7 Inspirational Women Who Achieved Success After 50!

Here are the 7  Inspirational Women Who Achieved Success In Life After 50!

Ernestine Shepherd, 78, world’s oldest female bodybuilder started at the age of 56:

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Ernestine started working out when she was 56, thanks to her sister for that inspiration. Today, she takes classes for mostly senior women and older men. She started her classes with just 10 people and now some mornings people can’t get in the room.

Say these words each day: I can do it. I will do. I am doing it! Now get up and keep moving!

Lorraine Campman found her career in her passion at the age of 56:

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Uninspired by office jobs, Lorraine, an independent piano teacher since 1977, attended entrepreneurial training classes offered by Women’s Opportunities Resource Center in 2007. After many ups and downs she finally, started her music center, which teaches group piano to adults.

“Don’t let the music die inside of you.  If you have a dream, find a way of fulfilling that dream, and there are going to be rough spots in the road along the way, but you have to persevere, accept the help that’s available out there and do what you can to make it happen.”

Lorraine Campman

Marcia Duhart, creating entrepreneurial solutions after the age of 50:

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During her final years at Merrill Lynch, where she trained people to use computers, she devoted several days off to testing her idea of teaching computer skills to the elderly. She realised elderly people felt out of the loop when everyone is talking about emails.

After retiring from Merrill Lynch in 1998, she founded CyberSenior Services, teaching at senior centers and giving one-on-one classes for $35 to $45 an hour.

“My business spread by word of mouth , I’ve had students up to 90. I’m 67 now, and I have a lot of energy to do this because I do what I love. I love teaching people.”

Marcia Duhart

Deborah Ramsey survived layoffs with her entrepreneurial skills at 56:

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After suffering through a couple of corporate layoffs Deborah became a business founder. In 2008, she opened Natural Wellness and Spa which offers services and products to women and seniors.

“Life doesn’t always allow the opportunity to change up but when it does and the opportunity to change comes, don’t dismiss it. Just say what can I do with this.”

Deborah Ramsey

Kemi Oloyede, Founded  Sew London Project in East London, before her 50th birthday:

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More than 20 years ago, Oloyede worked as a seamstress in a wedding shop, before working as a secondary school teacher of art and textiles. With the demands of having children, she got sucked into the rigmarole of the nine-to-five and the guaranteed salary. But she has always had that itch to run her own business.

Just before her 50th birthday, she used about £2,000 of savings to launch the Sew London Project, where she upcycles old textiles and turns them into new clothes and accessories under the brand recyclothes.com, as well as running sewing courses.

“I have to stop myself from working because I love what I do. I thought this would happen when I was much younger, but now my kids are older, and I’m in a really good place head-wise and emotion-wise – and I’m at peace with myself.”

Kemi Oloyede

Karen Stubbings started The Wood Pile inspired by her son, at 51:

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After 13 years as a regional manager for a national charity, Stubbings took redundancy. Despite her experience, without a degree she struggled to find another job, so, with encouragement from her husband and two sons, she started her own business.

Stubbings’s older son, Daniel, 29, a sports coordinator, has cerebral palsy, and this was her driving force. She opened The Wood Pile in July 2014, with £8,000 from her redundancy pay and £35,000 in grants, to help people with disabilities into employment by giving them practical work experience.

“I had massive concerns about my age – I never expected that, at 51, I would be humping and lumping wood into the back of the van – but without all my experience, I would have really struggled.”

Karen Stubbings

Susan Wright, Started Eco Republic in Derbyshire in her late 50’s:

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When Wright was on her way to work earlier this year, she noticed a shop with a notice in the window that read: “Business for sale.” It set her heart racing.

With £15,000 in savings and a business loan of £20,000, she bought the shop, and opened the doors in June.

“I’m sure people think that your late 50s is the time to start thinking about retirement, but frankly that’s the last thing on my mind. I’m excited to come to work every morning.”

Susan Wright

CONCLUSION:

NB: Every morning, take 5-10 minutes to review and reflect upon these life stories of women, who struggled in the beginning yet persevered to achieve the life they dreamed of, though they were by then in their 50’s or beyond.

These stories are astonishing and profound, you’ll feel inspired to make your own success story. If they can do it in their 50’s, so can you! Embrace their success stories as your inspiration and watch similar success manifest in your life.

Make The Most Of Spending Valentine’s Day On Your Own

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It is easy to argue that Valentine’s Day is just another box on the calendar.

On the other hand, it can be a cold reminder that your love life isn’t what you’d like it to be.

Every day has the opportunity to be worthwhile, even a Valentine’s Day spent alone. Since love is in the air, it might be the perfect opportunity to enhance your love life.

I suggest that you try the following strategies:

1. Make a list of every partner you’ve ever had.

Include those that you only dated for a short period of time. Go all the way back to high school. Take your time and make a complete list.

2. Make a list of the positive attributes you’d like to see in your next partner.

You can do this by reviewing the list you just made and asking yourself what you liked about that particular person. Was it her/his sense of humor and her/his blue eyes? Or was it her/his sense of morality and the fact that she/he liked to watch football?

* Be thorough. Pour yourself a glass of wine/cup of tea or coffee and give this step the attention it deserves. You might have 20 attributes or even more.

* Next prioritise these attributes, so that you have your top dozen key attributes you can concentrate on. It is easier and more manageable to focus on 10/12 than 20+.

3. Consider the qualities you don’t want in your next partner. Avoiding the negative is just as important as highlighting the positive.

Go back through your list in step one. Did he/she always put his/her career first and didn’t have enough time for you? Did she/he spend too much time with her/his mother? Did he or she have their friends over every day? Was he/she a slob? Was she/he unstable?

4. Create a list of what you consider the best from the list of the positives.

So you know you would like a guy that has a great sense of humor. Of all the men and women you know, who has the best sense of humour? It could even be a character from TV, the movies, or a book. Define for yourself what – for YOU, is the perfect sense of humour, using a concrete example.

* Do this for all the positive qualities you listed in point 2 above.

5. Make a plan to find this incredible person.

Look at your desired characteristics and think about where this person might spend their time. A brainy woman might play chess, take night classes, or spend time at the bookstore. An athletic man probably plays recreational sports and spends time at the gym.

6. Give online dating a fair chance.

Online dating has some big advantages. There are lot of people with the same goal, and they’re right in front of you. You can also approach them via online message, eliminating the terror that comes with approaching a stranger in public. You can go through a lot of profiles while watching a movie from the comfort and safety of your home.

* Stay on task. Look for signs of your desirable attribute list. Avoid those profiles that demonstrate one or more of your undesired traits.

* Set a goal for how many people you’ll contact each day. Keep the number small. You’ll find that you can’t juggle very many at once. You might lose a great potential partner if you’re too distracted by too many emails.

7. Meet people in person.

At some point, the relationship has to move beyond the computer and your mobile/cell phone. Be careful, but be brave, too.

8. Keep your eyes open.

The great man or woman in line with you at the grocery store might be the one. All you have to do is open your mouth and say “hi.”

9. It can be a little depressing to spend Valentine’s day alone.

It can also be a great opportunity to take action and begin the process of finding someone new. Instead of sitting at home feeling sorry for yourself and eating too much junk food, take control of the situation by beginning the search for your perfect partner.

10. Ask The Universe for help in finding your ideal partner

  • say out loud the list of your key 10/12 attributes that describe your ideal partner.

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The Power of Gratitude for Attracting More Joy and Abundance

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We are all surrounded by blessings and reasons to be grateful, but few of us realise this. Many people have a habit of skipping gratitude in their obsessive rush to the next thing. The question is, do you really understand what it means to have gratitude, how to express it and how it can positively impact your life? We all desire, look forward to and without exception deserve a happy life. Unknown to many, gratitude is the pathway that will lead you to a happy and fulfilling life. It is an active state of appreciation that will attract opportunities for greater joy and abundance.

By shifting your attitude and focusing on the little things so worthy of feeling grateful for, you will discover even more things to be grateful for. If you focus on things that make you sad, you will see more things that make you feel this way. As you can see, it’s all about perspective. Utilising the power of gratitude consciously is an important life skill that we all need to learn and master. Today is the perfect time to be mindful of the things you are grateful for.

What is Gratitude?

Simply put, gratitude means being thankful for what you have right now, counting your blessings and acknowledging all that you receive, both big and small. It is about noticing the simple pleasures in life. By developing an attitude of sincere gratitude, you attract more for which you can be grateful and unleash the ultimate power of abundance. Something as simple as whispering a prayer in the morning expressing how grateful you are for this new day can lead to positive changes in your life. By cultivating gratitude, you will experience true joy every day no matter what you are going through.

The Power of Gratitude

Never underestimate the power of a simple ‘thank you’. Expressing gratitude is one of the most effective tools for feeling better. Gratitude is a powerful force that can help you manifest your deepest desires such as health, love, peace and abundance. Often amid our busy lives and tackling the problems we face, we tend to ignore these two powerful words. By repeatedly seeing the worst in situations and magnifying the problems you face, you become blind to the many opportunities and instances you should be grateful for. This adversely affects how you view life and how you overcome challenges. The result is a constant struggle for real happiness. A grateful mindset opens us up to creativity, inspiration and new opportunities. Each time you express gratitude, you align yourself with an infinite flow of joy and abundance.

How Gratitude Shifts Your Focus towards Joy and Abundance

Gratitude arms you with the necessary strength and perception to shift your focus from negative thought patterns towards abundance. Developing the habit of feeling and expressing gratitude will positively impact your career, personality, emotional state, health and social life. Instead of complaining about all the things you don’t have, instead you choose to focus on what you do have. In doing so you become more resilient and happy. You begin to believe that there is nothing life can throw at you that you cannot overcome. You begin to believe that your blessings are bigger than your problems, you are tapping into the positive energy within you and using this to shield you from suffering and pain. In turn you will start to notice improvements in your health, your mental state, your thoughts, your relationships, your performance, and a reduction in your stress, tension and fear.

Whilst you wait for things that are yet to come, learn to be grateful for what you have now.

How to Cultivate an Attitude of Appreciation

Here are some habits you can adopt daily for using gratitude to attract more joy, wealth, success, compassion and abundance into your life:

1. Morning Meditation

It is important to establish a morning ritual that will set you up for your best day. Try starting your day with a meditation session to calm your body and mind, to reflect on your achievements from the previous day and to create a feeling of excitement about all the possibilities that lie ahead. Meditation renews your energy and reframes your mindset to bring positive thoughts. Beginning your day feeling positive and inspired, you take this positive energy with you into the world and pass it onto others.

2. Develop a Sense of Wonderment

Being aware of the beauty that surrounds you helps to cultivate gratitude. If you live in the countryside, marvel at the beauty of the picturesque scenery and the breathtaking beauty of nature. If you live in the city, marvel at the magnificent landmarks and architecture that surround you. Be more observant and note the subtle gestures of good will people make. Smile more and carry out random acts of kindness. Always aspire to see beauty where others see nothing.

3. Appreciate Your Own Accomplishments and Positive Qualities

You can’t appreciate others without appreciating yourself first. Many people are busy pleasing others instead of focusing on themselves. Be grateful for the wonderful gift that is your life. Celebrate the small wins in the same way you celebrate big successes. Acknowledge all that you have accomplished and believe all the positive things people say to you. Never dismiss a compliment, accept it and bask in the joy it brings you.

4. Write down all that you are grateful for in a gratitude journal

Writing down all that you are grateful for is a powerful and therapeutic way of training your mind to notice these things all the more. By seeing them on paper you recognize the eminence of them. This inspires you to live each day to the fullest so that you can add more treasured moments to your Gratitude Journal. It could be anything from your health to a delicious meal you savoured. If you struggle to identify anything recent delve into your memories and select one that brought you great happiness. When you are encountering a negative or painful experience you can revisit your Gratitude Journal to remind you just how lucky you are.

5. Express appreciation of others daily

This could refer to your family members, friends, partners, spouses, colleagues or even complete strangers. By letting others know how much you appreciate them, you enhance their sense of self-worth and invite them to express the same kindness towards you. Positive energy is infectious, they will share this positive energy with others, including you.

Benefits of learning to be grateful every day:

• When you shift your focus towards gratitude, it brings immediate feelings of happiness.
• Gratitude helps us to overcome difficult times more quickly and easily.
• When you take time to appreciate all the ways in which life is being kind to you, you attract more positive experiences, joy and abundance.
• Practising an attitude of gratitude leads to better health. You will experience improvements in your sleep, reduced stress, an improved immune system and less physical pain.
• Being consistently grateful helps you to evolve and become a better version of yourself. You will become more open-minded and attract greater opportunities.
• By activating the Law of Attraction through the power of gratitude, you open doors to more joy, wealth and abundance in your life.

By developing an attitude of sincere gratitude for everything you have and everything you are, you open gateways to greater things. Beginning and ending your day with gratitude will ensure you are well and frequently rewarded.

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4 Ways Mindfulness Boosts Happiness

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“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”

Eckhart Tolle

The practice of Mindfulness dates back to the early teachings of the Buddha and has become a popular technique for the relief of stress and anxiety. Mindfulness is a state of mind that helps us to focus on the present moment, it’s the practice of being conscious of how we are both perceiving and reacting to our thoughts and our environment. If practiced regularly it brings calm and peace to our lives, reduces our tension and enhances our awareness and mental capacity. There has been a boom of mindfulness meditation courses, taken up by everyone from burnt out parents, patients suffering from chronic pain to stressed out executives, who all report improvements in their mood, stress and happiness levels.

Here are 4 ways that mindfulness makes us feel happier and enhances the quality of our lives:

“There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”

James Carroll

1. Mindfulness helps break the cycle of negative thinking

It is our thoughts that affect our feelings, and it is our feelings that generate certain types of behaviour. For example, if we dwell on a past failure or negative event, we start to feel negative emotions such as sadness, hopelessness and despair and this leads to even more negative feelings. This process propels us into a downward spiral and becomes a vicious cycle. Mindfulness meditation is a form of mind training which helps us to observe negative thoughts as they creep in, accept them, recognise how we experience them physically and then shift our attention away from them to something that is healthier or more important. It helps us cultivate a more positive mindset and opens us up to greater happiness. Rather than being slaves to our minds, we learn how to be masters of them.

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2. Mindfulness helps us learn to appreciate the simple things in life

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Robert Brault

Practising mindfulness requires that we pause and take notice of things that we may not have noticed before. In this moment, we learn to appreciate the smaller, more simple things in life such as the warmth of the sun, the sound of a child laughing or the beauty that surrounds us. Mindfulness helps to engage our senses, feel, taste, touch, sound and sight to help us truly experience and relish the moment.

Take a focused look around you: what do you notice for the first time in a long time about anything within the environment you live – inside your home, your garden, street, village, park, field etc?

3. Mindfulness improves sleep

We’re all aware of the dangers of sleep deprivation and how it can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Practicing mindfulness may be a healthier and more natural alternative to sleeping pills for those who struggle to switch off at night, especially if practiced at bedtime. Increased focus on the present moment prevents us from feeling regret over past events and hinders anxiety caused by hypothesising about future events. The result is a calmer, peaceful state of mind.

What ritual do you use to enable a smooth transition from your daily routine to bedtime and sleep?

4. Mindfulness enhances gratitude

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

G.K. Chesterton

By focusing on the here and now and learning to appreciate the smaller, simple things, we are enhancing our ability to express gratitude. Gratitude goes hand in hand with mindfulness since it encourages us to stay present in the moment and appreciate what we have now rather than desiring more. This process helps to reprogram our mind to think positively and to alleviate negative thought patterns. Gratitude releases more positive emotions such as joy, love, happiness and releases the negative emotions such as depression and anxiety. In turn these positive thoughts generate more favourable behaviour and better, more successful outcomes.

When is the most recent time you expressed gratitude to someone because you genuinely appreciated them and/or what they had done for you? If nothing comes to mind, then I challenge you to say a genuine ‘thank you’ to the official road sweeper/ rubbish collector in your neighbourhood for keeping the environment you live in clean and tidy!

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How to Recognise and Conquer Emotional Eating in 6 Easy Steps

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Do you eat when you feel emotional and not only when you are hungry? If you’re someone who reaches for the biscuit cupboard when you’re feeling sad, stressed, lonely or bored then you have a tendency towards emotional eating. Whilst this doesn’t constitute a real problem if it’s an occasional thing, if your go-to way of coping with your emotions is eating then it’s worth considering the impact this may be having on your health and well-being. It’s certainly worth paying attention to your eating habits particularly when you’re bored, tired, lonely, stressed or angry, and if care is not taken you may end up feeding a never-ending problem. While eating can help address emotional hunger, it doesn’t necessarily address the root cause of the problem. If anything, the excess calorie intake only makes you feel even worse than before. The endless cycle continues.

1. How to Recognise Emotional Eating

While emotional eating often results from negative experiences and feelings, it can also result from happier times such as celebrations, rewarding yourself for goals achieved or holidays. The following are signs that you are guilty of emotional eating:

  • You are eating to silence shame, resentment, loneliness, anxiety, sadness, fear, and anger.
  • You are eating so that you can have something to do. People who feel empty or unfulfilled often eat to compensate for their emotional emptiness, to relieve boredom or to fill a void in their life. In the moment eating distracts you from feelings of purposelessness and dissatisfaction.
  • You relish eating unhealthy foods as a way of remembering some of your childhood experiences.
  • You overeat in the presence of others due to peer influence, being encouraged to celebrate etc.
  • You find yourself feeling hungrier when you are stressed, thus you seek comfort through eating. Due to high levels of cortisol in your body, you end up craving fried, sweet, and salty foods.

2. How to Stop Emotional Eating

Many people who are prone to emotional eating feel powerless when it comes to taking control over their food cravings and emotions. But do not despair because there is hope. With a little more effort, it is very easy to stop emotional eating. The key is to find other ways to fulfill yourself emotionally and to take practical steps to manage your stress levels.

Here are a few things you can try to help you regain control of your emotional eating habits:

3. Take a deep breath.

This helps relieve feelings of stress. Deep breathing also releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones. It gives you time to think about the most appropriate response to the events taking place. Take five seconds to breathe in through your nose and hold for a similar length of time. Gradually, release the air through your mouth for another five seconds. Repeat it five times and you will begin to feel calmer, more at ease and in control.

4. Get more active.

Physical activity burns calories and lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Consider combining cardiovascular activity with high-intensity interval training for a more effective way of combatting stress, making you feel great and improving the quality of your life overall.

5. Eat and enjoy a rainbow of healthy foods.

Adopting a diet full of whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meat, kefir, and yogurt helps to keep stress levels at bay, and boosts happiness. These are ‘feel good’ foods and will increase your motivation and zest for life. They contain essential nutrients such as calcium, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and the B vitamins that help manage stress, fight illness, and boost strength. They also keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. Ensure you are appreciating the foods you are consuming and be mindful of the amazing benefits these health foods have for your physical and mental health.

6. Plan your shopping ahead.

Plan your weekly shop in advance and take time and care when writing your shopping list. Research healthy recipes beforehand and add the ingredients to your list. Avoid impulse buying as much as possible and consider the health value of all items on your list.

You don’t have to be a victim of emotional eating. By taking control of your emotions and life, you can easily break out of the vicious cycle of stress and emotional eating. Start today!

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How to Manifest Success with the Law of Attraction

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I am a strong believer in the power of attraction and believe that the nature of our thoughts can help us climb ladders. The Law of Attraction is a modern concept and one that enables us to interpret the deep secrets of reality which have a profound effect on the world as we know it.

The ‘Law of Attraction’ is a New Thought Philosophy which states that energy is the base ingredient of reality, which includes thoughts as well as events. Energy manifests itself as events in the long run; positive energy propels us towards positive events while negativity culminates in negative events. The finer implications of the Law of Attraction are ever present in our daily lives, even though science has no answers to it. Did you ever get a call or meet a friend you suddenly remembered after a long time? Have you ever found yourself dwelling on how your day is panning out so badly only for it to get worse? These ineffable experiences are a manifestation of the Law of Attraction. Our thoughts create an energy flow and this energy flow attracts its likeness.

If you’re not sure how to manifest success with the Law of Attraction, here are a few tips:

Get a Clear Vision

The human mind is unique, just because it can ‘think’, and therein lies the power of thoughts. Thoughts carry an innate creativity inside them, born out of the depths of our minds and which permeate through reality. Every great achievement and every great civilisation was once just a thought, a vision. Creative visualisation is a great tool to shape your dreams into reality. One of the simplest ways to achieve this is to create an image in your mind of whatever it is you desire, a new career, body or home and practice visualizing this for a few minutes every day.

Picture everything down to the finest detail, the colours, the sounds, the smells and how you’ll feel when you’ve accomplished your goal. Weave a story around the object and open the creative boundaries between your mind and the things you desire. For example, if you crave a new career, start thinking about it as if it’s already been accomplished, think of it as your new daily routine. Imagine the workplace environment, the specifics of the role you have taken on, and the kind of people you’d be working with. Once you’ve created this world in your mind, you are tricking your mind into believing it is already a reality. Positive events will then begin to unravel in line with your thoughts and vision.

Have Faith in Yourself

Faith can move mountains. It is the holy grail of success. To have faith is to believe in ourselves. Without faith, a vision is just a barren imagination. Faith is the power that aligns your life events with your thoughts. The early stages of the manifestation process require that we set goals, then we need to develop the belief that we can achieve them, we need confidence in our abilities. Faith stems from conviction. Self-confidence is your secret weapon for achieving success.

Practice Patience

Patience is the road to success. There are no shortcuts in life, and it’s important to remember to enjoy all the things you currently have in your life now and which you may no longer have once all your desires manifest. Enjoy the journey of manifestation, take time forming your vision, and allow time for your thoughts to manifest into events. Don’t be taken aback by failures and ups and downs, these are a fundamental aspect of life. Learn from each experience, don’t dwell on negative outcomes and don’t allow them to become obstacles on your journey to achieving your dreams. Lastly, continue to focus on the long-term gains of realising your goals.

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Five Tips for Managing Stress

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Winston Churchill said: “If you are going through hell, keep going!”

Stress tends to creep up on us due to a perceived inability to manage the demands life throws at us. Sometimes it can be beneficial as it pushes us to achieve more, but higher levels of stress sustained over a long period of time can be harmful to our bodies and minds. Stress can have a damaging effect on our immune system, central nervous system, cardiovascular system and even mess with our emotions in a big way.

When we allow stress to continue unchecked and untreated, it can cause chronic anxiety, muscle pain, insomnia, high blood pressure and weakened immune system. Research has shown that stress can play a significant role in the development of diseases like depression, obesity, and heart disease.

These risks mean that we need to develop defence strategies and stress combating tactics to protect ourselves from the dangers that may arise if we don’t work to mitigate stress. There are many ways to self-manage stress and regain control of your full faculties and be healthy again. Here are just a few of the most effective stress combatting tips:

1. Step back from the stressor

Sometimes it is difficult to break away from the main cause of your stress, for example, increasing debt or an unhealthy relationship. However, when you take a step back, this could mean taking a couple of days away to yourself and allowing yourself time to think, you give yourself an opportunity to reflect. This may result in you noticing or feeling things you weren’t before, and in this more relaxed and reflective state you may find a solution that wasn’t obvious before. You will need to face up to the root of the stress at some point, but taking a short break in the interim can help you see more clearly and boost your strength.

2. Exercise

Regular exercise is vital for a strong body and mind and can significantly reduce stress levels. Just 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times a week will have you smiling and full of energy. Exercise needn’t be meaningless, it could be walking the dog or dancing with friends, it doesn’t have to be solitary either! Exercising with others is a great motivator. Take your pick, run, swim, play a sport, take a salsa dancing class, whichever form of exercise you choose will help you manage your stress levels better. Build up slowly, just 5 – 10 minutes a day will enhance your mood.

3. Meditate and practice mindfulness

Two of the most popular relaxation techniques around the world are meditation and mindfulness. Both help ease stress by releasing negative emotions and focusing on the present moment. They relieve stress by providing the space and clarity we need to alleviate the demands we imagine and which, in many cases aren’t valid.

4. Accept what you cannot control

One of the best ways of reducing stress levels is accepting the fact that you do not always have control over certain situations. Stressful events will occur, there is no avoiding them. We can however control how we react to a stressful situation, how we interpret our experiences is very much down to us.
As Viktor Frankl said, “The one absolute freedom a person has, is the power to choose in a given situation their attitude.”

5. Open up to people

Sharing our experiences both positive and negative can help ease the pressure we feel. It can bring huge relief to discover someone else is experiencing similar problems to us, or to listen to alternative solutions suggested by others.

Stress is a part of everyday life and there’s no way to avoid it completely. Without it, we wouldn’t experience the feeling of accomplishment that follows the overcoming of obstacles and challenges. Ensure you set achievable, realistic expectations for yourself and learn to keep things in perspective.

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Living Your Intentions in Joy & Abundance

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“You attract and manifest whatever corresponds to your inner state.”

Eckhart Tolle

There is no need to keep waiting to live the life of joy and abundance you deserve, you can start living this way right now. The key to living in joy and abundance is developing the right mindset. Successful, happy people cultivate ‘success mindsets’ because it allows them to control their emotions, make the right decisions and achieve positive results in the face of bad (or sometimes overwhelming) odds.

Consider, for example, an entrepreneur who has encountered a string of losses, or an author whose book didn’t bring them the success they’d hoped. If they hadn’t developed the correct mindset, it’s likely they would have given up at that point. Successful people live in a world of abundance, don’t they? This is because they understand that with a little creativity, courage and an open mind there really is no limit to what can be accomplished.

Developing the right mindset enables us to control our thoughts and understand how our mind works. All of us face a constant stream of ups and downs in life, how we view and react to both good and bad depends on our mindset. Being in control of our thoughts equals being in control of our actions and this is what leads to the best possible outcomes. This empowers us to make the right decisions which will produce optimum results.

When we’re clear on what it is we want, we can begin to manifest the things we desire. If you’re not clear about what you want, you need to make time to determine what you do. Take yourself to a quiet place in an inspiring setting and write down a list of all the things you envision having in your ideal life. The universe can only start giving you what you want when you tell it. You can communicate your desires via meditation, visualisation or by creating a vision board. The energy you are putting into making your dreams loud and clear will help you to begin attracting these things into your life.

Now, you must begin working towards your goals. This starts with clarity, and is followed by action. Write down 3 things you can do today that will move you a little closer to your goals. All it takes is one baby step to get you going, every day and that consistency is what will ultimately make THE difference! Do this every day, take time to write daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals that are in line with your hopes and aspirations, then enjoy the process of accomplishing them. Take time to consider what is most important to you, what are your values? Are they wealth/security/happiness/honesty/passion/love/sharing? Act now to ensure that when you are older, you will look back and be satisfied knowing that you accomplished the things you were destined to do.

To manifest your dreams, start with a little soul searching. Gain deeper insight into your life purpose and the person you are supposed to be. So many of us walk through life so immersed in our daily routines, obligations and responsibilities, that we forget to step back and really consider why we’re here.

Our immersion in fast paced careers can distract us from devoting the time needed to determining the goals we need to set to achieve our dreams. Remind yourself of the importance of setting aside this time, and to working on adjusting your mindset.

Joy and abundance begins in the heart and mind. Every great achievement began in the mind of one person, a successful person who dared to dream, to believe it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask, what if? Think big. Don’t let negative thinking discourage you.

You want to be a “dreamer.” Dream of the possibilities for yourself, your family and for others. If you had a dream that you let grow old, re-ignite the dream! Fan the flames. Life is too short to let it go.

Commit to living your dreams.

Once you commit to living your dreams, the lids blinding your eyes will be lifted. A completely new world will be opened to your view.

You will notice opportunities that have been in your reach all along, ones your conscious mind simply didn’t pay heed to. The fundamental change taking place is your self-identity. This is the point of no return. Once this shift has happened, your whole world changes.

Nothing becomes impossible for you.

Your only limitations are your consciousness, which is quickly expanding. Whatever you want quickly becomes yours because you see what most people don’t. Now that you can see it everywhere, you are sprinting!

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