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Learn to accept your body without settling

It can be easy to overlook the distinction between accepting yourself and settling for your current situation. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve, but don’t beat yourself up in the mean time. By the same token, loving who you are doesn’t mean you shouldn’t incorporate more healthy behaviors into your routine to nourish your body. It’s also important to accept your past or any mistakes you’ve made, while acknowledging that you’re going to do better in the future. Ask yourself whether you’re accepting or settling frequently to make sure you’re on the right track.


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Maintain a morning routine to cut back on stress

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the stress in your life, it’s time to set aside 15 minutes each morning for a calming, energizing morning routine. This regimen should come before you or your kids get ready for the day. Drink a glass of water to rehydrate after the night. Take five minutes to meditate and get your mind centered for the day. Then complete some low-impact exercises to gear up for the day ahead. You’ll be surprised by how it realigns your perspective and sets you up to make healthier choices all day long. Instead of rushed, you’ll feel renewed.


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Beware of these tricks guilt can play

Guilt is not a worthless emotion. It lets you know when you’ve hurt or may hurt someone else or yourself. Yet guilt can also spiral out of control and hinder happiness and peace of mind. Research shows that this can have significant physical impacts, like making you actually feel heavier and labored. There’s scientific evidence to show that guilt leads to self-punishment in order to atone for the negative feelings. If you’re feeling guilty, it’s best to address it and move on rather than trying to punish yourself or draw it out. But don’t settle for a partial confession that doesn’t reveal the whole truth- research also shows that this leads to more negative feelings instead of relief.   


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Meditation impacts mind and body for the better

Even the American Heart Association acknowledges the benefits of meditation. Last year, the organization released a statement supporting the ability of Transcendental Meditation (TM) to lower blood pressure. Other benefits of TM include reducing insulin resistance, an incredible 48 percent decrease in the risk of death, stroke, and heart attack, and the slowing of biological aging. Benefits for the mind include anxiety reduction, improvements in learning and memory, and a decline in negative emotions. Mindfulness meditation is particularly effective at lowering stress and enhancing attention.


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Be productive without being overly busy

It may sound like a contradiction, but it is possible to get a lot done without rushing around in a stress-induced frenzy. A good place to start is taking control of your mornings. Instead of allowing them to be a mad dash to the door, take 20 minutes to calm your mind and prepare for the day. You can do this through meditation, journaling, or simply getting ready at a leisurely pace. Next, schedule the must-do things of the day and save the rest for afterwards to keep your to-do list minimal. Be sure to set boundaries instead of saying yes to everything. You’ll be able to better assist others when you are recharged and at full strength.


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