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Try This Foot Massage To Give Yourself A Restful Sleep Tonight

Try This Foot Massage To Give Yourself A Restful Sleep Tonight

You know that feeling you’re about to get, just before you fall asleep? Peaceful, calm, serene… all words that could describe this feeling.

Then something awful happens – you jolt awake, and find yourself uncomfortable, grouchy, irritable, and just plain can’t fall asleep. This is one of the worst feelings in the world. If you’ve ever experienced this, you know exactly what I mean.

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If you want to get rid of insomnia and feel rested and ready to tackle your day after a full night of deep sleep, you have to try this foot massage. It could do wonders for you.

What Is This Massage?

The proper name for this type of massage is actually called “Foot Reflexology”. Basically, it’s an ancient technique used to change the energies in your body. If you don’t believe in that, keep reading – this isn’t about energy, it’s about a good night’s sleep!

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This method is backed by science. By stimulating different points on the feet, you can subtly impact the glands and organs around your entire body. Massaging these various points can cause:

  • Relaxation
  • Pain Relief
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Positive Effects on Organs (Specifically the Kidneys)

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    via MindBodyGreen

    So how do you perform such miracles on your feet? Well, first we need to know what different points on the feet affect. Look back to the image above, and you’ll see that:

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    • Your toes affect your head
    • The ridges between your toes and the ball of your foot affect your shoulder/neck
    • The balls of your foot affect your chest
    • The arches affect the digestive organs
    • The heels and ankles affect your reproductive system

    How to Get Rid of Insomnia Using Foot Reflexology

    Now, armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to start massaging! The massage should take about 15 minutes and you can incorporate it right into your night time ritual. So, step by step:

    1. Relax your feet, one at a time, by gently rubbing and massaging up and down. Some light tapping may help as well – whatever feels good for you/the person you’re performing on. End this beginning relaxation stage by gently squeezing the solar plexus of your feet (the upper middle portion) between your thumb and index finger for 5-10 seconds.
    2. Starting at the bottom of each foot, “walk” your thumb up towards the top of each toe, one at a time. Imagine you’re crawling up your foot like a caterpillar. Once you reach the tip of each toe, press the reflex points on the tip, sides, and center of every one using the top and sides of your thumb and index finger. For added benefits, if you have a particular area you’d like to focus on, press into the corresponding reflex point. Refer to the list above or the image to see which points affect which body parts.
    3. Repeat the relaxation techniques in step 1 once more, ending with another press on the solar plexus.
    4. Finish the entire massage with “breeze strokes” – lightly run your fingers up and down your feet so they’re barely touching the skin. This technique is very soothing to the nerves, and helps to lull you into a deep, calm state of mind where you can sleep peacefully.

    Once you’ve finished this technique you’ll likely be in a very meditative-like state. Your body and mind will be more open to self-suggestions, so affirmations can be particularly powerful. You can say to yourself, “I am ready to have a deep, restorative sleep and wake refreshed in the morning.”

    Additionally, it is a great time to think about the good things in your life and incorporate some gratitude. It’s easy to be thankful for even the little things when you’re relaxed. Gratitude can help you improve almost everything in your daily life.

    Good luck, and may reflexology help you get rid of insomnia once and for all! (For added benefit, give this massage to your significant other – they might just return the favor, and they’re sure to appreciate it!)

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    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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