To say that the last year has been challenging is a grand understatement. The pandemic has definitely refocused our priorities. It reminded us that our health is paramount. Today I want to share 7 simple ways to feel good heading into the spring and summer.
When I say feel good, I mean physically and mentally. It’s hard to feel good about ourselves when our spirits are down in the dumps. And feel good physically doesn’t mean spending a fortune on external ‘fake’ things to make you beautiful. Please don’t do that (and I think you know what I mean).
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When you feel good you look good
Amirite? I mean let’s face it, when life is going good and we’re blissfully happy and smiling all the time we look way more radiant and beautiful.
They say that a smile is the best way to enhance your appearance so when we’re smiling, we’re gorgeous, inside and out.
How to feel good about yourself
Feeling good about ourselves is kinda hard for some. We’ve spent our entire lives being told we are:
- no good
- too stupid
- not enough
- unworthy of love or good things
Who else gets that? So it’s kinda hard to feel good about yourself when you still believe all those horrible lies. You might really like this video I recently uploaded on my YouTube channel about how to believe in yourself. While you’re there, don’t forget to hit the subscribe button.
It’s up to you to unplug all those lies from your past and rewrite a new script for your life. No one else can do that for you. As soon as you start changing your tune and your story, watch how your life magically gets better.
And with that, you will start to feel good, have a spring in your step again, smile more and be happier.
7 Ways to Feel Good Physically and Mentally
Right out of the gate I gotta tell ya, when you feel better mentally, you feel better physically and when you feel better physically, you feel better mentally.
The two just go hand in hand.
Research shows that emotional distress makes you more vulnerable to physical illness by impacting your immune system.
Source: Health Line
You should really check out this book by Louise Hay. She goes into great detail about what types of pain you may experiencing and what emotion it’s linked to.
Ok let’s get to the ways to feel good so we can get a good head start into summer!!
1 Head for an Adventure
Did you know that there are benefits to adding adventure to your life? Now, you don’t have to jump out of a plane or swim with sharks. Adventure can be any new activity that is all-consuming that puts you in the zone. It can be physical, mental, emotional, or a combination of all there.
You can learn a new sport like kayaking or go out on a blind date. Perhaps you want to get out on the open road with a road trip. All of these are adventures. For some inspiration, watch this TEDx talk about the three benefits of adventure and why you should add it to your life now.
2 Revamp Your Recipes
Everyone knows that you are what you eat. So why not jump start the way you look and feel from your kitchen. Many cooks get into a routine of what’s fast and easy; however, take the change of seasons to revamp your recipes. Try a new recipe with healthy ingredients.
For example, go to the local farmer’s market or grocery to buy fresh peppers and onions for a good Thai curry. Pick a locally-sourced protein of your choice. Bon Appetit. By switching up how you get your vitamins and nutrients is also a way to clear your mind. And, this can be a quality time activity with your partner and/or kids.
Have you been thinking about trying the keto diet? You might want to check out some of my blogs on what that’s like!
3 Update your workout clothes
One of the fastest ways to improve your energy and glow is to get active. If you are already active, why not switch things up a bit by adding a new activity and outdoors? If you haven’t been active for a while, start slow and gradually add more repetitions to your exercises or time to your total body workout.
4 Set a Sleep Schedule
The number one rule for celebrities, models, and anyone in the limelight is that you must get your sleep. With our lives constantly on technology and screens, it is more important than ever to shut off and recharge our batteries. We can do this easily by sleeping.
However, if you have trouble sleeping this isn’t the case. The best way to help your body get ready for sleep is to set a schedule. Turn off all devices an hour before bedtime. Stick to the schedule even on the weekends. If you need a little extra assistance, try a sleep-enhancing tea or even all-natural oils.
I’ve been taking melatonin lately and it’s really helped me a lot. Click on the link here or the image below to check out this all natural sleep aid. I swear by this stuff now. No side effects, no grogginess in the morning, sleep all night undisturbed. It’s amaze-balls really!!
5 Write it out
I’m a huge advocate of writing out your feelings. This way, they aren’t housed in your heart, chest and soul eating away at you. It’s the best therapy (besides wine and tequila!) that I can think of to help you heal from trauma and release anger and pain from the past.
You might really like this article from my sister site on why and how to release anger in order to heal.
6 Drink More Water
You knew this was coming didn’t you? But you can’t deny the fact that staying hydrated is vital to your overall well being. It helps your skin stay supple and glowing, it gives you more energy and keeps headaches away just to name a few benefits of drinking more water.
Do I need to go on?
And I get that drinking water is boring as hell. Check out this article on some different and fun ways to drink more water.
7 Treat Yourself More
This is a hard one for so many of us. We’ve spent our entire lives making sure everyone else is happy we totally forgot the most important person is YOU!
It’s important to honour and love yourself and do special little things just for you. Fill your heart and soul with things that make YOU happy and put that spring back in your step.
It could be something little like taking yourself out on a picnic or spending the day at the spa. You decide (or let your budget decide) but you really should try to do something nice for yourself at least once a week, daily if you can.
Your overall health is more important than you think
Staying healthy isn’t just about eating right and exercising. Your mental health plays a huge role in your physical health as well. If you are still battling demons from your past and having a hard time moving on please check out my mini self help eBook, How to Forgive Someone Who Hurt You.
If you feel you may need to speak to a professional, I’ve recently partnered with online-therapy.com and I think they are one of the best online therapy sites out there. Click here to speak to someone today.
Remember, you are worth it. You deserve to live a life of joy. You deserve to be happy and free of pain. You are worthy of a happy life. Don’t forget any of that!!!
With spring now here and summer well on its way, there is no reason to not get out and enjoy some natural Vitamin D, fresh air and take in some of the magic that Mother Nature has to offer.
Not only that, doesn’t more sun make everyone glow and be cheerier? Yay!! Get out and go for more walks, get some sun on your cheeks, go get ice cream and enjoy life and these happier seasons!
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