Practice self-care.

Practicing regular self-care is key to managing stress. As you begin to slow down and take time for yourself, even in small increments, you will become more self-aware. This will serve you well with understanding what you need to feel healthy and strong each day, or notice when your mind and/or body are not doing … Continue reading Practice self-care.

When you cannot sleep…

Sleep is incredibly important to health, but sometimes it feels impossible to come by. I personally know life is overwhelming and my stress is high when I am not sleeping well - this tells me something needs to change. Lee Crutchley created a neat book titled The Nocturnal Journal as a "late night exploration of what's really … Continue reading When you cannot sleep…

Create a plan for success.

This is a wonderfully detailed article from Experience Life with a step-by-step plan for self-evaluation and creating a plan that works for you. The more we understand why we want a goal, the more likely to make it last. Having a specific plan will make it that much more likely you will stick with it. Take … Continue reading Create a plan for success.

When low mood gets in the way of goals.

Creating healthy habits and achieving weight loss are difficult for anyone, even someone who feels psychologically healthy. When low mood, difficulty controlling moods, stress, and/or depression set it, this becomes even harder. Identifying goals and setting smaller steps to get there can actually be the key to combating depression, along with being healthier overall. Check … Continue reading When low mood gets in the way of goals.

Make decisions mindfully.

Creating new habits can be difficult, especially when the rewards for the new behavior may be more long-term; with higher immediate rewards for the old habits. Weight loss is certainly a goal where achieving the desired rewards takes time and patience, and giving up some of those short-term gratifications. When you make the decision to … Continue reading Make decisions mindfully.