Emotional Wellness and Self-Care

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(The following is a guest blog post composed by Scarlet Gratton, a writer and contributor to the website ripped.me.)

How long have you been neglecting yourself? In a world where every minute is spent rushing from one errand to the next, can you remember the last time you really focused on your own well-being? A lot of people can’t, or when they think about it, they think about that time when they binged-watched Netflix, or ate a cake, or took a two-hour nap that left them with a headache. While all forms of self-care can be valid, have those moments given you anything other than very short-lived pleasure and feelings of guilt immediately after? The pace of our life can wear us out, so it’s important to have strategies in place to deal with the stress and the rush. To help you with that, we want to present you with some healthy ways of caring for yourself. If you want to elevate your mental and physical well-being and feel great, here are some great tips.

Food for Mind and Body

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You’ve got to stop thinking of food as only a way to get slim. There’s more to eating well than just shedding pounds, and while processed foods and candy seem like a way to get happy, the fact is that the pleasure is very short-lived. In the long run, it will make you tired, unhealthy, grumpy, and yes, give you a wider belt than you’d like. Fresh veggies, lean meats, wholegrain bread, nuts, fruit – all of this is a much better idea because it boosts your mood, your confidence, and generally makes you a lot healthier. You’ll have more energy, willpower, and feel better in your own skin.

Exercise That Makes You Happy

There isn’t a single thing in the world that’s healthier for you than physical activity. Both your mind and body benefit from it, and it’s a good way to prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and a slew of other issues. But how do you make sure you follow through with a workout plan? It’s simple – find something that you enjoy. If you don’t like going to the gym, don’t go to the gym. Do you want adventure? Try indoor rock climbing. Love to dance? Then learn some hot Latino dances, and enjoy how sexy it makes you feel to sway your hips to the beat. Did you know that kickboxing can burn 600 calories an hour? You can get slim while you learn how to kick ass! Fencing, aikido, yoga, swimming – you have options, so pick the one that’s exciting to you, or at least the one that you won’t mind doing every day.

Motivate Yourself with Little Things

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Working out shouldn’t be a chore, so don’t treat it like one. It’s your little "me time", a way to distress and embrace good mood and positivity, to get rid of negative energy. Motivate yourself by making a great workout playlist, by writing down your progress in a journal, by putting together a nice exercising outfit. Simply slipping into some cute Capri workout pants, a comfy tee, and some rockin’ kicks can do wonders to get you excited about your workout. Feel free to check yourself out in the mirror after a long, hard workout. Enjoy the progress, admire yourself.

Foolproof your plan and don't give up

Want to start a fitness and emotional well-being journey? Then make it easy on yourself. Make it completely foolproof so there’d be no excuses. If you are always tired and lazy and really need something that’s super easy to achieve, get a stationary bike. Ride it while you watch shows on TV. If you have a bad habit of constantly making self-deprecating jokes and taking things too personally, practice talking in front of the mirror and see how you come off to people. The point is, make a sustainable plan and practice. Stumble, fall, but don’t let it deter you from your goals. You can always get back up. The day things are lost is the day you decide to stop working on yourself, so don’t let that happen.

Daily Meditation

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Don’t worry, you can start slowly. Only five minutes of daily meditation can help you, especially if you have an anxious mind. Settle down into a comfortable position, relax, and pay attention to your breathing. It’s okay if you can’t empty your thoughts right away, it takes practice. You can recite a mantra that will help.

Let Yourself Get Creative

Write, read, draw, knit, craft. Do something with your hands, put your thoughts down on paper. Nurture creativity because that’s what makes you unique. It can heal your mind and help you deal with your emotions if you have a hobby that lets you express yourself. 

As you can see, the focus here is on staying mentally and physically active. The healing properties of exercise and keeping your mind busy with interesting, creative things are truly spectacular. It’s the best path to self-confidence. Enjoy yourself, because this journey will transform you.

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Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at ripped.me interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling. You could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

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