Confidence: Superwoman, Starfish

Many people say “confidence is key,” and in many situations it is true. Every day you may be faced with challenges, decisions, and opportunities. And every day it is your confidence that drives you forward; that lets you face those challenges, make those decisions, and take chances on new opportunities. Without confidence, risks would never be taken and we would always be stuck in our own little circle of repetition.

Even when times are tough, having confidence can help guide you through. I personally feel that everyone should find their own inner confidence every single day in order to make it from point A to point B, or simply go to bed with a smile on your face. That’s where superwoman, starfish comes in!

As you may have heard, our body language can have a major impact on our mood. For example, it has been proven that if you smile you will begin to feel happier. When you smile, even if it is fake, your brain believes that it is a reaction out of happiness. It then releases more chemicals into the brain which actually makes you happy.

When you stand in a “superwoman” position, legs shoulder width apart, hands on hips, chest up, you begin to feel more confident. The superwoman position allows you to feel powerful and therefore makes you more confident. The “starfish” position does the same thing. In the starfish position, you stand firm with your arms and legs spread. Extending and opening your body is associated as a power position throughout many species. Think of it as claiming what is yours and reaching for everything around you.

If you stand in these positions for a few minutes every day, your mood will increase and you will feel overall more confident. I encourage you to start every day as a starfish, live every moment like superwoman, and fall asleep with a smile on your face. If you need more confidence in your life, try standing in these positions and see how it works for you!

Drinking More Water

Hello everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while but its finally time for another self improvement post!!

Drinking enough water is something that I have personally struggled with my whole life. When I was younger I used to HATE drinking water because I would always get stomach aches. As stupid as it sounds, the problem ¬†was that I wasn’t drinking it correctly. In fact, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I should change the way I drink water. On the rare occasions when I would drink water, I would chug a cup as fast as possible. This would always make my stomach hurt and made me believe that water just wasn’t for me. I would do some sort of physical activity, drink a lot of water, and then find myself with really bad cramps. That is when I finally learned the secret to water; SIP!!

Even if you never went through the same water struggle I did, I bet you don’t drink enough! Every day you are supposed to drink 64oz of water to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Staying hydrated allows your body to naturally detox. Its also well known that drinking enough water improves skin, prevents headaches, and increases mood!

Even though I still don’t always get my 64oz every day, I have gotten a lot better at managing my water intake. One thing that makes drinking water easier is to get a cute water bottle or tumbler! Always having water available is the first step to getting closer to 64oz. If you keep water at eye level you are guaranteed to to drink more of it!

Another important step you should take towards improving your water intake is to cut out all other liquids. Although I was never a soda addict, I would have a Sprite here or some juice there when going out to restaurants or hanging out with frineds. Now, the only things I drink are water and decaffeinated green tea (which counts as water with added antioxidants). Even if your not drinking enough water, its a HUGE step towards improvement if you make water the only beverage in your life.

There are also lots of cute and helpful apps that are great for motivating and keeping track of water intake! Some of my favorite include “water my body” and “plant nanny.” Give one a try if your looking for that extra reminder to get some sips in.

So lets give it a try! Even though I have been working on my water intake for a while, I still have been struggling to drink enough. Try drinking more water and cutting out other beverages for the next month and see how it affects you! So start sipping!

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Self Improvement: Posture

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Hey everyone! I’ve decided to start a new little series about self improvement. Now I know everyone is all about the “health craze” that has been going and I absolutely agree that people should be healthy. But I also believe that not everyone needs to make drastic life alterations and change their entire lifestyle to be healthier. My goal is to develop new habits to better my own life one piece at a time. It takes 21 days to develop a habit so once a month I will try to improve one new thing about myself. Although each little habit may be minor, together they can have some major impacts on your lifestyle. So I hope everyone will join me in trying to develop new habits (or break old ones) to overall become better, healthier people.

So my first little challenge that I think everyone can improve on is better posture. Not only am I talking about sitting up straight, Im talking to everyone out there who puts their weight on one side when they stand.

Having a better posture helps reduce back and neck pain caused by muscle strain from slouching. Sitting and stannding up straight also helps work out your core and allow better blood flow through your body.

For my job at a local Japanese restaurant, I end up doing a lot of standing. I’ve recently gotten into the habbit of turning my feet inwards and putting my weight on the outer sides of my feet. Now I know everyone says that good posture is better for you and no one listens, but I know standing like this can’t be good for me. So I encourage all of you to flatten those feet with me. For the next month, try standing with your feet parallel to eachother with your weight balanced between both legs. At first this will be difficult but standing with my feet wider (about hips width apart) is really helpful for keeping my weight ballanced. The farther apart you have your feet, the harder it will be for your to put all your weight on one side. Trust me your hips will thank you.

Now for the hard part, sitting up straight in a chair. My biggest advice for mastering sitting up straight is to flatten your feet on the floor. I have a habbit of crossing my legs which causes me to sink down in my chair a little. I can usually sit with my feet flat for a few minutes before it gets uncomfortable. For some reason, when I sit with my feet flat it makes me feel like I need to get up and move around. If you feel the urge to cross your legs try getting up and walking around to loosen your legs up and try again. Its better to take breaks without reverting back to your old sitting habbits. But if you aren’t in a place where you can just get up and walk around try tapping your feet! Even though most people tell you not to tap your feet, its been shown that any movement is better than no movement. Not only will you be working on your posture, but also be burning a few extra calories from all the walking and tapping you’ll be doing.

I’ve been trying to work on my posture for the past few days in preparation for this post and its honestly really hard. But trust me! If we keep it up, and work at it we will get used to it! Let me know in the comments below any tips you have for mastering good posture!

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