This blog post is going to be a little different. Molly and I have been shifting gears a bit and working on a new product.
Over the past few months, we have realized that while we love helping people in our field save time and see more clients, we want to help more people. We got to thinking about metrics and data tracking (like the true math and science driven people we are) and realized that while all this information is well and good, it doesn’t motivate us to do much more.
After polling our friends and family whose opinions we trust and appreciate (we know they’ll give us tough love), we decided that even the people who live healthy lives already need a little reminder to get out of their comfort zone. We also realized that even people who do most of their own cooking already and get on their yoga mat a few times a week sometimes get a little too wrapped up in the stress of everyday life.
Mardi Gras has finally come to a close in New Orleans, and we’re all wondering how to get back on track. Even if you don’t live in a city that shuts down for 5 days of debauchery (complete with fried food and sugary alcoholic drinks), I’m sure at least a few of you have fallen a little off the bandwagon with those New Years resolutions.
So how, on earth, do we get back on track when fried food and ignoring that need to go to the gym feels so good? I like to take baby steps to get back into the groove – when I throw myself back into things too quickly I find that I burn myself out. Here are some of the small changes Molly and I will be taking to get back on track this week.
We at the RDNOTE team feel that there’s much in life to be grateful for, but we don’t always check in to give ourselves the love we deserve. With work, side projects, Mardi Gras, errands to run and things to do, how can we be a little more present and thankful from day to day?
This is something that I personally grapple with often. I’m always writing the next blog post, planning a healthy meal, doing work for my internship, and trying to squeeze in a nap or a workout. I know it’s my own doing – I sign up for a million things to do – but I do wish that whole “be in the moment and express gratitude” thing from yoga could spill into my everyday life.
What then, are some ways to be more grateful on a daily basis?
1. Spend 5 minutes a day doing nothing.
When I have a particularly stressful day coming up, nothing helps me ease into it like taking 5 minutes in the morning to do absolutely nothing. I like to put on a pot of coffee, light my favorite candle and climb back into bed with a mug of coffee. Sometimes I check emails and review my schedule for the day, sometimes I just look out the window. After about five minutes of doing this, I usually feel ready to take on the day. Maybe it’s just the caffeine jolt, but something about this morning ritual helps me ease into even the most stressful of days.
It’s that time of year again! Some of you have probably done a great job of following through on your New Years resolutions…and some of you have not. Remember that it is not too late to get back on the bandwagon and achieve your goals.
Are you or your clients feeling stumped with the February blues? Here are some ways to stay focused:
1. Check in and evaluate.
One of the most important things you can do is do an honest evaluation of where you or your patients are with the goals you set previously. Maybe the goals are too lofty or ambitious to accomplish within only a month. Maybe your patients thought they would be more motivated than they are. Regardless of where you and your patents stand with these goals, being honest with yourself is the most important thing