Staying Afloat

So what happens when everything feels like it is falling apart? Like the ground before you has disintegrated into water and an unseen current has swept you off your feet? I don’t know about you, but for the past few days, I feel like I’ve lost my foothold on life- as if my mind is swimming in the depths of a dark abyss.

How do you maintain a happy state of mind when you feel like you’re struggling just to stay afloat? This is something I’ve been asking myself. Staying happy is a choice, yet sometimes it doesn’t come all that easily. But, IT IS POSSIBLE to bring yourself back. It is possible to regain a more positive mindset. Below are things that I’ve found to be helpful during this time.

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• Rearrange what your life priorities are
Think hard about why you’re feeling the way you are. Is your job not sitting right with you anymore? Did something happen that triggered old emotions? I usually like to take this time to sit down and write out my priorities in life. For 5 minutes, write about what you’d like your dream life to be like in 5 years. Imagine there are no boundaries, no limitations (because there actually aren’t) and describe your perfect life in such vivid detail. Then reflect and figure out how to make that life happen. Because you deserve it.

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• Go to people that make you happy
The company you keep can either help ease your mind or exacerbate the chaos. If you need some alone time, take it, but be careful not to shut people out during this time. Reach out to those who won’t judge you, those who will just listen and hold your hand without saying anything. Sometimes, we just need the presence of another human next to us. And a good hug. People who do this are so, so important. (that awesomely awkward picture, tho? Because, internet.)

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• Make a small daily or weekly goal
Every day or every week create a small goal, something you enjoy and look forward to that can carry you over from one day to the next. Maybe it’s just laying in bed, or reading a book you’ve been meaning to read. Maybe there is a new Netflix film you’ve been wanting to watch. Or maybe you just want a dang cupcake. Whatever it is, having a small victory can help boost your spirits while taking life one day at a time.

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• Essential oils
Orange essential oil is great to brighten up the senses. In emergency cases, I even put some on right under my nose so I can smell it constantly. Make sure the oil is skin safe. I also like to keep amber and rose oil in my arsenal. Amber helps to ground you. And rose promotes universal and self-love.

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Color therapy
Surround yourself with bright, happy colors. Like essential oils, colors can greatly effect your mood. Change the background on your phone or computer to something so over-the-top it’s ridiculous. The brighter, the better.

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Crystals
Crystals give off a certain vibration that resonate with certain emotions. By choosing crystals like smoky quartz, black tourmaline, and tiger’s eye, you’ll feel more grounded and protected in your environment.

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Music
Pay particular attention to the lyrics of the music you’re listening to. Sad melodies or painful lyrics will only help to keep feeling blue. Like colors and crystals, music is made up of certain vibrations and frequencies that resonate on certain levels that can perpetuate low, unpleasant emotions. Instead, put on music that makes you want to dance and be happy! Hannah Montana is my go-to. The song “Life’s What You Make It” is my jam.

What I keep telling myself, and what I’m telling you, is: it’s going to get better. Just like the tides, emotions ebb and flow. It’s the natural course of things. Take a deep breath. You are not your emotions. Your soul runs deeper than that. We wouldn’t know what happiness is if we didn’t know what not being happy felt like, right?

Ride the wave of your emotions, and try your best not to get dragged down.  We’re all in this together. And you are NEVER alone. If you feel that way, please, please reach out. I am always here for you.

In the words of Hannah Montana, “life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock!”

-Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**

YouTube Fitness Review – Kat Musni

YouTube can be used for a lot of things. Aside from spending mindless hours watching random videos, you can also use it to get fit. As an introvert and a Cancerian, I like to stay home a lot. So, going to the gym for a regular workout isn’t really my thing. I’ve been using YouTube to work out for years and because of that, I have a few favorites. Today, I’d like to mention one, in particular, Kat Musni.

I came across Kat’s channel when I was looking to up my fitness level for my first ever Spartan race. Her workouts use dumbbells and every move is different, which is something I was looking for. Kat is a high energy, super positive person who is knowledgeable about her field. Her workouts always include a warm-up, a cool down, and great content. Mix in her motivating and insightful gab throughout the workout, you’ll feel great physically and mentally.

This past January, Kat posted her first 30-day fitness challenge called “The WarrioRAWR Challenge”. She gradually amps up the difficulty, but always offers modifications and encourages viewers to go at their own pace.

Side note: Kat is very open about her personal struggle with body image, sharing her progress every step of the way. She is a REAL PERSON and very approachable. I’ve had a few correspondences with her via Instagram and her personality is just as authentic and awesome as in her videos. I’m so thankful to have come across Kat Musni’s channel. It has changed my fitness entirely.

To view Kat’s channel, click here
To view the 30-day WarrioRAWR challenge, click here
To follow Kat on Instagram, click here

-Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**