3 Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress & Setbacks

Between the full moon, eclipses, mercury retrograde, and a massive heat wave here in the NE, July has been nothing short of an intense month.

All is well in my world, but over the past couple of weeks on top of the intensity I was stressed.

I’ve recently been experiencing some healthy changes in my personal and professional life which have been both exciting and challenging. Though challenges are part of the growth process it’s also overwhelming.

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Unfortunately, there are unhealthy ways people deal with stress and setbacks for short term gratification. But I’m sharing 3 healthy ways that I cope with it and can hopefully encourage you to do the same.

1) KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

See the stressful moment/setback as a teachable moment and what you can learn from it before proceeding forward. Trust the process, you may be surprised to find just the answers you need.

2) PRACTICE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

If you’ve been following me for awhile I journal every single morning. By consistently writing out positive affirmations and repeating them to myself throughout the day, they become habitual, therefore my reality. A common affirmation that I repeat, “Of course things always work out positively in my favor”. This is great in moments when I’m not sure of what to really expect. It makes a HUGE difference.

3) TAKE A T.O.

Yes, take some time out of your busy schedule. No excuses, we ALL have the time. Take a break from social media (I recently had a week long hiatus), decline an invite, take a personal day from work if you are able to. Whatever it may be, take some “me time” to indulge in something that rejuvenates you.

These 3 steps take time, patience, and practice, but definitely work! What are some healthy ways you cope with stress/setbacks?

When is the last time you did you?

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Don't remember? Perhaps recently? Whatever your answer, I encourage you to do indulge in a little "you time" each day!⁣

Among our crazy, busy lives taking care of ourselves first and foremost is easy to brush aside when there's 1,001 other things to do, but self-care must become a priority not an option.⁣

I have a nurturing trait as many of those closest to me would describe. I care deeply and like taking care of others. But how do I expect to do so when I'm not taking care of myself and feeling burnout. You can't pour from an empty glass as they say.⁣

It seems like such a buzzword anymore, but self-care is vital. When you take the time and indulge in "you time" it allows you to fully show up in a deeper, meaningful way that enhances your relationships, health, motivation, and quality of living. ⁣

Self-care is different for every woman. Some like to indulge in a spa day, a good solid sleep, retail therapy, in my case it changes, I’ll take myself on a date, spend time in nature, and of course my morning journaling routine before conquering the day ahead.⁣

It's like anything, there's no "one size fits all" approach to self-care. Find a few minutes amid your busy day to indulge as it enhances your physical, mental, and emotional health and well being.⁣

What’s your favorite way to indulge in some “you time”? Or is self-care something you struggle with making time for?⁣

Cheers,

Angela

Mint chocolate chip ice cream for breakfast...and it's super healthy!

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Well at least my morning shakes taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream! Mmmm...so good, and healthy!

Back into routine after the long holiday weekend and I'm feeling refreshed as the second half of 2019 is underway. This routine also includes my full-time job where I'm at the gym every weekday morning at 4:45am and constantly active.

Though I adapted quickly to this schedule back in April, I was however struggling to stay consistent with packing nutritious breakfasts to keep me fueled that early.

A typical breakfast consisted of hot and cold cereals that were healthy, but they were too much trouble since I needed to constantly be present on the floor overseeing the facility.

Exactly one month ago, I began incorporating some products from Isagenix, a private multi-level marketing company that distributes high quality health and wellness products.

The health and fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and yes there's a lot of misleading information, fads, trends, and quick fixes out there with low quality ingredients, easily found in convenient stores, but Isagenix is NOT one of them. Believe me, I used to be so close minded to these kinds of things.

However, over this past year, the more I opened my mind to this particular company, mainly from listening to the success stories of others, and those I knew, is what inspired me to start.

Currently, I've been incorporating a shake a day, filled with 24 grams of high quality protein, energy-fueling carbs, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. I add almond milk, shake it up, and go! My go-to flavor right now is the Chocolate Mint, hence why I said mint chocolate chip ice cream for breakfast cause that's what it tastes like.

I consume other Isagenix products as well, including vitamins that support healthy aging, organ, and immunity support (beneficial for my thyroid condition) and the results have been phenomenal. Keeps me full, fueled, and enhances my performance because I'm consuming high quality ingredients.

Now the intention of this newsletter is to 100% not sell you on these products, but to 100% share my story, as someone who stands behind these products and company as a whole...and I'm brand new!

The moral of this message is to inspire you to keep an open mind to something that may benefit you in sustaining your health and fitness goals once and for all.

If you're someone who is constantly active, looking to lose weight, increase your energy, and/or looking to enhance your quality of living no matter what your personal wellness goals, or just interested in learning more about the products in general, and/or my results, please contact me and I'll be happy to give you more details.

Watch the Isagenix intro video here.


Cheers,
Angela

3 Easy ways to stay Healthy & Fit this Summer

Oh sweet summer. We enjoy the longer days, cookouts, vacations, and a much deserved break from the everyday hustle and bustle we’ve been putting in all year. Yes, the living is laid back and easy, but it can also wreak havoc on your health and fitness if you let it.

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I encourage you to let loose and enjoy the summer to the fullest, but at the same time don't lose sight of your health and fitness progress.  

Here are 3 easy ways to stay healthy and fit this summer:

1) Pick up the Pace!

You can easily and quickly add a few stretches, pick up your pace while walking, and add some form of resistance training with exercise bands, dumbbells, a hand towel, or your own body weight.  Click here to watch my hand towel exercise video.

2) Eat your Water.

Stay hydrated with natural drinking water of course, but take advantage of seasonal produce such as watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and pineapples which contain a high water content, and many vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy and hydrated during these hot, humid months.

3) Disconnect to Reconnect.

Take a break from the internet, including social media.  Put down the phone, log off the computer, and be present in the moment.  You will feel more calm, at ease, and have an opportunity to engage in more meaningful conversations and participate in summer activities with those you most care about.

Cheers,

Angela