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Creating Healthy Habits

September 8, 2013


You are probably aware of some improvements you would like to make in your life. Taking time to reflect on the self-improvements you would like to make will help you to create healthy habits that will shower you with an abundance of energy, confidence and good health. What do you think you could improve upon in your life to feel, think and be your best? What improvements could you make in your nutrition choices? Perhaps you would like to make improvements in physical activity or develop new therapeutic remedies for stress management? What are all the areas in your life you would like to change or improve in? You may have major improvements you would like to make or some minor improvements. Create a list of the self-improvements you would like to make.

Awareness of those areas you would like to improve is the first step toward creating a healthy new habit. Accept the current place you are in your life right now. You may find you want to just start with one improvement. Once you’ve made this list, read it over again. Go deep with in and ask yourself the following questions:

Ask yourself what is currently keeping you from staying in the same situation and the same patterns. Write these thoughts next to each self-improvement on your list.

Ask yourself how willing am I to make this change? Create a why within yourself. Have you arrived at a place in your life where you are absolutely fed up with the same old results you see no matter what you have tried? Is this change you want to make really something you yourself want to do or have you been attempting to make this change for someone else? What is the true reason you want to make this improvement? A true want is putting you in a state of willingness. This will create a true desire in you and will often be a motivational reason to refer to again and again to help keep you on track and to ultimately begin living this new healthy habit each day.

Once the desire is there it is time to create an action plan In order for a self-improvement to become a reality, it is necessary to arrange for success. Arranging for success is creating an action plan that has a solution you can commit to in order to fully implement the healthy habit into your life. What self-care action steps can you take each day, big or small, that will keep you moving toward seeing more of what you want in your life and not away from what you want to see more of in your life?

Once your plan is created you will need to monitor your actions. You will want to become much, much more in tune, with what you are doing right each day and what you are doing wrong each day, that is either assisting in moving you forward or is holding you back from creating new healthy habits. One way to monitor actions is with commitmentevery day. Start by keeping a journal log of your workouts for example and the progress you make. The results you begin to see in your self-improvements will motivate you to stick with your action plan.

Remember the self-improvements you want to create by reading your list and connect with the feeling of willingness and desire. Once you have connected with that emotional response that is leading you to a strong pull –a yes I want to see healthy habits in my life, stay on track by monitoring your actions. Self-care acts communicate self-love which create healthy habits. Your heart has a way of guiding you in choosing what is right for you. Something inspiring seems to happen when listening to the spirit and love within.

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Sunshine: A Natural Mood Booster

September 1, 2011

How often have you found yourself catching a glimpse of sunshine and felt ten times better? Basking in the sunshine for just 10-15 minutes a day can have a positive effect on the mind, body and soul.

Sunshine is a natural mood booster and tends to raise my energy level. The warm light feels good on my skin, and I feel relaxed yet energized. Even when I have been feeling under the weather with a seasonal cold, I have found that some time in the sunlight helps to strengthen my immune system.

I often find complete contentment just sitting in the sun. Contentment is an emotional state when we are not bored but also not highly interested in anything other than where we are right now. While goals are important, feeling content with your life, who you are and what you have are just as important. That isn’t to say you should stop trying to improve—that would mean that we have stopped growing. No matter how happy we are in life, we should continue to improve; however, contentment is necessary as well.

Summer can offer the perfect time to unwind and appreciate all you’ve worked for and achieved so far this year. Making soaking up the sun a daily priority isn’t too difficult on most days in the South Bay. Soaking up our natural mood booster can be a simple abundance of pleasure nearly every day—and just a few minutes are necessary for the highly beneficial effects.

To find some sun-induced contentment try the following:

  • Bathing in the sun on Redondo Beach and feeling the warm light on your skin, as well as lounging with your eyes closed
  • Watching the sunset and feeling the cool night ocean breeze
  • Taking a drive up the coast while listening to your favorite music or enjoying quality conversation with a companion
  • Walking through the Farmers Market on a Sunday in Palos Verdes and feeling the warmth of the sun while enjoying the scent of fresh-cut flowers, tasting fresh strawberries and looking at the colorful produce
  • Enjoying a hobby outdoors, whether it is gardening or home improvement projects

Writing in a park while enjoying the sunlight streaming through the trees can also provide a peaceful state of mind. Write down all your blessings. Focusing on all the things that are going right in your life and not only on what is wrong can help you feel content.

While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Be “sun wise” and take precaution if you plan to spend more than 10-15 minutes in the sun.

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