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How To Make The Most Out Of 2020 (New Year’s Resolutions)

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So we are almost approaching 2020. How do you feel about that? Are you nervous? Excited? Uncertain? Well… I think it’s normal to feel mixed emotions about the new year. However, I do believe one important thing we should all feel about going in to the new year, and that’s with a brand new fresh mindset to become a better person. In the graphic below I have put together some things I think I should do more of in 2020 (I want you to benefit from it too, maybe you can do these things too). Underneath the graphic I will further elaborate each point as a new year’s resolution. I hope you find them useful…

Increase my self-worth and self-love: this year for me has been a roller coaster. I have been, and still am, on a journey to discover my self-worth and love myself fully. And I’m just thinking what’s a better way to make the most out of the new year than to invest more time in myself? I want to spend more time on taking care of myself and being the best me I can possibly be.

Improve communication and social skills: I’m not the best at communicating or being around people, so for the new year I would like to get out of my comfort zone and be more open with people. I want to make valuable connections with people that will enrich my life and will bring out the joy and happiness out of me.

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Have stronger relationship with family: the connection that I have with my family isn’t the weakest but it’s not the greatest either. I would like to be comfortable around them and trust them more. I want to be able to feel free around them, be myself and not feel judged at the same time.

Manage my emotions, behaviours and thoughts: sometimes I can feel down and out of mood, and consequently, I can become quite distant, emotional and end up keeping myself away from human interaction. I understand that this can be toxic and affect the people around me, so I’m going to think before I act a certain way. Although it’s difficult to control how I am sometimes, I’m going to try my best.

Set boundaries: one thing that I’m definitely going to work on is setting boundaries for my peace and energy.  I’m going to be restricting myself from going overboard with certain habits such as social media scrolling for hours and checking up on profiles that have the tendency to make me compare my life to theirs. This will be a good starting point for me to work on gaining a healthier mindset.

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Have better time management: I suck at managing my time. Some days I don’t realize until hours have passed and suddenly I haven’t accomplished all the tasks that I have set for that day. So it’s going to be a top requirement for me to prioritize my time and ensure that I don’t waste it, but be productive with it as much as I can. 

Understand who I am and how I work: as I mentioned above, I’m on a journey to discover myself. It’s been long enough since I’ve been alive that I’ve felt lost, without feeling an actual sense of purpose or identity. Although I’ve been to school and dropped in and out of college, I have always felt that I didn’t belong there. I will continue to nurture my healing process and hopefully in 2020 I will fully understand who I am, and what my top goals in life are.

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Have better self control: it’s safe to say that as humans we will feel temptation to give in to silly habits such as binging on chocolate or not waking up on time. As for myself, I want to master my mindset and have full control of how the outcome of my actions turn out. I want to practice waking up early and consistently every day, something which I am desperate to achieve, because then I can start my tasks for the day while everyone else is sleeping, without getting disturbed.

Be more understanding and open to reality: I am a dreamer, and most of the time I’m stuck in my mind of dreams and wishes. This isn’t a bad thing but I must admit, sometimes I focus on my dreams too much that I seem to avoid reality. In 2020 I’m going to dream bigger, but I’m also going to work harder on getting closer to making everything a reality. I understand that dreams don’t come true just like that, and I must make it happen myself. And I will.

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Improve my mindset; remove limiting beliefs and adapt a growth mindset: without a doubt I’m going to step in to the new year with a positive mindset and continuously remind myself that I can achieve what I want. I’m going to leave all the doubts and negative thinking behind and just believe in myself fully, and unconditionally, no matter what. 

Increase my self-esteem: I am naturally an insecure person sometimes, so self esteem can be a very big deal for me. I’m going to try and increase my self-esteem by accomplishing a lot of my goals, tasks, securing my financial status and then being able to take care of myself by treating myself in a way that will make me feel my best. I think everyone should do this.

You’ve reached the end of this post now, thank you for reading! 🙂 Don’t forget to leave a comment below with your thoughts and some of your own new year’s resolutions, I can’t wait to read them 🙂

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The Cold, Harsh Truth About “Detox” Products That You Never Knew

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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”.

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5 Beautiful Reasons Why Traveling Is Good For Your Mind And Soul

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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6 Great Practices To Be Mentally Strong

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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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