here are 10 great ways you can value yourself as a person. always remember that no one gets to define or create your value; only you can do that!
1. USE YOUR TIME WISELY
One important way to value yourself is to value your time. If you don’t value it, there is no way that others will value it too. Ask yourself “what am I doing with my time?”, “am I using my time in a way which makes me more valuable as a person?”, “do I own my time or does it own me?”. Take a moment to think about how each day of your life goes. What do you do? Are you spending time doing things that will help you grow as an individual? Are you creating art? Are you helping others? Are you helping YOURSELF? Or… are you simply just wasting your days doing useless things… such as mindlessly scrolling through social media? Hurting others? Hurting yourself? Think about what you do. Time is too precious and once wasted, you will never get it back. You will only regret wasting your time doing things you shouldn’t be doing, or at least, contributing to your own well being.
2. APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
Yes as humans we will sometimes be selfish and want more because maybe, we deserve it. And that’s completely OK. But the truth is we cannot possibly be happy with having more if we do not appreciate what we already have. This means that, for example, if you are always talking about wanting more money or materialistic things, but don’t already appreciate the amount of money or materialistic things you have now, then you might never be satisfied – you will keep wanting more and more and more… until when? How do you expect to be satisfied with anything if what you already have doesn’t satisfy you enough? That’s why you must learn to appreciate everything in your life because at any time, you could lose it all. Of course it’s fine to want more, but you should work for it WHILE being appreciative of all that you already possess.
3. accept your uniqueness
Take pride in the fact that there is only one you, and that there is no one else in the world who is exactly like you. You are different. You are not the same as everyone else. Nobody can be you, even if they tried. We are all different in our own ways, and that’s something we should accept, and it’s what makes us beautiful too. Why bother wasting your time trying to be like someone else, when there are people in the world that would love you for who you are? In the end, the world would respect and appreciate you for your uniqueness instead of giving you fake appreciation for being… fake. So be real. Be genuine. Be you. You are unique, you are true!
4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Always give your best shot in everything that you do in your life. This may include your work, goals, career, or just… anything. You only have one life so you might as well live your best life, and in order to do that, you must be willing to perform your best all the time no matter what. Plus the law of the universe says that whatever you give out, you will receive back. So believe that whenever you’re giving your best, that’s the only thing that the universe will eventually reward back to you. Never stop doing your best! All the hard work, effort and thoughts will be worth it in due timing. It will all pay off. Just keep going, and never ever stop.
5. LOVE YOURSELF FULLY
The greatest love story in your life is going to be between you and… you. You should be your first love and that’s how it should be. In order to find a love that lasts a lifetime we must first love ourselves. Loving yourself means to take care of yourself in all ways (mentally, physically and even financially) – basically it’s all about working on yourself as an individual until you become whole, or in other words, the best version of yourself. If you cannot love yourself fully, what makes you think you will be able to love someone else in the same way? Therefore, love yourself just the way you would love someone special to you. After all you have the capacity to love, so why not love yourself? Once you have managed to fill yourself with so much self love then your value increases – you will find that you don’t want to settle for anything less because you know that you deserve the best kind of love.
6. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about enjoying a fun life of doing whatever you want and whenever you want, but it’s more about taking good care of your physical, mental and spiritual health. When you give full attention to these 3 parts of your yourself, you will naturally feel more whole as an individual. You gain a feeling of inner satisfaction because you don’t feel a void in yourself.
With physical health it’s all about taking care of your body’s strength by exercising/doing some form of activity (such as running or cycling), that gets your heart racing. With mental health it’s all about taking care of your mind and keeping it full of positivity (surround yourself with positive people, do something you enjoy), which ultimately contributes to how well you deal with your daily life and reduces problems such as anxiety and depression. Finally, with spiritual health it’s all about connecting with your inner self and doing some soul searching. You can do this by praying more often and having faith in a bigger force (God), or the universe.
Remember, it’s all about feeling good inside, so it’s important to take care of those 3 attributes to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle, and, become the best version of yourself.
7. LEARN TO SAY NO
When you’re a person with a big heart, sometimes it can be hard to say no to others because you don’t want to upset them. But how long are you going to keep saying yes to others just to make them happy, when you actually want to say no? Think about it, when you want to say yes to others, make sure you’re not saying no to yourself. It’s toxic to keep saying yes because then you’re ignoring your own needs. Don’t forget that you’re a human too, and you deserve to be happy. You are absolutely free to say no when you don’t feel like it. You can say no to a party invitation. You can say no to toxic people. You can say no to an idea or suggestion. Literally, you are ALLOWED to say no to whatever you want to say no to! That’s called self-respect. Value yourself. Know who you are. Know what you want. And if you want to say no, simply say NO. It’s your life, own it and take control.
8. don't rely on social media
In today’s world we all get carried away by our smartphones, technology, internet and social media.
The thing with social media, is that it is easy to access and can be installed on mini devices including our phones, ipads, tablets, laptops, etc – things we tend to carry around with us everyday wherever we go. We get to easily open up an app, say instagram, go on a famous influencer’s profile and scroll through the posts/comments for long periods of time without even realizing before hours have passed. It can become addictive, which can sometimes be a good thing but also bad.
There are some good influencers on social media that will influence you to grow and become a better person. But there are also bad ones, which you must be aware of because they can have a toxic impact on your mental health, causing you to think a different way or become someone you are totally not.
Understand that social media is just that. Social media. It’s not real life. Whether your experience on whatever platform you use is good or bad, don’t rely on it so much that you forget you have a real life to live. Don’t allow yourself to become blinded by whatever is happening on social media so much that you lose yourself. Do allow yourself to value social media by networking with positive people, but definitely don’t waste your time.
9. stay away from toxic people... and drama
Sometimes it might difficult to ignore the red flags of certain people in your life simply because you love/appreciate them so much that you refuse to see the red flags or the negative parts of them. But this itself can be very toxic and detrimental to your own well being.
When you continue to associate yourself with toxic people/energy, you allow yourself to pick up on their same toxic vibes and eventually become quite toxic yourself, which, ultimately, can harm your overall well being. It can also become an internal struggle to the point where you find it hard to speak up about it to anyone – so it feels like you’re dealing with some kind of toxic drama in your life all alone.
When you find yourself in such a situation it might be best to distance yourself from such people to work on healing yourself from the damage caused. In serious cases, it might be best to cut them off completely but this doesn’t mean you love/appreciate/value them any less. You are allowed to step away from a toxic person, spend time to focus on yourself and maybe if you really love them that much, at the same time, love them from a distance, which hopefully should heal them too if you’re really desperate for them to become a better person who will be good enough for your peace. Just remember, you deserve to grow without having toxic people interrupt you. Your value does not decrease when you protect your energy from toxic vibes, it increases because you’re allowing room for positive vibes that can actually fill the voids in your heart/soul with more good energy.
10. live your life fully
Life is too short not to live like each day is the last day of your life. So the best way to value yourself is to dream big and make your life packed full of adventures and memories. What’s the point in living a half-lived life when there are people on the planet that have converted their dreams in to reality anyway? If they can do it, you can too. Remember that you deserve to feel satisfaction, fulfilment and a sense of achievement in your life. You deserve to live a life that is filled with lots of love, laughter and smiles. So, chase after the life you want and live it with passion. Don’t be one of those people who regret not doing anything with their life when they had every opportunity to do so – let this be your motivation to take up all your opportunities NOW! Own your life!
The Cold, Harsh Truth About “Detox” Products That You Never Knew
In the world of beauty, health and fitness business, the word “detox” is far too commonly used. For example, you may get offered skincare products such as a detox face mask that promises to help completely remove your blemishes if you use it in the exact way that it has been described on the packaging/label. But the sad truth is that “detoxing” doesn’t actually work; speaking medically, “detoxing” is nonsense. And simply enough, the only real way to get healthy is by diet and exercise.
In this modern era where social media (such as Instagram) exposes “flawless” fitness models to its audience every single day, it is so easy to get sucked in by the detox industry, especially when you are continuously following profiles that show off beautiful skin. You get blown away by the idea of cleansing away your many years of unhealthy eating habits and believe it to be the medicine to your sugar filled calorie intakes and sleepless nights. But wait… before you decide to take steps to a clinical detox solution, you need to first understand the concept of detoxing on a much deeper level: this whole idea that you can completely purify your entire system of flaws and leave your skin spotless and untouchable by toxins – is a scam. It’s a made up concept and the purpose behind it is to sell you products so that substantial profits are being made. It’s all part of business.
Edzard Ernst from Exeter University describes two types of detox where “one is respectable and the other one isn’t”. He goes on to explain that people with life-threatening illnesses that start from conditions such as drug addictions deserve medical treatment, and this may be regarded as a respectable detox. However, the not so respectable one is simply the word “detox” being hijacked by entrepreneurs who want to sell a bogus treatment that apparently detoxifies all the toxins from your body.
Detox doesn’t make sense because you would most likely be dead if toxins actually built up in a way that your body couldn’t excrete. And, the healthy body has kidneys, a liver, lungs, skin, all of which are detoxifying as we speak. So, there is no actual way – and most definitely not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.
Too many products out there in the market mention “toxins” as the poisonous substances that you take in to your body, even though it’s not certain what those toxins are. A group of UK Scientists in 2009 carried out an experiment where they had made contact with the manufactures of 15 products that were being brought from pharmacies and supermarkets that promised to detoxify. These products ranged from dietary supplements to shampoos and smoothies. What’s weird, is that when evidence was being asked for behind the claims, not even one manufacture was able to define what they meant by detoxification. And yet, shelves are overloaded with products with “detox” stuck on their packaging..
The thing is, nowadays you can buy pretty much detoxifying-anything including supplement tablets, face masks, shower gels, yoga treatments, as well as seven-day detox diets – yes you might lose weight but the only reason why you’ll lose it is because you’ll have went without proper food for a week, and unfortunately that has little to do with toxins. Ernst describes all this as a scandal because “it’s criminal exploitation of the gullible man on the street who would love to have a simple remedy that frees him of his sins, so to speak. It’s nice to think that it could exist but unfortunately it doesn’t.”
So let’s talk about alcoholics. Would a detox from alcohol be a good thing? Of course it would be great to go days without alcohol as part of your lifestyle, and it may even give you the opportunity to think about your drinking habits if you’re drinking above the limit. However, the idea that your liver needs to be “purified” through detox is just ridiculous.
If you think about it, the best lifestyle detox involves not smoking or drinking, avoiding processed foods, doing plenty of exercise and overall just enjoying a balanced diet as much as possible, all of which is healthy for you. Just imagine a diet full of all the right treatment and care that your body needs. Wholegrain cereals, fruits, vegetables, plenty of water, sleep, etc. All of this naturally strengthens your immune system without the need for a so called “detox”. So why do all those detox advertisements make you feel like you need to punish yourself in order to be healthy?
In conclusion, I can tell you that detox will never benefit you in the long-run. Sure, you want results from detox, and you’ll get them – but the effects of all those products and treatments will not last for as long as you live. If I could invent an actual definition for the word “detox”, then it would be “getting to the bottom and root cause of every problem in your life and work towards fixing them naturally to ensure the happiest and healthiest version of yourself”. I’m sorry, but you need to be committed to healing the right way, not through some temporary relief in the name of “detox”.
5 Beautiful Reasons Why Traveling Is Good For Your Mind And Soul
In this blog post I’m going to discuss 5 points which explain why traveling can be good for your mind and soul. I hope you enjoy reading. 🙂
1. The less stress, the higher mental well-being
The benefits are enjoyed without distinction, regardless of the type of trip you make, either a long trip abroad or a short getaway to a nearby destination. Leaving the routine behind produces a state of relaxation that reduces stress to unsuspected limits. Traveling is the best way to live in the present and worry only about what you are going to live on a specific day. This directly influences mental health, since according to studies conducted by the University of Arizona, people who make a couple of trips a year have less predisposition to be tense, are more satisfied, and enjoy a better quality of life.
2. Your brain thanks you
Until recently, scientists thought that the brain did not follow its development once adulthood was reached. Today it is known that our minds can continue to grow, neurons can create new connections, and even new neurons can be formed thanks to the training and stimulation of our brain. Scientists find the key in facing the brain to novelty, challenge, and variety. Key pieces that are activated when we plan and enjoy a trip. The need to adapt to a new environment and make a mental map of the places visited are activities that generate a strong mental stimulus, even in people who already have a neurological disease. So there is nothing better for your brain than to take a trip.
3. A stronger heart
According to various studies, traveling reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, especially in people over 45 years. On the other hand, when we travel we stay longer in motion, we walk more and develop more social activities, so that the activity of our circulatory system is benefited. Being on vacation in a different destination than usual also breaks the monotony for our organs.
4. Self-esteem through the clouds
Traveling is a challenge for the body and mind when moving to situations that break our usual dynamics. On many occasions traveling makes us leave our comfort zone, live with different customs, new gastronomies and face unknown languages. Face all these situations and move forward, manage to “survive” in a different place boosts our self-esteem as almost nothing else could do, helping to regain that self-confidence that we sometimes lose in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
5. Time for ourselves
Taking a trip helps us take a distance from our lives and problems. A break can make us find new ways to solve a problem. It helps us to see the difficulties with perspective and relativize the problems that make us worry too much. Learning to value what you have is much easier when you enjoy time to reflect, and this makes us feel better about ourselves.
Traveling makes you happy
Finally, I must add that travel creates illusions, new memories, and links with people of all cultures and races, as well as irreplaceable experiences, since no material good can replace them. From these studies, a definitive conclusion is drawn; traveling makes us happier, in a unique and special way.
6 Great Practices To Be Mentally Strong
6 Great Practices To Be Mentally Strong
Every day we must make decisions and, although some have more impact than others, our future depends on them. There are situations in which it is good to listen to our hearts and let it guide us; However, there are others in which it is better not to get carried away easily by the feelings and decide with the brain. Those who do this are called mentally strong.
These people think well before making a decision. They also put into practice some good customs from which we can all learn:
1. Don’t be afraid of the challenges
It is natural to be afraid of the unknown, to fail, not to do a good job, etc. Sometimes we can be too much of a perfectionist, too judgmental of ourselves, or we have a bad habit of setting high expectations and comparing ourselves to others. All these bad thoughts prevent one from daring to accept new challenges and difficulties. Mentally strong people know that, while it is true that failure is probable if they do not take risks, they can never learn or overcome.
2. Accept the changes
The changes are never easy, but they have a great reward in the process and in the result. If a change is hard to bring, pray constantly for God to provide the necessary wisdom and patience.
3. Look for opportunities
Sometimes, opportunities come to us; Sometimes, you have to go looking for them. Mentally strong people know that persistence is the key to success. If a situation does not go as expected, they continue in the search for new possibilities and do not give up until they find them. They know firsthand that if they fail, again and again, it does not mean that they are unsuccessful, but that they have not tried hard enough.
4. Have a positive mind
People who let their emotions guide themselves are predisposed to a situation without having tried. This bad attitude prevents them from seeing the positive side of life and paralyzes their progress. It is important to understand that every circumstance has a positive side and that if one concentrates on it, it is much simpler to have a more affordable and efficient behavior.
5. Know how to handle criticism
Someone once said criticism hurts like a shower of bricks. Receiving such a blow leaves wounds and marks; However, if you know how to take advantage of them, you could build a house with them. Not all criticism is usually true, but at all times, you can learn from it. Instead of taking negative comments as a discouragement, they should be seen as an incentive to improve and get ahead.
6. Learn from mistakes
Many inventors throughout history had to do many trial and error practices. If they had given up on the first attempt, we would never have been able to enjoy the things we have today. Similarly, mentally strong people see their mistakes as one more attempt, but not as the end result. They make their failures guide them to seek excellence in everything.
…So that’s the complete 6 practices of being mentally strong. What did you think of them? Do you agree? Disagree? Leave your comments below, I look forward to reading them 🙂
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