Youth motivational speaker and suicide prevention expert Jeff Yalden has spent much of his career helping people deal with loss. It never gets any easier, and he said he woke up this morning at a loss for words once again – learning more about the victims of Sunday’s horrific massacre in Las Vegas.
“Deep prayers, thoughts and my condolences to everybody involved,” he said, adding that his love goes out to all first responders and to our lawmakers – trusting that the right people are doing the best job that they can.”
The question for Jeff is how to prevent this from ever happening again.
“My friends, it’s going to happen. I don’t want to be insensitive about this, but we can’t stop living our lives. We have to focus on the good we can do. We need to keep living. There will be copycats. The news sensationalizes it and gives others permission to be famous for their five minutes.”
Now more than ever, we can make a huge difference by being kind and encouraging, supportive, accepting and forgiving.
“Diversity is like a quilt; one giant, big blanket made up of many colors, shapes, sizes and fabrics – all woven together to provide warmth and comfort to you and me. Diversity is a great thing,” he said.
Yalden has been laying out the daily BOOM principles from his new workbook and planner, The BOOM 28 Day Boot Camp: Creating a Life of Success. Find Motivation. Crush Goals. Overcome Obstacles. Live with Purpose.
We hope you have been doing the work every day.
“Have you gone back and really done these exercises? If you have done the exercises – you should be feeling pretty good right about now,” he said.
Here’s your action step for Day 27:
SLEEP, EAT, EXERCISE…REPEAT
Healthy sleep, proper nutrition, and 30 minutes of exercise every day!
Make self-care a habit.
“Self-care is something that many people think is selfish [because] you are putting yourself before others. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. It’s completely necessary for all of us – for our families, for work, for our peers and our friends. Self-care is necessary for you and me to stay healthy every single day, to serve in the capacities in which we serve.”
Yalden said it’s very important for young people to get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night -and the average adult needs between seven and eight hours.
“Turn off your phone and your electronics. Turn off the television and the lights and go to bed. Get your uninterrupted sleep. BOOM! Wake up. Wash your face, brush your teeth, do your dance – and go out and be awesome.”
If you can sneak in a nap during the day for 30 minutes or an hour, go for it. That’s a good thing. Close your eyes. Meditate. Breathe – and just allow yourself to get deep.
Get proper nutrition. This isn’t rocket science.
“They say that we consume 200-300 grams more of sugar a day more than the average person should be consuming, he said. “First thing in the morning, get your water. Water. Water. Water. Eight or 16 ounces. Re-hydrate yourself as much as you can from the night before.”
Consume more protein and less carbs.
Protein builds and repairs muscles.
Look at the carbs you are eating. There are good carbs [whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans] and bad carbs [white bread, white rice].
“Try and get your good carbs in early in the day. An apple a day is great, but again there are sugars in there. But an apple is better than Captain Crunch cereal and a banana is better than Pop-Tarts, so make good choices. Nutrition. Nutrition. Nutrition.”
Get rid of sodas [even diet sodas] and fruit drinks and just go to water or maybe Crystal Light.
“There is a chemical in diet sodas that makes you crave more food,” Yalden said.
Get out there and exercise.
“I know some of you don’t like to sweat, and some of you don’t exercise. Get out there and get some walking in. Get the body moving. Mobility. Flexibility. Get your heart rate up. When you exercise more than 30 minutes a day, your endorphins start kicking and you feel good. Go out there, and you are ready to own the day.”
You are almost there. Tomorrow marks the final installment of this BOOM Boot Camp. Day 28.
See you then.
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