“Self-Nurturing Isn’t Self-Ish”

It’s just who we are. We tend to the needs of others every day, all day! We love it and probably wouldn’t have it any other way. But the bottom line is we have to see about us too and in most cases first! And when we do take a moment for ourselves, we feel guilty and selfish…stop it!

In order to withstand the weight of change, especially one that is self initiated, it is helpful to have an assessment of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states.

This will help us to better identify the source when things go wrong and actually limit the possibility of “failure” i.e. when things don’t go as we expected.

Our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state can make the difference between not only success and failure, but whether we even get our ideas off the ground at all.

Trying can be hard and success is even harder; so it’s necessary to prepare ourselves as best we can for the journey.

Making changes to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves takes time however, knowing and acknowledging that a need exists and beginning to take the steps to address those needs is everything!

So here’s my physical assessment along with specific steps on how I am beginning to address these challenges and how you can too!

Of course you’ll do this practice for every area, mental, emotional and spiritual but for time sake, I’ll only share my physical assessment. I’ll be sharing my total assessments and my progress on my instagram, if you’re interested in following along!

There are basic and fundamental steps that we can useful in our planning efforts, no matter what the challenge. Check them out here…believebegreat.com

Deepak & Oprah-21 Day Meditation Challenge

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Im looking for a few members of my blogging family to join me for the Oprah & Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge- Perfect Health which begins on March 11th!  I have participated in past meditation challenges and I must say that I really begin to look forward to each day of the challenge.  I have dedicated a page “Dont Meditate Alone”  to share our experiences and comments as we go through each day of meditation.

Click here or the Image to Register

Lets share this experience together! Are You In?

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I Feel Good ! – My Annual Eye Exam

Annual Eye Exam

Annual Eye Exam

In my commitment to take better care of me, I just had my annual eye exam after 7 years! So, just in case its been awhile for you too here is a little motivation!

Take a 20-Second Computer Break

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Staring at a computer (or any digital screen) won’t hurt your eyes, but it can make them feel tired and dry. Surprisingly, we blink about half as often when we’re looking at a screen. Follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Also, place your screen so it’s about 25 inches away and slightly below eye level. Reduce glare by moving light sources or using a screen filter.

Eat for Your Heart and Your Eyes

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Foods that help circulation are good for your heart, eyes, and vision. Choose heart-healthy foods like citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and whole grains. Foods rich in zinc — beans, peas, peanuts, oysters, lean red meat, and poultry — can help eyes resist light damage. And carrots do help eyesight: the vitamin A in them is important for good vision. Other nutrients that help eyes include beta-carotene (found in many yellow or orange fruits and veggies), and lutein and zeaxanthin (found in leafy greens and colorful produce).

Stop Smoking

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If you smoke, stop. Smoking increases your risk of developing cataracts and aggravates uncomfortable dry eyes. It also builds up plaque in your bloodstream and weakens arteries. This not only increases your risk of a heart attack, but it can damage the retina and cause vision loss. The good news is that after you quit, your risk of eye disease is about the same as for non-smokers.

Get Regular Eye Exams

Eye Chart

Eye Chart

Whether or not you wear glasses, get eye exams every other year if you’re between ages 21 and 40. Contact lens wearers and anyone over 40 should get checkups every year. These exams should include dilation, where your eye doctor uses drops to widen your pupils to look inside for any damage or disease. Many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma or retinal problems due to age or diabetes, give no early warning signs.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/default.htm

Here are a few retailers that are currently offering sales, coupons, etc on eye exams and glasses. I went to my local JCP, it was convienient, not too busy but the variety of frames was a little limited but I’d go again!

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**The “I Feel Good” Series will highlight health related tips and information. This blog does not provide medical advice.  It is intended for informational purposes only.

I Feel Good… Maxine Running In The Fall

Maxine Running In The Fall Joke

Maxine Running In The Fall Joke

As the year comes to a close, like a lot of us, I reflect on all those things I have neglected. And unfortunately health is always at the top of the list. But unlike last year, I can blog about it and hopefully not only motivate and inspire myself but others as well. But be reminded that I’m a blogger not a doctor so make sure you get professional advice as we begin our journey!

The “I Feel Good” Series will highlight health related tips and information. This blog does not provide medical advice.  It is intended for informational purposes only.