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Why You Need Positivity & Motivation For A Healthy Body & Mind

Why You Need Positivity & Motivation For A Healthy Body & Mind

I’m finishing my health feature week with a collection of some inspirational blogs and websites for you to check out. Think of it as my care package to send you on your way.

This diversity of health related information consists of things I’ve found helpful and I hope you do too, my other reason for sharing is to inspires anyone hitting the new year resolution lull which occasionally happens around now, when the buzz from a change in lifestyle has fizzled out and you start slipping subtly ( or magnificently!) back into your old ways.

So how does my care package work?

Well. <dramatic pause> in order to ensure you have a healthy lifestyle, that you’re living life to the full and not bogged down with illness, you need both a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. There’s little point in changing your diet, doing more exercise or giving up smoking if you’re not in the right frame of mind or seeing the benefits emotionally.

When you’re stressed or unhappy stress hormones floods your body and their harmful toxins presents in the most physical of ways;

a pain in the neck, a pain in the bum or a thorn in your side.

You’ve heard these sayings, I’m sure, and that’s exactly where they’ve come from. The physical effects of stress can be felt as a pain where all the toxins gather, telling you to there’s something no quite right.

When babies are under stress, when they’re left to cry for hours on end and basic needs of love and affection aren’t there, cortisol washes over their brains like an acid wash, damaging essential brain connections which can never be replaced. (Luckily research has found that babies who are held when they cry don’t release the same amount of cortisol) For more information on this read Sue Gerhardt’s Why Love Matters.

basically, stress sucks.

So if you’re in need of a mental makeover and some positivity to help you on your way, these inspirational reads should help lower your stress and fuel both your body and mind while keeping you in the right frame of mind to keep those new year resolutions on track.

Keeping stress at bay and finiding inspirational reads right here;

Your fuel for a healthy mind

First up is The Joy Chaser – what’s your word? I’ve followed Michelle’s advice and my word for the year is ‘grow’,  I’m where I want to be right now, I just need to get better. 2015  for me was all about new beginnings and now I’ve completed my phase 1 it’s onto phase 2. In this amazing post Michelle talk you through the ways to find your word.

Conquers and Bonkers is a new positivity inspired Facebook page from the lady who I have so much to thank for. Without the encouraging words of comedy hat and life-loving Sue I wouldn’t be writing this at all. And at last she’s sharing them now with everyone! (Everyone needs a Sue in their life, so I’m sharing mine.)

Honest Mum is a beacon for women having it all, her drive, encouragement and success as a working mum is quite something. As well as lust worthy recipes and weekends away, Vicky often shares wise words on a manner of subjects, her post on How to stop worrying what others think will really get you changing your out look on life.

For a complete package of healthy body and a healthy mind, Zaz over on Mama and More will have you looking and feeling good in one shot. Her yoga philosophy inspired posts really get out thinking  in a manner that’s as equally positive as it is philosophical. If you ever need to build self esteem and self worth, you’ll find the right words, and some.

And finally is a new blog find for me and one which I am all over right now; Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, A food blog written from the wild and remote Shetland Islands sharing wholesome recipes and amazing photos from a most stunning part of the world. If anything, it will leave you wanting to sell everything you own and move to a simpler way of life. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

So there you go. On your way, keep smiling and remember;

A positive attitude

will lead to positive outcomes.

healthy body, healthy mind, some inspirational blogs to help keep stress at bay and new year resolutions on track.

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  1. Honest Mum
    29th January 2016 / 7:55 am

    What an incredibly wise and uplifting post, stress does suck and it’s so important to look after ourselves, to do what we can to manage stress, I am simply honoured to feature here in your incredible blog and alongside my great friend, the inspiring Michelle of The Joy Chaser, thank you xx

    • 29th January 2016 / 11:46 am

      That’s so kind of you Vicki, I hope who ever reads this post takes a look at the other blogs I’ve mentioned so they are as inspired as I am by the amazing words of advice & recipes they share x

  2. 29th January 2016 / 7:55 am

    Aw thank you so very much for including me in this wonderful list! You’ve put a big smile on my face this wild and windy morning! (we’re expecting gusts up to 100 mph today!)

    • 29th January 2016 / 11:47 am

      Hang in in there. I do love a good storm but then they’re never as scary down here in Devon!

  3. Angela at Daysinbed
    29th January 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I totally agree! I am going through some real huge difficulties but am trying my absolute best to be positive and stay motivated and it is helping me. By focussing on the good and the blessings i feel much better despite the negative !

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:43 pm

      Keep on staying positive Angela! You sound like you have the perfect plan and are in the right mind set xx

  4. 29th January 2016 / 6:50 pm

    I love the positive energy in this post lovely! You’re so right about stress sapping our energy – exercise always gives me such a boost mentally as well as physically and it’s one of my happiness habits that keeps me on track but as you say so important to have the right mindset in the first place. Thanks so much for including me alongside the fabulous Vicki from Honest Mum, Zaz from Mama and More and some new finds that I’m looking forward to discovering more about x

    • 2nd February 2016 / 2:11 pm

      You’re most welcome, I’m so with you on finding exercise boosts my mood and my mind.

  5. Emma White
    29th January 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I have always suffered from huge stresses in life being a bipolar mum to 6 you can only imagine how difficult some days are but I am also very fortunate to have been given great therapy and I teach Mindfulness now to other service users and I have learned so much

    • 29th January 2016 / 8:59 pm

      I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult that is but that sounds like you have an amazing outlook on dealing with it and so lovely you’re helping others now too.

  6. 1st February 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Wow thank you so much for featuring my post alongside these other inspiring bloggers including my good friends Vicki and Zaz. And I completely agree with you that positivity and the right mindset is so so important for results in all areas of your life. Thank you for linking up at #sharethejoy too my lovely x

  7. tracey at Mummyshire
    1st February 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to some amazing bloggers and FB pages, which I haven’t come across before. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the day-to-day and to really struggle to find the big picture. I think surrounding yourself with “real” people who inspire and dazzle is so amazingly helpful. Thanks for helping me add new names to my list

    • 1st February 2016 / 1:16 pm

      You are more than welcome Tracey, I really do try and focus on positivity and these blogs & Facebook pages keep me going

  8. 1st February 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Nice to be introduced to new faces; I love the sound of Conquers and Bonkers – great name, so I’ve followed on FB. You can never have enough positivity, and it builds upon itself. x #sharethejoy

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