunology. Ok so it's not a household word although it should be. It is a fairly new field of medicine that studies the affect our mind has on our immune function. MIND over MATTER. Now THAT's something everyone's heard of. We've only begun to scratch the surface in this field of study to understand how what we think affects us on a physical and cellular level.
When we think of stress, it's hard to imagine having less of it in this instant gratification, instant exchange of information, technology always at the ready, modern world in which we live. But we've never before had more unhealthy eating patterns, an obesity and diabetes epidemic added in the mix. Not only are we swimming in stress but our children our modeling that behavior.
I'm not talking about acute stress such as seeing blue lights in your rearview mirror - that quickly abates. The stress that is literally killing us, slowly, is chronic stress. It is this level of stress that affects us on a cellular level. It increases our cortisol levels (stress hormones), contributes to insomnia, illness, weight gain and even our ability to fight infection and cancer cells. So how does this all work?
We have cancer fighting cells in our body called natural killer cells (NK). It is the job of these cells to search and destroy any invading organisms that are present to cause disease or illness. When we have chronic stress, these cells are not only decreased in number but their ability to do their job is diminished as well.
Cancer cells are in all of our bodies trying to take hold but when we have our normal functioning NK cells, they quickly destroy them and our body excretes them, keeping us healthy. So imagine how susceptible we are to a wide range of illnesses when our immune system is at such a disadvantage.
How do we begin to mitigate stress and keep our immune system healthy? Finding ways to manage stress can help a great deal. It's not about avoiding stress, it's about how we respond to it. Some examples are:
These are but a few examples, there are many more and if you want to further explore them, I recommend a great textbook by Brian Luke Seaward entitled Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being.
LISA DIAMOND, DNP-FNP-C
With that goal in mind, I founded Journey Into Wellness, LLC to educate people on wellness using a holistic approach encompassing mind/body/spirit/emotion. I facilitate a variety of workshops & retreats on self-discovery, journaling, mindfulness, meditation, knitting, nutrition and stress management. I am also the founder of The Happiness Knitting Project: Spreading Happiness, Reducing Stress One Ball of Yarn at a Time. I enjoy travel, spending time with family, running, yoga, and journaling. My passions are knitting and the study of psychoneuroimmunology - how our mind affects our immune system.
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Contributed by Rann Goldrich
Many of us are not aware that we operate in various brainwave states throughout the day. Some of us purposely achieve brainwave states by way of meditation. Others may use specially formatted sound tracks in order to induce certain brainwave states.
Are you aware that most individuals rely on one brainwave state more frequently than the others?
*What is it like to experience each brainwave state?
*Which one is your go-to?
*How do you find out?
*What do you do with the information after you find out?
Contributed by: Michelle DesPres
By now you are familiar with the fact that the only constant in life is change.
You’ve heard the lyrics …Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky and not even the earth and sky last forever in the long run …everything has its time.
My point is that life is ever-changing and so one of the greatest things you could learn is how to embrace impermanence. So how do you embrace impermanence…?
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