“What Really Makes You Tick?” 10 Questions You Should Ask to Yourself: A Preparation to Self-Improvement

Be all you can be, but it’s not always in the Army. I often see myself as somewhat contented with my life the way things are, but of course it’s hard to think of anything else when where are real issues to be discussed.

Still I aspire for something deeper and more meaningful.

So, we’re all pelted with problems. Honestly, it shouldn’t even bother or even hinder us to becoming all we ought to be. Aspirations as kids should continue to live within us, even though it would be short-lived or as long as we could hold on to the dream. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… or can they?

1. What do I really want?

The question of the ages. So many things you want to do with your life and so little time to even go about during the day.

Find something that you are good at can help realize that small step towards improvement. Diligence is the key to know that it is worth it.

2. Should I really change?

Today’s generation has taken another level of redefining ‘self’, or at least that’s what the kids are saying. Having an army of teenage nieces and nephews has taught me that there are far worse things that they could have had than acne or maybe even promiscuity. So how does that fit into your lifestyle?

If history has taught us one thing, it’s the life that we have gone through. Try to see if partying Seventies style wouldn’t appeal to the younger generation, but dancing is part of partying. Watch them applaud after showing them how to really dance than break their bones in break-dancing.

3. What’s the bright side in all of this?

With so much is happening around us there seem to be no room for even considering that light at the end of the tunnel. We can still see it as something positive without undergoing so much scrutiny. And if it’s a train at the end of the tunnel, take it for a ride and see what makes the world go round!

4. Am I comfortable with what I’m doing?

There’s always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding what goes with which shoes, or purse, shirt, and whatnot. It doesn’t take a genius to see yourself as someone unique, or else we’ll all be equally the same in everything we do. Variety brings in very interesting and exciting questions to be experimented.

5. Have I done enough for myself?

Have you, or is there something more you want to do? Discontentment in every aspect can be dangerous in large doses, but in small amounts you’ll be able to see and do stuff you could never imagine doing.

6. Am I happy at where I am today?

It’s an unfair question so let it be an answer! You love being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids, then take it up a notch! Your kids will love you forever. The same goes with everyday life!

7. Am I appealing to the opposite sex?

So maybe I don’t have an answer to that, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try it, though. Whether your shape-up, change the way you wear your clothes or hair, or even your attitude towards people, you should always remember it will always be for your own benefit.

8. How much could I have?

I suppose in this case there is no such things on having things too much or too little, but it’s more on how badly you really need it. I’d like to have lots of money, no denying that, but the question is that how much are you willing to work for it?

9. What motivates me?

What motivates you? It’s an answer you must find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make everyone happy, but to choose one of the may be the hardest part. It’s not like you can’t have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that’s it. Just try it piece by piece.

10. What Really Makes You Tick?

So? What really makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but to realize that attaining something that may seem very difficult is already giving up before you even start that journey. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you must undergo, but it’s something that you really want.

Types of Meditation

1.      Journaling Meditation – Simply spend about 5 minutes envisioning what you want to journal about. If it is a goal, then see yourself getting that goal. See how it feels to have obtained the goal and believe that you have obtained it. Write about these experiences in your journal.

2.      Walking Meditations are great for letting your mind solve problems that you have been trying to deal with throughout your day. Allow yourself to pick one thing you want to think about. Begin to walk. You may walk in a chosen pattern, such as 8 steps forward and turn and 8 steps back. Or, find a peaceful place to walk; somewhere that lets your mind relax so that it may think in a calm and rational way, and not emotionally.

3.      Mindfulness Meditations allow you to focus your mind on a reading, object, memory, or even religious verses. Simply sit in meditation and be mindful of the thought that you chose at the beginning. Allow your mind to only focus on that thought and when distractions come, simply acknowledge them, and let them go. Come back to your focus.

4.      Affirmation Meditation allows you to focus on an affirmation that you chose to focus on for the 5- 10 minutes that you are in meditation. Such as: I am Powerful. I am loved. You repeat these words until the meditation is over. They can be silently spoken or spoken out loud.

5.      Guided Meditation are ones where another person guides you to a deep sleep that results in the release of anxiety, fears, or other issues.

6.      Coloring Meditations is where you color a mandala, a yantra, or even a coloring book. You allow your mind to relax and just let go of stress. You focus on the actual color that you are using, how it feels to you, and what you see.

7.      Gazing Meditations are great for anxiety. Take a candle or mirror and allow your mind to relax and your eyes to soften. You gaze into the candle flame or into the mirror until you are totally relaxed. Many times your subconscious will allow your conscious mind to connect with the answer to a problem or question that you may have had. It will come to you in this meditation.

This weeks events

My yoga classes are focused on the beginner yogi, bigger bodied yogis, and older yogis but is great for anyone who wants to get a start on their yogic path.

Please see the list below and message me at anewyouselfcare@gmail.com to register.

Here are the upcoming events for this week on zoom. Message me here to register or text me at 859-437-0082.

Monday $5 each or 2 for $10
5pm CT Gentle Yoga
6pm Chair
7pm Yoga Nidra

Tuesday
6pm Sacral Chakra Workshop $10

Wednesday $5 each or 2 for 10
5pm Chair Yoga
6pm Restorative Yoga
7pm Meditation

Thursday
6pm Healthy Living Support Group $5

Monthly unlimited yoga and meditation is $20 and covers Sunday, Monday and Wednesday classes.

$40 covers Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday classes and support group.

$60 cover all this months events.. Sunday through Friday.

Reiki Certification courses are not included.

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A Rejuvenating 5-day Body Detox Plan to Keep You Going

In the present condition, you can no longer survive a single day without encountering pollution. At work, you may not at all be so sure of the cleanliness of the water you drink or of the food you eat. When dealing with people, you can hardly get away from air pollution, be it from smokers, all sorts of sprays or from the exhaust of vehicles. This greatly affects the health in one way or another. Don’t be so sure that when your body does not visibly react, it’s alright.

For these reasons, detoxification is necessary to keep a healthy body which also results to healthy mind and healthy relationship with people.

Our body has its own means of healing and detoxifying. However, when pollutants that enter our body had been accumulated more than the capacity of self-cleansing, we are giving our inside mechanisms a hard time. Then the tissues are stressed and therefore lead to malfunction. And because they are weakened, the cleansing process is also affected.

We want a clean body. But we also need to help our system in regulating the body processes. However, you should not wait for your body organs to be stressed out and overworked before doing something. In times when the body lacks the command to keep the systems working, the person must supplement. The 5-day detox plan will do a great help in keeping the body systems at work. The 5-day detox plan will rejuvenate the body as well as the spirit, keeping it clean and toned.

Detoxification diet is a part of the 5-day detox plan. During the period of detoxification, certain foods are avoided. Your meals consist mostly of fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables. Fats, oil, preservatives, and food additives are a big no when undergoing the process of detoxification. Also, meat should be kept off because they are hard to digest. For a day or two, eating meat in any form is dropped off from the diet.

Ideal foods that can be part of your diet are as follow: garlic, broccoli, beets, and beans or nuts. Only fresh fruit extracts can be taken as beverages except for grapefruit. And since water is a universal solvent, six to eight glasses of this should be recommended daily. Water is also a major factor in the detoxification process. It flushes out the toxins in the forms of perspiration, urine, or stool.

Although you seem to eat less when detoxifying, you are assured that you will not starve, and ironically, you will even boost your stamina. It is because your intake is limited only to foods which are healthy and are good to the digestive system.

Detoxification plan should be done at least quarterly. To ensure that you get an efficient one, it will be best to consult a nutritionist or a professional. You should also seek for a doctor’s advice to ensure that what you will do is a detoxification and not addition of toxins to your body.

Through the process of detoxification, the toxins are flushed out in your body and a new set of energy is supplied to the body providing you both physical and mental alertness.

Cleanliness should be maintained not only in the outside, but more so in the inside.

Finding Time for Self Care

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is anything that helps your mind, body, and soul. It can be one of the following but includes so much more:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep
  2. Eat nutritional meals
  3. Feeding your soul spiritually
  4. Get exercise
  5. Process how you feel and sharing those feelings with others
  6. Spend time with family and friends
  7. Spend time alone
  8. Do something fun
  9. Journal, Meditate, Collect your thoughts
  10. Do anything that makes you happy and lifts your mood

What is not self-care?

  1. Self-care is not forced upon us
  2. Self-care is not being selfless and doing things for others when we need time for ourselves
  3. Self- care is not spending a lot of money

Self-Care is the key to living a balanced life. So, how do we make time for Self- Care?

  1. Make a choice in what we want our self-care to look like. Is it a day at the spa or reading a book? Start small with an activity that lasts 5 minutes a day and add to it.
  2. Saying no to things when we do not want to do them. Not feeling obligated to anyone but ourselves.
  3. Make a schedule. I schedule everything I do. Everything! Even my breaks etc. Use Outlook, Fitbit, or something that will make noise and remind you to do things. Put what you want on the schedule first. Of course, work is there, but put your naps or your quiet time; your walk or bath time. Time to spend in your special place.
  4. Create a routine. Once you know your routine then you won’t rush and stress yourself. And keep to it.
  5. Elicit support. Ask a friend to go with you to the gym. Ask a family member to watch the kids for an hour. Plan your day to do something for you BEFORE they get home from school or day care. Errands do not always have to be done before the kids get home.
  6. Make life easier. Use store pickup or delivery. Meal prep for the week. Get your family on a schedule.

Here are a few articles for different situations

  1. Understanding Me Time & Taking Care of Myself https://lifeasmom.com/me-time/
  2. 5 Ways to Build a Support System Among Family Members https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/heart/2016/04/5-ways-to-build-a-support-system-among-family-members/
  3. Finding ME Time for Parents- https://www.childcare.co.uk/information/finding-me-time-for-parents
  4. How to Make “Me Time” as a Student https://www.cc-sd.edu/blog/how-to-make-me-time-as-a-student
  5. Finding Yourself in College http://www.collegiatetimes.com/lifestyles/creating-yourself-in-college-the-importance-of-keeping-self-care-a-priority/article_81895f30-a481-11e8-87af-3f564218b61e.html
  6. Self-Care Activities for Seniors- https://www.medicalguardian.com/medical-alert-blog/health-wellness/self-care-activities-for-seniors
  7. Self-Care is important for Seniors too – https://www.cascadeinhomecare.com/blog/articles/senior-health/practicing-self-care-is-important-for-seniors-too
  8. Self-Care for the Single Woman – https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/07/4-self-care-tips-for-single-women/
  9. Self-Care for Men- https://www.themanual.com/culture/self-care-for-men-guide/

Self-Care Planner- https://www.breatheandreboot.com/simple-ways-to-practice-self-care-in-your-40s/

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