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Three Simple Steps to Appreciate the Moment

Aeryn Lynne

Spring is all about rebirth, which makes it a great moment to take stock of your well-being and find small ways to live life better. I’ve been trying to find ways to improve my every day, so that not only will I have enough energy to get things done, but I can simply appreciate what life has to offer.  Here are three ways I’ve found so far to get into a better groove, now that Spring is here!

Put a Smile on Your Face

Time to stop hiding behind that wintry frown. You know the one; it comes from thinking, “OMG, it’s so cold outside, brrr,” and layered by all those coffees you’ve drunk to keep yourself warm and moving, while seemingly perpetually stuck with those darker days and artificial light.

For some, like me, that frown can be etched on your face the very moment you hit that first cold blast of the outdoors during those long winter months.

Now that we’re back into Spring, the sun is coming out longer and brighter to greet us with a gorgeous warmth, and we’re going to wanna smile about it.

So, make sure you have the best smile you can have.  Smiling can actually lower stress and anxiety. It can release endorphins, and studies have even shown that smiling can also improve your immune system by producing white blood cells. Moreover, people like to see happy, so smiling can help you look more approachable and trustworthy when you want to be social.

Have you ever consciously covered up your teeth when you’ve been compelled to grin?

Hiding smile, embarrassed about teeth.

To have that brilliant smile that you’re truly comfortable enough to give, it just might be time to visit your dentist and get that cleaning that will help you put your best smile forward every day.

There are a lot of health benefits to visiting your dentist too. Did you know visiting your dentist regularly is a big proponent of keeping your heart healthy? Many health issues can be prevented, found and addressed just by letting a dentist look at your teeth and gums.  And it’s so much easier, and cost effective, to treat any pain or dental diseases you may have (such as tooth decay) by visiting your dentist sooner, instead of when those issues get to that point of being epic.

And hey, what better time to get started on those regular check-ups than during Oral Health Month? It’s time to “Make Your Teeth a Big Deal”, and ensure that you don’t have any oral (or any) health issues that you can prevent with a simple dental checkup. So, if you live in Ontario, you can click here to find a dentist in your area today!

Stretch Your Mind, Body & Soul

Time to shed that wintry spirit. The Winter Blues is truly a thing to contend with every year. It’s why many Canadians do everything they possibly can to travel to a warmer destination at some point during the colder months. But now with that cold hearted season officially gone until next November, it’s a very good time to spring free from that winter funk.

If you’ve never tried yoga before, now is a fabulous time to start.

Appreciate the early rising sun and its comforting warmth while stretching into a warrior pose.

Appreciate the moment with yoga.

Yoga doesn’t have to be hard. It’s not meant to be stressful, especially if you’re not particularly bendy. It’s intended to give you a moment of peace and clarity, and leave you with an inner strength to face your oncoming day/evening.

Regardless of what poses you do, whether you choose to watch training videos on YouTube or make your way to a studio, add a bit of yoga to your day to give yourself a natural energy boost to both your mental and physical health.

While the Warrior Pose II into Goddess will always be my fave yoga move, here are some poses I found on Pinterest, that I enjoy doing or can’t wait to try some day.

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Be One with Your Local Nature

Time to escape that wintry hibernation.  Granted, it might be difficult to find the time every day, but when you can, pick up a book, and some sunscreen, and take a trip to appreciate the outdoors for a few hours. Find a location in your town that you’ve never explored before, and simply enjoy the moment, by reading, having a good cup of coffee, or people watch if that’s your thing.

Here are five places around Toronto that are fantastic for enjoying a good book, and the sun. There’s so much to see and do at each of these locations, but they’re also perfect to simply sit and enjoy a moment of peace.

Want some more inspiration for Toronto? Check out my pin board of fabulous places to freely visit in Toronto.

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What activities do you do to enjoy the moment?  I would love to hear what inspires you!

Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Ontario Dental Association, the opinions and language are my own.

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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12 Comments on “Three Simple Steps to Appreciate the Moment

Monica
April 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm

You’re so right Aeryn, it’s so easy to fall into the winter blahs and so difficult for some, myself included, to crawl out of them. I haven’t done yoga in years, but you have inspired me to get back at it. Oh yeah…and to make that dentist appointment I have been putting off!

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Jeanine
April 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Love this! Great tips! I cannot wait to check out Casa Loma. We have yet to get there but just looking at the photos gets me excited to go!

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Randa @ TBK
April 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

This post has come at the right time. I am working hard at changing my mindset and to be more mindful and be in the moment. It’s sad I have to remind myself but it’s where I’m at now.

These are great tips. Thanks.

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chastity
April 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm

We love checking out the local parks. There are so many things to do outside and a little sunshine always makes us feel great!

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Nicole Escat
April 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm

What a beautiful place to have in there. Just enjoy every moment forget all doubt things in mind. I enjoyed it

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Alicia Taylor
April 4, 2016 at 10:47 pm

I really enjoy nature. In fact, when we moved back home to Florida, we bought a house in the middle of several acres of woods. All my anxieties just melt under the canopy

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Paula Schuck
April 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Sometimes when I read this blog I am overcome with the need to move to Toronto. LOL. Maybe I will just visit again soon. Love these tips and I need a teeth whitening session for sure. Yoga is great for almost anyone. I do it often. It helps me to feel more energetic and in control of my health.

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Dawn @Simple & Savoury
April 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Love this post Aeryn Lynne! Yoga too 🙂 Perfect timing for the reminder to make that dentist appointment.

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Shannon
April 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Great list of things to do. Lately I love walking along the river near my house. The water is so beautiful and powerful this time of year.

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Eileen Kelly
April 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm

These are super tips. I spent Sunday morning taking a long walk in my park despite being chilly it was s peaceful. You also reminded me, time for a dentist visit.

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jamie sanders
April 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm

I have only tried yoga a couple of times- I may have to revisit a class!

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Liz mays
April 5, 2016 at 4:42 pm

That garden looks particularly beautiful! I’d love to spend some time there!

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