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Personal training for the mind.


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Happiness is a massage.

I was very lucky the other day to get a 20 min massage at work. I don’t know who organized this or how but heck if I was gonna ask questions! Even though it wasn’t in a conventional setting it still felt great. As I was getting massaged I wonder, as I always do when I have one, why don’t I do it more often? I really have no real excuse not too. We never seem to realize how much of a perpetual state of tension we are in. At least I don’t until I am touched by someone else.

Now I know time and money for a conventional massage can be barriers but that’s not what I was going to suggest you do. it’s all about human touch. We need it, we crave it as humans. Try getting some from a significant other, family member or friend. A hand or foot massage. Even forearms or calves! You might b shocked at how tense those ones are.

I guess the point I am trying to make is touch feels good. Releases nice happy causing brain chemicals and all that. Even a simple hug can boost one’s mood for hours. And who doesn’t have time for a hug?  😉

 


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How come we know better, but still don’t do better?

I asked my self this question this morning. After a stressful workday on friday I was asked to pick something up at the grocery store on the way home. I picked up the item and a bag of M&M’s and a green tea lemonade from Starbucks. Now the whole time in the store a voice was telling me not to get these items but I did anyway. After eating all this sugar yesterday I am not feeling so great today. 

This prompted my question. Why do we still do things we know are not good for us? Somehow we still talk ourselves into it. As a psychology major in school it intrigues me why we do the things we do. There never seems to be a clear, definite answer though. 

Here are a few things I am going to try to be better at: 

1) resisting bad food choices when I am stressed

2) going to the gym even when I feel lazy or don’t want to

3) getting to bed on time every week night 

do you have a list of things you want to do better at?


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Cultivating Integrity

Came across a blog today I found interesting. I follow Mark Sisson because he is a smart guy! October 2011 I decided to change my eating lifestyle by going what some people call Paleo. Mostly meaning that I gave up gluten and began eating more real foods, as opposed to processed. Mark does a simialr diet called Primal as they eat dairy products as well. I won’t go into the labels as those don’t really matter and are never a strict definition either.

Anyways he posted today about 8 Ways to Cultivate Health Integrity. https://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-health-integrity/ I thought this could also apply to integrity of following any goal one wants to achieve or maintain. I thought keeping an excuse board was interesting. Tracking all of the ways and excuses we make for cheating or not following our plan.

The other was about accepting our own resistance. We all have times when we just don’t want to, or are too lazy, to keep it up. Intstead of getting gown on ourselves let’s accept that we will not always be perfect. Maybe that will make us less apt to give up when we slip.

Do any of these tips speak to you? Can you see yourself using them in your daily life?


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JUST DO IT!!

A ran across as article awhile back by Nerd Fitness blog. It was titled 3 Words You Need to Tell Yourself Daily. Those words boiled down to Just Do It. And you know what? It actually works!! There are times when I feel like I just don’t feel like doing something. Especially chores or small tasks. Saying Just Do It to myself somehow gives me a kick in the butt! Okay, Ill admit it doesn’t work 100% of the time but even 50% is more than nothing! Read the article and try it!

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013/02/14/three-words-that-you-need-to-tell-yourself-daily/