- While part of the journey is getting out of your comfort zones and experiencing new things which will create new habits, remember to keep some of your old habits and routines at first. Then slowly starting adding new ones, small changes makes adjusting easier.
- Focus on the positive. Of course it won’t be like it was before, but focusing on the negative will only make it harder on yourself. List 5 advantages if the new situation.
- Get out! Exploring the outside world and even increasing social contacts will help reduce the sense of isolation.
- Any changes are the opportunities for new and fun activities and which will give you a sense of satisfaction. Explore new activities for you to try, never know, may find a new passion.
- Stay connected with your support system. You will truly appreciate having them.
- And finally…Live for the day!
People are creatures of habit so when we are uprooted from our normal lives whether for the good or bad, it can throw us into a world wind, so to speak. While some have an easier time adjusting, others struggle, and any stress can have a negative impact on our health. My move to Seattle has reminded me how big any change can have on a person and the importance of self-care. Though excited about this move, I have had so much to adjust to: new living situation, new job, not knowing anyone, finding new favorite grocery stores and nice shopping centers, having one less dog, learning where everything is at and then learning to drive on these crazy roads (really missing the grid map layout of Phoenix’s roads). So in my adventures of getting to know Washington and fighting “home sickness” at the same time, I wanted to remind others of some basic coping techniques I have utilized which may help with you adjust to a new situation as well.
It's always nice to pamper yourself in the shower with a body or a face scrub. Though scrubs can get a little on the pricey side and filled with ingredients that are hard to pronounce. If you want to to keep it simple and natural, making your own scrubs are the way to go. Homemade salt scrubs are easy to make, start simple and get creative after that. For body scrubs, start with some sea salt, add olive oil, then a few drops of you favorite essential oil and you're ready to pamper. Simple. For facial scrubs, a very simple recipe that does wonders is combine some sugar with lemon juice. Simple. To find more types of scrubs you can make, a quick search on the internet will produce multiple recipes.
Starting off with making changes to live healthier can be fun and exciting and it is not uncommon to soon find yourself stressing over trying to keep the new life style, burning yourself out. The purpose of living and eating healthy is to not only make you feel better physically but also mentally, including reducing stress, not increasing it. Here are a few basic tips that may help you decrease burnout and reduce the chances of it occurring:
Making changes in your lifestyle can be hard especially if you are doing it alone, thus making it the perfect time to enlist your friends to help you achieve your goals. Find a friend to workout with or get together and experiment with new recipes for healthy meals. Another activity is set a challenge that focuses on a specific goal. If a goal is to simply eat more fruits and vegetables, set a challenge to see who eats the most in a month (or any specific amount of time) and then get creative with the prize for the winner. Having others to help support you in anything you do is always beneficial….So GAME ON!
Come spring time, articles and commercials start popping up about how summer time is coming, so it's time to get outside for some adventure. Well, here in Phoenix, it's backwards. Fall, winter, and spring are the best times to go running outdoors, hiking, rock climbing and most other physical activities. However when the temperatures rise steadily above 100 degrees, the question becomes how can we continue with fun physical activities while beating the heat but avoid the boring gym. One big answer is the swimming pool. (There is a reason every third house here has a pool.) In an article on Fitbie.com (http://fitbie.msn.com/get-fit/tips/splash-your-way-slim?gt1=50002), it discusses how easy it is to cool off in the heat and still be able to exercise by bringing dry land exercises to the pool. They discuss walking, swimming laps, yoga, Pilates, cardio combos, and total-body toning. Now if that is too boring for you, you can always take a kid in with you and play water games, they will keep you moving till you drop.
In the end, the heat is no excuse to stop exercising for your health. Think outside the box if you do not like going to the gym, get creative and jump in a pool!
In creating this site, my goal is to help others find their way to a healthier and happier life. Being this is my first blog, I will discuss a topic that I believe is one of the key components that will help direct others towards the path they desire. You will see this topic being mentioned often because I am a firm believer in it which is exercise, or physical activities. When most people hear exercise, they automatically connect it to weight loss. Yes, exercise is an important key for weight loss but that is not the only thing it is good for. Exercise can be extremely useful with other issues and areas of life. Physical activities has been proven to help decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression; helps reduce stress; increase sleep; can help improve self-esteem; can increase social networking which helps decrease isolation; increases energy; increases chemicals in the brain (endorphins, serotonin, dopamine) which helps increases the sensation of happiness; and the list can go on.
Exercise is not a “magic pill” that will cure everything, but is a great tool to help positively improve aspects of one’s life. Exercise does not have to be complex nor time consuming to be effective, especially if you have recently decided to start adding it to your daily routine. Something as simple as walking for 15 minutes a day can have a positive impact. However, it is important to do something which is enjoyable as this will help you stick to your goals and continue to stay active. Don't forget mix up your activities or keep them challenging to avoid boredom and burnout.
Keep it simple, fun, yet challenging. Now get out there and get moving!
Above, is enjoying a beautiful hike on the West Fork Trail in Sedona, AZ.