Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Self Care Activities For a Bad Day


self care activities for a bad day


When you have a bad day, you might find that you want to grab a drink or eat something unhealthy. But these are not healthy habits to have. A good option is to indulge in self care activities, which can make you feel better and will be good for you at the same time.


Watch Something Funny

Don’t underestimate the power of laughing! If you are having a terrible day, find a way to watch TV or a movie that makes you laugh. Avoid action, drama, and other genres that might make you feel miserable by the end. Binge watch your favorite comedy on Netflix, or turn on the TV to try something new. Laughing is extremely healing and can quickly change your mood even after the very worst of days.


Get Out of the House

Some people prefer staying inside and watching Netflix for self care, while others already spend a lot of time indoors. If this is you, then getting out to socialize and meet up with friends might be a better option. When you find yourself doing nothing but working and going home, you may simply need another outlet. Try meeting co-workers for drinks after work or calling up a sister or cousin to have a girl’s night out. Get a little bit out of your comfort zone and it can be very good for you.


Spend More Time with Friends and Family

As mentioned briefly in the previous section, spending more time with your loved ones can be great for self care. Many people think being alone is the only way to take care of themselves and relieve stress, but sometimes the best thing for you is being around others. Think about your daily lifestyle and what tends to stress you out. You might find that you feel worse when you are constantly alone, but your mood seems to lift on happy hour night or when visiting your best friend. This is a good sign that what you really need is to get out and spend more time with others.


Take a Bubble Bath

As long as you have the bath supplies, this isn’t going to cost you a dime. Draw yourself a hot bath and pour in some bubbles, essential oils, or baths alts. Soak in the tub with some music playing or just sit in silence. Music is a good distraction if you have kids in the house that you want to tune out for the time being. Lock the door so you have no distractions and let the dogs out so they don’t bother you either. Remember not to bring your cell phone in the bathroom with you!


Try Meditation

Many people also like to give meditation a try when they want to practice self care without spending a lot of money. This is something else that can be free or possibly cost a small amount of money, depending on your method. For example, if you want to purchase a meditation CD to follow along to, naturally you will be spending a small amount of money. However, for the most part, this is minimal and a one-time cost. 

Meditation involves breathing exercises and sitting in a quiet space alone while you relax your mind. You want to try to think about as little as possible, using imagery to think of something that brings you peace and happiness, scripture verses instead of using this time to think about what is causing you stress in the first place. It does take a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you will realize just how beneficial it can be.


Go for a Walk

Walking is probably one of the best exercises you can do for self care. It is easy to do with a lot of flexibility, doesn’t cost anything, and can be done alone or with others. If you have dogs, you can take them for a walk around the neighborhood or go hiking. You can walk alone during your morning break at work to de-stress, or walk in the evenings with your kids for some family time. Walking alone also helps you to really focus your thoughts and provide much needed private time.


Wednesday, 7 September 2022

How To Live A Balanced Healthy Lifestyle

 

how to live a balanced healthy lifestyle



 It is often easier to just focus all your time and attention on one area of your life, but even though that one area is often the most efficient, it leaves out so many other pillars of life and happiness in your life, creating an imbalance. But don’t worry – balance is always possible when you set your priorities, know what would bring you the most happiness, and how your mind and body can work together for optimal health and longevity.


 All it really takes for a properly balanced healthy lifestyle that makes you feel happy, joyful, healthy, and productive, is to add some simple daily habits to your routine. This is a simple change you can make in your life, and it is one you can go about gradually so you don’t feel intimidated by too many changes all at once. 


Here are some very simple habits you can add to your routine that help you live a balanced healthy lifestyle:


 Drink Your Water 

Drinking enough water is very important. If you struggle drinking enough water, here are some tips to make sure you are staying hydrated: 

Flavor your water – You don’t have to drink only plain water to get the effects of being more hydrated. Feel free to flavor your water by infusing it with fruit and herbs, using water flavor enhancers, or even drinking flavored sparkling water. 


Read: Benefits Of Infused Water


Use a fun cup – Water bottles have come a long way! There are hundreds of varieties, including different materials, colors, sizes, patterns, and so much more. You can even get a water bottle with motivational sayings for each water milestone you reach during the day. 


Add water to your habit tracker – You might enjoy water, but you just don’t think you drink enough. This is where tracking your water comes in handy! If you don’t have a water bottle that shows you how many ounces you have had during the day, the next best thing is to either use a water tracking app on your phone or just track with a printed water tracker. 


Eat water-dense foods – You can also eat more foods that contain a high amount of water, such as lettuce, watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini, celery, and apples. 


Move Your Body

 If you want to be happier and healthier, you need to move your body. Remember this doesn’t have to be with a structured workout plan, unless that is within your own personal goals. 

But if you just want to exercise to boost your mood and improve your overall wellness, then any form of movement will work great. Here are some ideas: 

• Go for a short walk every morning or evening 

• Spend some time at the beach or lake 

• Have a living room dance party 

• Take a fun dance or fitness class 

• Try tai chi or martial arts 

• Join a friend at your local gym 

• Do indoor rock climbing 

• Find a local trampoline park 

• Start stretching every day


 As you can see, there are many ways to get some exercise in without feeling like you’re doing “fitness”. Some people have physique goals or really enjoy fitness, and that’s amazing! But even if you don’t, you can still move your body and get all the same health and happiness benefits. 


Read: How To Stay Motivated To Work Out


Take Your Vitamins 

While it is best to get your vitamins and minerals from natural food sources, that isn’t always possible. At the very least, you can take a multivitamin every day to get more nutrients into your body. But if you have a diet that restricts certain foods, such as not getting a lot of iron or zinc while on a vegetarian diet, consider adding these supplements. 

This is another good reason to visit your doctor for bloodwork to figure out what supplements you might need.


Read: Basic Health Screening Tests For Adults

 

Get Some Sunshine 

Oh, that beautiful vitamin D! It does miracles or at least feels like it. Why do people feel so much happier and more energetic in the summertime? For many people, it is because of all that wonderful, healing sunshine. The sun’s UV rays emit vitamin D, which you can get naturally absorbed into your body simply by being out in the sun. But if you live in a cold climate, you don’t get it for a good amount of the year. This is when taking a vitamin D supplement might be needed. 


Write in Your Journal

 Journaling is a wonderful activity to add to your daily routine if you want to focus on a balance between health and happiness. It not only helps with your emotional and mental health, but you can often use it to track habits related to your physical health as well.

 

Read for Fun 

While it is great to read for personal development or learn new things with books and courses, don’t forget about reading just for fun. Whether it is a genre or just an author you really enjoy, get into the habit of reading on a regular basis when it is just for you and nothing else. 


Do Something Creative

 Let’s get one thing clear: you don’t have to be artistic to be creative. Even if you weren’t born naturally artistic (most people aren’t), you can still be creative. Think of any activity or hobby in your life that uses the creative part of your brain, such as making or playing music, writing, drawing, painting, creating things with your hands, assembling things, or really anything you can think of that you enjoy. 


Take Care of Plants

 Plants are so amazing for your overall wellness, including your mental health and mood. Just having plants or flowers in your home can improve your oxygen and help with so many physical ailments. They also tend to give you more energy, boost your mood naturally, and even reduce anxiety. 


Reassess YOUR Needs Regularly 

Lastly, consider reassessing your needs as part of your self-care routine. This is a habit many people forget, as they are busy trying to be consistent with their routines and get as much done as possible. But your needs are going to change over time, so it is good to check in with yourself weekly or monthly, and consider what habits are improving your life, and which you are not seeing a positive impact from.


 Remember that your wellness and happiness journey is yours, and yours alone. It should be customized to who you are as a person, your own needs, and the goals you have. While it is great to get inspiration from others as you try to live a balanced healthy lifestyle, what works best for them might not be the best for you.

Why Health and Wellness is Important

 

Why health and wellness is important



To live well is to find a balance between all the different pillars of health. It is a harmonious balance between health, productivity, mindset, and happiness, all intertwined to make up a joyful and fulfilling life. One of the best decisions you can make is to make your health and wellness a priority. 

These are some reasons why your health and wellness matter:


 It Makes You Happier

 It can often feel like you have to choose either your health and wellness goals or your happiness goals, but in many cases, focusing on one will actually help to transform the other. When you begin to take your own physical and mental health more seriously, you often have an increase in energy, your mood is better, and you feel better about yourself, which can have a snowball effect on the rest of your life. Suddenly, every aspect of your life is better, including your own feelings of joy and fulfillment. 


You Have Less Stress

 The more you focus on a healthy balance between your wellness, nutrition, exercise, and other pillars of health, the less stress you tend to experience in your life. This in turn can lead you to being happier overall. Think about how often you feel a lot of emotional stress and burden simply because of your health, energy levels, your diet, or activity. The way you feel can have a very large impact on your emotional and mental health, which in turn leads to more stress and makes it a lot harder to find gratitude in your life. By focusing more on health and wellness, you reduce your stress levels, which then encourages you to feel gratitude and really soak in all that positivity that brings you happiness.


 It Encourages Healthy Habits

 For some people, it is when they change their daily habits that they improve their health, but many people have found the opposite to be true. You might make a specific change to your lifestyle for a health-related issue you are having, which can then give you the motivation to make even more changes and start adapting your lifestyle and habits. 


 Similar to reducing stress, healthy habits often lead to more happiness and fulfillment in your life. These habits allow you to achieve a healthy balance each day, where you feel like you are getting everything done, without being overwhelmed. They can also help you see where your schedule might need to be tweaked a little. Plus, when you track your habits, you feel that sense of accomplishment every time you cross something off your list.

 

You Boost Your Mood

 Many of the healthy changes you make to your lifestyle will help to boost your mood. This can be something as simple as going outside in the sunshine for 10 minutes every day, which boosts your vitamin D to help you feel happier and more energized. Many habits can help to improve your mood, such as:

 • Vitamin D and sunshine 

• Eating a balanced diet with more vitamins and minerals

 • Drinking water

 • Moving your body 

• Serotonin boosts from activities you enjoy 

• Cutting back on alcohol 


It Increases Your Confidence 

Your new healthy habits can also make you feel happier by increasing your confidence. This is often related to healthy changes that might make you feel more comfortable in your body, such as eating a healthier diet, starting a workout program, or losing unwanted weight. In other people, they notice they have a boost in confidence when they start a self-care routine or another type of wellness routine, as it helps to boost their energy.


Read: Paying Attention To Your Body For Optimal Health

Sunday, 21 August 2022

How To Make The Most of Your Mornings

 





What’s most important to you? What is the one thing you really want to do on a daily basis that would make a big difference, but you just can’t seem to find the time for? What good habits do you want to cultivate that would make a real impact on your life? Think about this for a moment. It could be in any area of your life from exercise and healthy eating to self-improvement or getting ahead in business or at your job. It could be working on your relationship with your kids, finding time for creative pursuits, or getting in the habit of reading every morning.


Once you’ve figured out what you want to work on, what you want to improve, and what’s important to you, think about how you can make it part of your morning routine. Sit back and imagine your perfect morning. It isn’t stressed or rushed. Most importantly it’s a day when you have time for everything on your list. Maybe it means having time for a long shower. Maybe it’s going for a run before breakfast. Maybe it’s having a few minutes to connect with your spouse or maybe it’s carving out an hour first thing in the morning to work on your side-business. 

The key is to start with what’s most important to you and think about how you could fit it into your morning routine. Remember, you’re just dreaming and imagining at this point. We’ll work on figuring out where to find the time to fit it in and how to make it all work out later on. For now, simply paint a vivid picture of what your new morning could look like.

Become very clear on what you want that perfect morning to look like. Imagine it in as much detail as you possibly can. Write it down in a journal or on a piece of paper that you can refer back to as needed. In short, define your perfect morning.

Why is this so important? Because you can’t start to make any meaningful changes until you know what your goals are. You need to know your destination before you can begin to pick a route and figure out how you’ll get there.

 

 

Finding Time In Your Busy Morning

 

Mornings are busy and they can be quite chaotic. If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know this first hand. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way, no matter how busy you think you are first thing in the day. Do you want that to be rushed, frantic, and feeling like you’re constantly running and trying to catch up? Or do you want it to be calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you’re in control? It’s up to you and it’s all about embracing two simple concepts.

Get Up Early Enough


It’s tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It’s even hard to set the alarm early enough that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough.

Getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs is the key to an unrushed morning. Here’s the problem with cutting time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start. You have to rush to make it out the door in time and any little problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis because it could cause you to be late for work. Remember, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it chasing down time and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your time.

Getting up early enough on the other hand puts you ahead of the game. You’re in control. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on. In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day.

Restructure Your Routine


Spend a little time thinking about your current morning routine and where you’re spending time. Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do. For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to journal, look at what you could take care of ahead of time, eliminate, or delegate to make that time. If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone, get in the habit of setting the breakfast table the night before. Get your spouse to get the coffee ready, so all you have to do in the morning is push a button. Teach the kids to make their own breakfast and take the dirty dishes to the sink and wash them. Make sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours), that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot, and that there where they need to be before you turn in for the night. Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference. I challenge you to come up with a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.

 

Determining What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial

 

Think about what you should and what you shouldn’t be doing in those first few hours of the day. That’s an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that’s what we’ve always done. We do it without thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time.

It’s Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time


Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to cram more tasks into fewer hours. When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that’s often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it isn’t a good long-term strategy for meaningful change. Very soon you’ll hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get.

Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for bible study, meditation, or exercise, don’t just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast. In other words, don’t add to your lengthy list of things that need to be done. You’ll only feel more rushed and stressed if you do.

It’s About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time


Instead, what you should be thinking about is the best use of your time in the morning. Compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine. What aren’t you doing on your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what’s important to you becomes much easier.

There are two great ways to find things you can stop doing. The first is to look for busy work. This is something you do out of habit that doesn’t necessarily need doing every day. Maybe it’s checking your email first thing in the morning or playing around on Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee. If that’s how you choose to spend your time, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.

The second way to quickly earn back time is to see if you’re doing things or others that they can do themselves. Kids are the perfect example. We start out fixing their breakfast, making their lunch, cleaning up after them, picking out their clothes, and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do. When they are very small, we have to do these things, but all too often we continue to do them long after they’re capable of doing things on their own. The same goes for things we do for our spouses. Maybe there was a time when you had less to do in the morning and it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores. Did things change and if so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner? A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.

 

 

Come Up With A New Morning  Plan

 

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in the morning, what you don’t want to or need to do, and where to find the extra time needed, it’s time to put it all together in a new morning game plan.


The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you. Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get them accomplished. If your goal is to go for a run in the morning, you may decide to do that first thing before getting a shower and having breakfast. If your goal is to journal each morning, you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of coffee. If your goal is to find some time for reading or your favorite hobby in the morning, you could carve out some time before everyone else gets up and while you enjoy that first coffee. The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn something new.

Then work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans. It may take some shuffling around and mixing up your current routine, but with a little creative thinking and a bit of flexibility, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.

Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the groove of things. We’ll look at this in a little more detail tomorrow. For right now, my suggestion is that you write your new morning game plan down. It’s easy to forget what you’re planning to do. Writing it down will not only give you a reference to refer back to, but also solidify your new plan in your mind.

Put the note or notebook where you jotted down your new plan on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. It will serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do and do differently in the morning now.

Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize it’s not written in stone. The well-laid-out plans don’t always work when put into action. Adjust it and make changes as needed until you come up with a new morning game plan that works well for you and the rest of your family. Once you have that it’s time to make it the new routine… something we’ll talk more about tomorrow.

 

 The Importance Of Habits And Routines

 



With your new morning game plan figured out, it’s time to not only put it into action but make it your new morning routine. Why is this important? Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning it into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.

Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to things happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and the rest of the day. Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to create the new morning habits, but once they are set, it will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed.

Once you come up with a good working morning routine, stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit. Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically. It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30-minute run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour.

Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run. That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.

Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of me time or doing something to grow your business before you get back to the rest of your day. Most importantly get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. Get back into your new habits the next morning if at all possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.

 


 

Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly


Creating routines and habits for your mornings is a great thing. They allow you to do what you need to do to move ahead without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it.

When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and ask ourselves if it’s working as well as it could be. Even more importantly, with a routine and a set of habits firmly established, it’s easy to keep going even when the circumstances change. That’s why it’s important to take some time every now and again to review our routine and habits, including the new morning routine.

Set aside a little time every few weeks, or even months to review your routine. Put it on the calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long and it will be a very valuable exercise in the long run. Our lives and circumstances change. Our routines should change with it. Just because something has served us well over the past few weeks and months, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so.

When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any routine or habit you’ve been working on for that matter), ask yourself this:

Is it working? Is it working really well?

If it is, simply carry on. If it isn’t, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you at that particular point in time.

Another way to look at it is to find what you love and what you hate about the new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you get as close as possible to loving everything about it and still getting the results you want.

Remember, this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you, your circumstances, and the people in your life change and evolve. Embrace the changes and look at them as an indication that you’re making progress.

Keep tweaking and improving your morning routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it. Maybe you started out by making exercise a priority first thing in the day. As time goes by and you become more fit and make time for it later in the day, your focus may shift to journaling, or learning a new language. Keep evolving, keep changing, and keep using those precious first few hours of each day to establish some positive change in yourself and those around you.

 How To Start Your Day With Power and Intention


 

Sunday, 14 August 2022

What is resilience and why is it important?

WHAT IS RESILIENCE AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT




Resilience is a critical component of success. Without it, you would never be able to overcome the challenges and setbacks that life inevitably throws your way. Of course, everyone faces difficulties and obstacles, but how you deal with them determines whether or not you'll be successful.


Many factors contribute to resilience like having a positive outlook, a support network of family and friends, and a sense of control over your life. But one of the most important is simply having the ability to pick yourself up after being knocked down.


Here are four examples of how resilience can lead to success:


Overcoming a Difficult Childhood


Many successful people have overcome a difficult start in life. They've faced challenges like poverty, abuse, or neglect, and yet they've managed to bounce back and create a prosperous future for themselves. Take Oprah Winfrey, for example. She was born into poverty and suffered from sexual abuse as a child. But she didn't let those experiences define her. Instead, she used them as motivation to become one of the most successful women in the world.



Beating the Odds


Some people are dealt an intricate hand in life, but they manage to beat the odds and create a prosperous future. Consider J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. She lived on welfare in her country as a single mother when she wrote the first book. But she didn't give up, and today her books are some of the best-selling in history.



Facing a Major Setback


Everyone experiences problems that cause setbacks at some point in their life. How you deal with them determines whether you'll be successful or not. For example, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, the company he co-founded, in 1985. Instead, he created another successful company, Pixar, and then returned to Apple in 1997 and turned it into today's tech giant.



Pursuing Your Dreams


It takes a lot of resilience to pursue your dreams, especially if they're not the conventional ones. But it's often those who are willing to take risks and follow their heart that ends up being the most successful. Take Lady Gaga, for example. Stephanie dropped out of college to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. And today, she's one of the most successful recording artists and actresses in the world.

Remember that resilience is a significant key to success no matter what obstacles life throws at you. It is what gets you through difficult moments to continue to achieve your goals and live the life you want. With persistence and consistency, you will surprise yourself with what you can achieve by focusing on becoming more resilient.


Five Key Features of Resilience


The dictionary describes resilience as the “capacity to recover quickly and adapt to change.” A person can maintain their core values and beliefs when faced with adversity. When faced with the inevitable hardships the world will bring, you need to be resilient to overcome the situation.

Here are five critical features of resilience:


Self-Awareness


Self-awareness is a key component of resilience. It includes correctly identifying one's strengths and weaknesses to identify areas for improvement. It can help you build resilience by providing you with an awareness of what triggers you and how you typically react to certain situations. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses can provide you with an understanding of what triggers you and how you usually respond to certain conditions. You may be surprised by how much more information this provides than just asking people about their experiences.



Self-Confidence


Self-confidence gives you the ability to cope with difficulties and challenges in life. It gives you the power to overcome your fears and limitations. It is also an essential part of your mental health, which can be seen in how you interact with others and handle demanding situations.



Self-Compassion


Self-compassion means supporting yourself with the same understanding, kindness, and care you would give to a friend, loved one, or pet going through a difficult time and understanding yourself and your limitations without being overly critical or judgmental. Having and demonstrating self-compassion is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and developed over time. By cultivating self-compassion, you build up resilience and learn to take better care of yourself at any moment.



Social Support


It is believed that social support can help people with chronic illnesses, improve their quality of life, reduce the risk of suffering from mental illness and build resilience. Friends and family members can provide social support, but supportive online communities can also. 



Self-Efficacy


Self-efficacy is the degree of confidence, trust, or expectation an individual has for being able to carry out a specific behavior successfully. Individuals with high levels of self-efficacy often outperform those who don't. When people believe they can control their environment, it increases their sense of control and reduces stress levels. Self-efficacy also helps people feel more connected to themselves, others, and the world.



Taking the time to learn or incorporate these facets of resilience will help you grow more and become a stronger person. These facets work together to help you flourish and reach your full potential. Developing resilience can be challenging, but it's worth the work.


Seven Resilience Building Tools to Try


Life can be tough. Everyone faces challenges and difficulties at some point. What matters is how you deal with them. Some people seem to have an innate resilience to weather any storm, while others struggle to cope with even the slightest setback. There is good news, though. Thankfully, resilience is something you can learn and develop over time. And some specific tools and practices can help build resilience in the face of adversity.


Here are seven of the best tools to try:

Cognitive Reframing


Cognitive reframing involves changing the way you think about a situation or problem. For example, instead of seeing a difficult situation as a personal failure, try to view it as a learning opportunity. Or rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of a situation, focus on the positive.


Emotional Regulation


This means learning to control and manage your emotions. For example, when feeling overwhelmed or stressed, take a few deep breaths and calm yourself down. It can also help to step away from the situation for a little while and come back when you feel more level-headed.

Exercise


Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Exercise reduces stress levels and improves overall physical and mental health. A moderate amount of activity is the key to maintaining good mental health.

Connect With Others


Humans require social interaction. Social interactions are crucial for maintaining good mental health, whether spending time with family and friends, volunteering, or joining a club or organization. Surrounding yourself with positive people who can offer emotional support can significantly affect how well you cope with difficult situations.

Eat a Healthy Diet


Eating a balanced diet helps your body to function at its best. It can improve mood, energy levels, and overall physical health. Avoiding as much processed food and ingredients as possible, plus eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is key to maintaining a healthy diet.



Get Enough Sleep


When you don't get enough sleep, your body and mind are both exhausted. If you are not well-rested, it will lead to focus, concentration, and memory problems. It can also make you irritable, which by itself will increase stress levels. Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining good mental health.


Find a hobby


Doing something you enjoy can help reduce stress levels and improve your mood. A hobby provides a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Participating in hobbies is also a fantastic way to meet new people and connect with others who share your interests.


These tools are just a few ways to help you build resilience in the face of adversity. Experiment with different ideas so you can find what works best for you. And remember, even the most resilient people have bad days sometimes. So don't be too hard on yourself if you're struggling. Just keep trying, and eventually, you'll get through it.


Sunday, 7 August 2022

5 Ways To Get Yourself To Eat More Vegetables

 

5 Ways To Get Yourself To Eat More Vegetables


Vegetables are essential to your diet. Not only do they provide the bulk of your fiber, but they also contain critical nutrients like vitamins and minerals to balance hormones, enable growth, and strengthen hair, skin, nails, and much more.

 You may not like eating vegetables but you can get creative on ways to help you eat more of them. Here are 5 easy ways to get yourself to eat more vegetables.


1. Blend Them

If you don't like eating them , there is an easier way. You can blend them and add to your juices and smoothies. All you need are your vegetables, fruits and blender and you can whip up a nutritious and tasty drink in 5 minutes. These smoothies can easily replace a meal like breakfast and still give you all the energy you need till your next meal.


Get Over 10 Smoothie Recipes Here


2. Make Vegetable Noodles

A fun way to eat more vegetables is to replace  your pasta with vegetables. Sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, zuchinnis can be used to create noodles with a spiralizer. If you don't have one, you can use a vegetable peeler. Enjoy your noodles with your favourite sauce and you will be getting loads of nutrients and reducing your calories.


3.Snack on Vegetables

Snacks help to fill you up before your next meal. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, how about snacking on some carrots or cucumber slice? Not only will you get your daily serving of vegetables in, you also eat less calories.


4. Eat Them as Soups

Soups are easy to make, nutritious and filling. You can cut them up and make them into soups which you can eat alone or pair with a small serving of rice, potatoes e.t.c


5. Do More Meal Prep

Planning and preparing your meals ahead of time can help you incorporate more vegetables into your diet. You can buy your vegetables every week and prepare them for eating so you reduce the stress of going out to get them for  every meal.


Read Here: Benefits of Infused Water


Monday, 25 July 2022

How To Deal With Chronic Pain Without Medication


how to deal with chronic pain without medication


 Chronic pain isn’t an easy condition to handle, but you can take control. Simple lifestyle, diet, and exercise changes can help ease your pain. Try these techniques to experience relief: 


1. Manage stress. 

Stress can increase chronic pain and make it more difficult to manage. Try a variety of strategies to relax and reduce stress to see which ones work the best for you.

Read:5 ways to relieve stress


 2. Try breathing exercises. 

By simply focusing on your breathing, you can relax your muscles and reduce pain. Deep breathing exercises can also reduce blood pressure, eliminate stress, and decrease the heart rate. 


3. Find fun distractions. 

Instead of concentrating on the pain, try distractions that help you forget about it. Hobbies and activities like watching your favorite movie or reading a new book can help. You may also want to try drawing or other ideas that help you fill your time and avoid thinking about the pain. 


4. Increase your water intake.

 Dehydration can make chronic pain worse. 


Read: Are you drinking enough water? Symptoms of dehydration


5. Avoid inflammatory food.

 Fast food and processed food can increase inflammation in your body, so your chronic pain also increases. Foods with a lot of sugar and salt contribute to inflammation and increased pain. 


6. Eat more anti-inflammatory food. 

On the other hand, nuts, leafy greens, fatty fish, berries, and other items can help you fight inflammation and reduce pain. They have antioxidants that fight damage on the cellular level. 


7. Focus on posture. 

Posture can help reduce the stress on your back and cut down on chronic pain. Consider the way you sit and stand. Experts recommend that you avoid slumping your shoulders and lowering your head. The spine should be straight, so circulation is better. 


 8. Try massage. 

Massages can reduce chronic pain by improving circulation and blood flow. Massages help reduce back, shoulder, and neck pain. They can also help your overall health. 


9. Find support. 

Health experts recommend finding support groups that focus on chronic pain. These groups give you the chance to meet others who suffer from chronic pain. They can offer advice and tips for managing pain. They can also provide doctor and clinic reviews or recommendations. By talking to others who have chronic pain, you can learn new techniques to deal with your pain.


 Chronic pain is linked to anxiety and depression. The social aspect of support groups can also help in coping with these side effects. Support groups are less formal settings, and online groups offer privacy and anonymity, so you can feel comfortable sharing your experience.


Read: How sleeping reduces stress and anxiety


 Even if you take medication for your pain, you can further reduce it with these techniques.

Saturday, 16 July 2022

The Power of Setting Milestones for Goals


 

power of setting milestones for your goals


When you develop your goals and objectives for all areas of your life, it’s normal to start with the desired result, then work your way backward, creating the steps of achievement. Each step that you complete is a milestone. The advantage of setting small goals or milestones is that they show your progress toward your larger goals. When you know you’re progressing, it motivates you to continue reaching for your larger goals.

 

Simple Goals


When you set long-term and short-term goals, part of the process of goal setting includes action planning. It can be hard to understand how you’ll achieve a big goal without understanding the smaller simple steps necessary to achieve it.

 

If you want to lose weight, that larger goal will feel overwhelming, and you may give up because it will take a long time. However, if you instead focus on easier, simple goals like eating more vegetables, drinking more water, and eating less sugar, starting with that small goal will seem simple and feel good when you achieve it.

 

Satisfying Goals


 It feels good to finish and achieve something. However, if all your goals take more than a day to accomplish, you will not have very much satisfaction in your life because you’re always waiting for when you finish a goal instead of reveling in the journey. But if you set a small goal to get through today drinking your one hundred ounces of water just for today, you’ll feel much more satisfied sticking to your plans.

 

Clarifying Goals


 Even when you work hard to set goals using all of the tools at your disposal, sometimes the big hairy goal at the end seems fuzzy. But when you look at your accomplishments on a spreadsheet as you go checking your progress and celebrating the small goals you’ve set for each day, it can clarify that what you want is truly achievable and that you’re doing the right thing because you can see the progress.

 

Confidence Building


 When you check off something on your to-do list, even if it’s a task that won’t show results for another year, it will still feel good. It will also build your confidence and self-image. By enjoying the little milestones, you let go of the all-or-nothing approach that can deter even the most relentless goal-setter.

 

Motivating

 When you set small milestones for each larger goal, it feels so motivating to mark off each of the mini milestones from your to-do list. You can see your progress and know that your actions will achieve the desired results. When you see it, you will keep going.

 

Develop Positive Habits


 One of the ways to ensure success in life is to build healthy habits around all the actions needed to achieve your goals. When you set mini-milestones, it gives you a heads up when something is going wrong so you can correct it. Then, when you have success, the positive habit will be fixed in your life.

 

Enjoy More Success


 People who understand the entire goal-setting process, including setting up action steps to do the tasks that get to the desired results, are the people who finish and achieve success. So, if you want to be an achiever, milestones may help you do it.

 

Milestones help you to check your progress so that you know you’re on track for the bigger goals you’ve set for your life. For example, suppose you desire to save 4.5 million dollars to retire early. You can choose to invest a certain amount every month so that at the end of the year, you would have invested your milestone amount. In that case, it will help you stay on track if you can visually see the impact your choices make and show you that your actions are achieving the results you wanted. 


Nothing is more motivating than success. Giving your mind hits of success every day through setting mini milestones is the easiest way to get more motivation.

 

 Read : How To Create Good Habits To Achieve Your Goals

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Self Care Tips For Healthy Living

 
self care tips


The Importance of Self Care


Self-care involves taking better care of yourself, which is essential for mental and physical purposes. It can really make a positive impact on your life, from helping you to become closer to friends and family, to relieving your stress. Here are some of the top benefits of self-care.

It Helps to Relieve Stress

If you are like most people, you probably deal with a lot of stress. This can be stress from your job, financial situation, relationships, or other personal reasons. Self-care is important for stress relief because it provides activities that help distract you, improve your mood, and help you take better care of yourself. Keep in mind that self-care can be anything from taking a bath to going for a walk, so there are tons of options available.

You Can Improve Your Mental Health

In addition to relieving your stress, self-care can also help in other aspects of your mental health. Perhaps you have anxiety or depression and are trying to relax while also figuring out your triggers. Well, things like writing in a journal and walking help you accomplish both. You are able to focus more on your mental health during these activities, so you are practicing self-care while actually improving your mental health at the same time.


It Raises Your Self Esteem

Did you know taking better care of yourself can help your self-esteem? Lack of proper self-care often causes you to feel bad about yourself, such as from not getting a manicure or pedicure in a while, or not exercising. These types of activities make you feel healthy, fit, and beautiful, which goes a long way with self-care. With higher self-esteem, you raise your confidence, and that can help boost your mood and help with your stress levels.


You Deserve Some Quality Time

Don’t underestimate the power of having quality time to yourself. There are so many ways to do this, whether you allow yourself some time to meditate in the morning, get up early to have your cup of coffee alone, or have dance parties in the living room with your family. This quality time gives you a short break from your daily life and can be so wonderful for your self-care.

Try to give yourself at least a few minutes a day for self-care. It will help your stress and other areas of mental health.


Ideas for Self-Care Activities

Simple Everyday Ways to Take Care of Yourself


Self-care is vitally important not just for stress relief but also for overall mental health. It can do everything from help after a bad day to improve your self-confidence. It also doesn’t take a lot to take proper care of yourself. You want to choose activities that help you to relax, are good for your body and mind, and overall wellness. Here are some different ways to practice self-care every day.


Keep a Journal

A really excellent way to start practicing self-care every day is to keep a journal. This is something you can easily keep with you no matter where you are, whether you put it in your purse or briefcase, or you have a digital journal on your computer. It is good to have something to write in even when your laptop is out of charge, so a journal and pen are highly recommended. With journaling, you are able to write in it whenever you feel stressed or just to talk about your day. It can be very cathartic for you.


Have Alone Time Every Day

Make sure you have at least a few minutes each day all to yourself. This can be a 30-minute walk that you go on after dinner, a fun 15-minute dance party all alone in your room before bed, or just 5 minutes in the morning before everyone else gets up while you enjoy your cup of coffee. It can seem so simple and minimal, but these little stretches of time where you are alone and just doing something for yourself can make all the difference.


Get More Exercise

Sometimes helping your physical health is also important, so don’t forget about exercise. This will make you feel better about yourself and raise your self-confidence, which also helps your mental state. Plus, exercise is really good for helping to relieve your stress and the endorphins you get from it can be tremendous for improving your move. You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day either. Something as simple as an afternoon walk or doing weight lifting in the morning before your shower is perfect. You can also take advantage of other activities that also include exercise, like taking your dogs for long walks or taking the kids hiking over the weekend so everybody is exercising more.

In addition to exercise, you should also be focusing on a proper diet by drinking more water and eating healthier. This is part of taking better care of yourself.

Watch Something Funny

Don’t underestimate the power of laughing! If you are having a terrible day, find a way to watch TV or a movie that makes you laugh. Avoid action, drama, and other genres that might make you feel miserable by the end. Binge-watch your favorite comedy on Netflix, or turn on the TV to try something new. Laughing is extremely healing and can quickly change your mood even after the very worst of days.


Get Out of the House

Some people prefer staying inside and watching Netflix for self-care, while others already spend a lot of time indoors. If this is you, then getting out to socialize and meet up with friends might be a better option. When you find yourself doing nothing but working and going home, you may simply need another outlet. Try meeting co-workers for drinks after work or calling up a sister or cousin to have a girl’s night out. Get a little bit out of your comfort zone and it can be very good for you.

Spend More Time with Friends and Family

As mentioned briefly in the previous section, spending more time with your loved ones can be great for self-care. Many people think being alone is the only way to take care of themselves and relieve stress, but sometimes the best thing for you is being around others. Think about your daily lifestyle and what tends to stress you out. You might find that you feel worse when you are constantly alone, but your mood seems to lift on happy hour night or when visiting your best friend. This is a good sign that what you really need is to get out and spend more time with others.


Meditate For 10 Minutes

On a really bad day, try to have at least a short meditation session. Even if you can’t find a few minutes where you are alone, you can think of other places you might be alone and able to meditate, like when you are going on a walk or run, or while taking a shower.

Let yourself sleep in 

 If you don’t get to sleep in during the rest of the week, at the very least give yourself this time on weekends! Your body (and mind) need the rest.

Head to a park or the beach with your kids 

You can also enjoy more time with your kids without cell phones and TV. Go outside to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Ride bicycles around your neighborhood, have a beach day or do a picnic at the park.

Catch up on your reading or creative projects 

This is the perfect time to pick activities you enjoy, but rarely have time for. Maybe there is a book you have been wanting to finish or a creative project you would love to do.

Get ready for the week 

Self-care can also mean just giving yourself time to really reset and prepare for the week ahead.

Self-Care for Introverts and Extroverts

Something to keep in mind is that what you consider self-care might change depending on if you are more of an introverted or extroverted person.

Self-Care for Introverts

If you are an introvert, you probably find that you are the most relaxed when you are alone. This doesn’t mean you want to be or should be alone all the time, but that you often need a little bit of time to yourself each day to recharge and gain your composure.

Have Quiet Solitude 

Self-care for an introvert can be as simple as just making sure you have some alone, quiet time on Sundays. You need this time to yourself to regroup and relax. It can be really hard when you go all day around other people and never give yourself this time.

Find Nature-Inspired Activities 

Introverts also tend to enjoy time outdoors, again in a quiet and peaceful environment. Try to find some activities you can participate in that will encourage you to spend more time outside.

Embrace Your Creative Side 

 An amazing way to practice self-care as an introvert is to do something creative. Learn how to crochet, write a poem or short story, color in an adult coloring book, or start painting.


Self-Care for Extroverts

Extroverts are more social creatures, getting their energy from being around other people. If you consider yourself an extrovert, you probably enjoy time with others more than time alone. But what does that mean for your self-care routine? Here are some tips for practicing self-care when you are an extrovert.

Enjoy Social Time with Friends 

What might be a little more up your alley is scheduling time with friends. What better way to practice self-care than spend time with those you love the most?

Volunteer Your Time 

Looking for something more meaningful and fulfilling? You might like to volunteer somewhere as your self-care. Look into local community centers or animal shelters that are open on Sunday and see if they need any help.

Join a Local Club 

Another social activity that helps with your self-care is joining a local club, like a book club. Not only will you be encouraged to read more, but you can get together once a week with your book club to chat and talk about the book.





Friday, 10 June 2022

Mental Health Benefits of Being Organized

 

mental health benefits of being organized


Have you ever experienced any of these situations: running late for an appointment because you can't find a particular item in your messy room, missing meetings because you forgot, or even buying items you already have because your house is unorganized?

 Staying organized can affect the quality of your life. A research study done in 2010 found that women who described their living space as disorganized had higher levels of cortisol the stress hormone. They had higher depressed moods during the day while women with more organized spaces had elevated moods. Some studies have even shown an association between how much clutter you have and excess weight. Having an unorganized kitchen and meal plan can have you reaching for unhealthy food because you have not planned your meals and food/grocery shopping ahead.


Benefits of Staying Organized

  • Reduces stress
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Reduces feelings of anxiety
  • Helps you make better food choices
  • You are more productive
  • Increases focus and concentration


Tips For Staying Organized


Figure Out Your Preferred Organization System

This is one of the most important things you can do to organize your life. Everyone has a different system for what they want to be more organized in their life and home, and what tools they will use. 

One person might have a weekly session where they organize another area of their home, while the next persohn needs to have a home binder with printables they use to organize every single part of their life.


Have Routines for Organizing and Decluttering

When it comes to decluttering and organizing your home, you need to create a routine and schedule. Otherwise, you likely will organize your entire home over one weekend, then not do it again for months or even years, or until everything is cluttered again. 

A better system is to treat it like routine cleaning. You add decluttering to your regular routine, whether that is daily or weekly. You can also schedule in sessions of organizing and maintenance. The good news is, once you create organizational systems in your home, it is much easier to just maintain.


Have a Place for Everything

When it comes to organizing your life, particularly your home, you need to have a designated place for everything. If you don’t, you will never be completely organized and will have a lot of junk drawers and baskets that are meant for random items. 

What happens is when you start finding a place for everything you own, you discover items that you no longer need. If they don’t have a place and are always hidden in some random drawer or box, you probably don’t use them or even remember you own them. That is how you know it’s time to get rid of it. 


Always Put Items Away When You’re Done Using Them

Start a new habit of putting items away after you have used them, whether it is a pen and notepad you were writing something down on, dumbbells during a workout, or going through your skincare routine in your bathroom. Everything has a place it belongs, so 

when you’re done with it, put it back. It takes only a few extra seconds and allows your home to stay clean and orderly at all times.


Be Consistent With Decluttering

Decluttering will likely occur more than actual organization. Organizing different areas of your home and life is more about setting it up the first time, then just maintaining it. But decluttering is something you have to do on a regular basis, otherwise, things become chaotic and disorganized very easily. 

Think about your junk drawer at home. I bet when you first moved into your home, that drawer was somewhat organized. You had some pens and notepads, a few small tools, maybe some scissors and batteries. But it eventually became a catch-all for everything, and because you didn’t keep up with cleaning it out, it became overly cluttered. This likely happens in different areas of your home unless you are decluttering in your regular cleaning routine. 


Try 15-Minute Daily Speed Cleaning

If you struggle with cleaning and decluttering because of time, then the speed cleaning method is what you need. All you have to do is set a timer for 10-15 minutes a day and clean or declutter as much as possible within that amount of time.

This is best for tasks like picking up toys in your kids’ bedrooms, organizing your entryway or living room, choosing a small area of your home that often gets cluttered, or a quick cleaning project. You can also do this several times a day, instead of trying to fit in an hour of cleaning. 


Write Everything Down

Get into the habit of writing things down whenever you think of them. Whether it is something that goes on your master to-do list, or a new routine you want to try out, this can be really helpful for life organization.

For example, when you sign up for a new site and choose a password, write it down so you can add it to your password manager or printable later. Have a notepad at your desk so that whenever you think of something you want to get done, you can add it to a task or to-do list. If you are in your garage, and see how cluttered your holiday decoration boxes are, make a note that you want to organize them one day soon.


Start Using a Block Schedule

A block schedule is what will help you to organize your time more effectively, as that is just as important as organizing your home and workspace. With a block schedule, you choose certain tasks that will be done at specific times of the day.

Your “blocks” of time can be any amount of time that fits within your schedule, whether you work in 1, 2, or 3-hour blocks. They will also change throughout the day, so you might have a 30-minute block for one task, and a 2-hour block for another task.


Digital Organizing

When you think about organizing your life, your home tends to be the most common focus, which is completely normal. But it is not just about physical items in your living space that require organization. You should also be decluttering and organizing your digital files, email accounts, photos, and anything else on your computer or digital devices.


Have a Sunday Reset and Planning Day

If you want to have a more organized life, it all starts with how you prepare. This is where the Sunday reset comes in. Sundays are perfect if you work Monday-Friday, but this applies to whichever day you have off before your own work week starts. Choose your outfits for the week

The Sunday habits will allow you to have a routine that helps you get set up for your week ahead, declutter and organize, and be ready for the week to start.


Review Your Week

Start your Sunday by reviewing your week and going through the tasks you got done, and what is still on your to-do list. Smaller tasks can still be completed on Sunday, while others might need to be rescheduled and moved to another day. 

This is a good habit to get into because you start to develop a system of putting items on your to-do list, scheduling tasks, and understanding how much you can realistically get done each week. Before too long, it will be so habitual you don’t even have to think about it.


Prepare for the Upcoming Week

Once you have reviewed your week, you can then move on to preparing for the upcoming week. In addition to moving tasks over from the previous week to the upcoming week, you can also create other to-do lists based on what needs to get done.

Start with the priorities you have, so first your work schedule, then followed by any obligations like appointments and meetings. After that, you can start filling in your free time with self-care, items from your to-do list, errands, and social outings.


Meal Plan and Grocery Shop

Sunday is also a great time to meal plan for the upcoming week and get your groceries. Do this before the week starts so that come Monday morning, you aren’t stressing and panicking not knowing what to do about meals that week. It helps you to stick to a budget and know what meat should be left out the night before, or what prep work should be done before your work week begins.


Organize Your Office

If you have a home office or workspace in your home, this is also a good habit to add to your Sunday reset routine. You will likely be doing all of these tasks in this area, so take a few minutes to tidy up your desk, take out the trash, go through any mail sitting on your desk, and do whatever organizing needs to be done.


Go Through Your Mail

If you haven’t done so already, Sunday is the ideal time to go through your mail. Don’t let it sit until the week begins, otherwise, you will probably be too busy with work and personal obligations to get it done. You might have a mail system where you go through it each day when you collect it from the mailbox, but if you have bills to pay or paperwork to be filed, now is the time to do it.


Sort and Organize Digital Files

Don’t forget about your digital files! They should also be organized on a regular basis. You may not need to do this every single weekend, but if you work on your home computer a lot, your Sunday reset routine is a good time to fit it in. 

Go through your trash bin and empty it, organize any folders that got cluttered during the week, go through your emails and read or trash the ones you don’t want. Back up your hard drive if you need to. 

If you have a few extra minutes, take some time unsubscribing from email providers you have no interest in at this time. That will save you time in the future from having to delete emails you were never going to open anyway.


Work on Your Budget

Lastly, don’t forget organization is not just about your home, but other areas of your life. One area of your life where a Sunday routine comes in handy is your budget. You can take this time to review the money you spent and earned in the week previously and work on a budget for the upcoming week. While you might also do this monthly or with each paycheck, it is also good to review it and make adjustments week-by-week.


How to Declutter When You’re Sentimental


Marie Kondo famously said to only keep items in your home that spark joy, but when you are a sentimental person, everything seems to spark joy. This is one of the main struggles when it comes to decluttering and organizing your home if you are a sentimental person. All of your items have meaning behind them, a special memory they are tied to. 

So, how can you declutter and get rid of items that might not serve a purpose, but hold special memories? Here are some tips for decluttering when you are a sentimental person.


Why is it Sentimental?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is why are these items actually sentimental? 

You might find that some items are sentimental simply because of the memory, while others are more about the item itself. If it’s just for a memory, you can find another way to hold on to that specific memory without needing items in your home that you have no use for. On the other hand, if the item itself is what is sentimental, that is when you might want to find a place for it. 


Don’t Expect to Make All the Decisions at Once

With sentimental items, you won’t be able to make your decisions of what to do with them all at once. You really want to go through phases, considering one item at a time, and then revisit the others at a later time. 

Maybe for now, you have decided to keep something your grandmother gave you, even though you will never use it. But in a few months, you have another idea of how to reuse it or you have found someone you want to give it to.


Are Your Gifts Really That Sentimental?

A very common problem people have when it comes to decluttering and organizing is feeling guilty about gifts. You don’t have to hold on to a gift for the rest of your life just because someone bought it for you or made it for you. Choose which gifts you will keep based on their value and memories, and which ones it’s okay to part with.


Keep Just One

This is a good rule of thumb you can follow with sentimental items you have more than one of. You may have items that you collected more than one of because they meant something to you, but realize you don’t need all of them. You can give the others away to someone who would also find meaning in them, sell them, or donate them. For instance, maybe in your childhood, there was a specific type of stuffed animal you really loved, and it brings back a lot of memories. But you ended up getting 3 or 4 of the same stuffed animal. You don’t need to keep all 4 of them. Keep 1, and give away the rest or donate them. 


Repurpose Sentimental Items You Can’t Part With Completely

For the sentimental items you can’t part with but are struggling to find a use for, consider repurposing them instead. Maybe you have been saving all the baby clothes from your kids, but now that they’re adults, you don’t know what to do with them. Aside from giving them to your kids for their own babies one day or donating them to someone who really needs them, you could create a blanket or quilt with the clothes. 

Taking time consistently to organize your home and life will improve your physical and mental health.


Read: How to be more productive and organized


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