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Take The Compliment

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Take The Compliment

Hello! One thing that I have always struggled with is receiving compliments and I’m sure that I am not the only one who has similar sentiments. When I was at my lowest, I genuinely couldn’t understand why anyone would want to compliment me and all it did was make me paranoid and even more miserable. It’s hard accepting compliments when you don’t feel worthy of getting them in the first place! It’s also so easy to deflect a compliment and just turn it around to the other person, instead. IE: “You look great”. “No, you look great”.

For several years, I was never able to simply say “thank you” for a compliment and it took a lot of mental health work on my part to get to that point. After coming to terms with my own problems and gaining some self esteem, I realized that I have improved tenfold in my compliment accepting abilities. It actually didn’t really click until I saw these two pictures taken at Playhouse Square this past weekend:

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^^^ When snapping some pics before seeing Beetlejuice, someone told me they liked my outfit mid-pose and the second picture is of me being ecstatic about it!

As I was scrolling through photos of my night on the town, these two pictures really stuck out to me. As I sat and mused, I wondered what the second picture would have looked like if I was back to my depression days. Chances are, I wouldn’t have had a huge smile – rather, a look of confusion as if someone was trying to play a joke. Recognizing that and being able to see it so plainly in front of me made me feel proud of my own personal growths.

lifewithlilred played a big role in helping me muster up some confidence about myself in general and my appearance. Through OOTDs, I was able to develop my sense of style and writing about my issues in early posts assisted in sorting out my emotions and learning from them. And, while saying “thank you” for a compliment online isn’t the same as in real life, it was a great first start. Having people comment specifically on my page was a turning point and I was able to see the compliments for what they really were – something nice.

As I began testing my new skills in public, it began getting easier and easier to say “thank you” to the point where I didn’t even have to think about it anymore. I also loved how much more genuine it felt to give a person an actual compliment back instead of just replying with an Uno Reverse card lol.  It wasn’t until seeing the pictures above that I put some thought into it and saw what a major improvement has been made. 🙂

If you can relate to this post, my best advice is to Take The Compliment when you receive one. It might be really hard at first but just saying “thank you” is a small step in making some big changes!

What is something that you struggle with? Is it hard for you to accept compliments? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Live Healthier With These Steps

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Live Healthier With These Steps

When life gets busy, we don’t always take care of ourselves as well as we should. If this sounds like you, it’s time to start taking care of your body and health fully and completely. In this post, we’ll talk about some things that you can do to start taking better care of your health today:

Eat Healthy Foods:

You shouldn’t eat well and avoid certain foods just to look good in new clothes. Instead, you should eat well to stay healthy. You could start by eating more fruit and vegetables. Eat more things that give you energy and make you feel better. Bananas, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, nuts, and yogurt are all foods that can give you energy and make you more alert and productive during the day. Food can also make you feel more or less stressed. When you’re hungry, you’re more likely to get angry and annoyed easily.

Take Care Of Your Teeth:

It’s important to take care of your teeth. To make sure they stay healthy, you need to take the right steps every day. At least twice a day, use fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth and get rid of germs and plaque. Plaque can also build up between your teeth, so be sure to floss daily. Try using mouthwash because it can cut down on the amount of acid in your mouth and clean places that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. You should go to the dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and to catch any dental problems early.

Get More Active:

If you have a lot going on, it can be hard to find the time to work out. You don’t have to find time to go to the gym; you just need to find an exercise that works for you and fits into your schedule. You could go for a walk during lunch break to get more steps. If the only time you can exercise is in the morning, then you should get up a little bit earlier. Then it’s out of the way, and you don’t have to worry about it late at night after work when you might not want to go for a run. If you are going out in cold weather you should think about taking some women’s thermal socks to keep your feet warm and dry.

Be More Mindful:

We’re so busy with our lives that we often forget to live in the moment. Stopping for a few seconds throughout the day will give you time to breathe and help you think more clearly. Mindfulness practice makes you feel free and is good for your health. It can help you feel better and less stressed. When you wake up, when you eat, and even when you work out, you can be more aware.

By making a few changes to your daily habits, you will start to see improvements in all parts of your life when you are feeling better and healthier!

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Feel More Confident Without Changing Your Look

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Feel More Confident Without Changing Your Look

With the start of the new year, chances are high that you have chosen to make resolutions about changing yourself or trying to be more confident. The thing is, there are plenty of ways that you can feel more confident in yourself and about who you are without having to change your look. Your weight doesn’t need to change, your hair doesn’t need to change, and you don’t need to change who you are as a person to be confident. Instead, you have to believe who you are as a person.

There are plenty of ways that you can be more confident without completely overhauling your look, and you can consider anything from a spritz of Michel Germain perfume to a course on public speaking to help you. As long as you can understand that your confidence isn’t based on your looks, you will go a lot further in life than you think. Here are some of the ways that you can be more confident without having to do an extreme makeover for it:

Stand tall:

If you sit in a coffee shop and look out the window you could point out everybody who has little confidence in themselves. They hunch and walk with their shoulders low and their heads down. If you want to feel confident, you need to stand up straight and tall, with your shoulders and head back. Think about commanding a room even when you’re just walking down the street. A powerful presence starts with good posture!

Change your environment:

What is it around you that is hindering your confidence? What’s making you feel less than you should? Did you know that people who spend all of their time in offices find that spending just a couple of minutes outside puts them in a better mood? You need to look at what it is that is pushing you down and go to the place that makes you feel most creative, happy, and relaxed. See, you don’t have to change who you are, you just need to change where you are.

Try something new:

It can be hard as an adult to try new skills or hobbies because of the fear of failure. We all want to be amazing at what we try right off the bat! However, persevering through something difficult and finally achieving success is going to do wonders for your confidence. You worked hard and you reached a goal, and that’s enough for a huge confidence boost.

Adopt a positive mental attitude:

A great way to be more confident without changing who you are is to be positive with everything that you do. Your thoughts will influence your behavior and your decision making, so reframing your thinking can drastically change everything. If you start each morning thinking that today is going to be a bad day, then it probably will be. Wake up every morning ready to take on the day and see what a difference it makes!

All of these ideas are natural confidence boosters – no pricey trip to the salon or store required!

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Habits That Boost Your Mood & Health

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Habits That Boost Your Mood & Health

Life can be very busy and chaotic at times and may not always go as planned. All of this can begin to negatively impact your attitude and health as time goes on. Avoid negative consequences by choosing to take good care of yourself and being more mindful of your behaviors and lifestyle. Focus on what’s in your control and live healthily for the best outcome. These are some simple habits to incorporate into your day that will boost your mood and health and make those crazy days easier to manage:

Exercise Daily:

It’s in your best interest to fit in daily exercise if you want to feel happier and boost your health. Move more and get your heart rate going so you can get fit and have more natural energy. It’s a great way to reduce your stress and you’ll feel more motivated to tackle your to-do list after a rewarding workout.

Maintain A Clean & Orderly Home:

Boost your mood and health by maintaining a clean and orderly home. Declutter and get on a regular cleaning schedule to get rid of dust and dirt. Go a step further and invest in natural and eco-friendly household cleaning products such as L’AVANT Collective, which are non-toxic and will get the job done right and well.

Slow Down & Recharge:

Be present and live more mindfully. Slow down and avoid rushing around and multitasking all of the time. Make sure you take breaks and set aside time to rest and recharge so you don’t experience burnout. Ask for help when you need it and make a priority list of to-dos so that your daily schedule becomes more manageable.

Eat Wisely:

Sugar and saturated fat can slow you down and cause you to gain weight. Instead, get in the habit of eating clean and make smart choices. Be picky about what you put in your body during mealtime and for snacks. Consider cooking for yourself at home so you have more control over the ingredients and your portion sizes. You’ll feel much happier and healthier when you are taking good care of your body and mind by making wise food choices.

Reflect & Give Thanks:

Practicing gratitude will go a long way in helping you to feel more at peace. Reflect and give thanks daily and regularly so that you can focus on the positives and your blessings instead of what’s lacking or missing in your life. Consider volunteering your time, as well, which is an effective way to demonstrate kindness. Helping others will put a smile on someone else’s face but also on your own. Be thankful for what you do have and work toward being a more generous and giving person, which will make you feel more content in the long run.

Add one or many of these habits into your daily life to start a positive change on your mood and health. A New Year’s resolution, perhaps?!

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Simple Steps To Improve Your Well Being

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Simple Steps To Improve Your Well Being

If you want to have a better quality of life, you should look for ways to increase your sense of well being. Well being is a much easier way to arrive at the position you want to be in rather than focusing on a mood, like happiness. Well being is far more loaded too. Instead of being a single thing, it is about your quality of life and all of the individual things that go into that. Let’s find out how you can increase your level of well being:

Get Organized:

A lot of stress in our lives comes from being unorganized. This can mean a lot of different things, like always forgetting dates and times of things; it can mean that your house is untidy and cluttered. It can even mean getting in control of your finances. All of these things can have a huge power to bring down your quality of life. Clutter makes it difficult to find anything, among other things; always forgetting things can cause you a lot of emotional stress from other people as well as yourself. And your finances can ruin your whole life if you keep getting into debt. To get organized, start by decluttering and tidying the home. Then, buy a calendar and write things down on it as well as set reminders on your phone. If money is an issue for you, see a financial advisor and start getting your life in order.

Fix Things:

Having a massive to-do list is not great, especially if it’s consistently getting longer, not smaller. A lot of broken things around you is not conducive for your well being. Not only is it depressing, but constantly trying something that’s broken puts you right back to the initial stage or realizing that it’s broken. This can raise your blood pressure and seriously annoy you. It is in your best interest to fix things. Some issues you will need to get professionally sorted, like getting a Honda windshield repair. However, a lot of smaller issues you may well be able to fix yourself. Look online; YouTube has a lot of DIY videos you can use, for example. The sense of satisfaction you get from learning and fixing something broken will be an awesome reward!

Exercise:

Exercise is one of the best things you can do to increase your sense of well being. It has so many benefits. Clearly, it is good for your health. It can reduce your fat mass and tone you up. It can make you feel happier as it increases the happy hormones in the brain, like serotonin. It is a great way to drive out toxins. It can reduce your stress levels, boost your immunity, and generally make you feel a lot better. If you haven’t exercised in a long time, perhaps have a word with your doctor first. It is best to start small and slow and build up to more intense exercise.

During the frigid winter, it’s easy to lose the sense of well being you had during months of fun in the sun. Start with the simple steps above to get your wellness back on track!

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Health Habits To Start Today

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Health Habits To Start Today

At times, the problems and responsibilities of being an adult can seem so big that taking on more can seem like a crazy idea. Still, you can’t say enough about how important it is to take care of your own health. If you keep up with some healthy habits for a while, you might find it easier to handle what the day throws at you. Read on to find out what you can do to get to this point:

Eat Well:

Most of the time, we only care about how something tastes and don’t care about our health. But unfortunately, the fast and unhealthy food we eat every day to save time and effort in our busy lives poses a threat to our bodies that we can’t even imagine. This is why we want to talk about how important it is to eat a healthy diet.

If you’ve been eating unhealthy food for a long time, it might be hard for you to switch to a healthy diet all at once. But with time and effort, you’ll get used to it and eventually live a healthy life. Eating healthy doesn’t mean only eating boiled food, eating less, or not eating fat. Switching to a healthy, well-balanced diet means eating everything in the right amount, at the right time, and with the right combination. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a treat or a “cheat meal” but it’s always best to do so in moderation.

Exercise Regularly:

If you want to make sure you have healthy habits, you should also think about adding exercise to your daily routine. Fitness starts with a good workout and what seems difficult now will be so easy in due time. Also, don’t worry about how much it will cost. Working out doesn’t have to be expensive; you just need to search around for something that will suit your budget and interest you. Muay Thai for beginners is a perfect example.

Making a regular time to exercise is the first step if you want to start working out more. Creating a schedule for your workouts can make it far more likely that you will keep up a healthy fitness program. Although routines are great for staying on track, it’s also important to mix things up every once in a while. Introducing some element of surprise into a long-term task can help keep it interesting. So, if you want to make working out more enjoyable, try throwing in some unexpected challenges.

Sleep Well:

Last but not least, sleep is one of the most important things for your health. It can also make or break your fitness routines because it affects your ability to stick with them. So, every night, make sure you get enough sleep. All bodily functions rely on enough sleep. How well our bodies and brains function the following day is impacted, as are our immune systems, metabolism, and susceptibility to developing chronic diseases. The importance of sleep cannot be overstated; it has far-reaching effects on your overall health.

With simple changes in diet and lifestyle, you will be your best and healthiest self. All it takes is a little time and effort!

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5 Ways To Improve Your Self-Discipline

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5 Ways To Improve Your Self-Discipline

If you feel like your life hasn’t been going as well as it could, hen you might need to find some stability and discipline in your life. Here are some of the best ways to start making these improvements for a more fulfilling life:

Dedicate Yourself to a Team-Based Hobby:

Hobbies are an excellent way to get away from the stress of life. Although they won’t get rid of them, you can at least find some enjoyment and forget about your worries for a while. Anything that brings you joy is the best thing to do. Perhaps you love to paint, play video games, or play an instrument. But for more social balance and discipline, a team-based hobby helps you find stability. Working in a team, such as taking ballet classes or volleyball, you feel more responsibility because all members are required to perform well.

Find a Job You Enjoy:

Feeling fulfilled in one’s job and taking pride in accomplishments affects productivity and efficiency. You are more creative and resourceful when you love what you do. As a result, you will improve your overall well-being by increasing hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. Additionally, you will feel that you have worth at your job and are appreciated. This makes you work harder and more likely to go for promotions. Promotions and work enjoyment open more doors to more money and a balanced life.

Join a Gym:

Incorporating a work out or two during your weekly routine can do wonders for your physical and mental health. It’s great to fill your schedule with meaningful things and joining a gym is the perfect place to start. You can take classes, swim, work out on your own, or hire a trainer. All of this can help you achieve a high level of fitness and it’s exciting to see and feel your improvements. You also might meet some new friends!

Improve Your Work/Life Balance:

Finding a happy medium between work and personal life is crucial to your general well-being. Keeping a healthy work-life balance is essential for avoiding burnout and reducing stress at work. One of the most common health problems in the workplace is chronic stress. This causes severe illnesses like heart attacks and depression. Yet over 80% of people feel like they overwork and don’t spend enough time with their families. So, use your vacation days, don’t take work home with you, and always try to make some time for yourself.

Cut Out Toxic People from Your Life:

Sometimes we can be surrounded by people who are wrong for us at a specific point in time. Genuinely toxic people can deplete you emotionally and make you feel small. You may have noticed someone who does you no good. It can be a partner, family member, or so-called friend. Spending time with them drains your vitality rather than replenishes it. As a result, they have a major impact on your identity. They frequently result in feelings of depression and guilt so you must put yourself first by distancing yourself and setting rigid boundaries.

Stability and discipline are vital factors for a productive and happy life. Fill your schedule with activities you enjoy and set achievable goals. Then, watch yourself flourish!

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How To Deal With A Loss Of Appetite

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How To Deal With A Loss Of Appetite

If you’ve been experiencing a loss of appetite recently and you want to get back to normal sooner rather than later, you’re in the right place. There are many reasons why we might not feel like eating as much as usual, and it’s a good idea to get to the bottom of the problem and try out some potential solutions. We’re going to talk about what that might look like and how you can make a positive change:

Talk to Your Doctor:

First of all, you should talk to your doctor about the situation that you’re facing. You want to make sure that there aren’t other health issues that are making you feel less interested in food. They’ll be able to check you over and carry out tests to see if everything is in order. If it is, they can offer more advice on what you can do to improve your appetite going forward.

Improve Your Sleeping Habits:

Your sleeping habits are linked to your diet and just about every other aspect of your health. If you’re not getting the amount of sleep you need at night, you’re eventually going to pay the price for that. So think about what you can do to improve your sleeping habits and try to get to bed a little earlier each night.

Change Your Diet to Make it More Nutritious:

If you’re not eating as much, it’s important to make sure that the food you are eating is full of the nutrients that your body really needs in order to stay healthy and functioning. If that’s not the case, you might start to experience more problems that arise as a result of your lack of appetite.

Fix Dental Issues:

Fixing your dental issues at the root is one of the best things you can do if you want to make sure that you enjoy the process of eating. Lots of people who have aches and pains in their teeth and jaw find that it stops them from wanting to eat as much. That’s why options such as full-mouth dentures or implants are popular and provide a solution to that problem.

Increase Your Physical Activity:

It’s often the case that you’ll feel like eating more when you’re being more active. If you’re not currently doing much exercise and you lead quite a sedentary life, that could be one of the reasons why you don’t feel like eating as much as you once did. Try fitting some kind of physical activity into your day and see if that makes a difference for you.

A loss of appetite might signal something else going on in your body that you need to address or it could be a mental health issue. It’s important to speak to someone if you’re not sure!

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Inject Positivity In Your Life With These Steps

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Inject Positivity In Your Life With These Steps

Life can be extremely difficult at times. Even when you’re absolutely flying, things can just fall out of your favor. You have to make sure that your mindset is one of positivity for as long as you can. This is because you’ll get the best out of pretty much any situation. Having a good attitude won’t necessarily solve your problems but it will sure make you feel more in control about them. Give your mindset a boost with these tips:

Get Up And Move More:

It’s amazing what your basic actions can do. Sitting around all day will make you feel insanely low. You might enjoy the relaxation for a little while, but then you’ll begin to feel useless. Your mind will start overthinking and you’ll regret the time wasted. If you’re exercising and moving around more, you’re going to feel so much more productive and healthier too.

Actively Look To Solve Issues In Your Life:

While it’s much easier to avoid problems and focus on other areas of your life, it’s actually a lot more beneficial to you to make sure you attack certain issues in your life. If you have an issue with your health, then perhaps it’s time to address that. Head to the dentist and get braces or head to the doctor to receive specific treatment. If you have a problem with someone, get in touch and face it. This will stop issues from hanging over you.

Do The Things You Love:

You have to make sure that you’re doing things in life that you care about and enjoy. Doing the same things over and over again or living life for someone else will only leave you miserable. You only get a certain amount of time in this life, so make sure you’re spending it wisely.

Surround Yourself With People Who Want The Best For You:

Your mind can be shaped by those around you so spend your time with positive people who will actively look to make your life better. Your life can be completely turned upside down by the wrong people.

Stop Consuming Negative Content:

It’s so easy to see negative news and comments – all you need to do is go on social media. Because it’s such a big part of our society now, it is very difficult to escape negative news, gossip, and behavior. Do your best to stop scrolling through social media because it will truly help your mindset. The more you see things you don’t wish to view, the worse you’re going to feel about yourself and life in general.

A positive outlook on life can help turn difficult situations into something manageable. Start every day with a smile and see where it takes you!

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Start Living Healthier With These Tips

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Start Living Healthier With These Tips

Health is wealth. This proverb could not be more accurate, especially in today’s society. With so many processed foods and pollutants in the air, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, by following some simple tips, you can make strides towards a healthier you. This blog post will give some of the best tips for living a healthy life:

Eat a variety of foods:

It is important to eat a balance of healthy foods to get all of the nutrients your body needs. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet. Processed foods are often high in unhealthy fats, sodium, and sugar. They can also be low in essential nutrients like fiber and vitamins. Limiting your intake of processed foods to maintain a healthy diet is important. Healthy eating habits can help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Get active and stay active:

Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and improving overall health. Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. This can be achieved by doing 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Some examples of moderate-intensity activities include brisk walking, swimming, or mowing the lawn.

Physical activity doesn’t have to be boring! There are many enjoyable ways to get active that can fit into your lifestyle. For example, taking a dance class, going for hikes with friends, or playing tag with your kids are all great ways to get moving while having fun.

Get enough sleep:

Sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep can help improve your mood, reduce stress levels, and promote overall physical health. Most adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. However, some people may need more or less depending on their age, activity level, and other factors.

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you can do a few things to improve your sleep habits. Creating a bedtime routine, avoiding caffeine in the evening, and keeping a relaxed and comfortable bedroom environment can all help you get the restful sleep your body needs.

Manage stress:

Chronic stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Some helpful coping mechanisms include exercise, journaling, deep breathing, and spending time with loved ones. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, it is important to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor. Alternative remedies like yoga, meditation, natural products (medicinally) such as Delta 9 Gummies, and aromatherapy can also be helpful in managing stress.

Visit your doctor regularly:

Regular doctor visits are essential for maintaining good health. These appointments provide an opportunity to receive preventive screenings, discuss any health concerns, and update vaccinations. It is recommended that adults visit their primary care physician at least once every three years for a physical exam. Additionally, women should have a well-woman exam with their gynecologist every year. Men should also see their doctor regularly to discuss any health concerns and perform preventive screenings.

Making small changes in your lifestyle can significantly impact your overall well-being. Get started with these tips today!

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