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Reflect On ‘WHY’ To Get To A Healthier You

Reflect On ‘WHY’ To Get To A Healthier You

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!”

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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!

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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.

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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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8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

We’ve all got our enemies; people who take pleasure in causing us pain and misery. Sometimes, the development of an enemy is due to certain differences in your characters and events have led to that. Other times, some people end up hating you for apparently no reason at all.

Regardless of how you got this enemy, as opposed to the paradigm of fighting fire with fire, consider the following reasons and see why you should actually appreciate your enemies. This article will show you not only how to not be bothered by your enemies, but how to actually foster love for them.

Read on to learn the secret.

1. It’s a practical lesson in anger management

To be honest, your enemies are the best people to help you understand your sense of anger management. When it might be true that your enemies have a way of bringing out the worst in you as regards anger, it is also true that they can help you in your quest to have that anger managed. You can’t get truly angry at someone you love and it is only in that time when you get truly annoyed that you learn how to manage it.

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Anger management is more effective when it is in practice and not in theory

Your enemies are like the therapists who you need, but actually don’t want. Inasmuch as you might want to hate them, they provide you an opportunity to control the anger impulse that you have.

2. It’s an opportunity for healthy competition

You might not know it, but your enemies make for great rivals as they help harness the competitor in you (sometimes, you might not even know or bee conversant with this competitive side until you come across an adversary). You get the right motivation to compete and this can go a long way to spur you to victory.

However, while doing so, it is also essential that you remember not to become a worse version of yourself while competing. Working against an adversary is tricky, and you need to ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or your morals in the process. Healthy competition is all you need to get out of this.

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3. Their negative comments can help you make a breakthrough

It is true that your enemies never really have much good to say about you. However, in as much as they might be talking out of a place of hate, there might be some truth to what they’re saying.

To wit, whenever you hear something mean or nasty from an enemy, you might want to take a step back and evaluate yourself. There is a chance that what this enemy is saying is true and coming to face that fact is a major step in helping you to become a better person overall. This is another testament to the fact that enemies can be therapists in their own way.

4. Enemies can also be powerful allies

Loving your enemies can also mean making an effort to interact and make peace with them. In the end, if you are able to establish some common ground and patch things up, you’ll have succeeded in making another friend. And who doesn’t need friends?

This can also help you in working with people in the long run. You get to hone your inter-personal skills, and that can be a big plus to your ledger.

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5. It gives you the ability to realize positivity

In a multitude of negativity, a speck of positivity always seems to find its way through.

Sometimes, a knowledge of the fact that you have enemies will also help you to focus on the many positives and good things that are in your life. A lot of times, we neglect what really matters in life. This can be due to being overly concerned with the enemies we have.

However, it is also possible for this acknowledgement to spur you to take a step back and appreciate the goo things (and people who surround you).

6. There might just be a misunderstanding

Sometimes, the reason why you have an enemy might be something very innocuous. You might not have known the cause of this fractured relationship and your enemy will help complete the picture.

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Simply approaching them will help you to understand the reason for the fracture. This, in turn, can help you to work towards healing your relationship moving forward. Misunderstandings happen, and you need to be able to work around them.

7. You learn to appreciate love as well

A constant reminder of the fact that there are enemies will also help you not to take those who love you for granted. Love and hate are two opposing emotions and it is possible for one to momentarily overshadow the other.

However, while you’ll always have enemies, there will also always be people who love you. These people need to be appreciated for what they do for you. Never let the hate projected to you from your enemies take the place of that.

8. Do you really need the hate?

The truth is that enemies bring only toxic emotions and generate bad reactions from you. If you’re truly to live a prosperous life, you can’t really be carrying all this baggage around.

Hate is bad and you should try all you can to get rid of it. It is a well-known fact that nobody can get really far in life while carrying a lot of emotional baggage. Well, hate is the biggest form of emotional baggage there is.

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