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Love Yourself First

Love Yourself First

Helen Bradford

 

As Louise L. Hay once said: “Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.” However, loving yourself requires effort, not just words. It may seem challenging though, especially considering how hectic our lives can be. Juggling with work, family, and many other obligations can leave us neglecting ourselves. It’s time to change the game and give yourself some much-needed TLC. It doesn’t require any groundbreaking transformations. On the contrary, adopting these few self-care habits will give you a healthy body and a healthy mind.

1. Getting started.

Self-discipline is the key when it comes to physical activity. Most of us make the decision to start exercising rather easily, but when it comes to putting it to practice, well… it’s another story. A good idea is to make a workout schedule. Keep track of your activities (and energy levels) for a week. This will give you insight into what times work best for you. Our energy levels are usually highest in the morning so that would be a good time for more intense workouts. However, if you see it as a way to vent out after a busy day at work then you’ll dedicate time to it in the evening. Take baby steps and be realistic when making your schedule. This will help you to stay focused and motivated.

2. Make your home gym-friendly.

For some people, taking trips to the nearby gym can sometimes be discouraging. If you are one those people who aren’t keen on working out with a bunch of strangers, don’t give up just yet. A great alternative is to bring a gym to your home. You can make some room in your home or a garage and turn it into your own private gym. Next, you’ll need to put in some Cyberfit gym equipment or similar high-quality fitness items. If you do your research, you’ll find that many shops offer great home gym packages. This way, you’ll enjoy exercising in the privacy of your own home and ensure good physical and mental health.

3. Moody no more.

No matter the intensity of the workout, people generally feel better after a workout. Many studies have shown the connection between physical activity and better mental health. One of the reasons is that physical activity produces endorphins or so-called “feel-good” chemicals. What’s more, it increases blood flow to the brain and lowers the blood pressure and cholesterol. It reduces stress and helps you sleep better. Exercising regularly indeed does wonders for your brain. Better concentration and increased cognitive functions are just some of the benefits physical activity has on your brain. In the end, boosting your energy levels you’ll boost your mood, too.

4. Give your self-esteem a boost.

Taking care of your body is maybe the easiest way to love yourself. Aside from the numerous benefits exercising has on your overall health, it also makes you look good. And by doing that, your confidence levels increase. If you’re persistent, the results will be your biggest motivation and not only that. If you used to have chronic pain in your neck or lower back, you’ll be thrilled to find out that sitting all day at the office isn’t a nightmare anymore. Yes, working out will strengthen your core muscles but it will enhance some other skills of yours. Mastering self-discipline at the gym will transfer to work, and healthier mind means better productivity, too.

5. Stay motivated.

Staying on point with your workout routine may not always go so smoothly. There will be days when even getting up in the morning seems like a challenge. If that happens, try not to avoid your workout completely. Alter it, adjust its intensity to your current state, but don’t skip it. Even a short walk or a bike ride can elevate your mood. Having the support of your family and friends can help you stay motivated. However, it’s best to learn how to do that by yourself. Not only will this bring you independence, but it will also boost your self-esteem and mental health. Stay persistent and whenever you feel like you’re about to fail, remembering the reason you started will keep you going.

Other people may not always be there when you need help and support, but the only person that actually matters will, and that’s you. Loving yourself doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Taking care of your body can be a fantastic start that will lead to a leaner body, better mood, and most importantly – sharp and healthy mind.

Character

Character is the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life… is the source from which self respect springs. ~ Joan Didion

 

Fear is a Choice

You have to remember, fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Don’t misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice. – Will Smith

So when I read this quote, I wasn’t super sure about how I felt about it.  Fear is a choice? What the heck does that even mean? How do you create fear?  Then, of course, I thought about it, and it all made perfect sense.

Fear is a choice.  I’m not talking, the feeling you get when you’re walking down a dark street alone in the middle of the night.  That’s danger, and that’s different.  And I’m not talking about the feeling you get after watching Blair Witch, or a Friday the 13th marathon.  That’s scaring yourself sh*tless.

I’m talking about the fear that stops you from doing things and that comes from listening to the self-doubt that fills your head.  That isn’t real…well the feelings are real, but they don’t have to be. You need to shut off the self-doubt.  Don’t make the choice to feel the fear.  Don’t give into the self-doubt that fills your head when you want to try something new or make a change.

Fear is a choice, and you don’t have to make it. You are strong, and you can ignore the voices of self-doubt that try to stop you from moving forward.  Remind yourself that you are amazing, strong, capable and that you can conquer the world.  Be strong and remember fear is a choice you don’t have to make.

A Grateful Heart

The seeds of discouragement, cannot take root in a grateful heart – Joel Osteen

I love it when quotes I pick out in advance work for the day I’m having.  Well this one works for my yesterday, but hey, close enough, right? I was literally heartbroken when I found all my websites gone.  After a quick hook up with my hosting company, they got two of them back.  One site, my personal blog, where I rant and rave, however was missing.  They said they’d restore it from a back up, so off to bed I went.  Well this morning, I received an email saying no luck 🙁  Now here is where the quote works.  I thought I’d be destroyed by this, but I’m not.  They were able to restore this site, which is the one that is the most important to me, and they were able to restore my other site, where my friends and I communicate.  For that, I am extremely grateful!

So now, instead of being discouraged, I’m looking upon this as an opportunity to revamp my personal blog.  I can do whatever I want with it.  Yeah I had a few posts on it that were important, but I can get past that.  Why? Because I am grateful for what I do have, and that gratitude is what is stopping the negativity and discouragement take root in my heart.

Call it looking on the bright side, call it whatever you want.  All I know is that I am so very grateful to have this site back up and running, that I am not all that torn up about my other site.  I won’t be able to restore it, but now I can make it better than it was, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Find Your Strength

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. – Albert Schweitzer

I was looking at this quote this morning, and my immediate thought was I disagree, but as always, then I started to think.  Obstacles are adversity and find your strengthif you overcome them, then you obviously have the strength to do so.  But how do you initially find your strength?

Every day, you’re faced with adversity and obstacles.  Some may be big, and some are very small, but regardless of their size, they are there.  It’s how you deal with them that help you to find your strength.  Look at your obstacles and tackle them head on.  Ask for help if necessary, because in my mind, knowing that you need help is a sign of strength.

I think that the strength comes when you face your obstacles head on.  Know what you are able to do, ask for help when needed and conquer the obstacles that life tosses at you.  Every time you do, you find your strength to move forward and master what comes next.

 

IEP Season…

IEP season got me like AHHHHHH…..sorry people…..I’m being responsible.  Work first  blog posts later 🙁

Mea Culpa

Sorry everyone – I had to leave my school today to go to an IEP meeting across the city, and then when I got back it was work work work…I’ll post today and tomorrow’s blog posts on Friday!

Who I Am

Just a little bit of a different post because school closed early due to a snow storm 🙂  I’ve been doing this for almost 9 years now, and I’ve share a little bit about myself, but if you want to get a better insight into who I am, please feel free to check out my personal blog, Well Color Me… It’s my Who I amramblings on the world in general and my life in particular.

Stretch Your Mind

You Are Priceless

If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. – anonymous

You have to believe in yourself, and value yourself, and toot your own horn. Nobody is going to do those things for you if you can’t do it for yourself? If you believe in yourself and value yourself, you’ll find that others will as well!

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