Change

Aug
08
2018

The word centered, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary , is defined as emotionally stable and secure.

In today’s world one might concur that feeling centered, even if just for 15 minutes a day, may take a miracle. Miracles can happen! However, I am here to say that I learned to master the strategy to becoming centered by accident.

Suffice to say, this is NOT about learning to meditate. Albeit, I am an avid meditator and it has changed my life immensely over the years, however, meditation at one time, I believed, was a time waster. I literally had no time to learn how to quiet my mind to meditate. In fact , I thrived on the monkey chatter in my brain, believing the chatter was the gasoline to my adrenaline lived life, in hindsight it was also the stressor.

Many years ago I was hit with a triple whammy all in a matter of months, my Dad passed, a job I loved laid me off and the man I thought I was going to marry turned out to be mister wrong. All this change at once not only created extreme stress, I truly felt out of balance and lost. I tried to meditate but I simply could not get comfortable in my discomfort and I knew I had to find a path that had me excited and relieved at the same time.

Long story short, I stumbled upon a strategy that not only changed my life tremendously, I was manifesting my desires at a rapid pace by practicing the art of visualization. Through visualization we catch a glimpse of “what is” or  our preferred future. Anyone can do this and becoming centered is doable when you decide it to be. In other words, you must see it to believe it before it becomes a goal. And once you do your purpose begins to  align to your wants, desires and outcomes. This is the best moment to place your order to the Universe.

Think about your favorite athlete; perhaps a top tennis champion, Olympic gold down hill skier or soccer player, most champions started with a dream, however to narrow it down and get super focused entailed visualizing where he or she will land. The landing spot to where you want to be is paramount to the visualization process.

The question you may be asking  is, I don’t know where I want to land or what that looks or feels like? And that is perfectly ok, in fact, that is the exciting journey to becoming centered. Simply put, just think of your most happiest place, where your mind, body and soul feel at peace and immersed with heightened senses to your enjoyable surrounding. Once you become settled in to your dreamscape and begin to relax and release your thoughts. What happens is by opening your imagination, mental images that your intuition and third eye have held deep within begin to surface. Hence, the centered feeling within takes hold, this is also termed as outcome visualization.

A second example of  visualization is known as process visualization where imagining each step as if it already happened. I practiced process visualization when I decided to sell my home in California. I began to visualize the sold sign on my front lawn. I also wrote down a number of the amount I required to receive from the sale of the house and kept it on my night stand where I could see it every morning as I woke and every evening when I went to bed. I journaled every night that the person buying my home was a cash buyer and was receiving a very happy home filled with love. All my inspired actions, from sage-ing the house to decorating it as a welcome zen space for the new buyer instilled a quick cash offer in 30 days.

The combination of outcome visualization with process visualization is powerful and anyone can do it. Visualization is scientifically based that athletes who trained with visualization succeeded as winners versus athletes whose performance was based on  physical training alone. Therefore real world events with visualization has a profound effect upon the subconscious mind. The brain cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality.

Your thoughts and imagination are powerful. The more often you SEE yourself in your preferred future, with a strong feeling and belief behind it, the greater chance for your dream or desire to happen.

When you see your self as calm, relaxed and in tune, the greater you will feel as centered and stable.

 

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Jackie Ruka is America’s Happyologist and Leadership Strategist; learn more about her book and services at www.jackieruka.com. Download the free quick guide 5 Mindshifts to Massive Success. Get on Jackie’s calendar with a Clarity Game Change Session today!  

Mar
03
2018

In some circles, discussions about work life balance have shifted to talking about work life integration. Whatever you call it, many people are searching for a way to juggle their personal and professional roles.

More than half of all employees and entrepreneurs say that job demands sometimes interfere with their personal responsibilities, according to a study by the American Psychological Association. Try these suggestions to help you meet your daily challenges.

Guiding Principles

1. Make your own decisions. Everyone’s definition of success looks different. Focus on what makes you happy and productive. Consider whether you and others may be projecting your own assumptions when you comment on someone else’s lifestyle.

2. Consider your boundaries. Some professionals find it disruptive to take business calls after office hours. Others feel stressed if they’re out of touch for any long interval. If possible, negotiate an arrangement with your employer that is comfortable for both of you.

3. Think long term. There are always trade-offs. Assess whether frequent overtime or spending more hours with your family will make you happier when you look back on what you did with your life.

4. Update your plans. Your answers may change as you go through life. Check in frequently to stay on track. You may be eager to gain new experiences when you first graduate from school. As you approach retirement, you may want to volunteer more in your community.

5. Give yourself credit. It’s common to feel guilty about working too little or too much. Focus on doing the best you can. Guilt is a wasted feeling. Think and be proactive not reactive.

6. Remain flexible. Financial constraints and other factors may influence your decisions. Work with whatever circumstances you face while you try to improve them.

Time Management

1. Be realistic. Establish your top priorities and stick to them. If you’re struggling with your to do list each day, you probably need to cut back on the less important tasks.

2. Get organized. You can accomplish more when you have solid systems in place. Look for ways to run your errands more efficiently and keep your surroundings free of clutter.

3. Limit distractions. Maybe you lose track of time watching TV or talking on the phone. Reclaim those wasted hours.

4. Schedule downtime. Your mind and body need adequate rest. Take a warm bath or meditate daily.

Additional Suggestions

1. Recognize individual differences. Some people are content viewing their job as just a paycheck, and others blend their paid work with the rest of their life. Any combination is okay as long as you find fulfillment.

2. Ask for support. Help from family and friends or paid services can help you to focus on your strongest areas. Ask your children to take on more chores or consider hiring a house cleaner. Use the extra free time to pursue a promotion or start a vegetable garden.

3. Reach out to others. Look for ways you can provide the same kind of assistance to those around you. Team up with a coworker so you can cover each other’s work on sick days or vacations rather than creating a backlog for when you return.

4. Take care of yourself. Keeping yourself fit enables you to contribute at home and at the office. Eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, manage stress, and stick to a regular sleep schedule.

5. Be yourself at work. As much as possible, reveal your authentic self at work. It will liberate others to do the same. You’ll also be more likely to form true friendships with your colleagues, which will make your days more pleasant.

It’s a big job to coordinate all the facets of your life. Think about your definition of success and what it means for how you align your personal and professional responsibilities.

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Sep
09
2017

Almost everyone everywhere wants to be happier and guess what? We have the power to do it! 

Whether you’re feeling down and are looking for a pick-me-up, or you simply want to be a happier person, changing your mood isn’t hard at all. Every day we experience at least one thing in our daily lives that can instantly lift us up and improve our happiness.

We’ve heard forever that money can’t buy happiness and it’s true.

If you don’t believe me then check out these seven small changes that will help your boost happiness in everyday life.

#1 Change Your Attitude

I’m sure you have heard on occasions that being negative only attracts more negativity which in turn brings down your mood.

Scientists have studied positive thinking and it simply attracts more of that happy bug to you. Try taking a look at the good things in everyday life and fully experience and focus on those. Or better yet, try to turn a negative into a positive.  (Source)

#2 Smile

Who doesn’t feel good when smiling? And I mean a real smile not a fake one! Smiling to make us happier is not a new thing. It was discovered by Charles Darwin in 1872 who found that facial expressions actively influence our mood.

Numerous studies have confirmed that when smiling, hormones called endorphins is are released into our bloodstream which tell the brain that we are happy. Something as simple as smiling becomes contagious and can certainly help us feel more joy throughout the day. (Source)

#3 Listen to Music

We all know how powerful music can be – music really does make us happy.
Have you ever noticed when you’re out and about, you tend to hear music a lot, whether you’re at the grocery store, shopping mall or the hair and beauty salons?

That’s because as a shopper listening to music, it lifts your mood – in turn, helping you spend more.

A study at the University of Missouri has confirmed that listening to music can make you happier.

So next time you feel a little down, crank up the volume and listen to that tune. (Source)

#4 Call a Friend

In all honesty, how many times have our friends brought joy in our lives?

Your best pal is your BFF for a reason, they make us burst into laughter. Chatting with your bestie can help to lower your stress levels resulting in an uplifted mood.

But it doesn’t have to be just your BFF, casual friends and relatives also help raising the level of happiness.  Studies have shown that one person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction.  (Source)

#5 Practice Gratitude

Did you know that counting your blessing each day actually boosts your mood and makes you a happier person!?

It’s been scientifically proven that gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions. Appreciating what you have actually leads a better, happier lifestyle, as gratitude has been associated with greater happiness. So why not wake up and spend a few minutes each day reminding yourself of all the things you are thankful for and start appreciating them now.

Remember, you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to express your gratitude, start giving thanks today and watch your happiness grow.   (Source)

#6 Sleep

We all know what a good night’s sleep can do for us, but what a lot of people don’t know is how much it can increase our happiness.

A study from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School showed that sleep and mood are associated with one another. This means that a lack of sleep can cause stress and irritability, whereas a healthy night’s sleep can enhance your mood.

So go and get a good night’s rest and regulate your mood to happiness. (Source)

#7 Get Some Fresh Air

People tend to forget about this one, but it’s true, getting some fresh air can lift your spirits.

Sunlight and fresh air help you get your daily dosage of vitamin D which is needed to regulate your mood.

The Harvard Health Letter mentions that by venturing outside you can reap physical and mental health benefits. A breath of fresh air really is one of nature’s greatest medicines.  (Source)

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions, but with a few small changes you can choose a better mood, with practice.

Become a happier soul, and take each opportunity and every moment of the day to boost your happiness.

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America’s Happyologist, Jackie Ruka, is a transformational leadership coach for professionals who crave freedom and are ready to discover living life on their terms.  Her mission is to provide a conscious community of inspiration and cooperation where all flourish based on what makes your soul happy. Her mindshifts and techniques are shared in her best selling book “Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life” ! You can learn more about Jackie and what she has to offer by visiting her Facebook page, Twitter or engage in complimentary 15 min. introduction here.

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Jan
01
2017

If there is one thing we can’t get back, it’s time! Which is why the best time to make a positive change toward designing a life plan is now.  

As business leader Jim Rohn states,” If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” 

Answer the following questions and you will experience the mind shift that encourages the embodiment of change matched with true meaning, which creates your life plan. 

What is your ideal life? Then ask yourself why? When you know your why you are in touch with your core values and this is what places action behind your desires. 

How do you want to spend your days? 

How much money do you want to make a month? 

What makes you come alive? 

What do people often ask of you? 

What is your zone of genius? 

Recognize that life does not happen to us, it happens for us. Therefore, it is an opportunity to make clear and decisive choices. You may not believe this to be true, however; I am here to prove to you how you make an impact in this world in the most profound yet natural manner of just being you. How? It’s called the power lead. The power lead is a positive opening that you often hear as an introduction to a speech, TV show, news heading. You get the idea.  

The more positive your power lead, the more ability you have to determine the outcome you intend. In today’s world, the negative surrounds us. So, a positive power lead is the reverse of what you might expect. Such as: With all this rain I find it so cleansing and refreshing don’t you? Or there is no other way to go, but up! 

When you think and lead in the positive, you are actually locking in a positive outcome.  

 
A client, Tracy, recently shared with me how she failed the mortgage exam twice and only had one more chance left to pass. She was so upset that she was laid off from her corporate job and looking for a new one the past six months and decided to switch gears, at age 60 and go into the mortgage industry. 

Her life plan was to no longer work in an office and have the freedom to work from home and stay in her dream location with the love of her life. We focused on locking in her positive outcome and put a date to her outcome. The process reversed her “stinkin thinkin” and she was able to pass the mortgage exam and celebrate her new life plan.  

 
As the CEO of your destiny, you have the power to create your life plan and determine your Technicolor vision. The cream will rise to the top with your power lead, in every area of your life, when you practice it and place action and discipline to your desired outcome.  

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Jackie Ruka, Certified Action Success Coach and America’s Happyologist™, teaches professionals how to get unstuck and express their greatness to the world through conscious systems and mindshifts to live a happier life. Learn more about creating an Exceptional Life with your Signature Program here and connect with Jackie onlineFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram 

Dec
12
2016

YOU’RE OFFICIALLY INVITED TO THE CONSCIOUS PARTY!

Who doesn’t like a party, right? This is no ordinary party though — no costumes, masks, or facades allowed. Just you, showing up in all your glory! It’s been said that 90 percent of succeeding is showing up! We are all experiencing a transformational awakening together. What is so cool about this is that it gives us all a second chance to be who we really want to be, do what we truly desire, and live with our hearts and minds open. Have you heard of the term, tabula rasa? The Latin term means “blank slate” and according to Webster’s Dictionary, it is defined as “something existing in its original pristine state.” The mind is in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions. By re-training the brain, I believe that we have the power for this to occur at any time. By abiding by our true nature, our minds become clear, and our brilliance unfolds as we rediscover the intelligence of our essence. It is a type of rebirth where you get to start again with this clear mind. It may be hard to grasp what a clear mind actually feels like without taking a long, relaxing vacation away from personal issues and the complexities of today’s world. You want to find clarity — but what will it take for you to grasp what a clear mind feels like?

Conscious Happiness

Remember Cindy Lou Who from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?” by Dr. Seuss. She was the bright-eyed, little girl and the hero of the story. A timid child, she displayed the most profound courage of anyone (including adults) in the city of Whoville. She represented and reclaimed what she and all the Whos of Whoville most loved, the happiest feeling known to its inhabitants: the feeling of Christmas.

Cindy faced up to the meanest, greediest, most self-absorbed creature — the Grinch — who was slowly stealing and hiding the happiness of each inhabitant until there was no happiness left. The Grinch believed that stealing every trinket, toy and piece of tinsel that symbolized happiness would leave an emptiness that the Grinch was all too familiar with: misery. As the snow began falling in Whoville, all the Whos gathered and sang joyous songs despite not having any symbols of their happiness. Cindy Lou represented the conscious happiness of the story, and the Grinch represented the false belief of perceived happiness. When the symbols were eliminated, the Grinch believed his response would be satisfaction. However, the true response was emptiness, a projection of the Grinch’s deep insecurity. The conscious happiness, however, is what prevailed. You see, what you might believe represents your happiness is a misperception or illusion. When you elevate your consciousness, you begin to see what truly is fulfilling to you. You can still create your own happiness, but it lies beyond your familiar perceived mindset.

In recent history, society has sought instant gratification. This collective consciousness has instilled what we believe is happiness but that is really a false sense of entitlement along with a mistaken sense of happiness. In reality, we all have the capacity to live happily when we follow our individual truth and don’t look for instant results. Each of us was born with a “barometer of happiness.” It’s our task to regulate this internal barometer so we can feel 100 percent happy more often than not. It will take a new belief system and conscious intention. We are all here to learn unconditional love where happiness is not only a lifestyle — it’s a conscious party!

(excerpt from Chapter One of: Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life!, by author Jackie Ruka)

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Jackie Ruka, “America’s Happyologist,” is a Well-Being expert who skyrockets CEO’s, Leaders, and Women in Business, on how to consciously live stress-free by creating positive mindful systems to launch a life and business you love. To learn more about Jackie visit her online; Facebook, Twitter or grab a copy of her best-selling book Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life!

Apr
04
2016

Follow your Joy

 

 

                        “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you

– Joel Olsteen

Happy Spring! This is my favorite time of year, the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and nature around us is singing with the new season. Woohoo!

Change, however, does not always feel good especially when life feels as if it is happening to us versus creating our destiny. We all experience both positive and negative incidences in our life and often the response is to react, this is human nature. As things don’t always come together as we plan, and this creates frustration and even, stress. So how can you take your lemons and turn them into lemonade?  Try these 4 mind shifts and tips, to learn to take on the CEO position of your destiny.

Mindshift One: One incident or change in your life does not define you, in fact, it shapes you toward an exciting new destiny, you  just don’t see it yet. Usually, the missing piece is what brings things all together. It may not make sense right now, however, what is in your future is greater than what’s in your past. Tip: Keep moving forward!

Mindshift Two: Strain means blame. By placing blame you create strain in your mind and your body which leads to negative energy in your life. Tip: Stop the blame game and think of solutions more and problems less.

Mindshift Three: Remember that a temporary setback to a temporary situation leads to a temporary feeling. Hit the pause button, breathe, relax and know all will be well. Stay in pause and take care of you first, this may mean go for a walk, declutter your mind and allow fresh new and positive thoughts to enter in. Tip: Say WELCOME! Welcome in originality to your life.
Mindshift Four: What might be the answer is just around the corner in the shadows of fear or denial. Raise your vibration as the depths of your past is the height and brightness of your future. Tip: Place radical intention and attention on your desires, not your fears.

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Jackie Ruka skyrockets busy professionals from breakdowns to breakthroughs, knowing the best opportunities are the ones we create consciously. As “America’s Happyologist” her mission is assisting clients to reach the vibrant life and business one has dreamed of. Jackie is an award-winning marketing professional, trained Art Psychotherapist, Well-Being expert, and Founder of Get Happy Zone.com. Grab her best-selling book, Get Happy and Create a Kick- Butt Life! She leads courses and lectures nationally to teach you how to live a happier life by design. Want a happier life? Reach into the happiness kit for positive tools to design your journey forward today!

Feb
02
2016

In this New Year, 2016 represents the year of action and abundance. Do you see that happening for you yet?

I was watching an interview the other day with Dr. Daniel Amen the brain doc, about how a happy brain leads to longevity. He said something that really hit home for me in his interview: “There is one thing that leads to a person living 15 percent longer than others and that is purposefulness.”

What ever gets you jumping out of bed in the morning and gives you that deep sense of purpose and meaning, actually enhances your longevity, wow! How simple, yet at times complex in a life of distraction and “busyness”.

So, what is your purpose? What is the renewed sense of meaning you have this year? Do you have a book, project or business idea that excites and stimulates you to the point that the idea of doing the same old same old, just isn’t cutting it anymore?

I realize the idea of making change can be scary. However, usually when a window closes a door opens. Making “space” in your life is essential for attracting the new to come in where the old once was. Make sense?

Let me clarify in real terms to everyday life.

Let’s take a client of mine. She has a Santa Barbara-based tutoring company with several tutors who work for her. Life was very busy between calls from parents, bookings and schedule changes and finding the right tutor for the right child.

In addition, she was juggling her own children and life as a single mom. She was dating a new guy and also writing articles for the local paper to educate parents about the importance of a good tutor and to maintain her expertise in the community.

On the outside things looked like they were flowing harmoniously. But deep down, she knew it was time to make a change in her business life as it was affecting her personal life and the juggling act was overwhelming.

Feeling scattered, unfocused and depleted was tough on her and affected the quality time she planned with her kids. She needed to make a change and fast!

Well, she had an idea, which involved making more change in addition to the current changes happening in her life. Except the outcome of this idea would give her more free time and freedom in her business and her personal life. Hmmm, it was the how, maybe this was too crazy of an idea?

” Ideas are easy, implementation is hard. ” – Guy Kawasaki

She hired me to brainstorm with her this new idea and by partnering, we got right to work on a one-page business plan, strategy and then wrapped it in a new brand, logo and tag line to capture the attention of her new online idea. She was thrilled with how happy everything came out but more important, she added more life to her life.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with Jackie,” she said. “We only spent two hours talking; she helped my business tremendously. Two hours moved my business forward probably two years.”

It is the word “possible” that makes the impossible kinda fun!        

 

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Jackie Ruka founded Get Happy Zone Inc., a personal development and life style company. Jackie skyrockets the overworked professional from breakdowns to breakthroughs.  As “America’s Happyologist” her mission is assisting her client’s overcome life transitions and blaze the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life and business they dream of. Learn about the Happiness Warrior Way Profit from Your Passion Program  by  scheduling a FREE 2016 Profit from Your Passion Planning Session today. Book NOW.

 

Mar
03
2015

www.gethappyzone.comThe 21st century brings to date a time of expansion, albeit, it may feel like confusion and somewhat unsettling. Change can leave you or people you know, feeling alone and scattered. The good news is everything happens in an order of divine timing. The re-calibration taking place in the world represents a time of change for all of us. Change can be good but also scary, especially if it was brought upon you, hence stress occurs. A powerful way to break an old cycle or stress is by making a change as this can transform your life for the better. But, the most powerful and biggest secret to being proactive and transform your life is through the use of your imagination. (STEP 1)

Step 2 – Your attitude about change may need to be adjusted so try to be open to making change, this is an opportunity of personal growth and expansion of self to go beyond your limits, take courageous steps and dare to dream! Smart people like yourself have choices by being proactive versus reactive. What are you doing that is proactively occurring to get you in alignment and closer to your desires as opposed to your fears?

STEP 3 – Following a path with heart resembles freedom and authenticity. While following a path of head or ego depicts what you”should” be doing. Eventually leading to resentment or even a personal rut. As we enter Spring , the time of renewal, why not activate the use of your imagination? Imagining or daydreaming offers you the power to tap into your authentic power and successfully blossom while reinventing self on a path of heart. When you utilize proactive nudges, intentional exercises and support mantras, you will gain the confidence toward choosing happiness and begin to crystallize your strengths simultaneously. As you know your thoughts are a leading source of your reality. Perhaps you have tried various methods to manifest your goals but have experienced familiar blocks of resistance. In most cases, you deferred to default mode and a familiar cycle was calling you back, hence leading you to the same or similar spot as before.

As a master with experiencing reinvention of self, more times than I care to explain, I have discovered that it is usually the blocks that are pushing you toward elevating to a higher self and level of consciousness. It’s a practice to reprogram stale thought patterns that no longer serve you, ( STEP 4)yet that is just the beginning. However, when you zone in on new and simple techniques the expansion of your mind is encouraged and bursting with endless possibilities.

To become clear in a time of confusion , chaos or crisis, you must breathe and become zentered. You cannot imagine or manifest when you are operating in fear. Remember, whatever you are experiencing, is temporary. What lies ahead, has already occurred, it’s just waiting to be tapped into by the process of your imagination. You have the power to transform your day, hour, week and year through thoughts, imagination, creation and action. This four step process can propel you in more ways than you realize, it just takes a cup of courage , in knowing that it is your time to SHINE!

Share with us what gets you zentered in the comments below.

Enjoy the journey, keep moving forward with your eyes peeled on your dream.

 

“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka , is a lifestyle strategist who founded the Get Happy Zone (http://www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is author of the #1 bestseller action guide “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Creative Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire,” available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favorite book store. Opt-in for Optimism to enjoy the happiness and self-care toolbox.

Nov
11
2013

www.gethappyzone.comAlthough I believe we are all born with a happiness seed within us and the science of Positive Psychology proves that 40% of our happiness is based on choice, there was a time when I was stressed out, lethargic and my metabolism and adrenals decided to shut down. From the outside I looked healthy, young and energetic, however, I require an enormous amount of rest in order to function the remaining part of the day. It was not til I was sick and tired of being sick and tired that I made new choices in my life that are based on lasting positive consequences and not short term immediate results.

Sometimes the answers are not from external sources but from gaining further knowledge with the self.  For example, one can’t assume that feeling depressed,  means you have depression but often western medicine has our society believe taking a pill will change life from crappy to happy. Until I peeled back the layers to my body, my mood and my lack of energy, at first, naturally, I assumed I was depressed when in actuality I had a silent problem, known as a resistant thyroid. The thyroid regulates hormones, adrenals, as well as the amount of minerals and iodine required in our bodies to keep the engine of our bodies  and our minds working in a healthy manner.  Nerve damage, back, spine and weight gain can occur and lead to fibromyalgia and other immune disorders, much of what masked the root of my problem By all means, please seek proper medical attention and seek professional care from a medical physician to determine and peel back the layers to your bodies, needs, your mood and your hormones.

Here is what I did to rewire my brain toward health and happiness:

1. STOP Complaining –  the more I complain, the more energy I give to the problem. Switch the energy you are using to complain and place it toward a positive action. In other words, as soon as you accept what you cannot change you recognize what you can change. Creating positive change is empowering, increases your endorphins, which improves your overall health.

2. PRAY –  One can never pray too much, are you praying enough? Instead of asking for what you want try thanking God or your higher power for the strength you require to heal, for the grace of new resources to learn what it is you require and for protection of you and your loved one’s. 

3. Find a Good Naturopath Once I found the right naturopath, it was as if a light was turned on in a very dark rom that I had been in for a long time. Working with a naturopath will help you distinguish the root of your health challenges and in turn you will learn what nutrients, minerals and treatments you require to change your life for the better. For me, a natural thyroid medicine, leafy vegetables , smaller amounts of protein throughout the day, selenium, iodine, maca and chromium supplements improved my energy, normalized my hormones and decreased the cortisol levels in my body from the stress of a workaholic life and high pressured corporate job. A naturopath will instantly turn you on to a deeper knowledge of what your body and your mind needs and can be a trusted support to keeping you on the happy and heathy path of life.

4. Exercise – at one point I was doing intense Ashtanga yoga and weight lifting, which burned out my already frail adrenals. Moderation is key to moving your body and being gentle on your joints and muscles. Pilates, Hatha yoga, walking and light weights will keep you tone , increase your heart rate in addition to requiring less recovery time from lack of over exertion.

5. Sleep – Just like turning off your computer from working and running all day, you too require sleep. Sleeping and giving your body the rest it needs means paying attention to how your body feels and how much rest it requires. Sleeping and REM, rapid eye movement, is required for the best type of rest our bodies naturally require. Excessive worry and anxiety is a natural sleep killer, however meditation and a positive I AM mantra helped me rest easier. My favorite I AM mantra for sleep is: I AM floating on a bed of clouds and sleeping now. As you breathe out the negative and breathe in the positive, imagine this beautiful cloud lifting you into a natural slumber.

6. Hydrate – drinking enough water is never really ENOUGH. A healthy tip is to purchase distilled water and pour it into a pitcher, add slices of lemon, lime and fresh mint then refrigerate and drink it throughout the day til it is finished. Alkalizing your drinking water clears out toxins and cleanses your organs. Drinking water with these wonderful alkalized additions made feel I was at a resort and drinking myself toward a healthier body and increased my energy.

7. Commit –  as soon as I made a commitment to detoxing what was negative in my life, I experienced less stress, less distractions and more inner peace. It is a big commitment and can take years to unplug old patterns , codependent tendencies and attention oriented behaviors. However, once you do, you feel lighter, healthier and happier.

8. Sunshine – the hot topic now is lack of vitamin D in our diets. Vitamin D naturally comes from the sun and we need vitamin D for bone health, in addition vitamin D deficiency is linked to breast cancer, prostrate cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, depression, weight gain and osteoporosis.  ( Web MD). I relish my beach walks and enjoy 30 minutes of sun everyday.

9. Follow your Intuition – if that little voice in your head is trying to tell you something, then LISTEN. Often, your intuition is your body’s internal voice telling you to dig deeper and pay closer attention. The more I listened to my intuition the sooner the answers appeared and manifested as my antennae was up.

Although the idea of rewiring your brain sounds like a chore, it actually leads to a smoother path to your health and happiness.

Be the star that you are and start to shine! Have any tips you want to share, please comment below.

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle strategist and inspiration coach , who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

Jun
06
2013

Happy

 

In a rut ? It’s time to make a change!  Ruts  happen to us all every once in a while, it’s like hitting a fitness plateau, sometimes we don’t know it til the denial wears down and our ut oh, better make a change realization takes hold . The same holds true for business, when sales are up  employees tend to be more productive but when business is down it branches into the other areas of our life where the well-being of self and the people we care about decompensates. In June’s More.com  the women surveyed,  shared the top ten things you want to change in your life,  from business to relationship ruts. Take inventory and determine what might need to change to bust that rut for good! It may just be time to step out of your comfort zone.

 

Rut Changers to Enhance Your LIFE and Career

–       Travel more

–       Make new friends

–       Try a new fitness routine or sport

–       Change your job or career

–       Change your living space or location

–       Take a class or go back to school

–       Change your look, hair, makeup or even your romantic life

–       Start a business

–       Volunteer

–       Change your dress style

Changing and expanding outside of your comfort zone launches you into growth zone, which can be scary at first, just like the first time I ever tried to rock climb, I was a little kid at the fair with a fear of heights and two sweaty palms. And the first time I ever went backpacking, I was cold and hungry and wished my Mom was there to make it all better. Or the first time I ever picked up a football, I knew I would make a complete fool of myself trying to throw it with any accuracy. Then there was first time I ever went surfing. I fell off the board more times than I could count before I could ride that little half-wave to the shore. And the first time I did a sales presentation  early in my career at a business meeting, in front of the entire sales force, my thoughts were going a thousand miles a minute.

Growth leads to change and change leads to improvement and then the magic happens. Many, many years later, I have climbed rock faces that overlook endless miles of beautiful mountains and oceans; I have led outdoor groups on backpacking trips and made them feel safer than I did my first time; I can throw the football with a successful spiral; I have ridden full-sized waves and watched my dad cheer me on from the shore. And I have presented and taught to hundreds of business professionals. No matter how talented you may be, it’s hard to be good at something the first time you do it. And no matter how good you are at something, there is always room for improvement. As Zig Zigler once said, “Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude.”

Don’t worry about trying to be perfect at something or setting goals that are unrealistic – just simply set an intention, take steps toward change and take pride in it! Most importantly, don’t be afraid to take a risk, because the things that seem scariest at first can also be the most rewarding. So what’s on your bucket list? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but leaned on excuses of no money, not wanting to do it alone or simply punked out ? Be bold, be courageous, ask for that raise, learn a new language, rent that Tuscan villa, test drive your dream car, learn a new language , say hi to that cute guy at the driving range or relocate to what fits your vision.

Do something that scares you. Do something you know you will be proud of when you accomplish it. Use each day to get closer to your goals, and set ones that challenge you. Make it so that you can look back and know you have lived your life to the fullest.

There is no better time of the year than summer to get active, be outdoors, and get happy taking steps toward having a blast and living a better life! You deserve to have a stellar life, career, business , relationships.The choice to want it has to happen and this is up to you.

What was the biggest change you ever took?  Share your thoughts with us below.

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert and inspiration coach who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

 

 

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