Try watching this video and try the tapping. Did it help you feel better?
All the best for the new year! Any New Year's resolutions?
Think of one small achievable thing, that if you stuck to it, would make a big difference in your life. Try and do that one thing consistently for January. If you succeed at that, you have created a new healthy amazing habit that has changed your life for the better. Next select and try to stick to one more small important thing for February.
Trying to change a lot of things at the same time is not usually successful. A long list of New Year's resolutions may make you feel overwhelmed and you are less likely to stick to them.
What ONE thing do you want to change for January?
Need more energy?
Try going to bed an hour or two earlier.
Try regular exercise. Just 15 -30 min a day will make a big difference to how u feel. You may feel tired at first, but as your body gets fit your energy will increase.
Try taking a multivitamin daily. Most of us don't get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need from our regular fruit and vegetable deficient diets.
Try drinking more water. A lot of the time, our feelings of fatigue are linked to us being dehydrated.
Take a 15 minute nap. A 15-20 minute nap can revive u. Any longer than that though, you won't want to get up and you'll feel sleepy. Set a timer for 20 minutes!
You can add more activity into your day by making some small adjustments, including:
• Parking at the farthest end of the parking lot.
• Taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
• Going for a walk on your lunch break.
• Walking to work, school, to get groceries, etc.
• Playing with your kids and/or pet.
• Doing sit-ups, dancing, walking on the spot or jogging on a treadmill while watching TV.
Every little bit helps!
You should strive to exercise for 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. Vary your routine to include aerobic exercises (jogging, dancing, swimming, kickboxing) and light weight training. The aerobic exercises raise your heart rate, which helps burn calories, while weight training adds muscles mass to your body. Muscle burns calories faster than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn. If you haven't been physically active in awhile, you'll need to start slowly (for just 5 minutes if you feel too tired at first) and work your way up to longer, more intense workout. A great way to start moving is by taking a walk outside.
I like to write lists. I don't remember things unless I write them down. I have found a new way to write lists, so if you are a list writer like me you may appreciate this.
It's called Superfocus. You write everything you want to do on the left hand side of the your note book page, leaving room for another column on the right. You can fill as many pages as you need to. You write the urgent things that you have to do immediately or today on the right hand side of the page, starting at the beginning of the first page.
When you are going through the list you cycle through the items on the first page and do what you can or what you feel like doing. You should not move onto the second page until you have dealt with all the things on the right hand side urgent column.
When you finish a task, cross it off. If u start it but don't finish it, put on the end of the right side urgent list. If it is a recurring task put back at the end of the left hand side list.
This forces u to deal with the urgent things before u move on to the non urgent tasks.
There is more info and detail on how to use this system at this website.
I have found it very useful. Being organised reduces stress.
Love yourself, take care of your health!
Come see me at the clinic if you are not feeling well or if you need a check up. Do you need a Life Coach, are you stuck and need some motivation to actually start doing the things you say you want to do in life? I help people take control of their lives so that they can embrace a healthy lifestyle and live out their dreams.
Call 327-6407 for an appointment or walk right in.
Why obsess over all the bad things that could happen in life? Why not dwell on all the good things that could happen just as easily. Which is more likely to occur? Bad or good?
If there is a 50:50 chance that what you are worrying about could actually come to pass, why not focus on the possibility that it could actually all turn out great. Use that worry time to visualise the positive things that you wish would happen to you and your loved ones instead.
Grab onto those negative thoughts and turn them into something positive!
Do you have a friend that you have been meaning to talk to for a long time, just haven't made that time to reconnect?
Why don't you drop them a line today? Send an email, post on their facebook page, send them a text, give them a call. Just let them know you are thinking of them. It may make a world of difference in their day. You may just turn their day around, and you will feel good too!
Just the act of smiling will make u feel better.
Look up at the sky, see the beauty of nature.
Count your blessings. Can you see, hear, smell, walk? Even if you can't do these things, there are still blessings to count.
Is there someone somewhere who loves you? God loves you too.
Smile. Let the corners of your mouth come up, let those eyes crinkle. Do u feel better?
Lots of research has shown the benefits of writing in a journal. Richard Wiseman in his book, "59 Seconds: Think a little, Change a lot", suggests 5 things that we can write about in our journals that will help us to feel happier, more content, and more grateful for our lives.
1. Write about things or people you are grateful for. Some people (including myself) have gratitude journals where we only write about what we are grateful for: great things that have happened, great circumstances and people. This helps to remind u that there are things that are going well in your life and helps you focus on the positive.
2. Write about the most wonderful experiences in your life. Describe the event and how u felt. This helps you to recapture the great feelings of those times.
3. Write about what you would like your ideal future to be like. Imagine that u have worked hard and have achieved all your goals and ambitions. Your dreams have come true. This helps to refocus you on your goals and gives you vision and hope for the future.
4. Thinks about someone important in your life and pretend it's your only opportunity to express to them how much you appreciate them. Write a note to them in your journal. If u want to give them the note... even better!
5. Think back over the past week and write 3 things that have gone really well for u. The events can be major - a promotion or new job, or trivial - like finding a parking space. Write about why u think each event went so well.
Writing about these things will help to focus you on the positive things in life, help you to re-experience the joys of the good things, recapture the love u feel for the special people in your life, give you hope for the future and put a smile on your face. Try it, u may like it!
Dr. Elsa Wilson
General Practice Physician and Life Coach.