5 Ways to Increase Happiness and Inner Peace 

Many people struggle with anxiety and a host of many other disempowering feelings which ultimately create a negative headspace. I wanted to share some ways I have found to help me live life from a state of happiness and inner peace on a daily basis. Inner peace is now my top priority, and you can tap into this yourself. You deserve to feel your best!

1- Practice Mindfulness

Many people search for happiness and peace outside of themselves. The truth is, we are capable of generating these feelings from within. One of the fastest ways to move towards feeling better is by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is observing your inner state without judgment or attachment. Practice mindfulness by simply observing your thoughts and how they are affecting your state and actions. By doing so you will empower yourself to change your state and feel at peace and cultivate more happiness. 

2- Spend Time in Nature

Take time to spend time in nature. Being outside will help you cultivate more happiness and inner peace. Nature reduces feelings of fear, anger and stress. Cortisol is a stress hormone in the body. Elevated cortisol levels interfere with one’s ability to learn, memorize, and weaken the immune system and bone density. It also makes it very challenging to drop weight. Spending time in nature will not only give you a sense of calm but it will also provide you a host of positive benefits that will allow you to feel happier and more at peace.  

3- Meditate

Meditation is a powerful tool that takes your mindfulness practice to another level. The human mind does everything it can to not live in the present moment. It ruminates over the past or worries about the future. Meditation calms the monkey mind and trains the brain not to search for constant amusement, it increases “gray matter concentration”. By making us feel connected to everything, meditation cancels out the detrimental mental, emotional, and physical effects of loneliness, anxiety and any other low feelings. The problems plaguing more than half of modern society can be turned around with the powerful consistent practice of meditation. While our world constantly changes, meditation will always be there for you. 

4- Spend Time with People Who Uplift You

I’m sure you’ve heard the quote “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, including yourself.” By spending time with people who expand your thinking, feed your focus to what truly matters most and add fuel to your life mission you will by default experience happiness and peace. Say no to those who drain your energy and bring about drama and chaos into your life. Yes- you are responsible for your own peace and happiness, but you’d be surprised how contagious attitudes are especially negative ones. Find those who bring out the best in you and don’t settle for anything less. 

5- Exercise

If you’re serious about living your life from a state of inner happiness and peace you must learn to brush off annoyances and anything else that may come into your existence to disrupt your good flowing energy. Engaging in physical activity daily will allow you to channel your frustrations and stressors into a positive outlet. Exercise releases a number of happy hormones into the body causing you to naturally feel happier and more uplifted through the process. Find time to make exercise a priority- when you look good you feel good. 

Life is meant to be experienced openly. Begin to practice some of these starting today and I can almost guarantee you will begin to feel a drastic shift into inner happiness and peace. You truly do deserve that!

How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Start Making Progress on Your Weight Loss Journey

Are you doubting that you will ever see your weight drop? I know what that feels like.  

It’s time to kill your doubts, face your fears and stop doubting yourself. When it comes to achieving your dream body you must not allow your self-doubt to get in the way of your success. It’s time to fully trust that you are taking the right steps in the right direction.  

Track Your Progress Daily

By tracking your performance on a consistent basis, you will empower yourself to see all the work you have done. Even if you aren’t seeing results right away you have a track record of how much progress you’ve made since you’ve started. Tracking will give you a boost of encouragement and motivation to keep going. It will also allow you to see what needs to be tweaked/changed along your journey to create the best possible outcome.  

Create Simple Healthy Habits

In order to see real sustainable change over time it’s vital to turn your current habits into ones that can stick with you for a lifetime. If you’re tired of spinning your wheels and not seeing the results, you’d like to see it’s time for a total life change. Instead of preparing for a short term even such as a wedding or vacation switch your mindset to, I’m in this for life and will do whatever it takes to stick with it. 

Identify Your Thought Patterns

Your thoughts have a direct impact on how you feel and look at yourself and your circumstances. By identifying your thought patterns, you give yourself an awareness of how you speak to yourself. When you can identify the negative self-talk that may be holding you back from trusting yourself you will be able to turn that self-talk into a more positive one that will ultimately serve your highest good. There is a famous quote by James Hunter “Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become our characters, and our character becomes our destiny.”

As you can see, your thoughts play a major role in the way you act and feel. Write your thought patterns down as they come up anytime you feel self-doubt. Identify exactly how you speak to yourself. Write everything without filtering it out. When you have collected your thoughts down look at it from an objective perspective. Don’t beat yourself up when reviewing what has come up.  

It’s time to stop doubting your every move on your health and wellness journey. You already have every tool within to create a lifestyle change for life.