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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Healthy Routines for Your Body Renewal

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Healthy Routines for Your Body Renewal

Most people will say that they hate mornings, but if you are waking up and automatically feeling overwhelmed by the day ahead of you, you are not going to want to get out of bed at all. It is recommended that you choose one thing that you want to accomplish on any particular day, and to work on that before working on anything else. Figure out what it is that you want to do, then figure out how you are going to do it. Here are some healthy routines for your body renewal.

1. Eat plenty of greens.

We need to have certain foods in our diets in order to maintain good health, and to have energy. Green, leafy vegetables are loaded with chlorophyll, which is full of magnesium. Eating foods that are rich in magnesium helps to lower the risk of women getting colon cancer. You only need ½ cup of cooked spinach to get 20% of the recommended daily amount of magnesium.

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2. Get lots of sleep.

You may need to work on your sleep habits. Get into a good sleep routine by going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning. It won’t take long for your body clock to adjust to this. Take an hour before bedtime to wind down, possibly with a good book, and turn the television off. Have a comfortable bed, and make sure there is plenty of air circulating in the room. Get outside for a little while every day for fresh air.

3. Set your body clock.

The more regulated your sleep is, the better your body clock will work. It is not productive to stay up all night and sleep all day. While you may think you are still getting a full eight hours of sleep, you are not sleeping at the right time. Therefore, you are not actually getting all of the quality sleep you need.

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4. Do breathing exercises.

This can really help you to relax. Breathing exercises make your body think it is relaxed, and the way you breathe has a big effect on your body. You can do breathing exercises anywhere, and at any time. When you do, your brain will send a message to your body, telling it to relax. Your heart rate will decrease, blood pressure will lower, and your breathing should slow. Try different types of breathing exercises until you come up with the best ones for you. It is also important to breathe air that is healthy. There are environmental protective solutions like TheMoldSolution to check the air you breathe.

5. Increase blood flow.

We all need exercise. It is what keeps our blood flowing. It is recommended that everyone exercise for at least a half an hour at a time, five days a week. You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive gym membership. Simply taking a relaxing walk or eating a flavonoid-rich chocolate is enough to get your blood pumping. Do an activity you enjoy so that you are not so likely to talk yourself out of exercising if you don’t really feel like it. Try to switch it up so you are not doing the same activities all the time and end up getting bored.

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6. Sip and stretch.

We should all drink at least eight glasses of water every day, and two of those glasses should be drunk in the morning. Once you have hydrated yourself, take some time to stretch those stiff and aching muscles. Yoga is a great way to start the day, as it stretches all of the muscles and is a great way to relieve stress.

Featured photo credit: Shineswithoutend via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

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.

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