Wednesday, June 6, 2012

More Suggestions for Creating the New You This Summer

Below are a few more suggestions about how to move forward with your life and become the you, you want to be!

Get Rid of Your Old/Unhelpful Habits
So many of us have habits that are not helping us move forward. Some examples of these are wanting to live a healthier life but smoking cigarettes. Or, wanting to be more positive and optimistic but continuing to put yourself down and down play your uniqueness and specialness. Think about what old habits you want to eliminate this season.

Spring Cleaning!
Cleaning of the house, cleaning of the car or cleaning out your closets is common this time of year. Getting rid of old stuff that you never use can free you from some heavy weights you could be carrying around. Give away the things you do not use to someone who could really benefit from them. Giving to others is a great way to make you feel better about yourself. Unload the old and in with the new.

Plant Your Garden
Decorating your home with plants and trees will freshen up the look of your home and help to create a spring atmosphere all around you. More plants in your house means more oxygen. The more oxygen you have, the more clearly you will be able to think, breathing will be easier and cleaner air means healthier lungs.

Health Check Ups: Preventative Care
Sometimes we get caught up in our work and our daily routine and we completely forget about or ignore taking care of our health. We tend to think, unless something is bothering us, we do not have to see the doctor. It’s crucial to acknowledge that many illnesses and health problems cannot be sensed or identified by us in the early stages. That is why it is so important to get checked annually. Make a list of doctors that you need to see: primary care doctors, dentists for teeth cleaning, eye doctors, dermatologist for preventative skin check, women to see their OB-GYN and get their mammogram. Men should also see their primary care doctors and be sure to discuss if there is a need for a prostate exam.
Don’t forget! Get your mental health check up! One screening session with a counselor or therapist can be very helpful in preventative care by helping you build resilience or by giving you the support you need if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or a difficult life transition.

Get Moving
Moving means living healthier and your energy flowing better through you body. Sign up for yoga classes, go dancing or visit your local gym. Cannot afford it? Try to use websites like or for amazing daily or monthly deals around your area. Various offers and deals can be provided not just for sport centers and dancing or yoga studios but also for good, healthy restaurants, salons, spas and other hot spots where you can treat yourself. Or if you are looking for free ways to get moving, go outside and enjoy the spring air with a nice walk alone or with a loved one or friend. You can also get out your bike, pump up the tires and go for a bike ride in a quiet neighborhood or park. Next time you have an errand to run close to home, try walking to the store and taking the time to enjoy the lovely spring weather, or walk on different streets in your neighborhood instead of jumping in the car to go a few blocks.

Eat Healthy
Try to figure our what types of foods your body needs and eat what makes your body feel good. You can really enjoy healthy eating and not consider it a burden if it gives you energy and boosts your mood. Experiment and try new recipes with different foods such as Quinoa (pronounced Ki-nwa), a plant bearing tasty seeds, because is not a grain, it has an added benefit of helping reduce inflammation, or try adding Bok Choy to your stir-fry, it is a popular Chinese vegetable.

Take Time for Yourself
Try to dedicate at least 20-30 minutes or even an hour each day to you. Relax, practice deep breathing, meditate, listen to your favorite music, take a few minutes to call or text your parents and friends and let them know how you are doing. Do not forget to remind yourself how great and unique you are and to be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life.

Moving Forward
Moving forward can be one of the most important parts of becoming who you want to be. It helps to forgive yourself and others so you can move along in your life and not be stuck in the past. Getting rid of old junk (includes past hurts, bad habits and so on) can be very rewarding and freeing. Forgiving and accepting yourself and forgiving the people who hurt you in the past is the best remedy for your emotional and mental health.

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