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Posted on January 23 2016

new years resolutions listAlready, too many women are experiencing disappointment from not being fully committed to sticking to their earlier intentions for this year.

January is a notoriously depressing month. After the overwhelm of December and all the added responsibilities it brings. In certain areas of the country, you experience even more darkness, gloominess and cold.  You may find yourself neglecting your own self care because you are tired, cold, sad, or have no direction on how to get started.

Did you ever think – maybe its not your eating that your are disgusted with? Maybe it is a result of something else. Most of the time, when you cannot stick to an intention you have made, there is one of two things that may be holding your back.

The first is the reason you want the change.  I hear “I really want to do this”   Yet often, a New Year’s Resolution will be made with a surface level desired outcome. Perhaps a smaller size in pants or looking a certain way at a special occasion.  When goals are set without a deep level end result, such as more confidence or better body image, the intention is easily dismissed when the brain senses temporary pleasure after a glass of wine and a tempting dessert.

The second reason is the readiness to change. Just because the calendar shifted to a new year, does that really mean you are ready for a change, or is it a continuance of what you have wanted for years?  Figure out what is stopping you from being truly ready for a healthy being in body, mind and soul.

To figure your deep seeded desire to lose weight, ask yourself what’s behind the ‘small size”?  Self confidence, a change in relationships, more self love, more activity?                       How would your life change if you were to have any of these changes?                                       Would you enjoy intimacy with the lights on?

Here’s an exercise. Write your answers to the above questions. Take your time and imagine what it would feel like to have more self confidence and less self judgement.  What activities would you participate in without the added weight?  Write down all the areas of your life that would be affected including work, relationships, and how you feel about YOU.

Now pause and feel that life as if it has already happened.  Find an image, or some other reminder of how that feels. For me, I carry a glass stone with the word “breathe” on it.

Just ask yourself on a scale from 1 to 10, how badly do you want that vision to manifest. If it is over 7,  you are on your way!

With the new vision of how your life can change along with the reminder, you are now ready to make a permanent change.

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It’s Not Too Late …

Posted on January 07 2016

not too lateI’ve spend a good deal of time over the last couple weeks, reflecting, making lists, revisiting my goals from last January and looking in a forward direction to 2016.  There have many wonderful events over the last year from my trips back and forth to NY, family moments, great conferences and growth in my work. I feel very grateful.  I also realize this is not the case for everyone.

Did you end the year with frustration, fatigue, overwhelm and loss? Perhaps the intentions you set were thwarted with the sabotage of circumstances, discouragement and lack of belief that it was possible to reach the lofty goals you set last year.

The most important thing to keep in mind is before you set out on this years goals and plans, let go of the negative things from last year. Don’t drag them into 2016. Acknowledge them and mindfully let them go.

I had a friend who had a horrible year. She had trouble in her marriage,  a personal illness, a disgruntled co-worker, and she had gained weight and hadn’t time for the gym. I noticed she went into the New Year already defeated and with a sense of disbelief that she could succeed.  She had her list of what she wanted to accomplish and change, but the weight of last years failures ruminated in her mind. She wasn’t truly convinced she was able to change.

We decided to write all those negative thoughts, frustrations, events and beliefs on a piece of paper; acknowledge that they existed and reflect about what she had learned from them. After that, we burned the paper and all that it contained.

This ceremonial way of letting go was rejuvenating for her.  She told me her first week with a “clean slate” actually felt liberating and motivating.  She is keeping a reminder of her ceremony with a picture taken the day she “let go”. It’ a selfie of her smiling.

Whether it is the week after New Years a month or mid year, it is never too late to let go of the past and give yourself a clean slate! What’s next for you in your life?

Peggy Gleason is the CEO of Professional Womens Wellness helping women take care of themselves while taking care of others. She helps women identify and focus on meeting their own needs so they can enjoy life!

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5 Easy Tips to Balance the Stress of the Holidays

Posted on December 01 2015

holiday stressAre you already burnt out from the holiday chaos?

For many, this past month has been filled with the hustle of holiday shopping, preparations, and celebrations. While there is still three weeks to go, I know many of you have not given yourself permission for time to slow down and enjoy the season.

In view of this I would like to offer some tips to on how you can spare yourself and squeeze in some de-stressors over the next 3 weeks.

1. Of course the most important thing you can do around the holiday season is to choose the things you want to do and “say no” to the things that do not serve you.

Trying to do everything is a one-way ticket to serious stress. Be clear about your limits, and delegate if possible. Pleasing everyone while leaving yourself out is a recipe for frustration and resentment.

2. Say YES to you. While you are prioritizing what you are saying not to, recognize what YOU want and say yes to it. Perhaps with the chores, shopping, work and family obligations, you have discovered you would love to do something nice for yourself.  Maybe a manicure, a massage, or hiding somewhere for a few hours while the world carries on in the chaos of the holiday?  Just pick one thing and stick to it!

3. Choose your words. be aware of phrases that are often used. such as “I’m busy” or “I need to do…”  The word”‘busy” tells your brain that you are overwhelmed and out of control.  The word “need”  tells your brain you have no choice. How would it feel to say “I want” instead of I need or I’ve had a “productive day” instead of a busy day?

4. SMILE.  Smiling is a two-way mechanism. You do it when you’re relaxed and happy, but the mere act of smiling can also make you feel relaxed and happy.  It is difficult to think about something that is distressing while you are smiling… seriously – try it.

5. Straighten Up.  When you are under stress, you slump over as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. “Slumping restricts breathing and reduces blood and oxygen flow to the brain, adding to muscle tension and magnifying feelings of panic and helplessness,”  Several times a day – pinch your shoulder blades together opening up your chest and breathe in … it feels great!

Although these are just a sampling of the numerous things you can do to ease the stress at this time, they are the small steps that when added it up will make a dramatic difference in the way your respond to stress.

May you have a warm and Happy Holiday with contentment and abundance of Love.

Peggy

Peggy Gleason RN NHD is a certified Health and Wellness Life Coach for Professional Women in the Baby Boomer generation. Please click here and enter your email to receive information on her next program ‘Three Massive Mistakes Successful Professional Women Make that Keep them Exhausted, Overwhelmed and Unhappy”

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