"Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes and dance."
Trying to exercise without getting bored is harder for some than others. How is it for you?
I get bored pretty easily, but because I LOVE TO DANCE, I sometimes find it easier to make myself to do it. When you're dancing, especially just kinda doing your own thing, it makes it a little different each time.
I jump on my rebounder and then dance for a bit once I am done. Would something like that work for you? Research suggests that 15 minutes/day gives you the same benefits as 45 minutes of jogging.
And you know each week, I have wanted to tempt you into dancing, even if it is just for a few minutes. For example, the time it takes to play a video or two?
This week, I thought we could Twist! And here are 2 songs you could use to do it...
I have a modern song I like to twist to while I am on the rebounder. It's Faith by Stevie Wonder & Ariana Grande. Is there a modern song you find twist-worthy?
See you next time!
I mentioned soups last week, but left out broccoli & cheese soup so I could include it specifically as a veggie soup possibility. Not only are veggie soups a great way to combine comfort with "eating your vegetables," but they also may make you feel more full, helping you avoid winter weight gain. Along with cravings, some winter blues and many SAD sufferers notice an increase in appetite during fall & winter.
So letting veggies add some of the bulk is a good strategy. But there also is a vegetable that you can use to boost serotonin this winter that may also help you sleep more soundly each night, and you can eat it straight out of the can.
Or, I should say, put it in a bowl first. or mix it up with other deliciousness...
"Corn is rich in an antioxidant (ferulic acid), which numerous studies show raises serotonin and reverses damage by free radicals in mood-managing areas of the brain. Why canned corn? It has a whopping 550% more ferulic acid than fresh due to the heat used in the canning process, report Cornell University researchers. The result: a bigger happiness boost in every serving!"
Neat, right? Which veggie would you find easiest to add to your winter meal plan?
See you tomorrow!
Another good day for wishing, don't you think? What's most important to you right now?
One way to find out if there are hidden wishes just beneath the surface is to make a cup of hot chocolate, light a candle, and sit in a comfy spot.
Sip your hot chocolate slowly, while keeping your mind as open as possible. Keep your journal nearby & without thinking of anything first, just start writing a list of whatever comes to mind between sips.
Keep adding to the list until you have finished your hot chocolate, writing down every single thing that comes to mind. You also can draw or sketch any images your mind offers you, because your wishes may come to you that way.
Once the time is up, take a look at what you've written. Did anything surprise you?
When I tried this exercise myself, I noticed that my deepest wishes showed up toward the end of the list. And some of the wishes that came to mind were surprises.
I have often wished my life was more magical, that I could manifest what I wanted the way Samantha Stevens does on Bewitched. But surprisingly, wishing for 60s TV magic was second to last on my list.
Guess that means my life can be happy without magical twitching! ;)
What might you discover about your own wishes?
"To create a hygge movie night you'll remember in the days to come, choose a movie that you know will warm your heart. Light a candle or two that smells delicious. Make yourself a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and the popcorn you love most. Then sink into comfort on your couch with your favorite cozy blanket or throw within easy reach." ~ Jeanine
For this week's movie night, I have chosen The Holiday...
Best quality I could find on YouTube seemed to be the $2.99 version, but if you have cable, you may be able to find it on demand.
Why choose what seems to be a Christmas movie? Because I have always though of it as a New Year's movie. It's all about new beginnings, and making the kinds of changes we all think about when the new year approaches.
So mid-January-ish, if you're needing a hygge warm movie with a new-years feeling, this is it. It's one of my favorite movies & I watch it once a year. Have you seen it?
And it's the weekend, so what better (or easier) time to create a hygge movie moment?
Make some popcorn or hot chocolate, gather family or friends, or watch it alone. Sit in your most comfy seat and light a candle to make the moment even more special.
“Candles are always aglow in Danish homes the moment the sun goes down, especially in the winter. Even at cafes, you’ll see people sitting outside in late Fall all the way until March with candles on their tables, lap blankets and a cup of something warm.” -Holly Becker
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you'll put your feet up, have a cup of tea & stay for a while.