“3 Ways Self-Care Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals”

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3 Ways Self-Care Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

When most of us decide to get healthier, the first thing we reach for is our sneakers and a gym membership. We associate health with physical fitness and with our external appearance, instead of thinking about the complex ways in which physical and mental health are interlinked. In doing this, we are actually doing a disservice to our fitness goals. Here are three forms of mental self-care that can have a direct, tangible impact on your fitness regime.

Practicing Self-Love

Many people choose to start a fitness regime because they want to lose weight, gain muscle, or otherwise change their appearance. This is not a problem in itself. Losing weight is often good for us, and a healthy fitness regime combined with a balanced diet is the best way to do it. However, it can become a problem when people get overly fixated on their appearance, turning their fitness into a negative, self-punishing experience.

It is difficult to balance the motivation to lose weight with self-love and confidence, but it is crucial. In the long run, self-criticism will only lead to poor mental health and, counterintuitively, weight gain. If you often find yourself being disappointed with yourself and your appearance after working out, you need to reevaluate your approach to your exercise routine.

Exercise is good for your mind and body. It makes you healthier, happier, more focused, less tired, less stressed, and less likely to develop a host of illnesses. A regular fitness routine is an act of self-care and self-love, a favor to yourself. It is not a punishment or a torture to be endured in the name of external beauty. Remember to congratulate yourself when you achieve even the smallest goal, and to focus on how exercise makes you feel rather than how you hope it will make you look.

Learning to Relax

Stress is terrible for our mental health, but we often don’t consider how it could be impacting our efforts to get fitter. According to Shape, stress can be bad for your fitness goals not just because it can make it harder for you to find motivation, but because it can also delay your recovery and progress. This is why it is important to create a relaxation regimen to complement your fitness one.

Incorporate habits into your life that can help you prevent and deal with stressful situations. Consider picking up a soothing hobby, like knitting or coloring, which can allow you to focus on one task and in doing so practice mindfulness. Improve your quality of sleep with a good set of pillows, a noise machine, or by making your room completely dark at night. Finally, think about other ways you can help yourself minimize stress, such as creating a room in your house dedicated to meditation and mindfulness practice.

Dealing With Your Mental Health

Exercise can help with anxiety and depression, but there is a catch. According to the British National Health Service, exercise is most appropriate as a mental health tool for people with mild to moderate depression. If you have a more severe form of mental illness, you are going to have a very difficult time sticking to a regular fitness routine. People with severe anxiety and depression can feel completely immobilized by their affliction and often have a hard time getting out of bed, let alone going for a run.

If you feel like you are suffering from a more serious form of mental illness, make sure taking care of it is your priority. Go see a doctor to discuss your therapy and medication options, and focus on dealing with your mental health first.

The term self-care has become synonymous with relaxation and stress relief, and those are indeed incredibly important to our well-being. However, it is important that we realize that self-care incorporates the full set of actions we take toward our health, and that all of these are interrelated. By noting the ways our fitness regime is influenced by the ways we deal with our mental health, we can strengthen both forms of self-care and work toward a more balanced life.

Article by:

Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com | info@fitsheila.com

Five Love Languages

“What is a love language?”

Love can be demonstrated in many ways. Gary Chapman (author of 5 Love Languages) classifies the main five as:

  1. Physical Touch
  2. Acts of service
  3. Words of affirmation
  4. Quality time
  5. Receiving gifts

Not necessarily in this order. The layout depends on the individuals’ highest feelings toward the questions asked. Chapman’s approach to show love by five simple practices brings light to how we express our love. Also, individuals can learn to love themselves suitably. Furthermore, couples find love through similar expressions of love.

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“What’s your Love Language?”

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Namaste,

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“Commitment is Irresistible”

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Blessings Spirits,

“What are you driven to do?”

Commitment is power. its the only thing keeping this life cycle going. without commitment we have no meaning, no purpose, no drive. We are all here to observe, experience and learn which brings growth. This world can live a life filled with cycles or it can level up. Find something we like/love and stick to it. We can change our mind but find something to always stay committed to. Make the life worth something. We are all alive but are you living?

“Commitment is irresistible”

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“Each one, teach one”

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Gratitude

Blessings Spirits,

Gratitude makes manifestation flow. Part of my daily practice is to go through my list of things I’m thankful for. It’s the purpose and reasons that I keep going. Gratitude for things also keeps them coming. Whatever you desire ask the Universe for it and be thankful before it arrives, while it’s there and even after it’s gone so it can come back around. Also if your not sure what your thankful for, ask self.

“What am I thankful for? Or what do I want more of?”

Sending peace, love and light.

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The way we thrive is to help one another grow and love. There are so many beautiful peacemakers and healers in the world making a difference. Just Breathe by Meraki wants to spread the love the sphere by shouting out a few. Go follow @Spiritualtwin11

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They all have so many great things to offer from products to wisdom. They all helped or have helped me stay on journey. Sending peace, love and light.

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Hope and love move us, grow us and keep us happy. Hope can also fuel us. Give us more nourishment and energy then most foods. It can get us through the best and worst of times. In cumulation of hope we are extending all new clients a 10% discount off one of our services in the hopes that we can change together for the better. This offer extends till March 23rd only to be applied to one service per offer period. Sending peace, love and light.

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