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The power of practicing gratitude.

“The appearance of things changes according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves” – KAHLIL GIBRAN

How often do you really think about all the things that you have in your life? Everything that is going well. All the positive things you get to experience everyday. All the people that support you. How often do you say THANK YOU?

💥Why is gratitude so important?💥
• Gratitude helps us to sleep better – practicing gratitude just before bed may assist in creating a solid sleeping routine and improving sleep quality.
• Gratitude reminds us to slow down.
• Gratitude makes us less negative.
• Gratitude may improve relationships – practicing gratitude makes us want to acknowledge and appreciate people more.
• Gratitude reminds us to focus on what we do have, instead of what we don’t. And to therefore stop comparing ourselves to other people.
• Gratitude improves mental health – it gives you the mental strength to tackle each day. It makes you more calm, more positive and less frustrated and anxious. An instant mood booster indeed.
• Practicing gratitude helps to reduce stress.
• Gratitude improves physical health – when we feel better, we do better. So we are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating healthy and moving our bodies.
• Gratitude reduces feelings of anger.
• Gratitude gives us hope.
• Gratitude makes us better people – it creates more empathy, understanding and sensitivity towards other people.

How I started to incorporate gratitude into my daily life?
For those of you that enjoy writing down your thoughts, use a little notebook/journal/diary📔 and spend just 10 minutes a day to write down 3 things that you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. For the rest of you, spend 10 minutes, sitting in silence and keep a mental diary💭 of the things you are grateful for. It is such an easy practice to make part of your daily intentions that can easily become a healthy habit. How and where can you start incorporating gratitude into your day?

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SLEEP: The missing link to abundant health?

Do you feel that you are doing everything you can for your health but are still lacking energy, struggling to lose weight, feeling stressed, lacking mental strength and having low mood? Sleeping might just be the key to unlocking your health potential. For most, sleeping for at least 7 hours a night, is essential for good health.

What happens when you do not get enough sleep?
• You are more likely to make unhealthy food and lifestyle choices – When you are not getting enough sleep, your metabolism slows down and your appetite goes up, causing you to consume more food than needed, often unhealthy sugar rich foods to give you an instant energy boost.
• Impacts memory, concentration and ability to learn.
• Interferes with problem solving and rational thought.
• Greater risk of accidents.
• More prone to making mistakes and bad decisions.
• Leads to weight gain.
• Increases stress and anxiety.
• Increase risk factors for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
• Premature aging – leads to breakdown of collagen which ages the skin.
• Kills sex drive.
• Can cause/contribute to low mood and depression.
• Weakens the immune system – your body now has a harder time mounting a response to fight off an infection.

Benefits and importance of getting enough sleep:
• Sleep is a natural appetite suppressant and getting enough sleep can
literally stop or minimise your cravings the minute we start getting enough, and is therefore a powerful way to promote weight loss, which is often over looked.
• Reduce stress.
• Live longer.
• Improve our relationships.
• Improve our tolerance.
• Improves mood – reduce anger and irritation.
• Needed for concentration, memory and productivity.
• Help us to be creative in our work, solving our problems etc.
• Improve our sociability and desire to get out and do things.
• Improve the quality of our work output.
• Increase our motivation for exercise.
• Reduce inflammation in the body.
• Reduce you risk of certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
• Reduce headaches/migraines.
• Sleep is important for optimal immune function.
• Help to balance hormones.
• You feel happier, positive, motivated and ready to tackle each day.

IF YOU FEEL THAT SLEEP IS HAMPERING YOUR WAY TO ENJOY OPTIMAL HEALTH AND YOU WANT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND AMOUNT OF SLEEP, SPEAK TO A HEALTH COACH TODAY.

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You are enough

No long blog post today, just something special I received from a friend that I would like to share with you. It is something that I am very passionate about and something we do not give nearly as much attention as needed, especially in the world we live in today. This video summarises it in a very powerful message. Click here to watch the video, it is only 5 minutes, and it is worth it.

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Done is better than perfect

Perfect is defined as ‘as good as it is possible to be’. Note the use of the word ‘possible’. Does this not then mean that there exist no such thing as perfection but rather that perfection is defined differently by each one of us? Yet, we so often let that word control us.

Studying again after 4 years of working full time, was a big adjustment for me. Not only was I running my own business and doing many side projects, but I was now in control of what I spend my time on. Anybody’s dream, right? Not so fast. Very soon, course work and assignments picked up and became more challenging, the business grew and life happened. And for an A-type personality like me, who wants everything done perfectly, it hit me hard. I started putting immense pressure on myself to get everything done my way, i.e. ‘perfectly’. But I soon realised how little I was actually getting done, so I decided to take a step back and see how I could approach the situation differently. I had to shift my focus. Instead of focusing on the fact that with limited time, I could not do everything ‘perfectly’, I focused on how much more I will be able to do with the time I have, if I did not do everything ‘perfectly’.
And that meant removing the word ‘perfect’ from my vocabulary. But it did not mean not giving my best. It simply meant doing what I can, when I can and with the resources I have. I was still moving forward and I was getting more done. Yes, it is a mindset change and it is not easy, but the amount of pressure that it relieves you from, makes it something to work towards.

We are all busy. We juggle family, friends, work, hobbies etc. And we strive to be ‘perfect’ in all of those areas. But is it maybe robbing you of joy in one of those areas? What is the impact on you and those around you? Because it is then when it becomes unhealthy.

What can you do today that will move you one step closer to your dreams? No matter how big or small because remember, done is better than perfect.

In health and happiness,
Lize