April is Stress Awareness Month…💚

Stress, America’s #1 health problem, is a leading cause of major illness. In fact, heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression are just some of the harmful effects of stress.

So at all times, if you can avoid any kind of stress! For those of us who suffer from Mental Health issues, this is easier said than done.

Well, today and for the rest of the month, I will talk about ways to handle stress, things that cause us stress, and how we can avoid it!!!

So go over and check out my new video on YouTube 👉🏾3 Things That Keep You Stressed

XoXo

Transformation Coach

Sunday Mood…Are you feeling stressed? 😩 Use these tips below to combat that negative mood!! ⤵️

▪️Do you ever have thoughts, feelings, or impulses that attempt to hijack you?
These intense feelings and thoughts come out of nowhere. They show up when you least expect it. It might be anxiety, despair, loneliness, resentment, bitterness, jealousy, or anger. What is your response to this villain who is attempting to take over your mind, body and emotions?

You have two choices: Willingly become a prisoner, or assert yourself and regain control.

▪️Here are: Five Instant Stress Soothers for Counteracting Negative Emotions⤵️

✅ Change your perspective:

You may not be able to control the source of your stress, but you can control the way you respond to it. Change your perspective by reframing what is happening around you. In other words, change your interpretation.
Think about things in a new and positive way.

✅ Let it go:

Be forgiving of others and yourself. There is a difference between conviction and condemnation. Conviction is a healthy form of guilt. If you make a mistake, admit it. Accept responsibility and strive to make things right. Learn from your mistakes. Once you’re dealt with things, let go of all guilt and regret.

✅ Realize that the only person you’re responsible for is yourself:

Sometimes obvious solutions are overlooked by the people who need them the most. Don’t be stressed out about people, circumstances, or events that are beyond your control.

✅ Keep a positive mental outlook:

You can be resilient to stress in everyday life by thinking positively. Be happy, optimistic, upbeat and adventurous. Let setbacks roll off your back. Change the way you look at problems until you find the best solution. Live your life as a winner, and you’ll perform at your best.

✅ Be assertive when you need to be:

It is important to deal with problems immediately and directly. Speak up for yourself.
Don’t stuff your feelings, or attempt to de-stress by overeating, smoking, or drinking excessively. You can be assertive and still be considerate of the feelings of others.

Hope these instant stress soothers, help you get through the rest of this Sunday…

Wishing you a stress-free Sunday, ☺️

🌟If you need a stress reliever and like to journal, don’t forget to grab my new Prayer & Gratitude Journal: ⤵️

https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Cast-Cares-Prayer-Journal/dp/B08WK6M927

Would YOU like to Join⤵️

▪️You are the one person you are with for the entirety of your life. This is why it’s so important to practice self-love and learn to forgive yourself.

▪️Being grumpy and holding grudges against yourself makes for a cruel, grim life. Don’t do that to yourself, Friend. Be kind to you, and forge a loving relationship with your mind, body, and soul.

Time for some Spring 🌸 Cleaning, not for your house but for your mind…

The first day of Spring 🌸 is Saturday…will you join me…

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🌸Join me for a 5~Day of Spring Cleaning via email challenge…💌

Ahh, yes, it’s spring. It’s a time of rebirth, renewal… a fresh start and a return to life.

Topics to be discussed⤵️

✅Day 1:

Freshen Up Your Perspective

Journal Exercise: Put a Fresh Spin on Your Self Talk.

Set Your Intention

✅Day 2:

Lighten Up Your Outlook.

Journal Exercise: Go to the Light.

Set Your Intention

✅Day 3:

Clear Away Worries.

Journal Exercise: Let Go of Worry.

Set Your Intention

✅Day 4:

Purge Your Regrets.

Journal Exercise: Address Regrets, Then Let Them Go.

Set Your Intention

✅Day 5:

Clean Up Your Chaos.

Journal Exercise: Replace Chaos with Comfort.

Each morning you will, receive an email, a journaling exercise along with a 25-page workbook, daily affirmations, and then join me on FB for live coaching session on the topics each day!

We will focus on:

✳️Cleaning up the brain clutter

✳️Letting go of the chaos

✳️Addressing self-sabotaging behaviors

✳️Purging old thoughts/situations

✳️Getting help reinforcing new habits and beliefs

✳️Loving yourself again

▪️So if you are ready to clean up your mind, join me Monday, March 22nd -26th for 5 Days of free coaching and journaling sessions!! 

🌟Participate in all 5 days to win my 

Signature Heal▪️Grow ▪️Transform Tee👚

and my new Gratitude & Prayer Journal

🌟Send your email address 💌 to: olivia@oliviabshepherd

Transformation/Business Coach

Meghan Markle is My Hero…

By now, we have all seen the interview with Meghan and Harry…

So I have been hearing Meghan shouldn’t have aired her dirty family business out this way…

This is my AND WHY NOT FACE??? 🤷🏽‍♀️

Transformation

▪️The reason I suffer from mental health issues today is because I kept family secrets, because I wasn’t able to talk to anyone about what was going on in mines!

▪️Now, this isn’t to put down my family, because I love each of them dearly, but people have issues in families, and no one is perfect!!

▪️I believe Meghan is using her platform to put mental health, family issues, and suicide at the forefront!

▪️I wish I was brave enough to seek help and explain how I was feeling back then! I wish I didn’t have to keep family secrets which turned me crazy. To each, it’s own on how they choose to heal, who are you tell her or me any different!

I applaud Meghan for being brave enough to go to someone she loved to discuss how suicidal she felt; I didn’t have that as a child, a teen, or an adult.
Please know that you don’t have to carry the burdens of your family around.

You are NOT obligated to keep their secrets, which will eventually drive you crazy. It’s time to let go and release those hurts from your mind.

NOPE, it won’t be easy, but it’s necessary…
Stop feeling ashamed and guilty for the things you can’t control. We don’t get to choose our family, but we do get to decide how we will live our lives and how we heal from it!

Meghan is my hero; I commend her for stepping up for her family and to Harry. What an amazing husband you are!!!

Heal▪️Grow▪️Transform

Guilt and lack of forgiveness of self and others, burdens many people with the heavyweight of inappropriate shame and the destruction of deep-seated resentments….don’t let this be you!

If you are ready to start your healing process, let’s chat📲🖥

https://calendly.com/oliviabshepherdcoaching

#ThursdayTips…Why you should fight procrastination to find your purpose in life…

Happy Day all, this week in my Facebook Group Mastering Mental Health & Entrepreneurship, we are focusing on trying to find your purpose in life.

I get tons of client’s/mentees who don’t know what direction they are headed for in life; for those who suffer from mental health issues, this task can be a little more challenging.🤷🏽‍♀️

How the hell can you find your purpose when your life is a freaking mess.🤦🏾‍♀️ Down below are some reasons why we need to stop procrastinating ⤵️

▪️Procrastination is a delay tactic that has the ability to choke your dreams and abort the plans and purposes you have for your life.
It has to be nipped in the bud. It should not be given a chance to put your life and your dreams on hold.

▪️Here are 3️⃣ reasons to stop procrastinating so you can:

✳️ Find out what you can do:

If you want to find out what you can do and how far you can go, Stop procrastinating! When you don’t procrastinate, you get a chance to be the best you can be. You discover what your abilities are, how far you can stretch and what you can do. Not procrastinating gives you a chance to amaze yourself and others!

✳️ Get yourself out of a rut:

When you are stuck in a rut or a situation that needs to be acted on, dreaming and constantly talking about future actions you plan to do, will not help. Do what needs to be done as soon as you can.

✳️ Conquer your fears and take risks:

The longer you procrastinate on overcoming your fears, the bigger your fear becomes in your eyes. The bigger your fear, the more terrified you become and the more you get tempted to procrastinate! Minimize your fears, stop procrastinating, act now and achieve your dreams.

Wishing you all good mental health,

Transformation/Biz Coach

🌟Don’t forget to sign up for tomorrow’s Friday Night Call: Mastering Your True Identity: How To Find Your Purpose When Your Life Is a Mess⤵️

Also, you will get 25 questions to help you find your purpose, straight to your inbox☺️

Master Call Signup

Also, don’t forget to grab my NEW Prayer & Gratitude Journal available on Amazon now:

Girl, Cast Your Cares

Available NOW

I told you I have been busy; check out my latest interview:⤵️

Straight Outta Savannah with Tammi Morrison and Olivia B. Shepherd

Long Time, A Quick Hello and I have Good News🎉🎉

🎉On Sale Now

Good evening all, it’s been a while since I haven’t written a post, but I have been a busy little bumblebee 😁

I’ve been enjoying retirement, which let me focus on my life coaching business, and I even had a chance to create a new journal which is on sale on Amazon right now!!!! ➡️My New Journal

Yes, I’m super excited, and if you know me, I love all things journaling and couldn’t wait to create one of my own! This is the first of many that I will create and publish!!!

Also, I just finished my Self~Love Series, which was an amazing 14 days of teaching lessons on how to love yourself, have a better relationship with yourself, and journaling!!!

So as you can see, I have been super busy, mentally things have been great, and I’m trusting my journey!!

Hope each of you are well and hope you get a chance to check out my Youtube Channel for a couple of the Self~Love videos, and please check out my new journal!!

Wishing you all good mental health,

Transformation/Business Coach

🌟The Importance of Journaling: ⤵️

▪️Journaling helps clear the mind….
Journaling is an excellent method of clearing mind-clutter and managing thought patterns. The “untamed” mind tends to wander about aimlessly. At any given moment, we have a multitude of thoughts and internal conversations.

▪️Our random thoughts can turn into worries, which turn into stress, which can then manifest as conditions like depression or illness. The act of addressing our thoughts and acknowledging our inner voice allows us to clearly express our feelings, motivations, and desires. When we do this, we gain the insight needed to effectively manage them.

Girl, Cast Your Cares Gratitude & Prayer Journal 📘✒️

14 Days of Self~Love /Youtube Channel ❤️

Have You Made Resolutions…Read these Tips Below to Help You Keep Them!

🥂🥳New Year is the time when we usually look back on the events of the past year, see what we learned from it and what we achieved. Then we make resolutions for the upcoming year, all the things that we want to change and accomplish in our life.

🤦🏾‍♀️Unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are often associated with empty promises. Nobody takes them seriously anymore, since we all know that most people break their resolutions within the first week of January.

✔️Make sure your goals are truly desirable for YOU:
Sometimes people want to do things because “it’s the right thing to do” or to make someone else happy. You will succeed only if you do it for yourself.🤷🏽‍♀️

✔️ Make realistic resolutions:
If in the back of your mind you don’t really believe that your goal is achievable, your mind will resent putting in the effort towards achieving it.(watch your thoughts)

✔️ Prioritize your goals:
If you try to do too many things at once, you’ll lose focus. Once the focus is gone, the motivation goes within.

✔️ Instead of making the END GOAL your resolution, it’s better to commit to the MEANS of getting to this goal:
For example, instead of making “lose 50 lbs” your resolution, make your resolution to start exercising and eat healthier. 🥦🥒🍎

✔️ Make gradual changes.:
You will not wake up on January 1st as a new person. Expect that the new habits will take a while to learn, and don’t let this fact discourage you. You will have your ups and downs, but if you persist and stay focused, you will definitely reach your goals.

🙌🏾Imagine how proud you will be if you keep your New Year’s resolutions!

Let’s make them all happen!💪🏾

Transformation/Biz Coach

Happy 2021 Blog Friends…

Hey guys, I know I haven’t been on here for a while, but I have been super busy closing out 2020!

I retired on Wednesday from my housekeeping business, cut off a few family members and friends.

Now, I’m free to blog, do podcast, and read all of you all’s blogs as well!

So here’s to 2021 🥂, thank all if you for reading and commenting; it’s been such a pleasure meeting all of you!

Omg, I forgot to mention it was my 16th wedding anniversary as well🤦🏾‍♀️can you tell I’ve been busy🤣

2020 was a very weird year; we have all cried, been disappointed, and lost loved ones! I have never been so happy to see a year go away!!! 👋🏾

With that being said, hello 2021, good riddance 2020!!!! Have an amazing New Year, guys, and I look forward to blogging more since I’m retired!!! 😁

Wishing you all a prosperous year 🥂

Transformation/Biz Coach

Are You Ready For The Holidays 🎄 🎁

▪️As we approach the holiday season, that sense of “overwhelm” rings as loud as the Salvation Army bells.🛎

For some of us, the holiday season represents stress, pressure, expectations, guilt, disappointment, pain, loneliness, exhaustion and the list goes on…

And it doesn’t have to be that way!🤷🏽‍♀️

✔️We can choose who we spend time with.

✔️We can choose what activities we say YES and NO to.

✔️We can choose where we go. (if you are not on lockdown )

Your holiday season can be as straightforward or as elaborate as you choose to make it, and it can be a lot of fun if you plan accordingly…

So take some time this week to think about who/ what’s most important to you this season, and then do a little planning…

📋Make a list of those you want to spend time with during the holidays:

You are NOT obligated to spend time with people who make you feel uncomfortable.

Who nourishes you:

This can be neighbors, church members, etc. remember it may not always be family, and it’s ok 👌🏾

Who brings you down:

Maybe this is not the year to get together with them! Don’t feel guilty or let them guilt you into being someplace you don’t want to be.

▪️As you prepare for the holidays, remember that the greatest gifts of all won’t be found under the gift wrap…

Happy Holidays,

Transformation/Biz Coach

It’s Ok to Get Your Mental Health Checked….

📍Today I went to get my yearly pap, and while I was there, she asked did I have my mammogram for this year.

📍That got me to thinking, tons of women come to me saying they’re depressed, but none of them have actually gone to get a real diagnosis.

📍Why is that? 🤷🏽‍♀️
We would never let a cold, headache, backache, or pain go unnoticed…then why do you play with your brain?

📍Being depressed isn’t some fad; it’s a real illness, and if you have been depressed for more than a month, then you need to go get checked!!!

❎Stop letting the stigma around mental health keep you from going…
❎Stop letting your friends and family talk you out of going…

Don’t even let your doctor tell you not to go; if you have the signs, then go get yourself some help! There’s no excuse for why we play we our brains…

Before this year is out, go seek help; if your insurance doesn’t cover it, then seek out free resources in your community!!
Or ask me, maybe I can help!

Suffering from mental illness is no fun and games…get your brain 🧠 checked!!

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