New Year! New You!

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by positiveoutlookcounseling No Comments

NEW YEAR! NEW YOU!

Well everyone 2012 is here. Another New Year, and it’s going to be a GREAT one!

It’s going to be a year for POSITIVE changes. But we are all need to be responsible for our own changes and start the New Year with good attitudes, healthy minds and healthy bodies.

I want to talk today about “taking care” of ourselves and what that entails.

I think it’s so important for each of us to start taking care of ourselves. So many times we spend the majority of our days taking care of others and doing a good job at work. But do we actually take the time to take care of ourselves? The answer in most instances is “NO.” But “How?” you ask.

Here are some examples of areas that many of us can improve on. To help you get going, I have included some specifics on places to go.

MIND, SOUL and BODY

Well everyone 2012 is here. Another New Year, and it’s going to be a GREAT one!

It’s going to be a year for POSITIVE changes. But we are all need to be responsible for our own changes and start the New Year with good attitudes, healthy minds and healthy bodies.

I want to talk today about “taking care” of ourselves and what that entails.

I think it’s so important for each of us to start taking care of ourselves. So many times we spend the majority of our days taking care of others and doing a good job at work. But do we actually take the time to take care of ourselves? The answer in most instances is “NO.” But “How?” you ask.

Here are some examples of areas that many of us can improve on. To help you get going, I have included some specifics on places to go.

MIND, SOUL and BODY

JOURNALING

Journaling is inexpensive and you can do it anywhere. You just need a journal or notebook. It is so cathartic to get all of your thoughts that are cluttering your mind-or causing you worry, onto paper i.e. expressing sadness or grievances, to wishes and dreams. For those of you that have journaled in the past-you know how beneficial it is. So get back to it! For those of you who have never tried it-Now is the time. New Year! New You! There are no rules-just write!

MEDITATE FOR 10-15 MINUTES
Meditation is a great way to increase your mind- body connection. Also it’s a great way to really be “in tune” with your body and with your soul. People ask me all the time” When you meditate-do you hear voices? Do you see spirits?” My answer to that is “No! Not for me personally. For me it’s more of a calming and decluttering of my mind. –Every person’s meditation journey is different. But for the majority of my clients it is how they become better in tune with themselves, create calm and inner peace and clarity in their mind. It is an opportunity to learn how to rest your mind from the barrage of information it processes every moment of every day.Another question I often get is “Is it hard to do?’No-there are many videos that can teach you how to meditate there are apps that can guide you. If you are just starting out-I highly recommend a “guided meditation”. With these you just sit back and listen. They come in download form and there are apps for the smart phones.

One of my favorites is “Meditation Oasis (guided) meditations”. They have an app. I use this on my iphone. It’s so convenient and can be used virtually anywhere and in most situations. They have 10 minute meditations for anger, stress relief to 45 minute meditations for stress, forgiveness, grief.

I also offer sessions on meditation for those of you who want more one-on-one training.

REGULAR DENTAL CHECKUPS

Everyone, and I mean everyone, hates going to the dentist. However, regular checkups and biannual cleanings are something you can do to prevent the need for more extensive dental work.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, hates going to the dentist. However, regular checkups and biannual cleanings are something you can do to prevent the need for more extensive dental work.

REGULAR VISITS TO YOUR CHIROPRACTOR

Getting back in alignment with your favorite chiropractor can keep you flexible and pain free. This is an area where I fall short and need to start making appointments.I previously worked in Dr. Jade Malay, D.C.’s office. Dr. Malay and her staff are great. Getting adjusted and treated was a weekly thing for me. It kept me healthy and out of the ER.(www.dallasnaturaldoctor.com).

REGULAR MASSAGES

Massages are such a great thing. Not only do they help to relieve stress but they also help to release toxins from your body. I have found a great place near my office in Addison and I just love going there weekly. It really helps me to de-stress and relax after a tough week. My favorite place is Elite Massage. The owner is Sherry Conaway and she has an excellent staff. They are very professional and not only really know what they are doing-but more importantly-really care about their clients and work hard to help them feel better. www.elitemassagedallas.com

DAILY EXERCISE

Get out there and move. Our bodies were designed to MOVE, and not to sit 12-16 hours a day! Exercise is a mood enhancer. If you are down and feeling depressed, go for a walk, put on some music and dance, ride a bicycle, get on the treadmill…DO SOMETHING! You WILL feel better. Exercise is great for the mind and soul and an excellent way to reduce stress.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Despite having heard it time and time again, people continue to eat junk food and ignore the healthy food that has the ability to change their lives. There is no excuse not to heat healthy, especially when you life depends on it.

Make 2012 the year YOU Decide to take care of YOU!

Positive Outlook Counseling
Marci B. Stiles, MA, LPC-S, NBCC
Psychotherapist
Visit us at: www.positiveoutlookcounseling.com

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