In my 1ST 2024 blog, I proclaimed my New Year Ins & Outs Of 2024
Last month I delved deeper into my 1ST; Assertive Communication & Passive Aggression
This month we're going to focus on my 2ND; In: Digital Detox and Out: Screen Overload.
In a world dominated by constant connectivity and screens, there's no better time than now to embark on a digital detox journey. Join me as I explore the transformative power of reclaiming attention, time, well-being and unplugging in 2024.
Understanding Digital Detox: In the age of non-stop notifications, smartphones, and social media, a digital detox is more than just a temporary break from technology—it's a conscious decision to disconnect, regain control, and step back from our digital lives. It's about creating space for introspection, mindfulness, and real-life connections in a world that's constantly vying for our attention.
Embracing Analog Pleasures: As we embark on our digital detox journey, let's rediscover the simple joys of analog living. Whether it's curling up with a good book, indulgving in creative pursuits like jounaling or painting or taking a leisurely stroll in nature, there's a world of analog pleasures waiting to be explored. One, being our NEW Book Club. Please contact me if you would love to join! By unplugging from our devices, we open ourselves up to new experiences and opportunities for growth.
Prioritizing Mental Health: The incessant barrage of digital stimuli can take a toll on our mental health, leading to feelings of anxiety, overwhelm. This year, let's prioritize our well-being by practicing self-care and taking regular breaks from screens. Whether it's through meditation, simply disconnecting from technology for a few hours each day, or yoga, carving out time for ourselves is essential for maintaining balance and inner peace.
Cultivating Meaningful Connections: In a world where liking a social media post often takes precedence over authentic connections, a digital detox offers an opportunity to rekindle genuine relationships with those around us. Whether it's engaging in meaningful conversations, simply being present in the moment, or spending quality time with loved ones, let's make a conscious effort to foster deeper intimacy in our relationships and nurture real connections.
Setting Boundaries with Technology: As we embark on our digital detox journey, it's important to establish clear boundaries with technology to prevent ourselves from slipping back into old habits. This may involve setting designated times for checking emails and social media, designating certain areas of our homes as tech-free zones or turning off notifications during bedtime or meals. I respond to emails 1ST Thing Monday - Friday mornings. With my coffee. With my 2 cream and 1 sugar if anyone is wondering.. By taking control of our digital habits, we empower ourselves to live more intentionally and mindfully in the present moment.
As we step into the new year, let's embark on a journey of digital detoxification and embrace the opportunity to start fresh. By prioritizing our emotional and mental well-being, reconnecting with ourselves and the world around us, and unplugging from our devices, we can create space for authenticity, genuine connections, and mindfulness in our lives. Here's to digital detox, personal growth, and self-discovery!
It's hard to believe that a year has passed since I penned my thoughts on self-love during February, National Heart Month. As I sit down to reflect on the journey of the past year, I'm filled with gratitude for the growth experienced and the lessons learned.
In that blog post, I spoke passionately about the importance of self-love, emphasizing that it doesn't require validation from external sources such a designated month on the calendar or as a sweetheart. I shared my own journey of overcoming childhood trauma and toxic relationships to finally arrive at a place of self-acceptance and empowerment.
One year later, I stand by every word written. Self-love remains not just a concept, but a daily practice—a journey of self-care and self-discovery that evolves with each passing day. As I look back, I realize that the journey of self-love is not linear. It's filled with moments of clarity and moments of doubt and peaks and valleys. But through it all, the commitment to oneself remains unwavering.
Setting healthy boundaries continues to be paramount in my journey of self-love. I've come to realize that boundaries are not walls; they're bridges that allow for authentic connection while preserving one's well-being. Communicating my needs, honoring my own worth, and saying "no" when necessary have become non-negotiables.
Cutting toxic relationships out of my life was a difficult but necessary step in reclaiming my power. It meant letting go of people who devauled my worth, drained my energy, and hindered my growth. In doing so, I created space for positive, uplifting connections that align with my aspirations and values.
Self-confidence remains the cornerstone of my journey. Every day, I affirm my worth, reminding myself that I am deserving of abundance, joy, love, and that I am enough. Practicing gratitude has become a daily ritual, anchoring me in the present moment and fostering a sense of appreciation and contentment for life's blessings.
As I reflect on the past year, I'm reminded of the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of self-love. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it. To anyone embarking on their own journey of self-love, I offer this advice: be patient with yourself, trust the process, and above all, love yourself fiercely.
And to those who joined me in the 14 Day Self-Love Challenge, I hope it served as a catalyst for positive change and self-discovery. Remember, the journey of self-love is ongoing—a beautiful unfolding of the heart, mind, and soul.
As we celebrate National Heart Month once again, let us not only cherish the love we share with others but also nurture the most important relationship of all—the one we have with ourselves. For in loving ourselves, we discover the true essence of fulfillment, inner peace, and joy.
Here's to another year of growth, self-discovery, and unapologetic self-love.
Gratitude & Love,
Studies and surveys have suggested that a significant number of people tend to abandon their New Year's resolutions relatively early in the year.
What's early in the year?
According to Strava, a social fitness network, early is the year is on the 12TH Of January when most people are likely to give up on their resolutions.
The University of Scranton in 2014, found that about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's resolutions.
These statistics highlight the difficulty many individuals face in maintaining their resolutions throughout the year.
Individual experiences may vary, and the success of New Year's resolutions depends on various factors, including the individual's commitment, nature of the resolution and support system.
So how can a health coach help?
A health coach and personal trainer can play crucial roles in helping individuals stay committed and supported in their health and fitness journey. Here are some ways they can contribute to your success:
By combining expertise, guidance, and personalized support, health coaches and personal trainers can significantly enhance your chances of staying committed to and successful in achieving your health and fitness goals.
If you find yourself struggling I'm more than happy to chat with you and help you find someone - even if it's not me!
Everyone deserves a support system to achieve self-empowerment.
In my previous blog, I proclaimed my New Year Ins & Outs Of 2024.
My 1ST In is Assertive Communication and my 1ST Out is Passive Aggression.
In a world where effective dialogue is the cornerstone of meaningful connections, cultivating assertiveness can be a game-changer.
And now that my sister has finally, after 7 days, stopped laughing at my 1ST Out, allow me to delve into the essence of assertive communication, bidding farewell to passive patterns and unlocking the potential for more authentic, empowered relationships in the coming year.
Assertive Communication Unveiled: Assertive communication represents a departure from aggressive confrontation and passive silence. It is an approach that seeks to express one's feelings, needs, and thoughts with clarity and respect. Unlike aggressive communication, which creates conflict, and passive communication, which suppresses individuality, assertiveness is a delicate balance that builds bridges rather than walls.
Building Bridges, Not Barriers: The power of assertive communication lies in its ability to construct bridges between individuals. No longer do we need to navigate the destructive impact of aggressive communication or yield to the pitfalls of passive silence. In 2024, let's embark on a journey of building bridges—bridges that foster respect, trust, and understanding.
Constructive Conflict Resolution: Avoiding difficult conversations can lead to lingering resentment and unresolved conflicts. Assertive communication, on the other hand, encourages the direct addressing of issues, paving the way for constructive conflict resolution. Let's embrace assertiveness as the catalyst for collaborative problem-solving, empathy, and understanding.
Empowering Personal Boundaries: One of the hallmarks of assertiveness is its capacity to empower personal boundaries. In the new year, bid farewell to the days of overlooking your own needs and yielding to unreasonable requests. Assertive communication enables the articulation of clear, well-defined boundaries that serve as the foundation for healthier, more sustainable relationships.
As we step into the uncharted territory of 2024, let assertive communication be our guiding light. Out with aggressive clashes and passive patterns and in with the empowerment that comes from expressing ourselves with clarity, confidence, and respect. May assertive communication be the transformative force that propels us toward a year filled with growth, meaningful relationships, and understanding, and may the new year bring forth a wave of more authentic, empowered connections.
Here's to a year of empowered dialogue and the strengthening of our interpersonal bonds!
As the countdown to midnight begins, we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new with open arms. While I've always personally been triggered by New Year's resolutions, society demands that the New Year not only marks a change in the calendar but also brings a wave of fresh opportunities, perspective, and trends. Speaking of trends, The 'Ins & Outs' Trend is one I can get down with. Here are mine.. and I'd LOVE To hear yours..
In: Assertive Communication
Out: Passive Aggression
Say goodbye to passive-aggressive exchanges and say hello to assertive communication. In 2024, fostering healthy relationships involves expressing boundaries, needs and thoughts honestly and openly. This shift towards assertiveness contributes to the development of respectful, strong connections, promotes understanding and reduces misunderstandings.
In: Digital Detox
Out: Screen Overload
In the age of constant connectivity, 2024 signals a growing movement towards reclaiming our analog lives. The digital detox trend is gaining momentum, urging individuals to embrace moments of genuine human connection, step back from the screens and unplug. Say goodbye to screen overload and say hello to a more balanced and mindful approach to technology.
In: Eco-conscious Living
Out: Single-Use Plastics
2024 marks a turning point in the fight against environmental degradation. Say farewell to single-use plastics as eco-conscious living takes center stage. Embracing reducing waste, reusable alternatives, and supporting sustainable practices become the norm. It's a collective effort towards a greener, more sustainable future.
In: Empowering Friendships
Out: Energy-Draining Relationships
The new year invites us to reassess our social circles and bid farewell to energy-draining relationships. Instead, focus on cultivating empowering friendships that contribute positively to your life, inspire and uplift. Surround yourself with individuals who celebrate your success and encourage your growth.
As we step into 2024, let's embrace the "Ins and Outs" with a sense of adaptability and curiosity. Whether it's adoption of assertive communication, focus on digital detox, or whatever you choose, the new year offers a canvas for positive change. Here's to navigating the exciting journey ahead and making the most of the opportunities that 2024 has in store. Cheers to a year of growth, meaningful connections, and resilience!
New Year Same Themed Workouts.
'Enjoy' This N.E.W. Y.E.A.R. Bodyweight 2024 Workout.. might as well call it a New Year AB Workout but .. We'll see what you think.
Navasana - Boat Pose
1 set x 24 sec
1 set x 24 Seconds
1 set x 24 Seconds
1 set x Ys x 24
Elbow Side Plank
1 set x Left 24 Seconds
Elbow Side Plank
1 set x Right 24 Seconds
1 set x 24
1 set x 24
1. Sit on the floor with the knees bent and the heels touching the floor.
2. Cross your arms on the chest and keep them relaxed.
3. Hinge at the hips so that your torso leans back to a 30-degree incline (or lean back as far as possible while keeping the back straight).
4. You MAY Progress to "Full" Navasana Or Boat Pose if you feel comfortable.
1. Lie face down on a mat with elbows resting on the floor next to your chest, palms facing forward or in a fist position, feet together.
2. Push your body off the floor in a push-up position with your body resting on elbows or hands.
3. Contract the abs and keep the body in a straight line from head to toes. Hold for 30-60 seconds, then lower body returning to starting position.
1. When performing this exercise, ensure your knees don’t move forward past your toes.
2. Try to keep your knees at 90 degrees and hold.
1. For this corrective exercise, it’s important to keep your shoulder blades back and down. It’s called scapular setting.
2. The “Y” is out at 45 degrees, again put your shoulder blades down.
3. To do this exercise, you lie down forward.
4. Set your shoulder blades and lift your arms above the ground.
Elbow Side Plank
1. When performing the side plank, ensure that your body is in a straight line and your supporting elbow is underneath your shoulder.
2. Squeeze your glutes to keep your hips forward in line with your body.
3. Once in position and you have a nice straight line down your body, hold..
1. When performing this exercise, shorten the distance between the top of the pelvis and the bottom of your rib cage while rolling your rib cage up off the mat.
2. Be sure not to strain your neck by moving your head forward.
1. Lie on the floor and bend your knees so they are at 90 degrees.
2. Start by curling your hips off the floor and reach your legs up toward the ceiling.
3. Pause, and slowly return to starting position.
During the period between Christmas, (OK Perhaps it started before Christmas,) and New Year's, it's common for people to indulge in festive foods and take a break from their regular routines. We're all guilty, Here's some advice I'll be practicing while I preach to you for maintaining a balance between enjoying the holiday season and taking care of your well-being:
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For the 8TH Consecutive year I've had the pleasure of adopting someone, or someones for Christmas. It's a tradition that my family, and many of my friends and clients participate in. Expressing gratitude through this act of kindness is a heartwarming and meaningful way to spread joy during the holiday season.
You're MORE Than welcome to join our Elf gang, OR, you can start your own elf gang. Other than glitter, Mariah Carey on repeat, and tinsel, here's a guide on how you can start this:
A long time client of mine and I have a running inside joke that I hand out mini Dole Salads to Trick Or Treaters. I'm not that mean. I just leave my light off instead. All joking aside, offering healthy Halloween candy alternatives can be a fun way to promote a more balanced and nutritious approach to this holiday. Here are some creative alternatives to traditional Halloween candies:
Dried Fruit Or Raisins: Dried fruit or raisins can be a chewy and sweet option that's healthier than candy.
Mini Dark Chocolate Bars: Instead of milk chocolate, provide mini dark chocolate bars with a high cocoa content. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and is lower in sugar
Pretzels: Mini bags of whole-grain pretzels or pretzel sticks can be a salty alternative to sweets.
Popcorn: Hand out individual bags of lightly seasoned or plain air-popped popcorn. It's a whole-grain snack that can be a hit with kids
Glow Bracelets Or Sticks: Give out glow bracelets or sticks, which can add a fun and safety element to Halloween night.
Mini Toys, Stickers, Temporary Tattoos: Instead of edible treats, consider giving out non-food items like Halloween-themed mini toys, stickers, or temporary tattoos. Kids often enjoy these just as much as candy..
Remember to be mindful of any allergies your trick-or-treaters might have and provide alternative options accordingly. While it's perfectly fine to have some traditional Halloween candies available, offering a mix of healthier alternatives can help kids and parents make better choices during this sweet-filled holiday
Happy & Safe Halloween from our Home to yours!
While the month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month globally, it should be recognized daily. A simple Google search presents some terrifying numbers.. 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Awareness and education of facts and statistics surrounding breast cancer is the 1ST Step to empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their health.
Here are ways you can get involved and promote breast cancer awareness:
Being a cancer survivor inspired me to not only pursue a career as a Health Coach and Personal Trainer, but to also become a Cancer Exercise Specialist. I possess the practical skills needed to guide patients though treatment into recovery and long-term survivorship
Are you a survivor?
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Ajia Clancy coaches YOU to self empowerment while helping you navigate life towards your health & wellness goals.