Here is a truth we all need to face: our goals are not days or months away from us. Usually, they take years.
In today’s consumer society that wants instant gratification, “instant” solutions do very well. The “Six Minute Six Pack” and the like attract masses of people who sometimes don’t know that what is promised is impossible. And even if they do know, they may try it anyway — we’re very good at convincing ourselves.
Do we want to believe that results can come without putting in real, consistent effort over a period of time? Maybe we do. Maybe there’s something inside of us that subconsciously guides us toward easy solutions.
However, if you want to enjoy real, long-term improvements in your looks, health, and general well-being, read on.
Thirty day challenges are popular because they involve pushing yourself and your body in a way that you can sustain for the short-term. While this may not a long-term plan, it helps jump start good habits. Results are motivating, and a 30-day challenge is a great way to see results. The beauty of a 30-day challenge is that it can be anything you want it to be. In order to create the perfect challenge for you, consider your goals, set realistic expectations, mix and match plans, make your plan, and celebrate any success.
Fitness is an essential part of health that people often set aside in order to focus on other aspects of their lives. Sometimes other tasks take priority. Sometimes people are simply not up for the task of focusing more on their fitness.
Many people fear the process of getting fit. They think that eating healthy and being active are big chores with a high risk of failure. They are comfortable where they are and don’t know how to adjust to the changes. However, we’re here to tell you that it’s not as scary as you think and you definitely can make it work!
In my life coaching practice, I work with clients on self-care regularly. I have yet to find anyone who hasn’t benefitted from a little (or a lot) more self-care. Self-care is a broad term that means different things to different people. When I talk to clients about self-care, what I want to know is how much energy and what efforts they are making to be attentive to their own needs, to advocate for themselves, and to have down time and relaxation in their lives. Unfortunately if we don’t make this a priority ourselves, it usually means it’s not going to happen at all.
I know very few people who don’t find it a challenge to regularly take time for self-care. You might be shocked to know that I struggle with this as well. I’ll often tell myself that I’ll do a meditation just after I get all my work and chores done — and by then it is bedtime. Or I’ll help everyone with everything, even when I don’t have the time — instead of just being honest and saying, “I’m sorry but I can’t commit to that right now.”
So, what is the deal? We all know the benefits of having our needs met, and we all want to thrive. Sometimes the disconnect isn’t with knowledge, but with application. How can we motivate ourselves to take time for self-care, instead of just pushing on and powering through?
Do you always wake up in the morning feeling exhausted and fatigued? Where and how you sleep affects how you feel in the morning. What most people don’t know is that the biggest contributor to a good night’s sleep is a good mattress. Mattress, darkness, temperature, and mindset all determine how well you will sleep. And, above all, how relaxed you feel each and every morning.
Unknown to many, having a poor night sleep is the beginning of your physical and mental issues. These include, but are not limited to, backaches, fatigue, irritability, and heart disease. So, as food and clothing are basic needs to you, so should a good sleep system. A dark, cool room with a solid bed and a good mattress should also be part of the basic needs for every person. Failing to sleep well will not only be harmful to your general well-being, but also reduce your concentration levels and impact your overall performance.
Have you ever visited an osteopath? You probably should. If you have back pain, joint stiffness, movement issues, or even an old sports injury that impacts your everyday life, osteopathy treatments could be the difference between continuing as you are and living a pain-free life.
New to Yoga? Here Are Some Easy Ways to Get Started
Yoga can be really beneficial for both your physical and mental health. But if you’re just starting off, it can be a little daunting. If you want to learn more about yoga, or find out how you can get started, consider these 10 useful tips.
Saying a nurse is busy seems a little redundant, doesn’t it? Generally, nurses live busy lives no matter what type of nursing they do. Healthcare is a field with long hours, a fast-paced environment, high-stress situations, and little time to do anything besides rushing off to their next task.
Nurses do it because they love it. They love medicine, they enjoy helping others, and they know they can make a difference. However, it’s a career that comes at a price. Nursing is daunting on a few levels, and one of them is health. Having little time to eat, being emotionally drained, not having much time to exercise (besides the exercise that comes with the job), being focused on others, and balancing their work life and their home life are some common struggles for nurses to face. Fortunately, there are a few tips to help busy nurses have healthier lives.