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5 Ways to Stay Healthy and Happy This Winter

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The fall and winter can be a tough time to be consistent with our health regimens. When you consider the change in weather, back to school season and the holiday season that is fast approaching our health and wellness can easily take a back seat. This article will give you fun and easy tips to stay healthy and live well.

Stay Consistent (But Be Kind To Yourself)

As the weather becomes more chilly, and the wind picks up our motivation to get outside seems to disappear completely. It makes total sense, who want to go for a run when it dark and cold out? However, if you bite the bullet and go, there are huge benefits. Working out outside in cooler weather is actually easier and the risk of dehydration is less too.

Even if you only go for a walk there are a ton of health benefits like burning calories, increasing your body’s blood flow, and can help you reduce stress. If you don’t work out for some time, it’s okay. Start again as many time as you need to. It's easy to make excuses for ourselves so don’t fall into that trap or don’t for too long.

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How to be Stress-free and Feel Joyful!

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Physical activity has always been given a lot of importance in health related issues, so we can even be justified in saying that,  stress is the direct result of how actively we have maintained our physical health.
 
I did discuss earlier,  how stressful experiences,  contribute in a big way to weight change,  and I do believe seriously that the control button to these changes,  is so very much within us. 

IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE

Exercise can actually ward off many kinds of mental health problems, even before they start raising their heads. Research also tells us, that exercise can improve the symptoms of existing emotional and mental health issues.

We mostly on the normal scale, evaluate mental health issues, like stress specially, with psychological factors, and people land up with psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists for stress relief. 

These people need to realize the intrinsic value of physical exercise and the key role it plays in balancing our stress levels. It is only now that exercise is being recognized as the official part of the treatment for mental health issues.



EXERCISE CAN ALLEVIATE DEPRESSION
The main issue with stress is that it takes you into a level of depression and makes you redundant in your main activity level. 

SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
The main signs which take over when stress overwhelms us are fatigue, lethargy, decreased energy, insomnia, social withdrawal. 

PHYSICAL CHANGES
1. Unexplained aches and pains
2. Weight gain and weight loss 
3. Increased or decreased appetite

EMOTIONAL ISSUES ARISING
1. Sadness
2. Feeling of guilt
3. Loss of self esteem 
4. Helplessness
 
MOOD SWINGS
Irritability, anger, anxiety and pessimism, indifference and being critical are some of the ways in which we project our moods. 
 
CHANGES IN THOUGHT PATTERNS
Stress causes a lack of concentration, indecisiveness, confusion, disorganization and memory issues. On the other hand if we look at what exercise can do for us to eliminate these negative factors is amazing. 

PROMOTES POSITIVITY
It enhances the well being of the body, specially for those who feel mentally fit, improves moods, energy levels, quality of sleep. 

DECREASES STRESS HORMONES
Hormones like cortisol get decreased, increases the endorphins. The feel good chemicals in the body get enhanced. 

NATURAL BOOST TO IMMUNE SYSTEM
As the mood gets elevated,  it heightens the natural metabolism within us. 
 
PROMOTES CONFIDENCE
Since it helps us loose weight,  tones the body, maintains a healthy glow. There is a constant positive change happening within us. This naturally uplifts the self confidence. 

DISTRACTION FROM NEGATIVITY
Exercise takes your mind off your problems and you are able to redirect your thoughts on to a positive mode. 
 
SOURCE OF SOCIAL SUPPORT
When you join a yoga class or any group activity class like it maybe a spinning class or perhaps dancing, it gives an immense boost to stress release. 
 
OVERALL HEALTH BENEFITS
Regular exercise facilitates a lower heart rate, controlled Blood Pressure,  improved respiration, reduces depression and increases energy level. 

BETTER SELF WORTH
Looking good makes you feel good. We can say that more than half the battle of life's joyfulness is won, when you facilitate your own feel good factor. 

SOCIAL PHOBIAS
These are hugely generated by stress. Regular exercise, like swimming, cycling, aerobic exercise, running etc, these all help in alleviating stress by improving overall health condition. 

RECOMMENDATION
Before you start a strict physical discipline for yourself, I would suggest, you consult your medical doctor. Only he can advise you the best form of exercise, for your particular body type and physical condition. Consulting your dietician is also imperative. 
We are all unique individuals and require personal plans for ourselves. 

PLAN A COMMITMENT
Make your healthy well being, your topmost priority. Stay patient and consistent with your plan. Enjoy your results.
 
Be stress free and feel joyful. 
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The relationship between stress and our physical health

physicalhealthandexercise The relationship between stress and our physical health

There exists an absolutely indefinable relationship between stress and our physical health. Of course we always say that a ''healthy body is a healthy mind'' and vice versa, but today's rampant situation of stress which is mainly considered a mind issue, needs to be addressed maybe more on the physical aspect as well. In other words I'm actually trying to promote physical exercise.

Most people who are health fanatics and exercise freaks swear by their fitness regime as the ultimate stress reliever. I somehow being the lazy creature that I am, have almost grudgingly started agreeing with them. Watching this increasing focus on the importance of exercise, my own perceptions of its importance have changed. This is not only because I started enjoying my own personal fitness routine, but it has also given me a chance to research on the various benefits of exercise as a conscious stress reliever.

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Self-Care Interview Series: Beth Kirby

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Beth Kirby is a photographer, cookbook writer, entrepreneur, and the creator of Local Milk, her food, travel, and lifestyle blog. We are endlessly amazed by Beth’s ability to present her work with both authenticity and style, and we were completely blown away by each one of her thoughtful and inspiring answers in this interview. It’s a true gem.

In this dialogue, Beth tells us about self-care as the foundation for happiness, having a schedule as a way to avoid stress, why she doesn’t believe in the idea of work-life balance, and how her routine has changed since becoming a mother, as well as her newfound love for weight training, the adaptogens and herbs she incorporates into her everyday potions, beauty, motivation, sustenance, and much more. There’s some amazing business advice here, too!


Routine


— Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free?

Routine is so very important to me. Routines ensure that time is carved out for the important things in my days & life. I’m super flexible with my routines so there’s no such thing as “failing”, but the closer I adhere to the routine, the more impact I tend to make in my day.


— What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning.

I actually just wrote a little guide to a slow morning routine that details mine! I usually wake up when my baby wakes up, between 6:30-7:30 AM. The first thing I do every morning is make the bed because I feel this sets the tone for the rest of my day. My husband takes the baby to give me 10 minutes to meditate (I love the Headspace app) and do a few sun salutations to wake my body + mind connection up. After that I brew my morning elixir, a simple lemon, ginger, and turmeric tea, and then I do some journaling while I drink it. After that comes breakfast & a matcha potion, a shower & getting dressed for the day, a quick tidy of my space if I need it, and then I’m down to work! I don’t always do every single thing, but the more of them I hit, the better my morning!


— Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well?

I’m so exhausted at the end of the day, I don’t usually need much help sleeping! I love making moon mylks with sleep promoting herbs as a little night time luxury. We keep the bedroom a “sleep only” zone with no television or computers, so it’s quite easy to pass out once I’m in my own bed (or whatever bed I happen to be in!)


— How has your routine changed since you had your daughter?

It’s gotten a lot more flexible! If she’s having a bad morning, things like preparing breakfast can take a lot longer or maybe I skip the shower (truth time!), but in a lot of ways, it’s made me more routine because if I don’t have a plan and stick to it, the day can slip away a lot more easily when you have kids. I kinda floated through my days doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted before she was born because I had all the time in the world. Now it’s make hay while the sun shines or forget having any hay! Haha.

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7 Steps to have MORE LOVE in your life in 2018

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Love is quite simply the most precious possession in existence. And my mission is to share the best insights I know to bring more love into each of your lives. Today, I want to share the most powerful way to create MORE LOVE in your life in 2018.


This beautiful insight comes from my dear friend Ken Page’s game-changing best seller Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy.


If you want more love in 2018, try this life-changing exercise from Ken:


Think about all the people you know, from your nearest and dearest to people you may not have thought about for years. And just ask yourself these three questions:

  • Who truly loves me?
  • Who sees and treasures me for who I really am?
  • Whom do I trust to have my best interests at heart?


Each of the people you picked is gold. They are your personal dream-team in life. The very wisest path to love is to nurture these relationships – by doing three things:


Practice giving more to each one of these precious people.


Practice asking for more from each of them as well (yes, it’s true, asking for more is an act of intimacy!)


And most of all: enjoy them. This last suggestion is perhaps the greatest act of life wisdom that I know.


Follow these 3 steps and watch 2018 blossom into the most love-filled year of your life.


In Deeper Dating, Ken teaches “micro-meditations;” small practices that take less than three minutes, but have the power to enrich your entire intimacy journey. This micro-meditation can be your foundation for a love-filled 2018.


Micro-Meditation: The Love that’s Already Yours

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Mindfulness and Exercise

Mindful Monday: Mindfulness and Exercise

Most gyms survive on clients who sign up and stop coming after one month. Most people have a great intention but it quickly fades in the reality of the time and effort required to succeed in the area of exercise. The New Year’s resolution to exercise is probably the most un-accomplished resolution people make.

You understand the need for balance in life and exercise is a core factor in living a healthy life. It needs to reflect your body type and temperament. Find what works for you. Exercise can never become an integrated part of your life if it doesn’t resonate with you. Forcing yourself to exercise is simply a form of resistance and suffering. For some going to a gym is an enjoyable respite in their day. For another it is torture. Some can only stay regular if they hire a trainer or go with a friend because they really don’t like what they are doing. Find what resonates with you. What inspires you to feel good? Maybe walks that allow you to feel close to nature and breathe in the air and see the sky inspire you. When you fight against it the whole time you are doing it, you will quit. When you enjoy and resonate with what you are doing, you will continue. Simply knowing it is good for you isn’t enough.

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