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The Importance of Play

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday if you’re in the U.S., and enjoying the day if you’re not.
Although Labor Day is unofficially considered “The last weekend of summer” in the United States, that actually isn’t why it was created at all.
Do you know the reason behind Labor Day?
Established in 1887, Labor Day recognizes the hard work and dedication of American workers by giving them some well-deserved time off! Amen to that. It started with a small movement and eventually became a Federal Holiday, inspiring many other countries to do the same.
The big question is: how are you spending Labor Day? (Click here and tell me!)
Are you taking some time off?
Doing something enjoyable?
As for me, I spent yesterday and today enjoying life and having fun. I played Yahtzee (the game) with my wonderful husband; threw the frisbee in the yard with our new puppy, Yahtzee (named after the game we love so much); and painted and created some clothespin crafts with our girls.

Painting with my daughter, Reese

As I was thinking about Labor Day earlier this week, my mind went to 10 to 15 years ago, when I hardly ever took time off to play.
It wasn’t that I didn’t want to play; I was just always doing something, you know?
Whether it was for my job, for my family, or for someone else, I hardly ever stopped moving! Can you relate? I actually thought I was saving myself stress by always “being on top of things”, but what I didn’t realize is I was missing out on life and burning myself out!
I also didn’t know play and rest are just as important as work.
What? You may be thinking.
Play may be important for kids, but it’s not that important for adults.

I know, I know – I felt the same way at first, too. But then I started making time for play – per a course I was taking – and something miraculous happened:

My energy returned!
I felt less stressed!
I felt GREAT!
So great that I consciously started incorporating play into my life more often: first monthly, then weekly, and now daily.
It took some time for me to give up control of everything and to learn how to delegate, but it got easier and easier – and my life got better and better. I started making more money, feeling better about myself, and – believe it or not – my psychic abilities also improved! (Who knew??)
Balancing work with play is nothing new, though. It’s positive effects are also not just restricted to me, either; I regularly give assignments of “play” to my coaching clients and they’ve seen similar positive results, too. Researchers, psychologists and large employers also know the importance of play for human beings – hence the introduction of gyms and yoga classes, arcades and games, and fun outings at successful companies like Google, Yahoo, and Quicken Loans.
Google employees playing volleyball at the company’s main headquarters
I’m sure you already know play reduces stress. But did you also know that:
  • Play improves your relationships?
  • Play increases your productivity?
  • Play keeps you looking and feeling younger?
Play also helps you burn off steam, increases cooperation among people, and aids in regulating emotions.
Pretty cool, eh?
But that’s not all; play can help you learn things faster, too. Consider how much easier it is to learn the months of the year in a song style fashion, as opposed to just simply memorizing them!
Well, there you have it; a big old case for the benefits of play 🙂 If you haven’t made time to play recently, I hope you’ll consider it after reading this, and not feeling guilty about it for one minute!
You’ll get the most benefits from play when you do it for more than 15 minutes. I aim to play for at least an hour a day, but sometimes 20-30 minutes is enough.
Short on ideas for playtime? Here are a few:
  • Play with a child
  • Do something creative, like painting or drawing

I love board games!
How about you? 
Play is actually such a huge part of my life and the success I’ve experienced recently that I started compiling huge go-to list that you can use if you ever need to. I’ll share it with you in a week or two.
Until then and before you go today,  I’d love to know:
Do you regularly take time to play?
What do you like to do?
CLICK HERE NOW and tell me; I love hearing from you!
XO
Jaime
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Just checking in …

Have you had a chance to check out my Daily Guidance readings on Facebook yet?
If so, great – I hope you’re enjoying them!
If not, you can do it by clicking here. It only takes a minute, and the insight you receive can really make or break your day.
Here are some recent comments from readers:
“Thank you once again, a very positive day. I’m still in the process of change and thanks to your words I’m finding faith and hope,”
“Amazing – so spot on again for me again today xx Thank you so much Jaime xx”
“Thanks for these insightful encouraging posts!”
If you haven’t looked at them yet, take a second to now by clicking here. It’s kind of like having your own personal forecaster every morning but, instead of predicting the weather, I tell you about the energies of the day – like whether it’s a good day for love, whether things are looking up for you, or if it’s time to take a break from something. It’s actually really, really cool 🙂
 
CLICK HERE NOW to join the fun!
If you like the posts, make sure to also like my page, because then you’ll receive the readings in your Facebook feed every day.
That’s all for today, my friend.
Have a great day!
Jaime
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Announcing: Daily Guidance … for Free!

It’s 8-8 … do you know what that means?
In numerology, it symbolizes infinity and abundance.
In China, it signifies the totality of the Universe.
In Japanese, it means multiplicity.
There are literally DOZENS of meanings of the number 8, and almost ALL of them correspond to these things: expansion, wealth and positivity!
In other words, 8 is great. Even better, its energy is DOUBLED today!
What does that mean for you? Well, you could be like the millions of people and ignore it. Or, you could take this knowledge and put it to work for you today. Set some intentions, open yourself to receive, and make a list of all the abundance and wealth you already have in your life.
Want to take it a little further? Today is an EXCELLENT day to create a vision board of your future hopes and dreams.

After that, take a moment and hop over to my Facebook Business Page, and check out the Daily Guidance post for 8-8 to learn even more about today’s energies.

Oh – and I almost forgot! That’s the reason for my message to you today. In case you didn’t know, I started offering a new FREE resource to help you live the life of your dreams: daily guidance readings!
What are free daily guidance readings?
Well, if you’ve ever wished you had someone that could tell you what to expect for the day ahead, or whether that hunch you have is right on or waaaaaay off, you’ll find answers in my daily guidance readings.
It works like this: every morning, go to my Facebook Business Page and look for the pinned post (the one on top). Click on it and take a few minutes to read. That’s it!
You’ll find information on things like your love life, your career, or your relationships – or whatever the Universe wants you to know for the day. It’s all based on the energies that are circulating at the time.
Granted, they are general readings, and not everything will apply to you every single time, but you’ll be amazed at what does apply to you.
Don’t believe me?
I challenge you to give it a shot for a week.
After all, what have you got to lose?
Still not convinced? Check out what some people are saying about my daily guidance readings:
“It’s right on for me, Jaime!”
“OMG How Beautifully Inspiring and Uplifting was that. Thank You X”
“Love this page! It’s so positive and uplifting!”
“Thank you! Things are so working out for me!”
“So beautiful. Thank you!”
“I really enjoy your insight, always presented positively”
 
“I love your guidance posts and look forward to them every day, Jaime!
“You save me so much time and energy with these, Jaime! Thank you!”
So, what do you think? Are you ready to try something new? To start your day off on the right foot for a chance? To feel inspired, uplifted and amazing – before you drink your morning coffee?
CLICK HERE NOW for today’s free daily guidance reading!
And, once you do, tell me what you think! I love hearing from you!
If it’s okay with you, I’d love to check back in with you later this week and see how it’s going.

That’s all for now, friend. Wishing you an awesome week and BLESSINGS GALORE today!

Brightly,
Jaime
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Three Hidden Benefits of Being Sick

When was the last time you got sick?

Did you like it?

My guess is probably not.

But maybe, like me, you’ve been sick recently – and realized it isn’t all bad.

Not all that bad? you might be thinking.

What’s great about a stuffy nose, a broken arm or a hospital stay?

On the surface, and when you’re going through it, usually nothing.

At least at first.

But earlier this week, on about Day 3 of an incredibly painful, 5-day sinus infection, I realized something:

Being sick isn’t all bad.

There are actually quite a few positives hidden in there!

Do you know what they are?

Let’s take a look!

 

1 – Being sick gives you an excuse to rest. Let’s face it: most of us work waaaaaaaay too hard! If you don’t regularly stop to relax, unwind and nurture yourself, you are probably tired and stressed – which is no good in the long or short run. I don’t care who you are; everyone needs rest and relaxation, even the President of the United States. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how or when to stop. The great news is, the Universe has your back and will intervene if you push yourself too hard.

2 – Being sick is your body’s way of communicating with you. Have you ever had a mysterious illness doctors couldn’t explain? Did you ever wish someone could just tell you? The truth is, someone is telling you … YOU!

What do you mean, Jaime?

I mean that getting sick is your body’s way of communicating with you! Anytime you get sick, your body is telling you that something is off. Sore throat? You’re probably not speaking up about something. Pimples? You were likely mad earlier in the week. Heartburn? You may be afraid or fearful of something.

A few years ago, I began developing a strange sort of edema in my body. I had every test imaginable done – allergies, proteins, hormones – but the doctors couldn’t come up with anything. Then, one day while I was meditating, I heard to look into the book called, “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. It’s a treasure-trove of information on multiple levels and I highly recommend it. And, it helped me decipher the cause behind my suffering: I needed to let go of certain things!

I was skeptical at first, of course, but over time, I started to see it working. I literally went from swelling episodes several days a week to virtually none at all anymore.

How did it work, exactly?

Whenever I experienced the mysterious swelling I would ask myself: “What do I need to let go of?” and every time I followed through, the swelling would magically go away.

Today I am 100% certain that swelling was a physical manifestation of me “holding onto things” too tightly. It usually indicated a relationship was past due, or it was time to part with a responsibility that wasn’t mine. Sometimes, though, it meant I needed to do some physical clutter-clearing. Which takes me to the next benefit of being sick …

3 – Being sick is cleansing! You know that feeling you get after you clean out an old filing cabinet or your closet? Being sick is like that but on a much-larger  scale. Often times, colds and viruses help move stagnant, old energy out of the body. Energy you no longer need or use but just wouldn’t budge any other way. And the good thing is, you don’t have to fill up any bags or boxes; your body does the work for you! One thing you do need to do, however, is rest and hydrate yourself; drinking water actually accelerates your healing because it gets things moving again. Think of it as greasing a squeaky wheel.

Being sick isn’t always easy – most times it downright stinks!

And while it’s not always fun to get sick, it’s not all bad, either. Whether it’s what you need to finally get some rest; it’s your body’s way of communicating something to you; or it helps you clear out the old – being sick has its positives, too. Remember that the next time you’re not feeling up to par.

That’s all for me this week! But before you go, click here and tell me:

Have you ever thought about the positives of being sick?

I love hearing from you!

Have an awesome week!

Brightly,
Jaime

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Are You Restricting Your Freedoms?

Have you ever thought about what it means to be free?

To have the right to drive a car, to vote, or go into the career field of your choice?

While I love fireworks, apple pie and barbecues, my favorite part of celebrating the Fourth of July is thinking about the freedoms I have as an American. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying America is without flaws, but really – the freedoms here and in other developed countries are truly amazing.

As I was reflecting on Independence Day earlier this week, I was struck by something, though; some Americans – myself included at times – don’t take full advantage of these freedoms.

In some cases, they may even hold themselves back from being free.

Why would anyone do such a thing?

We don’t realize we’re doing it.

Reina Mae Mantanona , will you take a moment and imagine something with me?

Consider you live in a country where your freedoms are restricted.

There’s a law forbidding you to go on a vacation.

There’s a law saying you can’t move.

And there’s another law saying you can never end a relationship – even if the other person belittles you, hurts you or criticizes you.

Doesn’t sound like a great place to live, does it?

Now bring yourself back to reality, to where you really live, and consider this:

Is it illegal to take a vacation?
Are you allowed to move if you choose to?
Are you forbidden to end a relationship if you want or need to?

Most likely no.

Yet, have you ever found yourself saying:

“I can’t take a vacation now. Who will do X, Y and Z?”
or
“I couldn’t possibly move. It’s too hard/There’s nowhere to go/I can’t afford it,”
or
“I can never leave or cut ties with that person. What would my family/friends think?”

The truth is, though, if you really wanted to, could you leave? Or are you choosing to stay?

I know how hard it is to let go of certain people and things; especially the toxic variety. I know the covert abuse, confusion and entanglement that permeate these types of relationships, and I really know how hard it is to say no if you’re a giver.

But … I also know how detrimental it is to stay in unhealthy, unbalanced or toxic relationships. And I know if I do it, it is actually a choice. This is not an invitation to beat yourself up by any means – but rather an invitation to become aware of decisions you may not realize you’re making.

Moving on …

The vacation situation I mentioned above is another way people limit themselves and their freedoms.

Take me, for instance:

I used to hardly ever vacation.

It wasn’t that I didn’t have vacation days; I just believed I couldn’t take them or didn’t deserve them. I thought if I did, everything around me would fall apart or the workload would be huge when I returned, so, really, why bother? Instead, I worked long hours, took few breaks, and virtually allowed myself to get drained, drained, and more drained.

When I finally felt exhausted and resentful enough to take a vacation, it changed my life! Sure, it wasn’t easy, but boy was it worth it! I literally felt like a new person when I returned from a week away.

And you know what?

Things hummed along just fine without me!

Along with the examples above, I want to share one other way I restricted my own freedom in the past and gave my power away:

I let people bully me.

As a highly sensitive person, I used to crumble if anyone looked at me the wrong way, let alone yelled at or humiliated me.

I would isolate myself, internalize their anger and allow it to control me.

A few years ago, I reached a breaking point and finally put my foot down. I learned everything I could about narcissists and bullies and became a Certified Assertiveness Coach. During this period, I also discovered how to stop bullies from running my life – largely by learning how to take my power back.

It was an arduous path and something I still work on today, but knowing how to deflect negative energy, protect myself and clear my mind have allowed me to finally be free!

So, what do you think?
Do you relate to anything I mentioned about not living free, or giving your power away?

Click here now and tell me:
CLICK HERE

I love hearing from you!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and a happy Saturday!

Until next time…

Brightly,
Jaime

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Using Your Powerful Memories for Your Good

Have you ever been somewhere spectacular?
I recently vacationed on Maui – and, I have to say …

It was amazing!

It was magical!

It was heavenly!

After 10 days there, I feel like a new person!

Old weights are gone, my body and soul are smiling, and I feel refreshed!

I enjoyed Maui so much that I experienced moments of not wanting to leave!
(This is a rarity for me.)

But, alas, I knew the trip was destined to end.

As our departure date rolled around, I thought about the many things I loved about this trip – the ocean breeze, the rainbows, the time with my spouse, and more.

And then I realized something: this would be my last morning of drinking espresso on the comfy furniture on the balcony. My last time looking at the lush, tropical paradise. My last time at the beach. I so loved it here, and now it was time to go.

As a twinge of bittersweet emotion enveloped me, a thought struck me:

You’ll always have the memories.

I’ll always have the memories? I thought to myself.

But what about the espresso? And the rainbows? And the ocean breeze?

You’ll have those, too. It said. In your memories.

Humph. I thought to myself. A lot of consolation that is! (Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic, but you get the picture.)

As I pondered it more and tried to detach from the negative chorus in my head, I realized something:

Having amazing memories is a consolation! It’s a huge one, in fact.

I mean, having the ability to call up spectacular moments of the past, at any time, whenever I want? That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

Sure, thinking of a place you’ve been or another happy memory isn’t exactlythe same as being there – because, well, you’re not physically there – butfortunately for us humans, it’s difficult for our brains to tell the difference.

Don’t believe me?

Give it a try right now.

Think of a time when you felt spectacular. It could be anything: a favorite vacation, spending time with a loved one or animal, or watching your favorite movie.

Got it?

Now, spend 20-30 seconds really immersing yourself in the memory.

For example, if you’re thinking about the last time you got a pedicure, think about how good and relaxing the warm water felt on your feet. Think about how wonderful and refreshed you felt while receiving the foot massage, and how much better you felt once it was over.

Take 30 seconds now, close your eyes, and run through your memory.

Welcome back.

Did you do it?
How do you feel?

Happy?

Relaxed?

Something else?

CLICK HERE NOW and tell me.

And then pat yourself on the back because you just used your mind to your benefit. You also participated in something called Mindfulness Meditation, which is consciously using your memories to change your state of being.

Admit it: it felt good, didn’t it?

Besides feeling good, mindfulness has a host of other positive benefits – everything from increasing a person’s happiness and health to improving their relationships. It’s being used in prisons now to cut down on violence and aggression, and it’s also used by Olympic athletes for training. On a practical level, it’s great for detaching from heated situations if you find yourself emotionally triggered, or to center yourself during a hectic day. It’s also a powerful Law of Attraction manifesting tool. (Mindfulness is not, however, meant to be used as a means of denial or escaping.)

I love mindfulness so much that I even created my own mindfulness meditation albums. I have one for busy moms, and another for kids with anxiety or ADHD.

The good news is, you don’t need to buy anything to practice mindfulness. You can do it all by yourself! A great way to do it is by thinking of your favorite memories.

One of my favorite memories on Maui

During this coming week, I’ll be thinking about some of my Maui experiences – especially the times I spent with my husband on the beach!

The next time you find yourself frustrated or stressed, I challenge you to take 30 seconds out of your day and replay one of your favorite memories. The simple act of doing so will shift your energy – leaving you happier, more relaxed, in a better energy.

As always, I LOVE hearing from you (it really is a highlight of my week) so please take a moment RIGHT NOW and tell me about one of your favorite memories! How does it make you feel?

CLICK HERE NOW and tell me!

Until next time, have a great week!

Brightly,
Jaime

 

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3 Simple Ways to Break Free from Toxic Energy!

Have you ever been around someone with negative energy – and then taken it on? 

If you’re highly sensitive like me, or you work in the service industry, your answer is likely yes. 
In fact, if you’re sensitive at all, or you work with people, chances are good youare soaking up energy – whether you know it or not. Signs include things like sudden irritability, feeling “drained”, exhausted, or anxious for no visible reason. I’ll go into this more in my next message, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. 
Until a few years ago, I used to think there was something wrong with me for absorbing other people’s energy. I couldn’t understand why I felt so uncomfortable around certain people. I also wondered why I couldn’t shake certain feelings after being with particular types of people. Unfortunately, I beat myself up for my sensitivity for a long time. I’d say things like: 

Geez, Jaime! Why are you so sensitive! Why can’t you just be stronger like your sister/XYZ friend, etc.? 

Or, I’d avoid social situations all together, which isn’t surprising since they often hurt so much. 

Can you relate? 
CLICK HERE and tell me. 

Over the last few years, though, I realized something: 

There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with being sensitive! 

The truth is, it’s an incredible gift! 

I also realized there was nothing wrong with me when I protected my sensitivity or myself. On the contrary: it’s actually a form of self-care and self-love. But it can be lonely at times, and it isn’t always possible or realistic. 

Thankfully, shortly after discovering these things about my sensitivity, I also learned there are actually little things I can do every day to protect myself from soaking up negativity. 

And, there are also easy tools I can use if I accidentally do soak up toxic stuff. 

 does that sound like something that would benefit you? 

If so, keep reading, because today I’m giving you three of my favorite tools. 

Here goes… 
Tool #1: Clap. No, I’m not joking. The next time you feel heavy or like someone just dumped a week’s worth of problems on you, take a few seconds to drop what you’re doing and clap. Clapping produces a vibration that breaks up negative energy and clears and breaks up turmoil in your space. 
Tool #2: Do 25 jumping jacks. This one works especially well for anger! I personally used to use it all the time. The next time you feel so mad you want to roar, bust out some jumping jacks instead. Why does it work? The physical activity raises your endorphin levels, plus you also  literally clear out the energetic space around you. In a public place? Hop in the bathroom and just jump up and down. No one will know and I guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face 😉 
Tool #3: Say Ah. Literally. If you try the others and still need more or if you’ve been around an especially negative person or environment, this one is for you! Although this one is more time-consuming than the first two – you’ll need 10-20 minutes – but it’s one of the best methods I’ve found for dramatically transforming my mind and the energetic space around me. It comes from one of my favorite teachers and mentors, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and it’s nicknamed the ‘Ah Meditation’. It is a powerful guided meditation led by Dyer himself and you can grab it for free right here. Before you begin, note that you need to find a private space for this one, because you’ll be making the ah sound during the exercise. (I find my car in the garage is a great spot when my family is home). Once you’re ready, put on your headphones, click play and do what he says. (It’s very safe – trust me.) Caution: this is one of my all-time faves, and it’s pretty powerful, so don’t be surprised if you even feel a little giddy afterward. 
Well, there you have it, 3 more of my favorite ways to bust up toxic energy! 
What do you think? Which will you try the next time you soak up negative energy? 
Click here now and tell me: 
CLICK HERE. 
Also, if you like these, make sure to check out this link for 3 more tips on releasing negativity! As always, I appreciate you reading this message and I hope you got something positive and helpful out of it! That is my goal! If you did, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  Hearing from you is always a highlight of my day! Have an awesome rest of the week!

Brightly, 
Jaime
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7 Signs of a Toxic Environment

Have you ever stayed in a toxic situation too long?

Me, too.

More than once.

In college, I stayed in a relationship with a guy who cheated on me and then lied over and over to my face.

A few years ago, I had an employee who didn’t do her work, left me in the lurch, and was dishonest about how she spent her time – yet I continued giving her “one more try”.

And, a number of years ago I continued hanging out with a group of people even though I felt tired and sad every time we met.

Reina Mae Mantanona , can you relate to any of this? Have you ever stayed in a toxic situation too long? (Click here and tell me!)

Whether it was a work situation, a toxic friendship, or an unhealthy relationship with an old flame, most people have experienced a toxic environment at one time or another. Some people, like me, have experienced them many times.

Looking back, it’s easy to get down on ourselves and say:

“Geez, why did I do that?”

or

“Why did I stay so long?”

But the truth is, when it comes to toxic environments, things are almost NEVER cut and dried. If they were, we’d know exactly when to leave.

Fortunately, recognizing an unhealthy situation isn’t impossible – if you know what to look for. In that spirit, I present to you my top tell-tale signs for recognizing when the relationship or habitat you’re in is unsafe for you:

Sign #1. You feel like something is off. In my experience, most people are much more intuitive than they give themselves credit for, especially sensitive people like you and me. If you feel like something is wrong or you’re polling your friends for their opinions, chances are you’re right.

Sign #2. You feel drained or exhausted after you spend time there. One of the first signs of toxicity is feeling like your energy is being drained or zapped. Have you ever eaten something that was expired or bad and had a bad reaction to it? The same thing happens to your energetic body when you expose yourself to toxic people or situations.

Sign #3. You stay out of fear. One of the best ways to tell if something is toxic for you is to check your motives. Are you staying because you want to or because your partner or someone else is urging you to? Do you feel like you have to stay for another reason, like finances?

Sign #4. You don’t feel valued. A key sign of a toxic situation is you feel undervalued. This could come in the form of never being asked your opinion, never being validated or being verbally dismissed. Healthy environments, on the other hand, value participants equally and aim to lift all parties up – not down.

Sign #5. You dread going there. If you’re working somewhere you dread or you’re in a relationship with someone you’re afraid of being around, it is time to do something – and fast.

Sign #6. You don’t feel good about yourself. If, every time you’re around a certain person or in a certain environment, you start feeling bad about yourself – beating yourself up or thinking you’re not good enough – take note: something isn’t right.

Sign #7. You feel like you’re going crazy. Toxic environments are notoriously confusing – and cause you to second-guess yourself. Things often start out great, and then … bam! – the red flags start popping up. Depending on the severity of the situation, the toxicity may be minimal or it may be unbearable. In my study and experience with the topic, I’ve found one thing to be true: the more toxic, the more erratic the environment. The person may be as nice as can be one day, and the next, they’re scolding or belittling me, or we may be pals one day and enemies the next.

Although examining your environments or relationships for toxicity isn’t always easy, it’s necessary to keep a vigilant eye – don’t you agree? Using the above signs will definitely give you a head-start.

How about you? Do you have any tools not listed above for sniffing out toxicity?

Click here now and tell me!

The truth is, almost ALL relationships and environments have elements of toxicity. And just because toxicity exists DOESN’T mean you have to leave.

Although some form of action is usually needed, there are numerous things you can do.

Curious what those are?

Make sure to check out my next article, where I address this head-on!

Until then, have a fantastic day!
Brightly,
Jaime
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Steal These 3 Proven Fatigue Busting Techniques

 

Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt completely exhausted??

Even after sleeping for 7-8 hours straight?

I experienced this several times last week and boy did it through me for a loop! I mean, isn’t sleeping about resting and recharging? Why did I feel so tired then?
I’m back to my old self today, but that doesn’t mean I won’t ever experience fatigue again – or that you aren’t fatigued right now – and I want us both prepared!

With in mind, I’m giving you three of my top fatigue-busting remedies today.

Remember to use them the next time you find yourself exhausted. And if you have any not on this list, I’d love to hear them! Email me here.

FATIGUE BUSTER #1: Rest! If you’re feel so exhausted you can hardly move, it’s probably time for a break! If, like me, you operate at full-throttle, never taking time for breaks, your fatigue could be your body saying, “Hey! It’s time to slow down,” I know how hard it is to stop and relax, especially when your mate or boss is relying on you, plus a pile of laundry to fold. But, trust me – kicking up your heels for some uninterrupted quiet time will feel amazing and  is a common remedy for acute fatigue.
FATIGUE BUSTER #2: Move! If resting doesn’t work, try the other extreme: get moving! If you don’t exercise much or spend most of your day sitting down you may feel exhausted simply because you’re not moving. Have you ever heard of someone who was in great shape and then retired, and their health rapidly declined? The people who experience this often sit and lay around too much. No matter your age, daily physical activity is essential! I was shocked to discover that despite numerous studies proclaiming the negative effects of chronic sitting, the average office worker still sits an average of over 5 hours a day! If this describes your job, take heart: there are activities you can do to break up your sitting time 🙂
FATIGUE BUSTER #3: Hydrate! The human body is 2/3 water, which is the reason it’s so important to our health! To make this point even more, I have n analogy. Imagine two rivers, both containing a person floating in a blue inner tube. One of the rivers is robust, healthy and flowing freely, while the other has only about two inches of water and the float is barely inching along. Now imagine that river is the water in your body and the inner tube represents all the good stuff like blood, oxygen and platelets that need to reach the  different areas of your body, along with the waste that needs to exit. Which person do you think is going to feel better and less sluggish? The one whose body is properly hydrated, of course! One extra tip – bless your water before you drink it. You can even set an intention for it to be super-energizing!
Well, there you have it: 3 of my favorite fatigue-busting tools.

Which one will you use the next time you need a pick-me-up?
Click here now and tell me!

And, as a bonus, if you have any other favorite fatigue-busters, tell me those, too! I love hearing from you!

Have a great week!

XO
Jaime

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How to (Finally!) Stop Absorbing Negative Energy

Have you ever taken on someone else’s energy?

Have you ever “caught” someone’s happiness?

Or “taken on” their anger or misery?

Yeah, I thought so.
I have, too.

While it’s AWESOME when someone else’s joy rubs off on you, getting caught in the crossfire of someone else’s moodiness, complaining or negativity sure isn’t fun … don’t you agree?

That’s especially the case if you’re empathic, like me.

If you don’t know what an empathic person is, the simplest way I can describe it is that you’re like a sponge – you “soak up” everything around you. Good or bad, negative or positive. It all leaves a mark on you. And those marks can stay with you unless you know how to handle them or let them go.

Being empathic is great on many levels (you’re more conscientious and aware than the average bear) but if you don’t know how to deal with it or control it, it can make your life challenging to say the least.

I know this because I did it unknowingly for most of my life. I’m not going to delve into the traits of empathic people this week, but if this is something that interests you, stay tuned; I’m currently putting the finishing touches on an article about empathic traits and it’ll be in your inbox soon! Let’s just say there’s a good chance you’re empathic if:

You feel things on a deep and intense level;
You naturally steer clear of large crowds;
You can tell what another person is feeling without them telling you; 

Even if you’re NOT a full-fledged empathic person, though, most people have empathic traits to a varying degree; which brings me back to my message today.

Having empathic traits is AMAZING. It is a gift and a feature of highly sensitive, intuitive and emotionally intelligent and available people.

Unfortunately, like anything, it also comes with some challenges and downsides if you don’t know how to handle these traits accordingly.

The example I gave at the beginning of the article is one of the biggest ones: the tendency to absorb other people’s energy. Like I said earlier, it AWESOME when it’s something good … but not-so-good when it’s something bad.

This puts you in a conundrum, though, because you have to live your life, and everyone has bad days. And if you’re not careful, you might start isolating as a way to avoid the negativity (I’ve done this, too).
wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way to take in the good stuff, but avoid the negative? To actually deflect it so it never bothered you?

I don’t know about you, but at one point in my life I would’ve paid a million dollars to learn how to do this! I didn’t pay quite that much, but I did learn how to do it, and my life is MUCH more peaceful as a result!
And, guess what?
Today, I’d like to share with you some of my top tools for doing just this!

The only question now is … are you ready to learn some deceptively-simple tricks for safeguarding your energy?

Awesome! Let’s jump in!

1. Under the Umbrella.  I call this first trick Under the Umbrella.
Let me ask you something: would you ever purposely go into a rainstorm without an umbrella or rain gear? Unless you wanted to get wet, my guess is no, you wouldn’t.

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Yet, so many of us walk around every day without giving a second thought to protecting our energy.Why is that?

In my opinion, it’s because we simply weren’t taught to do so.

Until now … just like you wear protective gear to shield your physical body from the elements when needed, I want to invite you to begin shielding your energetic body, too. Visualizing an umbrella over you is one of the easiest ways to do this. All you need to do is close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine an umbrella over you, protecting you and keeping negativity out of your space. You can visualize whatever you want under your umbrella: yourself, your family, your house, anything. And when you feel like you don’t need it anymore, visualize yourself closing the umbrella up and putting it away. Yes, it really is that simple. Just know that the umbrella won’t stay out forever; this is a practice you need to do every day.

2. Invest in a high-quality gemstone. My favorites for deflecting negative energy are hematite and black tourmaline.
These beautiful stones are well-known for their protective properties, plus they’re inexpensive and, they work! I can personally attest to this trick, and I’ve watched in amazement as some of the harshest environments I’ve ever experienced transformed into calm, loving places right before my eyes! I’m not saying you will experience this immediately, but with time and practice, these stones will go to work for you.You won’t need a protective stone every day, but a great time to have one is when you feel insecure or scared or if you’re going into a situation with harsh energy, such as being around someone who has a history of complaining or taking their anger out on you.

3. Stop wearing black! I know, this may be a hard one for some of you (it was for me!) but as most of us know, black ABSORBS energy – so unless you WANT to absorb the energy around you, brighten up your wardrobe with some color and give the black a break!
You don’t have to get rid of all of your black; just be conscious of when you’re wearing it and also layer in colorful accessories when you can. This trick also extends to what you eat. If you want to bolster your aura and energetic field, swap processed foods with natural, organic and colorful eats, and drink plenty of water every day!
So there you have it: 3 of my favorite, deceptively-simple tricks for deflecting negative energy.
Which one will you try today?CLICK HERE NOW and tell me!

I love hearing from you! (It’s always a highlight of my week!

And remember: if this subject interests you, stay tuned because in the next few weeks, you’ll receive a fun article from me about empathic people, their characteristics and their gifts.

And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover something about yourself you never knew, and learn some ways to make your life easier, happier and more joyful!

Until then, have a spectacular week!

Xo
Jaime
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