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  • Being Friends With Yourself: Why Speaking Positively Brings Freedom

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | October 20, 2014

    mirror-reflectionDo you shower your friends with compliments, praise and approval? You probably do, because you know that it makes them feel proud, valued and respected. You see and understand the benefit of speaking positively to your friends when you see the happiness it brings them. It feels good to bring this joy to others, right? So, why is it so hard to speak to yourself this way? Being friends with yourself brings many positive benefits, both to yourself and to others.

    For many of us, negative self-talk is a way of life.

    Without realizing it, many of us willingly put ourselves in a self-made prison. It’s bad enough that we feel negatively about ourselves, but what’s worse is that we keep these negative beliefs going as we continually share these negative thoughts with our co-workers, friends, spouses, and even our children.  Read more

  • How to Succeed at Weight Loss: 6 Types of Dysfunctional Eating Styles

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | October 6, 2014

    healthy-eatingIf you think dysfunctional relationships only involve people, I have news for you. You may have a dysfunctional relationship with food, which is keeping you from being able to succeed at weight loss in a way that lasts.

    The FIRST step to freeing yourself from a lifetime of dieting and beginning to experience lasting weight loss is to understand how healthy your relationship with food really is. Take a look at the following six types of eating styles and see if you identify with any of them. I’ve included easy and practical solutions for each to help end these dysfunctional eating styles and put you in “right relationship” with food, so that you can achieve the body and health you want... once and for all!

    1. The Serial Dieter: For you, dieting is a lifestyle! You can’t imagine a life without watching your portions, counting calories and being consumed with your food choices. For so long, you’ve looked at food as the enemy. It can’t be trusted, it wreaks havoc on your body and your mind, it’s exhausting,  frustrating and you go from diet to diet hoping to find the magic solution.

    The Serial Solution: A great place for you to start is to get in touch with your hunger. Are you eating because you need to or because you want to? Think of this as Hunger vs. Appetite.  Read more

  • Accomplishing More: 7 Truths for Increased High Energy

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | September 29, 2014

    fall-runIf you had more energy, you could…

    If you had more energy, you would…

    The truth is, with increased high energy you could and probably would do so many more things. It just seems to make sense that you would get more accomplished, have more “pep in your step,” and do things in a bigger, bolder and better way, right?

    So, what’s the secret for increased high energy in your life?

    While you can’t control everything, I believe the secret to accomplishing more is in the following seven truths for increased high energy. They can make all the difference in your energy level and, when practiced, can set you on the path to accomplishing more than you ever thought possible!

    Here are the things that most impact your life on a daily basis:

    1. People
    2. Food
    3. Exercise
    4. Sleep
    5. Emotions
    6. Clutter
    7. Change

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  • Two Life Changing Words: How "Yes" and "No" are Misused

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | September 22, 2014

    yes-no diceThe words “yes” and “no” are extremely powerful words that carry strong feelings and emotions. These can even be life changing words. But these words are also the most misused words in our language today. Because of this, you may have what I call “yes and no confusion.” Here’s how to tell if you do and how to avoid misusing “yes” and “no.”

    Starting and ending with the word “Yes”

    Consider all of the times you’ve said yes to an extra task, project, activity, commitment or responsibility. Maybe you said yes when you were asked to stay late at work, help a friend complete a project, or take on a task you could have handed over to someone else.

    Of course your intentions were honorable, but if you have ever said yes when you were already overscheduled, overextended and overwhelmed with what was on your plate, then you have misused the word.

    You probably say yes for many reasons. Maybe you say it because:

    • You want  to feel part of the group or team
    • You want to feel you are contributing, helping, giving
    • You want to feel needed, necessary, valuable
    • You believe it’s the right thing to do
    • You believe it’s the only solution
    • You think it’s being nice

    Now, here’s something to think about. When you’re already overscheduled and overwhelmed, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve neglected your own self-care. With extra responsibilities, there’s no longer any time for your workout, planning a healthy meal, getting a haircut, that long overdue manicure, or that extra hour of sleep. Taking care of yourself gets pushed even further down on your list of priorities.  Read more

  • Stress Series: How Stress Affects Mood and How a Natural Approach Can Help

    by Paula Gallagher | September 17, 2014

    stress-moodIn the last of our series on stress, we will be looking at how stress affects mood and how it can contribute to mood swings. A mood swing is an extreme or rapid change in mood or personality.

    Mood swings can last a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days. If mood swings are happening frequently, are disruptive, or lasting for longer periods of time, it might be helpful to seek support in getting to the root cause.

    What are Common Causes of Mood Swings?

    Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health and memory function.

    Hormone and Neurotransmitter Imbalances
    Hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances are often at the root cause of mood swings. Your brain and body chemistry affects the way you think and the way you react, and can make you both more emotional and more prone to rapid negative emotions. Low levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, GABA, and norepinephrine can lead to anxiety and mood changes. Hormone imbalances (thyroid and sex hormones) can also play a major role in mood swings.  Read more

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