fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-30 13:30:09 Public

7 Ways to Gift Yourself Instant Peace and Calm

Some days I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Do you know the feeling? Today, life seems to be moving faster than ever.
We all have demands and pressures including work, deadlines, our families, taking care of our bodies and the endless ping on our phone alerting us of an email or text message.
And the thing is, they all feel important, which can leave us in a constant state of craziness.
However, we all need the calm within the storm. Maybe life isn't going to slow down, but doesn't mean we can't find peace and joy in our journey.
Here are my seven ways to instantly feel calm:1. "I can choose peace, over this."
This is one of my favorite affirmations. It's a reminder to us that whatever is going on in our lives we can always choose peace. You might not be able to change the current situation but you can change the way you decide to feel about the current situation. There is always a peaceful thought on the other end. Set your phone alarm to go off at noon each day with this affirmation.2. Take five deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
When you're feeling all stressed out, anxious or fearful, you probably haven't noticed that your holding your breath or breathing quickly. Slow down by taking a moment to pause and take fie deep inhalations and exhalations. The beauty of this is that you can literally do it anywhere, anytime.3. Ask yourself, "how bad could it be?"
Any situation is only as heavy as the weight we're giving it. Next time you're freaking out about something, think about how bad could it really be? What's the worst that could possibly happen? Chances are, it usually feels a lot worse to us than it actually is.4. Set aside time for worry.
One trick I like to use is to schedule in my worry time. I'll set aside 20 minutes, usually in the beginning of my day, to go over all my to-dos. I'll allow myself to write out everything I can think of that I have to get done and allow myself to worry about it as much as I want. The rest of the day if a worry-thought pops up or I want to add to my to-do list, I'll make a mental note and save it for my daily appointment. By the time that rolls around the worry is long gone.5. Try essential oils.
If you've done everything and can't seem to calm down, try a grounding essential oil blend. I personally love lavender. You can put a few drops onto your palms and take a few deep breaths into your hands. The soothing smell instantly relaxes me and changes my entire mindset.6. Take a long walk.
Walking is underrated. My favorite form of exercise is taking a long walk. I'm fortunate to live in a city where you can walk or bike pretty much anywhere which I take advantage of. Especially after a stressful day, taking a conscious walk while really being aware of my surroundings never fails to calm my nerves.7. Count your blessings and look for what's "right" in your life.
It's easy to get caught up in our own stories and drama, and to look for what's not going right in our lives. In fact, most people live this way. Most people also live with constant stress, worry or anxiety. If you want to feel calm, even in the midst of a crisis, reset your focus on what's going right in your life and what you have to be grateful for.Like this post? Click here to receive your copy of Alexis's FREE Digital Book!
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fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-28 20:30:11 Public

Avoid These 5 Weight-Loss Pitfalls!

Dropping body fat isn't as easy as just working out and eating right. Misinformation can quickly lead to slip-ups and pitfalls. Avoid them with these 5 tips!
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fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-30 04:30:08 Public

Randy K. Milholland

"Why do we have to wait for special moments to say nice things or tell people we care about them?"
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fitsbi Master 2014-09-20 14:52:41 Public

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Take the
Organic Food Challenge 04. Oct

Eat organic for a month and take pictures of your delicious organic food. Each participant who eats organic for the whole month wins!
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fitsbi Master 2014-09-15 19:41:42 Public

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Event: Aerobic Training
December 29, 2014 (12:00 AM - 1:41 PM)

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Aerobic training strengthens your cardiovascular system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. These exercises use large muscle groups to perform rhythmic actions for a sustained period of time. Typically, they are performed for longer than 15 minutes and should maintain your heart rate at between 60 percent to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. Examples of aerobic exercise include fast walking, jogging, running, stair steppers, elliptical and swimming.

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fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-30 12:30:11 Public

Farm-to-Family Thanksgiving Recipes

For a Thanksgiving menu that's loaded with the best seasonal local produce, no one does it better than New York caterer Mary Cleaver. Must-haves from the farmers' market like squash, potatoes, onions and kale star in simple yet elegant side dishes alongside free-range turkey, ultra-simple gravy, cornbread stuffing and more. Cleaver is also a master of Thanksgiving desserts, offering up recipes for boldy spiced pumpkin pie and fresh apple pie with a vanilla-bourbon whipped cream that will put just about any holiday pie over the top. <strong><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/free_downloads/thanksgiving_side_dish_recipes_cookbook">Download a FREE Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Cookbook!</a></strong>

Curried Butternut Squash DipCider-Brined TurkeyApple Bourbon GravyHerbed Cornbread StuffingMaple-Lime Roasted Sweet PotatoesGinger & Pear ChutneyKale, Carrot & Apple SaladSpiced Pumpkin PieMaple-Ginger Apple PieButter Pastry DoughBourbon Whipped Cream

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