The wild world of the internets has so many sites, blogs, accounts that you can “tap” into for motivation, encouragement and education. Here’s my go-to list of people I admire.
Kris Carr – I want to be Kris when I grow up. She’s such an approachable wellness expert and gives you lots of recipes, tips and resources for a healthier life. I love her Instagram and Pinterest accounts!
Danielle LaPorte – Here’s another person I have followed FOREVER! Love her and the inspirational nuggets she provides each day. If you don’t know about #truthbombs then you are missing out. Read her books, follow her on every channel and learn more about yourself each day.
Lewis Howes – I learned about Lewis Howes around 2009 and have been hooked ever since. His hustle is full of passion and authenticity and through the years he has adapted with the use of social media. My current “addiction” is his talk show podcast, The School of Greatness.
Gary Vaynerchuk – This man inspires me every day. Every day. Especially Monday. I have seen him speak, read his books and follow all his social media. He was some great advice on content. My favorite thing about Gary is he has a potty mouth. He keeps it REAL. 100% REAL.
Hayley Hobson When I became part of the doTERRA family about a year ago as a wellness consultant I searched for people “like me” within the business. I wanted to find people who leveraged the digital space to grow their businesses. And the person who stood above all others was Hayley Hobson. WOW. She has built her own personal brand, empowered others to replicate her model and educates the masses on the great value of using social media. I am in awe of her hustle and hope one day to sit down and speak to her about her own path.
I hope you enjoyed my list! I would love to hear what your go-to peeps are too. Comment below and I’ll check them out.
Once of the things I talk about in my self-care webinars is sleep. Sleep is normally the first thing we “skimp” on when it comes to taking care of ourselves and probably one of the most important things we should prioritize.
Adults need about 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep per night – 20% overall should be deep sleep.
What happens when we deprive our bodies of sleep? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) states the following:
If that didn’t scare you, here are serious health conditions that can occur from sleep deprivation:
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
- Depression and anxiety
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart attacks
- Immune system suppression & dysfunction
- Digestive problems
- Accidents (including deadly ones)
- And more
One of the things that I recommend is creating a nighttime routine. This routine you can do when you’re at home, away on a business trip or on vacation. This alleviates any stress and allows your body to fall into a relaxed state almost every night. I apply Serenity doTERRA essential oil on the bottoms of my feet every night to help promote relaxation and a restful sleeping environment. I then use an app called Hear and Now which guides me in deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing is known to help promote deep sleep. I use melatonin if I need additional assistance with sleeping and put down my electronics at 9pm. That’s it. Facebook can wait until the next day. I lastly pray about the day and the things/people that I’m grateful for and the “worries” that I have on my mind.
Besides a routine another thing I recommend is looking at your bedroom and making sure it’s “optimized” for a good night sleep. Here are some tips for a perfect sleep haven.
- Make sure your sheets are kept clean. I use lavender essential oil (proven to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, potentially putting you in a more relaxed state) on my wool dryer balls to help infuse the scent.
- Many sleep experts say that a cool room, somewhere around 65 degrees, makes for the best sleep.
- Declutter and clean. When you walk into your bedroom you should feel peaceful and relaxed NOT anxious and worried.
- Lighting is important. When it’s dark it tells our body it’s time to rest. So don’t use a bright light before you go to sleep or even keep lights on while you’re sleeping.
- Turn the TV off at night.
- Invest in a good mattress and pillows.
- No electronics.
I am all about my sleep. When I focus on getting my zzzz’s , my outlook is brighter and I feel better. I hope you will focus on this “easy” self-care practice starting tonight.
It seems every day you can find a “fun” holiday to celebrate. Today is no different. March 1st is World Compliment Day. It made me think about how compliments can be a way to show your gratitude towards someone else. One compliment that probably only takes a second to give can provide a big difference in a person’s day. I challenge you today to pay a compliment to someone it could be at the office, family members or friends.
I will be generous with my love today.
I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words
everywhere I go.
I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds
and when they fall on fertile soil,
a reflection of those seeds
will grow into something greater.
(Life, the Truth, and Being Free)
What I find really cool about compliments is the gratitude cycle it creates. The person that is receiving the compliment from the other person practices gratitude too by them acknowledging your kindness in a gracious way. What ends up happening between these two people are good feelings, happiness and optimism. And not only between the two people but hopefully it starts to spread among their tribe.
Look at compliments as gifts. Gifts that you can give and ones that you can receive. Freely and open.
Start the gratitude cycle today!