You are what you eat. And THINK.

“Affirmations are like prescriptions for certain aspects of yourself you want to change.”
Jerry Frankhauser

Do you have a personal affirmation?
or mantra or prayer?

Something you repeat to yourself or in your head throughout the day?
And I don’t mean:
“Quit hitting your sister!”
“Spit that gum out!”
“Is it Friday yet??”

But, you know what I mean? A personal affirmation.
“I breathe in peace and breathe out anxiety.”
“I am the change I wish to see in the world.”
Not all mantras need be existential.
“I am a confident, successful, trim size 6!” (I heard that one once… hehe, cute!)

As the new year approaches
and New Year’s Resolutions begin to form in the ether,
have you thought of starting out the New Year with a personal affirmation to face each day?

Affirmations and mantras have been practiced around the planet for thousands of years. In fact the most successful, wealthiest, enlightened, and healthiest people in the history of our planet have used affirmations to achieve extraordinary and high levels of clarity, focus, and richness of life that most only dream of.” 1

Fantastic!
So, how does one create their own personal mantra?
Some tips I’ve read about:

First, think about what you would like to accomplish in the new year.
Lose weight, stop smoking, make more money, get a better job?
Have more peace, spend more time on yourself, prioritize?
Start each work day with a better attitude?

Whatever your goals are for the coming year, make your affirmation something you would actually say out loud to someone else.
So….

Are “I’m a millionaire!” or “I’m rolling in dough!” things that you would actually say in conversation with someone? Probably not. (I mean, unless you were being sarcastic, right?)
Something more natural would be, “I’m a financially secure person. I’m free of debt.” Do you agree? It’s more natural.

Avoid using negative statements. So, you would like more money in your life next year? Don’t make your affirmation something like, “I’m not going to get so many BILLS this year!”

Thinking of having a more positive outlook on your work situation in the coming year? Instead of saying something like, “I will not hate my job today,” say something like “I look forward to my job that continuously provides me with opportunities to practice patience.”

Not sure you can come up with one on your own?
There are positive affirmations to choose from! 🙂

Affirmations and mantras have been used for 1,000s of years, so there are plenty that have already been created. There are a lot of books out there that speak of the use of affirmations and mantras to help you in your life.
One of my favorite books on this topic is by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “The Power of Intention, Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way.” Dr. Dyer walks you through the Power of Intention and brings you on a journey of self discovery.

If you haven’t yet discovered Deepak Chopra (who happens to be a friend of Dr. Wayne Dyer!), I suggest “The Soul of Healing,” for those wishing for a physical or health related change in the coming year.

“Affirmations are like prescriptions for certain aspects of yourself you want to change.”
Jerry Frankhauser

Think on it.
We are what we eat. AND think.

LaProfesoraFrida

Link to “1.”
http://www.joshuazuchter.com/How_to_Create_Affirmations.html

I’m so honored!
Nyla at Nyla’s Crafty Teaching Blog has awared me with the Liebster Award for new blogs!
Awww shucks!

Thanks so much! 🙂

New Year’s Resolutions for TEACHERS

I’ve started on my New Year’s Resolution…a little early! Is it cheating to pick a New Year’s Resolotion that I know I can keep??

A lot of people make resolutions to lose weight, get fit, exercise more and just be all around healthier people. These are fantastic resolutions and I admire people who can stick with these goals!

However…. I know myself. I’ve made those kinds of resolutions and I have that “Hoorah!” attitude for about… a month?

So… 2 years ago I made the first New Year’s Resolution I knew I could keep: I would wear more flowers in my hair! I’m sure this sounds like a silly resolution to many of you. But you know what? I really needed a resolution I could succeed with to boost my confidence of being able to keep another one in the future. And wearing flowers in my hair makes me feel pretty, so it’s a great resolution: look and feel prettier!

So, my New Year’s Resolution this year is for better health. But, rather than try to keep myself to a “I need to exercise more and lose a few pounds” kind of resolution, my better health resolution is to focus on my mental and spiritual health.

In order to keep my resolution, I will actively seek new inspiration from multiple sources, I will practice meditation, I will move my body every day (from yoga, going for a walk, stretching to running, rock climbing and kick boxing), and I will practice de-stressing techniques (what I’ve already mentioned are all de-stressing techniques, but I’ll actively search out more).

It’s so important to take care of not just our bodies, but our minds as well! We as teachers must be in one of the most stress-inducing professions on the planet! We’re constantly taking care of others before ourselves and giving, giving, giving until we haven’t got anything left to give. Taking care of our mental health, our mental attitude, is so important for our overall health!

I recently read an article that tells even more about the benefits of taking care of our attitudes:
“Being optimistic and focusing on mental wellness seems to reduce stress. … an upbeat attitude, or happiness, can help lessen the burden of chronic pain, say from arthritis, or even reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.”
Woah. Awesome!

The author of the article (Gina Roberts-Grey) also explains that the Mayo Clinic did a study where they followed a group of people for 30 years. “They found that those who were originally classified as “optimistic” on a standard personality test turned out to be 20 percent less likely to suffer an early death than those classified as ‘pessimistic.’ ”
So, I can live longer too?

Great!Fantastic! Staying upbeat is directly linked to longevity! The happier you are = the longer you’ll live. :)And, the best part? It’s EASY! Really!

There are so many little things that we can do to stay positive. Simple things:

-put a positive quote as your phone or computer background

-cuddle or play with with your pet

-move your body – go for a walk, stretch, practice yoga

-be aware of your breathing and practice breathing exercises

-doodle, draw or paint

And technology has helped make relaxing even easier!
If you have an iPod or iPhone, do a search for relaxation apps, there are tons to choose from!

If you have any relaxation techniques that I haven’t mentioned, please share them below in the comments area! Your ideas could help someone else live a happier, more peaceful life! 🙂

 

Here’s another link to the article I mentioned above; totally fascinating stuff!http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/enhancing-your-life.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthEmotionalHealth_20111207