Healthy Ways to Treat Yourself

In the midst of the craziness of our daily lives we often forget to take care of ourselves. If you’re like me, you sometimes choose vices rather than finding healthy ways to treat yourself. For many of us, dulling the pain of a stressful day includes cocktails, chocolate, or retail therapy, which satisfies an immediate need but winds up biting us in the rear! By thoughtfully planning out ways to indulge ourselves and finding stress-relieving outlets that are constructive, we can prevent the pitfalls of impulse-soothing and curb the self-loathing regret of bad decisions! Here are a few of the strategies I’m employing for myself, and I urge you to try them, too! Healthy Ways to Treat Yourself 1) Music Therapy- Create an uplifting playlist on your phone, and then make a wish list of happy, upbeat songs that you don’t currently own. Whenever you want to reward yourself for accomplishing a goal, buy and download one of those songs and add it to your Get Happy (don’t judge, that’s what mine’s called) playlist! Whenever you listen to this playlist, you’ll be reminded of the great feelings you felt on the occasions that you rewarded yourself with those songs, so…

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On RedBook : My Struggle With Orthorexia

I’m really excited that redbook (yes, THE REDBOOK MAGAZINE) has published one of my articles! This is a new location on the Internet for me, so I would love it if you go give it a read. Not many people (if any, really) know that I dealt with an eating disorder known as Orthorexia as a young college student. Orthorexia is not as widely-discussed as Anorexia or Bulimia, and it can remain hidden more easily, masquerading as a dedication to physical perfection through fitness. Just like anything else, a positive thing like physical exercise and healthy eating can become warped until it’s no longer recognizable as a virtue. Been there, done that, and thankfully I met my husband and he reintroduced me to the amazing world of doughnuts and ice cream and enjoying life. Healthy Eating Became an Unhealthy Obsession by Jessica Azar In writing this I hope that it will help other young women realize that they don’t have to go overboard with crash diets and punishing, relentless exercise to be happy and feel good about the way they look. I’m in the same dress size I wore in high school and do exercise classes I LOVE (Yoga and…

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Chillax and Goodie Jars For Adult Behavior Modification

One of the best things about being a writer and blogger is that I get to network and be inspired by other writers and their experiences. After reading my friend Stacia’s post on a system that’s working to modify her daughter’s behavior, I had an epiphany. As many of you know, my oldest child is one of those who takes the term “strong-willed” to another level. He’s a VERY bright, loving kid with tons to offer this world, but he has been a quadruple handful since he was born. Over his nine years on this Earth we have tried every single method of discipline/punishment/behavior modification under the Sun and rarely does anything ever have a lasting effect on him. Taking things away from him doesn’t work (like she said about her daughter, you could take all of her stuff and send it up in flames and she will not care), while spanking/physical punishment just enrages him and makes him act out even more. I’ve often joked saying that I’m either raising a Navy SEAL or a psychopath, in reference to his iron will and determination. There’s no getting in his head, and I’m just as strong-willed and cunning as he.…

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