Pay it Forward #BeBetter52

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So often we become consumed by our own daily challenges and to do lists that we have little energy left to contribute to the lives of others. But if we just take a moment to pause and shift our attention to the world around us, it’s clear we aren’t the only ones in need of a little love. Getting outside of yourself and brightening someone else’s day, even if it’s just through a simple gesture, can be incredibly rewarding. This week at Be Better we are paying it forward in small ways that make a big difference.

In 2014, 378 people paid it forward at a Starbucks in Florida. This act was started by one woman who was simply trying to brighten someone’s day. Little did she know it would set off a chain reaction and lead to a profound impact on her community. Doing something like buying coffee for the person behind you in line can turn someone’s whole day around for the better. Saturday, April 28th is known as International Pay It Forward Day, a global initiative that exists to create a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to pay it forward to 3 or more people!

Some great ideas to start paying it forward are donating blood, cooking or baking food for your neighbors, donating food or clothing, holding the door open for someone behind you, writing a positive Yelp review for a local business, saying hello to a stranger in the elevator, writing a kind note on a sticky or mirror for a family member to find, or leaving your server an extra generous tip. There are thousands of random acts of kindness like this you can do to spread happiness around your community. Regardless of where you live, what you do, or whom you know – you are constantly surrounded by opportunities to pay it forward, so take those opportunities this week and share them with us with the #bebetter52. We hope you have a wonderful week 52ers!

Click here for more ways to pay it forward.

 

 

Earth Day 2018: Get Outside #bebetter52

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There are countless ways to help the environment, so many that choosing an Earth Day challenge wasn’t an easy task. Picking up trash in your community or creating a composting system in your home are amazing efforts towards saving the planet. But at the end of the day, we feel that the first step to making our Earth a priority in our lives is developing a deep appreciation for it. And how do we do this? It all starts with experiencing what our wonderful world has to offer. Therein lies the inspiration for this week’s #bebetter52 challenge, to get out into nature.

When was the last time you truly paused and took in our spectacular planet? Many of us spend the majority of our lives in the manmade; our society’s infrastructure we created for ourselves to dwell in. It’s no wonder we get lost in concrete jungles and forget about the forests we came from. It has become fairly typical for us to suffer from a vague sense of disconnection. But what if regaining your sense of inspiration, of vibrance, of lifeforce energy was as simple as laying in the grass underneath a tree or feeling your heart beat fast as you gaze upon a canyon you just made it to the top of. It takes making the time to experience these moments to realize that the best advice could be in the silence of the desert at dusk, when the skies have just begun to fade from orange to indigo. Sometimes the best therapy is filling your lungs with fresh, salty air as you jog along rocky cliffs above an expanse of ocean. It is in these moments we find what we are looking for; whether it is clarity, peace, connection, a feeling that we are home. If you want to show your children that magic exists, just take them on a hike through the wilderness. Looking carefully at the intricacy of a leaf or the way a snail moves slowly across the mossy ground is enough to spark a profound feeling that we are all interconnected in a mysterious, yet beautiful way. One cannot fall out of love with nature. All it takes is giving yourself permission to take it all in, and not only will your life be transformed, but your passion for protecting this precious rock in the middle of the galaxy that we have been blessed to be a part of will become a personal mission that stays with you every single day.

So get outside! This doesn’t have to be a wild or adventurous task, although it surely can be! Checking out a new hike, walking barefoot along the beach, going on a mountain biking expedition, or taking a spontaneous weekend trip to a national park are all incredible ways to celebrate this Earth Day and gain a newfound appreciation the planet. We will be keeping an eye out for your photos this week, and will be choosing a winner to be featured on our Instagram Story. The winner will be based on the best nature photos we feel best encapture the beauty of the outdoors. We also welcome you to use the hashtag #EDC2018 that has been trending on social media and formed a community of people who share our love for nature. We hope you all have a blast this week 52ers, let’s see what you discover as you get out into nature!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Probiotics #bebetter52

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“Go with your gut.” Some sound advice we have all heard at some point in our life. This week at the Be Better Movement we are taking the saying literally. As it turns out, there’s much our guts can tell us, and it doesn’t all have to do with our intuition. Our gut is actually an entire ecosystem composed of trillions of strains of bacteria that make up what is called our microbiome. Making sure the good bacteria is thriving can do wonders for your overall health. In fact, an imbalance of gut bacteria is suspected by many healthcare and functional medicine professionals to be linked to autoimmune diseases, mental health conditions, digestive problems, skin conditions, and a variety of other health complications. So it is incredibly important to keep your gut happy and healthy! There are myriad ways to do this, but the most popular and effective way is through incorporating probiotics in your diet.

Probiotics have become trendy in this health-focused day and age, so it’s likely you’ve heard the term buzzing around your circle of friends or at your local farmer’s market. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to actually incorporate probiotics in your diet or to find new creative ways of doing so if you already do. While many choose to get their probiotics through supplements, we’d like to highlight many foods containing probiotics, all delicious!

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Many already know Greek yogurt is a good source, but an even better alternative is Kefir, as it is one of the most probiotic-rich foods on the planet. Unlike yogurt, the bacteria it provides can actually colonize and attack pathogens and bad bacteria in your gut! It has been shown to boost immunity, support strong bones, and improve digestion among other benefits. Kefir can be found in a variety of forms including dairy kefir, coconut kefir, and water kefir. Another great source of probiotics are cultured vegetables such as kraut and kimchi. Since these foods are fermented, they are high in enzymes and add a tangy addition to your favorite meals. If you’d prefer to reap the benefits of probiotics through a refreshing beverage, kombucha may be a good option for you. It can be found at most grocery stores and comes in a wide variety of flavors, so you’re sure to find one that hits the spot for your afternoon energy boost. A few more foods that support gut health include miso soup, tempeh, apple cider vinegar, raw cheese, pickles, sourdough bread, and even dark chocolate!

As you can see, there is no shortage of gut-friendly foods to enrich your diet and improve your health. We are excited to see all the ways our 52ers “go with their gut” this week!

Some great sources about probiotics. 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gut-microbiome-and-health

https://draxe.com/kefir-benefits/

https://draxe.com/probiotic-foods/

 

 

Nighttime Routine #bebetter52

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Is falling asleep at night difficult for you? Have you given up on counting sheep? A good night’s sleep is an essential part of starting your day off right. Be Better Movement wants to help you get a full night’s rest so you can conquer your day, every day! Creating a night time routine is a great way to embrace the habit of a better sleep cycle. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to turn off all electronics at least 20 minutes before bed and take time to unwind by adding a relaxing new nightly ritual. Once you discover your most effective sleep ritual, keep the night time routine up!

Turning off all electronics, including your phone, 20 minutes before you sleep can also improve your night of rest. The blue light given off by electronic screens sends a signal to your brain it’s daytime, even when it’s not. That wake-up signal leaves you feeling revved up right before you hit the sack. So make sure to turn on your morning alarms, put your phone on silent, and swap out your phone for a book to read or a journal to write in or even yoga to practice before you turn out the lights.

If you still have trouble sleeping after a relaxing nighttime routine, incorporate essential oils or melatonin into your night. These are great natural remedies to help you sleep. Lavender essential oil helps to calm the mind and body, resulting in better sleep. You can use lavender by putting 1-2 drops, mixed with lotion, on your chest or feet. *Melatonin is a homeopathic sleep aid that should be taken 30 minutes before bedtime to help decrease the time it takes to fall asleep.

A few ideas to help you unwind:

Cut out the caffeine before dinner.

Take a warm shower or a relaxing bath at night.

Read a book

Write in your journal.

Put on an eye mask.

Play soothing music or sounds.

Deep breathing or mediation.Your well-rested body and mind will thank you. Friends and family will probably thank you, too.

*Make sure to consult your doctor before taking any new medication or herbal supplements!