Reflect On ‘WHY’ To Get To A Healthier You

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What does it take for us to get to the point where we finally say “I need to make a dramatic change to improve my health”?

It’s not easy for us to admit that we’ve been winging it health-wise. We get busy, lazy, and easily distracted and ignore the fact that we need to make a desperate change for the better. We become submissive to our willpower, succumb to temptations, and end up eating what we shouldn’t. We make unremarkable excuses, then delve into laziness, simply because we have no plan of action to get us started or better yet, a plan to keep us going!

Have you ever tried to start a self-care regimen but then ended it quickly because you let daily stresses and bad habits take over? I know how it is to think “I will get started on taking care of myself tomorrow… or next week… because right now I am going to eat this donut!”

As a procrastinator myself, I know that what actually happens is that next week comes around and I have not even begun to get started, simply because getting fast food on the run and being a couch potato is much easier. And it’s all because of not having a mindset to begin a better way of existing.

For many people, taking care of themselves is time consuming. It is way too easy to eat unhealthily. Taking vitamins is just one more thing to do and exercising is hard to fit into our busy lives. Sound familiar?

Trust me, I’ve been there, I am there, and I get it!

So, If you are like one of the many people stuck in a bad cycle of abusing your health, what do you do? How do you break that cycle and where do you begin to make it better? I want to help you to have a place to start, with a plan that you can stick with and to be able to fall back on if or when the bad habits set back in.

By reflecting on the reason ‘why’ you want to take on a self care regimen and what your plan of action will be, you will have a motivational head start!

A healthier way of living is an ongoing need for every one of us. It is simply feeling better health-wise and being mindful of how you treat yourself! It is about having more energy, or possibly conquering depression or anxiety and living a higher quality of life for yourself and for those who love you.

I’m not going to bore you with all of the technical and physical reasons of why you should eat better, exercise, and drink 8 glasses of water a day, so on and so forth, because you already know that! I would, however, like to motivate you to start your new self-care habits by helping you to make a plan ahead of time. That way, you can be on your way to starting a life-long habit of extreme self-care!

Genuinely think about and answer the questions… ‘Why’ do I want this change to take place? ‘Why’ am I doing this?  Write down your answers and refer back to them when you have the need to. We all have different reasons to get a healthier outlook on life. You may also have one particular reason or you may have a whole list. Regardless make these necessary decisions a part of your plan.

Five Decisions To Make When Starting Your Journey To A Healthier You

  • Decide what you need to have on hand to help you in this process, then gather what you need.
  • Decide who you want to support you during this transitional change. Ask for support from your family or friend and let them know you have a change in the process. Plus tell them not to judge or criticize you!
  • Decide if you would rather keep this journey to yourself and do it on your own.
  • Decide where you want to see yourself in a few weeks or months from now…(i.e. balanced rested, thinner, stronger.)
  • Decide the reasons why you want to do this. (i.e. To feel fit like you did in your younger years, healthier, more energized, able to keep up with the demands put upon you. Perhaps you simply want to turn back a few years so you can feel younger and more vibrant.)

Remember, it is not always about weight! However, that is possibly a good part of it, along with the need to exercise, stretch, and to find time to relax. Whatever your reasoning, make your plans, get excited, then get started right away without procrastinating! Consult with your physician if you deem necessary. Most importantly, let your reason “Why’ drive you through!

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Embracing a Positive Mindset

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Have you ever had one of those days where from the moment you rolled out of bed, nothing seemed to go your way? You then immediately thought, “Its going to be a crappy day!”  Since you get exactly what you wish for, you face one setback after another, and it all takes on a snowball effect as one problem rolls into the next. It’s like you have a cloud of gloom following you for the remainder of the day until your head hits the pillow at night.

Sometimes when disappointments come our way, it is because we expect them to. It’s kind of like our belief system is displaced. You expect turmoil, so that is exactly what you get. We become so used to a negative mindset that the vicious cycle of discouragement becomes familiar to us after a while.

There is so much negativity in the world from the moment when we wake up, turn on TV, and get on social media. And do you know what? It is all out of our control!  The problems of the world do not have to rest on our shoulders. But we tend to let them have an effect on us, and we sometimes play the blame game and fault situations or other people for the way we feel.

When a simple downfall hits you head on, you have a choice to let the negative energy continue or the choice to stop it in its track. Just like you would flip a light switch, you need to switch on your positive thinking or switch off the negative thinking.

Once you realize that you have control over your feelings, you can nurture it into a positive mindset and keep the power going. You have to consciously remove the lack of optimism that squashes your right to be happy and put yourself in better frame of mind knowing that you can overcome obstacles that come your way. You can construct a consistent, peaceful frame of mind with conscious effort. It starts with knowing that you deserve to be happy and acknowledging that you are responsible for your own happiness on a daily basis. In other words, you need to cultivate that warm and fuzzy feeling within yourself and embrace it.

Three Surefire Ways to Incorporate a Positive Frame of Mind on a Daily Basis

1. Embrace it.

Make a shift in your mind that you are ready for a positive change. Have gratitude for all of the good that you have going for you. Make a list on a daily basis of what was special about your day. Start a journal that will help you chart your goals and achievements. Reward yourself for taking baby steps towards a more optimistic energy.

2. Learn it.

Read positive quotes or inspirational stories. There are many self-help books and CDs available to educate and inspire you. Surround yourself with people who support you, and put a smile on your face instead of draining your energy. Be aware of your breathing and posture. Smile more because it will make you feel better from the inside out. Connect with others who have a more forward-looking outlook on life because it will reflect your way.

3. Believe it.

Visualize in your mind, the end result of you in a more positive state of being. Raise your expectations of what you can achieve. Stop any negative thoughts in their tracks, and replace each one with a more beneficial belief pattern. Believe in yourself and also in something greater than life itself.

And remember: it may take a bit of practice, but we all have the power to change our thoughts and behavior. You need to make it a conscious decision on a daily basis to embrace the “I can” attitude. With a bit of discipline, better days will override the bad days. Expect good ones!

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How To Feel Like Your Authentic Self In Social Situations

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Are you someone who feels more of their true self when no one else is around, as opposed to being in the presence of others?

I don’t know about you, but I personally feel more relaxed, laid back, and maybe a bit silly when I am home alone with just me and the dog! I am giddy, unguarded, and YES…I talk to myself, sing to the dog and call her silly names! (I think she likes it.)

Young children seem to get it right better than any of us adults do when it comes to being their true authentic self. They sing, laugh, dance & live with an abundance of energy and no worries of whether anyone else is watching or of what anyone thinks of them.

It is none of your business of what others think about you

As adults, we are more on guard than children are, in social situations because conversations with others can lead us to feel assorted emotions with many shades of gray in between. Since we have a desire to bond and be accepted by other people, we self-consciously watch what we say, how we say it and decide whether to be agreeable or complacent. Plus we study the other person’s body language to judge the authenticity of the person and of how the conversation is making us feel at that particular moment.

There are certain types of people with a stronger personality, who tend to make others feel inferior by emanating more of an intense negative vibe. It is the friction between their ego fighting against yours that can make you feel uncomfortable or imbalanced either emotionally or physically, bringing you down energetically. Basically…like attracts like, so if someone that you are talking to is miserable, then that can be contagious to you…making you miserable as well!

Remember…It Is never you. It is always them. Some people simply have the inability to make others feel welcomed. Plus, those who are unhappy with themselves sometimes have a way of characterizing other people in a negative light, that they themselves are hiding behind.

You have a choice of whether or not to take on the belief of what others think of you. Basically, you need to ignore it or risk feeling any potential imbalance because of it. What others think about you is simply a theory and opinion,…not a fact!  It is up to you to make the decision to dismiss it and to not let it have any impact on you what so ever. In other words, it is none of your business of what others think about you. Period.

Four key factors that affect the way other people can make you feel

  1. The mood that the other person is in, and if they are feeling positive or negative.
  2. Whether they are emanating a sense of fear or love towards you.
  3. The intensity of their personality and whether they have a desire to make others feel inferior or accepted.
  4. Your ability to protect your emotions from another person’s negative vibe.

You may not have the total control of how another person’s energy can make you feel at any given moment, but you can shield yourself by protecting your Aura.

TRY THIS…

If necessary, when you are around certain people that you know can drain your energy, either physically or emotionally, put up an invisible protective shield around yourself to guard against other people’s negative input or vibe. (Sort of a way of rejecting or deflecting what other people are reflecting upon you.)

You are the bigger person with a clearer insight knowing how and when to be of comfort to others,…who is in need…and who deserves the comfort that you can give them. Be your true real self! No one can take your power away. You get one life as who you are now! And if no one has told you lately…you are perfect just the way you are!

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Do You Have A Base Foundation For A Happy Life?

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Do you have a base foundation for a happy life? Or is happiness something that you pursue and take for granted at the same time? For example, you could have a sense of satisfaction with where you are or what you have, but easily dismiss the state of happiness in lieu of wishing for something better!

Our wish for “something greater” than what we have going on in our life is a conflict that swirls within every one of us. We all want for something more, something better with greener grass on the other side, rainbows, fireworks, and, of course, winning the lottery.

There are plenty of snippets of pleasure all around us that we overlook because we tend to look outside of ourselves for tangible materialistic joy and wealth to somehow fix the brokenness that we have within us. Even when we accomplish something worthwhile, we still continue to look for something touchable to take its place to fill up yet another hole deep inside. All of this entanglement of searching outside of ourselves can cloud our sense of joy or fulfillment and what we should be valuing the most.

Happiness is built from the positive experiences that we’ve encountered throughout our lives, and is nurtured by the love and support that we receive from those around us. Along your life journey, you may have lost your structure for a base foundation for a happy life.

Just like a house needs to have a proper foundation to keep it stable, we too need to have a solid base that holds us up and keeps us together with support and care.

Four signs that you are missing a base foundation for a happy life:

  • You feel lost in life, with a lack of focus and care.
  • You’ve stopped taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.
  • You feel a sense of dread and agitation for where you are and who you are with.
  • You have ongoing ailments and drained energy.

What is your base foundation? What holds you up and keeps you going in life, with support and structure? Is it unconditional love from a relationship, family or friends, your life’s passion or career?

Below are some key things that you will need in order to attain happiness, satisfaction, and a sense of peace.

Discover these four key components to base your happiness from. Plus, ask yourself these questions to gauge what is most important to you.

1. Purpose and Vision

  • When you wake up in the morning, are you happy with where you are? Do you have a sense of excitement for your impending day?
  • What kind of things do you look forward to? And are you fulfilling your purpose and vision for your life?

2. Personal Core Values

  • When you lay your head down on the pillow at night, are you satisfied with the way you’ve portrayed yourself throughout your day?
  • Are you holding yourself to the core values that you have set for yourself?

3. Positive Reinforcement and Support System

  • Do you get positive reinforcement from those around you?
  • Do you have a support system, whether from family, friends, or society?
  • What gives you a sense of security and peace?

4. A Sense of Life Satisfaction and Accomplishments

  • Are you satisfied with your accomplishments?
  • What do you look to deep inside yourself when things are falling apart?
  • Do you feel drained from life with nothing left to give?
  • Do people take more from you than they give to you?

You need to have something to look forward to that keeps you happy and excited. With a positive support system and a strong set of values that you set for yourself, you will keep your power and reach your accomplishments, giving you a strong base foundation of happiness worth standing on. No one can drain your energy or take your power away unless you let them!

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