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40 Self Care Techniques To Rejuvenate And Restore Yourself

40 Self Care Techniques To Rejuvenate And Restore Yourself

Self care is an important thing that is often overlooked in modern society. Take some time out for you and experiment with these 40 techniques that will lead to rejuvenation and restoration.

  1. Schedule time for a divine self care ritual in the morning and evening. Rituals can include exercising, meditating, reading, writing, looking at your vision board, or saying affirmations.
  2. Hire a wellness coach. A wellness coach will help you bring out the best in yourself and will assist you in making sure that you are taking care of yourself, living according to your values, and being properly nourished in all areas of your life.
  3. Schedule and take 2-3 days off a week.
  4. Set aside 5-10 minutes of uninterrupted time to practice daily prayer and gratitude.
  5. Make time for lunch and meal breaks, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Turn technology off, don’t try and multi-task, just enjoy your meal.
  6. Declutter your home, office, and car. Get rid of anything that doesn’t make your life easier or more beautiful.
  7. Practice extreme self care weekly as a non-negotiable. Have a checklist with your favourite self care practices and tick them off as you complete them throughout the week.
  8. Make an appointment at the spa once a week to enjoy a spa treatment (facial, manicure, or pedicure).
  9. Have your hair blowdried at the salon once a month.
  10. Start work late from time to time.
  11. Finish work early from time to time.
  12. Keep a journal at the end of each day. Share your thoughts and feelings for the day. Write in your journal like you’re talking to your best friend—let everything out.
  13. Practice daily meditation and/or yoga.
  14. Prepare a delicious homemade lunch for yourself the night before.
  15. Schedule lunch out with a friend once a week.
  16. Have a Skype coffee date with a friend once a week.
  17. Take time out to design your life just the way you want it.
  18. Find an exercise that you thoroughly enjoy and do it several times a week.
  19. Surround yourself with other supportive and growing people.
  20. Say “no” to more things.
  21. Do one thing every week that scares you. Challenge and grow yourself—you’ll feel better as a person and your confidence will soar.
  22. Take time out every evening to reflect on the day—what worked, what didn’t work, what will you do differently tomorrow?
  23. Drink water every single day.
  24. Alkalize your diet by adding green juices and green vegetables to it.
  25. Turn off your computer and your phone every night by a certain time. No peeking!
  26. Sleep in a pitch black bedroom.
  27. Start your day with warm water and lemon.
  28. Create a list of activities that are fun and exciting. Commit to doing 2-3 every weekend.
  29. Schedule in your self care at the start of the week. Commit to your schedule.
  30. Schedule two-week or month-long holidays throughout the year, just because.
  31. Schedule days in your calendar month to do absolutely nothing.
  32. Allow a buffer time (30 minutes to 1 hour) in your schedule so you’re not rushing from one thing to another.
  33. Eliminate tasks that drain your energy (delegate or delete them).
  34. Don’t respond to emails right away, take your time on the emails that need a proper response. Think them through.
  35. Focus on achieving in all areas of your life, not just in your business or career. When was the last time you paid attention to fun, your health, romance with your partner, friends, or spiritual development?
  36. Take time out every evening to think about and plan the following day.
  37. Take yourself to the park to read an amazing book and enjoy some fresh air.
  38. Buy yourself something amazing after accomplishing something amazing.
  39. Keep a clean house—no dishes, clothes put away, clean living area, and so on. If need be, hire a cleaner.
  40. Catch up on things you have put on the back burner. These can include your taxes, going to the dentist, a check up with the doctor, and so on.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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