Achieving Health and Happiness
It’s the end of the year, and things are both winding down and winding up—especially resolutions being on the up. The phrase often uttered by those around us is “out with the old and in with the new” – and the excitement of a new beginning or even just a slight reset gets us revved up to make some changes.
Many revelers vow to change career paths, spend more time with family or lose weight and begin to plan a course of action. What is often missed, however, is a focus on the whole self, rather than a portion or two. When making your resolutions for the upcoming year, try the following methods for a good start.
Feed Your Body
Staying on track with a good diet can be challenging to say the least. There are so many sources of information, so many methods and so many trends to choose from that sometimes it can seem easier to simply forgo it all and take things as they come.
But if you truly want to feel good and give your body what it needs to thrive, it is important to remember the basics. You don’t want junk fuel in your tank, so to speak, and there are certain supplements that will give you a boost if you find your diet lacking in the multiple nutrients that it requires.
For example, when digestion gets sluggish and you don’t process your food as well as you should, adding a helpful dose of “good bacteria” such as prebiotic oligosaccharides will get things running and help your system to absorb health-supporting vitamins and give you a powerful ally in maintaining your well-being.
Feed Your Soul
You have probably heard that laughter is the best medicine. It is difficult to deny that a good belly laugh lifts the spirit and helps us to power through some tough situations.
While we are also told that working hard is good for us, it is also important to remember to take time to allow a soulful rejuvenation so that we can be healthy from the inside out. Doing things that bring out the inner child in us gives a sense of security and oneness with the surrounding world. It is further proof that how we feel has an impact on how we function.
Find Your Joy
Sometimes we make sacrifices in order to make ends meet, and it is often at the expense of ourselves. While putting food on the table is certainly the highest priority, it is also important that we do what we love, and love what we do.
If you are in a career that you do not enjoy or do not find fulfilling, it is never too late to pursue your dream job if you are able to do so without creating extreme hardship. If you are not able to change your job, find a way to make things as easy on your soul as possible.
Even if you are limited to learning some positive affirmations to use when feeling stretched too thin, you will benefit from any positivity that you can find. Working on taking care of you will pay off. You can be your happiest and best you, next year and each year to come.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.
We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. As a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I have accepted that I will never find the perfect balance as a mom, and no matter how others perceive me as a working mom, both being a mom and a professional help me to progress as a woman.
2. Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I’m grateful for the resilience that my trials have instilled in me. As hard as my trials have been they have helped me empathize with others more and to become a better person.
3. Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
Becoming a mother and feeling the love of my children has been the most rewarding experience of my life. That love coupled with a desire to maintain their love and respect is one of my biggest motivators in life.
*always consult with your doctor before implementing anything new to your lifestyle
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