- Add 2-3 cups of sea salt or Epsom salt to your bath.
- Get outside. It is grounding and energizing. If possible let your feet touch the dirt or grass for added benefits.
- Do a breathing exercise: Start sitting cross-legged with your hand on your belly. Breathe in, then exhale completely. Inhale deeply once more, and release it in short bursts through your nostrils by contracting your abdominals quickly 8 to 10 times, as if someone were hitting you in the gut.
- Take 5-10 minutes in mindfulness or meditation.
- Sing, paint, dance or find another way to express yourself creatively.
- Indulge in a guilty pleasure – read a trashy magazine or get a latte. These are fine in moderation!
- Write down the things you are grateful for.
- Take a walk.
- Write in a journal.
- Create a vision board or collage. Spend a little time dreaming about what you want out of life and create something to remind yourself of what you are working and heading toward.
- Give a close friend a call or meet for coffee.
- Make a playlist of your favorite songs.
- Plan a date night.
- Get a 10 minute power nap.
- When you feel overwhelmed and need a 10 minute break, ask yourself, “What do I really feel like doing right now?”
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The holidays can be a stressful time, but a large part of it may be self-inflicted. By changing how you set yourself up during the holidays, you can change your experience. If you are spending the holidays alone, but would prefer not to, there are ways to remedy the situation.
Try volunteering at soup kitchens, children’s homes, group homes, or facilities for the elderly. These are groups that often feel lonely during the holidays. These people will appreciate you, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll have great company!
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The holidays can be a stressful time, but a large part of it may be self-inflicted. By changing how you set yourself up during the holidays, you can change your experience. As you prepare for the holidays remember what we are celebrating. It has little to do with large dinners, big parties, being perfect, and buying lots of gifts.
The true reason for the holiday is to acknowledge the greatest gift humanity has ever been given. It is a time to spend in quality time with family and friends, counting the blessings we already have. It is also a time to spend doing good for others we love and for those who are less fortunate than us.
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The holidays can be a stressful time, but a large part of it may be self-inflicted. By changing how you set yourself up during the holidays, you can change your experience. Don’t spend a lot of time thinking about past holidays and comparing them to now. As times change, loved ones pass on or move away, traditions change, and that’s okay. Focus on the now, not the past.
Sometimes when you go home for the holidays or spend time with family, it’s easy to get sucked into old patterns. Do you ever feel like you are a teenager again when you go home? If you find yourself falling into patterns you would rather not repeat, take a moment to yourself and remember who you are now and all the growth that has occurred since then. If there is someone at the family gathering that know the “you” you are now, spend some time with them to ground yourself.
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There’s no single effective way to break bad habits. It’s not one size fits all. It's also important to recognize that even if you take a few steps back, it's not the end of the world. In fact, research has found that change rarely occurs in a straightforward, linear sequence, and when people falter, they usually don't fall all the way back to where they first began the journey. If viewed and used correctly, missteps can serve as learning opportunities, helping you become better prepared for the next leg of the trip.
Did you realize that a good attitude can affect your health in tangible ways? This Bible verse is fairly well known, and science backs it. Depression and a lack of energy often go hand in hand. Depression is something that you need to see a professional about, but if you are just having a down day, try changing your mindset and see how it affects your energy!
Some versions of the Bible put it this way:
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Reserach has now found that depression is also linked with low bone mass and osteoporosis! Get help if you deal with depression. If you are just feeling a little down, try to focus on positive things!
If you are like me, sometimes it seems that sometimes you just don't have the strength to keep going. When you feel that way, its a good time to just take a breath. Take a minute out to do something restorative, like reading something inspirational that will give you the courage and strength to keep going. This Bible verse is one that has given me much inspiration through the years.
There’s no single effective way to break bad habits. It’s not one size fits all.
It's also important to recognize that even if you take a few steps back, it's not the end of the world. In fact, research has found that change rarely occurs in a straightforward, linear sequence, and when people falter, they usually don't fall all the way back to where they first began the journey. In fact, if viewed and used correctly, the missteps can serve as learning opportunities, helping you become better prepared for the next leg of the trip.
A health coach can be your number one cheerleader when you face an obstacle. She can help you discover ways to overcome all the obstacles you face.
I am a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Health Coach located in Charlotte, NC. I hold a B.S. and M.A. in Wellness Management. I have a passion for health and for helping others achieve the healthy life they desire.