Celebrate another day being alive

Despite all the uncertainties of life, it is a blessing to wake up and see another day. It is also time to think about those our loved once who are no longer with us, and cherish the memories we shared.

I am at a good stage in my life right now, I don’t have all I want, but I have all I need. I am content and make the most of life as it is, and I hope you too will have the strength and courage to take one day at time.

Here are some of my daily affirmations I say out loud every morning, I have them also printed on my way as a daily reminder. Please take care of you, stay positive and keep smiling.

 

Quick tips for today

  1. Do whatever is necessary to let yourself be happy. Give yourself permission to pursue your own happiness.
  2. Stay connected with friends and family
  3. Express how you feel and don’t bottle up your emotions. 
  4. Stop working too hard at a job that is not fulling – find a way to make the job interesting or plan to leave or have other interesting hobbies that you can focus when you are away from your job.
  5. Be true to yourself and not what others expect of you. Let the haters hate and the doubters doubt.
  6. Share the love, and encourage someone today, give the a reason to smile.
  7. Ask for help and don’t suffer in silence

I would love it if you could join me on my 15 minutes sessions – Escape to Happiness Island to relive stress and feel good- check my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/confidentqueen/

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Mindful walking #gravesend #fittergenny

I really enjoy walking as a form of relaxation and I used to be part of a monday walking group called Love Walking which combined walking and other exercises at our local gravesend promeande, one of my friends called Surbs.

Recently I have been introduced to mindfulness and came across mindful walking

Mindful walking simply means walking while being aware of each step and of our breath. It can be practiced anywhere, whether you are alone in nature or with others in a crowded city. You can even practice mindful breathing and walking meditation in between business appointments or in the parking lot of the supermarket.

Mindful walking allows us to be aware of the pleasure of walking. We can keep our steps slow, relaxed, and calm. There is no rush, no place to get to, no hurry. Mindful walking can release our sorrows and our worries and help bring peace into our body and mind.

In a world of busyness, its great for us to take time to notice things around us as we walk each day. I finfd it very therapeutic and refreshing.

Read more hear https://www.livingwell.org.au/mindfulness-exercises-3/4-walking-mindfulness/

Mindful Walking in my local area – #Gravesend Promenade

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Enjoying the waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

Using mindfulness whilst working out #fittergenny

I have been interested in mindfulness for a while and have enjoyed researching the topic and practising it. To me mindfulness is about slowing down and making the most of each moment of life by paying attention to my environment and what is happening now!!

As I have set my self a 6 weeks fitness challenge, I wanted to see how I could use minnfulness as part of it, especially at times when I get distracted. I searched the internet and below are some tips which I hope you too will find useful.

Tips to using mindfulness when you workout

To avoid distraction when you workouts, being mindful during exercise can relieve stress, make you feel good and even make your workouts better.

Have a Purpose for Each Workout

Having a purpose will give you something to focus on, something to work for and, therefore, something you can feel good about. Some examples of workout purpose are:

  • To finish your planned workout
  • To strengthen specific muscles (e.g., “I’m going to focus on working all the muscles in my lower body”)
  • To challenge yourself (e.g., “I’m going to focus on working as hard as I can during my interval workout ” )
  • To workout for a certain period of time or burn a certain number of calories
  • To work on a specific area of fitness (e.g., “Today I’m doing cardio to burn calories and build endurance”)

Remember Why You’re Exercising

Reflect on why have you made exercise a priority and how will this workout help you right now. Some ideas:

  • This workout will help me have more energy for my day
  • I’ll feel really good about myself if I finish my workout
  • I’ll sleep better tonight after this workout
  • I deserve to take care of myself, and exercise is part of that
  • I’ll feel much less stressed if I exercise

Slow Down

Remember, you set this time aside specifically for your workout, so give yourself permission to actually do it. Take your time with each activity, each movement, particularly strength training exercises. Focus on your form, on the upward motion and the downward motion. Think about your posture, your core, and the rest of your body, including the muscles you are targeting; focus on feeling them contract and relax. See just how much you can get out of your exercise time.

Remind Yourself To Breathe

Breathing is the simplest way to deal with stress and bring you into the current moment. If your mind wanders during your workout or you keep watching the clock, close your eyes and take a breath to bring yourself back to the moment. You’re exercising right now and that’s all you have to do. You’ll deal with the rest when it’s time.

End on a Good Note

Remember all the good things about the workout and how good it feels when you’re done. Give yourself time to cool down and take time to stretch the muscles you worked. If you can, take a moment to lie down at the end of the workout for a final relaxation, your chance to really feel the effects of your hard work.  Pay attention to what you’re doing and how it feels. Notice what it is about that workout that makes you want a distraction from it. You may discover that changing how you exercise can inspire more mindfulness and more workout satisfaction.

Read full article here – https://www.verywellfit.com/mindfulness-during-exercise-1230998

Mindfulness in the gym

Finding Inner Peace

Finding Inner Peace

Inner peace is where you have a sense of harmony, emotional well-being and fulfilment in your life despite any challenges you may be going through (money, relationships, loss, etc). You can achieve inner peace by practising acceptance of yourself and the world around you, engaging in things like prayer, mindfulness, and meditation.

© Copyright 2011 CorbisCorporation

 

Accepting Your self

Acceptance of yourself is crucial to the promotion of inner peace because it enables us to be okay with what is currently happening no matter what the circumstances. One way to practice acceptance of your life is to be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you do not have

acceptmyself

 

Give up control over things you can’t change

We cannot control what others think, feel, or do so try to focus on what you can change.

 

Focus on right now through mindfulness

Mindfulness can help increase inner peace. Mindfulness is being aware of the current moment, the here and now, instead of thinking about the future or the past. Thinking of the past may lead to depressed mood or regrets, and thinking about the future can increase anxiety and worry. Being completely present in the current moment can increase your feelings of contentment.

Click here for some free resources http://www.freemindfulness.org/download

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prayer

 

Most people in times of crisis tend to pray sometime in panic or utter desperation. Prayer for inner peace for me helps to calm my mind, gives me  clarity, and inner peace. At times, when I feel so stressed and not know what to do I just say “ Oh God help me and give me the strength and wisdom to go through this”

Find out more http://www.living-prayers.com/petitions/prayer_for_inner_peace.html

 

 

Meditation

Meditation is the art of finding peace and happiness within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.

Find our more http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alice-grist/meditation-for-begginners_b_1366406.html

benefitsofprayerandmediation

 

Over to you now.

Today take time to  either pray, meditate and practise mindfulness to help you have inner peace. The more peaceful you are, you will be able to smile more and also share your smile with others.

 

My book – Crown of Smiles – Practical tips to regain your smile

Order now £4.99 genny@confidentqueen.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Put on your Crown of Smiles (Day 21) Finding Inner Peace

 Welcome  Day  21 of Crown of Smiles – Finding inner peace

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s blog and that you are keeping up with the daily tasks! It would be great if you could write any ideas or comments you have.

 

Remember that each day you have to get into the habit of taking at least 15 minutes to :-

  • Put on your Crown of Smiles – either a real one you have made or an imaginary one
  • Spending  5 minutes for your Smilence Moments each day – which includes writing down all the things that made you smile the day before
  • Put all your smilence moments in your box of Smilence  and put it in a prominent place or take it around you as a way to boost your Smilence level
  • Writing down what you are grateful for and why
  • Writing  down all the things you are thankful for and why
  • Do something good to make at least one person smile

 

Today’s Task – Finding Inner Peace

Inner peace is where you have a sense of harmony, emotional well-being and fulfilment in your life despite any challenges you may be going through (money, relationships, loss, etc). You can achieve inner peace by practicing acceptance of yourself and the world around you, engaging in things like prayer, mindfulness, and meditation.

© Copyright 2011 CorbisCorporation

 

Accepting Your self

Acceptance of yourself is crucial to the promotion of inner peace because it enables us to be okay with what is currently happening no matter what the circumstances. One way to practice acceptance of your life is to be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you do not have

acceptmyself

 

Give up control over things you can’t change

We cannot control what others think, feel, or do so try to focus on what you can change.

 

Focus on right now through mindfulness

Mindfulness can help increase inner peace. Mindfulness is being aware of the current moment, the here and now, instead of thinking about the future or the past. Thinking of the past may lead to depressed mood or regrets, and thinking about the future can increase anxiety and worry. Being completely present in the current moment can increase your feelings of contentment.

Click here for some free resources http://www.freemindfulness.org/download

midulness

prayer

 

Most people in times of crisis tend to pray sometime in panic or utter desperation. Prayer for inner peace for me helps to calm my mind, gives me  clarity, and inner peace. At times, when I feel so stressed and not know what to do I just say “ Oh God help me and give me the strength and wisdom to go through this”

Find out more http://www.living-prayers.com/petitions/prayer_for_inner_peace.html

 

 

Meditation

Meditation is the art of finding peace and happiness within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.

Find our more http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alice-grist/meditation-for-begginners_b_1366406.html

benefitsofprayerandmediation

 

Over to you now.

Today take time to  either pray, meditate and practise mindfulness to help you have inner peace. The more peaceful you are, you will be able to smile more and also share your smile with others.

 

Till tomorrow – try to keep smiling, keep having a positive attitude and keep expecting good things to happen to you.  May the Smile be with you!

 

My book – Crown of Smiles – Publishing date 20th March. You can pre-order at genny@confidentqueen.co.uk  Cost £7.99 inclusive of UK postage.

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The 21 Days Sadness Diet© Day 15 (Mindfulness – from Action for Happiness)

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Welcome back

Thank you so much for joining in our Sadness Diet and the journey to happier times.  In everyday life, we realise that there is a time for every purpose under heaven, their will be times when we feel sad and times when we feel happy. Yesterday thanks to Liz Arnold, we looked at how meditation can help calm us and change our mood.

Feedback from Yesterday

I hope after yesterday, you will try and include some mediation into your daily routine and make it a habit.

Today – Action of Happiness (http://www.actionforhappiness.org/)

On the same theme as yesterday, today we are going to look at mindfulness and how it can help us to get more from each day and I have taken the information from Action for Happiness which is an organisation I support and love as they are doing so much to help us all in our journey towards happiness,

 

Bring mindfulness into your day

Mindfulness is a key skill for happiness and we can do it wherever we are. So here are some ideas to get started – it’ll help you get more from your day!

 

Mindfulness

Being mindful means being more fully aware of what is around us – what we can see, hear, touch and taste. And what is happening inside – our thoughts and feelings. It’s about learning to observe all this but not getting caught up in thinking or worrying about it, so being able to choose what we then attend to.

Why do it?

In our busy lives we constantly have our head full or thoughts about the future or about the past – what are we going to do next or what are we going to become or how well or badly we just did. This means we’re often not that aware of what is around us, and what happening in the here and now. So there’s likely to be a lot good stuff that we miss (or not so good stuff that we really need to be aware of). It also means that we often do things more out of unconscious habit rather than fully conscious choice. Mindfulness has been shown to help us be healthier, less affected by stress, more relaxed, more creative, more open to learning, sleep better, improve our relationships with others and feel happier and more satisfied with our lives.

 

What’s great is it’s a skill that anyone can learn and benefit from. It is very simple, and need take only a few minutes a day. But it does take a bit of practice and it may be hard at first. Keep at it and you’ll feel the benefits in many areas of your life. There are various ways we can be mindful and I have selected to focus on how we can observe mindfully from he article from Action for Happiness (http://www.actionforhappiness.org/)

  1. Observing mindfully (Today’s activity)

This is about simply trying to increase what we’re aware of and our consciousness of what is around us. It only takes a few extra minutes. Here are some ideas to try:

As you enter your house or workplace, be aware of your sensations and feelings as you enter. How does the floor feel beneath your feet? What noises can you hear? What smells do you notice? What colours?

Each time you step outside look up at the sky and see the sky and the clouds or the stars, notice the feeling of the air on your body or the warmth of the sun or sensation of the wind.

Look up at some trees and notice how they are, their different shapes and colours. Look at the texture of their bark, branches and leaves. Notice how these move and the sound of the leaves. Are there any birds sitting in them or singing? Can you see sunlight through the foliage or drops of rain in the leaves? What insects are buzzing nearby? What else can you notice?

When you are going somewhere in the car, by foot or on your bike notice how you are as you travel. Are you rushing to reach your destination? How does it feel? Where are the muscles in your body tight or relaxed? Which are working and which are not? How does your breathing feel – fast, slow, deep or shallow? Does it feel different when you slow down and take your time?

Each day notice an object of wonder or beauty. Take a moment to appreciate the skill and effort that went into an object such as a car, building, sculpture or work of art or the beauty in nature.

When you are doing something pleasurable such as taking a warm shower or bath, petting you dog or cat, stroking your child’s hair or sitting down for a moment of peace, be really present. Really notice what it is you find pleasurable about the experience and how it makes you feel.

For more information :-

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/bring-mindfulness-into-your-day

 

 

 

Instant Feel Good

Sit down

Breathe in slowly and Breathe out Slowly ( do this a couple of times)

Breathe in slowly and then laugh out loud slowly (do this a couple of times)

Say – I am so grateful and happy to be alive to see another day.

Think and focus on something that makes you feel happy or just make sing and dance to my favourite “wake up I feel happy boom, boom, I feel like dancing around boom boom, and now I am dancing line no one’s watching boom, boom”

Smile – Just spend a few seconds smiling, and then I want you to give out a couple of big laughs (hahaha)

Get your Gift of a smile box, and make use of the items as you continue to feel good and smile

See you tomorrow and may the SMILE always be with you!

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