Thursday, March 10, 2016

4 Basic Steps to Kickstart Your Badassery




I am a badass. There is no doubt in my mind about this. I am a badass, I tell myself again. This has become my morning mantra. Why do I tell myself this every day? Well, why the hell wouldn't I tell my self that? That is a much better question! I refuse to hate on myself. Plain and simple.
Now, don't get me wrong, Negative Nancy rears her ugly face from time to time. She doesn't stick around long, though. I chase her sorry ass away with a damn good reminder that I am abso-fucking-lutely amazing and she ain't got nothing on me. So how do I kickstart my own badassery, you ask? Here are 4 basic steps:

1. FOR YOUR SPIRIT. The power of positive thinking really does go a long way. It may seem silly to stand in front of your mirror and talk to yourself, but, honestly, it's the best conversation I have all day. Expert advice is always needed! So take 1-5 minutes (or longer if you want) in the morning and tell yourself what a goddess you are. Trust me, it's a great kick-start to your day.

2. FOR YOUR MIND. Feed your brain. Read, learn, stimulate your brain in any possible way. Learn a new language. Educate yo'self. Keep your brain healthy! 

3. FOR YOUR BODY. Diet and exercise are a huge part of being mentally healthy. I'm sure it's not what you want to hear. I like chocolate and whiskey as much as the next Jane. Moderation is key here. I've dabbled in a little bit of everything when it comes to exercise. You have to find something that works for you. My latest trial and error was a kickboxing class taught by MMA fighters. I was really liking it until it turned into a contact sport and I got punched in the face. Next form of torture, please. My next adventure will be yoga. Exercise is a stress reliever. It actually releases adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine –the happy hormones! We like happy hormones.

4. FOR SUPPORT. Jim Rohn says, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." I say, choose your friends wisely. I surround myself with people that are like-minded. Goal-driven and ambitious. Other alphas and queens. I am a highly motivated person, and I sure don't want to surround myself with narcissistic assholes. I dated one for far too long. Lesson learned. Find people that are inspiring. Find people that are kind and educated, street smart and book smart. Make them your tribe.

I have spent the last nine years clawing my way back up from Hell and, if I have learned only one thing, it is that mental and physical health and self-love go hand-in-hand. Cliche? Maybe. But it's definitely true. Oh, and I learned not to be afraid to ask for help. If you or someone you know needs help on a more serious level, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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