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25 The Secret to Staying Gentle (When Life Gets Messy)

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The Secret to Staying Gentle (When Life Gets Messy)

The Secret to Staying Gentle (When Life Gets Messy)

We’re diving into gratitude today, and how a gratitude practice can allow you to stay gentle (even when life gets messy). In this episode we’ll dig into why gratitude works, what it is, what it isn’t, and how to do it.

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1 | The Research

Gratitude amplifies our enjoyment and appreciation of the good, which research has shown to not only improve mood, but to also improve overall life satisfaction.

When we intentionally recognize and think about all of the good things (and good people) in our life it actually makes our life better.

Intentionally recording gratitude moments naturally increases mindfulness as we become more intentionally aware of what is happening in our life as we experience it so that we can record our moments in journal.

Practicing this type of mindfulness has been shown across several studies to decrease symptoms of stress, physical pain, depression, and anxiety, and has actually been shown to increase brain volume and activity in the prefrontal cortex - a brain area that plays a critical role in effectively managing stress and negative emotions.

Also, it inevitably leads us to appreciate all the good things that happen throughout our day more,

2 | What It Is 

Practicing gratitude simply means that you bring awareness to the extraordinary in the ordinary.

3 | What It’s Not

Adopting a gratitude practice doesn’t mean that you can’t feel painful or negative emotions. Or that you never have a bad day. Or that you never complain. 

Gratitude is a both/and practice. I have feel bad or sad and still feel gratitude.

Gratitude is not about guilt. If you find yourself thinking “I should be grateful,” honor those feelings. Talk to someone. Reach out for help. 

4 | Get Specific  

If you’re just starting or you’re a long-time gratitude practitioner see if you can get specific.

For example, if you’re grateful for your family, see if you can find specific instances throughout your day or week that you’re grateful for when it comes to your family.

Once you train your brain to look for the specific, you’ll be amazing at the number of little pockets of gratitude you can find.

5 | Write it Down

Writing a gratitude list or recording instances in a moment journal can help you capture your gratitude practice each day. 

6 | Give it Away

Share your gratitude! Expressing gratitude with others not only builds them up, but fills your cup as well.



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017: What I Wish I’d Known When Starting a Wellness Journey

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What I Wish I’d Known When Starting a Wellness Journey

What I Wish I Had Known When Starting My Wellness Journey

In this episode we’re diving into the 5 things I wish I’d know when starting my wellness journey.

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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE

1. Gentle Over Perfect

It’s hard to be gentle when you have big goals.

But perfection is an impossible target, and holding yourself to such a standard is a quick way to burnout.

Plus, it’s just really difficult to maintain in the long run.

Instead try to be gentle in the process. 

2. Know and Honor What Works for You

Know yourself, your life context, and what works for you. Then honor it. 

3. Not For Skinny, Just For Me

External outcomes are fine, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, get toned, eat healthier, or meditate more.

Try to keep in mind why you’re doing this, and then see if you can bring the focus inward.

4. There is More Than One Right Way to Do This

Even though there are a million prescriptive diets and wellness plans in the world, there is more than one right way to wellness.

Trust yourself in finding what works for you.

Not doing things according to a perfect plan does not mean you’re failing.

5. Step Back From Pushing Through and Lean into Support, Belief + Slow

If you find yourself pushing through, checking boxes, and missing the joy see if you can take a step back.

Is there a way to make some changes so that you’re working from a place of support, belief, and slowness?



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010: How to Create a Wellness Routine (You Can Actually Stick To)

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How to Create a Wellness Routine (You Can Actually Stick To)

Feel Good Effect Podcast Episode 010: How to Create a Wellness Routine (You Can Actually Stick To)

We're taking a deep dive into getting started with a wellness routine that you’ll actually be able to stick to in real life in today’s episode of the Feel Good Effect podcast.

By the end of the show you’ll have an actionable plan to get started with your own routine today!

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    Show Notes

    Part One: Set for Success

    1 | It’s Not Self-Care, It’s Self-Compassion

    2 | The Wellness Trifecta 

    3 | Rethink Success 

    Part Two: Food & Movement

    4 | A Fresh Start

    5 | Nourish in the Middle

    6 | Finishing Strong

    7 | The Right Amount of Movement for You

    Part Three: State, Track, and Ground in Self-Compassion

    8| Gentle Goal, Contingency goal, Kindness Statement

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