At the studio, we work with lots of successful, talented men and women who, simply put, have a lot on their shoulders. We literally see it in their tight and raised shoulders, necks and backs. In these crazy, busy, overwhelming and over-committed times, it’s easy to get caught up in the race or your to-do list and forget the good things. Everywhere you turn, there’s something else for you to do or live up to. One more errand. One more email to answer. One more Facebook post from your perky, gorgeous acquaintance who has not a care in the world and is still looking fabulous at her 3rd happy hour of the week. All of these things add more pressure to our lives and can lead us down an unhappy and negative road.
So I challenge you this month to turn the tide: stop what you're doing, just once a day, and do something good for yourself. You can think something nice about yourself or your life, you can utter a self affirmation, you can eat a piece of fruit, drink an extra glass of water, or take a Pilates class. It really doesn't matter, as long as it makes you feel good. I think of the mind as a muscle that has to be worked just like the rest of the muscles in our bodies. Muscles, when not developed uniformly or used properly, become injured and sore, and ultimately lead to further trouble down the road. So too is the case with the mind. Happiness and positivity are choices—just like the choice to get fit and work out at the gym -- and must be practiced. If we practice these things just a little each day, next thing we know we’ll have developed a healthy new habit called gratitude!
So each day this month, I want you to take a time out and do something, big or small, that makes you feel good. Then, be proud of it and share it with us on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #OneGoodThing. We'll be giving away a free group Pilates class to those who share the most!
Here’s to a happy and healthy Spring!