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How to Have More Energy Every Day

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One of the most common concerns I hear from women is that they feel their energy levels are slipping lower and lower with each passing year. They ask me how they can have more energy to get through their days without feeling worn down, and blah. I mean, we all know the feeling, right?

 

But just because we no longer have the energy of a twenty-year old, doesn’t mean we have to resign to a life of yawning, cat-napping, and wondering if 8:00 pm is an acceptable time to go to bed (it, totally is, by the way.) 

 

By changing a few of your daily habits, you can have more energy every day, so that you can be more productive, and have the energy to not only do what you need to do, but also the things that bring you joy and peace like a hobby you think you don’t have time for. 

 

 How to Have More Energy in the Morning

 

Having a good start to your day is vital to having a day full of positivity and energy. Have you ever hit the snooze button so many times that you had to rush out of the house, without taking any time for yourself? Yeah, me, too. We’ve all been there. How did you feel for the rest of the day? I’m willing to bet you felt, unorganized, rushed, and probably grumpy to boot. 

 

Starting your day off rushed sets off a domino effect that will make your entire day off kilter. This domino effect sets you up for a mumbled and jumbled sort of day. First, you don’t have time to relax and plan out your day, so you aren’t mentally prepared for the day ahead. Then, you don’t have time for a few moments of peace, so you feel anxious. Then, you don’t have time for breakfast, so you grab something you know you shouldn’t eat and dash. Then, you forget something important like your wallet or a report for work. Once you’re caught in the domino effect, it can be next to impossible to stop it from all tumbling down. 

An energetic, productive, and good-vibes day starts with a good morning. 


You Snooze You Lose 

 

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Resist the snooze button! I know getting up with the first alarm is pretty damn hard. But did you know that waking up and falling back asleep for a few minutes, only to wake up again zaps your energy? That little cat nap signals to your body that you are too tired to wake up. It will make you sleepier, and not just for the morning, but for the entire day. It can be hard as hell to flip this habit, but you just have to train yourself to get up as soon as your alarm goes off.

More than during any other time of the day, 10 or 15 minutes can make or break your morning. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you normally do, and make it a goal to wake up as soon as the alarm goes off.

 

Another benefit to waking up 15 minutes earlier is that these 15 minutes can be used as a gift to yourself—a gift of self care. Nothing zaps our energy more than stress, so beat stress to the punch by taking good care of yourself.

 

Easy flips to add into your morning routine to start your day off stress-free:

 

·     Sit up in your bed, stretch and spend 5 minutes breathing deeply

·     Write out your to-do list and get yourself psyched to cross everything off your list today

·     Get on YouTube and do a 15 minute at-home yoga sech

 

 Read More: How to Start Your Day Off Right with a Morning Routine

Bump Up Your Energy with Some Morning Exercise


Getting your blood pumping in the morning is one of the best ways to flip from zzzzzzzzz to energized. Taking an early morning jog may not sound appealing at 6:00, but once you get used to it, there’s no going back. If you aren’t used to exercising in the morning, start off with small attainable goals. A 5,000-step brisk walk is perfectly adequate! 

An early morning walk works double-duty toward working to your health and wellness goals—firstly, you get your body moving and fit, and secondly, you get to clear your mind. Win/win. During the day, we are all so busy that we forget to take time out for ourselves. If you get in the habit of exercising in the morning, you are setting yourself up for success.


Up-Level Your Morning Shower

 

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Let’s flip from thinking about the shower as just a time and place to get your clean and presentable to the public. Let’s make a mini spa time out of our morning shower (or evening shower—I know people have some strong opinions on if they should show in the morning or before bed. And your opinions are valid, girl, valid.) 

 

Shower time is a great time to relax. Get that temperature just right and take a minute to feel the water wash over you. Water is therapeutic and does wonders for our souls. Mindfully breathe in the scents from your shampoos and soaps and give yourself some zen time. 


While you are alone with yourself, and naked, use this time to be thankful to your body. Pass no judgement on your body. Tell yourself that you are beautiful, and you are grateful for your body. Tell yourself that you are full of energy and excited for the day ahead. Get your positivity vibes flowing! You deserve to love yourself. Get in the habit of doing this every time you shower. At first, you’ll have to remind yourself, but soon it will become a habit. Starting your day off with self love and a positive outlook will boost your spirits, which in turn will boost your energy.

 
If you can handle a bit of zing in the morning, consider contrast showering (which is simply switching from hot water to cold water during your shower.) Studies show that contrast showering boosts immunity, improves blood circulation, regulates body temperature, enhances lymphatic movements and deepens breathing. A cold shower also has an effect on the mood by alleviating depression and increasing energy and wellbeing. The hot water brings blood flow to the skin’s surface while the cold water brings blood flow inward to the organs. This is beneficial for detox and circulation.


Some people alternate between hot and cold water in spurts to support lymphatic drainage, such as 3 minutes of hot water, and then 3 minutes of cold. Others, however, start with a hot shower and then ease the water temperature down, ending with 30 seconds under cold water.  


How to Have More Energy with Clean Eating


Do I even have to tell you that starting your day off with a healthy breakfast is uber-important if you want to have more energy? Eat a breakfast that nourishes your body and your soul by choosing a breakfast that makes you feel proud for making a good choice first thing in the morning, is good for your health, and tastes great so that your happy taste buds improve your mood, too. Avoid added sugar in the morning. The last thing you need is to experience a sugar crash! This is how many people zap away their energy!

Instead, aim for a breakfast that incorporates protein, as protein will fill you up so that you don’t feel hungry and start snacking before lunch. 

 

Here are some great clean-eating breakfast ideas.

 

Also, learn why you should swap your morning coffee for some matcha.

 

Now, eating for energy doesn’t stop at breakfast! If you bring your lunch to work, hopefully you’ve prepared a healthy, clean eating lunch the night before so that you can grab it and go!

 

Eating for Energy Lunch Ideas:

 

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Lemon Turmeric Dressing

 

For the salad:

2 cups baby spinach

2 cups arugula 

1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 cup sprouts

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

1 avocado

sea salt and black pepper to taste

 

This will make enough for 2 lunch salads. Put 1 cup each of the baby spinach and the arugula in glass to-go containers, then put half of the remaining ingredients in each container. 

 

For the dressing:

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 2 lemons

1 teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon ground ginger

sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

sea salt and black pepper to taste

 

 

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and shake until well blended. Put a single serving in a small to-go container and dress salad just before eating it. Store remaining dressing in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

 

Veggie and Quinoa Mason Jar Lunch

 

1 head of broccoli, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1/2  tsp cumin

sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 lemon

 

Basic Quinoa Recipe

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water or vegetable broth (chicken stock works well, too)

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 

  

In a medium saucepan bring the 2 cups water or broth and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat. Add quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Allow to cool. Alternatively, quinoa can be made in a rice cooker, as well.

 

 

Spread chopped vegetables out on a baking sheet, drizzle with warmed coconut oil, and sprinkle with cumin, salt and pepper. Use your hands or a spatula to mix and shake baking sheet so that the vegetables are all on one layer. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. 

 

Depending on the size of the mason jars you use, this will make 2-3 jars. Fill each mason jar half way with quinoa. Layer on the veggies and squeeze a half a lemon over each serving of vegetables. 

 

 

How to Have More Energy Throughout the Day



Learn to Identify Your Body’s Productivity Schedule

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We are all wired differently. Some of us are naturally morning people, and some of us are night owls. Tune into your body and see when you are functioning your best.

Are you groggy in the morning, but in the late afternoon have a burst of energy? Then, try to schedule your exercise or your chores in the afternoon. Do you wake up early but feel too drained after work to accomplish anything? Use those morning hours to prep for dinner so that you can just pop it in the oven or have your slow cooker ready and full of goodness when you get home. Move your self-care time to the evening during the time you used to cook dinner. You do you.

 

 


Rule the Afternoon Slump by Being Prepared to Fight Against It

 

We all know what that afternoon slump feels like, when it’s about 3:00 in the afternoon, and you’re wondering how you’re going to make it to bedtime without falling asleep, face first, into your dinner. Most of us turn to coffee or sugar to get us over the hump, but let’s explore other ways to have more energy in the afternoon.

 

1.   Take a 5-Minute Brisk Walk

 

Get moving, girl! 5 minutes is all you need to get a little movement into your afternoon. This is especially important for those of us who work at a desk. If the weather permits, take a walk outside and really be in the moment. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells around you. Feel the temperature of the air. If the weather’s bad or if you don’t have access to a safe place to walk in the afternoon, walk the hallways or take a flight of stairs. Getting your body moving and your muscles warmed up will give you a burst of energy.

 

2.   Get Your Essential Oil Boost On

 

Diffuse oils that will awaken your senses and motivate you. Essential oils are a great way to shift your mood, calm or invigorate your senses, and more. For an afternoon pick-me-up try this recipe:

 

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Afternoon Motivation

 

4 Drops Frankincense

3 Drops Peppermint

2 Drops Lemon

 

I love recommending this recipe because all the oils can be found in the Family Essential Starter Kit, so anyone with that introductory kit has all the oils they need, on hand, to make this oil blend themselves.

 

 

3.   Do the 5 Sense Flip

 

When you are feeling sluggish and disconnected, take a moment to be in the moment by using a method I call the 5 Sense Flip. Observing more of the world around you nourishes your mental state. Check in with yourself throughout the day and ask yourself if you are actually living in the moment. Living in zombie mode is one of the best ways to zap your energy! 

 

When you walk, feel your feet pressing into the ground, hear the sounds around you, feel the temperature of the air. Just be where you are and let all your 5 senses work for you. When you feel disconnected, a good trick is to implement the 5 Sense Flip: check in with your senses and ask yourself--What do I see? hear? smell? feel? taste? This is a great little flip to pull you out of the blah-zone and into living in the moment. Try it!

 

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4.    Have a Clean-Eating Healthy Snack

 

Of course, one of the best ways to boost your energy is to nibble on a healthy snack.

Although your body will be begging you for a caffeine injection or a sugar jolt, resist the urge, my friend. Instead, reach for some healthy, clean-eating snacks to help you fight the afternoon slump. 

Read More: How to Choose Clean Eating Snacks for More Energy

 

 How to Have More Energy the Next Day

 

Skin Brush Before Bed 

 

Skin brushing is easy to do, feels good and supports your lymphatic system, kidneys, and liver so that they can get to work and flush your body of toxins. This will not only make you feel healthier; it will help boost your energy. 

 

How to skin brush:

·     Get a skin brush (made for this purpose). They are super affordable.

·     Always brush toward your heart with the flow of the lymphatic fluid.

·     Start with the soles of your feet, move up your legs using a circular motion.

·     Brush from fingertips to shoulders, then chest toward your heart in long strokes. Use small, gentle circular strokes in your armpits.

·     Move in a circular motion counterclockwise on your stomach to respect the direction of digestion and encourage detoxification.

 

And there you have it! Now you know how to have more energy all day long. 

 

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Do you feel like your energy levels are getting lower with each passing year? How do you fight the battle of the zzzzzzzzzs? Let me know in the comments below!








 

5 Strategies to Learn How to Live in the Moment and Tap into your Intuition

Flip Your Mindset and Flip Your Life by Learning How to Live in the Moment

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Being stuck in blah-mode is like living your life on autopilot. You know, just getting through the day to day in a fog, not paying attention to the world around you, not getting out there and slaying your goals, not being in touch with your body and feelings. It’s just blah. I spend a huge chunk of my adult life living without intention, and stuck in my head instead of in the moment, all day, every day. And then I learned how to live in the moment and with intention, every day. And now, I look back on those lost days and realize how much I regret living years in blah mode.

Read More About Blah Mode Here: Why Living and Eating With Intention Will Change Your Life for the Better



How did I flip from floating through life, numbing out on food and social media, thinking that I'll get to my to-do list tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow and never, to learning how to live in the moment? 



By living with intention and learning how to live in the moment using these 5 tools:



1. Stay mindful: It is important to notice the small details of life and environment around you—this is the basics of learning to live in the moment. Observing more of the world around you nourishes your mental state, and mental well being is imperative for an intuitive soul. Check in with yourself throughout the day and ask yourself if you are actually living in the moment. When you walk, feel your feet pressing into the ground, hear the sounds around you, feel the temperature of the air. Just be where you are and let all your 5 senses work for you. When you feel disconnected, a good trick is to implement the 5 Sense Flip: check in with your senses and ask yourself--What do I see? hear? smell? feel? taste? This is a great little flip to pull you out of the blah-zone and into living in the moment. Try it!



Ideal Times to Try Out the 5 Sense Flip to Living in the Moment:

  • When you are out walking the dog, or just out walking yourself (even if it’s just to the mailbox.)

  • When you are eating! Try to avoid eating at your desk, in front of the TV, or while doing anything other than eating and socializing. Eating should be something you focus on and enjoy—savor those meals! And it’s a communal time, a time to check in on the people in your life. Try to have family dinners around the table as often as possible.

  • When you find yourself driving on autopilot (You know what I’m talking about; you decide to stop at the store on the way home from work, and only realize that you didn't turn left to go to the grocery store once you’re in your own driveway.)

  • When you are with family and friends. It can be so easy to drift back into your own head when your teenager is telling you all the latest gossip about a fight that broke out between YouTube “stars,” whom you’ve never heard of, and start daydreaming of the next vacation you’re planning to take. (Can you all tell I’m using a real life example here?) But, this is the time to deploy the 5 Sense Flip, and be present mentally with the people you are present with physically. Yes, even teenagers! lol



2. Check in with your body: Intuition is often dismissed as random emotions or an insignificant, random thought inside your head that is often ignored. This is because you haven’t learned to live in the moment, and so you are out of tune with your body. Intuition could present itself as a warning sign such as unexpected goosebumps or an uneasy feeling in your gut, or it could be a fluttering of your heart with excitement. Pay close attention to these feelings and see if you can connect what your body and mind are trying to tell you. Trust your gut a little more than usual this week and see if you discover something about yourself.

3. Avoid overeating, especially out of boredom or for a food high: Did you know that overeating is detrimental to not only your physical health, but to your mental health as well? Eating too much makes you feel bloated and depresses your mental abilities, such as concentrating. And, we all know the terrible feeling of coming down from a sugar high or food high and regretting the poor choices we've made. When we aren’t living in the moment, we tend to eat zoned out or based on emotional needs rather and physical needs.

A healthy body and a healthy mind go together. That's why here at the 40yearflip, we aren't concerned as much with weight loss for attaining a "perfect body," as we are with wellness--body, mind, and spirit. Our goal is to always eat mindfully and, if we do so, weight loss will be just an added bonus! Once you learn to eat with intention, your relationship with food changes, and you no longer have to “diet.”

Read More: Flip from Emotional Eating to Mindful Eating



4. Boost your psychological immune system: Just like with physical health, you need to boost your mental health immunity. That way, things that used to get you down won't anymore. Develop a positive outlook towards life and your environment. Staying optimistic, forgiving others, being more easy going, managing stress and avoiding mental trauma all add up and can enhance your psychological well being. This doesn't mean be blindly positive and ignoring when things go wrong. There's a huge difference between being positive and being blissfully ignorant! A person with a positive attitude is living in the moment, and is able to recognize when something is wrong, but they've just learned to proactively take on the challenge of a bad situation instead of wallowing in it. 




5. Learn to trust your intuition: Intuition is that small voice inside us--the one that guides us through the dos and don’ts of life. Your brain and body tell you when you need to exercise, when you need to eat a salad instead of a pizza (or the opposite, sometimes, you just need to eat the pizza--the important word here is SOMETIMES), when you need a self-care day, but often, we just aren't listening. Try to tune into your intuition by living in the moment and listing to that little voice inside your head, and by using these flips and strategies, and see if you can get more in-tune with yourself and living in the moment this week! 


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Why Living With Intention Will Change Your Life for the Better

Flip from Living in Blah Mode to Living With Intention

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How often are you actively participating in your own life, in the moment? How much time do you spend either locked up in your own head, or zoned out, staring at a screen, letting time pass you by? Living with intention is the secret to living a balanced and fulfilling life.


So many of us just go through life in blah mode. And we don’t even realize that we aren’t living with intention.


Why? Because it’s easy. It’s easy to just move through life without intention and just live your day to day. It’s easy to get through the day and veg out on the couch at the end of it and wait for it all to start over again tomorrow.


Sure it seems easy, but what it’s not is fulfilling, challenging, exciting, or vibrant. And, it’ll keep you stuck and not moving forward. It’s blah. It’s being stuck in the blahs.


It sounds cliché, but honestly, how often do you connect with yourself and the world around you? How often to you propel yourself though your life, slaying goals and making progress? What intentions have you laid out for your life, your year, your week, your day? Hell, what intentions do you have for this minute (hopefully, by now, I’ve convinced you to make your current intention to learn how to live with intention!)


When you flip the switch on blah mode and start living with intention, you open yourself up to living a life of design, but you also open yourself up to feeling more deeply, making more mistakes, and realizing that you are in charge of your own life.


Scary shit, right?

Yes. 


But, it’s worth the scary shit. Because once you flip out of blah mode, and start living with intention, you can live a life by design. You can bust out of floating through life and start living each day with intention. And these single days of living with intention, build on each other, one by one, until they create a well-designed life.


By living with intention, you can build, day by day, an entirely new life, whatever that looks like for you. For someone, it could be as simple as learning to live with more gratitude, so that they could be happier on a daily basis. For others, it could be totally starting over, in midlife, with a new career, relationship, new life.


And, while you are on this journey to flipping your life, by being actively present in yourself and living with intention, you will manifest joy. You will begin to love each day. You will feel your body move. You will taste every bite of food. You will feel balanced. You will feel grounded. You’ll feel some bad stuff, too, but you’ll be more equipped to face these things, with intention.


And you will make progress in your life. You will set goals and reach them. Whatever those goals may be.



How to flip from the blah mode to living with intention:

 

1.     Living with intention requires making thoughtful and informed decisions. You can start with what you want to get out of today. Or, if you are a think-big kind of girl, start thinking long-term. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to own? What kind of life do you want to live? What hobby should you be enjoying? Where do you want to travel to? What do you want to learn? Make some choices and then choose your actions each day in accordance with those objectives.



2.     Every time you do something ask yourself why. Why is it you everything you do. You should be able to recognize why you choose to do certain things. 

 

To live with intention, you must evaluate and understand yourself. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you fail to do the things you don’t do?

 

·     What motivates your actions each day? Are you moving toward short-term pleasure or avoiding short-term pain? Or are your actions directed toward an intentional purpose?




·     Before taking any action, ask yourself what your intention is. Is spending 2 hours on Facebook helping you reach your goals for today? For the week, month, year, life? Then don’t do it. However, if you are feeling like you haven’t been in touch with family and friends lately because you’ve been too busy at work, spending 2 hours on Facebook might be what you need to do in order to feel reconnected.  




·     Evaluate all of your chosen and avoided behaviors. Learn what make you tick. And, what actions do you avoid taking because it’s just easier not do? Should you have cleaned your garage out like months ago? Is there a doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off? Putting things off seems easier than doing them, but in reality, it’s not. They will still need to be done, eventually, and your brain will nag you until you do it. This, in the end, will just make you feel bad about yourself. So, flip out of procrastination and get shit done.

3.     Try to choose what’s productive and important over what is easy. Living with intention involves taking effective action over choosing the easy way. Continuously ask yourself, “Is this the most effective action I could be taking?”




4.     Flip your habits. Evaluate your bad habits and flip them! When do you tend to waste time? Do you get enough sleep? Are you in tune with your body? Do you eat with intention? Do you take time for self care? Do you take time to create a pleasant environment? 

 

Evaluate your habits and flip the ones that are not contributing to your daily and long-term goals.




5.     Lay out your intentions for each day. Carve out 5-10 minutes a day to decide on your daily goals and what you intend to do each day. I find that my Bullet Journal is invaluable for this. I don’t know about you all, but the older I get, the more I forget. I need to write down anything that I need to remember.




6.     Be proactive. Don’t leave everything to the last minute. The feeling of getting ahead of your goals and getting shit done is amazing! It feels way better than eating a plate of cookies (which, let’s not lie, sometimes feels pretty darn good, too.) Celebrate every victory. Congratulate yourself for every goal met. And, it’s 100% true that when your to-do list is all neatly crossed off, you sleep better and feel happier.




7.     The key to intentional living is mindfulness in all parts of life. Be mindful of your intentions, thoughts, eating, actions, goals, and of living in the moment.

 

Related: 5 Strategies to Learn How to Live in the Moment

8.    Be a mindful eater. Eating is vital to live and is a pleasure. But so many people eat mindlessly and without intention. It is vital to your health to be a mindful eater. Just as with goals and intention, when you eat, you ask yourself why. Why are you eating what you’ve chosen to eat. Most of the time, the answer should be because you are hungry, and you’ve chosen to eat something that is nutritious, and delicious. Sometimes, however, it will be, well, I really want a piece of cake today. I haven’t had cake in a while. It’s a nice treat, and I trust myself to make healthy choices after this yummy indulgence. And, I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this piece of cake.

 

You must make conscious decisions and question your thoughts and actions.Seek to be more aware of your desires and choose your behaviors accordingly. Habits can be the bane of intentional living unless you chose your habits intentionally.

 

Be mindful and take responsibility for your results, and you’ll find that more of your results please you.

 

So, set an intention for today and then get out there and slay it! Write in the comments (scroll down passed the contest form) one small goal you hope to check off your list this week so that we can all send you productive and positive vibes. I’ll go first!

Self Care Activities to Flip a Bad Day Into a Good Day

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Bad days, we’ve all had them. We will all, inevitably, have more of them. But, my 40yearflip friends, it’s how we deal with these bad days that separates the old us from the new us. When you have a bad day, you might find yourself popping a bottle of Cabernet, and ordering a pizza to numb yourself out on alcohol and carbs. I’ve been totally guilty of that a hundred times (ok, maybe more like a thousand.) But, over time, I’ve flipped the carb-stuff and booze-binge for a better option—self care activities.


Don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a good glass of wine or a good slice of pizza every now and then. In fact, I indulge in both regularly. It’s only bad if you are using these things to numb-out. When you indulge in the things you like to eat and drink, it should be done for the simple pleasure of it.


Self Care Activity 1: Read a Good Book

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My number-one, go-to, most-favorite way to banish the blahs of a bad day is to dive into a good book. Books are magical; they transport you out of your everyday life and plop you into someone else’s. When you immerse yourself in a story, the thoughts that give you stress, kind of lay low for a while.


In fact, if the negative thoughts that were bringing you down, were actually not as bad as you let yourself believe, there’s a good chance that by the time you stop reading, those negative thoughts will have faded away.


Self Care Activity 2: Netflix and Giggle


Comedy is a powerful tool for mood lifting, and I’m not joking. Don’t underestimate the power of laughing! If you are having a terrible day, tune in to a funny movie or TV show. Re-watching an old favorite comedy can make you and laugh and bring back good memories as well.


You know the old saying, “laughter is the best medicine?” That’s because laughter releases endorphins, your body’s happy chemicals, making you feel instantly happier. This, in turn, decreases stress and boosts immunity! So laugh yourself silly, happy, and healthy.


Related: Flip Your Mornings from Frantic to Fantastic


Self Care Activity 3: Get Out of the House


If you feel like the walls are coming in on you, or if you feel like you are beginning to cocoon yourself into your house, it’s time to get out and see some different scenery and some actual humans. If this is you, then getting out to socialize and meet up with friends might be your best bet.


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When you find yourself doing nothing but working and going home, you may simply need another outlet. Try meeting co-workers for drinks after work or calling up a friend to have a girls’ night out. I suggest downloading the meetup app, and finding a group-based activity to partake in. Get a little bit out of your comfort zone and it can be very good for you.

Self Care Activity 4: Spend More Time with Friends and Family

I know I tend to cocoon myself into my own little world when I’m not feeling 100% emotionally. I tend to cut myself off a bit. But that’s no bueno! Whenever you notice this happening to you, you’ve got to flip that behavior and reach out to the people who make you happy. This was a hard flip for me to make in my life, and even though it sounds simple, like all things, sometimes it’s not. 

Related: How to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Get Happy

Spending more time with your loved ones can be great for self care. Many people think being alone is the only way to take care of themselves and relieve stress, but sometimes the best thing for you is being around others. Think about your daily lifestyle and what tends to stress you out. You might find that you feel worse when you are constantly alone, but your mood seems to lift on happy hour night or when visiting your best friend. This is a good sign that what you really need is to get out and spend more time with others.

Self Care Activity 5: Get Social Online

We are more connected now, by more devices and apps than we have ever been. There is literally no reason to ever feel alone and disconnected. Get active on social media with like-minded people. Hit me and other 40yearflip friends up on Facebook or Instagram.

Find other Facebook pages and Instagrams to interact with based on your interests. There are pages for everything from specific TV show fandoms to reading clubs to gardening, you name it, there’s a Facebook page for it. And don’t be afraid to jump in and post and participate. Social media is SOCIAL, that’s the damn point. And these pages thrive on activity and couldn’t exist without interaction.

Ok, ladies, tuck these self-care activity ideas into the folds of your brain and pull them out next time you are feeling down in the doldrums. Comment below on what self-care activities work for you, and/or, just for fun, what you like on your pizza when you AREN’T eating it to numb-out.