Daily 10, 5, 3, 1?

You're probably wondering what those numbers mean?   Or maybe you've heard me talk about them before because those numbers symbolize a routine that has changed my life.  

I love sharing this a few times a year - especially now as we head into the last quarter of 2016 and the busyness of school starting and the holidays can be overwhelming and very stressful.

Those numbers are my secret way I manage stress and stay happy and focused each and every day.  Many of the Toned in Ten Family have adopted this routine and have told me the huge positive impact and happiness it has brought to their life. 🙂

SO - onto the numbers, but be sure to check out the Renewing Reflection at the end - one of my favorites!

Stress plays a huge role in our health, weight loss, and aging. 

Increased stress = increased cortisol = chronic inflammation = accelerated aging and a broken metabolism.

So what is the best way to manage stress so we can live healthier and happier lives?

You may be a bit surprised when I tell you that Gratitude is one of my top tips to reduce stress.  Studies show when we are grateful and focus on the good things in our life we are generally happier and therefore less stressed out.  

We all know by now that chronic stress is harmful to our bodies and skin and can make us look much older.  So with gratefulness comes happiness, less stress, less free radical damage and therefore better hormonal balance which leads to improved weight loss and younger looking skin.  

 For many years I have performed a 30-minute morning ritual that goes like this:

10 minute Short Burst workout

10 Minute prayer and reflection of what I'm grateful for

10 Minute goal setting for the day

 This has helped me stay happy, healthy, and motivated even through some very difficult times in my life.  I know how helpful this can be - so when I saw a story on the news that talked about a very similar routine, I knew I had to share it with you.  

Doctors out of the University of Wisconsin for Investigating Healthy Minds came up with a great way to practice gratefulness by remembering the numbers 5, 3, and 1.

5 - Stands for practicing 5 minutes of prayer or meditation per day

3 - Stands for writing down three things you are grateful for each day

1 - Stands for performing one Act of Random Kindness per day. 

Their study found a much greater sense of happiness for individuals that performed these acts each day.  They found that it helps people focus on the positive things in there life rather than the negative, reduces stress, and improves well being and mood!  

I really like the idea of writing down what I'm grateful for each day.  In the past I simply thought of what I was grateful for.  Somehow writing it down really enhances the whole experience and it is also nice to look back on as time goes by.  

To help even further I would add the #10.

10 stands for at least 10 minutes of short burst exercise each day.  🙂

As you know from reading my ebook, short burst exercise increases Human Growth Hormone which is a youth boosting, mood elevating, and fat burning hormone.

So my revised #'s to remember are 10-5-3-1 to beat stress, encourage weight loss and for your best health and happiness with the added bonus of beautiful skin.  

10 - Stands for at least 10 minutes of short burst exercise each day.

5 - Stands for practicing 5 minutes of prayer or meditation per day

3 - Stands for writing down three things you are grateful for each day

1 - Stands for performing one Act of Random Kindness per day.

Print that out and place it somewhere you will see it each day - a great daily habit for health, happiness and less stress.  🙂

To Learn more - check out my YouTube video here.

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