21 Ways to Practice Self Care

21 Simple Ideas for Self Care

In my post about the Power Hour Method I talked about why daily self-care is so important, and how you can incorporate it into your busy life.  Here are 21 additional, simple ways that you can practice self-care right now!

As busy women we so often forget to take care of ourselves.  We are so busy taking care of everyone else that we often forget about our own mental and emotional well-being.  Even a small amount of daily self care will lead to a happier, healthier, calmer you.  When you take care of yourself you’ll be a better wife, mother, daughter, employee, and anything else you aspire to be!  Read more

14 Day Body, Mind, and Soul Challenge

Free 14 Day Body, Mind, and Soul Challenge for a stronger, happier, healthier you. More balance, self care, and self love in 2017.

My free 14 day body, mind, and soul challenge is finally finished!  This challenge is intended to jump start your health and fitness goals, and increase your mindfulness and self love.  If one of your goals for the new year was to find more balance and contentment in the every day, this challenge is for you.

I’ve put together quick, but effective, 20 minute workouts that require no equipment.  The challenge also includes daily mind and soul exercises that take only 5-20 minutes to complete.  The mind and soul challenges are intended to help you build a self care routine that will nourish your mind and soul. Read more

10 Ways to be More Mindful Throughout the Day

10 Simple Ways to be More Mindful Throughout the Day. lemonadeandlunges.com

New research has suggested that young adults spend an average of five hours a day on their smart phone.  Five hours a day!  That’s almost a third of most people’s waking hours!  The same study also found that most young adults use their phone approximately twice as much as they estimate.  The fact that we check our phones twice as much as we think we do means a lot of this is mindless, habitual behavior!  Does anyone else find that a little scary?  Read more

How to Have a Better Day with the Power Hour Method

How to have a better, more mindful day using the power hour method, and how to fit it into your busy schedule. lemonadeandlunges.com

Whether you are busy raising kids, working full time (or both), you can and should make time to take care of yourself each day.  It’s amazing what a little time spent nourishing yourself can do for your spirits.  I have been a better wife and mother, and a happier person since I started taking a little time for myself each day.  It’s not always easy to make that happen, so that’s where the power hour method comes in.    Read more

What Are Positive Affirmations? {And Why You Need Them}

Positive affirmations are specific statements that help you overcome toxic and negative thinking.  They help you visualize positive outcomes, and believe in yourself.  I have seen a huge change in my own life by using positive affirmations daily.  Read more

5 Ways to Beat Depression and the Winter Blues

5 Tips to Beat Depression and the Winter Blues.  lemonadeandlunges.com

I grew up in western Washington (basically the rain capital of the world) so you’d think I would be used to getting through dreary winters.  Sadly, that’s not the case.  I now live in upstate New York where it’s just as cloudy, and the winters seem to go on forever.

Here are 5 things that I do to fight off the winter blues.  These tips are proven to be effective at counteracting depression and anxiety. Read more

21 Alternatives to Snacking at Night

21 Alternatives to Snacking at Night- Avoid mindless eating in the evening. lemonadeandlunges.com

Please tell me I’m not the only one that immediately gets the munchies as soon as the kids are down for the night.  I’m not hungry.  I just love winding down with a good snack (or ten) at the end of the night.  If you’re like me and this is your biggest downfall, you may enjoy these 21 alternatives to indulging those nightly cravings. Read more

The Best Apps for Health and Wellness

The top 5 health and wellness apps.  Apps for health and fitness.  lemonadeandlunges.com

Isn’t it amazing how many things we use our phones for these days?  Our phones have replaced our calendars, address books, cameras, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I have also found some really great ways to use my phone to help me achieve my fitness and health and wellness goals.  Here are my 5 favorite apps for health and wellness. Read more

How to Set SMART New Years Resolutions

How to Set SMART New Years Resolutions. A certified personal trainer shares her tips for setting goals that you are more apt to achieve for 2017. At lemonadeandlunges.com

The term “SMART goal” was created in 1981.  It has changed a little since it was first created, but the idea behind it remains the same.  It stands for a goal that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based.  I already knew about (and used) SMART goals before I began studying to become a certified personal trainer, but when I read more about them in my coursework I started to see just how powerful SMART goals can be. Read more

5 Inspiring Quotes to Turn Around a Bad Day {or week}

5 Inspiring Quotes to Turn Around a Bad Day or Week - lemonadeandlunges.com

When I was in high school I was known for being friendly, cheerful, and optimistic (not sure what happened to that girl!).  In fact, it’s one of the things that attracted my now husband to me initially (Yes we met in high school).  I can’t say I’m still that overly optimistic person, I find it gets harder as you get older and see more of the bad that happens in the world.  However, I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking.  That’s why I’m going to lead off this countdown with some very wise words from Theodore Roosevelt. Read more