Mental Fitness: How to Reset, Relax, and Restart

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Hi guys,

I feel like a lot of health & fitness blogs forget to address a key factor in being fit, your mind. Your mind literally controls all of your actions and if your mind isn’t fit, how will your body ever get there?

I’m starting to brand Citrus & Gold as a wellness blog, not so much as a fitness blog. I am NOT going to tell you how to get a six-pack and I’m NOT going to help you find the perfect diet. Instead I’m going to touch on topics that help you go deep, that help you critically understand why you haven’t been meeting your goals or finding time for your own wellness.

I had to go through an internal struggle myself a couple of months ago.

I was mentally exhausted at the end of last year and beginning of this year. Too many voices were telling me what to do, too many of my own doubts were holding me back.

We all have moments in life where we’ve just had enough. The first step to recovering from those moments of exhaustion is accepting that it’s okay. It’s 100% okay to need a break. I feel like these days we are always told to go go go. But I don’t agree with that mentality at all.

I knew I had the potential of putting myself under a lot of stress with teaching POP Pilates, working, blogging and everything else in life. So I knew I needed to be proactive in my self-care routine.

If you are going through a period of stress, or stuck in some sort of rut here are a few tips that really helped me.

  1. Get off social media: even if it’s for a few days, delete the apps that are mentally bogging you down. I deleted the Facebook app from my phone for a good month before coming back to it. If you’re a blogger like me, realize that your readers can wait…your mental health cannot.
  2. Journal: write anything and everything that comes to mind. Use it as an outlet – it doesn’t even matter if you don’t came back to it.
  3. Travel: If you can get away for a weekend, do it. I know when you’re exhausted travel can seem like it’s adding another layer to your already stressful life but it’s so important to getaway. You’ll thank me later.
  4. Meditate: I know people have been preaching meditation for centuries (literally) but it works! Even if it’s 2 minutes, 5 minutes or 10 minutes, try it out! It does time taking used to it so don’t force it. Just come back to it everyday with an open mind. Headspace has been doing wonders for me.
  5. Spend time with loved ones: Sometimes when there is too much noise we isolate ourselves and that’s a big no-no! Especially for someone like me who has more introverted tendencies, alone-time is so important and it can be easy to fall into that trap. It’s super important to find the right balance between me-time & quality time with friends and family.

Thankfully, I’ve been feeling better implementing some of these tips to help with mental health & stress so I hope they help you too! If you need more tips to relax check out this post: 10 Ways to Treat your Mind & Body on a Budget.

Oh and one last thing, remember life is too damn short to be serious. Don’t let your mind bog you down. While focusing on yourself don’t forget to have fun with it!

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Your mind is equally as important as your body. If you are anxious, stressed, here are a few tips on how to relax, reset, and restart.

Your mind is equally as important as your body. If you are anxious, stressed, here are a few tips on how to relax, reset, and restart.

Why Resolutions Don’t Work (and How to Fix Them)

Why Resolutions Don't Work

Why Resolutions Don't Work

New year, new me – that’s how the saying goes. But what do we really change about ourselves at the turn of a calendar year?

Let’s think smaller…what are you going to do differently TODAY compared to what you did tomorrow. Resolutions are not about next year, next month; they are about today and tomorrow, and the next day. They are on-going and take effort and time.

For a while I used to say “I am against New Year’s Resolutions” but I don’t think that’s entirely true. Resolutions in other words are new goals, habits and I am 100% in support of those two things. If done correctly, New Year’s Resolutions can be beneficial.

Here’s a few ways how we can see New Year’s Resolutions in a different light:

Before writing your resolutions for 2017, reflect and learn from 2016: Many of us so eager to think about the future without learning from the past. What did you well in 2016, what didn’t go so well? What were your priorities and goals and how have they changed? I personally found Maxie Mccoy’s 25 questions reflection workbook really helpful. It helped me reflect about topics I hadn’t thought about like “what money was best spent? And what money was wasted?”.

Don’t jump on the bandwagon: Marketers know that the best time to lure people into their product/service is in the new year when people are hoping to make change. Make sure whatever you sign-up for is what you need for yourself at the moment. For example, many of my friends & family are signing-up for different fitness challenges and I’ve been tempted. But I know my life doesn’t need another fitness challenge right now because there are other more immediate matters I’d like to address (for example, growing this blog!). If you half-heartedly commit to something that you really don’t want or need, you are going to fail.

Think short term: Let’s be honest, how many of us can focus on the same goals for an entire year (if you can, please do share because I’d love to learn your ways!)? For the majority of us, it’s almost impossible to create resolutions for a full year. I’d recommend breaking down your goals into shorter time frames. I like 3 months because that’s long enough to instill a habit and see some sort of results without losing track.

Create a system: Many times we write a goal and fail to think of a system of how we are going to achieve said-goal. It’s important to write concrete, habitual steps you can take to meet that goal. I actually learned this tip from my full-time job where we write our quarterly goals (OKRs – objective key results). Our objectives are high-level but the key results we write are measurable & quantifiable.

Keep them visible: If you are going to create new year’s resolutions make them visible so you are kept accountable. Write them down, post them somewhere you will see them frequently. I know it can be uncomfortable to see your resolutions right in front of your face, but it’s important to have a constant reminder!

Homework time: Revisit your resolutions and see what edits you need to make to make them happen!

I also won’t be a hypocrite. I’m going to write my goals down and paste them on my wall so I can see them – loud & clear :).