It came to my mind today as I was walking vigorously to my morning destination here in New York that indeed I was getting some exercise in but when I stopped myself for a moment I realized that I wasn’t walking consciously, meaning I wasn’t relaxed as I walked and therefore wasn’t enjoying it! As I switched my step to a more conscious place of just allowing it to be a lovely morning walk instead of the mad run to work, I then started to feel happier and less stressed. It’s true that just going for a 15 minute walk everyday no matter where you live can help reduce stress and actually will increase your life span. So go ahead get moving and remember to tell yourself that today I am walking my way to a happier life!
On this Easter Sunday instead of thinking about how Jesus may have suffered for our sins think about how you can apply the true esoteric meaning of the holiday into your daily life. For me it is to simply let go of the things and beliefs that no longer serve your highest and greatest good and rise up everyday with an open heart and feel truly grateful for this wonderful life. Happy Easter!
We have all complained that our memories are not the same after we have kids and it has been scientifically proven that indeed women do lose brain cells during pregnancy and it sure isn’t easy rebuilding them once you have become a mother and you are sleep deprived. Actress and author Marilu Henner has a new book called Total Memory Makeover and in it I learned a valuable trick that I believe will help moms everywhere re-train their mommy brains to resharpen their memories. Every night while you are brushing your teeth just simply start consciously remembering everything you did from the moment you wake up to the moment you are brushing your teeth before bed. This simple trick will help set up a sort of tracking system in your brain and help improve your overall memory.
A Mothers day beauty treat that will lift your spirits, reduce food cravings and even improve your sex drive!
Aromatherapists use vanilla essential oil to help balance emotions, clarify the mind, soothe the stomach, reduce sugar cravings, and to help increase your libido. So why not treat yourself everyday with your own aroma therapy? Vanilla Perfume Oil by the BodyShop is the perfect and most affordable way to do just that. So after the flowers die off you will still be smelling sweet and feeling better then ever with this Mothers day beauty treat!
Zen Buddhists believe that a simple smile can reduce stress in the mind and body. This seems to good to be true, but some of the most profound truths in life are actually the most simple. When we smile at our kids and vice versa we immediately feel happy. The truth is when you smile and laugh more it does make you feel better! However after we have kids we tend to let our teeth go! getting to the dentist is no longer a priority and sometimes smiling can be embarrassing because our teeth are to yellow. Glo brilliant at home teeth whitening device is a new state of the art technology designed for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home and sessions only take 8 minutes!
Ear reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years to help heal the body of many diseases and ailments. It isn’t easy to give your body and feet a massage but when you rub your ears by massaging and pinching them wherever you can you will find it quite relaxing and I find for myself it often helps release my neck pain and headaches when I have them.
When you get inside from the cold and you have a build up of basically dry skin and goop at the sides of your mouth that is white and pasty looking can not only be embarrassing but doesn’t feel very good either. In the morning just have everyone in the household simply exfoliate there mouth with a warm wet face cloth. Then apply either some chapstick, vaseline and lipgloss for mom and say bye bye to the GOOP!
1. Protect your skin from the harsh winter weather elements by using a protective skin serum, products like Elizabeth grant day/night rejuvenating skin serums, or Roc multi correxion skin serum.
2. Believe it or not I use the same serum for my face on the ends of my hair in the winter to protect against excessive dryness. Do the same and save money without having to buy a separate hair product.
3. The cold winter season has been shown to increase depression, so to fight the blues try a daily dose of fish oil! I take a teaspoon everyday and find it helps tremendously with my mood.
4. We are stuck inside alot in winter! so include into your daily routine at least 20 minutes of exercise. I switch it up by doing 20 minutes of either pilates or yoga everyday! The deep breathing gets the oxygen pumping through your muscles increasing your energy and it will increase your pheromones again helping to keep up your spirits.
5. We all know its almost impossible to stick to a diet in the winter! So let the word MODERATION become your best friend! I stick top this motto.. I eat like a queen in the morning, like a princess in the afternoon and like a pauper in the evening.
Inner beauty is just as important as outer beauty is and when you feel good on the inside it will compel you to want to look good as well!
Making changes in our life isn’t easy, and when you are frazzled and busy managing your family especially in the mornings it’s even tougher. To create a new look for yourself you must first decide what you like most about your image. Is it your eyes, your complexion or your curly hair etc.. Many women make the mistake of trying to correct the things about themselves that they don’t like , for example if you have small lips often women will try and create a larger lip with lip color that is to dark for example. By focusing on what you like about yourself first will not only help you to look better but it will help you feel better as well.
I write about ways to help yourself look and feel better all year and I truly believe that self care for every mother is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and for your family. I find when I am consistently exercising and meditating for just a few minutes each day, eating well, getting enough rest and keeping myself looking good , I feel better! As a result I am more patient and feel I am a better mother. I resolve to do a little more for myself this year! like treating myself to some alone time at a cafe with my headphones and my favorite music playing, more evenings out with my girlfriends, date nights with my husband and above all I am definitely getting a HOUSEKEEPER! You shouldn’t feel guilty about taking care of yourself! instead by doing so you set a great example especially for your daughters that self preservation is a key component to a healthier and happier life. Isn’t that what we all want? I wish every woman and every Morningmom a beautiful and very Happy New Year and an amazing 2012!