3 Ways Technology Can Help You Feel Better

3 Ways Technology Can Help You Feel Better
Life has been pretty challenging for most of the world over the last year, hasn’t it? Are you wondering how to be happy again? Do you feel a little lost right now?
 
Stress management has become ever increasingly important. The rise in technology has given us access to information and friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers 24/7. I’m not here to tell you what I think about whether technology is a good thing or a bad thing. It’s like the weather. It simply is. What I am here to talk about is the stress and anxiety that comes from being always “on.”
 
We have to learn how to navigate this technological world without being consumed by it. Self-care has to become as much of a habit as picking up our phone to scroll. I’m as guilty as anyone, by the way! Even as I type this, it’s 6:20 am on a Saturday. I woke up with a desire to work, which isn’t a bad thing when you work at home and quiet time is rare. But, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to be snuggled up in bed with my Honey and puppy either.
 
Here are three ways we can utilize the technology that can be the bane of our existence (whether we admit it or not) and use it in a way that builds us up, encourages us, and helps us be better humans.
 
Number 1: Audible
 
Before I had a dozen babies, I was a voracious reader. (Okay, I only have five, but when they were all under ten years old, it felt a lot like a dozen some days.) I love books and tend to focus on nonfiction. My personality says that I should utilize my time wisely and not waste it on frivolous things that don't teach me anything. (No need to lecture me here. My English major daughter has that covered.) 
 
A few weeks ago, I realized that I wasn’t doing anything to unwind. I thought, “maybe I could find some fiction to listen to while I walk.” I asked for a set of AirPods for Christmas, linked those puppies to my Apple Watch, and BOOM! Full disclosure: I’ve listened to exactly one book that was really just an autobiography…but it WAS NOT non-fiction. It was riveting and kept me walking longer each day. Sidenote: Matthew McConaughey is not hard to listen to.
 
I got more exercise than normal and I got to shift gears in my brain! Alright, alright, alright!
 

Number 2: Exercise App
 
I don’t care what type of exercise you do. Time spent moving is not spent in front of a screen.....or at least that screen time doesn't count. People are doing all kinds of things with technology that helps them move more. If a peleton bike isn’t in your budget, there are plenty of free or super cheap apps you can use! 
 
I like the freebie that comes on an iphone, but surely androids have something similar. Look for the Health App with a heart on it. Check your movement chart. OOOPH. Hopefully it is not a sad awakening. 
 
Look back over your last week or month and note your average number of steps. Decide on a goal for the next month. Maybe a 10% increase? 25%? Focus on doing that for the next month! 
 
Want to do more? Explore! There are apps for everything from yoga to running to HIIT workouts! When you set it up, be sure to say yes to notifications so you have that extra little push to shut your phone up! 
 

Number 3: Podcasts
 
Find a podcast that you love and makes you feel better. No, not one for work. Not one on investing. Not one on the latest marketing trends. Those are all fine and good, but I want you to find at least one to subscribe to that is just for you because you like it. I have a friend that listens to true crime stories while she walks. Not my cuppa tea, but you do you! 
 
I’ve struggled to find things JUST FOR ME. My enneagram 1w2 personality (we’ll talk about that in a future blog or blog series if you aren’t familiar) means that I tend to give everything of myself to everyone else and leave an empty bucket for me.
 
Right now, I’m not listening to a podcast, per se. I’m listening to one of my favorite priests. Father Barnabas Powell is a Protestant convert to Eastern Orthodoxy. I liken him to Friar Tuck, only without the drunkenness. Father Barnabas has an amazing gift of being witty and fun while getting right to the point. His messages have been a balm to my soul.
 
Find something that you could refer to as a “balm to your soul” and make it a priority in your life.
 

Do you have tricks for utilizing technology to your advantage? I’d love to hear them! Leave a message below so everyone can benefit!
 
P. S. In case you were worried about the aforementioned abandoned puppy, he toddled out halfway through this writing and is snuggled happily on my lap. Pets are a pretty awesome stress reliever, too. I highly recommend. Five Stars.


HEY! Where are you?

HEY! Where are you?

Did you know? It’s impossible to achieve your dream life without knowing where you are now. 
When I coach people in the Oola principles, one of the first things we do is find out where they are in life. You need to be honest and know your starting point so you can measure your progress!

Just like when you use your smartphone’s maps app to get directions, the first thing that shows up is where you are at this moment—represented by a little blue dot. Plug in your destination, and your smartphone will use GPS technology to give you step-by-step, mile-by-mile directions from your current location to your desired endpoint. But before you can go anywhere, you need to know exactly where you are right now. 

Over the next few posts, I’ll be leading you through a where-are-you exercise in the seven areas we cover in the Oola Coaching Program: fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun. We call these “The 7 F’s of Oola,” and by the time you make it though those posts, you’ll have a checklist of things you’d like to improve. Are you ready? LET'S GO!

Let’s look at the very first of The 7 F’s of Oola: fitness.



I'm going to start right here because this is the one I struggle with the most. I have such a hard time taking time for me. There is always another load of laundry to do, another bed to make, another floor to sweep, another meal to prep....you get the idea. 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your health, fitness habits and mental wellbeing? If you answer “1,” that means low/bad/least true, while answering “10” means “high/good/most true”:

• I would rate my current health....................... ____
•  How close am I to my ideal weight?................ ____
•  I would rate my overall mental health............. ____
•  I do 3+ cardio/resistance sessions a week........ ____
•  How hard do I push myself during exercise?..... ____
•  I am active outside of exercise sessions........... ____
•  I practice relaxation daily.............................. ____
•  I love my life and have little stress.................. ____
•. My meals are nutrient-rich and contain the 
.. proper calories for my body.......................... ____
•. I eat a balanced diet and avoid processed foods and fast food...................................... ____

So? How did you do in your Oola Fitness assessment? If you didn’t like your numbers, start planning some changes for 2021. There’s still time. In fact, the 10-week Oola Coaching Program is the best formula I’ve discovered for getting from where you are to where you want to be.
Check it out at the website (or message me) and let’s work together over the next couple months to transform your life in 2021. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader and most supportive guide to getting there.

What are you consuming?

What are you consuming?

When a Christoff Certified Self Sabotage Coach works with any client, we’re always reviewing the type of media they take in. Our subconscious mind is the part of our brain complex that determines our behavior. Although most people believe they come to their own conclusions in life, through a step by step process of logical analysis, this isn’t the case whatsoever. Our behavior is set into us by our environment. If the environment changes, we change. If the environment we live within is negative, we become negative. If the environment we live within is positive, we become positive. If our parents self-abused with junk food, cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, trash fire media, and medications…….we as well will self-abuse, (even though we may self-abuse in different ways.)

Our environment controls, carves, and directs our beliefs, actions, thoughts, ideas, and rituals. Our conscious mind, the part of the mind you’re reading this article with right now, is the ACTOR. As an actor, the conscious mind reads its script, which is written by the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is in turn controlled by the environment. The subconscious mind has one job and that is to scan the environment…..in order to determine what behaviors are safe to act out. The most repetitive behaviors and the behaviors that receive the most adoration by perceived authority or celebrity……..will rise to the top of the pile in regards to what behavior orders your conscious mind is given. Again, you’re an actor controlled by your subconscious…….which in turn is controlled by the environment.

How many kids are you supposed to have, in order to best fit in? At what age are you supposed to get married? What’s the most acceptable income level, in which you will offend the least amount of people? At what income level will you gain the most friends because you’re exactly like them? That safe income level is like every other facet of life for the subconscious…….it’s just safer when you’re average, mediocre and underachieving. We struggle because a large part of our brain believes we’re safer when we struggle. That’s a pretty big secret……..

The subconscious takes everything it sees in the environment, analyses it, and then manufactures your actions, beliefs, and behaviors……….which will keep you the safest, inside your particular living situation. So again, you really decide very little about what you do during a day and less so in your younger years. The weaker you are, the more in fear you are, the more out of shape you are, and the more polluted you are……the more your subconscious takes over trying to make sure you fit in, as a non-threat. (average, mediocre, underachieving) 

If you live in a society of donut eating, coffee guzzling, overweight, depressed folks, who work jobs they hate plus they also tolerate unhealthy romantic unions because they want to blend in instead of being happy....the subconscious will make you addicted, depressed and miserable. The subconscious doesn’t care about happiness, satisfaction. spiritual growth or how long you live. The subconscious is in charge of you fitting in with your environment. A crummy environment sees you act out a crummy script and, of course, the opposite is true as well. Christoff Certified Self Sabotage Coaches can change the programming of the subconscious mind in a very short amount of time. We do that by changing the environment and teaching you how to do the same.

One of the worst environmental impacts on the subconscious mind is trash fire media, which is always full of crisis, chaos, disaster, and misery. If you’ve ever wondered why some people just keep stepping into one bucket of crap and then quickly jump out into 2 more………..you need to understand that if the subconscious is full of disaster imagery and symbols, it has no choice but to pursue disaster. 5 minutes of good times, followed by 45 minutes of complete disaster is the recipe of every television show and movie. Always problems. Always conflict. Always more negative stuff compared to the positive stuff. 

I can tell you, from the perspective of a psychology and mind control researcher, that our architects of doom do this on purpose. This very simple psychological manipulation helps keep the slave class trapped in perpetual cycles of doom, gloom, and "stinkin-thinkin." 

That is what self-sabotage is....a disaster based program running in the subconscious mind that you can’t shut off because you don’t know how it got there in the first place. Fear not, a qualified self-sabotage coach can help you break the chains you didn't even know you were wearing!

You can have a good life. You can be rich. You can enjoy every second of your day. You can connect with the people around you. You can have a beautiful relationship with your partner. You can enjoy sex every day. You can awaken with a smile and you can go to bed with a smile. Life can be good, but you need to know how to reprogram for peace, wealth, health, and happiness. A Christoff Certified Self Sabotage Coach can show you how. If you’re interested in how your mind really works and how it can be hacked for absolutely anything (even being happy, healthy, and wise) just schedule a 30-minute Discovery Call, and let's find an option that works for you!

It's Time to Create Your "New Normal"

It's Time to Create Your "New Normal"
It’s time to emerge from the fog and transform your life into the one you’ve been dreaming about. 

It’s time to create your “new normal.” I hesitated to even say that. Why? Because nothing about 2020 feels normal. NOTHING. It feels messy and ugly and confusing and angry and sad and a million other things that are literally any damn thing but normal.

If you’ve been following my social media posts, you know I’m big into getting what you want in the 7 major areas of your life. It’s something I learned from Dr. Dave Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl—The OolaGuys—who teach how to create balance in our unbalanced world. I've been a big fan of Troy and Dave for as long as I've been involved with Young Living....so about six years. Even Clay is a big fan and he's hesitant to be a fan of much. 

If you know me very well at all, you'll know that my life has been a roller coaster of mess and chaos. But you know what? So is everyone else's. And through the years, I've learned a thing or two. Oola has been an influence on how I've worked some of those messes out. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a work in progress and I will be until the day I die. But, by God's grace I'm not who I was five years ago!



Now, as a Certified Oola Life Coach (and Clay on the way to becoming one himself!), I help clients address what’s not working for them in the areas of fitness, finance, field (career), family, faith, friends and fun. Then we go to work correcting those stressors and bringing about the lifestyle, relationships, and financial security they need to be happy, balanced and growing.

So what could the OolaLife look like for you? 

For the next few weeks, I’d like to challenge you to decide—then help you go to work overcoming the current stress of these crazy times we're in, and create your “new normal.”

Start Today: What’s Not Working
To begin our journey together, let’s take inventory. While tons of new stressors recently dropped into our lives, most people already had imbalances that kept stress at an all-time high. To begin, write down your list of what’s not working in your life, so you can refer back to it. I’ll tell you in the coming weeks how to begin lowering your stress level. For instance, are you struggling with:
Fitness: Excess weight? Poor nutrition? Infrequent exercise?
Finance: Crushing debt? No retirement plan? Too many bills?
Family: No boundaries? Marriage on life support? 
Field: Career stress? Job loss? Low pay or no benefits?
Faith: Poor relationship with God? No time for daily study?
Friends: Toxic friends that bring you down? No mentors?
Fun: No time for fun? Waiting until you’re older or retired?  

Whatever’s stressing you, make your list, then share below where you want to make changes (but hey, don't reveal super-personal details!). Soon, I’ll ask you to start dreaming (big time) about the “new normal” you want in these areas.

Of course, the 7 areas above come from The OolaGuys. If you’ve been following my past posts, you know that I’ve joined forces with Dave and Troy to bring my followers the Oola formula via a 10-week coaching experience designed to transform your life, your finances, your relationships and more. Schedule a 30 minute Discovery Call and let's see how Oola can transform your life, too. You owe it to yourself to be all that God created you to be!


What if you could find your way again?

What if you could find your way again?
Have you ever been sent for remedial coaching at the office or known someone who was sent? While remedial coaching used to sound the alarm on “low-performance employees,” Fortune Magazine now reports that 87% of employers surveyed by the Human Capital Institute are offering one-on-one coaching to “high potentials.” In other words, coaching is a perk—a benefit—to up-and-coming future leaders within high-performance organizations. 

Because of the goal-setting mechanism and accountability feature of coaching, anyone who wants to vastly improve their lifestyle, career, fitness, net worth, or personal network can benefit from working with a qualified coach. And it doesn’t stop at coaching for your career.
Gone are the days when there was a stigma attached to seeking help. Marriages do better when partners are proactive. Dr. Dave Braun coined the phrase, “If you aren’t working on your marriage, you’re working on your divorce.” It’s true. Marriage is hard work…worthy work….but HARD work. 

Loads of things in our lives are worthy of the hard work to make them good. Friendships, family, fitness, finances, faith, and even fun all need attention if they are to be balanced and effective in our lives. If everything else is great, but you’ve lost your faith, your life isn’t going to be all it could be. If you love your job, but never take any time for fun, you’re going to eventually crash and burn……and likely, your friends and family will suffer as well!

I am proud to be certified in a unique coaching method based on the work of Dr. Dave Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl, authors of Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced WorldWorking on every area of their lives—not just career skills or professional growth—helps executives (and anyone who wants to achieve more success) resolve lifestyle stressors so they’re free to live their lives balanced and peaceful.


What kinds of stress-free outcomes result from working with a Certified Oola Life Coach?

Personal Finances: Debt reduction, boosting retirement savings, planning for major purchases, bringing other family members in alignment with financial planning goals.

Health and Fitness: Starting a workout routine, gaining mental clarity through better nutrition, losing weight, getting more sleep, addressing long-standing health conditions.

Family Matters: Setting boundaries around toxic family members, improving one’s marriage, resolving issues with adult children, managing the stress and career impact of eldercare.

Friendships: Recognizing toxic friendships, reverse-engineering new friends, seeking out mentors, upgrading an employee’s personal network which leads to better connections and benefits to the employer.
 
Achieving a life of contentment, vibrant good health, ample finances, and supportive relationships is what Oola Coaching delivers—and it’s for everyone from the top executives in companies to the newly graduated high school student to the Mama who has forgotten how to dream. Oola Coaching has been attracting folks from all walks of life for years and their methods have been proven time and time again.


 
Does this sound like something you’d be interested in learning more about? Click here to set up a thirty-minute Discovery Call. Let’s see if Oola Coaching is right for you! 
 
 
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