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Just Breathe: Strengthen your Attention … (and your glutes!)

Are you finding it hard to concentrate during the day? Mind wandering, foot tapping, to-do list getting longer? With all that 2020 has brought it’s a no brainer that our minds are going to be wandering elsewhere and will change us in ways unimaginable right now. Therefore the approach in which we enter our workspace or headspace absolutely needs to adapt.

To be able to focus on your day and tasks at hand it is crucial to tap into what fuels a powerful mindset into being productive, energized and inspired. First, we need to look at uniting energy inwards; finding your breath, feeling your muscles, waking up the spine and discovering that central resolve.

This is where we’ll begin.

Welcome to the concept of Mindset Movement; a beautiful combination of breath and movement. Eighteen minutes of intentional breathing, muscle activations and isolation holds, inspired from many different training disciplines and merged into a juicy flow to enhance your brains capability and your peachy bottom! But don’t fret this isn’t a strenuous burpee flying kick type of workout, think slow, controlled and engaging but with a certain dose of muscle twitches and maybe a slight sheen of sweat.

My friends, this is what will strengthen your attention!

Let me give you an insight into my methodology and why I vow that this string of movements I have put together will truly have a profound result for the body and the mind.

First of all, movement is energy and the more you move the more energised you will feel, all it takes is an 18-minute session of movement that gets your blood pumping for your body to produce more energy on a cellular level through neuroplasticity. Its bloody beautiful proven science; the brain has the ability to improve itself with increased blood flow and levels of brain derived protein. By moving intentionally, we also trigger the release of those gorgeous endorphins and serotonin which improve the prioritizing functions of the brain as well as happiness. Improving your ability to sort out priorities, allowing you to block out distractions and be more positive.

Basically, exercise is the “Miracle Gro” for your brain!

I have put together a gorgeous flowing workout video that serves your mind and body and second of all, this “workout” will leave you chomping at the bit to get shit done.

Here is why the specific types of movements I have used are so darn important:

• Flowing: following short combinations of movement and moving your body efficiently through space improves brain function and boosts memory, again linked to neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to form new neural connections to change and adapt. But also, on a more emotional level flowing through choreography, it allows you to shut off from the outside world and revel in the moment… you can’t be thinking about what your cats’ best friends having for dinner when you are mid performance! And this attentiveness boosts concentration, clarity and creativity.

• The flows are specifically designed around activating muscles that contribute to good form. We are switching on the hamstrings, large back muscles, abdominals and glutes, therefore providing you with a switched-on postural alignment. Keeping you alert, focused and decreasing the wandering mind.

• We hold moves in isolation which has an incredible calming effect on the brain helping with anxiety. Again, it comes back to single focus, when holding a position- even though it is only for 4 deep breaths long – we have a moment of stillness both for the mind and body and that equates to a forced tranquillity (even if it is burning ya quads!)

And lastly, but oh so importantly, breathe!

Have you noticed that when you need to concentrate, we tend to hold our breath? Try threading a needle and breathing at the same time, it just doesn’t work. Breath is the pinnacle of our focus and by honing in on that to start a workout, starts a gorgeous chain of attention and emphasis on the current. Breathing to concentrate on your breathing turns into breathing to concentrate on your posture, your muscles, your movement… and after that flame has been lit it keeps on burning. Deep breathing releases Noradrenaline into the bloodstream enhancing your attention to detail and improves overall brain health by promoting the growth of new neural connections.

So, there you have it, my what, whys and hows.

Now head on over to give my little workout with a big impact a go. Try by first completing the whole video and when the need arises you can bust out one of the two short flows throughout your working day. I promise you the effects will be immediate and oh so rewarding.

If you fancy moving to the beat of your own drum, then the formula is easy…

Move intentionally + breathe deeply + isolations for posture = bad ass get shit done boss babe!

And remember, find that mind-muscle connection and you will give yourself your best shot at firing on all cylinders.

I would love to hear what you think and how you get on with this, you can comment below or catch me over on Instagram @Amphibious_Fit or www.amphibiousfit.com

-Jessie

Taking off your Emotional Armor

We only really see people from the outside. In fact, we only see what they want us to see. Whether it’s the barista at your local coffee shop or your friendly co-worker that always says, “Good Morning” with a huge smile on her face, what’s presented to us is never as telling as what’s on the inside.Read More

The Road to Resilience

I was excited to be given the opportunity to Guest Blog for Wildernest, and when debating on what single topic to tackle, I started thinking about all the things that I have experienced in my lifetime and career that could help benefit other female professionals and entrepreneurs. But I quickly realized that it’s not one thing, but the sum of how all of those experiences came together, that contains the wisdom I want to share.

My life has not been all sunshine and roses. 

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No More Silence: Facing White Privilege and Doing the Work

You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.” —Brené Brown

A couple weeks ago at a dinner party in Bali, I sat across from a white American male who didn’t believe privilege exists and fell under the All Lives Matter banner. After the initial shock of what he was saying wore off, I felt this shot of full body adrenaline take over me, accompanied by the burning sensation in my belly that I always feel when I am scared to say what I am about to say, but know I’m going to do it anyway. 

I could have been silent. I could have let it go, kept the peace, and pivoted over to the civil dinner party conversation all around us. I could have, because it would have been a whole lot easier on me and everyone around me at the table.Read More

3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Not Give Up on Your Dreams

We all know there’s no such thing as an overnight success. Duh. If there was, we’d all run fearlessly in the direction of our dreams!

But even with this knowledge that dreams take time to be realized, unfortunately we still see people quickly giving up on their dreams as soon as things get a little bit tough.

Sure, things may become harder than we realized when we started, or it takes longer to reach our goals, or we feel like we aren’t getting anywhere.Read More

Pandemic Advice for Career Success: Spend Some Time Doing Nothing

There has never been so much quiet in our lives…and so much noise. I’ve found this duality of quarantine incredibly interesting and profoundly powerful. Never have we had so much time to ourselves, so much time to go inward, so much time to focus and think about what is truly important to us. And never have we had such a strong instinct to run from that quiet. Because let’s face it, for most of us, this quiet is incredibly uncomfortable and unnerving.Read More

let’s talk about stress baby

Stress affects everyone, and tbh: it’s like the pain in the ass cousin to our old familiar frenemy: fear! 

With fear, our minds think of worst case scenarios and if we don’t think through ways to overcome it, we just hold ourselves back. Fear forces us to stay in our protected little bubble, not taking those necessary leaps of faith, only to realize in the future what could’ve been if we didn’t let our minds talk us out of it. 

With stress, our mind is constantly checking in with itself to see if we’re still stressing about the very thing we’re trying not to stress about. It clouds our mind, makes us unproductive, unmotivated… and sometimes even unhinged. It’s like being on a diet. How many times have you thought, “I won’t have sweets” and all of a sudden you can’t stop thinking about not having sweets. Our brain checks in with us constantly, asking: are you thinking about the thing you’re not supposed to be thinking about? 

So stressful! 

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Finding clarity and hope during uncertain times

“When everything is uncertain, everything that is important becomes clear”

As social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns worldwide have started to become our new norm, I’ve also started to see the initial shock lifting around me, and have heard from others  that they are just starting to find the space to finally have enough breathing room and time to sit back and re-evaluate what you really want out of life and dream about what your future is going to look like after this. 

When I lost my dream photography project two weeks ago due to the global travel ban, the first thing I did (after crying it out for a full half day )was immediately think of you. Yes, YOU! Read More

9 Ways to Make the Best of Social Distancing

It’s St Patty’s Day! Which would typically mean wearing green, grabbing Guiness at a super crowded Irish Bar with friends, and maybe a smooch with a nice Irish lad (just kidding, not my style). But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic none of this is advisable for the health and safety of everyone, especially the most vulnerable. So instead, this year we’re skipping the crowds and tossing on our greenest pajamas (pjs are far better than green beer-soaked skinny jeans anyway!).

So what’s a gal to do during this time of social distancing and self-quarantine?! It doesn’t have to mean the fun stops here. And I don’t mean just for St. Patty’s Day. I mean in general! For someone like me who is an extrovert, a busy-body, and now has to pause and self-quarantine I’m going to need to keep myself busy. More than just a Netflix binge rec (but no judgement if you do that at some point too), here are some ways I think you can make the most of this time. 

And if all the stress of what’s going on in the world is clouding your brain a bit, I’ve included some resources to help ya out a bit too!Read More

Find Your Career Passion in 4 Simple Steps

February’s a fun month full of love, conversation hearts, Galentine’s Day and Passion!

Passion is a fun one because it’s not just for the bedroom! There are passions that we’re all innately meant to pursue, those passions that make us want to spring out of bed in the morning and that keep us awake at night. Life is way too short not to live one you’re in love with, so it’s pretty important to find that special something (or things!) that makes you feel alive sooner than later.

If you already know what lights your soul on fire, then you’re a huge step ahead of most. If not, don’t worry – we’ll help you find your passion below!

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**Special COVID19 crisis e-course pricing assistance**

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact, we are currently completely focused on what we can do to best support each other - our community, our families, and our fellow wild women. As we all navigate this crisis, we want you to know that we’re in your corner, and we want to do our part to help you find some hope and to feel empowered as you find your way forward to a new normal. While social distancing and quarantines have many downsides, the most valuable resource we all have right now is extra time, and if we take advantage of that extra time by working hard on our dreams we all may just be able to turn some sour-ass lemons into some Beyonce-level Lemonade. And we are in a unique position to help you do just that with our Nest for Success ecourse, which helps you work through every step of laying the foundation for your dream business - culminating in the creation of your very own business plan (COVID be damned!). Our hope is that this course will help you utilize this time to truly evaluate what is possible for your future, to start thinking big, and begin laying the essential groundwork for building the company and life of your dreams when the dust of the pandemic settles.

As small business owners ourselves who have all been impacted by the crisis, we know that right now finances are scary and the future of your work may be shaky. We’ve been talking with a lot of you behind the scenes and know that many of you have lost your income, or had it drastically reduced, affecting your ability to support yourself and your family, or that your 9-5 job security is on thin ice. So we have made an immediate decision to make our course as accessible and affordable as we can to you during this time in order to lend a hand. 

So starting now through April 15th, we’re going as low as we can go and making our $997 course available for $99. (We’d give it for FREE if we could but need to make sure our team is cared for and keep the lights on over here too!). We’ve also set it up so you can split your payment into 3 monthly charges of $33, with the normal payment plan fees waived. 

And if you’re doing a little better than most during this time, we would encourage you to pay it forward and choose the option to sponsor a woman who is in financial crisis. If you are one of those women who’s in financial crisis, please be brave and send us a message via social media direct message, or email us at hello@wildernestwomen.com to let us know what’s going on and we’ll work on getting you taken care of. 

We love you, we’re here for you, and please remember to throw kindness around like confetti and lean on your sisters during this time.

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