3 Powerful Tips To Help Manage Everyday Stress

Good morning; if you live in the US, you know that we are stressing over our politics along with so many other things on our plates🤦🏾‍♀️

Often times stress will manifest when we carry over yesterday’s concerns into our present day concerns. An accumulation will almost always end up in a high stress level. Therefore, we must “dump” all of our concerns from the previous day or days and concentrate wholly on today.

Hope these 3 tips will help you manage the stress in your life, even political stress!

– Stress Busting Tip #1

Resolve right now to release every thought from yesterday and be only mindful of the now…. this thought only…this breath…this moment. Take in three very deep breaths and slowly release each one.

At the same time feel each and every concern, each and every problem, and each and every unresolved moment, begin to dissolve. You can deal with them at a later time. For now, you are only to be in this very moment.

Now go to your inner quiet place. Go deep inside to a place where you feel that you are at peace and then just relax and breathe in deeply and enjoy the feeling of being at one and at peace within yourself.

Use this special time and place to be calm. Free your mind and body of all worry, all regret, all disappointment, all anger, and grief.

– Stress Busting Tip #2

Next, think of one particular act, such as rocking your baby, taking a quick stroll, raking the leaves, and do that one simple thing. All the while, your mind is quiet and calm and you are in your own special place within.

Practice this act of quiet and calm each day and you will see that you will accomplish so much more. At the first sign of being stressed, go back to this mindful, quiet place and start all over again until you have reached your inner place of calm.

– Stress Busting Tip #3

The very best thing that you can do for yourself is to eat, drink and rest – to your health!

Stress is easily brought on by not eating and drinking properly. When you don’t get the number of hours of sleep that you need each night, you are only setting yourself up for additional stress.

Limit the amount of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol in your diet. Drink plenty of clean, pure water each day and do at least moderate exercise each day. This will breathe new life into your skin, hair, and will nourish all of your vital organs.

Take time to breathe properly! Take deep belly breathes to send pure oxygen to all of your body. Laugh and then laugh some more. It is food for the soul! Spend time doing the things that please you most. Engage in healthy and fulfilling relationships and work on problems that would erode the closeness you have with someone special.

When we are content and living a balanced life everyday stresses seem to pale in comparison. We are better equipped to deal with the unexpected.

You can take control today! Isolate only one particular stressor in your life and then work on it until you regain control. At the very least, have some new hope!

Wishing you all good mental health,

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Transformation/Biz Coach

Monday Motivation: Tune in Now⤵️🎙

Transformation/Biz Coach

🚨New Podcast Alert
If you need some Monday Motivation, take a listen to the 2nd season of my podcast…Girl, Your Journey Starts Here🎙

I remember people telling me I talk too much; now I talk as much as I want to on my Podcast🤣

▪️Tired of dealing with toxic friends/family
▪️Tired of repeating the same toxic behaviors

Tune as I give you my story and tips for dealing with both!!!

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5️⃣ Better Health Tactics You Can Do Now To Relieve Stress:

It’s Wellness Wednesday, hoping these quick tips can help you relieve some stress⤵️

✅ Focus on the positive. Focus on what you did right or what you ate that was right instead of what you did wrong. Positive reinforcement leads to long term change.

✅Drink plenty of H2O. At least eight, eight ounces glasses a day should do it. This is not only for overall health, but it also aids in digestion and will often cure that pesky afternoon stress headache as well.

✅ Take care of stress. Know your limits and listen to your mind and body. It will tell you when you’ve had enough. Rest, relax and take care of yourself. You are the only you that you have.

✅ Get a check up. See the doctor at least once a year for a good ole check up. Especially as you age, this is becoming increasingly important. (tell me about it)

✅ Take time for yourself. If you meditate, do yoga, journal or pray. Spend time each day in one of these activities. They have been proven to lower stress and center your body and mind.

Wishing you good mental health,

Transformation/Biz Coach

Happy Monday: 3 Tips To Stay Motivated Towards Your Goals⤵️

It’s not always easy to stay motivated when you’re trying to achieve a goal. Some experts say that the “goal” itself should be enough to inspire unwavering diligence toward achieving it…and there is an element of truth in that.

However, the reality is that the discomforts of striving for a particular goal can sometimes cause us to lose focus.

Want to get in shape, save for a large purchase, “make the grade” in your studies? Don’t worry…whatever you’re trying to accomplish, the following tips can help you stay motivated and on track.

✅Visualize the End Result

Can’t you just see yourself pounds lighter and fitting into a nifty outfit? (me) The key question is, how do you imagine yourself “feeling”? Healthier? Sexier? More self-confident? When you develop the ability to visualize your goals and imagine what the end results will be, you are more likely to stay motivated.

Many people have found it helpful to compose a “dream board” which is an arrangement of images representative of the goal. For instance, if you were saving money for a tropical beach vacation, then you’d get some travel brochures or create a collage of pictures from a magazine of blue ocean, palm trees, exotic fruit drinks…you get the picture!

✅Set Intermediate Goals and Reward Yourself for Small Victories

It’s human to want results now. However, some worthwhile goals may require a great deal of effort and time to accomplish. Don’t let that deter you. By setting smaller goals, you can work on each step that will eventually add up to big results in the end.

And don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach small milestones along the way. Knowing that there are little “treats” along the journey to your goal will keep you excited and motivated.💪🏾

✅Draw Inspiration from Others

Sources of inspiration to stay motivated can come from success quotes, lyrics, movies that depict people who attained their dreams through hard work or even speaking with others who have achieved what you’re working toward. If they could do it…so can you!

If your focus begins to fade or you skid on a patch of discouragement, you may find it helpful to identify an accountability partner who will encourage you to stay the course. And, in instances where your partner is also striving toward an accomplishment, you’ll experience the magic of motivating each other toward success.

Visualizing the end result, celebrating small victories along the way and drawing inspiration and encouragement from others are three powerful, easy-to-implement methods of staying motivated toward reaching your goals.

So, go for it!🙌🏾

Transformation Coach
20year Business owner, Transformation/Biz Coach, also a Mental Health Advocate
You can do this💪🏾

Sunday Vibes: Take Time Out

sundaymotivation

⏲️Take a “Time Out”

▪️Prolonged stress can wear us down and zap any enthusiasm we once had. Before doing anything else, take a few minutes to breathe and just BE.

▪️ Empty your mind of all stress and worry. This takes practice, but don’t give
up! As thoughts come into your mind, gently push them back out and continue to
keep your mind empty and calm.

▪️Take slow, deep breaths and let all of your
muscles relax. Sit quietly and recharge your batteries. Try to do this daily, or
even twice daily (morning and night).
We need quiet time as much as we need
anything else in life. Give yourself the gift of inner peace.

How Do You Take Time Out For Yourself On Sunday’s ⁉️

Transformation Coach

Happy World 🌎 Mental Health Day 💚

Happy World 🌎 Mental Health Day💚

By now, most of you all know that I’m very transparent about my struggles with mental health and will be sharing my story today on Instagram Live @6 courtesy of Rethink Mental Health Incorporated

Remember, there’s nothing to be ashamed of; mental health is part of our story!!!!

🌟Join Us live for tons of other mental health advocates sharing their stories…💚

WorldMentalHealthDay

Olivia/ Mental Health Advocate

It’s Tuesday: Let’s Decide To Be Happy…Read How With These Tips Below⤵️

Almost everyone have heard the hit single ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby McFerrin’s simple message indeed made a lot of people happy by telling them not to worry.

Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer, mental health, and strokes.

One of the better things ever said is – ‘The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change’, and in our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too would change.

Social networks or relationships are essential to happiness. People are different, accept people for who or what they are, avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of all kinds of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable, still try and make an effort to understand the situation, and you might just get along with well with them.🤷🏽‍♀️

Happiness is actually found in everyone; increasing it is a way to make life more wonderful and also more healthy.

To be happy is relatively easy, just decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook to be. The choice is simple, really, choose to be happy.😁

There are several ways by which you can do this:⤵️

Being grateful is a great attitude. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the Uber driver for bringing you home safely, thank the cook for a wonderful dinner and thank the guy who cleans your windows. Also, thank the mailman for bringing you your mail, thank the policeman for making your place safe, and thank God for being alive.🙌🏾

Avoid News, because it is stressful. Especially during this horrible time😔

Get less of it….

Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. (me) Try and think about it, 99% of the information we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do. (note to self)

A religious connection is also recommended. Being part of a religious group with its singing, sacraments, chanting, prayers, and meditations foster inner peace.

Manage your time. Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Time management can be viewed as a list of rules that involves scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These necessary skills can be fine-tuned further to include the finer points of each gift that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.

Laugh and laugh heartily everyday. Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they also say -‘Laughter is the best medicine’.🤣

Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead, find ways of expressing them not to cause more injury or hurt to anyone.❣️

Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us, they give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.

Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. And could also give us more opportunities in the future. (I’m going to learn Yoga) 🧘🏾‍♀️

Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.

Avoid exposure to harmful elements like loud noises, toxins, and hazardous places.😵

These are the few simple things you can do every day to be happy…

And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln, he says that “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”💪🏾

Transformation Coach

Looking to learn more about how to be happy while dealing mental illness, check out my new 6-week program for Entrepreneurs⤵️

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▪️▪️A little Monday Motivation,

This past weekend someone I loved dearly told me not attend their funeral because I use to sell my body, I literally laughed it off!
But it made think over my work life, I use to be:

A cashier
Telemarketer
Janitor
Fry Girl
Stripper
Sex Worker
Maid
Teacher
🌟Now Boss🌟

Out of all the things this person could have said, they used my messy past, but guess what….my Mess has become my Message…
Out of my mess, God birthed a message in me; that’s why I stand before you, Bold, Courageous, and Transformed…🦋

It doesn’t matter what they call you; God called you better!! So keep going no matter what you’re messy past may look like; you went through that stuff for a reason! Always remember you can do better and when they bring up your past, it’s because you have done something they didn’t dare to do is…CHANGE💪🏾

So today, don’t hide your messy past; use it in your story when helping others! Don’t give other people the right to tell your story before you do; they have a way of distorting your truth!!!

Have an O’mazing day,

Lady O🦋
Boss, Mentor, Teacher, Relentless Entrepreneur, Coach

▪️Need clarity and help telling your story with confidence? DM me, or by email 💌 olivia@oliviabshepherd.org

🎤Dropping the mic now🎤

🌟Turn Your Message into a Beautiful Blessing🌟

Affirmation of the Day

💓Even in the best circumstances, the wrong people will keep us from going far. Create a circle of friends/family who are hopeful and positive, just as you are. Avoid drama, and repeat this affirmation to yourself when you are tempted to get sucked into someone’s negative energy.

How often do you use affirmations? ⤵️

Suicide Prevention Week 💜

Know the signs…don’t forget to check on your strong loved ones!!

Don’t take the words they say lightly…

▪️Suicidal behavior is complex. Some risk factors vary with age, gender, and ethnic group and may even change over time. The risk factors for suicide frequently occur in combination. Research has shown that more than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder, often in combination with other mental disorders. Also, research indicates that alterations in neurotransmitters such as serotonin are associated with the risk of suicide.

▪️Diminished levels of this brain chemical have been found in patients with depression, impulsive disorders, a history of violent suicide attempts, and also in postmortem brains of suicide victims.
Adverse life events in combination with other risk factors such as depression may lead to suicide. However, suicide and suicidal behavior are not normal responses to stress. Many people have one or more risk factors and are not suicidal. Other risk factors include prior suicide attempt; family history of mental disorder or substance abuse; family history of suicide; family violence, including physical or sexual abuse; firearms in the home; incarceration; and exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, including family members, peers, or even in the media.

It’s 🆗 to seek help, and remember, you are never alone! Reach out to someone, please:

Mental Health Advocate
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