Movement, Nutrition and Mindset: The three pillars of Health and Performance for those surviving the rock star lifestyle and interested in becoming a better human. Stay tuned for tips and tricks on how to last the party a little while longer.

I just had a brief “aha” as I was perusing through my social media feeds…

Authenticity.

Is it today’s overused catchphrase. A trend? Or can we still milk some sort of value amidst the shadows of hashtags, followers, filters, overproduced content and the need for the dopamine hits that result from that pesky like button.

Do you agree with me? Listen in here. “Authenticity”

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I’m not here to poke the bear, but fact is… 70% of the people I meet with aren’t truly fit for coaching. Not 100% anyway. There’s also a stat (that I might be butchering because I’m going off of a conversation I just had with another health professional) that it takes 9 years on average for a person that’s been dealing with anxiety/depression to actually have it affect them enough to be willing to make a change in their life to address it. 9 years! That’s a crazy amount of time to be contemplating something!

That’s what wellness professionals are there for. I’ll speak from experience; the folks I work with learn to become ready through a long, progress-based method of behavioural change. I’m not the only one out there that can facilitate that, but you’ve got to imagine if we’re dealing with years and years of pain, discomfort, addiction, darkness and negative lifestyle habits, the ability to turn that all around in a few sessions is unrealistic.

The point is, most people aren’t truly ready on their own for coaching. Ironic though, because those are the people that need it the most. Hence, the “Thousand Reasons” are mostly made up stories of that person in the pre-contemplative state. The state of mind that will really search for all the reasons not to break habit. Stay comfy. Stay away from progress.

I’m compiling a list of resources to help musicians get well, and stay well, mentally, physically and otherwise. This list includes practitioners specialized in working with musicians and industry, health and counselling, life coaching, exercise therapists, nutrition gurus, everything.  If you would like to add a name or a resource, outlet or organization that you believe could help others in their health and wellness journey, please add a comment down below or reach out to me on your own.

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Thanks for listening. And if you know someone that’s experiencing some tougher times, just say hey, offer your ear and point them in the direction of some professional help.

‘Til next time, stay sweet.

Okay, I’m certain you’ve heard it all before.

“I can’t sleep.”

“I hit a wall after lunch.”

“I can’t get motivated to exercise.”

“I’m just not happy… I’m not sure what I want… I’m just not feeling it…”

Hell, maybe you’ve even caught yourself saying something like that…

These are common things I hear when I ask people “what brought you in today?” when they first meet with me to undergo a lifestyle overhaul.

I’ve noticed happiness and living stress-free go hand in hand, so I thought “who doesn’t wanna feel awesome?!”

Here are my three and a half pro tips for reducing stress and feeling happy, for most of your awake time in life.

1. Get moving. Get outside. Get moving outside.

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It’s science. Exercise improves mood. Sunlight also improves mood. Put them together for a smorgasbord of awesome. If you wanna be happy, forget about the deadline of that project for ten minutes and just tune out, go be with nature and take a stroll. It’ll be great. Come back at it harder with a fresh take. It also helps if you have a rad dog in your life. They make everything better.

2. Speak in positive, “architecture” language.

 

Instead of saying things like “can’t”, “don’t”, “won’t”… try affirming what you “can” do, “do” want and “will” get.

It’s amazing how much more energy you reserve at the end of the day when you only focus on the positives. That starts with language. (For more on this, check with my buddy, Mark England of Procabulary.org)

3. Breathe and Meditate

Breathing is easy. We all just suck at it. Try this when you’re feeling anxious. It’ll surely calm you down. Inhale for 7 seconds, exhale for 7 seconds. Repeat 7 times. Namasteyin’ chill?

For meditation, it’s not some voodoo crazy shit. It’s just focusing your intent. There’s a sweet app I use called Headspace IMG_3735if you’re looking for a gentle introduction to meditation. Dig it.

Try it out. If that’s not your jam, pick up a book, a pen and paper and write, draw, build something, create… sometimes that’s the best way to get those thoughts out into the universe.

Or try active meditation. Get your gym bag and hit some weights or get on the bike. I have my greatest ideas on long bike rides.

3.5 Alright, this one is tough. Live with intent.

 

For everything from waking up, eating, playing on your phone. If you find yourself distracted with many things, your focus will stray…take control of your life! Put the phone down. Be with yourself and just chill. Everyone will hit the like button for your witty post tomorrow. Be intentional.

That’s is from me. As always, thanks for reading. ‘Til next time, namaste sweet!

M

You know what I’m talking about.

You’ve heard it before.

Maybe you’ve even said it.

“Yeah man, I’ll be there around 4…”

Or better yet, “how’s 4 ish…?”

None of theses fly with me.

There are a few reasons I set all my appointments for :07, :37, or :17…

1. Punctuality is increased. Dramatically. Why’s that important? Well, asides from the obvious respect for my time it shows when clients and meetings are run on time, the psychological response of a late person is frantic and scattered. Do you think that changes in a meeting or a personal training session. Heck no. I then spend 20 minutes getting the psychology of the meeting in place, or spend 10 minutes longer on neurological warm ups sorted out so the athlete gets in the right mindset before lifting heavy things above his or her head.

When the client shows up at 4:05, they’re actually 2 minutes early. You might be surprised how much difference that makes…

2. More importantly, when you say “ish”, “kinda”, “maybe” and all other forms of “soft talk” (see Procabulary.org) you give yourself a lax deadline… so how could you possibly make a set time?

You’re guaranteeing your own failure at making a set time when you don’t actually hold yourself accountable to a set time.

So here’s my challenge of the week.

Pick an appointment and consciously pick a time and make it to the appointment by that time. Verbalize it to hold accountability. It can be as simple as going out with friends and just telling them you’ll be there by 6:15 rather than “around 6”.

Let me know how that goes. And how that feels.

Til next time,

Stay sweet!

…mean you see the stars the most.” – K.Flay

K.Flay is pure magic.

Let’s start with her show. From the controlled chaos in the live performance of “Black Wave” to the introspective and hope-filled lyrics of “Dreamers”, this ‘Frisco native was a late bloomer to her now quite obvious calling. The first time I saw her perform was in the summer of 2017 as an opening act for my favourites, Mother Mother. After the first 30 seconds of her opening song, I knew this was going to be a superstar. Mother Mother had their work cut out for them, that’s for sure…

She lit it up.

Huge highlight for me from that show was her impeccable lyricist ability and unreal flow. Her a Capella, free form rap, mixed in with edge electronica-fused alt rock was just something I’d never heard before. Stand out.

Diving in a little deeper, her story is quite impressive.

I want to look at a line in her opening track “Dreamers” off of her 2017 release Everywhere is Some Where

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I came to in a cold sweat with a nosebleed feeling hopeless
Thought I maybe might be dead til I got my pen sat down and wrote this 

Suddenly I felt fine inside a mind so full of ghosts
The darkest nights mean you see the stars the most

The endless hope in this line is the motivation for me to keep pushing. What’s it mean to you?

It’s Bell’s “Let’s Talk” Day here in Canada today. For every text, share and like on social media Bell donates a nickel to help the Canadian Mental Health Association bring awareness to something that affects the majority of us. Yet, we’re still blinded by a stigma that cripples lives. Join me in spreading the love, saying “what’s up” to someone today and asking how they are from a genuine place. If you suspect some one is dealing with mental health issues, don’t stand by. There are plenty of resources out there to help get people well. Mind and body.

Check out my friend, and former bandmate, Joel Porayko’s project video on bringing an end to the stigma. Big thanks to all of you put yourselves out there. My MusicFit crew, my RMH crew, your support is endless and I am forever grateful.

Contact any of these providers if you or someone you know is battling with mental illness. Together we can bring an end to the stigma. Get well. Stay well.

My Top Three Picks For Mental Health Wellness Counselling and Awareness

CMHA (Calgary) (local assistance programs, links and counselling)

Unison Benevolent Fund (national assistance program for musicians and industry)

Elephant Artist Relief (local artist relief organization, they also have a whole directory of related organizations in the US and Canada)

Until next time, namaste sweet. And open up that conversation…

M

 

We spend a lot of time doing nothing.

For real…

If you’re on your IPhone right now try this out

—–> Settings

—–> Battery

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Check out what apps eat most of your battery.

Most people I do this with have Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or twitter topping the list. All great ways to waste time…

Here is what I would suggest if you’re looking to be more productive:

Learn to put the phone down.

Designated Distraction Hours

Take 3 points throughout the day to check emails, check Facebook (or other social media) and buzz through your texts. Actually schedule those times through the day in your iCal, google Calendar journal or otherwise.

Set aside time to intentionally do these things. If it’s work related or not, you’ll be much more productive.

But what if I miss something?

Don’t worry, Trump is doing something ridiculous every few hours. You’ll catch the next one.

If it’s important, people will call you. You won’t miss anything. It’ll be okay. Set aside designated hours and get distracted with intent. You may not even need the whole hour. But set the alarm and get to it so you stay productive the rest of the day.

Try it out. Let me know what you think.

Til next time… Stay sweet!

Ps. I’ll be dialling back to just one post per week starting next month. With intent, my writing will be of greater value and most importantly I will be writing because of want, not need.

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