Three Ways to Mentally Push Past Pain

Three Ways to Mentally Push Past Pain

We’ve all heard the saying that pain is mental. Whether that holds true or not depends on who you ask. But what is not debatable is that we possess the power to push past pain. Time and time again, people have conquered excruciating circumstances with nothing more than sheer will power. Here are three ways to mentally push past pain. 

Set Small Attainable Goals

One way to push past pain is to start small. Instead of experiencing anxiety over the mountainous task that lies ahead, break the job into smaller objectives. Center your goals around your pain level. Whatever your body (or emotional state) is most capable of accomplishing quickly, make that your target. Use that same standard over and over again and before you know it, you’ll have accomplished your mission.  

Find Your Why

When things get tough and you feel like you can’t go on, the best motivator is purpose. Dig deep and think of your motivation. Maybe it’s your family. Maybe it’s your desire to inspire others. Maybe it’s your end goal. Whatever your reason, locate it and focus in. Quiet the pain and replay your why. Think of how rewarding it will be to achieve what you’ve set out to do and remember; the pain is temporary, but the reward is not.  

Focus Elsewhere

The last method to push past pain is to focus elsewhere. Anywhere else. If the pain is what is standing between you and the finish line, make it your mission to forget the pain exists. Mentally zone out. Pick something interesting to stare at in the room. Sing a song in your head. Daydream about your favorite childhood memory. Ask someone to talk to you to distract you. Whatever you need to do to pull your attention away from the pain, no matter how silly or unorthodox, do it. 

When experiencing physical or emotional pain, almost any task can feel impossible, but you can succeed. You don’t need to be 100% to tackle your goals. You can still play, even if you are injured. Don’t let pain hold you back from achieving your dreams. Use these three tips to mentally push past the pain and cross the finish line.  

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Five Easy Ways To Take Care of Your Mental Health

Five Easy Ways To Take Care of Your Mental Health

Holistic wellness is important to live a happy and fruitful life. This means that aside from giving prime importance to maintain physical health, people should also address certain emotions that can adversely affect their well-being. However, while people are often quick to offer solutions to symptoms which imply that there is something wrong with the body, not everyone is keen to give the same attention to signs that denote mental health problems. Unfortunately, ignoring emotions such as anxiety and depression can significantly lower one’s quality of life. It will also make it more difficult to accomplish tasks and reach goals. 

In fact, World Health Organization recently announced burnout as an official medical condition. So while it is often beneficial to push yourself to the limits, it also pays to take a step back once you feel that the daily stress is getting harder to bear. At a certain stage, professional help or treatment may be needed to overcome the problems that poor mental health can bring. Still, prevention remains the best cure. So as you take steps to nourish a healthy body, it is likewise necessary to ensure a sound mind. The following offer some suggestions to help you take care of your mental health.

Cultivate relationships. 

Sometimes, things at work or at home can get too demanding and every little task starts to feel like a huge burden. In times like these, you will find great comfort at the thought that you are not alone. Do not forget that you have friends or family members that will always be there for you. You can always seek their help or simply talk to them and they can offer advice or be a good listener. You may be surprised how a seemingly impossible situation suddenly appears easier once you share your feelings to someone who cares. So along with your other priorities in life, remember to connect with others and cultivate relationships as well.

Make room for mistakes.

Overachievers tend to be perfectionists because they want to excel in everything they do. Though this attitude may help them exceed expectations, it can also present dangers when they fail at something or commit a mistake. The best approach is to stay competitive but be ready to cope when things do not go as you expected. Stop beating yourself up because no one is perfect in this world and even the best can always commit errors. 

Engage in activities you enjoy.

Taking care of your mental health does not have to be complicated. It can actually be as easy as taking a break. You can make your break time worthwhile by spending it on activities that will make you happy. Maybe you like reading or watching movies. Outdoor activities  such as biking or fishing can significantly boost your mood and energize your body. You can also start hobbies or play sports. A research conducted in 2012 even reveals that taking a break can reduce stress and increase productivity. So take your mind off work for a while and do something you love. 

Know your limits.

Most of the time, stress and fatigue happens because you try to take on more than you can handle. Maybe you want to do many things at once or you just find it hard to say no to other people’s request. Though your intentions may be good, you are also getting yourself closer to a breakdown. So be kind to yourself and learn to say no if it is clear to see that your plate is full. Accept the fact that you are not a superman or a superwoman and can only do one thing at a time. 

Stay fit. 

Amidst a hectic lifestyle, it is a must to get enough rest and eat healthy meals. Physical health is directly tied to mental health so a weak body is naturally more susceptible to feel gloomy and sluggish. Thus, a strong and fit physique should be a continuous goal for everyone. Follow a diet full of fruits and vegetables and try to minimize consumption of junk foods and sweets. It is also advisable to start an exercise regimen.

Have you been working so hard to achieve your goals in life? While your desire to do more than what is required is commendable, it also makes you at risk to suffer burnout. Do not wait until it is too late before you do something about it. Make a decision to take care of your mental health today! 

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Steps To Develop A Winning Attitude In Everything You Do

Steps To Develop A Winning Attitude In Everything You Do


You were born to win, but to be a winner
you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. -Zig Ziglar


Some people enjoy success after success while others wallow in repeated failure and losses. It is easy to say that maybe it is all just a matter of luck. Some days, good fortune is on your side while adversity seems to be a constant companion on unlucky days. However if you take a moment to ponder, you may begin to realize that people who always win possess habits and traits that are different from people who are always on the losing side. So if you want favorable circumstances to pour your way, the first thing you may need to do is examine your own actions and attitudes. Try and compare how your behavior differs from that of the successful folks. Your reflection may just let you see that to keep winning in life, you need to develop the following traits:

Expect positive outcomes.

Your thoughts and views have a great impact on the things you want to accomplish in your life. This is the principle behind the popular concept of the law of attraction. This theory implies that like begets like or simply put, you receive what you give.  It means that expecting and visualizing positive results increases your chance of turning it to reality. The Roman poet, Virgil perfectly summarized this concept with the quote, “They can because they think they can.” So in every endeavor, choose to look at the bright side and stay positive.  Theories and studies suggest that it boost your chance of succeeding. Moreover, positive emotions also helps you stay healthy and happy..

Mind your words.

Along with your thoughts that run in your mind, you should also guard the words that come out of your mouth. Try to observe how you communicate with yourself and assess if the words demean rather than uplift you. If you are given a task, do you describe it as easy and doable or do you tend to whine and complain? Words are powerful so make sure that it will work to your advantage. This is the reasons why meditations and prayers often contains phrases that are uttered repeatedly. To adapt this technique, you can start by making daily positive affirmations that will strengthen your resolve to win and excel.

Make necessary preparations.

Positive attitude is not nearly as effective without concrete steps and actions. So even with high hopes and affirmations, open your eyes to the reality that you also have loads of preparation to do. Take opportunities to train and equip yourself with skills that will ensure your success. Preparation also means identifying the weaknesses that can hinder your success. If you prepared ahead of time, you will have time to figure out ways on how to cope or avoid possible roadblocks. Having the will to win without preparing any strategy to accomplish the goal is like heading to a battle without anything to combat the enemy.

Welcome change.

It would be nice to stay in your comfort zone where everything is easy and predictable. However since nothing is permanent in this word, this ideal situation is not that realistic. To breeze through life, you should develop your adaptability skills. True winners do not fear change. They anticipate and embrace it because they know that it will bring new experiences and lessons. Winners do not let any changes overwhelm or topple them. Instead, they learn how to adapt to various situations without losing control or feeling stressed.

Hang out with the right crowd.

People you regularly hang out with influence you more than you know. So pay close attention the people you are always with. Do they always put you down? Or do they inspire you to be successful? As yourself if the people around you push you to do your best or heighten your anxiety to tackle tasks? Your reflection should lead you to a decision to keep your friends or find a new crowd to hang out with.

Be passionate about what you do.

A popular phrase states that people should find a job they love to do so it will barely feel like work. This saying is also true if you want to succeed in life. Being passionate about your job makes you devote much time and effort into it. It would be unlikely for you to feel burned out from too much work too because you enjoy it. Just being happy and satisfied with the work you do already makes you a winner, but you will likely get lots of recognition and accolades from it too.

Everybody wants to win but winning also means you are willing to work hard for it. Changing your mindsets and developing good traits are a good start to greatly increase your likelihood to win in everything you do.

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Be An Effective Parent & A Successful Entrepreneur: Yes, You Can With These Doable Tips!

Be An Effective Parent & A Successful Entrepreneur: Yes, You Can With These Doable Tips!

Parenting is a huge responsibility that requires your full attention and commitment. However, it does not necessarily mean that you have to sacrifice your other passions in life once you start raising kids. Mothers and fathers with an entrepreneurial spirit can still pursue their dreams of establishing a thriving business. This concept likewise rings true for working parents who aim to gain recognition in their own fields.

The key that will make you connect the gap between being an effective parent and a successful entrepreneur is balance. You have to understand that both areas of your life need equal attention. Moreover, you are required to give your best on both areas. If you have a booming business but unhappy kids (or well-raised children but struggling business) your success on the latter will rarely matter. The attempt to succeed on both areas seems to be a long shot but it is certainly possible especially if you keep the following points in mind:

Be An Expert In Organizing

The ability to organize your tasks and your time is crucial if you wish to succeed in anything in life. The challenge is greater if you wish to keep a happy household and manage a prosperous enterprise. Being organized is necessary for setting priorities and maximizing productivity. To do this, you need to instill good habits such as making a daily to-do list or following a strict daily routine. You can also take advantage of technology as there are useful apps available that can make you feel like a pro in organizing.

Adjust To Situations

You cannot predict every predicament that may come your way, so learn to be flexible and adapt to the situations accordingly. You can also shield yourself from unexpected setbacks by having contingency plans in place.

Invest In Self-care

Juggling two important areas in your life will require your best efforts, so make sure your body is up for the challenge. Eating healthy food, getting enough rest, and doing regular exercise will give you the energy you need to achieve your goals.

Seek Help Or Delegate Tasks

To accept that you cannot do everything is both humbling and empowering. Sometimes, you need all the help you can get. If you start to feel like you already have too much on your plate, stop to examine which tasks can you delegate to others. Maybe hiring an assistant will help you reach your target sales in half the time. Or maybe your kids are already big enough to handle some tasks around the home.

Make Bonding Times Sacred

Kids grow up so fast and you do not want to miss their important milestones while pursuing a career. You can ensure that you remain an important and present figure in your child’s life by setting bonding time with them. It can be a simple date night when you can sit down and enjoy a nice meal while catching up on your kids. What matters here is that you make the bonding times frequent and special. You simply pick a certain day for your kids and commit to spending it with them, no matter how full your schedule is.

The process to triumphantly glide between responsible parenthood and rewarding entrepreneurship may just be the toughest challenge one ever has to face. Nevertheless, parents with unwavering determination and commitment can definitely enjoy the best of both worlds. So do not be afraid to chase your dreams while dedicating your life to your family.

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Your Guide to Incorporating More Vegetables into Every Meal

Your Guide to Incorporating More Vegetables into Every Meal

Everyone knows that vegetables are one of the most important food groups to include in your everyday diet, but sometimes it’s hard to eat the recommended serving for a healthy body and a nutritious lifestyle – even if you do like them. But the fact of the matter is, we need to eat them, and we need to eat more than just some carrots dipped in hummus at snack time. Whether you’ve been holding a personal grudge against veggies for years, or you’re trying to sneak more greens onto your kid’s dinner plate, here is the ultimate guide to incorporating more vegetables into every meal.

Your Guide to Incorporating More Vegetables into Every Meal

Breakfast

Stay away from the sugary cereals and syrupy waffles because breakfast time isn’t an excuse to avoid vegetables. In fact, vegetables are an easy, delicious and nutritious add-in to almost any balanced breakfast. Scramble some eggs or make an omelet filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions and bell peppers. If anything, these veggies add to the decadence of your meal. If you’re still opposed to the idea of vegetables in your eggs, try adding minced broccoli to your scrambled eggs or spinach to your breakfast smoothie. Neither one affects the taste or texture of the meal. If you can, try to purchase organize produce and products.

Lunch

It can be easy to skip over vegetables in everyday lunches, especially when packing a school lunch. Sometimes it can easier to just stick to the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich with chips you’ve been packing for the past decade. But consider switching the regular PB&J to a turkey sandwich loaded with spinach, onions, tomatoes, and sprouts. And, if you’re feeling really audacious, replace the bread with a lettuce wrap for some added greens.

Dinner

Dinner might be one of the easiest meals to add more veggies to your plate. But don’t just add more spinach to your salad, get creative! Instead of topping your protein with a calorie-packed sauce, try sautéing some vegetables like peppers, onions, and tomatoes to top off your meat or fish. Compared to sauces, they are equally rich in flavor and infinitely more rich in nutrition. Maybe try your hand at zoodles, which are noodles made from zucchini with a spiralizer, or riced cauliflower as a replacement in any noodle or rice dish. Zoodles are surprisingly easy to make and riced cauliflower can be found at almost any grocery store. Once you try them out, you’ll be hooked!

Having a healthy diet and feeding your body the nutrients it needs is a part of allowing yourself to reach your optimum potential. So make sure you are feeding your body, mind, and soul exactly what it needs!

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How to Push Through Growing Pains

How to Push Through Growing Pains

Growing pains are a natural part of life. Everyone experiences physical growing pains at some point in their life, but as you grow older, those pains become more emotional and spiritual. They’re a sign that you’re headed in the right direction, that you’re shifting your perspective and adopting a new mentality.

It hurts to leave things behind in that process, though, which is why it’s important to have techniques to help you push through those growing pains — and emerge on the other side a better you.

Don’t Look to the Past

Don’t even look to the future. To stay grounded and on the right path to success, you have to stay centered in the present moment. That might mean feeling your pain, but you should never make a habit of suppressing your feelings. They will catch up to you eventually.

When you’re trying to push through emotional growing pains, as with physical growing pains, it’s vital to recognize that you’re becoming someone you weren’t before. You’re growing. You’re evolving. You’re changing—hopefully for the better. And looking back on who you were while you’re transitioning into the person you were meant to be won’t help you break out of your metaphorical cocoon.

Lean on Your Support System

A solid support system makes all of the difference in the world. If you have people that you can lean on and trust to support you while you’re experiencing growing pains, then there’s nothing you can’t do.

Whenever you feel like you’re on the cusp of giving up, reach out to your friends, your family, your life coach, your mentor, whoever you consider to be in your network of support, and let them know you need them in this moment. If you’ve surrounded yourself with the right kinds of people, they’ll no doubt have your back and see you through these pains.

Never Give Up

One of the worst things you could possibly do when you’re hitting an emotional growth spurt is to give up halfway through the process. You’ll never reach your full potential if you set goals, get part of the way to achieving them, and then give up and go back to what’s comfortable because you couldn’t tolerate the growing pains.

It may seem like you have miles and miles to go before you reach your destination, but giving up in the middle of the woods will only leave you stranded and out of breath.

In the end, giving up hurts you more than anything else could. Keep pushing through the pain; you won’t be sorry.

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