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6 Mind and Body Problems You Can Fix Yourself

6 Mind and Body Problems You Can Fix Yourself

Life is a beautiful thing. If you know how to enjoy yourself and relax, you will take full advantage of the opportunities given to you. You only have one life, so use it well. However, this life is not always peachy. From time to time, it brings you stressful situations and problems, whether mind- or body-related. Even though these are bad, with a little bit of trial and error you can fix them.

Getting away for the weekend, improving your sleep or diet could all be beneficial. The important thing is to surround yourself with positivity and loving people, in order to fight off these troubles. But, for more in-depth reasoning and solutions, continue reading the text below.

1. Combat stress with meditation

Stress can be caused by any and all things, depending on how easily you get irritated. But this doesn’t have to become your norm. If you try just a little, you could get rid of stress, or at least reduce it, by a lot. The easiest thing would be to relax. You can do this by shutting everything off and finding some quiet time. Another option would be to go for a walk in the nearest park.

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However, if you want to find a long-term option that would soothe your mind, you should try meditating. Through meditation, you could teach yourself to think clearly, see the world from another perspective and simply not over-react during stressful situations. By practicing meditation a few times per week, or even every day, you will find permanent peacefulness. Both your mind and body will feel tranquil.

2. Eat well and exercise for better health

Eating junk food, or having irregular eating habits could lead to several health problems. First of all, you could become obese. Unfortunately, many people think that reducing the number of meals means reducing their weight. This is a very wrong presumption. Not only should you be eating at least 3 times per day, but you should be eating all kinds of food, only in smaller portions.

This way your body receives a balanced diet. More importantly, it will be a healthy one. The only thing you need to be wary of are junk food, sodas, sugar, and other foods that could create problems. Bad diet could also bring on heart problems, bad digestion and diabetes, to name a few. Therefore, a consultation with a doctor is a must.

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It is better to prevent the problems before they appear. You could do this by consuming a lot of fruit and veggies, focusing on lean meats and drinking lots of water. Many of the foods will boost your body’s energy, as well as act as natural remedies for constipation, headaches, high blood pressure, and many other common health issues.

Another way to improve your health is to be active. This could mean working out, going for walks, riding a bike – any kind of physical activity would be positive. It keeps your brain active and alert. Also, it improves the health of your whole body.

3. Read and learn in order to become inspired

If your problem is not health, but more of a productive nature, like inspiration, then you should get creative. For example, reading books and poetry could be the key to finding inspiration once again. If you are struggling with writer’s block or just having a tough time finding new ideas, then get yourself some new books. Furthermore, you could visit a museum or learn a new skill. Think of it like this: you get more, to make more.

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4. Get away from time to time to relax

The human body is like a battery. From time to time it will need to be recharged in order to achieve its full capacity. One way you could do this is to get away from the hustle and bustle. If you live in the city, you could go on a weekend getaway to a mountain or a village. Anywhere with nature and less people is a good option. Oh, and be sure to take your annual vacation.

It might sound like a big spending spree, but it is necessary for your health, both physical and mental. Getting away offers you a nice refresh button for your mind. So, if you get any chance for going somewhere, take it. After all, it is great to travel and see new places, too.

5. Fight negative with positive

Let’s be real, a lot of your problems start with bad thoughts. You cram your brain with negative thoughts, which leaves you sad and desperate. If you keep thinking this way, you will forever be stuck in the rut of pessimism. Before starting any physical problem-solving tactic, like the ones above, you should take a minute and straighten out your thoughts. For example, fight bad comments about your beauty or intelligence with strong confident comments about how great you are.

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Being confident will make you powerful in every way. It doesn’t matter what others think or say to you. What matters is that you love yourself, and that you believe in your abilities.

6. Communicate to better understand yourself and your problems

Lastly, being vocal about your problems could help you a lot. As long as you are able to admit to yourself, that you are having problems, you will have better chances of resolving them. Additionally, talking with someone about them would be useful, too. You could seek the help of a professional therapist, or just a family member and a friend. If they are really your friends, then you won’t have any problem talking about serious issues with you and giving you some support.

Learning to communicate about this, like anything else in life, would be highly beneficial. Talking helps you resolve your problems, as well as learn more about yourself.

These are a few of the most common mind and body issues that you actually have quite a bit of control over, and can effectively deal with on your own. That being said, if certain problems persist or become unmanageable, you should definitely seek professional help.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Warning Signs That You’re a People Pleaser

5 Warning Signs That You’re a People Pleaser

Do any of the followings sound familiar…

You cringe at the thought of saying no. You obsess about what others think of you and whether you’re doing something to make them dislike you. You live your life based on the opinions of others because you are deathly afraid of disappointing them.

If you say yes to all of these, you are likely a chronic people pleaser.

It’s hard not to struggle with people-pleasing at one time or another in our lives. As social beings, it’s in our nature to get along with others; our survival and success depend on it.

However, there is a fine line between healthy social behavior and the experience of emotional depletion caused by chronic people-pleasing. In addition to being emotionally drained, you may find yourself compromising on your principles and values in order to be accepted. As you help others to get what they want, your own health and well-being will suffer.

As a recovering people pleaser myself, I’ve observed these five common signs of chronic people-pleasing and some ways to overcome it:

1. You’re Incapable of Saying No

Do you find it painfully hard to turn down the requests of family, friends, and even acquaintances or strangers? You really want to say no, but instead, you say yes to their various demands.

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Before you know it, you’ve become the go-to person when something needs to get done. From the small to the large, you take on every task. You may even be considered a hero to some.

On the inside, you’re suffering. You genuinely want to help others, but you also know that you are depleting your own resources with every “yes.” You may fear that you’ll lose your friendships and good reputation by saying no. After all, last thing you want to be called is selfish.

Solution

First, realize that your capacity to care for others and your capacity to care for yourself are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the two are intimately related.

Second, understand that you are not responsible for the happiness of those around you. They are. Let these two realities give you permission to say no. Start practicing with small requests. Refuse kindly, and without apology.

2. You Avoid Making Decisions or Sharing Your Opinions

Do you have a hard time voicing your opinions and feelings in a group setting or with close friends? Do you constantly allow others to make decisions for you?

You understand a deep truth about decisions and opinions: they divide. However, it’s not in your nature to cause division by speaking up, so you remain silent to avoid conflict.

Over time, this behavior is deadly, because as you defer to the opinions and decisions of others, you are silencing your own voice. This will rob the world of your unique perspectives and gifts.

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Solution

Remember that you can disagree without being disagreeable. People can have divergent opinions and still treat each other with respect and kindness. So give voice to your thoughts, concerns, and needs.

By speaking up, you may rock the boat. You may even be outvoted. But if you treat others with respect, they will respect you even when they disagree with your opinions and choices.

3. You’re Crushed When You Discover Someone Doesn’t like You

This is a hard one. It seems reasonable to assume that if you go out of your way to please everyone, then everyone will like you. But it’s not true.

Some people will dislike you simply because of who you are or for reasons outside of your control. You understand this intellectually, but you cannot stop trying to win the few holdouts.

Solution

Closely examine your desire to be liked by everyone. Did this originate in your childhood, as you tried to win the affections of family members or friends at school? Use tools such as reflection, meditation, and counseling to help you let go of past negative experiences.

As social beings, we need to be loved and accepted – but not by everyone. Decide whose love and affection is worth the effort and whose is not.

4. You’re Resentful of Others but Are Not Sure Why

This often happens when we suppress our feelings and needs over the long term.

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Do you feel unexplained anger toward your close friends, spouse, or boss? The anger is your subconscious telling you that you have been neglecting yourself while helping others advance their goals. Think of this resentment as the “check engine” light turning on in your car. Don’t ignore it.

Solution

Face the truth of what is going on in your life. If you’re feeling overextended or taken advantage of, acknowledge these feelings. Avoid second-guessing yourself. Find time for self care, and make this a priority.

5. You’re Unaware of How Far You’re Willing to Go – Until You’re in over Your Head

This is a sure sign that you lack proper boundaries. You avoid setting limits because you believe this runs counter to having a generous spirit. But this simply allows people greater latitude to intrude into your life. The requests may become more and more unreasonable and you may not realize it until someone has crossed the line.

If you’ve taken on too much, you may experience passive aggressive behavior, crying for no apparent reason, anxiety, or depression.

Solution

Be willing to admit that your time and energy are limited, not because you’re selfish, but because it’s the truth.

Boundaries are simply a recognition of that truth. Do not be afraid to set your boundaries and enforce them. It will take a while for you and others to get used to it, but you’ll experience an increased sense of well-being, and people will learn to accept your limits.

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Final Thoughts

You can be generous without allowing yourself to be used. You can be kind without being a pushover. You can be well-liked without having to sell your soul.

Don’t allow your fears and insecurities to turn you into a chronic people-pleaser. Instead, make time to please one of the most important people in your life: you.

Why? Because when you care for yourself, you can care for others out of the abundance of your own well-being. You will do this not because you are afraid of losing their affection, but simply because you want to. You will experience true freedom.

So decide today to give yourself the same love and attention you give to others. This is one decision you won’t regret.

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