Young Living For An Active Lifestyle

Young Living For An Active Lifestyle

 

Caring For Yourself

Trying to carve out time for our health can be a real struggle in the world we live in. You know that taking care of your body matters, it’s what keeps you going. But between work, family, chores, activities, and responsibilities, it takes a real commitment to make time to care for yourself as well.

In recent years we are seeing more and more cases of everyday products being detrimental to our health. As someone who knows the value of your health, how can you ensure that the products you’re using are helping you stay in that place of wellness you’ve dedicated so much time to?

How can you be confident in your products without spending hours either creating them yourself or researching every artificial ingredient in the world and how to avoid them? What you need is an effective, all-natural solution that’s convenient for you. You need Young Living for an active lifestyle.

 

Seed To Seal

 

What Is Young Living

Young Living is an Essential Oils company that has really become a natural lifestyle company. They use only 100% organic (and in most cases, better than organic) products. These products are made from plant based materials and use the natural properties of these plants to support the various systems of your body. They never use plants grown with pesticides and absolutely no artificial chemicals anywhere in the process. They call this standard of integrity “Seed to Seal.”

This is so important because even some products that are marketed as pure, natural, or organic can contain some toxic items within them. You can scan your products at home or on the store shelf to see how even the ‘organic’ brands measure up using the “Think Dirty” app for your smartphone. Then learn more about the better than organic standards at Young Living as well as the process they use and the purity of their products on the website www.SeedtoSeal.com

 

 

The Dangers In Commercial Products

At this point some of you may still be wondering “But what’s wrong with the products I’ve always used? Could they really be THAT bad for me?” To answer this I’d like to take a look at one of the most common products we use when we are out playing, exercising, or just going about our lives. Sunscreen. If you’re outdoors for long periods of time you probably use sunscreen to keep your skin healthy amidst all those rays. If you have children sunscreen is especially important to protect their delicate skin.

Most people don’t realize that sunscreen typically contains ingredients that act as “penetration agents” to help the product adhere to your skin. This unfortunately means that your body more readily absorbs the toxic chemicals contained in that product. According to the EWG (environmental working group) website “many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk, and urine samples”

What about the other products we use as we’re out and active? Bug spray can keep away mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, but they can also contain DEET and Permethrin. DEET can impair cellular function in parts of your brain and has been found to be a behavior modifying chemical. Permethrin is a neurotoxin, meaning it can kill brain cells. It is also damaging to the environment as it can harm cats, bees, and all forms of aquatic life. These are just some of the products you may be reaching for before you go out.

 

Cool Azul Pain Cream

 

There Is A Better Way

Now what if you could take all those toxic chemicals and replace them with something that is beneficial to your body instead. That’s exactly what Young Living has done. Their Mineral Sunscreen Lotion protects against UVA and UVB rays and is naturally derived from plant and mineral based ingredients.

Their Insect Repellent is clinically proven to repel mosquitoes and other tiny invaders using only 100% naturally derived, plant based ingredients. They also have Cool Azul Pain Cream which provides relief from muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Its an effective and natural alternative to medicated pain creams or “over the counter” sports gels, which use artificial ingredients and petroleum.

They carry a complete Active & Fit Kit which contains Cool Azul Sports Gel (made from organic plant based ingredients) and five essential oils that provide aromatic and topical support to help you do your best when you’re at the gym or after a long day of activity. These include Peppermint with it’s invigorating aroma that helps you wake up and get moving. R.C. to support your respiratory system and keep you breathing easy. Deep Relief with it’s soothing, cool sensation during or after a workout (or a long day). Thieves to help support your immune system and leave you with #noexcuses to not give today your all. As well as Copaiba which works with your body system to ensure they are all operating in harmony.

 

Active and Fit Kit

 

Make It Happen

You already dedicate time and energy towards your health everyday.  The next step is to start using products that support the level of wellness you’ve worked towards, instead of taxing your body and setting you back. The best way to get started on this journey is with a Starter Kit from Young Living. There are four starter kit options to choose from so you can pick the experience that will best support your journey of wellness.

The first is an Essential Oils Starter Kit, this comes with 11 of the best oils to get you going and your choice of diffuser. This kit is ideal for anyone who prefers to take their health 100% into their own hands. It gives you the ability to start benefiting from the therapeutic properties of the oils directly, simply by adding them to the diffuser or applying them topically. It’s also the best option if you intend to create your own products.

The second option is the NingXia Starter Kit, which focuses on nutritional support for your body through our powerful antioxidant drink.

The Thieves Kit is for those wanting to start their natural living at home. This kit contains everything you need to get started detoxifying your home and replacing toxic cleaners.

If you’d rather have an experience that’s tailored to you, the custom starter kit is just what you need. You can Create Your Own Starter Kit using the products we discussed here today that will help support your active lifestyle or any products you choose to help replace those toxins in your life with something better.

When you choose the starter kit that’s perfect for you, you also have the ability to set up Essential Rewards. This amazing program offers discounted shipping and access to free products every month and additional products when you keep it active for several consecutive months. When placing an order you are always getting a better deal when you have Essential Rewards activated. The best part is that you can turn off this program (and restart it) whenever you like.

To get started go to bit.ly/CoriSchultzEssentialOils and get ready to Thrive!

Start the Journey of Natural Living

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Cheers to the New Year!

Hooray! We made it through the hectic holiday season, filled with family, friends, and a full list of to do’s. January is quickly becoming my favorite time of year. It is commonly thought of as a time of planning and setting new goals, projects, and resolutions. For me, it has become a quiet time of relaxation. I generally find myself focusing all of my energy towards the next task and, with blinders on, I charge ahead. But running in with blinders isn’t always the best way to see where you’re going. I find it’s more beneficial for me to step back and review. That way it is easier to realize how much I have accomplished while getting to this point. Besides learning from my mistakes, it also sets a positive mood for the tasks ahead.

Blinders

 

Preparing for Change

This month, I’ve been doing exactly that as I prepare The Looking Glass Craft to move forward in a more focused direction. This is going to mean big changes, as I take steps to redirect efforts towards my new goal, to start the journey of natural living. I am excited today, to share some of the changes you will start to see around the site and what these changes will do for YOU. At the end of this post are some great resources for focusing on your goals as well as a new recipe I used to celebrate the New Year and reward myself for taking steps towards my resolutions.

Time to Reflect

A Look Ahead

This year The Looking Glass Craft is first taking a step back, in order to move forward. The core goal of this business is to ‘See Things Differently’. Guiding people with simple ideas, encouraging them to step away from the faceless factory production of today. Teaching and providing them with resources in order to live a more natural life. Helping people focus on the way things used to be made, with care and love.

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Start the Journey of Natural Living

I’m happy to announce that our goal this year is to dive into that journey, alongside you, our readers. We’ve all heard about the benefits of living a more natural life and the dangers of chemicals that are used in our everyday food and products. Yet faced with all of this information, how do we begin to make that change?

The reality is that all of us have limited time and limited finances, which many of the convenience products are trying to take advantage of. Living a natural lifestyle, free from these products and their harmful ingredients, is a large undertaking, but it does not have to be complicated. Change doesn’t happen immediately. It is a journey filled with small steps (and perhaps a few leaps) along the way. The important thing is to start somewhere.

Steps of Change

Assess Where You Are

This month, The Looking Glass Craft will be redesigned to help YOU on the journey of living a healthier, more natural lifestyle. We embark on this journey together, moving along month-by-month ,towards the life we wish to lead. Start by reviewing your previous efforts this month and give yourself credit for the accomplishments you have already made. Perhaps you’ve started cooking more often at home instead of relying on pre-made convenience foods? Maybe you’re eating more local produce this year than in the past. You may have begun using vinegar-based cleaners to replace some of those toxic household chemicals, or started a small garden to grow some of your own foods. Take pride in any of the improvements you have already made and give yourself credit! You have already begun. If you haven’t made any real changes yet, don’t worry. Making the decision to live a healthier life is the true start of the journey.

Get Started

Are you excited for a new year of growth and change? To help us embark on this journey together I am creating a free Get Started Guide to help you map out what that healthier, more natural future looks like to you. The Guide gives focus on simple actions you can take towards natural living and will be released next week. Sign up here to receive your free guide! We all plan, learn, and grow in different and unique ways, so I’ve assembled a list of resources to help you achieve your goals.

Meditate on what you have accomplished

Dream Big

Remember to take time to reflect! Give yourself a moment to slow down and Breathe. Meditate on what you have accomplished. If you’re the type of person who needs to visualize their goals, our Five Minutes of Mindfulness exercise Spring is just what you need. With five minutes of quiet, thoughtful time you can intentionally slow down and hone in on your dreams.

Plan Well

Do you have a more practical personality and need a tool to outline and plan your goals? Then check out these great resources from Brilliant Business Moms. Their Brilliant Life Planner is perfect for anyone trying to make their great big dreams a reality. Although their main focus is to help women in business, they have a wealth of information and systems that are perfectly geared towards any woman who wants to balance her goals in life with the practical realities of day-to-day living (no dreams of business required!) You can use this link to save $5 on your order of $45 or more from their site, or access a variety of printables, knowledge, and tools absolutely free!

Slow Down and Breathe

When setting my goals, I use a combination of these techniques. First I take time to clear my head and reflect. Then, with the help of these planning tools, I clearly map out the details for accomplishing my goals. Having a plan in place gets me inspired and motivated to jump right in! But I’ve found the most important part is to reward myself and enjoy my new resolution and the progress I’ve made so far. So without further ado, here is my exclusive recipe to help you say Cheers to the New Year and start the journey of natural living!

Spiced Eggnog Punch

The inspiration for this spicy seasonal punch came from a wonderful cookbook called The Irish Kitchen, that I received for Christmas. This book includes a festive recipe for Scaltin or Irish Milk Punch. The original recipe is made with Irish whiskey, milk and spices.I revised it to have a more seasonal flair.

Spiced Eggnog Punch
A festive drink with a burst of cinnamon and smooth eggnog flavor.

Start out with 1 cup Milk and 1 cup Eggnog in a small saucepan. Blending the milk and the eggnog together gives this punch a delicious holiday finesse that provides a perfect end of the ‘eggnog season’, yet it’s not as thick as eggnog and makes a smoother drink that is not as heavy on your stomach. This could be made with milk alone, and would still be delicious (in this case use 2 cups Milk). Mix in ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg and ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon. Heat the mixture slowly on the stove-top and whisk together to blend the spices. Don’t use a very high heat, or the milk will scald. Whisking the ingredients, as the mixture heats, will create the milk foam on top that makes this drink classy, without the use of any fancy equipment! When the mixture is heated (but not boiling) remove from heat and pour in ¼ cup of Fireball Whiskey.
Fireball’s intense cinnamon flavor gives this drink an extra kick, but is balanced out by the eggnog so it’s not overpowering. For a different type of kick you, could substitute a few shots of espresso or dark roasted coffee instead of the fireball and doubling the cinnamon for flavor. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little extra nutmeg on top! This simple-to-make recipe is an elegant delight and perfect for a festive get together with family and friends this winter.

Spiced Eggnog Punch
Serves 2
A festive holiday punch with a burst of cinnamon and smooth eggnog flavor.
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
247 calories
17 g
85 g
8 g
10 g
5 g
278 g
126 g
17 g
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2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
278g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247
Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 126mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 17g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
33%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Milk
  2. 1 cup Eggnog
  3. ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
  4. ⅛ teaspoon Cinnamon
  5. ¼ cup Fireball Whiskey
Instructions
  1. Mix Milk, Eggnog and Spices together in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat slowly over a low flame, whisking continuously.
  3. When mixture is hot, but not boiling, remove from heat and add Fireball Whiskey.
  4. Serve in individual mugs and sprinkle with nutmeg.
  5. Enjoy!
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Cooking with Virginia -Homemade Bread

Cooking with Virginia -Homemade Bread

My dear friend Virginia and I have started cooking together recently. Whether the meal is simple or complex, I treasure the experience, the knowledge, and the stories that are shared. Cooking is never as simple as it seems. Taking raw ingredients and transforming them into a meal is a powerful thing. Preparing food for someone is one of the first and most primal acts of caring for others. It is a deeply meaningful and nurturing act that is as powerful today as it was eons ago. Cooking with someone creates a meaningful experience that is more than just the food involved. It is a transfer of knowledge and skills passed down through the ages and refined through a lifetime.

At its heart, cooking is about taking a few simple ingredients and creating a meal. This is true magic, taking seemingly nothing and transforming it into that which sustains life. This week my friend Virginia and I made bread. While I have tried a few bread variations before, the technique and feel of this experience was more valuable than a thousand cookbooks. Virginia talked about the look and feel of the ingredients. While I will try and give measurements here, this is an experience that must be done with your hands, as what you are creating is so much more than just numbers and ingredients.

More than just Bread

Talking with Virginia, it’s easy to see how a recipe is more than just the food it creates. This technique for bread making came from her mother-in-law and was passed on to her as she joined this new family. In turn, it is something that she always made for her own family as she raised her children and grandchildren. Homemade bread was a staple at holiday dinners and the recipe made so much that everyone got to take home a loaf. Something as simple as a loaf of bread can hold such deep meaning and emotion when it is tied to family and time spent together. When you bake this bread, it is more than just bread you create. It is lasting memories and connections, carried down from generations ago to the generations yet to come.

Cooking with Virginia -Homemade Bread
Food is more than just ingredients.

Simple Yet Powerful

Start with about half of a stick of butter (¼ cup). Let the butter sit for awhile until it is room temperature. You want it to smoothly and evenly mix in with the other ingredients. Before you begin mixing ingredients you’ll want to activate or ‘proof’ the yeast.

Virginia tells me, “The most important thing to remember when baking bread is that yeast is alive. You have to nurture it in order for it to grow. Too hot or too cold can kill the yeast.”

To activate the yeast, Virginia pours one packet (or 2 ¼ teaspoons) of dry active yeast into a coffee mug. Sprinkle just a pinch of sugar over the yeast to feed it. Then, fill the coffee mug halfway with very warm water from the faucet and give it a quick stir. The water must be warm enough to activate the yeast, but not too hot, or the yeast may die. The feel of the water will tell you.

Virginia: “You must be able to touch the water, it can’t be scalding.”

Try and keep the mug warm as well. If the mug is too cold simply hold it in your hands a minute, creating a warm and nurturing environment for your yeast to grow. The yeast is ready when it ‘bubbles’ to the top of the mug.

Don’t Rush

Virginia reminds me, “Don’t rush it. Give it time to grow.”

When making this bread, don’t be overly concerned with timing or measurements. Feel it out and enjoy the process. While your yeast is activating, heat a medium pot of water on the stove. Don’t let it boil. Like before, this water shouldn’t be too hot to touch. Just pleasantly warm for the yeast to thrive. Once your yeast is activated and the water warmed, it’s time to start mixing your ingredients. Your butter should be room temperature by now. In a large stock pot, pour over the butter, most of a 5 lb. bag of Ceresota Flour. This flour is natural and unbleached, so it makes a delicious and nutrient filled homemade bread. I would estimate about 4 ½ lbs. at first, saving the remaining ½ lb. for dusting the table to knead.

Cooking with Virginia -Homemade Bread
You have never kneaded dough until you’ve tackled this monster!

Kneading the Dough

This is such a big recipe that it must be mixed in a stockpot, as I have yet to find a mixing bowl large enough! Sprinkle some sugar over the top to feed the yeast. About a tablespoon should do it. Also, add just a pinch of salt. When Virginia and I made this, I measured by cupping my hand and filling just the very center of my palm. This ends up being about a teaspoon. Then, pour in your yeast and add just enough of the warm water to form a dough. When the dough is combined, dump it out onto a floured table or counter top to knead. Let me tell you, you have never kneaded bread until you’ve tackled this 5 lb. monster.

Virginia was much better at kneading than me. Even after flouring my hands, I still ended up with dough sticking to me all over. The trick to kneading it is to lift a corner of dough up and over, onto itself, then press down and out, mixing the dough firmly into the center. Turn the dough one quarter turn each time so that your are always working with a new corner. As the dough is kneaded it will become stronger and more firm. This helps the dough to hold it’s shape as it rises. When the dough feels firm enough (after about 5 minutes of kneading) add a little oil to your stock pot and rub it along the bottom and sides to grease. Place your dough back into the stockpot and set it in a warm place to rise. Cover the dough with a clean towel and wrap it with another. This provides a warm, nurturing environment for your dough. Once the dough is all tucked in to rise, your can prepare your baking pans. This recipe makes about 5 loaves of bread, but you can use a pie pan for circular loves as well.

Cooking with Virginia -Homemade Bread
All tucked in!

Shaping the Loaves

Virginia: “I usually make bread for the holidays, then everyone can take home one of the extra loaves.”

Oil your pans well to prevent sticking, making sure to rub oil into the corners. Your dough is done rising once it has doubled in size (about an hour).

When ready, dump your risen dough onto a lightly floured table or counter top. Knead just a few times to push all of the air bubbles out. Then cut the dough into 5 even sections. For loaf pans, pull the two short ends over the top, just a little. Then pull up the long end closest to you. Use that end to roll the loaf up into a log. Place the shaped dough into a loaf pan and cut slits across the top. This allows the dough to stretch as it rises and vent as it bakes, as well as looking nice. Let the dough rise another half hour to forty five minutes. Don’t rush this part, or your bread will be rather dense, instead of light and fluffy. Once the dough has doubled in size, it is ready to bake. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Your bread should be golden brown on top and make a hollow sound when tapped.

Cooking with Virginia -Homemade Bread
Nothing is better than fresh homemade bread!

Look, Feel, and Sound

Virginia explains, “If the bread doesn’t sound hollow, there is too much moisture in there and it needs to bake longer”

Once your loaves are golden brown and sound hollow, turn them out onto a wire rack for cooking. Be sure to cover the loaves with a clean towel while they cool, to keep moisture in. Homemade bread is best eaten fresh, but to save a loaf for later, wait until it has cooled completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic and cover with aluminum foil to freeze. Loaves that have become a bit dry after a few days, taste excellent when sliced and lightly toasted!

Virginia:  “You know that you’ve done a good job if the bubbles within a slice of bread are evenly spaced. That means it was kneaded well!”

Making bread with Virginia has been a great experience and I can’t wait to practice this simple yet delicious bread recipe at home.

Homemade Stock

Homemade Stock

I hate letting food go to waste! To me nothing is worse. So I am constantly on the lookout for ways to re-purpose leftovers and make use of those extra bits of food that normally get tossed out. Learning to make my own homemade stock was exactly what I needed. Stock is flavored by scraps of veggies and meat that you would normally just throw away.

As it slowly simmers on the stove, flavor and nutrients are extracted from these bits into a delicious soup base. A soup made from homemade stock tastes amazing! Because it is flavored with nutrients from real food, not artificial flavors and ingredients, it is healthier too. You can make a stock from veggies only or you can add in bones, fat, drippings, or meat of your choice for added flavor. This Homemade Stock can be used in any recipes that call for stock or broth and will really add flavor to your dishes.

Dinner Out of Nothing

To me the most magical part of making stock is that you end up with a whole extra meal out of almost nothing. To get ready to make your stock, save the peels and ends of your vegetables as you cook throughout the week. Carrot and potato peels, onion skins, and celery stalks make the perfect base. I regularly have pepper cores, garlic peels, tomato tops, and zucchini ends in the mix as well. Store all of your scraps in a container in the freezer until you are ready to make your stock.

This is a perfect recipe to use if you prep meals for the week. You can use all the scraps from your food prep that day and have a nice soup ready for dinner. I usually wait until I have enough scraps to fill 3/4ths of my stock pot. When you have enough, place all of your veggie scraps in the stock pot.

If you are making a meat flavored stock, add in the bones, drippings, meat or fat that you will use as well. I usually make a chicken stock with the leftovers from a whole chicken. This is perfect if you like having rotisserie chickens for dinner. The leftover turkey bones and scraps from Thanksgiving make a wonderful stock! You can use beef bones instead, but don’t mix beef and chicken in the same batch.

Adding the Spices

Once your have your meat and veggie scraps in the pot, fill the pot with just enough water to cover everything. You may have to push the scraps down to see where you’re at, as some may float. Now you’re ready to add in the seasonings. For a full stock pot add in 1 teaspoon Tarragon, 2 teaspoons Oregano, 2 teaspoons Basil, 2 teaspoons Thyme, 1 tablespoon ground Black Pepper, 1 tablespoon Whole Peppercorns, 1 tablespoon Whole Allspice, 2 Bay Leaves, and 1 clove crushed Garlic. Bring the liquid up to boiling, then reduce to a simmer. Stir the stock occasionally as it simmers and do not let it cook at a full boil. If your stock cooks at a full boil instead of a simmer, it may develop a bitter taste.

For an all Veggie Stock simmer the ingredients for 4 – 5 hours, for Chicken or Turkey Stock, 5 – 7 and for Beef Stock, 6 – 8 hours. Remember to leave your stock uncovered the entire time it’s cooking, you want it to reduce. Test the stock as it nears the end of its cooking time, it is done when the liquid is flavorful, not watery but it should not be bitter. If it starts to taste a little bitter, take it off the heat.

When it is finished, your stock should have reduced by about half. Set up a strainer over a large pot or container big enough to hold the liquid. You may want to lay cheesecloth in the strainer to sift out some of the smaller pieces. Strain the liquid slowly into the new container. You can clean out the stock pot and repeat this process to filter out more pieces if you wish. The remaining bits of food can be thrown out once they are cooled. Use this delicious Homemade Stock for soups and recipes. Enjoy!

Homemade Stock

(Bones, Fat, Drippings, and/or Meat) Optional

Veggie Scraps

Water to Cover

1 teaspoon Tarragon

2 teaspoons Oregano

2 teaspoons Basil

2 teaspoons Thyme

1 tablespoon Black Pepper

1 tablespoon Whole Peppercorns

1 tablespoon Whole Allspice

2 Bay Leaves

1 Garlic clove, crushed

Combine all ingredients into a stock pot and simmer, uncovered, on low heat. All Vegetable Stock simmers 4 – 5 hours, Chicken or Turkey Stock 5 – 7 hours, and Beef Stock 6 – 8 hours. Strain the liquid into another large pot or container and use for soup or cooking.

Breathe

Breathe

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth”

-Sanskrit Proverb

The Need to Slow Down

Too often I find myself rushing through the day so quickly that I don’t even notice the little things passing me by. In an attempt to be more mindful in my life, one of the simplest exercises I’ve found is to focus on my breath. This helps me clear my mind and let go of stress, helping me be more energized and focused throughout the day. Walk through this simple exercise with me to feel the powerful effects that something as simple as mindful breathing can have on your day.

The Simple Act of Breathing

Slow down. Quiet your thoughts. Just breathe. Feel the air coming into your lungs and the cool, calming sensation it brings. Feel the sense of release as your exhale the warm air inside. With each new breath we are drawing in life. Refreshing and calming each part of you. The rush of thoughts and list of tasks for the day can all be let go for these few moments as you just breathe.

As you focus on your breath notice the changes throughout your body that this simple act of mindful breathing creates. Your heartbeat slows. Your nerves relax. Worries and stress from your day slowing start to sink away. The stress we build up throughout our day can slowly start to wear us down. The fast paced buzz in our system needs a few minutes of rest and quiet. Our heads clear from the cloud of thoughts that build up and we can see things more clearly.

Physically and mentally each new breath draws energy to your body. You are able to focus on the tasks at hand and break them down into manageable pieces. You feel refreshed and prepared for the rest of your day.

Taking Your Breath With You

Challenge yourself this week to take a few minutes every day to just breathe. You can set aside this time in the morning before you start your day or in the evening to unwind. Practice it when you are feeling overwhelmed and notice the difference this small exercise in mindfulness can make.