5 Reasons Why You Should Try Something New

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Something New

Break out of your comfort zone, and scare yourself a bit...
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In the spirit of Halloween this weekend, why not scare yourself a little bit and try something you’ve never done before? Ok, apologies, that was a poor joke. But seriously, why not?

A few years ago, I heard a quote that really resonated with me. It went something like this: “Do something that scares you every day.” So I got to thinking. We all like our little bubbles of comfort, but there is so much out there in life left untried, so much uncharted territory for all of us to explore. And so, with this in mind, here are a few reasons why I think we should all take a risk and put ourselves out there for a change.

You just might discover a favorite new hobby or interest. There’s always a first time for everything that you do. Even thought you may have been playing tennis for 8 years now, think back to that first day when you picked up the racket and had no idea what to do with it. But if you’d never tried, you would never have discovered such a deep passion for the sport that you now love. It’s always intimidating being the newbie, but who knows how much fun you could have if you just give it a shot. Who knows, maybe stand-up comedy is your new thing!

You’ll meet so many new people. With each new activity comes a whole new group of people and a chance to increase your social circle. And it’s pretty likely that these new friends will have some pretty cool experiences to share with you. It’s always fun to hang with the people who know you best, but don’t shy away from giving another group the chance to get to know that awesome personality.

New experiences will help you to learn about yourself. It’s easy to fall into habits and routines of doing things we know we like. But there is no better way to grow as an individual and learn about yourself than to try something new! At a base level, you’ll expand your knowledge of your likes and dislikes; maybe even discover a hidden talent! But go deeper, beneath the surface, and you could really explore what it means to be you.

You might gain a new perspective on something you never considered before. It’s always easy to make judgments from afar, but what can you really say about anything until you’ve tried it for yourself? I have personal experience with this one. Growing up, I never gave much thought to boxing. But when it did come up, I always thought it was kind of a weird, pointless sport. I mean, what were you fighting really fighting for? To me, it just seemed like violence without cause. But after I joined the Club boxing team here at ND, I had a total change of heart. I realized that not only was it a great way to exercise, but I was learning so much about discipline, self-awareness, and mental focus.

Sometimes it’s good to be vulnerable; it helps us grow stronger. Especially today, vulnerability can often seem like a dirty word. In a time where people are afraid of commitment and always trying to maintain the upper hand, it can be terrifying to put yourself in a new and different situation. But I think that being vulnerable is actually one of the strongest things you can do. You are opening yourself up to opportunity, to the possibility of success, but also to failure. It’s true, no one knows how things might work out, but you will never know unless you go for it and just try.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that every chance you take will end in rainbows and sunsets. But even if things don’t go exactly the way you want them to, you’ll know that at least you tried! You were willing to put yourself out there and experience one more thing that life has to offer. And hopefully, you’ll come away having learned something about yourself or the world or life in general. Ask yourself: what do you have to lose, really? If it’s just your dignity you’re worried about, it’ll grow back, I promise. So, be daring; be bold; live your life and don’t look back regretting what you might have done, if only you had just tried.

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.
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I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

Cover Image Credit: Savanah Garcia | Instagram

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7 Ways To Calm Your Mind, Body, And Soul During An Anxiety Attack

It is OK not to be OK.

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Everyone gets anxiety attacks whether you will admit it or not. Seven little things that help me find my inner peace are ones I feel everyone should be aware of.

1. Try the "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" grounding exercise.

Answer these five questions out loud for sensory awareness:

What are five things you can see?

What are four things you can feel?

What are three things you can hear?

What are two things you can smell?

What is one thing you love about yourself?

2. Try out this breathing .GIF.

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3. Listen to a song that reduces your anxiety.

4. Use some lavender oil.

Rub it on your temples.

Put some on your wrists.

Inhale.

*Calming.*

5. Tense up your muscles (and then relax).

This may sound counter-intuitive, but just give it a try:

Start tensing at your toes and move up through your body — legs, abdomen, arms, neck, and jaw. Hold it for four counts. Then, relax your muscles. Feel the tension melt out of you.

6. Download an app on your phone.

There are my top apps for helping with anxiety (and they are FREE):

"Recolor" (a coloring book app).

"Wordscapes" (like a crossword puzzle).

"PicrossLUNA" (kind of a play-off of sudoku).

"Words With Friends 2" (just like Scrabble).

7. Reach into your freezer and grab an ice cube.

Just one of many distraction methods.

Reach into the freezer and grab an ice cube or an ice pack.

Hold it firmly in your hand.

Place it on your toes.

The idea is to distract your mind from anything else.

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