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How can I calm myself? Techniques that help.
If you want a burst of endorphins and a boost to your wellness, consider starting your day or ending your day with gratitude. Amy Morin, in an article for Forbes.com writes that improvements in physical and psychological health are listed in the seven proven benefits of gratitude, supported by research.
Start by writing 3 things you are grateful for in your life. Beginning the day with gratitude gives a fresh perspective to the morning routine. Ending the day with gratitude provides time for reflection. When we are grateful for what we have even in the most trying times, we are able to find joy and pass it along to those with whom we interact at work, home or occasionally. So what’s on your gratitude list?
Positive affirmations for wellness
Positive affirmations help us create the vision in our minds of what we want to do and how we want to live. They can give us encouragement and promote the release of endorphins, which make us feel good. Continuously repeating positive affirmations can also increase self-confidence. Here are some to try:
- I am strong.
- I am beautiful.
- I am smart.
- I am healthy.
There are many more that you can create on your own that can be in a language that you want to use or a phrase that speaks to you.
One that comes to mind is “I got this!”
Give it a try for 30 days. Every day, multiple times a day. Write it down somewhere that you can see it often and say it each time you see it to remind yourself how awesome you are.
Creative writing is good for wellness
Writing is a way of stirring up your creative juices. Ali Hale in her article “Creative Writing 101” writes that creative writing is more than just providing information. It is a way of expressing thoughts, emotions, and feelings. As such, writing can be used for maintaining and improving wellness and emotional health.
Creative writing doesn’t have to be hard to get started. There are several sites that will provide prompts to build on. All that’s needed is to fill in the blank and keep going. Let your imagination run wild and let it flow. Write what comes to mind and don’t worry about whether or not it makes sense. Indulge in the freedom and release that accompanies the act of writing. When the opportunity presents itself to review what’s been written, take note and if something seems to cause concern, seek help.
In the meantime, here’s a site to get you started with insight about the writing process and websites. https://www.dailywritingtips.com/creative-writing-101/
What to do when you can’t sleep
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Water for wellness
Just about everyone knows or has been told that water is necessary for life, yet it seems to be still difficult to achieve the recommended intake each day.
So this is not an attempt to get you to drink more water by reminding you how much you should drink every day. However, consider the other entities in your life (pets, children, plants, partners, etc). You probably do everything that you can to make sure that they get everything they need to stay healthy and well including water, so why not do for yourself what you would do for them and when you give them water, join in the fun and have some too! Not sweetened water, not sparkling water but pure fresh clean spring water.
If you really want to get serious about it there are some apps that you can download that will remind you to drink water. Whatever way you do it, make it a point to add water to your daily routine. It does your body good.
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