Why is it Key to Relax and How to?

Why is it Key to Relax and How to
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Why is it important to Relax and Tips on How to?

We are living times where everything is happening so fast. We are bombarded with media, messages, emails, constantly and it feels that everything carries a sense of urgency.

I got used to having to respond to every message or email I got almost immediately, having to run from one task to the next and always feeling that I was behind and not doing enough. It can be exhausting and I’m sure you know what I mean.

If we are constantly pushing ourselves to do more, must probably our stress levels are high and with it our cortisol.

Cortisol is the fight or flight hormone. It was extremely handy when we had to run from a tiger chasing us back a few thousand years ago. However, nowadays the tiger is the phone, the bills to pay, the email, the unhappy boss yelling, and so on.

And because those stimuli nowadays are almost constantly on, our Cortisol levels are always up.

So, what happens when we are stressed and Cortisol is high? 

When our fight or flight response is on, our body shuts down or compromises certain systems that are not useful when running away from the tiger, like the reproductive system, digestion, and detoxification.

This has multiple consequences for our health, especially when stress and high cortisol levels are chronically high.

Health issues related to high stress and cortisol are lower immune system, infertility issues, digestion problems, overweight, headaches, and many others.

This should be enough reason to consider reducing stress and add some relaxation during your day! 

So, how to relax? In a smart way

For many, this can be challenging, especially when having to deal with the feeling of not doing enough or staying behind.

But, please consider that you are doing it for your health. Also, I have found that relaxation done smartly can make you even more productive and certainly smarter.

Here are my 4 tips to relax during your day.

Start your day with a Morning Routine

I’m a big fan of morning routines. I like to start my day with 20 min of breathing practices and 5-10 min of visualization and mental preparation of my day. I follow it with a good breakfast high in proteins and fat, which keeps me satiated for many hours and keeps my brain working at its best.

Breathwork practice
My daily breathwork practice is my life savior!

Consider having in your morning routine some movement, meditation, hydration, good nutrition, and don’t check your phone for at least 1 hour after you have woken up. You can check my article about Best Morning Routine for a Great day.

Take Breaks During Work

I have found that working for around 1,5 hrs is the perfect time for me to stay inspired and productive. So, I try to take 15 min breaks in between. I go for a walk, have something to eat, tune into nature, or even go for an exercise session.

Choose something nourishing, calming, and relaxing. Avoid looking at the phone or any other screens. Connect with somebody, have a chat, distract yourself.

This way, when going back to work, you’ll be refreshed, filled with ideas, and ready to give it your all for another 1,5 hrs.

Keep nights for calming down and sleeping

During the night is the best time to let your body recover and restore. And if we do a few things, we can ensure to make the most out of it.

First, start by slowing down at least 3 to 4 hrs before going to sleep. Do things that you enjoy. Share quality time with your family and friends, read a book, stretch, take a bath, etc. Minimize phone usage and blue light in general, especially 1 hr before going to sleep. Use dim lights and create a calming atmosphere at home.

Night lights bedroom
Use dim lights at least 1 hr before going to sleep. Make your room as cozy as possible

At home, we like to put calm music and use dim lights. We also start talking at a lower volume and avoid playing active games with our kids 1 hr before putting them to sleep. We take showers, go to the sauna, use comfy clothes, and spend quality time together as a family.

And to ensure a good quality sleep check my article on How to Improve Sleep Quality?

Schedule unplugging time

Make sure to make time for longer breaks from the routine. It can be called holidays or unplugging time.

The main thing here is that you take yourself away from the day to day routine, keep the phone and computer away and preferably go somewhere else than your home.

When we change scenery our brains automatically let go of the ongoing day to day tasks and it becomes much easier to relax. 

Try to choose a place that brings you calmness, nature is great. And make an effort to be mostly with yourself. These are precious moments to reflect, reconnect, get inspired, make decisions, and so on.

Woman Relaxing
Take time to reconnect with yourself, reflect, envision, and mostly rest!

Follow these tips and keep in mind the effects that stress has on your body, and make sure you carve time to relax. This will not only improve your health but will make you a more productive, inspired, and happier person.

I hope you find this useful and if you need any help to make your Healthy Habits stick please contact me. I would be honored to guide you in your journey to a longer, happier, and smarter life!

Until next time, chill!

Daniel

How to Make Cooking Keto at Home Easy?

How to Cook Keto at Home Easy?


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Cooking at home every day is demanding. Having to think about what to prepare, making it, and cleaning the mess, it is a lot of work. That is why eating out nowadays is so popular and for many the first option. 

On the other hand, I believe that Health starts in the kitchen. Because what we eat define us, and determine our well-being. And there is nowhere you can eat, except for home, that you will know exactly what is on your plate.

And then if you want to eat a Ketogenic Diet, it requires a bit more of planning and effort in the kitchen to make sure you stay on track. However, it can be quite easy!

So, how can we make cooking Keto at home easy?

I believe that it is possible. I cook for my family every single day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snacks, mostly Low-Carb/Ketogenic. I prepare everything from scratch, with no processed foods and always with fresh ingredients.

Here are my 5 tips to make cooking Keto at home faster, more pleasant, and easier.

Start by Planning your Groceries

First, I would recommend you to get clear on your top 10 Keto dishes. Consider having 2 to 3 types of breakfast 5 to 6 types of lunch and dinners, and a couple of snack options. 

After you know what are your usual go-to dishes, it is very easy to get your groceries planed. You will know which foods to buy after repeating the same dishes a few times.

Every time that you are in the kitchen, keep a pen and paper close by. You’ll start noticing which ingredients start to run low. Write them down right away for your next shopping trip.  

Finally, before going to do your groceries, do a final check-up to make sure you can make those 10 favorite dishes. Write down what you are missing. Don’t trust your memory!

Always go Bigger

When buying your groceries, make sure to buy more than enough. You should be able to cook 2 to 3 meals for each of the 10 dishes. This way you won’t have to go to the groceries too often and you’ll save a lot of time.

Keto Fridge
This is how our fridge usually looks like after going to the shop!

When cooking, make sure that you double or triple your recipes. Food in the fridge stays good for at least 4 days and there is always the freezing option. This way, with one effort you can eat many days.

You can opt to separate your meals in portions in case you will take them with you to work. Or for your kids to have something ready just to heat up.

Make it Easy for Yourself

The least processed foods are always best, however, when cooking for a big family it can take a lot of time. So, it is ok if you use some ready or easier to use options like:

      • Pre-washed clean salad
      • Ready washed and cut vegetables
      • Fish and chicken fillets without bones or skin
      • Ready or almost-ready snacks like:
        • Sliced turkey
        • Frozen berries
        • Yogurt 
        • Seeds and nuts
        • Cheeses
        • Olives
        • Boiled eggs

 Try to always have in your kitchen these options. So cooking or putting together a plate with few things can be easy and fast.

When tiredness hits, improvise!

Related to the point above, when you have run out of options and ingredients start to be low at home, it is good to have the “putting a plate together” option.

This means that you can use whatever is in the fridge, maybe some leftovers, add some cheese, a vegetable or two, few olives, boil a couple of eggs, and voila!

Putting a plate together
Steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cottage cheese, and boil eggs. Easy, Keto, and Nutritious!

This takes a maximum of 10 min and you’ll have a good Keto plate to eat. The main thing is that you follow the points above so that you always have something in your fridge or cupboard to fix yourself and your family a quick meal.

Think in advance

A key strategy to be able to stick to the Ketogenic diet is to be one step ahead in the kitchen. Before ending the day make sure you are clear about what you’ll be eating the next day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Also, make sure you have ready Keto snacks, bread, or crackers to eat with or after your meals. Usually, these take some time to prepare. It’s best if you have them ready from the day before and that you do bigger batches. So that you don’t have to worry about them for a few days.

Keto Chocolate Cookies
Have snacks always ready. These are our favorite Keto Chocolate Cookies!

I hope you find these tips useful. This is what I do every day to keep my family fed and healthy. I won’t deny that it’s a lot of work, but these tips make it so much easier and the reward of healthy kids and a happy wife is priceless!

Wishing you an easy Keto Cooking time! 

Daniel

Time for Change

Coronavirus: How to deal with change?

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Coronavirus: How to deal with change?

Change in life is inevitable; we grow, meet people; go to school, get new jobs, get married, we have kids, etc. But the change that we are experiencing nowadays and what is coming ahead in the next months is out of ordinary.

There was nothing that could prepare us for it. We couldn’t see it coming. So, what’s next?

Like everything in life, I believe we carry inside the power to decide how we will go through the experience. It’s an internal game. And even if we have not seen the coronavirus episode through yet, I believe we can and should start preparing for what is coming ahead.

The global economic recession is clear. Jobs, companies, businesses will disappear. And it is shaking the safety and security for many. These might be inevitable changes ahead. But the way you prepare yourself for it is under your control.

Here are the things I have been focusing on,  first, to stay sane and healthy and secondly to be ready for the future that is coming.

Get clear on your goals and stay focused

This is a perfect time to check-in. Set new goals. Make a crystal clear vision of the life that you want to live. The person you want to become. The work that you want to do. The people you want to surround yourself with. Every single aspect. You have a great opportunity to re-check and decide. See it almost as starting with a blank page. Write your new story. And literally, write it down!

And then, after it’s written, and crystal clear, stay focused! Read it every single day. Practice those new qualities that you want to see in you already now. Even if it is alone in your home. Start taking baby steps, every single day.

Take this time to gain momentum. The more time and days you put in to create the new version of your life, the closer you will be once all of this is over!

Keep up your practices and/or passions

To make the point above easier and possible, we need to stay centered and connected to ourselves daily. Practices like yoga, meditation or breathwork can help us achieve that. The main thing is to be consistent. Every single day, take a moment to connect to yourself using your favorite toolkit.

Breathwork practice
My daily breathwork practice is my life savior!

If you are not into those types of things, I’m sure you have something that you are passionate about. Maybe is music, art, exercise or building something. Find your way and do it! Take the time to stay present, balanced and in touch with yourself. Then, taking steps towards your new life vision and goals will be much easier.

Make your home a sanctuary

We are spending more time at home than ever before. So, it is especially important to keep your home as your sacred space. Not only that is pleasant, clean, organized but also that is your little bubble in the middle of these.

Make it the place where you are building your new life vision. Where peace, joy, and love surpasses any other worrisome thought or bad news. Use music, make special meals and if you feel inspired, get some cleaning and decluttering done. It will make you feel lighter and give you good momentum to tackle bigger and new projects.

Living room
A tidy home is a reflection of a tidy mind! Pour your love into it!

Make a plan

Get practical! Make a plan to know how you will navigate the rough waters. Important! Do it in a moment that you are feeling good. Like for example, after your favorite practice, hobby or exercise.

Look at it with a solution-oriented mindset. You’ll see that when you are feeling good, ideas will flow and suddenly the big fearful unknown can get cleared and you will feel hopeful and ready to keep the momentum going towards the new life that you want to build.

Treat it as a business meeting. Meaning, take the time to focus on it, find solutions and then move on with your day with a positive and solution-oriented mindset.

It is a virtuous cycle! Get clear on your goals, take baby steps, stay centered and feeling good, get practical and repeat!

I hope you find this useful. I have said many times lately, that I truly believe that this is an amazing time to change and re-invent ourselves. To finally move towards the life of our dreams. To keep what is working and get rid of what is not. To expand and grow. What else are we waiting for?

If you need help to get crystal clear about your Life Vision and the strategy to get there, please contact me. It will honor me to coach you through that process.

Until next time, stay clear, stay focused, one step at a time!

Daniel

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Coronavirus: How to deal with Stress?

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Coronavirus quarantine: How to deal with Stress in times of uncertainty?

You might think I’m crazy, but I think that the times that we are living are fascinating! Yes, they are pack with stress, change of routine, uncertainty, sickness, and even death. But at the same time, it is one of the best times to GROW!

It’s almost like we were stripped of all the noise in our life. The work, the routine, the shopping, the going out, and we were taken back to basics.

For many, this can be extremely stressful, mostly because we don’t know how the future will look like. And uncertainty can be one of the trickiest feelings to shake out of our system.

So, what do we do about it? How do we deal with the stress and the uncertainty of the future?

The simple answer is we change the perspective! But in practice, I believe there are few things we can do that can help us with this.

Take advantage of the TIME:

Probably you have now more time at home and with your loved ones that you ever have had before. As a father, I never had spent this much quality time with my kids and wife. Mostly because I had been at work.

Having to be at home has given me an amazing opportunity to see my kids growing day by day. Connecting with them on a deeper level and learn from them to enjoy the moment and have fun. That is what kids do, right!

Family Hug
Enjoying my two kids during the Coronavirus quarantine

You probably also have hobbies or things to learn and do that you wished in the past you had the time for. Now you do! Get into it! Study, research, learn and in no time you will start to feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Focus on Personal Growth:

Because there are fewer outside distractions this is an amazing time to discover yourself. Dive into your own feelings, dedicate time to your well-being, process the new emotions rising up, set new goals for the future. It is an incredible time to check with yourself what do you really want and what kind of life do you want to live.

Also, focusing on Personal Growth is the best way we can contribute to this global situation. By working with ourselves and becoming our best version is the only way that we will be of service for the future to come. We have to be well, strong and grounded in order to give to others.

If you need help to get clear on your goals and get the right strategies in place to achieve them please contact me and book a 15 min FREE session to talk about how can I help you to make the most out of this time.

Build a new path:

If your future income is being threatened and you don’t know if you will be able to go back to your previous job or business. This is a great moment to start a new path.

Personally, I believe that this global situation is and will keep increasing the amount of business that is done online. Everything that we can learn related to how to make a living online will be extremely helpful in the future.

Not so long ago I started this process “coincidentally”. I found a company that has an amazing educational platform and community to help others to start their Online Business.

If you are interested to learn more about it, click this link and I will send you a set of videos to learn how you can make a living online from home.

These simple but profound steps can transform your experience during this time.

And because life is a matter of perspective, I prefer to see this situation as a great time to focus on what is really important. In my case, that is my Family, Myself and my Work. This will define the impact I want to have in my world in the coming future.

I hope you find these tips inspiring and that will help you change your perspective to make the most out of this time.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and wealthy life!

Daniel

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How Breathwork saved my life?

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How Breathwork saved my life? 

This title might sound like an exaggeration. However, depending on the perspective I can guarantee you that if it wasn’t for my breathwork or pranayama practice, my life nowadays would be a complete mess.

I found pranayama 11 years ago, almost by “accident”. Back then, I was working in the Corporate World, immersed in the rat race, and screaming for a way out. Alcohol and weed were my daily medication for the pain I was feeling inside. I was deeply unsatisfied, I was questioning every aspect of my life. I couldn’t believe that that was it. Working 10-12 hours per day, go home, self-medicate and repeat the same the next day.

Thankfully, I had an inner guide that took me into spiritual practices like yoga, meditation, and alternative healings. This other side of my life kept me floating for a little while. I knew that I had to change. I tried quitting my job but didn’t dare to go through it and the pain kept on growing.

Until I took 1 month off and travel to Thailand to Samahita Retreat and my life changed forever. I had signed in for a Pranayama advance training for teachers. I don’t even know how I got accepted. But, it was the perfect place for me to be.

Not only I learned pranayama and breathwork, but I met on that trip my future wife, future business partner and future godmother of my first child. It was a life-changing experience. One that I will be forever grateful. I know something else than my rational mind guided me there.

After learning the practice from my teacher Paul Dallaghan, I was hooked. My whole life perspective changed. Mainly what changed was my mind and the flow of thoughts in it. It was quiet for the first time. There was space between thoughts. I could slow down. I could separate myself from the surrounding circumstances. It was magical!

Paul Dallaghan
Paul Dallaghan Teaching Pranayama at Samahita Retreat

I continue practicing and learning more throughout the years. I also slipped out of the practice a few times. When I have stopped, I could notice what was missing. I became more anxious, more stressed, irritable, prompted to addictions, not such a nice person to be around.

As soon as I took back the practice, the peace came back.

You see! When you have a practice, like pranayama or breathwork is for me, you can rest assured, that you will always have your life jacket on you. No matter what life throughs at you you will navigate through it. It is the best gift you can give yourself.

Breathwork practice
My daily breathwork practice is my life savior!

The other amazing impact that a breathwork practice has over your life is the ability to impact every area of your life. By having a calmer mind you can make different choices, better choices.

Life is made of one choice at a time…

You choose what to eat, what to say, with whom you spent time with, what kind of work you do, how you react to your kids, friends or family. We choose everything!

The thing is that most of the time we choose unconsciously, automatically, without considering that we might even have a different option. Easily we follow other people’s paths, advice or the social norm. Instead of being the own director of our life and choosing how our Life Movie will look like.

This is the power of breathwork for me. It’s not the only way. There are many other practices out there that can give you the same power. The power of choosing your thoughts. Therefore, the power of choosing your own life.

If it interests you to learn breathwork or pranayama and you have the possibility to visit Thailand, please check Samahita Retreat and Paul Dallaghan workshops. It is a life-changing experience.

If you can’t travel to Thailand but are still interested in starting a breathwork practice and change your Lifestyle for good, please contact me and book a FREE 15 min session so I can help you get started on your journey.

Wishing you a life of health, happiness, and joy!

Daniel

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Best morning routine for a great day

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What is the best morning routine to have a great day?

How you spend your first couple of hours of the day is your choice. However, the way you do it has an immediate effect on how your day will turn out!

What you do the first hour or two of your day will set the tone for the day you will be having. So, it makes sense to take a little extra effort to choose wisely how we spend those first hours of the day.

You probably have experienced this when starting your days looking at your phone, for example, reading the news, or getting an unfriendly message from your boss, and getting the first negative thoughts in your head. After this happens it’s so much harder to shake the bad feeling away and therefor one negative thought triggers the next one and down the rabbit hole, you go! 

The good news is that we can experience our mornings differently by creating habits that set our days to be happier, calmer and more productive. 

For over 10 years I have been waking up early and have always started my day with some routine or practice that helps me to pre-pave my day to make it a great one!

These are the best habits that I have found work well to set my mind and body for the day.

Start by drinking water:

First thing is to hydrate your body from the night. Try to aim to drink 1 Lt (34 oz) of room temperature water. This will wake you up and make you feel refreshed almost instantly. I like to have a nice water bottle ready next to my bed as a reminder.

If you need an extra wake up help, wash your face with chilled water.

Appreciation:

Starting your day by appreciating the good things in your life is an easy way to increase the chances of having a great day. I usually like to do this in bed, just after waking up, as a way of warming up my mind and getting ready to get out of bed. 

If you find this one difficult, start with the most obvious ones. Appreciate your bed, your pillow, the roof on top of your head, and you’ll see that after a few ones, the momentum carries on and many more will come to your mind.

If you like writing and journalling, doing an appreciation list is also a great way to connect to that feeling of being grateful for what you already have in your life.

Meditate, breathe or contemplate:

The benefits of meditation and introspective practices are broad and well known. The main purpose of this moment as part of your morning routine is to reset your mind.

During this moment you will clear the train of thoughts that you might have carried from the previous day. You connect to the present moment, through the breath, sound, sensations, or your favorite meditation technique. 

If you want to learn to meditate, check my previous blog post here. 

After your meditation, it is a perfect moment to pre-pave your day. Think about how you want your day to unfold. Imagine the great things you will achieve, the great news you will receive and so on. This is the time to visualize your amazing future life ahead!

Meditating
My morning Meditation and Breathing practice is my anchor for the day!

Move and stretch:

Take a moment to stretch your body. Awaken all the joints and muscles. If you are a very active person you can do a few push-ups to increase the blood flow or you can just be gentle and open your physical body for a great day ahead.

Drink and/or eat:

Having rich micronutrient foods in the morning through green smoothies or juices increase mental clarity and also improves the way the body feels.

If you exercise regularly, also a protein-rich breakfast can be beneficial to get your engine going with stable energy throughout the day. 

If you eat and/or drink in the morning, consider that the first meal of the day is the most important one. Your body is the cleanest and the emptiest, therefore it is the most receptive to nutrients. Eat clean nutritious foods of your preference.

If you want to learn more about What to eat? Check out this blog post that I wrote.

Green Smoothie
The greener the better! Start your day with Micronutrient rich foods!

Don’t check your phone: 

This one is probably the most important one! Make sure you don’t see your phone until after your morning routine and your mind is ready to tackle whatever comes your way. 

Going through this morning routing should take you between one and two hours. So, make sure you set enough time so you don’t have to rush through it. Instead, make it a special moment for yourself. 

Because you are the most important person in your world, take the time for yourself to prepare for your great day! 

Remember that our habits make who we are as persons. And our morning habits are the foundation of the quality of the day we will experience. And if we repeat these morning habits morning after morning and we keep having a great day after a great day, guess what?!? We will have a great life!

So, until next time wake up and choose right!

Daniel

P.S. If you need help to implement some healthy habits in your life, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m offering Free 15 min consultations to get you started on a Healthier Lifestyle path.

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Coronavirus quarantine: What to do at Home?

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Things to do at Home while in the coronavirus quarantine

Now that we have to stay home and go through the quarantine time hoping to stop the coronavirus from spreading any further, it faces us with the next challenge.

What do we do at home with all the extra time that we have? How do we keep on living even if we can’t leave our homes? And how do we stay healthy, physically and mentally?

Here is a list of things to help you adapt your normal life to your home-based life. Also, some ideas on new things that you can try at home now that you have the time for it.

Keep a similar rhythm and routine as your normal life:

By keeping a routine you will use this time productively. There are many things I am sure you had been thinking in the past of doing at home that always got postponed because of lack of time. Well, now you have the time!

Instead of staying on the sofa the whole day, indulging on Netflix, which can be nice for one or two days, use this time productively.

Have a daily schedule, keep waking up at your normal time, don’t skip meals, schedule time for work, time for exercise and time for relaxation. This way your day will go by faster and you feel that you have accomplished something.

This also helps to distract yourself from the news and focus on your life and your love ones. This has a bigger impact on health that you can imagine. By feeling positive, empowered and productive your immune system gets stronger. Negative thoughts and habits do exactly the contrary.

Exercise at home:

Exercising, done in the right amount and intensity, can be beneficial for your mind and also for your immune system. It is the easiest and best way to boost your good-feeling hormones. Therefore, if you are feeling down because of being closed at home, move!

Jump, dance, squat, you name it! You can do the exercise of your preference. Make it a challenge to adapt your previous workout to your home. Use your furniture to do bodyweight exercises and heavy items to do weights. You can also check the links at the end of this article if you want to build your home gym!

kettlebells set
Build your own Home Gym and move your body! You’ll feel better!

Start a new business:

There has not been a better time to think about your future career and finances. The world is changing, and this is a clear example of how vulnerable the world economy can be and therefore your finances.

Starting a new business is the smartest thing to do at the moment. Think about it, you have the time for it. If you put the time eventually, you can build a source of income that doesn’t depend on a “permanent” job and if you do it, you can be in control of your destiny.

And because it has to be from your home, the best option is Online Business! If you find this idea appealing, check this link:

Add your name and email and I will send you a Free Workshop to teach you how to create an Online Business from scratch from Home.

Spend time in the kitchen:

Because food is medicine, and we want to stay healthy, spending time in the kitchen is key. Plus, it can be a great way to entertain yourself and learn some new healthy recipes. Get creative and experiment.

Also, take your time and don’t rush through it. Make it a special moment to connect to your food and if you have a partner or kids, get them involved in the cooking process. This can be a great time to share and enjoy a good healthy meal.

Family Cooking
Cook with your kids! It is a great way to spent time together!

Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing:

Your environment is a huge contributor to your mental and physical health. And now that we are at home, making our home extra special makes complete sense.

Start by decluttering, take everything out from closets, drawers, and cabinets. Then, make two piles, the ones that will stay and the ones that will go. After you have selected the things, you want to keep clean and reorganize them.

The things you will let go, put them in boxes and bags and look for a good new home, donate or maybe resell them. This way you can always help somebody else in need.

If we stay focused on the good side of things and make the best out of this situation, we can come out with lots of accomplishments and with new feelings of achievement.

This can be a great time for refocusing our priorities, making new plans for the future and taking full control of our health and life. I don’t know about you, but I want to be in the driver’s seat of my life! I want to choose my destiny! And I want to live a life of purpose and happiness!

Until next time, stay healthy and stay strong!

Daniel

Links to build a Home Gym:

P.S. If you need help to boost your health at this particular time, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m offering Free 15 min consultations to get you started on a Healthier Lifestyle path.

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Do you want to learn to Meditate?

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Do you want to learn to Meditate?

If the answer is yes, great! Your life can improve dramatically by adding a daily meditation practice. But, before starting lets first answer the question:

What does it mean to Meditate?

Our dear friend Google defines it as:

Meditate:

focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

That is an easy and simple definition but try focusing your mind for some time and you will find out that it is not that easy.

You see, the mind loves to bring up all kinds of different thoughts, ideas, solutions, memories, and so on. That is its function. So, when we try to stay focused on one single point the mind usually won’t agree.

The whole point of meditating is to be able to stay present, to train the mind to be in the now. And the more we can do it while we Meditate, the more we can extend that feeling into the rest of our day.

And that is where all the benefits of meditation start to bear fruits like; reducing stress, controlling anxiety, improving attention span, improving memory, overcoming addictions and so on.

Finding the best way for you to learn how to meditate is going to be the key. 

I will share with you some of the tips that had worked for me in the last 15 years.

The idea is that when you leave your meditation moment you feel refreshed, connected to yourself, and ready for your day or next task ahead.

Use the breath

For the last 10 years, I have been using breathwork or pranayama almost every morning as a tool to calm down the mind and meditate.

Without going into detailed techniques, just focus on the breath and count the seconds inhaling and the seconds exhaling. Try to make it equal. That will bring your mind to the present moment and keep you focused.

If this is something that interests you, please contact me and we can talk about the different techniques I use.

Use music

If you are a musical person, find a relaxing meditative playlist. The main idea here is to let the music be part of yourself. Connect to each sound and let it flow through your body.

Keep the focus on the music and your bodily feelings as music travel through your body. It can be a very satisfying, relaxing and refreshing experience if you are sensitive to music.

Find your best position and space

Ideally, find a space that is calm, clean and uncluttered for your mediation. Make it a sacred space. You can use a candle, altar or something that connects with you internally. Also, make sure that you are not disturbed.

You can choose to sit, on the floor, on a meditation cushion or chair, or just lay down. If you lay down, make sure you don’t fall asleep. That doesn’t count as meditation! 🙂

The main thing is that you find a comfortable position where you can be for 5 to 20 min without hurting and connected to yourself.

Stay focused and consistent

Remember, the main point is to keep the mind focused on the present moment. Thoughts will arise, so just bring the mind back to your focus point, the breath, the music or maybe just some steady sound around you, like the ventilation system, the sound of the fridge or so on.

Staying consistent is going to be the key to see the benefits and make it an enjoyable practice. So, use the system that best works for you to create a new habit. Maybe plan a 30-day challenge, or engage your partner or a friend to do it together, you choose. Stay consistent for a minimum of 21 days (the time it takes to create a habit).

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Stay consistent and enjoy the fruits of learning to meditate!

Find a course, app or teacher

When starting I would recommend trying different methods to find the one that better works you. Guided meditations can be very helpful at the beginning. Many different apps that can help you with this. I particularly like Insight Timmer and The Tapping Solution App.

The Tapping Solution App combines meditation with Tapping which is a very powerful tool to reduce stress from the body very quickly. If you haven’t heard about it, I would check it out.

And if you are looking for an experienced online teacher in an excellent platform I would recommend MindValley’s meditation course How to Develop the Meditation Practice of the World’s Top Performers with Emily Fletcher.

If you have any other questions about this topic or any other topic related to your health and personal growth don’t hesitate to write to me at daniel@danielhernandezlifestyle.com.

And if you want to keep on improving your life in different areas and are interested in healthy lifestyle tips and tools, go ahead and sign in for my weekly newsletter here.

Until next time, stay calm and keep on meditating!

Daniel

Can we have it all? A blog on how to create your dream life

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Yes! We definitely can. Not many people have done it. It does require a special attitude and character towards life. But it’s possible.

You probably have around some examples of “successful” people, maybe some people are successful in their career and get to enjoy financial abundance, maybe they have a great love relationship and they always seem happy with their other half, maybe you know somebody that has the freedom to travel around the world. But do you know anybody that has it all?

This has been my dream for the last 15 years and the driver to make me dive into all kinds of personal growth materials, coaching techniques, mindset programming tools, health and well-being methods and so on.

I have become obsessed with the fact that I want all in life. I want to have a beautiful family, I want to have the most passionate and romantic love relationship, I want to have a fit and strong body, I want to have freedom of time and space and I want to have the financial abundance to enjoy a high quality of life. I want it all!

So far, I feel that I have succeeded in many of these areas and I feel confident enough to share what has worked for me so that you can do the same.

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My wife and our daughter (second baby on the way!)

This is why I have created Daniel Hernandez Lifestyle and this blog. Through my blogs, videos, and newsletters you will find different tools, reflections, and provoking thoughts to inspire you to create YOUR ideal life.

The emphasis in YOUR life! This is not for you to copy my life or my insights. It’s for you to dive deep inside and define what do you want. 

This is why you will find different focus areas in this blog. I’ll be sharing about Healthy Lifestyle tips and tools, how to build your Character and Emotional Intelligence, tips about relationships (love, social and parenting) and how to create your ideal career and financial abundance.

You must start to believe that YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL! Everything starts in our mind and the beliefs we hold on to.

That is why I will be sharing new ways of seeing things for you to bend your current beliefs and start expanding towards new ways of thinking. To a place where you can have and enjoy all the successes that you deserve in every area of your life.

We are here to make the most out of this one life that we get to enjoy. We are here to grow and expand. We are here to live an extraordinary life. And it is only up to us to define what does that means, who do we have to become to get there, have a clear reason why we want it and then take the actions to get there, consistently, day in and day out!

So to begin, take a moment if you can close your eyes for a couple of minutes, and imagine 5 years from now how your life could be. Where are you? With whom you are? What are you doing? How is your body looking? What are you feeling?

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You can be, do or have whatever YOU want!

You see, our essence is pure love and joy. We are meant to live that way. We are meant to let our light shine and live life happily and joyfully. To do that, we need to start by knowing which life we want to live.

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And, if you feel that you can use a hand to get clearer on your life dream and also get actionable tips to get started, contact me and let’s get to work!

I wish you a fulfilling happy and wealthy life!

And remember, WE CAN HAVE IT ALL!

Daniel