HindeSight #35: How to Lead Well & Maintain an Abundance Mindset Through Crazy Times

 

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How to Maintain an Abundance Mindset

On this episode of Oversharing, Mikhail Alfon interviews Aaron Hinde to discover the importance of morning routines and how to maintain an abundance mindset in times of adversity.

Watch the full podcast episode here.

How to Lead Well Through Crazy Times 

On this episode of The Business & Leadership Podcast with host Jared Graybeal, LIFEAID co-founder Aaron Hinde offers up a ton of great wisdom around how to navigate your business and yourself as a leader through tough times (like this pandemic) and in general.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

“Our belief system dictates our thoughts. Our thoughts dictate our words. Our words dictate our actions. Our actions—over time—equal results … Therefore, if you have a negative or scarcity belief system, you will have a negative mindset, your verbiage will be negative, your actions will be negative, and negative results will follow. Change your mind and words, change your results.”
—Aaron Hinde

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The ‘Scary Times’ Success Manual

The Strategic Coach team shares their (FREE, downloadable) manual with information about transforming current anxieties and fear into strategic growth, progress and achievement.

Check out the blog post and FREE manual here.

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

Ryan Holiday’s #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller is a cult classic and a great reminder to us all, helping millions of entrepreneurs succeed amidst adversity and difficult times (such as these).

Check out Holiday’s book here.

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HindeSight  |  No. 35

Why Does LIFEAID Use Aluminum Cans?


In honor of Earth Day, we sat down for a quick Q&A with Theza, the Director of Operations at LIFEAID Beverage Co., to discover what environmentally friendly practices are used by the local Santa Cruz company.

Q: How long have you worked for LIFEAID, and what is your role?
A: I’m Theza. I have been with the company since 2012, and am currently the Director or Operations; though, I also work in Research & Development and love my job(s).

Q: Why are all LIFEAID blends produced in cans (instead of glass or plastic)?
A: Plastic can only be recycled a couple of times before it deteriorates and is no longer usable, then it hits the landfill or enters the soil in the form of pollutive microplastics. While both glass and aluminum are much more earth-friendly due to being infinitely recyclable, aluminum is lightweight yet strong, as well as being light-proof to help keep our products tasting fresh.

Q: What’s the production process for an aluminum LIFEAID can?
A: Here’s a short video of the can production process:
Q: What is the impact of cans and how can consumers help reduce protect our environment?

A: Americans throw away more than $700 million worth of aluminum cans every year, and only 55% of aluminum cans are recycled. Plus, only 11 states have a recycling program. Please encourage yourself and others to use the recycling bin versus a garbage can, whether at home or out in public.

Q: What’s one fun aspect of your job that most people don’t know about?
A:  The fact that I get to help create the flavors of all of our products. Fun super-nerd fact: I love seeing what my palate tastes and how it’s translated into chemistry formulas. Adjective words like sweet, punchy and tangy all have an actual chemical reaction by which they are created. 

Q: What do you love most about working for an eco-conscious company like LIFEAID?
A:  As a start up, all of us were from different industries not related to manufacturing or beverages/dietary supplements. I think this is also what makes us great! Each of us at LIFEAID is constantly learning and sharing with each other based on our past experiences and education beyond just the beverage industry.

Please remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and stay healthy, everyone!


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Getting Into Flow State With Hemp

Written by travel blogger Tiffany Ammerman 

If you’ve ever been powering through a project, chipping your way through a workout, or hiking in nature only to look down at your watch and realize an hour or two have passed undetected, you might have found yourself in a state of flow. Being ‘in the zone’—or ‘flow state’—is a highly sought after meditative state for artists, athletes, entrepreneurs and just about anyone eager to optimize the hours in their day. Lately, this immersive state of consciousness can often be found more easily through the usage of hemp or cannabinoid products, oils or extracts coupled with some simple mindset exercises.

Here’s a quick list of facts to get you up to date on flow state, hemp and how they can work hand in hand:

  • What is hemp oil?

    Simply put, hemp oil or hemp extract is the result of extracting the oil from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp has become a widely utilized and popular crop with many uses such as textiles, industrial products, health and organic mind and body care among a myriad of other purposes. It’s important to note that hemp is THC-free and non-addictive.

  • How can flow state work for you?

    Those who have found their own personal flow state will maintain that they experience increased focus, heightened creativity as well as full immersion in the task at hand. While in a productive flow state, time passes unnoticed as you’re fully immersed and present in your project, task or event. Many athletes and artists explain that their flow state can be likened to enjoyable, relaxing meditation.

  • How can you achieve flow state?

    It has become mainstream knowledge in recent years that you need to ease your mind into flow state by focusing on the following three triggers: clear and tenable goals, the willingness to focus intensely, and the knowledge of the necessary skills needed to complete the task. The usage of hemp oil or cannabinoid-infused drinks or tinctures paired with a commitment to this mindset could have you well on your way to a golden flow state experience. 

C O N C L U S I O N 

Next time you’re wanting to fully dive into a work project, workout or creative endeavor, give flow state a try. Quieting your mind and being fully present in your task can be a welcome respite from the modern ‘multi-tasking is king’ mindset that we currently find ourselves in, especially with more of us working from home these days. Find a quiet space, enjoy some LIFEAID Hemp Blend, dive into flow state and optimize the hours in your day!

You can learn more about LIFEAID HEMP here.


 

About the Author:
Georgia native Tiffany Ammerman is the thru-hiker and CrossFitter behind the travel blog The Goodish Traveler. She spends the majority of her time traveling, eating sushi and searching for hiking trails. When she’s not blogging, Ammerman can be found training at CrossFit LaGrange and teaching art to kids.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @the_goodish_traveler or her website: TheGoodishTraveler.com

 


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Top 3 Health Benefits of Music + FREE Mood-Boosting Playlists!

The universal language of music has been used in almost every culture for centuries to stir emotions, transmit stories and connect with others. While its healing powers are renown around the globe, what can music actually do for your well-being? 

Here are 3 powerful health benefits of music along with a handful of fresh playlists created by our LIFEAID crew & FITAID athletes to help you vibrate higher and rule the day!

1. MUSIC ENHANCES ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

FACT: Some studies suggest that music can increase overall exercise performance by boosting physical and mental stimulation.

Here are some of our favorite athletes’ playlists to help you crush your next workout.

Alex Michael Turner, bodybuilder:Jacob Heppner, 4x CrossFit Games athlete :

Reneé Pickett, Strong Nation master trainer:

2. MUSIC IMPROVES COGNITIVE FUNCTION

FACT: Research has shown that listening to certain types of music — ones with repetitive elements in rhythm and melody — help warm up the brain, increase cognitive function and boost memory. 

Here are a few playlists that our LIFEAID employees use to help them get in the zone while working.

Tamar, national events manager at LIFEAID:
Theza, director of operations at LIFEAID:
Cari, PR manager at LIFEAID:

3. MUSIC IS A MOOD BOOSTER

FACT. Studies have shown that whenever you listen to music, your brain releases dopamine, the ‘feel good’ hormone. Music has the power to influence a listener’s emotions and—according to some researchers—can even improve one’s overall well-being, reduce stress and anxiety, and create feelings of happiness.

Enjoy the following playlists to help curate good vibes and bring joy to your daily life.

Ashley Kidd, pro wake surfer:
Greg, logistics coordinator at LIFEAID:

Ana, national marketing manager at LIFEAID:

BONUS: Here are two epic DJ sets from our very own LIFEAID co-founders Orion Melehan and Aaron Hinde to help pump you up during quarantine!

LIFEAID CEO Orion Melehan on SoundCloud:

LIFEAID president Aaron Hinde on SoundCloud:

To listen to more of these kinds of playlists, please visit our FITAID and LIFEAID channels on Spotify.  

Music heals. Stay well and keep dancing out there, everyone!


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Why Is Vitamin C in Every LIFEAID Blend?*

THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN C

Long gone may be the days when our biggest concern was getting scurvy from severe lack of vitamin C; However, our immunity health and wellness in general is more important now than ever.

Did you know? Vitamin C is a water-soluable vitamin that must be obtained from your diet or supplements. It can be found naturally in a variety of fruits and vegetables including oranges, strawberries, kiwis, spinach, broccoli, bell peppers and kale. The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for women is 75mg and 90mg for men.

TIP: A vitamin C supplement is a great, easy way to help boost your vitamin C intake if you struggle to reach your daily recommended amount.

Luckily for you, nearly* all of our LIFEAID products contain vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid, one of the most bioavailable & readily absorbed forms of vitamin C). Fun fact: IMMUNITYAID actually contains 20x the amount of vitamin C in one orange!

Each blend also offers additional clean ingredients and nutrients for your mind and body, plus the refreshing taste of vitamins you’ll actually enjoy drinking! Discover them all and shop online at LIFEAIDbevco.com. (We’ll ship your order right to your doorstep.)

*Note: LIFEAID HEMP Balance Blend is currently the only product in the full family of LIFEAID functional beverages which does not contain Vitamin C.

C O N C L U S I O N

During a time when all of our systems could use a little added immunity boost, it’s important to include vitamin C in your daily nutritional goals. With the numerous benefits of vitamin C that we now know, this powerhouse vitamin is clearly no longer just a pirate’s cure for scurvy! So whether the foods you eat naturally provide you with enough vitamin C or you need to supplement, be sure to keep vitamin-C-packed foods and/or supplements stocked in your home as a healthy part of your daily diet.

All images courtesy of LIFEAID and UnSplash  |  Additional sources: Healthline.com & VitaVibes.com
Please note: LIFAID products and this information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.


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Tips to Stay Balanced and Healthy While Working From Home

Written by travel blogger Tiffany Ammerman 

Many of us have made the transition to working from home during this global crisis and while some people are old hats at this type of work environment, some of us will need to drastically change our mindset on how work can work for us. It can be tempting to feel frustrated or lacking when we see other #WFH folks who seem to have it all together, but don’t fret! Keep in mind that everyone has their own personal way that works best for them when it comes to working from home. 

Check out these tips to help improve your working-from-home balance and productivity! 

  • Set Up Scheduled Work Hours

    It can be easy to check your work email or do just one more task to get ready for tomorrow, but you need to respect your personal time and so do your work colleagues. Not allowing yourself to have some clearly defined working & non-working hours can cause some confusion for your co-workers or customers as to when you’re actually available. It’s important to create and maintain work/life boundaries, especially now!

  • Have a Dedicated Home Office

    Creating a space in your house that you go to specifically to work can help you to feel more productive and less distracted. Even if you don’t have a spare room where you can shut the door and get things done, just having a special place at a table can put you in a mindset to work. During a time when few of us are commuting to work, going to your work space will make you feel as if you’ve ‘gone’ to work which can help you to feel productive and ready for the day. Try to keep that area nice and tidy and you’ll feel less stressed during this transition to home based work.

  • Allow Yourself Regular Breaks

    Just as if you were really at the office, allow yourself to take breaks for lunch, coffee, etc. Not only can it be unhealthy to sit at a computer for a solid 8 hours, but you’ll feel less inclined to keep that schedule day in and day out if you burn yourself out in the first few days. Give yourself the time to get up, walk around, have lunch and have your coffee. While you might not necessarily get to take breaks with your favorite work buddy like you used to, you’ll still get to enjoy that dedicated downtime. 

  • Keep Expectations Realistic

    For the majority of us, working from home is very different from our typical work environment. It can be stressful to try to be just as productive or work in the exact same manner as before. Take some time to experiment with what works best for you-  whether that means you change up your schedule, how much work you take on or even how you complete that work. Keeping realistic expectations in your mind for how you’re transitioning into this new work environment can help you to keep a positive outlook on this new situation. 

  • Maintain Contact With Colleagues

    During this time we need to put in extra effort to keep  in contact with our co-workers. Sending some supportive texts or emails can help to build a feeling of partnership and community as well as to prevent loneliness from this lengthy period of isolation. Not only do we want to keep chatting with our work friends, but we also want to avoid having any work-related miscommunications. Working from home can be a far cry from our brick and mortar jobs, so do yourself and your colleagues a favor by making sure you have all of your bases covered by communicating effectively, clearly and often. 


C O N C L U S I O N

One of the more important things to keep in mind during this period is that your job might not transition easily into working from home and it’s important to realize that. It’s okay to have moments of frustration. Utilize the guidance from your co-workers and bosses to help you navigate your way through this unprecedented time. We should lean on each other, feel free to ask questions, communicate more than usual and, don’t forget, give yourself a break here and there. It’s important to remember that you’re not necessarily working from home-you’re at home trying to work and there is a large difference. Hopefully you are well on your way to feeling more comfortable in this new work environment.  

All images courtesy of: @iona.codes


 

About the Author:
Georgia native Tiffany Ammerman is the thru-hiker and CrossFitter behind the travel blog The Goodish Traveler. She spends the majority of her time traveling, eating sushi and searching for hiking trails. When she’s not blogging, Ammerman can be found training at CrossFit LaGrange and teaching art to kids.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @the_goodish_traveler or her website: TheGoodishTraveler.com

 


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Fitness in Quarantine: How to Stay Motivated


Written by travel blogger Tiffany Ammerman 

Staying motivated to continue on your fitness journey during a shelter in place order can be difficult, especially if you’ve been doing the same body weight exercises in your living room for the past four weeks. Staying active can not only give your immune system a boost but it can also provide an emotional lift during a time when our day-to-day life has changed dramatically.

If you’re looking for some ideas to help amp up your fitness motivation, check out these helpful tips:

♦ Create a Schedule For Yourself

Having a structured day and a dedicated schedule can help you feel more productive, focused and willing to take on some fitness. Knowing that you have carved out some time in your day for your workout not only gives you a mental and emotional break, but it can also help you to feel reinvigorated for future workout sessions.

Participate in Weekly Fitness Challenges

There are so many CrossFit boxes, Jiu-Jitsu schools and yoga studios on social media who are offering up their services free of charge to help get people moving. Look up some fun fitness related challenges that’ll get you logging some miles or videoing your daily burpees. Posting your progress on social media so your friends can virtually participate along with you or cheer you on can help you to feel encouraged to continue. 

♦ Commit to the Mindset

It can be easy to be in the doldrums right now, but if you’re wanting to amp up your motivation, commit to the mindset that you’re going to get moving and get going. Being your own biggest cheerleader right now is so important for mental health. Sometimes just pledging to the process can be enough to make you feel inspired to get moving again. That also includes committing to a realistic and healthy fitness schedule that is right for you. 

♦ Find a Workout Buddy

Whether it’s your dog, your partner or your friend over video chat, having someone else who is relying on you can give you the extra push to get out and get going. It might require a little extra planning and creativity, but working out with a friend can really make you feel connected and inspired to continue your training. Don’t leave them hanging! 

♦ Try New Things

If you’re normally into HIIT workouts or prefer a slower paced yoga routine, now is the time to experiment with different types of fitness! It can be easy for our preferred workout to become deeply ingrained in our day to day routine pre-quarantine. Now that our schedule has been shaken up and you might not be feeling the same motivation without your gym buddies, try to use this time to find fun, new hobbies you might not have given yourself the chance to explore previously. 

♦ Take Rest Days

It may seem counterintuitive, but giving yourself some time to rest and recover can give you more motivation for future fitness and less burn out. You’ll feel ready to tackle your next vinyasa flow with vigor and energy! Maintaining rest days or active recovery days can give structure to your workout schedule as well as providing a physical and mental health balance in our lives. 

C O N C L U S I O N

Keep in mind that this isn’t a normal moment in any of our lives and it’s important to be kind to yourself during your training periods in quarantine. This isn’t a time to compare your fitness to others but rather an opportunity to explore, get creative and enjoy your own, personal workout journey.  So, find some cool fitness challenges and call your favorite workout buddy over video chat and get moving!

All images courtesy of: @j_straty


 

About the Author:
Georgia native Tiffany Ammerman is the thru-hiker and CrossFitter behind the travel blog The Goodish Traveler. She spends the majority of her time traveling, eating sushi and searching for hiking trails. When she’s not blogging, Ammerman can be found training at CrossFit LaGrange and teaching art to kids.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @the_goodish_traveler or her website: TheGoodishTraveler.com

 


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HindeSight #34: LIFEAID LIFT Officially Launches, Giving Cash Back to Community During Gym & Business Closures

The LIFEAID LIFT program is now live at LIFEAIDlift.com!

LIFEAID is giving $15 cash, from every 24-can purchase made by consumers at LIFEAIDlift.com, directly to their designated local gym or business. BONUS: Members will save $5 OFF/case! Simply visit LIFEAIDlift.com for more details.  

SHARE the link with others to help give back to the local gyms & businesses we call ‘home.’

We’re all in this together. Stay strong.

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7-Day Income Ignition Program

Successful entrepreneur and speaker Bedros Keuilian wants to help show you how to quickly pivot your business and start profiting again, after being hit hard by the economic disaster caused by COVID-19. Watch his introduction video for more information.

Learn about Keuilian’s program here.

How to Move Your Business Online in 48 Hours

Mike Bledsoe and The Strong Coach team have put together this FREE guide that will provide you with the exact steps, resources and software suggestions to help make the process of setting up your online coaching business a breeze!

Check out the FREE guide here.

“To move forward you have to give back.”
—Oprah Winfrey

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Eating a Keto Diet May Give Some Protection Against the Flu

While the connection between a healthy diet and immune system health has long been established, a recent study has found a possible link between the Keto diet and improved immunity.

Read the entire article here.

LIVE! The Strong Coach & FITAID Help Gyms Navigate Business During This Pandemic 

Mike Bledsoe (The Strong Coach) and Aaron Hinde (co-founder of LIFEAID) will be hosting a LIVE Zoom call this week, providing helpful tips & information to get gym owners through this difficult time. For full details, click the link below.

Sign up to access the FREE Zoom call here.

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HindeSight  |  No. 34

Top 5 Tips for Escaping Stress & Finding Zen Moments at Home

Now more than ever, we all need simple ways to unplug and escape the stress of daily life.

Here are our top tips for creating more zen moments while at home:

♦ JOURNAL:

The act of writing your thoughts down on paper can be very therapeutic, freeing your mind from carrying all those things around. Challenge yourself to also write down something you’re grateful for each day. Positive, calm thoughts will help frame your daily words & actions.

♦ SLEEP:

A lot of people are having trouble sleeping right now, causing our minds, bodies & immune systems to suffer. Getting daily exercise, unplugging before bedtime and creating a calm sleeping environment (try adding lavender to your oil diffuser) have been shown helpful for obtaining 6-8 hours of quality rest each night.

♦ MEDITATE:

Starting a daily habit of meditation can help decrease stress. If you’re finding getting started difficult, set a timer for two minutes, count your breaths and don’t get caught up in whether you’re doing it ‘right’. Simply allow yourself to slow down & focus on your body, any  feelings that arise, and release stressful thoughts before smiling and continuing with your day.

♦ UNPLUG:

Set aside ‘screen-free’ times during the day to help give your mind & eyes a break (from texts, social media, work or other online distractions). Don’t bring your phone into the bedroom—morning or night, your mind will benefit from escaping the unnecessary stress a phone screen can bring to start and end your days.

♦ DIET:

What you put into your body is key, especially during times of elevated stress. Eating whole foods, drinking plenty of water, getting your daily vitamins and natural remedies like hemp can help balance the nutrients your body needs daily to feel calmer. Click here to learn more about LIFEAID HEMP Balance Blend.

C O N C L U S I O N

Life’s stressful enough right now. Hopefully these tips will be helpful reminders for you to take moments during your day to pause, breathe more deeply and appreciate the good things in your life. We all could use more moments of zen. Be well, everyone.


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5 Quick & Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home & Calm Your Mind

Written by travel blogger Tiffany Ammerman 

The current climate can feel like a weird and uncertain time with school closures, work-from-home orders and shelter-in-place mandates. Sometimes things can feel out of our control. The important thing to focus on during this unprecedented time is what you can control. Currently, many of us are self-isolating in our homes and wondering how to fill our days when we’re not sitting in front of our computers. Making some progress on the projects you’ve always wanted to do around your house can drastically improve your mental and emotional health. By decluttering your living environment, you can begin to feel more in control, less stressed and more at peace with your space. An organized and pleasing home can really give us a breath of fresh air right now!

Follow these 5 tips to get home on its way to a Pinterest® worthy before-and-after shot:

1. STREAMLINE YOUR CLOSETS

Take out whatever you don’t wear or don’t want. Closets tend to gather extra junk because it’s out of sight, out of mind—but don’t let your closet be what’s making you hold onto a lot of unnecessary stuff. While you’re going through your closets, take out everything-shoes, jackets, purses, hats, scarves, etc. and lump it all together. It helps to visualize what you actually own. Try to pare down your wardrobe to simple categories. That can help to weed out clothes that don’t really have a place or a reason for being in your closet. When your closet is easy to access and your clothes easy to find, you’ll be feeling decidedly more relaxed.

 

2. ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS

This is one that gets easily forgotten and easily overrun pretty quickly. We tend to think we’ll use a kitchen gadget only to find it six months later in the back of the cabinet. Donate those extra plates, cups, bowls or utensils that you no longer need or want to your local thrift store. Many college students would love to have your gently used kitchenware. BONUS: Not having Tupperware® constantly tumbling out of your cabinets will be a welcome relief.

3. GO THROUGH YOUR FRIDGE

The fridge can often be an overlooked area because we become used to seeing the same stuff in there day after day. Old condiments and leftovers have a tendency to pile up. So get in there and toss all those expired condiments, food or beverages hiding in the depths of your Frigidaire®. You’ll be surprised by how good you feel when you open up the fridge door to see organized, tidy shelves with no expired ketchup bottles.

4. ORGANIZE & DECLUTTER YOUR HOME OFFICE

Now that the majority of us are currently working from home, having an organized work space can definitely make you feel more productive, less stressed and more focused. Try creating a designated work area if you don’t have a home office. Not only will having a tidy, dedicated work area make you feel less distracted, you’ll also feel more in control of your emotional health while working from home.

5. SPEND TIME IN YOUR YARD

If you’re able to, take a break and go step outside. Getting some much needed vitamin D while you’re gardening, working on a project or even mowing the lawn can help your emotional and mental wellbeing improve tremendously. Now is the time to finally build your raised plant beds or declutter that garage. You’ll feel accomplished and happy to have finally gotten it done!

C O N C L U S I O N

This time in our lives is a collectively stressful time. Try to utilize this moment to focus on physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Begin with the exterior and the changes will begin to affect the interior as well. Decluttering your home can also help to declutter your mind. Take the time to unwind and focus on a project today. You’ll be so glad you did!

Cover photo by Thought Catalog
Additional images courtesy of contributor

 


 

About the Author:
Georgia native Tiffany Ammerman is the thru-hiker and CrossFitter behind the travel blog The Goodish Traveler. She spends the majority of her time traveling, eating sushi and searching for hiking trails. When she’s not blogging, Ammerman can be found training at CrossFit LaGrange and teaching art to kids.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @the_goodish_traveler or website: TheGoodishTraveler.com

 


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