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by Justin Bennett

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You only have one life to live, so you’ve got to make the most of your time and live your best life. Satisfaction comes from taking care of yourself and adding healthy practices to your routine. Here are easy life hacks you can try to keep yourself thriving, looking amazing and feeling great each day.

Eat Better

Take a look at your current diet and consider making some changes so you can live longer and experience fewer health problems. Look for foods that are packed with antioxidants and healthy fats. Add ingredients like almonds, chia seeds, blueberries, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, yogurt and salmon to your diet. Stay away from fast food, fried foods, red meat, candy and salty snacks.

Move More

You have to take care of your body to look and feel your best. Consider incorporating a routine that combines cardiovascular exercise and strength training each week. Aerobic exercise can give you a healthier heart and keep your endurance strong. Resistance training makes you stronger and keeps your lean body mass consistent. Regular movement may also keep extra weight off and improve your physical appearance.

The practice of yoga can help to improve flexibility and strength, but it also helps to promote focus and concentration. In addition, yoga can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and it has even been shown to improve sleep quality. When you’re ready to give it a try, Studio 108 offers classes in a spacious studio, or you can stream classes and practice at home.

Refocus Your Career and Start a Business

When your job isn’t challenging, or you want to switch careers, a transition can boost your mental health or remove stress from unfulfilling jobs. For many, starting a business can be incredibly rewarding. Not only do you have the opportunity to be your own boss, but you also have the chance to build something from the ground up. When you start a business, you are in control of your own destiny. You get to decide what products or services you want to offer, how you want to market them, and what kind of culture you want to create.

Of course, starting a business is not without its challenges which is why you should utilize technology to make running your business easier. For example, accounting software can help you track income and expenses and manage your finances. Accounting software that works for you also gives you financial insights through cash flow statements and balance sheets.

Increase Self-Care

Effective self-care is another big part of your overall happiness in life. Spend some time practicing gratitude for what you have in life and the people you love. Consider trying stress-relief techniques, like yoga or meditation. Use therapy to reduce your stress, such as equine therapy. Equine therapy can help you manage your anxiety, improve self-esteem, overcome fears and gain confidence.

Pursue Hobbies

Starting a new hobby may also give you more direction and fulfillment in life. Check out the offerings in your area for activities you may enjoy. Your local community college may have low-cost classes in art, writing, genealogy and more. Consider trying different physical activities, such as dance, martial arts or hiking.

Nourish Your Skin

The condition of your skin and how you treat it matter if you want to look incredible. Create a solid skin care routine to improve your skin’s glow. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day and reapply frequently. Clean and moisturize your skin at least twice a day to keep your face looking fresh and young.

Travel More

Think about going out of your comfort zone with some travel. Check out undiscovered locations and experience new cultures in your travels. Aim to be less of a tourist and more of an adventurer on your journeys. Get a passport and start booking trips based on your interests and curiosities.

You can look your best and feel great if you follow these life hacks. Aim to put yourself first and improve your outlook so you can be happier and more satisfied with your daily activities.

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!