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4 Ways to Stay Strong and Positive in Times of Sickness

4 Ways to Stay Strong and Positive in Times of Sickness

In times of sickness, it can be hard to keep your morale high. Medical conditions can make it difficult to get on with your normal routine. No wonder people undergoing any sort of treatment have to look for ways to keep them busy in order to enjoy their time. A positive attitude and motivation are necessary to get on with your life and stay calm.

Even though stress and painful treatments might seem as though they are taking a toll on your life, keeping yourself occupied with anything that your physician allows can help you stay motivated and lessen the amount of stress. This can be anything from meditation and easy yoga poses to reading a long overdue book. Sickness has a deep impact on the psyche of a human being. The recovery greatly depends on how motivated you are to put a brave front in times of hardship, be it any ailment that time and again causes pain or any sudden deterioration of health.

So, what are the things that you can indulge in during times of sickness to keep your motivation levels intact? Here are the activities that can cheer you up and help you cope with any situation:

1. Read a book or watch overdue series/movies

The more you keep yourself engaged, the better you can take your mind off the treatment. Being constantly reminded of your sickness because of your routine will make you feel isolated. So, let the doctors worry about your medicinal schedule while you can read a book or two with timely rest.

If the medical condition permits, movies are great to brighten the mood and stay connected with the outside world. Laughter is the best medicine and a comedy series or movie will only make you feel good.

2. Do not spend your time in isolation

While it is necessary that you take sufficient rest, do not avoid the company of your friends or family members. Do not hesitate to talk about your feelings. They know how difficult the phase is for you. Talk to them instead of feeling lonely. Your friends will make sure that, when they leave, you’ll have a smile on your face. They know you inside out, especially what makes you happy. You can rest assured that their company will brighten your mood and be just the distraction you need to keep your stress at bay.

It is the hardships that bring a family together and, with their support and encouragement, you are sure not to feel lonely.

3. Make your health your top priority

The only way you can recover fast is to make your health your number one priority. Your professional life and other commitments can take a back seat. This is the time to eat healthy foods. Even if you don’t feel much improvement in your overall health, it is necessary that you consult with your doctor and continue with a healthy diet. The important thing is to take rest and give your body time to recover.

4. Go out for walk and stay positive

You are either holed up in your room or are lying on your bed all day. Yes, you are sick but that does not mean that you will stop going out. Ask your doctor if you can go out for a walk. Even if it is hard to walk, see if you can go visit a park with the help of your loved ones. It will get out you out of sickness mode and help you relax amidst fresh environment.

Most importantly, you cannot let the situation get the better of you. It is just a phase that will eventually pass. You have to stay strong and positive to ensure your speedy recovery, even if that means reading motivational books or browsing through the Internet to read the experiences of other people who have gone through the same disease.

Motivation is all about mental toughness. How an individual can go through the entire medical procedure and still not lose hope is key to the respective person’s mental toughness. It is important to stay positive and indulge in something that helps to relax and get distracted. Be it reading a book or adopting a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to stay strong and positive and not lose your motivation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne Winchester

Suzanne is a chief editor at The General Post, and an independent healthcare industry analyst, speaker and entrepreneur, she is also a contributor writer for Bookyogaretreats.com.  Having hands-on experience in the health segment, she has answers to many health-related queries.

 

 

Put Your Dreams in Motion

Available at Amazon

I’ve made no secret about my desire to write a book.  Well, I’ve been writing and writing, and yesterday, I put my dreams in motion.  I formatted my book for kindle, and I self-published it on Amazon.

I put my dreams in motion and you can put your dreams in motion too.  It’s important to take time to do things for you!  Many people believe that it’s important to put others first, and to put the needs of your family before yours.  Being selfless is good, don’t get me wrong, but every once in a while you have to take time for you and do things for you.  For me, that’s what this book is.  It’s something I did for me, and I’m going to tell you that it feels wonderful.

So don’t ignore the world around you or the people around you, but make sure you take time for yourself.  Put your dreams in motion and live the life you’ve dreamed of.  I can tell you from personal experience that when you do, you feel so much more relaxed and so much happier.  The happiness you feel radiates out from you and encompasses the people that you love.  All that simply because you put your dreams in motion.

Visualize and it Will Materialize

Originally posted at Success.com

Visualize and it Will Materialize
by Steve Rizzo

Visualization is a common sense success strategy that can keep you motivated and focused to achieve your goals throughout the day. As I’ve often said, “Visualize and it will materialize.”

Visualization is the applying of your given gift of imagination to your faith and confidence. You can use it to discover ways to work through tough times, to rise above your problems and see the possibilities of a solution. It can also be used in the process of healing or to manifest a particular desire.

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Tap Your Way into an Autographed Copy of Nick Ortner’s New Book

Hey Everyone,

We’ve talked about tapping before, and how it can be a great way to work through emotional blocks.  Nick Ortner, one of the leading experts in tapping has written a new book called The Tapping Solution for Manifesting Your Greatest Self: 21 Days to Releasing Self-Doubt, Cultivating Inner Peace, and Creating a Life You Love. And he is offering a chance to get a FREE autographed copy of his book on his facebook page.
Just an FYI if you use an ad blocker – you won’t see the image of the book 🙂

Hi! How are things going with the book?

Nick would love it if you would be willing to post a review on Amazon for the book. As a special incentive, he is offering a SIGNED COPY of the book to those who review now and share the review with us in the form below.

Just go to Amazon, write your review and send it to us (either cut and paste or grab a screenshot!) and fill out this form: 

It will ask for your name, email, review and mailing address. If you are one of reviewers in the US, we will mail you a signed copy of the book.

For International readers, we will be sending you 5 special tapping meditations if you leave a review.

Some quick tips to make the review easy:

1. Even if you haven’t finished the book, you can share your experience so far.
2. Feel free to share any Tapping experiences/breakthroughs. These help other people identify their challenges and how tapping and the book might help them.
3. Be honest, emotional, funny, be yourself! Let’s show the rest of the world what an amazing community Tappers are!

This book and the 21-day process it takes you through is unlike ANYTHING you’ve ever experienced before and Nick is thrilled that you are on this journey with him!

Have a wonderful day. Happy tapping!

Break the Cycle of Emotional Eating

I am an emotional eater.  I eat when I’m happy, I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m angry and I eat when I’m bored.  In case you’re not quite catching what I’m saying, I eat.  Now eating is not a bad thing, heck, we need to do it to survive, but eating your emotions, that’s not such a great thing.  But I’m putting a stop to all that.  I’ve tried things like Weight Watchers, Nutri System, Atkins and Keto.  They’re all great in teaching me how to eat, but nothing has helped me come to grips with why I eat.  Now, with help, I’m going to stop allowing my mind to bully my body! If you’re stuck in the same cycle I am, then I suggest you check out this amazing class offered by Karen Salmansohn,  that will help to retrain your brain.

In it, you’ll learn:

  • why you binge eat – the emotional root of your food issues

  • how to stop obsessive thoughts around food – in a lasting way

  • how to stop using food as a distraction or to deal with uncomfortable feelings like anger, stress, fear, grief and self-loathing.

  • how to enjoy a more loving relationship with food – and yourself – whether you’re trying to lose 10 pounds, 35 pounds, or over 100 pounds

If  you’re ready to make a change, check out this great program that will help you break the cycle of emotional eating.

Well Color Me A Bit Contemplative

CrossPosted from Well Color Me

I was watching a lame movie today and in it, one of the characters said, “I’m a man, and men don’t hurt the people they love.” If you take it a step further, I’d say I’m an adult and adults don’t hurt the people the love.  But they do, all the time.  Most of the time, it’s not on purpose, but some times it is.  And it got me thinking why people do that.  Why do they say or do things that they know are going to hurt someone they care about

It can be romantic relationship wise, sibling wise, or friend wise.  It doesn’t matter what the relationship is, what matters is that it happened.  I know I’ve done it, and I usually immediately regret it.  But I’ve known some people who have said incredibly hurtful things to people and have never regretted it.  Your actions speak volumes as well, and if you don’t walk your talk, what you say doesn’t matter.  Think before you speak and think before you act.

I’m going to try to be a better person and think before I speak and before I act.  More importantly I’m going to work to not hurt the people that I love, and to just be a better person all around.

Well Color Me….Worth It

originally posted from Well Color Me

I have spent a lot of time (most of my life) thinking that I wasn’t important. I didn’t matter, and I wasn’t worth anything. I didn’t grow up on an abusive or neglectful household, I wasn’t berated during my formative years. I don’t know how it happened, but I always felt like I didn’t matter, and I wasn’t worth it.

I’ve always felt alone. I have serious issues where I don’t ever see why anybody would ever want to be my friend, and I always assume that people think the worst of me. Suffice to say my self-esteem is down around my ankles. It may even be under my feet and burrowing itself down into the ground.

But lately, I’ve been doing some thinking. I’m not trying to figure out why I feel this way, but I’m trying to think of ways to NOT feel this way. I read lots of self-help stuff and they give me all sorts of different things to try, and they do, but they don’t work. At least they don’t work for me. I think it’s because they’re not my ideas. They’re not organic to me.

Here’s the thing, nobody can convince me that I don’t matter and I’m not worth it, if I don’t let them. So maybe I’m the one who convinced me that I’m not worth it. If that’s the case then I’m going to convince myself that I am worth it, because I am. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty fucking awesome. I’m a good person, a great mom, though my kids may think differently. I’m a huge team player at work, and I’m a freaking awesome friend, and if there were a guy in my life, I’d be the best girlfriend ever.

So starting right here, right now, I’m worth it. I matter, and I’m important. And anybody who doesn’t think so can sod off because I don’t need that negative crap or those negative people in my life. I’m worth it!

The Good Morning Goddess Ritual of Self-Love

The Good Morning Goddess Ritual of Self-Love

Self-love, the Saint-Graal of our modern society. Everyday, we get hammered by advertising messages asking us to take care of ourselves, to follow our dreams, to take that holiday, or leave that job. They ask us to do it, but it is always through the acquisition of a thing.

I say that it all starts with self-love. Loving the person we are, as we are, is the basis of a healthy and balanced life. How can you pursue your dreams, love others, build a life you absolutely love, if you don’t love the person you will be doing this with: yourself?

The yoga practice is a beautiful way to cultivate self-love, through small actions. It is you reminding yourself to breathe during that challenging pose. It is knowing when to stop before you hurt. It is allowing your body to feel the way it feels, every day. It is accepting that one day you are flying in Bakasana (Crow pose) and the following day, you are collapsing in that same pose.

In addition to the practice on the mat, I have created a ritual to include self-love in my daily life. As for meditation, and yoga, think of self-love as a muscle that needs to be constantly trained. It is a life practice.

I developed this routine when in Bali, where I spent 2 months to reconnect to myself, and work on personal development, including self-love.

Reconnection to your feminine side

For me, it all started with reconnecting to my femininity.

As a Yogipreneur, Vinyasa teacher and writer, hustling is part of my daily life. I have to go for my dreams, otherwise no one will serve them to me on a silver platter.

Being in Bali, which is such a smooth and sensual land, I realised I had let my masculine side take over my overall energy. Everything I did in the sphere of work was moved from a place of power, strength, pushing and pushing. My perception of power and the way I conceived it was to be like men.

Bali, and an extensive practice of Kundalini Yoga, showed me otherwise. Being a woman and denying my femininity caused an imbalance in my capacity to love myself for what I was.

The more I reconnected with my feminine side, through practices like dancing, drawing, singing, the more I felt comfortable with myself. I felt good with my body, and I started to let it express itself authentically – wearing no bra was the best discovery!

Practices that cultivate creativity, whatever the medium, are excellent ways to reconnect with our feminine side. Kundalini, through its kriyas, is also an amazing practice to tap into our inner force, which is feminine – the snake coiled at the base of our spine is a she!

We are all Goddesses

The kundalini practice, as well as long discussions with inspiring women, led me to the conclusion that shifted the paradigm I previously lived with: every woman is a Goddess.

We are all Goddesses, both Shakti and Kali, we are powerful and without us, the World would technically be nothing. Yes, this is being feminist. No, this does not mean we, women, are here to despise men.

Being a Goddess means that we know our value, we know that we are beautiful divine creatures. We know that there is enough power in us to take care of our faith and be the heroes of our lives.

Following this principle, I decided to meet my inner Goddess. It started with sporadic acts like smiling to myself in the mirror, and looking at my body from a place of love instead of the good old judgement we tend to have. I wore clothes that made me feel flowy and sensual.

I then decided to formalise it into a morning ritual.

“Good morning Goddess”

 

 

 

 

 

Each morning, I wake-up to my Goddess ritual.

I open my eyes, I put some music on. No checking messages, yet! As soon as the music is on, I start touching the skin of my entire body, starting with my legs. It is, for me, a way to greet myself into a new day, and acknowledge the beauty of this divine body of mine. I touch my feet, my legs, my tummy, my chest, my shoulders, my arms, I let my hands softly greet my entire body. I finish with my face, my hair.

Then, I step into my bathroom, and when I look into the mirror, I greet the Goddess by a “Good morning, Goddess” and a smile.

This might seem simple, so simple. And it truly is. But it has changed so much in my relationship to myself.

They say, the way you start your day defines the rest of it.

Starting the day with the positive feeling of greeting your inner Goddess, that is some powerful start.

And, yes, in the beginning, it will probably seem weird, and you will probably have to fake it. The first days, I found it so difficult to linger in bed, touching my skin. And, how hard was it to look at myself in the mirror without my gaze going straight to my muffin top and judgemental thoughts arising! But it came, slowly and steadily, as it does with any practice.

Today, I cannot start a day without my self-love morning routine. I feel amazing after doing it. And the best thing is that it starts to span over my day – I notice that the way I look at myself in the mirror during the day is starting to be filled with the same benevolence and self-love it has in the morning.

That, for me, is the most beautiful gift to myself. With this, I feel empowered to face life and realise my visions and dreams. Because I know I am at peace with my co-pilot: myself.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

 

Oumnia El Khazzani

Oumnia El Khazzani is a Yoga teacher and a writer. When she is not teaching flowy vinyasa classes, she writes novels, as well as blog posts, for herself or for others as a freelancer. She is also a contributor writer for www.bookyogaretreats.com.

Self-Care for the Good of Your Mental Health

Self-Care for the Good of Your Mental Health

Brad Krause at Self Caring
Self Care for the Good of Your Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mental Health: Overcoming the Stigma

 

It wasn’t long ago when talking about mental health was considered uncouth. If you were struggling with an issue like depression, addiction, or anxiety, you were expected to shut up and bottle it all inside. While some people still face this pressure to keep it to themselves, the conversation is growing. In 2018, several NBA players including Channing Frye, DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love opened up about their mental health struggles. The league responded with an improved mental health program to address the needs of its players.

 

You may be thinking, “Why do all these basketball players have mental health problems? What is it about the NBA?” Of course, playing basketball doesn’t cause depression or anxiety. These players are simply using their platform to help remove the stigma associated with the difficult issues that we all have. Everyone everywhere struggles with their mental health at some point in their life, we just don’t talk about it. Since we don’t talk openly about this issue, most people don’t even know how to care for themselves when dealing with mental health struggles.

 

If your mental health problems are getting in the way of living a happy and productive life, it is important to talk to a doctor about your symptoms immediately. Your physician can recommend a number of treatments including medication, talk therapy, psychotherapy, meditation and lifestyle changes.

 

Self-Care for Mental Health

 

An important aspect of treating mental illness is practicing daily self-care. Mental health problems often distract us from doing the little things for our own good. A person dealing with depression and anxiety may forgo hygiene, nutrition, and sleep while struggling with their problems. By practicing self-care in even the most basic ways, you can help alleviate symptoms of mental health problems while you explore options for treatment.

 

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

 

All the stigma around mental health has lead a lot of people to try self-medicating with alcohol and depression. But substance abuse only makes mental health problems worse. In fact, it can lead to addiction — a mental health issue and physical disease all rolled into one. Avoid turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope and consider going into rehabilitation if you fear your drug or alcohol use has already gotten out of control.

 

Practice Healthy Sleep Habits

 

When you are struggling with mental health issues, quality sleep is one of the first things to go. Some people oversleep which causes fatigue, back pain, weight gain and headaches. Other people develop insomnia, a disorder with its own troubling consequences. Establishing a routine is the best way to avoid over and undersleeping. Make it a point to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at a consistent hour each morning. An hour before your bedtime, start winding down by turning off electronics, sipping warm herbal tea and doing an activity that allows the mind to unwind such as coloring, reading or meditating.

 

Reduce Stress

 

Life is about balance, and if you are going at 100 percent all day, everyday, you will eventually burn out.

 

  • Make your home a sanctuary separated from work so your mind knows to switch off the cortisol once you walk through the door.
  • Pick up a hobby that improves mindfulness like meditation, yoga, or painting.
  • Exercise releases dopamine, serotonin and endorphins in the body to release stress and improve your overall mood.

 

  • Engage in positive thinking. Staying optimistic is an effective way to manage stress.

 

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Everyone struggles with mental health issues, but the stigma surrounding them prevents us from having a conversation about them. Those dealing with serious issues should talk to a physician about treatment options. It’s important to embrace positive routines to help maintain our mental health in our day-to-day lives.

I’m Slacking Again

I’m slacking again on blog posts – which is odd because technically, I’m on summer vacation.  I’m still dealing with the drama of the deer running into my car.  It’s really broken, but I’m not, so that’s good.  I’m also taking a class this summer which for some reason, is kicking my ass.  Plus it’s summer and I’m feeling lazy, lol.  All these things are combining to make it so I can’t get out of my own way and get anything done.  And because of that, the blog posts are slacking off.  No excuses, it is what it is.  I’m slacking again and it’s just the way it is lol.

But as I sit here and think and type, I realize that not only am I slacking again on blog posts, I’m slacking on life.  There are lots of things I should be doing, and I’m not.  Maybe it’s just going to be the summer of slacking. But here’s the positive spin to all of it.  I’m slacking and it’s okay.  I’m getting my school work done, and I’m getting my life responsibilities done.  I can’t be perfect, and that’s okay.

I’m going to try and be better.  I’ll share the quotes from this week so far, and hopefully next week will be better.  So I’ll get yesterday’s and today’s posts done, and I have a couple of guest posts to share with you all from some really great writers.  Hopefully I’ll go from I’m slacking again to I’m getting it done.

 

 

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