If you live in a wintery state, with frigid temperatures and a number of gloomy days, it’s hard to enjoy these long months. One component to consider for Midwesterners is to implement a Vitamin D supplement during these months. Vitamin D deficiency is seen predominantly in Midwesterners due to the lack of exposure to the sunlight due to not enough sunlight or too cold of temperatures to expose skin to it. I highly recommend a high quality liquid formula to enhance your body’s ability to absorb it, which you can get HERE. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning you need to ingest it in the presence of a healthy fat (think coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, wild-caught salmon, raw nuts, grass-fed beef or bison, cage-free eggs, etc.). This allows your body to utilize all nutrients instead of flushing it out of your body.
Another key component for healthy winter months is to establish a workout routine. Whether you start a gym membership, buy a new workout video or program, make sure you do something that makes you feel invigorated. Then the most important component of this is to COMMIT to it 3-5 times per week. Schedule this into your calendar, prepare the night before, and show up for it, even when you don’t feel like it. Chances are, if you’re anything like me, without this mental preparation, I have a tendency to find every excuse in the book to not show up for my workout. 1 day turns into 5 days, 1 week into 2 months, and pretty soon I feel lethargic and am not functioning at my best. Committing to my workout schedule sets me up to draw out my best for each day. This is my self-love. Making time to prioritize my health is what empowers me to give 150% in every other area of life by taking these 30-60 minutes first thing in the morning. What are you going to commit to?
Thrive: to prosper, be fortunate, or successful. To grow or develop vigorously; flourish.
Sometimes the simplest question can unlock our minds from the daily grind to focus on what life has been lately, and where your heart really is in the midst of it all. Can you stop for a moment and assess if you’re thriving in all aspects of your life?
If not, why?
Perhaps you’re obsessing over a certain area of your life: work, play, stress, family, finances, etc. Maybe you’re giving it your all and just not feeling like it’s making a difference, like drowning in a sea of overwhelming on every side.
Truth is: you’re blessed right where you’re at. Sometimes it’s those simple reminders when I’m throwing myself a pity-party of “life sucks and it’ll never change!” Then I start reminding myself- my house I rent hasn’t flooded, it’s not lit on fire, and I’m not having to flee for my life from hurricanes, mud slides, or famine. All of a sudden, I’m REAL thankful for all that I have and begin to appreciate the beauty in the small things in all areas of my life. This is when I begin to thrive as I’m focusing on the good, the special, the unique things that brighten my day.
So here it is- here’s your chance to transform your life by renewing your mind.
YOU are an irreplaceable voice, heartbeat, and smile this world needs to hear from. YOU are more than your mind let’s you believe you are. YOU are more than the doubts that try to bring you down everyday. YOU ARE A FIGHTER… & YOU ARE WORTH THE FIGHT!
Can we be honest? Life is not all peaches n cream everyday. We’re adulting with broken pasts hoping for a better day.
How can we transform your mind to begin to look at life with a new zest, new perspective to see all that you have? Sometimes it’s actually your brain chemistry that’s imbalanced, causing the way you interpret and receive all that’s stirring in your world to look a bit more gray than it really is.
There is an answer: with the recommendations of a good book: The Mood Cure