Best-selling UK author and fitness expert Joe Wicks gives us his go-to meals.
Download the app
Fitness memberships, workout classes, wellness services, beauty appointments and more.
It's already November (where did 2017 go?), and with what feels like a to-do list a mile long, we thought this time of year would be the perfect opportunity to stop, take a break, and count our blessings. With that in mind, I compiled a list of “activities” to challenge myself, my acquaintances—and anyone reading this—to focus on the power of gratitude through 14 actions.
My list was created in hopes each item might spread a little extra positivity in someone's day (yourself included!). Whether it's before a morning meeting, at the gym, or as you are getting ready for bed, the exercises below can have the potential to set a mindful, positive tone during any day—and hopefully in the months ahead!
1. Pen Pals: Handwrite a postcard to a faraway friend that you haven't talked to in a while and tell them why you miss them.
2. Pillow Talk: Before bed, write down one thing you are thankful for from the day, including a motivational word of choice. Tape it to your mirror for the morning.
3. No Bad Words: Go without saying anything negative about yourself for one day.
4. Ring, Ring: Pick up the phone and give a close family member a call just to say “I love you.”
5. Extra Admiration: After your next group fitness class, high-five someone who did a great job and let them know how they motivated you to work harder.
6. Making Moves: When you're alone, take that one song that always makes you smile, turn it up and just dance it out.
7. Post It: Handwrite a positive quote or lyric you love, take a picture and post it, unfiltered, to your social media accounts.
8. Baker’s Dozen: Surprise someone who has been there for you recently with a homemade treat, like these delicious Chocolate-dipped Clementines.
9. Say Cheese: Take a picture of yourself and say—out loud—four things you love about you.
10. Take a Break: Surprise a co-worker that you don't talk to a lot and ask them if they want to grab a midday coffee or tea. Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?
11. Goal Getter: Write down one thing you truly want to accomplish in 2018, stick it in an old picture frame, and place it somewhere where you will regularly remind yourself of your goal.
12. Sun Seeker: Pick an early evening where you go to a quiet spot somewhere outside to watch the sunset alone. As the sun dips down below the horizon, describe the view out loud in one word.
13. Hey There: While checking out at the store or paying your restaurant bill, take a moment to compliment the person serving you instead of rushing out the door.
14. Trip Down Memory Lane: Dig up one of your favorite childhood photos and reminisce about what made that memory so special. If you can, text or call the person(s) you experienced it with and tell them why it was so great.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.