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What's Holding You Back?

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that everyone would like to be more healthy and feel better -- am I on the right track? So, what's holding you back? After talking with folks and teaching stress management over the years, I have a few observations. I'd be curious to know if you can identify with this "obstacle course"? In fact, I bet your biggest block is a lack of Imagination - you just can't quite see yourself taking on a new habit (or two or three). The very first thing you need to do is decide that it's okay for you to live the life you really want. Then, envision making some tweaks ...

  • Finances: Being wealthy is a worthy goal. It not only improves your life, but it also allows you to help others. If you need help with your money, there are financial advisors and wonderful websites like The Penny Hoarder ( and The Budgenista (

  • Exercise: Current studies shows that the worst thing we can do is stop moving, especially if we have joint pain or we've had an injury. Once we've been cleared by a health care provider, our goal needs to be a slow and gradual increase in effort to gain strength, flexibility, and confidence. One of the best places to start is walking, even if all you can do is get to the end of your driveway. Start where you are and slowly build on it.

  • Daily Pressures and Anxiety: Indigestion, headaches, depression, insomnia, weakened immune system, low sex drive, high blood pressure ... these are all the result of unresolved and increased stress. Not only that, they become the source of more stress because we don't feel good and our coping becomes compromised. Meditation or just starting with some simple breathing or mindfulness exercises is a great way to begin creating some calm in your life. Try looking up "meditation", "relaxation", or Solfeggio Frequencies on YouTube. Music and sound can penetrate the conscious and subconscious mind and help us chill and heal.

  • Food/Nutrition: Have you ever thought of food as medicine? More and more research is proving that what we put in our mouths and bodies can be both delicious and support our optimal health. In fact, it's a key component in reclaiming a healthy body with added benefits for our mental state and the ability to live a long active, and vibrant life.

Can you "see" or relate to any (or all!) of these fundamental areas of your day-to-day that might need a little more attention? What's getting in your way? I get that it might feel overwhelming. That's why there's one more recommendation I have for you ... get a coach or find a group that can help and support you. You deserve to live your best possible life. It puts you in a position of then spreading the word and potentially helping others. You can't offer what you don't have, yet. I believe that you can make the changes you want and feel better than ever. If you're "getting ready" and you just want to chat, hit me up with an email: and we can schedule something. I'd love to toss some ideas around.

Sparkles and Love,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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