November is a month that focuses on gratitude and thankfulness. This November, take time to be thankful for your own personal growth and where you are in life. Appreciating the present and practicing self-love has tremendous lasting physical and mental benefits.
Let’s admit it, a majority of us get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to set aside the time to cultivate and foster a deep love and respect for ourselves. Self-love is a major component to happiness, so it is extremely important that, like a muscle, self-love is utilized everyday for your happiness to grow.
Think you don’t have the time? Life can get hectic, but we should always make time for ourselves. Follow our suggestions to begin your journey toward self-love. We promise they can easily fit into the busiest of schedules.
In general, working out improves mood and sleep quality while decreasing stress and anxiety. It can also greatly contribute to feelings of well-being and lead to increased self-esteem.
If you think that you are too busy to work out, just remember that it doesn’t have to take a ton of time. It is recommended to have just 1 hour and 15 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity a week, according to the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. That’s only ten minutes of exercise per day!
In addition to aerobic exercise, it is recommended that both men and women partake in muscle-strengthening activities at least two times a week. Weightlifting is known to improve the quality of life and help with managing weight.
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In addition to having a solid workout plan, supplying the body with the nutrients it needs can truly make a difference in the body and mind. Eating healthy can make you more productive, less stressed, and can even act as an antidepressant. If you do not supply your body with the appropriate amount of protein, vitamins and minerals, your muscle mass will decrease as your fat stores increase.
The Harvard School of Public Health recommends eating mostly vegetables,fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy protein. They also suggest drinking plenty of water and eliminating sugary drinks from the diet.
Treat Yo’ Self
Although eating right and exercising are extremely important in maintaining general well-being, you also need to learn how to reward yourself right within the right parameters. Whether it be a cheat day, or buying that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing, find out what you enjoy and make sure you do this regularly (with appropriate moderation).
There are a ton of ways to treat yourself, like taking a long shower, getting a massage, going to a farmer’s market, visiting a park… you get the drift! It just depends what makes you happy. Go ahead, you deserve it!