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Say Yes to Your Life

(video) Hello Followers! Welcome to day 8 of my Mindfulness Challenge! Please participate by leaving comments or reposting/sharing. When you embrace life fully, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities. What do you do to embrace life fully? What can you do today to embrace life fully? Today is the final day of the Mindfulness Challenge. I hope that you have learned some new ways to practice mindfulness, as well as how to stress less and live better.

Love Yourself

Hello Followers! Welcome to day 7 of my Mindfulness Challenge! Please participate by leaving comments or reposting/sharing. When you love and accept yourself, you treat yourself the way you deserve to be treated. What do you do to love and accept yourself? What can you do today to love and accept yourself? Keep an eye out for day 8 of the challenge tomorrow!

Listen to Your Heart

Hello Followers! Welcome to day 6 of my Mindfulness Challenge! Please participate by leaving comments or reposting/sharing. When you learn not to get carried away with your thoughts and listen to your heart, you feel at ease. What do you do to settle your thoughts and listen to your heart? What can you do today to settle your thoughts and listen to your heart? Keep an eye out for day 7 of the challenge tomorrow!

Savor The Moment

Hello Followers! Welcome to day 5 of my Mindfulness Challenge! Please participate by leaving comments or reposting/sharing. When you savor the moment you’re in, life seems sweeter. What do you do to savor the moment? What can you do today to savor the moment? Keep an eye out for day 6 of the challenge tomorrow!

There’s Always Chocolate

Podcast: Introduction to Mindfulness Hello Followers! Welcome to day 4 of my Mindfulness Challenge! Please participate by leaving comments or reposting/sharing. When you take time to do the things you enjoy, you feel better. What do you do to soothe yourself during times of stress? What can you do today to soothe yourself? Keep an eye out for day 5 of the challenge tomorrow!

Just Breathe

Hello Followers! Welcome to day 3 of my Mindfulness Challenge! Please participate by leaving comments or reposting/sharing. When you focus on your breath, you can quiet your mind and calm your body. What deep breathing exercises do you use to relax? What breathing exercise will you use today to relax? Keep an eye out for day 4 of the challenge tomorrow!

Press Your Reset Button

Hello Followers! Welcome to day 2 of my Mindfulness Challenge! Please participate by leaving comments or reposting/sharing. When you think before you react, daily stressors can seem less troublesome. What do you do to respond wisely rather than react blindly? What can you do today to think before you respond? Keep an eye out for day 3 of the challenge tomorrow!

Take Care of Yourself

  Hello Followers! I am doing an 8 day Mindfulness Challenge. Please respond in the comments to participate! (Feel free to repost if you’d like) When you take care of yourself, life can be wonderful. What do you do to take care of yourself? What can you do to take care of yourself today? Tomorrow I will be posting another day of the challenge, so stay tuned!

More Spring Cleaning

Here are some additional thoughts on how to renew ourselves and release old, worn thoughts and habits. Spring cleaning from the inside out. Discover what’s nourishing. Just as plants need water and sunshine to grow, we need physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance. Start with eating healthy foods, getting regular physical activity, sleeping 8-9 hours, and taking breaks for your mind and body.  Do one thing you enjoy daily, whether it’s phoning a friend, listening to music or walking your dog. Nurture your spirit through prayer, meditation, or communing with nature. Let go of un-nourishing relationships.… Read more More Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the Air: Time for Emotional Cleaning

Spring is in the air. As the days get longer and the weather warms, we feel a growing urge to refresh and renew our lives. The blossoming season brings with it the opportunity to release what we’ve held on to mentally or emotionally, which no longer fits. Spring cleaning indeed. Clearing away old beliefs. Just like our physical space, our minds are often cluttered with wornout beliefs and ideas. In cognitive therapy, clients learn to monitor their negative beliefs and refute them. If someone grew up being criticized, they may have the belief “I’m no… Read more Spring is in the Air: Time for Emotional Cleaning

Register Now for Mindfulness in Everyday Life Workshop!

Spots are filling up quickly for Dr. Sanford’s Mindfulness in Everyday Life Workshop, so visit novel neighbor.com or call (314) 738-9384 to reserve your spot! Admission is $20 dollars and includes a copy of Dr. Sanford’s new book, Stress Less Live Better, a healthy snack and 90-minutes of mindfulness practice. Don’t miss out!

Three Steps to Teachable Holiday Moments + New podcast

The holidays often suck us into the gimmes, just like our kids, as we make the holidays happen. We easily lose track of the underlying message of the season for our kids. Consider these focused activities to reconnect with the holiday lessons: 1) CHOOSE actively, in line with your values. Stop and consider what you want to teach about the holiday season. You might want to say no if an event is too commercial, or detracts from planned family time. It’s fine to focus on fun–and opt out if an… Read more Three Steps to Teachable Holiday Moments + New podcast

Perform Random Acts of Kindness This Week

Since Thanksgiving is next Thursday, this week I challenge you to perform random acts of kindness daily. Let family and friends know your gratitude for them. Smile at the grocery clerk or say “Hi” to a neighbor. These small gestures can turn your day and someone else’s around because they improve mood and diminish stress. Did you know that when you are kind or someone is thoughtful towards you, it improves your and the receiver’s health and also has a positive influence on those observing. Random acts of kindness include… Read more Perform Random Acts of Kindness This Week

Tip #5

Tip #5: Patience can be key in bonding with your baby. Sometimes, bonding isn’t immediate so be patient & know that those feelings of closeness & connectedness are only going to continue to grow. And family, friends, specialists & products like @Dreft are available to help. #ad Like, comment or share!

Tip #4

Tip #5: Savoring the moment you’re in helps you bond and connect with your baby by building positive memories. Whether, it’s putting them to bed, feedings or taking in the smell of babyhood with the iconic scent of @dreft baby detergent.. try to take a mental snapshot so you can keep these moments with you forever. Like, comment or share!

Tip #3

Tip #3: Taking the smell of babyhood with you is a great way to bond and feel connected to your little one. A recent survey found when they are apart, 87% of parents agree that the @Dreft iconic baby scent helps them feel more connected and closer to their little one. #ad Like, comment or share!

Tip #2

Tip #2: Breathing in that new baby smell is a great way to bond with your little one. That process can actually start in the laundry room with @dreft baby detergent, which has been formulated to resemble the indescribable smell of babyhood. #ad

Tip #1

Tip #1: Soothe your baby and yourself by giving them a gentle belly massage touching their soft skin

5 Simple Steps

New parents often ask me for tips on bonding with their babies. Today and tomorrow on Twitter, I am sharing 5 simple steps to bonding with with your baby- including my favorite @Dreft baby detergent.