13 Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength

Here are 13 things mentally strong people do to turn self-doubt into empowerment. Use these strategies to take back control of your life!

  1. Don’t Dwell On The Past

Mentally strong people forget what is behind them and move towards what is coming.  Looking back takes too much energy. Don’t waste your energy on the negatives, focus on the positives.  It’s natural to be anxious while thinking of the past; don’t let this hold you back from moving forward.  Learn from your past mistakes, but don’t dwell on them. Take a quick moment to reflect on the past, and then move on.  This will help you take back control of your life.Don't dwell on the past

  1. Stop Worrying.

Stop worrying about what can go wrong; instead get excited about what can go right.  The more you focus on something, the more you create of it. Worrying only breeds more worry.  Worrying won’t stop things from happening, but it will prevent you from enjoying the pleasures of your life.  Be mentally strong and move on.

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  1. Be Patient

Mentally strong people understand change is a process, not an event.  Embrace the process of change as you strive to meet your goals.  Mentally strong people are open-minded and adaptable.  Be patient during the change process.  Freaking out will cause you to not enjoy the process and takes up to much negative energy.

Change is a process

  1. Do Not Give Up

Giving up is the easy way to live your life. It takes no energy to walk away when things get tough and only brings on negativity when you realize giving up helped you miss out on achieving your goals.  Tell yourself “I can” instead of “I can’t” and keep going.  To build your mental strength you must be resilient.  If you make a mistake, shake it off and keep going. Mentally strong people do not let their mistakes stop them.  Take responsibility for your actions and move on.

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  1. Stop Resenting Those Who have Success

Holding onto resentment only punishes you. You are the person living with the negativity.  Quit allowing those nasty thoughts to take up precious space in your mind. You are a reflection of your own thoughts. Don’t let your mind be taken over with negativity.

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  1. Be Content with Who You Are

Do you have a negative attitude about yourself?  It usually means you want attention or recognition. Quit feeling sorry for yourself, get out of victim mode, and embrace yourself for who you are.  Mentally strong people don’t waste time thinking negatively about themselves, instead they are content with being who they are, just the way they are.

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  1. Learn to Say No.

Are you a yes or a no person? Are you the person who helps everyone, even when it hurts you? Learn to say no.  There are some people out there who will take advantage of your willingness to always help out, don’t be a victim to this.  I know it feels great to be wanted or needed. There is a difference between being taken advantage of and serving others.  Learn to say no to people who are taking advantage of you. Having mental strength means you don’t need validation from others; instead you take pleasure in serving others. This could be as simple as holding a door open for someone.

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  1. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Don’t wait until you are comfortable, that time may never come. Do it scared! Mentally strong people will step out of their comfort zone and go for it.  The more often you take on the “do it scared” challenge, the easier it will become.  The more you do, the quicker you will look back and wonder why you were scared to begin with.  Get some mental strength and “do it scared!”

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  1. Change Your Mindset

Mentally strong people do not dwell on their weaknesses; instead they use their strengths to their advantage.  Focus on what you are great at.  Let the positivity help drive you to keep going and rise to the challenges you face.  To have mental strength you must focus on the positive.

  1. Take Probiotics

Probiotics? What do they have to do with empowering yourself? Good Probiotics feed your gut and balancing your gut flora leads to a reduction in anxiety.  VitalBiome delivers 8 diverse probiotic strains that reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, reduce GI distress, and rebalance your gut microflora.  The way I see it, this is a win-win situation.

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  1. Learn How to Use Affirmations

Consider this, who has the biggest impact on your life?  You do!  How you spend your time directly impacts you.  Give yourself positive affirmations.  All your thoughts, words, and beliefs help shape who you are today. Mentally strong people use this to their advantage by giving themselves positive affirmations.  Build your mental strength by telling yourself how great you are!

  1. Fake Yourself Out

Think of confidence as a muscle; the more you use it, the stronger it will become.  Mentally strong people fake it until they make it. Trick your mind into believing you have confidence.  Stand up tall, walk with a strut; tell yourself how great you are.  Do what it takes to look confident with your body and your mind will follow.

  1. Celebrate

Mentally strong people take time to acknowledge their accomplishments.  Take time to celebrate what you have worked for and be grateful for your accomplishments.  Celebrating will help keep your momentum and positive energy flowing.  Staying in a positive mindset will encourage you to continue empowering yourself.

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Want more tips on how I’ve increased my self-confidence and have learned to love myself just the way I am? I’m making changes one step at a time and you can follow along by clicking here. I’d love to hear how you are learning to love yourself!

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

One of my favorite go to Instant Pot recipes is for a whole chicken. It comes out so juicy and flavorful and always makes for a complaint free dinner from my little guy.

First thing is the dirty work-wash and dry your chicken.

Next, season your chicken. We use garlic salt and Lawry’s seasoning salt as our main seasonings.  I think you can make it your own here by using your favorites.

Then, lightly spray the chicken with cooking oil.       

Using the saute function (wait until it says HOT), add a little oil to the pot and brown both sides of the chicken for 3-4 minutes each.

Remove your chicken from the pot, add 1 cup broth or water and scrape the browned bits off your pot.

Place chicken on trivet in your Instant Pot, breast side down.

Now for the easy part! Cook 6.3 minutes per pound and allow it to natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes.

That’s it! Super easy and so yummy!

Here’s a little tip, I use the 6 quart pot and use chickens slightly over 5 pounds, anything bigger and it doesn’t fit.

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Originally posted 2017-06-23 13:46:34.

How Sugar is Harming You and How to Beat it

How Sugar is Harming You and How to Beat it

Did you know sugar is addictive? According to some recent studies sugar releases opioids and dopamine which can lead to addictive behavior.  I urge you to do some quick google searches to see for yourself.

Hidden Sugar

To make matters worse, sugar is hidden in so many foods we don’t even realize how much we are taking in.  Nonfat foods are some of the worst when it comes to the amount of sugar. Don’t believe me? Head to your fridge right now and check out the labels on your nonfat yogurt.

Food manufactures are getting smarter and hiding the sugar from us because forms of sugar can have so many different names. You are eating it without even knowing it.

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Magnesium Deficiency and Sugar

Did you know a magnesium deficiency in your body can actually make you crave sugar???? To help you beat the cravings, eat foods that are high in the mineral magnesium.  Spinach, chard, and pumpkin seeds are three great source of magnesium. If those items just don’t cut it for you and you know they will never make it to your plate; try this supplement, Bio Cleanse. It contains 95% of the recommended daily value for magnesium.

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Choose Protein Over Sugar

Have you ever eaten a donut (or two or three) and still felt unsatisfied? You guessed it, sugar is the reason. It wreaks havoc on your metabolism and leaves you feeling unsatisfied.  Choose protein instead.  Here are a few of my favorite protein shake recipes. Protein helps you feel full longer, which can decrease the amount of calories you eat daily. Win-win!

Protein shake

Chromium

Another simple way to help you beat the sugar cravings is to eat foods high in the mineral chromium. I have just recently learned about this amazing mineral Chromium which helps regulate your blood sugar and cholesterol levels (Are you pre-diabetic? You need chromium).  By regulating your blood sugar levels you are regulating your insulin levels.  This all leads to a reduction in sugar cravings.

What germ, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, and bran cereal are all great sources of chromium; but I hope you love them. It takes 9 heads of broccoli to get the amount of chromium you need to make a difference in your blood sugar levels.  Not thrilled with the idea of eating that much broccoli? Try Slim instead; 1 pack of Slim has 167% of the recommended daily value of chromium.

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Candida Yeast

If you suffer from chronic stress, take birth control pills, take antibiotics, or have diabetes you are feeding the Candida yeast in your body. Did you know Candida yeast overgrowth causes you to crave sugar? Candida loves sugar! To help control your Candida yeast levels you need a great probiotic.  There are tons of probiotics out there;  ProBio5 targets yeast and bacteria overgrowth.  As your yeast levels begin to diminish you should have fewer sugar cravings.

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Now that you know how sugar is harming you and have some tips on how to beat it, who is ready to join me in a journey to becoming a better YOU? If this is you join me!

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Originally posted 2017-07-25 15:00:36.

Exercise, Body Image, and Self-Esteem. Just get started!

I’m like most females; I’ve spent many years suffering from low self-esteem, ashamed of the way I looked. I decided to do something about it and joined a gym. Below are some tips on how to get started on a better you!

Making time for the gym isn’t always easy, in fact, I’ve found getting there is the hardest part. Once I’m there and the workout begins I am so glad I went.  I’m fortunate enough to have an awesome gym with trainers running classes, watching us to correct our form, and “yelling” at us to keep us motivated and moving. I like to say I have a love/hate relationship with my trainers, but seriously though, they kick my tail.

Now, I know you all aren’t fortunate enough to have a gym like mine close by, so I’m going to give you eight basic getting started pointers for now that anyone can do and come back later with specific exercises you can do to help yourself.

My first tip is show up. Put your shoes on and go.  NO EXCUSES! If you don’t have a gym close by, get you one of those workout videos, because some movement is better than no movement.

Tip two is set yourself a timeframe and stick to it. If you quit your exercise early you are only cheating on yourself.  If you decide on 45 minutes but 15 you are tired, DON’T QUIT-KEEP GOING-PUSH THROUGH IT!

Third, aim to get in four or five workouts a week; the kind that get your heart rate going and your blood pumping.  Once or twice a week is a start, but that is not enough.

Fourth, don’t think of exercise as a punishment for what you have eaten, this will lead you to dread your workouts.

Tip five, treat yourself to some cute workout clothes.  We all like to look cute, right?

The sixth tip is to drink  water, water, water. Drink water! Water is your friend. Don’t forget your water.

Tip seven is to alternate muscle groups on your workout days. Focus on one muscle group each time you workout.

Finally, don’t deprive yourself of your favorite foods, this may cause you to binge eat. Allow yourself small occasional treats. You deserve it!

Remember you didn’t come this far, only to come this far.

How is getting active and starting an exercise routine going to help with your self-esteem?When you exercise your body releases endorphins and you get a feeling called a “runner’s high”, making you feel better about yourself and what you’ve just accomplished. This site http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1 has more information for you about the benefits of exercise.

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Originally posted 2017-04-09 01:40:16.

How to request a Plexus catalog

Requesting a Plexus Catalog

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Originally posted 2017-07-21 18:37:09.

Instant Pot or Magic Pot?

Have you ever heard of an Instant Pot? Until recently I hadn’t.  This device has improved our quality of life!

I love to eat, but honestly, I don’t enjoy cooking. I’ve always been one of those people who needs a recipe to follow.  Some people are blessed with the knack of being able to throw ingredients into a pot using a pinch of this and a pinch of that.  Not me, I need step by step directions.

Being able to prepare dinner for my family is something that I have lacked in. After working all day and fighting with kids about homework, who wants to come home and cook? I often found myself saying I’ll just pick something up or have something delivered. This is an area of my life where I have been able to make small changes, which has helped me make progress towards lifting my confidence as a mother and a wife.

I recently stumbled upon an amazing new kitchen appliance, the Instant Pot. This device has transformed my attitude when it comes to cooking.  With very little effort, fewer dishes, and in less time I able to prepare dinner for my family after a long day at work and an hour in the gym!  Instant Pot Building Confidence

In no way am I affiliated with this company, but I tell you the truth when I say it has changed my life!  Now, I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated by this device the first few times I used it.  Now, we have renamed it in our house and call it the “magic pot”.  You’re probably wondering how this has impacted my level of confidence, right? Now, I am cooking for family on an almost nightly basis, which in turn is saving us money, and the best part is, it is helping to save my waist line!

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Originally posted 2017-07-21 01:04:44.