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As You Start To Take Good Care Of Yourself, 12 Amazing Things Will Happen

As You Start To Take Good Care Of Yourself, 12 Amazing Things Will Happen

Living a healthy lifestyle can be hard work for some of us. The temptation to cheat or splurge on things like cake and potato chips sometimes outweighs the disciple it takes to push your way to your fitness goals. However, maintaining your weight through exercise and healthy eating habits is not only good for you physically, but mentally too. Below, I’ve listed 12 amazing things that will happen to you as you make up your mind to start taking good care of yourself.

1. You will have more energy.

Working out, believe it or not, gives you more energy, especially if you exercise early in the morning. It helps you to tackle the day and not be worn out by lunchtime. Also eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals will fuel your body and keep your metabolism up.

2. You will be more conscious of what you place in your body.

Taking care of yourself will make you think more about what goes into your body. You will begin to count calories, look at food labels, and decrease your salt intake. Water will even become your best friend.

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3. You will have more mental clarity.

Eating healthy carbohydrates like beans and legumes, and foods rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and tuna, both give you mental clarity and more brain stamina throughout the day. Those projects that were usually harder to tackle become easier because you can now make clearer decisions, freeing your mind to do things it would have taken much longer to do or were more difficult to focus on.

4. You will get addicted to the gym.

Ever heard of ‘gym rats’? Well, many people proudly use this term to describe the time they devote to the gym every day. But really it’s because they have committed to living a lifestyle of regular conditioning and they have results to prove it.

5. You will feel guilty when you mess up.

It only takes one time of eating the wrong thing or not finding the time to exercise to make you feel regretful. However, when you learn to not beat yourself up when you choose to do little things in moderation, you get back up the next day and start on the journey to wellness all over again.

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6. You will lose weight.

This is truly a given when you learn to eat properly. Having five to six small meals throughout the day burns calories constantly, even while you sleep. Combine that with exercise and you will end up a lean, mean, fighting machine.

7. You will gain more strength.

When you sit around all day at work and live a sedentary lifestyle, you lose muscle mass; thus, you lose the brawn. But active people have more strength and vitality working for them, which also keeps them trying new things to gain fortitude.

8. You will begin to appreciate others.

When you abuse yourself, you ultimately abuse others. But when you start to take care of yourself, you take care of your surroundings. You will, in turn, admonish others to do the same.

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9. You will become an advocate for healthy living.

When you get to a place of results in your life, you want to show others how to see the same for themselves. Some people go into personal training, while others start blogs and share recipes that are full of healthy benefits. But the point is: they become a resource for other people.

10. You will be proud for how far you’ve come.

Everyone needs recognition for a job well done. When you take good care of yourself, you will give your own self a pat on the back. You will also celebrate by treating yourself. For example, a new wardrobe would be nice. You deserve it for working so hard.

11. You will begin to live with more purpose.

There’s something about getting the thoughts of “I’m not good enough,” or “I have to lose some of this weight,” or “I have too many pressing things on my mind to exercise” out of one’s head and moving in the direction of purpose that brings definite change in one’s life. These thoughts truly can keep us from living a healthy lifestyle. Many know these as excuses, but people who take good care of themselves don’t have those things to worry about. They are more concerned about making an impact and a strong impression on those they serve. Kind of like the advocate for healthy living above, you will work to bring change in others because you know that if you can do it, so can everyone else.

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12. You will age gracefully.

The more you take care of yourself (physically, mentally, and spiritually), the slower the aging process. Research has shown definite advantages for aging gracefully associated with regular exercise, a healthy diet, and even daily meditation. Our stance on life also has a direct correlation with how we age. People who age gracefully have a positive outlook on life and appreciate the little things that the world brings.

Taking care of yourself means loving you enough to be good to your body, mind, and spirit. It frees you to be all that you can be!

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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