January 30th, 2017 | Wellness

Gurus Advise: Feel Your Best

Feeling good doesn't always come naturally. When life gets you down, it isn't always easy to bounce back up. Like staying in shape, emotional wellness is a muscle that needs to be worked on. Here's what our panel of lifestyle bloggers, pro trainers, and wellness gurus do to cultivate happiness.


How do you feel your best on a daily basis?

When you encounter stress or obstacles, how do you stay positive?


The first thing I think about when I wake up every morning is how blessed I am for the life I live. I know that whatever issues I’m facing, someone out there has it many times worse. Thinking about and taking the positive out of every negative situation helps as well. There is always a positive to every negative. Doing this allows me to stay positive when things go wrong. I also take a lot of joy from seeing people around me that are happy. It’s very simple yet very effective.

Joe Rosenthal

Owner of Rosenthal Sports and Fitness

The biggest change for me recently, has been starting a meditation practice. I've used a few apps - Headspace, and Calm - and have liked starting with guided meditations. I'm currently trying a course through ZivaMind, to learn a bit more about meditating instead of just making it up on my own. Regardless, it helps me encounter and process stress, and gives me a mental check-in each day.

Natalie Gantz

Creative force behind The Gantzery

I feel my best when I exercise. I learned this in college, and have used it to manage my emotional ups and downs. I find that when I move, I am all around happier, and more productive. I truly see life through a different lens.

When obstacles arrive, I try not to sweat the small stuff. Perspective can put things in order. I also tell myself that whatever is going on will not cause as much pain as it is causing me in this very second. It makes me feel okay knowing that the hardest blow is over with.

Lisa Hayim

Nutrition Wellness Expert at The Well Necessities

I meditate regularly and do breathing exercises to stay grounded. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, but I refuse to let any of it bog me down. I believe that feeling good is a choice. It’s not easy having a positive attitude 24/7 - I am human, after all - but I constantly push myself to think of the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. 

It’s been difficult, but over the last couple of years, I’ve trained myself to see the good in every situation. I try to view obstacles as opportunities. Also, another way I deal with stress is exercise. When I feel overwhelmed, it gives me the strength to take whatever it is I’m facing, head on!

Kimberly Kong

Pianist, Teacher, and Lifestyle Blogger at The Sensible Stylista

I generally just reach out to my friends and rant. I actually find ranting to be super healthy; you're expelling everything negative, rather than it keeping it bottled inside. Your friends can also tell you if you're being dramatic!

I just recently got The Happiness Planner for 2017. It has really positive quotes, and makes you write down things you're excited and grateful for each day. I'm hoping to continually use that and create my own positivity in 2017!

Hailey Bettencourt

Fitness Pro and CEO @HaileyBettencourtFitness

I try to set myself up for success on a daily basis by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating well, and making sure I do activities I love that vary from spending time with family and friends, dancing, petting my dog, listening to music, and more.

Over the years I have cultivated a number of habits in regards to staying positive and dealing with stress. First and foremost I try to think about all of the things I am grateful for in order to put whatever is going on into perspective. I also find that exercise and being outside are essential for me to stay healthy both physically and mentally. As I have gotten older, I realize how important music is in my life. I am not an amazing dancer or singer, but dancing and singing in my car with the music cranked up is always fun! Lastly, I try to laugh with my friends and family and gravitate towards things that will make me smile and laugh, especially in the tough times.

Kasin Anton

Nutritionist and Blogger at A Time to Thrive with Kasin

To feel my best on a daily basis I try to make sure I get 7-8 hours of sleep and eat a light and healthy breakfast. I also try to have at least one piece of fruit with breakfast. Fruits and veggies are so good for the body. When I encounter stress or obstacles I stay positive by knowing that life has ups and downs. I know when things feel stressful or down that soon I'll feel on top of it all and great. I also know when obstacles seem scary that I can and will get through them. By pushing through challenges you learn you are capable, and can repeatedly overcome other barriers. Lessons from climbing and life! A lot of it is just pushing through and teaching yourself that when you do that, you succeed and can break through any obstacles.

Harmony Calhoun

Model & Rock Climber. Founder of @climbing_is_my_passion

I feel the best on a daily basis when I have a work-life balance between myself (health), work, family and friends. So yes, I always make time!

On a stressful day, I stay positive by pausing to take a deep breath. I'll prioritize what needs to be done first, then give myself positive reinforcement by saying something like "I can do it!" and get it done.

Mindy Fong

Food blogger @oishiimoments

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Linda graduated from the University of California, Irvine with three majors in Psychology, Urban Studies, and Social Ecology, as well as a minor in Global Sustainability. Her goal is to promote sustainable healthy living by providing the resources needed for success. Using smart data services and motivational psychology, she aims to move users towards long-term lifestyle changes for better health and fitness.

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