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Use These Simple Self-Care Strategies Developed During Quarantine

Use These Simple Self-Care Strategies Developed During Quarantine

One of the most important things about self-care is that it improves our mental health. When we don't take proper care of ourselves, we're much more susceptible to feeling anxious, depressed, and out of control. When we feel out of control, there's a greater chance that we'll use harmful coping mechanisms to suppress our emotions.

Why You Should Start Training to Heart Rate

Why You Should Start Training to Heart Rate

I wish I'd realized, at the time, that the fatigue which kept me from checking my watch was actually the consequence of not training effectively. This turned out to be equally true of my tunnel vision. As soon as I started training to heart rate, I felt more comfortable. I was listening to my body and working within my limits. I could look at my watch or around the neighborhood, even chat with other runners! For the first time, I was actually able to enjoy myself and experience flow when I was running.

Find Emotional Awareness through Meditation

Find Emotional Awareness through Meditation

Knowing what we are feeling, sooner rather than later, also reduces the likelihood of responding in ways we later regret. We are able to remain calm, to pause and reflect on our choices, rather than having emotional outbursts. Understanding what stage, or wave, of an emotion we are experiencing is also valuable. If we are just beginning to feel an emotion, a few deep breaths may allow us to sit with it, without feeling overwhelmed. If we are in the later stages, and the waves of emotion are crashing in. We may need to take a walk, run, or cry.

Navigating Consent in All of Our Relationships

Navigating Consent in All of Our Relationships

Taking a more proactive approach to consent requires creating relationships where open and honest communication can take place. It involves listening intently, with all of our senses, to the words, body language, tone of voice, and movements of others, as they respond to our words, actions, and movement. It requires respecting the boundaries of others, and gracefully accepting rejection, without questioning or demanding explanations.

Use these 5 Steps to Create Life-Changing Habits

Use these 5 Steps to Create Life-Changing Habits

It’s easy to get motivated by a fitness program, a new diet, or a motivational speech. The problem is that this motivation exists only in the intentional mind. It temporarily changes our intentions but fails to overcome the power of our habits. How many times have you rationalized skipping the gym, eating unhealthy food, or just reverting to your usual behaviors, only to later regret it?

Managing IBS Symptoms

Managing IBS Symptoms

The secret to my success with IBS, over the past few years, lies in changing my approach to food, fitness, relaxation, and hydration. If I could go back in time, to advise to myself at the height of my agony, I'd say, “The key to changing your life is meticulously collecting data and planning ahead.”