Why checking email hurts creativity… a true story. Yesterday, a tragedy happened. My smart phone’s microphone went out. I couldn’t talk to anyone, and had to revert to using my not so smart phone. I was worried because my work email was not set up on it. What if someone needs to get a hold of me? What if it is urgent? Will my work life fall apart if I didn’t check my email on the hour?
Yes, I am an email addict.
In fact, I am guilty of checking my phone for emails first thing in the morning.
Even before I put on my contacts, when I am still groggy and disoriented, I will squint and reach for my cell phone to check email and make sure the world did not fall apart while I slept.
Apparently I am not alone.
According to IDC Research, 80% of smartphone users check their mobile devices within 15 minutes of waking up each morning.
“49% of the entire U.S. population uses a smartphone. By 2017, the percent of smartphone users is expected to reach 68%.Four out of five smartphone users check their phones within the first 15 minutes of waking up. 80% of those say it’s the first thing they do in the morning.”
I guess I can take comfort in knowing I am makes me extra ambitious, since I check emails the moment I wake up. Yea… I’m that girl. The problem with checking email first thing in the morning is it clutters your brain with things that may appear urgent, but are not truly important. Checking emails hurts creativity because it puts you in a state of stress. Taking time in the morning to reflect, clear your thoughts and set your intentions for the day, not only makes your more creative, but it allows you to be more productive as well. In order for creativity to thrive, you have to have mental space.
Here is another way to look at it. Imagine if you had closet and you filled it with all kinds of junk. Boxes, clothes, hangers, shoes … you name it. Now imagine trying to find something. Just like you need space to get to all of your things easily in your closet, your brain works the same way. Creativity needs space to breath, to develop, to grow and come to life. If you clutter your brain with urgent but no important information or the ever growing “to do” list, you leave no space to create.
Since I have not been able to check my emails first thing in the morning on my phone (or Facebook, for that matter), I’ve felt more at peace. The process of waking up feels more tranquil. Upon waking up, I take a few moments to appreciate the new day, put my contacts on and get ready, grab a cup of coffee, and think about what I would like to accomplish today. I feel lighter, less stressed, and ready to face my day instead of being anxious by things I need to add to my to-do list. Yes, I still check email, but now, I only check it 3-4 times a day, not every 15 minutes.
I feel like I have room to breath again and the creative juices are flowing. I have started writing again, and am inspired to tackle new projects as well. Having downtime in our over stimulated world allows us to focus on channeling our creativity and expressing yourself in other ways, other posting an update on Facebook. And much to my surprise, my world/ work/ life did not fall apart.
Although I am about to order a new smart phone, my goal is to develop a healthy relationship with it. This time around, I will not be controlled by my email. I’ve decided the mornings are to be an “email free zone”. For the first several hours of the day, I will refocus on the important but perhaps “not so urgent” things. Creativity comes from having the mental capacity to allow for ideas to flow in and I am excited about this new journey. After all, we survived for thousands of years without emails and did just fine. A few hours “sin” email will be okay. Oh, and Facebook … you are next.
For those of you who feel the same way, try taking a “break” from email for the first few hours of the day & see how you feel. You can thank me later. =)
Each morning we wake up and we are faced with a new day. In order to make the most of each day, you have to stop holding on to the issues that are holding us back. It could be hurt feelings, or anger at a friend or family member. Perhaps you are still mad at yourself for last night’s binge eating. Maybe you are feeling guilty from skipping a workout. Whatever it is, let it go. Decide to be positive and take a happier outlook on life. It’s a new day and anything is possible. Just like you pick your clothes each day, pick your attitude for the day. Decide what you want to achieve and make it happen. Make a commitment to live each day to the fullest and enjoy the moment.
Make the most of each day
No matter what you are going through or problems you have that’s weighing you down, you can decide how you are going to face them. Deciding to be positive and looking on the bright side is the best way to make the most of each day and find inspiration in our lives. It allows us to find happiness and face our challenges with humor and grace.
Why spend $4 on energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster when you can make your healthy energy drinks HOMEMADE own for pennies? In this video, Allison Ramsey, a Natural Health Practitioner, shares with us her favorite DIY Homemade Natural Energy Drink Recipe.
Besides, these natural ingredients also help cleanse your system and detoxes while giving you a boost of energy.
The primary ingredients in this homemade energy drink is turmeric, ginger and cayenne pepper.
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Turmeric is also a natural anti-inflammatory and have tons of antioxidants. It also helps gives you a boost of energy without the typical energy drink crash.
Ginger is used in China for over 2,000 years. It also gives you a boost of energy and also helps with nausea and motion sickness.
Cayenne Pepper helps boost your metabolism and helps burn excess amounts of fats. It also helps soothes an upset stomach, sore throat, and well as has potential cancer fighting properties.
So in addition to getting tons of energy, this DIY Homemade Natural Energy Drink will also give you tons of health benefits as well!
Kim Kardashian do it. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi do it. But should you do it? No, we are not talking about making a sex video. We are talking about waist training. There’s alot of people waist training but does it do more harm than good? Here’s the real truth on waist training and why you shouldn’t waist train.
Dangers of Waist Training: The Modern Day Corset
For those of you who are not familiar with waist training, waist training is like the modern day corset. The idea is to use the waist trainer to compress your stomach and reshape your waist to decrease the size of your waist permanently over time. You wear the waist trainer for hours, even working out and sleeping in it.
The problem with waist trainers it not only can it be uncomfortable,it makes it difficult to take deep breaths and even may contribute to heartburn. “Your stomach might get pushed up beyond the diaphragm, which could cause reflex,” says Dr. Apovian. “If you’re wearing one and you experience those symptoms, that’s a definite sign that you need to loosen it or take it off.”
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By now, you have probably seen women working out with waist trainers on. If you search Instagram under the hashtags #weightloss , there will be many pictures of women working out with waist trainers. Wearing a waist-cinching device for a workout is a horrible idea. It make it even harder for you to breath because of the restrictions on your rib cage and diaphragm.
Your digestive tract is also affected when you wear a waist shaper or trainer. Your intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when one of the issues with wearing waist trainers is it compresses your intestines over a long period of time, causing the flow of digestion to be slowed or even stopped. This lead to problems like abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas. This is definitely not a sexy problem to have.
Sitting in a waist trainer can lead to a condition called meralgia paresthetica, from your nerve in your legs being compressed. This leads to tingling, numbness and pain in your legs. Even wearing it for a few minutes, I was able to feel the negative effects of the shaper. I felt some tingling in my legs, and I felt like I was losing circulations. It’s like putting rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit down. This rubber band effect can also decrease your circulation and lead to blood clots. When you sit in shapewear, those genetically prone to varicosities can develop varicose veins and lymph congestion, which appears as swollen ankles.
The bottom line, the best way to get a trim waistline is through proper a proper diet, nutritional whole foods and using exercise to reshape your body. It may be tempting to follow this waist training fad, but imagine the damage you are causing to your body in the long run. How we take care of our bodies now will affect how well we age. I know there is alot of pressure to look thinner, to have a slim waist and the hour glass figure. But if you abuse your body and cause potentially permanent damage to it, you could greatly affect your quality of life, especially as you age. My parents have had health challenge which impaired their range of motion as well as their quality of life. Seeing their suffering and pain has made me realize how important it is to be healthy, not just so we look good in a swimsuit, but so we can have a high quality of life. So I urge you to take the pledge to life a healthy lifestyle, and through healthy food choices and exercise, you will get that sexy healthy body you want. =)
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To count or not to count… that is the question. I firmly believe If you are trying to lose weight, you should not calorie count because it could could be hurting your weight loss progress. With all the fitness bands out there like Fitbit and apps like Myfitnesspal, calorie counting is very popular. But just because it is popular doesn’t mean it is helpful towards your weight loss journey.
I recently tested out Myfitnesspal, after hearing many of my clients using it. Here is what happened…
I WAS OBSESSED WITH COUNTING CALORIES AND FOOD! All I could think about was what I ate, how many calories it had, what I can eat next, and how soon until my next meal. Food became an obsession. I was stressed over what I can eat and couldn’t eat. Because I couldn’t eat certain foods (because they were too high in calories), I started thinking about it, and stressing over it… and of course, stress leads to binge eating. Needless to say, counting calories did NOT help me lose weight. It took dieting to a whole new level … I became OCD with food. I thought about
After 4 days, I came to my senses and deleted the app. Here’s what I learned.
1) Calorie counters are great to teach you the calories of certain foods that you didn’t think had much calories… fyi, red wine has about 100 calories in a 4 oz pour. Who knew??
2) Calorie Counters help you understand what proper portion sizes are, since you have to track portion sizes along with logging the actual foods.
3) If you have a tendency to be obsessive, STAY AWAY FROM CALORIE COUNTERS. It will cause you to have more cravings, since you are constantly thinking about food.
If you can use a calorie counter and not obsessive over food, fantastic! If you are like me, here is a great alternative. Use a food diary instead and write down your meals. It causes you to stay accountable without going overboard. Writing it down and reviewing it daily gives you an idea what you are eating. I recommend writing down the emotion you are feeling before and after eating. This will help you figure out why you are eating certain types of foods (sweets, salty…etc) and if you are truly hungry, bored, or if you are eating because of a particular emotion. For most of us, eating is caused by an emotion, filling a void or using it as a reward to make us feel better. Aim to use other ways to reward yourself instead of food. It could be a relaxing walk with friends, taking a long bath, or reading a good book. Developing healthy habits is the key to successful weight loss.
What are you thoughts on calorie counters? Have they helped you or hurt you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Summer is around the corner and it is time for bikini season. It’s time to shed the winter fat and get back in to swimsuits, bikinis, and tank tops. If you are wanting to lose weight fast without making a lot of dramatic changes, I’ve got the perfect easy weightloss tips and tricks for you. Here is 30 ways to burn 300 calories, without having to diet, exercise, or make any extreme changes to your lifestyle.
Remember: One pound of fat is 3500 calories.
The goal is to lose fat and keep lean muscles.
Burning calories is an essential part of losing weight and being in shape. As long as you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. It’s as easy as that. Getting in shape isn’t about making huge changes to your daily life; it’s about making a series of smaller changes.
30 Ways to Burn 300 Calories
1. Sit Up Straight
When you sit up straight, you engage your core, strengthening your abdominal and back muscles. You will also look taller and leaner as well.
2. Eat Breakfast
Studies show making breakfast a daily habit can help you lose weight – and keep it off. Eating breakfast kick starts your metabolism and it triggers your body to start burning fat. “People skip breakfast thinking they’re cutting calories, but by mid-morning and lunch, that person is starved,” says Milton Stokes, RD, MPH, chief dietitian for St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City. “Breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling, binge-ing at lunch and dinner. They set themselves up for failure.” Read more at about the benefits of breakfast here.
3. Don’t Peel Your Fruits And Vegetables
The peel of the fruit and vegetables are often also the most nutritious part. Plus you will also get more fiber, which will keep you full longer.
4. Chew Your Food
Chewing your food helps you truly taste the food, causes you to eat slower, and also helping you feel fuller. It take your brain about 20 minutes before it is able to register from your stomach that you are full. Secondly, it uses bits of energy, so you’re burning as you eat. Try to aim to chew 20 times and set your fork down in between bites.
5. Drink More Water
Drinking the right amount of water can easily save you 300 calories. Water boosts metabolism, so your body burns calories continuously. Most of us have trouble knowing the difference between being thirsty and hunger. Often times, we mistaken thirst for hunger. Instead, drink a cup of water when you think you’re hungry and see if the “hunger” goes away. When you are dehydrated, your metabolism also decreases. Drinking water throughout the day caused metabolic rates to increase by about 30 percent in a German study. You should drink half your body weight in oz. This is usually around 8-10 cups a day.
6. Get More Sleep
Getting fewer than four hours of sleep over an extended period of time slows the metabolism. There have been several researches showing how lack of sleep triggers and increases production of Ghrelin, the hunger hormone. Most experts recommend aiming for between seven and nine. To find out what your body needs, go to bed one weekend and don’t set the alarm. Wake up naturally. The hours you slept is how many hours you need to sleep each day.
7. Eat 4-5 Small Meals
Smaller meals are easier for the body to digest and helps increases your metabolism.
Relaxing feels so good, but it’s also good for your waistline. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol, which causes more calories to be stored as fat, especially in your abdomen. Research also shows chronic stress is tied to an increase in appetite. Finding an effective way to reduce stress not only makes you happier, but it also makes your waistline smaller too.
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