10 Affirmations for Self-Love

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

For today’s wellness Wednesday, I want to share with you some positive affirmations you should repeat to yourself daily. I find the whole saying of ‘you can’t love anyone else until you love yourself’ to be so true.

With affirmations, you allow your inner body (or soul) to believe everything you say, and in turn allows you to be more positive towards yourself. Once you attract that type of love for yourself, then when you go in union with anyone else, you and that person’s love join together in perfect unity – whomever that person may be!

These affirmations are written to help you build confidence, to love your body, your soul and mind. I want you to become whole after repeating these affirmations. I would highly suggest meditating before or after to amplify the effects. Also, if these are uncomfortable to say, you can start with writing it down.

Instructions: Sit relaxed in your chair and take a deep breath. The key is to put your full heart into these affirmations and to believe with every inch and ounce of you every word you say. Even if you don’t 100% believe everything you’re about to say, make a promise with yourself that in that moment, you will put all your trust in everything you say.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love:

  1. I am ENOUGH. Who I am, what I do and what I have is enough.
  2. I am beautiful. I am blessed. I am confident.
  3. My life is overfilling with joy and happiness.
  4. I attract love everywhere I go.
  5. Something amazing is about to happen to me today.
  6. My body is beautiful, and it allows me to live out this beautiful, amazing life.
  7. Everything I need is already within me. My courage, compassion, strength and love radiate inside me.
  8. I am light. I am joy. I am love.
  9. I am worthy of so much love.
  10. I am pure beauty and treasure all that I have.

Here’s a meditation practice I’ve been enjoying from Tone It Up. I love Karena and she makes it easy for you by talking you through it. She also has affirmations in it as well. Give it a try! It’s simple and makes you feel amazing after. If you need to skip through the beginning, I believe she starts the practice at the 1:58 mark.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

Hope you all know how much you are worth. I know it can be hard, but I know you can persevere through anything and any negative mindset.

I want all of you to live out your best life, as always. And don’t forget to take care of you, so you can take over the world. <3

With love & gratitude,

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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare

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How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

How to Stop Dreading Mondays With Mindfulness

I haven’t met many people who actually like Mondays, but I do know it is possible…

Many people don’t enjoy Mondays due to not being satisfied with their job. But it is possible to love Mondays and it usually happens when you find your passion; when you follow what’s within you and your souls calling.

For me, I’m in the midst of my search. I believe finding your purpose is a similar path as someone going in search to find a treasure. You get clues each day of what it is that you’re meant to do and if you listen to the cues and your intuition, you will always be directed towards it.

Do I believe everyone is here with a purpose? Yes, 100%. Now, that doesn’t mean we all follow our purpose. Everyone’s purpose isn’t extravagant either – it could be as simple as being an amazing mother. Or it could be the best doorman; full of enthusiasm and cheerfulness. 

How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

The other day, I really hit a point in my life where it really sank in that we only have one life to live. I understand others have different beliefs, but regardless, no one is guaranteed to live this same exact life. None of us also know for sure what waits for us at death. The point I am trying to make is, stop dreading each moment. In my discovery, it almost felt like I’ve gotten closer to the idea of the purpose of life, which is that we have a purpose to make a difference for the next generation ahead. It’s our duty.

You may be bitter in believing any of this because you may not love your job and you may not be in a good place mentally. I get it. It’s not easy and it’s not a good place to be mentally. And switching jobs isn’t as easy where you can just quit and figure out what to do. Not many of us are at that financial state to do so. 

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the process and no reason not to. I believe we should really enjoy each moment. I also believe tribulations make us who we are and believe each path we were given has a purpose in the big picture. With each tribulation, you get closer to who you are meant to be, so, why not have a positive attitude during the process?

Essentially, the ideal time you would stop dreading Mondays is when you start doing the things you are most passionate about. But you may not know what that is yet, and you may not know how to get there if you do know what your passion is. For the time being, if you are at a job that is draining and not motivating, take a step back and write a plan. It’s important to take action each day that will eventually take you out of that state.

You can do this type of practice with any uncomfortable situation, it doesn’t have to be a just on a Monday. Maybe you like your job, but there are other parts or times in your life where you are not enjoying, and you can implement this practice during those times.

To be clear, practicing mindfulness while experiencing uncomfortable situations does not necessarily make it go away, but it does allow you to better cope with the situation and make the experience easier to tackle.

Mindfulness /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

That is the modern day dictionary.com’s explanation on it and they hit it spot on. Mindfulness is a practice in which you become more aware of your surroundings, you notice things you normally would ignore and essentially, it’s a practice to get yourself out of the automatic way of thinking. We are not meant to be like robots and yet we easily act like it in most of our daily routines, which then leads us to miss the important things life has to offer.

Currently, I am reading the Alchemist and it reminds me of the part where the boy is told to hold a spoon full of oil and concentrate only on that spoon without letting anything spill, and while doing this he misses out on all his beautiful surroundings. Not practicing mindfulness is like this. Not being mindful of your surroundings and the little miracles of everyday living is missing out on the beauty of living. So, although, you may be in a position where you are not loving what you are doing, I believe you can always turn it around by practicing mindfulness and being positive that things will change. Of course, you must work through it so that your situation does change, but there is no reason to be miserable during the process. Remember, you only have one life to live – don’t let it go to waste. Everything about this life is extra-ordinary and beautiful – all you have to do is become one with it. 

Remembering that your work doesn’t have to take up all your life is one step closer to stop dreading Mondays or any other day. You can make anything else become the dominant part of your day by focusing on that one activity. For example, for me I love taking cycling or boxing classes, which I do in the mornings before work. I focus on how good it made me feel, how fun it was, how strong it made me feel all day instead of focusing on the bad parts of my day. You can also do it vice versa where you can hype yourself up for your class and how you will be taking care of your body at the end of the day.

Throughout my day, I tune into the little things that happen, such as focusing on someone’s face while they are talking to me or focusing on a song I’m listening to or just noticing my surroundings. It may seem so minuscular of just focusing on one thing, but it really is the small things that make the biggest impact. Mindfulness is like this in that way that every small thing you focus on allows you to be more in tune with your body and soul. It takes in all the small things that happen to you and allows you to appreciate them immensely.

When I discovered mindfulness, I felt like I discovered the key of life. It’s not an easy practice, but with all things, it takes time and effort. I use an app called Chill, where it reminds you to be mindful throughout the day. You can also view your mindfulness quote each day and I think it’s a nice little practice in your day. 

How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

Here are some other things you can do to ensure you won’t dread Monday’s:

  1. Go to the gym first thing in the morning
  2. Wear something that makes you confident and happy
  3. Write one goal you would like to accomplish for that day
  4. Meditate
  5. Laugh. Call your mom/dad/sister/brother or best friend and just laugh it out – train your mind to be happy on Mondays
  6. Health = your wealth. Feed your body nourishing foods and take good care of your temple
  7. Have a gratitude journal. Write down everything your grateful for each morning. It may take a while until the success of this will show, but just be patient and you will notice your heart is growing to be more grateful each day, which in turn will make you more positive and allow you to manifest more of what you want

Until you reach the moment where Mondays become an ordinary day where you can fully enjoy it, try to do this routine to improve your week. Always start on a strong note, because life no matter what will catch you on the blind side. And like my mother always says, be stronger than life and you’ll be guaranteed success!

Finally, always remember, progress = happiness, so every small little win you have, don’t forget to celebrate it! Every time you have a good feeling, stay there for a little longer than you normally would. Feel it out and with your mindfulness practice really notice how it makes you feel. When you prolong a good feeling, it will allow you to feel and stay more positive throughout the day, but also will allow you to look back at it and remind yourself of the experience.

Hope you can implement mindfulness to your days and to your Mondays and realize how wonderful little things can really be. We are not guaranteed any of this, but we are given this gift and it’s important to enjoy it, to not take ourselves too seriously and strive to make it a better place for all because we are all in it together.

Until next time,

Ozzy

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“Do not seek Enlightenment by rejecting your senses and thoughts. When you are neither attached to nor detached from them, when you are neither abiding with nor clinging to them, then you enjoy perfect unobstructed freedom.” – Huang-po

 

benefits of mindful eating

How to Practice Mindful Eating

Benefits of mindful eating

Self-Care Series #4


Hey Everyone! 

Hope you are having an amazing weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers out there 🙂 The weather today is perfect in Boston and a great day to enjoy the day with your loved ones!

Can you believe we are at the end of the self-care challenge? Only one more after todays self-care challenge!

If you are feeling up to it or want to catch up with us, here are the series 1- face mask, 2 – self-love meditation and 3 – gratitude.

For this week’s challenge, I want you to join me in eating mindfully. What does that mean? It means, for today and rest of the week, I want you to pay attention to what you are eating. Don’t eat in front of the T.V., in front of your desk at work, looking at your phone or doing anything else. 

I want you to sit at a table by yourself and enjoy your meal. With each bite, I want you to notice the little things about it. For example — what does it smells like, what does the texture feel like, how it feels going in your stomach, etc. Have you ever even noticed what a tomato smells like or how green lettuce can be? Too often, we rush through our meal which tends to lead us to overeating. Another instance that happens quite too often is we don’t notice how a particular food makes us feel and we ignore it. This, then leads us to not notice what our body is telling us about that particular food. It could be that your body is screaming for you to stop eating something that is not making you feel good and you’ve become so immune to it. I don’t want you to take any food groups out of your diet, but I do want you to eat less of things that don’t make you feel your best.

Ditch the over-eating habit….

Did you know by kicking your over-eating habit, you can improve your memory and reduce cognitive impairment? Yep, just by avoiding to feel overly full all the time, you can improve your health in ways that you did not think was affecting you. Why not take preventative care of yourself to avoid diseases such as Alzheimer’s now? Why wait till later? I think that is the best motivation to take care of yourself and your eating habits.

The best thing about mindful eating is you end up eating healthy without really even trying. Your body knows what’s best for you because it truly cares for you — stop ignoring it! Mindful eating allows your body to understand what is being put in it and therefore is able to better process/digest what you eat. Mindful eating also allows you to eliminate stress eating or emotional eating.

Some benefits of mindful eating:

  • Aid in staying at your healthy weight
  • Decrease excessive snacking
  • Stop emotional and overeating
  • Stop fast eating — which can lead to type 2 diabetes
  • Reactivate your hunger “cue”

Your instincts and satiety level know exactly what your body needs to feel nourished and knows exactly when to stop. Our ancestors were really good at this because they didn’t have distractions while eating nor did they have overly-processed options. Over time, we stopped listening to our “cue” and overeating became a habit. Our natural “cue” of eating allows us to eat when hungry and stop when full. Those signals, when ignored, become less active and you are not able to listen to it as much. This in turn, leads us to other types of cues to eat. Whether that is because you are bored, or you want to treat yourself, or a habit of eating exactly at 3pm (or whatever time) that cookie that you are not sure why you wanted it in the first place. The positive thing is you can rewire your brain to know how to stop eating when you are full. It’s pretty cool and it only takes a few practices. Don’t beat yourself up in the process. It’s going to take some time to get into a habit of it. If you are someone that suffers with emotional eating — don’t worry, you can do this! Mindful eating is the best way to get in touch with your soul and your body. 

How to Practice Mindful Eating

I highly encourage everyone to try this because I’m pretty sure all of us have been victims of overeating in front of the T.V. or any other time. Just keep being persistent and keep being mindful of what you eat for each practice. It’s amazing how you can stop when you are fully content and pretty amazing how you stop “craving” the not-so-healthy options. This in any means isn’t a “diet” you should be following. You shouldn’t be doing anything that doesn’t make you happy. This is only a way to nourish your body the right way and to take steps into incorporating self-love practice into your daily routine. 

Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Leave your phone in another room and shut off your T.V. or any other distractions.
  2. Sit at a table and look at your food – notice all the colors.
  3. With each bite, think of one word that you notice about that one bite.
  4. When you’ve reached about 80-90% fullness – get up and do something else. This will allow you to give you sometime to help you differentiate if you need to keep eating or if you are satisfied. More often than not – you are satisfied and don’t need to eat anything else. If you are full then you can get rid of anything else that you didn’t eat or if you are still hungry then listen to your body and do that.
  5. Eat slowly, and chew as much as possible.

By incorporating this into your daily routine, you will notice that you are more mindful in general. Mindful eating doesn’t end at what you put in your body, you start to notice other things about your body and how to do what your body is telling you to do. Like I’ve said, you’re body knows best, and being able to be more in tune with yourself is the most amazing experience.

Alright, guys that is all. If you have any questions or need any help, please let me know

xx, Ozzy

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How to Take Breaks at Work

Hi guys!

The other day, I had to go into my doctors office due to my headaches and pain on my lower skull. Thankfully, it wasn’t a serious issue, but I wanted to share it with you guys so that you won’t have a problem like that and are more mindful with taking breaks at work. Apparently, I distressed the muscles in my lower brain, and, I was getting pain around that area and did not know why. My doctor told me it is due to the fact that I sit at a 9-5 job not moving much.

I used to take more breaks at my other job, but this one I only take one break per day and it’s usually not for too long. It is okay if you can’t take a break or if the nature of your job doesn’t allow you to, but be mindful of just taking a moment to yourself a few times a day. If you haven’t read my how to unwind and increase productivity post, I would suggest you start there.

Another thing my doctor suggested is that for every 20 minutes you work, you should take a 20 second break — not looking at your screen. Try to look somewhere far away like out the window. To make sure you don’t forget, I would suggest having an alarm on your phone. Maybe just for a few days, until it’s built in as a habit. Another thing to consider is to take a break every hour — even if it’s just for 3 minutes each time. That could be to socialize or to take a quick walk, or whatever that may be for you. Humans weren’t meant to be sitting down for so many hours in the day, but that’s what it has come down to for our generation unfortunately. So in order to stay healthy, I would highly suggest you follow these rules with me. Whether you work a 9-5 job or work from your laptop, it’s important to be mindful of our health.

Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful day!

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xx, Ozzy

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