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Self-Care Tips Backed by Science

We all need to take self-care seriously.  Healing mind, body and soul is an integral part of this process as is putting effort into me-time. Today’s world seems to revolve around mixing life and work to the point these lines can often become blurred. Below are some self-care tips which are backed by science.

Utilizing self-care helps us to recharge our mental and physical batteries. It helps us refocus our energy and manage stress levels. The issue is that we don’t devote enough time to self-care or don’t have any ideas of what to do and why we should do it. We all need to be reminded to take self-care seriously; a study in 2019 found that student nurses were neglecting their own self-care because they were looking after others. We all need to take care of ourselves, so we can then take care of others if that is our role.

Fresh air

While it may be cold outside, getting out in the fresh air is a great way of improving both your mental and physical health. It stimulates your brain, and walking in nature has a positive impact on your senses. You don’t need a green space close by either, just walking around your neighborhood is good enough.

Exercise

Research shows that exercise has a positive impact on your mental health and boosts self-esteem. It also helps you feel re-energized and benefits those who have been diagnosed with depression. You don’t need to visit a gym for exercise, and you can do this in the comfort of your own home! If you do suffer from an illness, it is best to get this checked out by a health professional, especially before embarking on any exercise program. Your doctor may prescribe medication, or they may subscribe something like medical cannabis. If you wish to find out more about this, see the guide at AmediCanna.

Paying it forward

Did you know that helping others boosts your mental health? Helping others is a way to help yourself and be kind to others by doing a good deed. Options include volunteering or helping a friend or neighbor. This is such an excellent way of spreading a little happiness and making yourself happy at the same time.

Aromatherapy

Research has proven time and time again that breathing certain aromas reduces stress and anxiety. The scents recommended are citrus and lavender. Lavender is especially helpful to aid sleep. The likes of rosemary can help boost memory. Find out what scent helps you best and use it.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a great technique that you can do at any time of the day. It requires you to focus on the present without judging what is happening around you. It’s a great technique if you are feeling overwhelmed.

Meditation

Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It can help you focus and de-stress. Research has suggested that meditation can improve your quality of life. The simple act of being still and breathing can profoundly affect us.

These are just some of the self-care tips which you can practice that has been backed by research. What other ones can you think of?

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Stay Fit Even When Busy

To stay fit you must work fitness and health-conscious actions into your day. Here are some ways to stay in shape even when busy.

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How to Set Priorities

To set priorities is crucial, especially if you want to move forward.

Without a plan, it’s easy to get wrapped up in things that don’t really matter or things that aren’t helping you to grow. For me, health is my number one priority. Setting priorities around health helps to keep me focused on it. I align goals to help me achieve optimal health such as exercise, nutrition and trying my best to maintain a well-balanced life.

Setting Priorities Keeps Me in Check.

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Health is my #1 Priority

For instance – to keep in line with this priority, I set a goal to exercise five times a week at a minimum. Today was one of my workout days and I didn’t want to work out. I almost gave in to the temptation of not working out, which is an easy thing to do when I’m tired, cranky, and it’s not quite four in the morning (yup – I’m crazy, I know!) Anyway, I thought of my priority and decided right then and there that I would not give up on it. In setting priorities around health, I made a pact with myself to stick to exercise.

So, I did my workout. I was lazy at first, but then, I triumphed! My energy level raised considerably and I not only got through the workout, but I blasted through it. Now, as I set out to start my day, I am energized and feeling accomplished.

Biggest benefit to setting priorities…

When you feel like giving in… a priority can set you back on the right path. I SO easily could’ve caved and tossed myself in front of the television this morning. I came VERY close to doing that. I need reminders. They keep me going. Without them, it’s so easy to wander around aimlessly. I don’t want to waste my time walking with no sense of direction. I LOVE having a plan. I LOVE accomplishing goals towards that plan. I hope you do, too.

Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr, novelist

P.S. Your turn to share! I want to hear from you. Is setting priorities something you do, and does it keep you on track?

3 Steps to Thinking Positive

Thinking positive can be easy even under trying times…don’t believe me? Read on…

For starters, my morning started off slightly rocky. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. to work on a time-sensitive project. I worked on it until 4:30 a.m. Just as I was saving it, the program closed out and all my work disappeared. Yup. Can you imagine the rage? Thinking positive was the last think on my mind!

I had a choice. I could dwell for the rest of the day on the misfortune, punch a wall, frustrate everyone around me with my negativity, or find a way to start thinking positive.

I choose the later.

Thinking Positive: Exercise can help

Exercise was my tool of choice this morning, Insanity’s Max Cardio Circuit to be exact. I worked out like a complete maniac! I never did so many pushups and with such gusto… ha. Bottom line, with every ounce of energy I poured into exerting my muscles, a little piece of negativity here and there started to break off. After an hour, I felt empowered and ready to tackle whatever else the day will decide to toss in my path.

Thinking Positive: Pets are wonderful

thinking positiveI love my dogs. They have gotten me through many a frustrating moment. A pet’s cuteness will take over and make you realize that you’re never alone in your struggles. They are always right there to offer a poochie kiss, a lean, or a good laugh if you’ve got a Boxer like me who never fails to entertain. Pets have a remarkable way of smoothing over the rough edges of any situation.

Thinking Positive: Shift your focus to other things

When tested, the last thing we sometimes want to do is let by gones be by gones. However, this is often a great strategy. The downward spiral of ‘what-if’ thinking can be devastating. Whatever happened, happened. Nothing we do will turn back the clock and erase it. So, do what you can in the ‘now’ by turning your attention to something you can control. Maybe it’s a project you’ve been putting off, a letter you need to write, a new set of shoes you’ve been meaning to buy. Just go do it. Do something to get your mind off of what’s bothering you so you can move forward and return to the problem with a more balanced mindset.

This morning, when all hell broke loose on me with my unsaved project, I caved into the moment with a good hearty scream. It’s good to let it out. But, it’s more important to let it be, learn from it, and move forward.

Wishing you all the best,
Suzie Carr, novelist
www.curveswelcome.com

p.s. If you will, comment here and tell me if you agree or disagree with these thinking positive tactics and whether you have more suggestions.