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Exercise a New Beginning: Physical Activity for Addiction Recovery

Strengthening the body is not only an investment in your future but a well-known antidote to a variety of ailments like depression and anxiety. Evidence has shown that physical fitness can be a powerful ally in the fight towards long-term addiction recovery. Exercise has associated effects on the brain as well, by increasing the production of ‘feel good chemicals.’  However, beginning and sticking with a workout program can seem intimidating, but learning about the plethora of possibilities, trying a variety of exercise classes, exploring retreats and other options will open up hope for what lies ahead. Exercise Ideas Physical activity improves brain function by restoring the production of important neurochemicals, like dopamine, serotonin, thus enhancing mood, memory, and focus. Yoga Yoga is an ancient practice of meditation and relaxation. As an exercise regiment yoga does not only increase physical fitness by increasing flexibility, mobility, balance, and strength, but it also...

The Top 10 Mindset Podcast Episodes from Body Buddies

What does it take to get motivated and build a strong mindset? I think it comes down to hearing new ideas and perspectives that help you dislodge the apathy or lies you tell yourself. You see, your brain tries to protect you. It comes up with stories that you attach emotion to, and those stories and emotions frame the foundation for your behavior. Here is an example: Let’s say you are struggling to follow through and eat your healthy meals each day, or avoid the desserts altogether. What could possibly be stopping you from following through when you say you want to do better? Though the possibilities of solutions here are endless, I have found with many of my clients that they have created a story in their mind that it is vain, or putting too much focus on themselves and the look of their body to eat healthily. The emotion rides...

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The Power of Mindset and Emotional Awareness | Mental Discipline

Getting clear on what’s going on in the space between your two ears is more important than you may have previously thought. Sure, it sounds important–people are very quick to say “mindset matters.” But in my world of coaching individuals through their irrational thoughts, limiting beliefs, and lack of follow through, I know that the mental battles you face hour by hour if not minute by minute are those that will make or break your desire to be happy and have joy each day. It’s hard, and you get wrapped up in human emotion. Whether it’s fatigue from your never-ending to-do list or stress from your assumed expectations of others, you may be left feeling frazzled most of the day. Add into that the stress you create by constantly jumping on social media and letting the notifications popping up on your phone be the driver of your time. No matter...

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3 Secrets To Building Confidence In Yourself

Dear Body Buds, Finding confidence in yourself can often be a journey that feels too hard to make. Friends and family tell you to “just be to be confident,” but they may not understand the mental blocks you’re experiencing. Today I want to provide for you 3 secrets to building confidence in yourself that you can begin implementing and seeing resulting growth happen immediately. I often reflect back on the girl I was growing up–my journals are filled with statements of insecurity. I didn’t think I was pretty. I thought I had a weird face. My forehead was too big. None of the boys seemed to like me. I didn’t even kiss a boy until I was almost 20! I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 24!  In spite of my achievements in dance and education, I was lacking something deep within. CONFIDENCE. Confidence that only I could give...

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5 Secrets to Go From Sluggish to Superstar!

Dear Body Buds, You know those days where you wake up feeling sluggish–you feel the weight of your body, a slight headache coming on at the back of your eyes, overwhelmed with the thought of the days’ tasks, and all you want to do is hit snooze and disappear under your bed covers forever? Yeah, I know you know what I’m talking about. I’d like to share with you some secrets that I know about and continue to cultivate in my own life that make a big difference!. These 5 secrets should not remain secrets–I want you to share them with everyone! Please hit the SHARE button at the bottom of this post! As I practice these tactics, I wake each day feeling energized, directed, on a clear path, and excited for my day! Wouldn’t that be great if you could go from sluggish to superstar in literally 1 day? I’m...

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WABI SABI: How To Love and Accept Your Body

Dear Body Buds, Many of you may know that I have a moderately severe case of scoliosis.  Many do not know because I have trained myself to hold myself normally and still do everything I love to do–I find workarounds. I have done my very best to love my body and accept this difficult obstacle in my life that keeps me from doing much more in the realms of fitness and dance, but I will admit there are times I struggle. There are times that I am a little bit bitter and resentful. I have to pay attention to my feelings, catch them, and filter them into being grateful for what I can do and the blessings I have been given. We all have physical traits that we wish we could change. Perhaps we can, perhaps others we can’t. But how much of your time is spent wishing you could...