Pamper yourself as part of your journey. Living healthy is not only eating healthy. It includes an overall regimen of treating yourself well.
I recently spoke on this topic for the Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Service, (RAAVS) for their annual conference. Caretakers are so focused on the people around them. They know the needs, preferences and values of everyone they spend time with. They usually don’t tune into their own needs, wants and desires. Why? It isn’t because they don’t know how. They are experts at making people comfortable. They are nurturing and loving with exact precision to every detail.
I think self-care is rarely an afterthought because the list of people to take care of is long. Caretakers will wait until everyone has been served. Then they will realized they are drained and crash only to do it all over again.
Don’t fall into the trap of postponing self-care until everyone around you is happy. Make this your season! Time for you to love, honor and nurture you!
This series is on self-care. What it means, how to do it and creating a healthy you from the inside out.
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The heat and sunshine create a spence of urgency for weight loss. It is time to change over the wardrobe. This can be a rude awakening when the clothes don’t fit or weight has been redistributed.
Don’t wait until the last minute. Pull out your summer clothes. Try everything on and get a reality check. You still have time to drop a size or two. You might be at a place of contentment with your size. Then donate all of the clothes that you no longer wear and go shopping.
Feel good in your body! There are plenty of great gently used clothing stores like Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor, etc. You can have a new summer wardrobe without spending a lot of money. This is a wonderful solution for you to dress trendily while changing your body.
Assemble your team to help you succeed. You are not on your journey alone. Losing weight, eating healthy and working out takes a lot of energy. Making changes takes time. People want instant gratification which is not realistic in most cases. A faster way to create change is what I call “stacking the deck in your favor.” That means you seek out ways to succeed in an effortless way. This includes not testing your ability to overcome obstacles.
If you want to lose weight but routinely go into a bakery for coffee, it is only a matter of time and you will eventually add a dessert. Then you will feel guilty and remorseful. Why put yourself through that? Stack the deck in your favor, make coffee at home instead. If you do have to pick up desserts, have someone else stop at the bakery. It is okay to play to win, especially when the prize is your health!
A fast and effective way to transform negative beliefs into positive is with self hypnosis. Your mind is a sponge and will absorb what it is exposed to. As you clarify what you want in life ask yourself what this looks and feels like. Get an image and feeling to support your goal. Then spend 5-10 minutes again visualizing this as your reality. This will naturally induce a light hypnotic trance. The subconscious mind responds well to self hypnosis. It is relaxing and expedites change because it bypasses the critical part of your conscious mind. You will want to do this daily.
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This segment focuses on what blocks people from success. I have blogged about it before but not as deeply as the topic deserves.
There are many types of blocks, too many to list here. If you consistently take steps away from your goal, then you might have a block. If you only experience blocks when you are in reach of you could be experiencing self-sabotage. Self-Sabotage is an underlying conflict with what you want and what you believe you can have. It is a very common occurrence with people who are losing weight.
The main block that you will want to address is the one that causes self-sabotage. Deep within your subconscious mind you do not believe you deserve to obtain your goal. You unknowingly feel unworthy. It is a belief or decision that was made long ago. This may be a form of self protection. It rarely is still a useful belief to hold on to.
If you think you are blocking yourself in this way start journaling. Listen to your self-talk. As you identify self defeating thoughts, you will uncover what is blocking you. We will talk about how to address them in an upcoming article. For now explore what is preventing you from reaching your goal.
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