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Self-Help Tip #15: Behold the Power of Positive Thinking

      

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT Medical advice. Please read disclaimers.

How often do you fall into the trap of negative thinking? Daily? Hourly?? This week, I invite you to practice the ESSENTIAL life skill of consistently choosing POSITIVE thoughts . . . "Deliberately optimistic thought patterns achieved by disciplined mental focus on what's working in life rather than what's not: can include techniques such as positive self...

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Self-Help Tip #14: Do Yoga

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The pandemic required us all to adapt. One way to stay flexible is to practice yoga - the "ancient Indian physical discipline intended to prepare the body for meditation." I've practiced consistently since 1997, and attest that it "decreases stress & improves physical well-being."  

You can do yoga in the comfort of your home, with guidance from a teacher online. Here's one...

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Self-Help Tip #13: Face a Fear

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BOO!

By now we all know that witches, goblins, and creepy crawlies aren’t really going to harm us (in any significant/ long-term way). But what’s even more spooky - are the fears that REALLY hold us back in our every day lives. 

Whether you're scared of  . . .  

  1. Speaking clearly
  2. Leaving your unfulfilling job, or
  3. Asking for what you think you deserve -

“Challenging...

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Self-Help Tip #12: Tap Into Your Inner Child

 

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Remember when you were a small child:

  • You skipped instead of walking
  • Loved playgrounds, popsicles, and building forts...
  • Ya, I hardly remember it either. But it's not too late to resurrect that spirit. . .

"Embracing childlike aspects within your personality can induce pleasurable emotions and behaviors such as wide-eyed...

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Self-Help Tip #11: Learn A Martial Art

 

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"The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them."  - Miyamoto Musashi

 Hopefully you will never NEED to defend yourself in a fight ... but learning a martial art ("a combative sport involving elements of self-defense, spirituality, and intense discipline") will indeed help you develop the necessary coordination, flexibility and reflexes to do so.

There...

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Self-Help Tip #10: Get A Pet

 

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Supposedly "pet owners are more relaxed and have lower blood pressure and fewer incidences of depression than their pet-less counterparts." So it's no wonder that pet stores, shelters, rescues, and breeders all saw an increased demand during the pandemic. Do YOU see more of the . . . 

  • "Pros" - New buddy; improved mood; employers allowing workers to bring their pet to work;...
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Self-Help Tip #9: Create A Scream Box

    

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 With "Mercury Retrograde" in full effect - haggling with technology might have you ready to EXPLODE:

  • Unable to connect to WiFi?
  • Broken printer?
  • Need to re-set all your passwords due to hacks?
  • Getting e-mail "strikes" for missing gym classes that you DID attend - Just because the Equinox app doesn't work!! (OK, that last one is MY peeve of the month) . . ....
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Self-Help Tip #8: Commit Random Acts of Kindness

      

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Do you enjoy doing "unprovoked altruistic acts conducted with the sole intention of brightening someone else's day"? When trying to share kindness, I try to DISCERN:

  1. My intentions - ("don't expect gratitude") 
  2. If it will truly be helpful or empowering to the other person 

What are YOUR favorite random acts of kindness?

  • Giving a generous tip
  • ...
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Self-Help Tip #7: Avoid Meat

  

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Are you a:

  • Carnivore?
  • Vegetarian?
  • Flexitarian?
  • Are you clear on whether consuming meat is GOOD for YOU? 

Many books (like "Forks Over Knives") and documentaries (like "Game Changers") advocate for a plant-based diet - suggesting that "cutting out meat can aid in weight loss and allay health risks associated with heavy meat consumption, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes,...

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Self-Help Tip #6: Do Some "FUN" Exercise

    

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We all know exercise is GOOD for us.  But is it . . . FUN?? Obviously - "You're more likely to sustain a physically demanding practice if you enjoy it."

What movement brings YOU joy??

4 of my favorites - that can also be done at home - include: 

  1. Yoga with David Magone 
  2. Zumba Dance
  3. 10-Minute workouts with Youtuber Pamela Reif
  4. Multi-tasking on...
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