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3 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in 2017

3 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in 2017

There’s no doubt that 2016 has been one car crash of a year. We all know it; the memes show it and almost all of us cannot wait for 2017 to begin anew. Most of us look towards the new year to make resolutions and to move forward with the best possible start. For those that feel this year has really taken the wind out of their sails, I’ve taken the liberty of outlining five ways in which to feel good about yourself next year.

Take it easy over New Year’s

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    It’s hard, I know, but taking it easy over the new year is – unsurprisingly – a great way to bring in the new year. Most of us get time off work over the festive period and therefore use it as a prime excuse to go wilder than your boss at your work Christmas party. However, restraining yourself over the holiday break is the best way to give yourself a brilliant head start in January. There’s nothing worse than returning to work feeling more disheveled and out of steam than you did when you left.

    So this year, instead of going out on the town only to find the most expensive, over-packed night disappointing yourself with an incredibly underwhelming NYE countdown and head-splitting hangover on the 1st of January, just don’t this year. Maybe spend it with family, or stay in and bring in the new year by actually being alive on the first day of it.

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    Do what you want

      Fitness is normally at the top of everyone’s priority list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions but there are many other ways to feel good about yourself in 2017. I say after the abysmal year 2016 has been, next year is the time to do what you want – what you really want – and that doesn’t mean doing things your work peers will or won’t think are socially acceptable.

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      If you’ve always wanted to be in a musical – do it, there are always amateur acting classes. If you want to move abroad – do it, getting a visa can’t be that hard. If you think, hey I could do with a little more in the bust area? You don’t even need to have implants, take the fat from 2016 and add it to your best asset! Always wanted to learn a new language or go back to school? Do it, learning is a great way to feel good about yourself. Basically, do whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you the best, most confident version of yourself – do it, and don’t worry about what people think of you.

      Let it go

        It’s easier said than done but the best way to shake off the residual anger of a horrible 2016 is to just let go of it. This not only counts for all the incredibly sad celebrity deaths but things in your own life too.
        The best way of moving forward is to look forward; that grudge you had for the guy that stole your hummus from the communal fridge at work? Let it go, man. The burning jealousy for that girl that seems to have everything on Instagram? Let it go. And those inevitable Christmas family squabbles? Let. Them. Go. I’m telling you, the less weight on your mind as you move into the new year will allow you to focus on what truly makes you happy.
        So whatever your plans are this year, make sure you’re giving yourself time to regroup over the holidays. Let go of your anger (and memories of Frozen) from last year and when looking forward – feel free to do whatever makes you happy. 2017 can’t be any worse than 2016.

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        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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