Laughter is the Best Medicine

We all know that laughter is the best medicine and we can’t take life too seriously, but check out this article from Best Life: 20 Crazy Health Benefits of Laughter–No Joke.

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Adaptogens!

I’ve been taking adaptogens for several years and I think they’re an important part of my ability to cope with my high-impact line of work.  What are adaptogens?  They’re super-foods, plants, and herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and maintain inner balance.  Different adaptogens target different parts of our bodies and brains and give them a boost to function optimally.  They’re basically vitamin-like supplements that specifically target parts of your brain that are most effected by stress.

I was first introduced to the concept when I was researching the ingredients in Isagenix (which I don’t recommend, by the way–there are better alternatives).  With the demands I face at work, I’m often looking for quick and easy things to eat and I want to make sure I’m getting the best nutritional bang-for-my-buck as possible.  I find myself feeling best when I stray from traditional grocery store products and seek out organic, minimally-processed foods geared toward holistic wellness.  It can be difficult to consume enough vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need through food alone, especially with a hectic schedule.  Supplements are a helpful way to make sure our bodies needs are adequately met.

Recently I was speaking to my dad about adaptogens and I was surprised he didn’t know what they were.  I got this article from Eat This, Not That! which explains some of the benefits.  Adaptogens may be a vital addition to your supplement regimen to help yourself feel your best!

Kitchen Gadgets

sushibazookaDon’t hate me, but when I saw this awesome post from Eat This, Not That!  I had to share it.  Check out 25 Weird Kitchen Essentials You Never Knew You Needed.  My Amazon cart was full after that one!

Body’s Playing Tricks…

I thought this article from Best Life, 30 Ways Your Body Tricks You, was so interesting.  Our minds really are incredibly powerful!  My favorite was #7

Your feelings shape the world around you.

We’d like to imagine that we view the world through an objective lens and can trust what we see. But researchers have found that, in fact, the way we feel tends to filter the way we interpret the world—which may be “rose-colored glasses” or a “half-empty glass” or based on other feelings of fear, surprise, or hunger. Psychologists call this “affect heuristic” and it’s a way our brains filter information to make decisions quickly, but can often overlook much that is right in front of our eyes. And for more hidden body messages, see What Happens to Your Body on an Airplane.

Check them out and let me know what was most surprising to you!

Fuel for Mind and Body

Your diet plays a major role in your overall well being, not just your level of physical fitness.  For one, when we like the way we look and feel more confident it elevates our mood.  Additionally, the vitamins and nutrients we take in through food (or not) can have a major impact on focus, headaches, and even our ability to manage stress.  To be your best self and get the most from life, take a look at what’s on your plate.   You can read more in this Eat This, Not That! article, 8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health.

Reinvent Your Sleep Routine

One of the biggest issues my clients discuss in therapy is a lack of comfortable, restful sleep.  Granted, my clients have almost all recently gone through drug or alcohol withdrawal, it’s a problem many of us can relate to.  I found a great article from Best Life: 15 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed.  Take a look at these tips and see if you can make some better choices for some better zzz’s.

30 Before 30

Happy Birthday to Me!  Yesterday was my 29th birthday, so I think I need to step my game up–it’s time for an epic to-do list: my 30 Before 30 List.

I looked at a lot of other 30-before-30’s online, and seeing them made me reflect on how full and exciting my life has been thus far.  I have so much to be grateful for.  I have been on so many excellent adventures and done a lot of intense and adrenaline-pumping things–and met some really amazing people along the way.  I’m looking forward to the next year and I’m going to try to accomplish my whole list and more!

1. Take a cooking class
2. Goat yoga!!!
3. Make homemade wine
4. Finally do a BYOB painting class
5. Beach yoga
6. Travel alone
7. Learn another language
8. Learn how to cook your favorite dish from your favorite restaurant. *spicy beef tips from The Village
9. Go to an ice bar
10. Run a spartan race!
11. Test drive your dream car(s)
12. Go to one of the best restaurants in the world
13. Watch a meteor shower?  If there is one
14. Bungee jumping
15. Scuba diving
16. White water rafting
17. Pottery class
18. Improv class
19. Ballroom dance class
20. Piano lessons
21. Take a technology/social media break for a week
22. Make homemade soap
23. Helicopter ride
24. Reconnect with things I’ve already done and enjoyed: horseback riding, ziplining, parasailing, more kayaking, more comedy shows, more concerts, museums, football games, more camp fires, more golf and tennis
25. Indoor skydiving
26. Air gliding
27. Swim with sharks
28. Self defense class
29. Set (and kill) a reading list
30. …