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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 January 16, 2020

12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

“Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

5. Crack a smile.

If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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7. Groom yourself.

This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

8. Dress nicely.

Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

9. Do activities you enjoy.

Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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Why?

Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

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