I’ll be the first to admit I have a few peppermint hot chocolates to work off from the holiday season. It’s been a salmon and quinoa week for this girl. Ok fine, I’m also working very diligently to finish the candy from my stocking. It’s a process, right?
But as I settle into a new workout routine and get back to healthy eating, my mind keeps going back to the heart. It’s where the real power to change comes from. The current condition of my heart will impact how I accomplish goals, how I manage relationships, how I handle successes and failures this year, and how I make a difference for others. It’s too important to rush past or slide under the rug.
Today I have five exercises to get your heart in shape for 2017. Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Just give it thirty minutes, and I promise it will be well worth it. All you need is a comfortable corner, notepad, and pen.
Let’s get started!
Take time to reflect on the current state of your heart. Take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. Repeat five times, or until you start to feel relaxed. How do you feel right now? Write down any words or phrases that come to mind. There are no wrong answers.
Write down 3 things that are going really well. This can be in any category: friends, family, work, play, etc. It may be as simple as, “I love the city I live in,” or “I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with my mom lately.” The only rule here is to stay positive.
Write down 1 area you would like to improve. If you are like me, about fifty things come to mind here. I want to challenge you to pick only 1. There will always be things to improve in life, but I don’t want you to get bogged down. Maybe you want to have more patience with your co workers. Be specific.
Plan something fun. What’s something that gives you life? It can be as small as walking around target or as big as a girl’s weekend to the beach. Whatever you choose, put a date on it. Plan to make it happen and don’t let tasks and to do’s get in the way.
Plan to give back. What’s one thing you’re really good at? How can you serve someone else in that gift? Or maybe there’s a cause you feel passionately about. What can you do to support it? Write it down. Put a date on it. There’s no better way to jumpstart the heart than giving from a place of compassion or passion.
(Virtual) high five, girl. You did it! Post your notes in your office, on your fridge, or somewhere you will see them daily.
I’d love to know how your heart workout went. Post your response to any of the five exercises and use the hashtag, #healthyheart2017.
Photography by: Briana Arlene Photography