Self-Esteem Coach Laure Redmond, author of Feel Good Naked, joined us to share some easy ways to improve your life right now:
- Eat good fat (monounsaturated & polyunsaturated): Good fat produces a chemical signal in your blood that tells you to stop eating and helps fight depression. The problem occurs when we stuff ourselves with bad fat (trans fats – extends the shelf life of foods). Good fat foods include: nuts, seeds, avocado, Greek yogurt, certain meats and fish.
- Engage in challenging and interesting activities: This stimulates growth within the brain, while also releasing chemicals that ignite alertness, attention and focus.
- Limit time spent on social networking: Fifteen minutes is one thing, two hours or more is another. Ask yourself what your social networking has done for you lately, is it worthwhile or wasteful. Meet a friend for tea as an alternative to staring at a computer for hours of mindless networking.
- Get physical, especially if your body always aches: This doesn’t mean you have to workout five days a week, start with two and start smart so you don’t get discouraged. Not only will your body feel better, but also your brain cells pump out “feel good” hormones when you move which helps de-stress the body while promoting an overall sense of well being.
- Stop sugar power: Many people suffer from Sugar Blues, which is similar to depression. When you eat or drink (soft drinks/pop) sweets, your brain receives schizophrenic messages that make your body crave more sugar. Agave nectar is a great alternative to raw sugar, while it’s high calorie, you only need a fraction of the amount to gain the same level of sweetness. Most important it’s a natural substance and won’t make you crash and burn like raw sugar.
- Fiber is fabulous: The average American gets only about 12 grams of fiber a day and the recommended amount is 24 grams. Everything works more effectively with a high fiber diet. Oatmeal, 100 percent whole grain bread, lentils, pine nuts, peas and raspberries are all great sources of this nutrient.
- Acknowledge your feelings even if your voice shakes: Learning to know what you feel and why you may feel as you do, and learning how to release or express your feelings in appropriate and constructive ways, can free you to feel better about your life.
For more information, visit Laure's website.