When you love a book, the ending of the story doesn’t necessarily finalize your journey with the characters. You create sequels, prequels, and alternate endings in your imagination. You feel justified filling the gaps in their story. After all, you've glimpsed their thoughts, shared their hopes and dreams, witnessed their first kiss, and held them in their darkest hours.
I remember pacing the floor of our small kitchen at eighteen, mere weeks before graduating high school. My mother was sitting at a table, listening to my ramblings regarding college. There was no question whether I should attend or not, but I had no idea which degree to pursue.
As I've gotten older, I've become more concerned about finding, or creating, balanced fitness programs. Because I've become more focused on health and wellness, I want to ensure I'm working out my entire body. I also want to strike a balance between strength and cardio. Perhaps most importantly, as part of my self-care practice, I [...]
Stalking is a pattern of behavior, directed at a specific individual, that causes fear or severe emotional distress. This pattern of intimidation and control, two or more instances, can involve any of a wide range of behaviors.
We have more willpower available to us when we are motivated and determined. We are more committed when what we're striving for is tied to our ideal identity, who we would like our future self to be. It's important to ask whether our goals are actually ours. At times, we get caught up in what we feel we "should" want, or what others want for us.
Yoga isn't, as sometimes perceived, "just an hour of stretching". It builds strength, improves posture, aids in digestion, and yes, it will improve your range of motion. But that's listing just a handful of the numerous physical benefits...
Some people have adverse reactions to consumption of short chain carbohydrates. These adverse reactions are not a consequence of malabsorption of short chain carbohydrates. They result from the response of the body, in some people, to that malabsorption.
There are multiple layers of complexity within yoga. On the one hand, there are poses that are physically challenging to any yogi. On the other hand, the holding of poses for longer periods of time can be mentally and emotionally challenging. Poses may be physically difficult because they require a great deal of strength, balance, flexibility, or quick movements from pose to pose. The faster a participant moves through a sequence, the more demanding it is.
Assertiveness is a mindset, that is demonstrated through our behavior. It is also a skill, that can be learned, practiced, and improved upon. It is not about “getting what you want”, it's about having your desires be a part of the conversation, alongside of and as valued as anyone else's.
The mind can become more calm and still without being void of thoughts. In fact, there are many meditation techniques that involve focusing on specific thoughts, or noting thoughts but not getting tangled up in them.
When we are young, we may think whatever we experience is the norm (we continue to make these types of assumptions in adulthood). I don't know when I became irregular, perhaps I always was.
Not to downplay pampering, but self-care is more than taking bubble baths and drinking hot tea. We often take a narrow view of self-care, seeing it as spoiling oneself or indulgence, perhaps even in ways that are counter to long term health.