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5 Ways to Massage Your Whole Body by Yourself

5 Ways to Massage Your Whole Body by Yourself

The daily routine can take a toll on you, mentally and physically. You need to have relaxation time so that the body and mind can recover from exhaustion and stay fresh. Just as meditation helps in calming the mind, you can refresh the body by massaging it.

Massage is more effective and safer than taking prescription pills. You can massage your feet, head, shoulders or the thighs. You do not need to spend a lot of money on massage as you can do it yourself.

Here are some simple massage therapies that you could do yourself. In this way, you do not have to spend money to get a healthy and fit body.

1. Relieving the Stress of Tired Eyes:

It is possible that your eyes are tired after a busy day. You can relieve the stress of the eyes with a simple therapy.

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All you have to do is to close them and put your thumb under the eyebrows. You should start at the inside corner of the socket of eyes and press and gently.  massage using circular movement, working slowly towards the outsides of your eyebrows. Continuing the massage all around your eyes

It is a tender place and important for relieving the stress of the eyes. The movement should end at the bridge of your nose. If you repeat the simple massage using your thumbs, you will be able to relieve the eyes strain.

2. Getting Rid of Tension and Headaches:

If you are bothered by headaches then you can use a simple massage therapy to get rid of them. You can also release tension from your body with this simple therapy.

The first step is to place the thumbs on your cheekbones. The thumbs should be placed close to the ears. Apply pressure to the area by using fingertips. Do not apply too much pressure and the fingers should be gentle.

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Do not apply too much pressure and the fingers should be gentle. Rub your temples with fingertips. It is a delicate place present between the ear and the eye. You should apply firm pressure and use tiny circular motions. Move the fingers slowly along the hairline and they should meet in the centre of the forehead. This simple motion will make sure that that the whole forehead is massaged and relieved of any possible stress.

3. Keep your Hands Relaxed:

Here are some simple movements that can help relieving the strain of working all day. You can stretch the hands and fingers. You need to rub the fingers, starting from base to the tip of fingers.

You should also gently twist and pull each finger. The next simple movement is resting the left hand on your lap and make sure the palm is facing upwards. You need to squeeze the fleshy part of the hand between the thumb and index finger. The movement should move from wrist to the base of the thumb. The next step is to press the web that is present between thumb and left index finger. You need to repeat the movement more than once if you find any tender spots.

You should repeat the motion with the right hand as well. Hand massages are not just good for hands but can also help in relieving you of headaches.

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4. Get Rid of any Tension in the Neck:

There are easy massage therapies that can help in relieving any tension in the neck area. People spend a whole day sitting and working on their laptops or computer can suffer from tension in the neck.

If you feel pain in the neck area then it will be difficult to concentrate. You can release the tension by just moulding your hands over the shoulders and exhale. While exhaling you need to let the head drop slowly. You also need to squeeze the fingers as you glide them on the muscles of the shoulders and move towards the neck. The next movement is to put your elbows on the desk and let the head drop forward.

The movement should be slow and not jerky. You need to massage the neck starting from shoulders and going towards the base of the skull. Use the fingertips while massaging and do it with small circular movements.

5. Taking Care of the Feet:

If you have to stay on your feet whole day then you will end up with sore and painful feet. You can get rid of the pain before it becomes serious by massaging them. You can simply use a tennis ball for relieving the stress of the feet.

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Place the ball under the feet, put your weight on it and roll it from heel to toe. You can use a water bottle afterwards to ice your feet.

These are some of the simple massage therapies that you can do yourself. By practising them you can give yourself a full body massage without any cost.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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