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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day.

If your world revolves around waking up early, reaching for a second (or third) cup of coffee, hitting the pavement at work, driving around kids, getting home late, and barely having time to breathe, keep some of these tips in mind for taking care of yourself every day. By freeing up space for just a little bit of “me time,” you can give your energy a boost while lifting your mood, reducing your stress, and getting more out of life.

1. Set Specific Work Hours

Do you find yourself answering work emails before bed? Staying at the office late? Going in early? Do you take work home with you? Sometimes, it might feel necessary to do those things just to stay on top of your daily tasks. But, you could easily be bogging yourself down and adding extra stress. It won’t take long to feel completely burned out. Even if you love your job, those patterns can make you start to resent it.

So, stick to working during certain hours of the day, and dedicate the rest of your time to family, friends, or doing something good for yourself.

2. Practice Meditation Each Day

There are plenty of common misconceptions about meditation that keep people from trying it. You don’t have to sit in a specific room or position. You don’t have to do any chants. Meditation is simply a way to focus on your breathing while letting go of distractions and negative thoughts. I love to use my singing bowl for just a few minutes each morning or when ever I want to clear my mind. Meditation allows you to be fully present in the moment, without worrying about work, family, etc.

By getting in the positive habit of meditating for 5-10 minutes every morning, you are doing something relaxing for yourself and setting a positive tone for the rest of the day.

8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

3. Get Enough Sleep

Don’t scroll past this tip! So many people don’t get the sleep that they need in order to function properly. Sleep is crucial to everyday focus, energy levels and everything in between. Getting enough sleep also helps to “detox” the brain. Metaphorically speaking, it helps to charge your batteries every night so you are ready to focus and take on the next day.

You might find it hard to get the sleep you need with a busy schedule, but try to create a nighttime routine for yourself. Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, and create a relaxing environment in your bedroom that promotes healthy sleep.

4. WorkOut Outside

You probably already know most of the physical health benefits of working out, but it can be a boost to your mental and emotional health, too. Exercise releases dopamine into the brain, causing you to feel happier. If you get in a workout while you are outside, you will experience even more benefits. Studies have shown that being outside for just 30 minutes each day can improve your mood and give you an energy boost.

5. Keep a Journal

You don’t have to be an avid writer to keep a journal. Writing down things about your day, even if they are just bullet points, can be a great self-reflection tool and allow you to look back on where you have been.

It is so easy to forget about the beautiful little moments you experience each day, including the people you meet, things that happen to you, or even a great meal that you had! When you carry a journal with you, you can easily write things down so that you will get into the habit of appreciating the little things more in your life.

6. Stay Connected With Friends and Family

Don’t take your connections for granted. Talking to the people you care about on a regular basis can help you to feel supported and loved. It will also help you to stay grounded. You don’t necessarily have to have long, drawn-out conversations. Try to make a point to talk to someone in your support circle at least once each day. You might be surprised of just how great it will make you feel.

8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

7. Wake Up Slowly

When your alarm goes off, don’t reach for your phone to instantly answer those work emails or check social media. Instead, wake up slowly. Give yourself a few minutes to lay in bed and reflect, and mentally prepare yourself for the day. Take a shower, do your meditation, eat a healthy breakfast, read something positive and then you can start diving into your day. By waking up slowly, on your terms, you are setting a positive tone for your day and it can help you to feel more relaxed and focused.

8. Don’t Forget to Play

There is a good reason why children often seem so care-free. Granted, they don’t have to deal with all of the everyday stresses that adults do. But, for kids, the art of playing comes naturally. They use their imaginations. They can turn almost anything into a game or a fun experience. We tend to lose that as we get older, so do what you can to insert moments of play and fun into your everyday life. If you have children, get outside and play with them! If you don’t, find excuses to act like a kid again whenever possible.

Taking care of yourself every day actually doesn’t have to take a lot of extra time or effort. In fact, it is more about taking a step back from the things that are distracting you and making yourself a priority.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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