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You Deserve A Peace of MIND!

What does internal peace mean for you?

Does it mean a place of sanctuary where you can come home from stressful situations and find that place of safety away from the ‘cares of the world’?

Does it mean a place where you can be yourself without the facade many of us wear throughout the day so that people won’t know how we really feel?

Or is this place (often our home) one more place where we need to defend ourselves from the ongoing onslaught of anger, hostility, and power games that are so often the measure of our lives in the 21st century?

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The dictionary defines internal as having to do with or situated inside of the body, or relating to or existing within the mind.

Peace is defined as a state of calm and quiet; freedom from disturbing thoughts; and an agreement to end hostilities.

For the purpose of this article, I will combine these two notions and define internal peace as the integration of our thoughts and feelings culminating in a state of tranquility and harmony.

One of the most important keys for this tranquility and harmony, or ‘peace of mind’ as it is often called, is to honor our emotional nature and find methods to express our feelings in appropriate ways that allow us to release them.

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Learning to deal with and release negative emotions is crucial to your mental health. Developing these skills takes time and practice, so today’s email will be the first of a 2 part series…

Practical Steps to Releasing Emotions

1. Learn to listen to yourself.
Many of us have been harried for so long that we are out-of-touch with how we feel. A situation will present itself and we will ‘flip out’ and find it unbelievable that we have lost control. This actually results from a build-up of emotions that we have not been aware of.

2. Accept responsibility for your feelings.
No one makes you feel anything; rather you choose how you think and feel based on what you interpret the situation to be. Blaming others gives away your power and when you feel like a ‘victim’ you react with anger and resentment.

3. Find a ‘safe place’.
Look for relationships and places where you can express your feelings without the fear of judgement. Talk to a trusted friend or counselor and release the emotion.

4. Accept yourself.
You are not supposed to be perfect. Learning to accept yourself with all your strengths and weaknesses creates feelings of peace within. It IS about you

5. Don’t judge yourself.
Judging yourself means thinking you have to be perfect and creates feelings of not being ‘good enough.’ When you feel inadequate, you judge yourself harshly. No matter what you do, it will never be ‘good enough.’

Take the time to include these habits into your daily routine. Remember you are worth it! #iCheer4you #POMPOM

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Shawanna Kennedy,
Your SelfFirst Stratrgist and Well Being Advocate

Don’t Be FOOLED!


Welcome to the second quarter. In the past three months so much has happened We now have a new President of the USA, Elon Musk is reported to currently be the richest man in the world, celebrities are separating, and vaccinations for coronavirus are now being administered in parts of the world. What does that have to do with you? I’m GLAD you asked…

In looking at some of the things that have happened in and around the world I want to know,
WHAT has been going on with you? Have you been doing your Self – Work in “The 5W’s Of You?

Remember Self First is about you… You have made it through the first quarter and we just completed March madness. However, I prefer to call it March GLADness, and here way: We can CHOOSE to see or find reasons to complain, find fault, or even stay on the “Pity Party” bus, or we can CHOOSE to celebrate the things that went well.  
Take a moment to consider what were you GRATEFUL for?
 Did you show yourself a little more LOVE?
 Are you now paying more ATTENTION to the main thing or the things that could have potentially distracted you?
It is my prayer that this note finds you doing well and I hope as you move into this second quarter you position yourself to be found DOING, doing something to move you closer to your dreams goals, and desires

I’ll talk to you soon.
#POMPOM PowerOverMindsetPowerOverMe

At Self First Movement Solutions, we provide consulting through which we work with you to be your best SELF. We assist in changing the stigma associated with mental health and well-being. It is imperative that your goals, dreams, and desires are a part of your to-do list. I’m here to help you be of greater service to others by taking the time to focus on your own goals and aspirations. Rediscover your inner strength? Time to lead a life that promotes a healthier state of mind and well-being while boosting your productivity so that you can be of greater service to others.  

 Consider us, Make the call now. We would love to be of service to you.  Schedule a call today. You can also get more info at www.theselffirstmovement.com

~Shawanna Kennedy Self First Strategist and Mental Wellbeing Advocate 

It’s TIME!

What time is it?

What are you feeding your thoughts? #Nomoreholdingback No more comfort ZONE…

See yourSELF as you choose to be, stay focused, stick to it, and keep walking in the direction of your goals and dreams. Discover the POWER that is already within you to win. It is about you and in order to be of greater service to anyone it must start with you. Schedule your iDiscoverMe Call today!

~Shawanna Kennedy Self First Strategist and Mental Wellness Advocate

Five tips to live a more positive life!

Here are some tips to make it through the week even if you’re just sitting in your favorite couch. An idea takes time to form in your head and is always at work while you are busy sitting.

Having a bit of positive thinking can help you realize things that are never thought possible. Thinking big is indeed the American Way and that what makes us and made our country great and prosperous.

  1. Take passionate action towards living your life by design. #Notbydefault Talk is cheap. Action = deposits in the bank of a positive authentic future. Without it, passion for life is void.

This is a perfect example where dreams are made of where you start to image the things that are possible and choose to see in your mind, before they ever make it to your hands. Then you can grab a physical hold with your hands. Remember to write the vision and make it start writing out your thoughts. “Thoughts become Things” so be care of what you put your mind to.

  1. Commit to yourself as well as those you love to create powerfully a life you can love. Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear. Keep your dream in mind… but just know a dream will still be a dream without motion. Be amazed as the transformation begins. #itisaboutyou
  2. Recognize and embrace the thought that each moment is perfect regardless of its outcome. Every time you hit on something that may appear too extreme, why not give it a shot and see if it will work. You will be surprised to see of there are other ways to get the task done in time. If you are not pleased with the outcome, decide to use that moment to learn from and make the appropriate shift.
  3. Dwell and find your sweet spot completely in a place of gratitude. Learn to utilize what you have in your hands and make use of it in the most constructive way. Slipping into neediness will become less of a habit when you repeatedly shift towards gratitude, away from poverty consciousness.
  4. Keep humor at the forefront of thought, laughing at and with yourself when possible. You may find yourself quite entertaining when you loosen up! Life has so much to offer to allow you to mope around in self pity. Humor is very attractive, very passionate: life-giving.
  5. Believe that you are the architect of your destiny and the co-creator of your life No one can take your abundant future from you except for you! Create your life authentically. As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no end to how much you can accomplish in a lifetime. The concept of thinking big is all about enjoying your world so work it, which will lead you to celebrate new levels of self discovery waiting for you. Allow things to flow and with greater self awareness watch everything began to take form as it should be.

So instead of subjecting yourself to what you will be doomed for, make your path by taking the first step with a positive attitude. Remember YOU get to CHOOSE.

Shawanna Kennedy,
Your SelfFirst Advocate

Tips To Self-Care And Still Be Effective When Communicating Virtually

Tips To Self-Care And Still Be Effective When Communicating Virtually

The COVID-19 closed a of offices doors across the globe. As a result, millions of employees chose to work remotely. Although working remotely offers a lot of advantages, this rapid transition caused by the pandemic has caused immense stress to employees that work remotely.

Whether you are an employee or team leader, this lifestyle change and stress can have a negative impact on your health and overall wellbeing. In this situation, what you need to do is follow a few self-care tips while being effective during your virtual communication with your team. Let’s check out some of the tips that can help you.

Tips to Self-Care for Remote Workers

Follow a routine: The ongoing pandemic has disrupted your schedule. However, you still need to follow your new routine and make sure you get plenty of sleep and maintain a regular workflow.

Remember to make you a part of YOUR day! #Selffirst #POMPOM

Eat healthy: If you eat healthy, you can feel the energy, be positive and concentration throughout the day. Try your best to keep away from junk food as these foods can give you a temporary relief from stress but cause weight gain and sluggishness.  

Move on: you can exercise in your home gym or go out for a walk while staying in touch with your team virtually. With regular exercise, you can maintain your energy, boost your mood and cognitive function.

Adjust office hours: the problem with working remotely is that it blurs the difference between personal time and work time. So, you should set and follow a schedule to do your office work and take care of domestic chores.

For instance, you may choose to send emails to your team at 7 pm and devote the rest of time to your personal matters. 

Stay social: Just because you are working from home amidst this crisis doesn’t mean you can’t be social. You can schedule social hours with your teammates or colleagues. This way you can develop social connections and maintain physical distances at the same time.

Limit screen time: Since working remotely requires you to stay online, it doesn’t mean you can spend the whole day starring at your computer screen. Excessive screen time can drain you much faster and keep you away from healthy activities, such as getting fresh air and doing exercise.

How You Can Support and communicate with your Team Remotely

You may have tons of questions and fears on your mind about keeping all the team members on track, communicating clearly and managing performance. During this crisis, it’s important that you support you communicate and support your team effectively.

Due to the increased uncertainty and stress, employees are more likely to have a burnout. If you monitor your employees for signs of burnout, you can take the right steps to give them the support they need to avoid burnout. Given below are a few common signs you should watch out for:

  • Slow work progress
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Frustration
  • Low productivity
  • Mistakes in work
  • Illness
  • Exhaust

Support your employees remotely

Given below are a few ways you can give all the support your team or employees need for self-care;

  • Perform regular health checks
  • Clearly communicate your expectations
  • Show appreciation
  • Communicate your goals clearly
  • Encourage self-care

In short, if you follow these self-care tips, you can still be able to communicate with your team virtually and stay on the track to achieve your goals.

And if you need additional assistance Self First Movement Solutions http://www.theselffirstmovement.com can HELP. We have an executive team of equipped trainers ready to be of service to you. Make to call!

Self-care Is STILL Important

It is STILL so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you are sick. 

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We often fail in self-care. Because practicing it is not that easy. Most of us are crazy busy, have stressful jobs, and even more so managing life during a pandemic. or are too consumed with technology to make time for ourselves. Me-time is usually last on the agenda. Worse, we can sometimes feel guilty about taking the time required to take care of ourselves. So getting started with self-care can be challenging. 



You Deserve A Peace of Mind! At Self First Movement Solutions, we provide consulting through which we work with you to be your best SELF. We assist in changing the stigma associated with mental health and well being. It is imperative that your goals, dreams, and desires are apart of your to-do list. I’m here to help you be of greater service to others by taking the time to focus on your own goals and aspirations. Isn’t it time to rediscover your inner strength? Time to lead a life that promotes a healthier state of mind and well being while boosting your productivity so that you can be of greater service to others.  

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You Deserve a Break! #selfcare #POMPOM @www.theselffirstmovement.com

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Discover The Power Within #POMPOM

There is a large number of people that find it difficult to comment on a new year’s resolution. Reason being that unless we establishing a clear and precise picture of who we want to be and what we want to do or have, it will never come to pass. You’ll keep on drifting aimlessly in your self-fulfilling prophecy, settling for who you see you are instead of believing in who you can become, never realizing your full potential, and eventually giving up on your resolutions before you reach the finish line.

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The following steps will guide you to achieve your dreams and be successful by discovering the power of YOURSELF:

✔Picture YOUR Future: Anyone who’s achieved anything in this world started with a vision. Create a picture of who you are becoming, not who you are today. Think of who you want to be and what you want to do or have. Snap that photograph of yourself according to your vision.

✔Focus on YOUR Potential: Whatever you focus on expands, so shift your focus on your potential and the upsides of life, not your problems and the downsides. Seeing is believing, so now that you can see it, you can believe in the person you’re becoming. That picture becomes the new point of focus, your target, your measurable destination.

✔YOU Stick To It: Keep your eyes on the prize. Never let your environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Even when faced with uncertainty, doubt, and or controversy, stick with it no matter what. Do not give up regardless of the difficulties you will face.


✔Walk-In The Direction To YOUR Vision: Now that you know where you’re going and who you’re becoming, move to action daily the direction of your vision until you pick up momentum. Think of your vision as your destination and take steps in the direction of your vision. 

See yourSELF as you choose to be, stay focused, stick to it, and keep walking in the direction of your goals and dreams. Discover the POWER that is already within you to win. It is about you and in order to be of greater service to anyone it must start with you. 

~Shawanna Kennedy Self First Advocate and Mental Wellbeing Coach

Know YourSELF to Grow YourSELF

Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is wisdom. Do you want to go through inner exploration and understanding of your own body and heart?

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Believe that you have the innate skills to conquer the world! You are generous and genuine, a great listener and you always love to help others. But have you ever put yourself on the priority list ever? If you haven’t done that, now is the time to make yourself important to you.
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Unleash the power within yourself! You are already a winner. It’s time to show the world that it needs you. Don’t be shy. Whatever you have decided to do in your life, do it now or as soon as possible.

Are you worried about who to talk to and how to talk? I am here for you. I understand and hear you. Together we will unleash your inner power and walk along to get to your dreams. It can only start with loving yourself. You are a great gem for the world. Believe that and you can go a long long way!

#Grow #knowyourself #selflove #shawannaksays #selffirstmovement #itisaboutyou #iCheer4you #unleash #power #believe #heart #mindset #midfulness #POMPOM ##powerovermindsetpoweroverme #PowerOverMe

Do different…change your point of view

Live Life More Freely: Change Your Point of View

#PowerOverMindsetPowerOverMe Do different in this decade!

“Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars.”- Frederick Langbridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts

If you’ve placed second in a race, will you jump for joy and push for better results the next time or will you be discouraged and find an excuse not to run again?

In life, you are always filled with choices. You may opt to have a pessimist’s view and live a self-defeated life or you may decide to take the optimist’s route and take a challenging and fulfilling life.

So why nurture an optimist’s point of view? And why now?

Well, optimism has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to academic, athletic, military, occupational and political success; to popularity; to good health and even to long life and freedom from trauma.

On the other hand, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. It affects middle-aged adults the same way it hits younger people.

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Be Optimists and expect the best

The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events, which will last a long time and undermine everything they do, are their own fault.

The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they explain their misfortune—it’s the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case.

Optimists tend to focus on and plan for the ‘problem’ at hand. They use ‘positive reinterpretation.’ In other words, they most likely reinterpret a negative experience in a way that helps them learn and grow. Such people are unfazed by bad situation, they perceive it is a challenge and try harder.

They won’t say “things will never get better,” “If I failed once, it will happen again” and “If I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will happen in my whole life.”

Positive expectancy of optimists also predict better reactions during transitions to new environments, sudden tragedies and unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.

People respond positively to optimists

Optimists are proactive and less dependent on others for their happiness. They find no need to control or manipulate people. They usually draw people towards them. Their optimistic view of the world can be contagious and influence those they are with.

Optimism seems a socially desirable trait in all communities. Those who share optimism are generally accepted while those who spread gloom, panic and hysteria are treated unfavorably.

In life, these people often win elections; get voted most congenial and sought for advice.

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When the going gets tough, optimists get tougher

Change your point of view…Optimists typically maintain higher levels of subjective well-being during times of stress than do people who are less optimistic. In contrast, pessimists are likely to react to stressful events by denying that they exist or by avoiding dealing with problems. Pessimists are more likely to quit trying when difficulties arise.

They persevere. They just don’t give up easily, they are also known for their patience. Inching their way a step closer to that goal or elusive dream.

Optimists are healthier and live longer

Medical research has justified that simple pleasures and a positive outlook can cause a measurable increase in the body’s ability to fight disease.

Optimists’ health is unusually good. They age well, much freer than most people from the usual physical ills of middle age. And they get to outlive those prone to negative thoughts.

So why not be an optimist today? And think positively towards a more fulfilled life.

Why not look forward to success in all your endeavors? Why not be resilient? Like everybody else you are bound to hit lows sometimes but don’t just stay there. Carry yourself out of the mud and improve your chances of getting back on the right track. And why not inspire others to move to action and see life on the bright side?
@shawannaksays @icheer4you

You GET To Choose!

“You GET To Choose” 5 ways to start choosing you and taking control now.

Did you know negative thinking pattern can cause us to become frustrated by our challenges and create feelings of being overwhelmed? When this happens the negative outlook then makes it even harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward.

By choosing to practice positive thinking we can being to focus more on our strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and increase motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck. The following 5 tips provide practical suggestions that can help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

Are you ready to grow?

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1. Squash the “ANTs”
In his book “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” Dr. Daniel Amen talks about “ANTs” – Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like “Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me,” or “The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!” When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!

2. Practice Lovin’, Touchin’ & Squeezin’ (Your Friends and Family)

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You don’t have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received higher tips from these customers than from the ones she didn’t touch!

3. Increase Your Social Activity
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!

4. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help another Person
Everyone feels good after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.

5. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Rumination
If you find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something completely different. Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It’s never productive, because it’s not rational or solution-oriented, it’s just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment – go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.

I hope these tips can help you begin to choose you and create better life balance. Remember it is about you!

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