These are a few of my favorite things…

I always say that health is not always about how you look. It’s about how you feel. Yes, we strive to keep the scale down and we strive to eat our vegetables but at the end of the day you should feel happy, well, content. If you don’t its time to look at your daily routine and make some changes. Look within, at your own self, your own life.


 Here are a few of my favorite ways to be happy. I encourage you to make your own list and make some changes NOW!


1. Coffee in the morning. It’s a MUST. I’m not addicted to caffeine (okay, yes maybe I am) it’s more that I love the ritual. The steamy hot coffee in my favorite mug pick of the day. Cozy on the couch watching the morning news. This sets my day and wakes me up. 


2. A workout. It’s no secret, I love to exercise. I will make room for it in my day. Morning, noon, evening. It’s a MUST DO for me. A walk, a class at Pilates ProWorks, the gym (because yes, I still love to get on the elliptical for an hour), a video at home. Exercise is good for us. It burns calories, increases our endorphins, and flushes our systems. You will never regret that you exercised. 


3. A good book. I read every night before bed. It’s my wind down time. It’s how I let me body know it’s time to get ready for sleep. It’s important to have a ritual for bedtime. Give your body a chance to slow down and you will find you sleep better. 


4. Something to look forward to. Some days I have long days. 6 hours straight of teaching, of clients, of constant talking, smiling, and doing my best to motivate. I don’t have a cubicle to go hide in if I happen to be having a tough day or I’m tired. I have to be ON. Which means I have to THINK positive in order to BE positive. I am a believer that attitude is everything. If you change the way you think it will change the way you feel. On those days where the end of the day seems forever away, I think of something mid day that could turn it all around. A cappuccino, a great lunch, plans with JB after work, a walk with a friend. Having something to look forward to puts the focus on that. 


5. A manicure and a pedicure.  Ladies, even in the middle of winter its okay, even necessary, to get your toes done. It makes you relax for those 30 minutes, it makes you feel pretty, it’s a simple pick me up. 


“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” ~Margaret Young



In Health (and Happiness), 
Tricia

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