by Sara Stevens
We LOVE working with Stonehenge because their resident lifestyle platform is like no other! The Olivia couldn't have been a better fit for last night. The location was great, the views even better, and the people were amazing. There was truly a magical feeling and it was all because of the Bella's & Bello's that attended. You could feel the positivity radiating off of the rooftop!
The event started off with a brief intro by Carla & Izabella, followed by meditation and a motivational speech by the one and only Natalie Taly Elisha! Natalie is a force to be reckoned with, and truly such an inspiration! As a young teenager Natalie was hit by a car in a drag racing incident as she was walking home. The accident was life changing as the doctors were bracing her parents for the worst, but she pulled through and never looked back. By the age of 24, Natalie had graduated college completely debt free and became an attorney. Even more inspiring is that she established her own law firm dealing with estate planning and probate by the age of 26. To top everything off Natalie has added a Best Seller title to her resume with her first book The Millennial's Guide to the Universe: How to Live the New International Dream. This girl seriously makes you feel that whatever you want to achieve, you can. We couldn't have asked for a more amazing person to speak at our event, making all who were there feel unstoppable, and for that we would like to thank her for joining us!
After Natalie's speech, our spirited yoga instructor Elbert led all of our attendees through a fun yoga flow while DJ Macho set the tone with his beats. Everyone was united and moving together through the class and it was really a magical combination of people and environment. At the end of the session, it was clear to see that everyone felt refreshed and more inspired.
To make the night more special, we had a wonderful group of sponsors that joined us. Just Salad provided all of our guests with delicious after workout snack of avo toast that was raved about. Recoup beverages & Pure Brazilian Coconut Water helped keep everyone hydrated. Schweiger Dermatology Group joined us for the festivities by participating in a fun raffle for all of our clients. Pop!n, which is a mobile fitness app that gives clients with an unpredictable schedule a flexible fitness solutions also came by for the event. To all of our sponsors, we would like to say a huge thank you, without you this awesome event wouldn't have been the same!
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Last week our very own yoga teacher and certified life coach, Kristen, presented at our Self-Care workshop. She talked about the spectrum of self-care activities, identifying personal stressors and triggers, and using self-care to reduce the negative impact of stressors. Now she's back to give you some more tips to incorporate self-care into your every day life.
4 Tips to Improve Your Self-Care Game
I can hear you now: Self-Care... Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Let’s be honest, most people only have time to grab a coffee on their way out the door and MAYBE they’ll eat a bagel (if anything at all) for breakfast. The idea of taking hours for “yourself” is never going to happen- you’ll be lucky if you even leave the office at a reasonable time.
Or maybe it’s your family consuming all of your time- they need you to do everything or else nothing is going to get done. You are lucky if you can even make time for a shower.
I hear you. I get you. I was you (the overly stressed part, not the mom portion…). Your responsibilities (work, family, relationships, whatever yours may be) are consuming your to-do list and there’s little time left for you to even sleep at night.
But here is a truth bomb: how present are you really for your responsibilities right now?
Are you finding yourself losing your shit on a regular basis? Are other areas of your life suffering due to your time-consuming/stress filled responsibility? Are you getting sick more often than you think is normal?
If you answered yes to any of the above then you may be physically present, but you’re not really performing at your best. Your all-consuming responsibility is only getting half (at best) of you. Like you may have heard before: if you keep refilling everyone else’s cup but never go back to refill your own, then eventually you’ll stop being able to even fill other people’s cups (or something like that).
“I hear you, but how the hell do I make time for this self-care crap if there is no time to spare?”
If you’re new to the self-care game, or have neglected yourself for a while, taking even a little time for yourself can seem overwhelming. I’m someone who quit a well-paying corporate job in order to incorporate more self-care into my every day routine. I am an extreme self-care aficionado, but self-care can be quite simple. Any task that you would do to take care of someone else, but you do for yourself is a self-care activity.
2. Make time for yourself. Like I said earlier a lot of people have this idea that self-care takes A Lot of time. This is just untrue. Preparing meals in advance so you can eat well even when you are super busy is self-care. Taking a 5-minute mental break from work, or people, is self-care. Even watching tv to give yourself something to focus on without using much mental capacity is self-care. My biggest advice for making time is change your mindset that self-care needs to take a crap ton of time and plan ahead for situations you know will be more stressful.
3. Keep a log of ALL of the self-care activities you complete. Make a mark on your calendar, create a list, or if your kind of type-A create a spreadsheet. The more you can visibly see that you are taking even small amounts of time for yourself the prouder you will be for doing so.
4. Reward yourself for effort not success. Life is not perfect and stress is impossible to completely eliminate. You can make a goal to do x amount of self-care activities but something may happen to prevent you from doing so. That’s okay! I even consider being willing to change plans around your circumstances as a self-care activity! Celebrate you and your willingness to take care of yourself more.
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