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Guest Post: Boost Your Body Confidence

There’s nothing like confidence to make life run smoother and easier for us. If we lack that, all else seems to be insufficient. If we lack that one integral part, it won’t matter how good we look, how skilled or successful we are. We’ll simply be too blind to notice any of it. When it comes to our bodies, getting in shape is quite a challenge mostly because it’s very easy to give up. We hit a bump on the road and then the whole effort seems wasted and silly, so we simply stop, give up, and get back to the old way. But is there a way to change that? Is there a way to finally get fit and boost our confidence? Absolutely, and we’re here to give you a few tips on how to do that.

Make it Easy for Yourself

If you have to trudge over half the city to get to the gym, hate the crowd who goes there, and have a trainer who doesn’t pay enough attention to you, then how on earth are you supposed to stick to it? If working out requires too much time, mental strain, and planning then you’re never going to stay consistent. Yes, you do need to get stubborn to stick to your plan, but you also need to be smart. So, make it easy. Go to a gym that’s near or work out at home, find the time where you’re unlikely to be bothered or interrupted, find a workout that you like.

Stop With the Negativity

In addition to training you to give up without trying and making you feel bad when there’s really no reason to, negative words and “I’m just so ugly” are merely… unproductive. It leads nowhere and you’re much better than that. Instead of “I can’t” and “I look awful,” why not try something like “I know I’m strong enough to reach the goals I want to reach.” Learn how to be confident and stick to it.

Pick Something You Like Doing

Gym not your thing? That’s cool, why not try dancing? Maybe you’d really enjoy the relaxation yoga provides, or maybe you’d be really into krav maga. Find something that excites you and find a good crowd to inspire you and you’ll keep coming back. It’s really all about that Australian approach here – Aussies are really fit, yet they don’t really have more average gym time than any other nation. So, how are their bodies so sexy? Well easy, they’ll surf, they’ll play volleyball, they’ll swim, they’ll hike. They’re outdoorsy and active and simply do what they like doing.

Forgive Failure

Sometimes you’re going to feel weak and you’re going to give in and eat that chocolate cake you promised you won’t touch. And you know what? This will keep happening occasionally, so stop sweating it. It’s not a big deal and it doesn’t mean your effort is ruined. Simply get back to good habits and relax. It’s okay to stumble sometimes.

Consult Professionals

With latest technological advancements, cosmetic procedures are now safer and easier to do, and they’re a good way to supplement your efforts. If you’ve been struggling with diets and exercising and you just can’t seem to lose those last few pounds, or if you’ve given birth and have a lot of loose skin, you can try a having a tummy tuck procedure to solve this problem. Similarly, if you’re worried about your tuberous breasts or have a different kind of imperfection that’s making you insecure, you can always talk to your doctor and ask for advice. You’re not alone in your struggles and if you want to try a treatment to help you out and make you feel better in your own skin, go for it.

Take the School Approach

You know how you always used to do better when you studied a little bit every day rather than cramming the whole night for a test that’s tomorrow? Yeah, well, exercise is kind of similar. Instead of working out two times a week for a long time, it’s actually a lot easier to exercise every day. The workout doesn’t need to be longer than 20-30 minutes, and this makes it both easy to fit into your schedule and it trains your body to get used to being active and to crave that daily workout.

Distract Yourself With Something Fun

A workout could be the perfect chance to listen to your favourite upbeat tunes, or to catch up on a show. Why not watch TV while you ride your stationary bike? Yes, being focused solely on exercise is great, but sometimes we just need a distraction and that’s okay.

Remember it’s a Lifestyle Change

And of course, while diet might not sculpt you and give you a toned body, it’s definitely the most important bit for actual weight loss. You need to create a calorie deficit to shed pounds, however, you need to have the right approach to it. Forget about fad diets and see a nutritionist if you can. Don’t starve yourself, don’t see dieting as something you’ll do only until you’ve lost excess weight. It’s a lifestyle change, it’s there to make you healthy.

Choose Healthy Over Skinny

It’s cool to go down a dress size, but if you turn your diet into “I want to be thin,” you’ll be disappointed. Rather than skinny, make your goal healthy. You want to feel good, you want to have strength. Trust us, once you adopt that attitude you’ll be a lot happier and look a lot better.

Here’s the gist of everything: you don’t have to be good at working out and dieting, you just have to do it. You’ll stumble and won’t always feel like you’re making progress, but stay consistent. That’s the real key here, simply being as consistent as possible and believing in yourself.

Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at highstylife.com interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

3 Ways to Live a More Positive Lifestyle

Life is full of stressors. Sometimes hard work doesn’t seem to pay off, and sometimes it takes a long time to get where people want to get. It’s easy to get swept up in the negativity and to make unhealthy life choices.

But making positive life choices ultimately leads to a more healthy and fruitful existence, even when those choices are initially hard to make.

Below are some tips and tricks to feeding and cultivating a more positive lifestyle.

Journal

One of the biggest new trends in lifestyle development is the practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation, journaling, therapy, or a number of other mediums. Mindfulness is the process through which a person attempts to be entirely present in each moment, rather than thinking about the future and all the things they want to achieve, the past, or some event or goal that is not yet happening.

Mindfulness is a great way to be appreciative of the present moment, regardless of what that moment holds. Mindfulness journaling can be used to meditate on the joys and pitfalls of the present moment, and to ground the individual in the positivity of the present.

Journaling can also be utilized as a way to recall and store memories. After a great day out on an adventure with friends, or a good conversation on the phone, journaling can culture an appreciation of this memory by recalling it and recording it. Then, this memory can be revisited later, sparking even more joy and thankfulness.

Journaling overall can be a huge addition to the positivity in an individual’s life. Journals can also be daunting. For this reason, many advise keeping a one-line-a-day journal, in which each day a line is written about a positive experience from that day, this way they don’t get overwhelmed or feel bad when they cannot keep up with extensive journaling for every day.

Create a Fresh Start

The closet is full of clothes, but there is nothing to wear. All the books on the bookshelf have already been read, or have never and will never be read. Last year’s junk is piling up, leaving no room for positive changes in a new year.

A big clean out of the house or the apartment is a great way to make room for new memories and new positive experiences in life. Utilizing the system of a keep, give away, or throw away is useful. And items kept in the keep pile should have a significant reason for being there.

Many claim that the best way to decide what to keep a clothing item is to hold it while asking three questions: is it a special occasion or seasonal garment; has it been worn in the last three months; and does it bring joy. If the garment does not fit one or more of these categories, it should be given away or thrown away. The same types of questions can be applied to other types of items in the home as well.

Cleaning out the closet and giving items to charity can be a cathartic experience and leaving empty space for new clothes and new items is a wonderful way to build excitement and to invest in the future.

After the big clean out, space can be carefully curated to hold only items of importance that make the homeowner happy to look at and to wear or utilize.

Taking pride in personal items and getting rid of items that don’t bring that sense of pride, happiness, or sentimentality is a wonderful way to invest in positivity and to live a more positive lifestyle.

Have an Adventure

Individuals wishing to live a more positive life need to remember to invest in themselves, their future, and their happiness. This means that while an adventure might not be practical at the time, planning and budgeting for the future is a wonderful investment in themselves.

This self-investment breeds eternal positivity because it reinforces self-love and self-compassion, as well as the fact that every individual deserves happiness and positivity. Even if an adventure is seemingly out of reach financially, like a backpacking trip through Europe or skydiving, a loan from Payoff.com can make it easier and closer than it might seem.

Using a personal loan, individuals can go on a nature-driven vacation to visit a national park, backpack a trail, or camp with friends. Maybe someone’s dream vacation is to see the Eiffel Tower, or Big Ben, or the Statue of Liberty, or even a show on Broadway. Taking a beach day is an adventure as well.

The inherent positivity of an individual investing in their own happiness is one of the biggest leaps one can take in the quest to live a more positive lifestyle.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Mental Health: Using Your Experiences To Help Others

Every year almost 1 in 5 (around 42.5 million) American adults suffer from some sort of mental health issue; including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This is a scarily large figure but doesn’t include a large number of cases. Especially of mental health issues within teenagers and younger children. This large figure means that, although there are a lot of people suffering from mental health issues; there are also a lot of people that are suffering or have suffered; who want to use their experiences with mental health to help others.

If you have suffered from a mental health issue; you will be able to better understand the person whom you are trying to help. You can also share your own experiences, so they don’t feel alone. Many people do this; I’ve listed a few different ways in which you too can take your experience to help others. Of course, none of these options are a replacement of professional help; they are simply others forms of support and forms that often help a person to realize that something may be wrong and that they may need professional help. There is importance with mental health using your experience to help others.

Mentoring

If you are still of school or college age, then mentoring might be a good option for you. It allows you to engage with people the same age or a little bit younger than you and provide support and guidance. Most people, when they first realize that something may be wrong do one of two things; they either search for their symptoms online or talk to a friend.

As we all know, Googling symptoms is never a good idea, as it always says somewhere down the line that you’re dying of some rare disease that you don’t even find in your country. Talking to a friend, however, that is helpful. Friends are there to provide you emotional support, so are often the first people you tell about a mental health issue, even before family. However, some people may feel as though they don’t have a friend they can truly trust, and confide in, which is why peer-to-peer mentoring is such a good idea – It provides you with a confidant, who you can trust to listen to you and try to help you if they can.

Blogging

Blogging can assist you in helping others on a much wider scale than one to one mentoring. Depending on your experiences, you can write about a range of topics from self-help and techniques on coping with stress, to any medication you may be taking. Many people with mental health issues feel completely alone, but simply sharing your experiences can change that, and help them have a much more positive view of themselves. Blogging allows you the option to remain anonymous, and with plenty of useful tools and websites online, setting up a blog nowadays is relatively easy, so there’s absolutely no reason why this couldn’t be an option for you.

Vlogging

In the past few years watching your favorite channels on YouTube seems to be more popular than watching your favorite channels on an actual television. If you wanted to aim your support and guidance at younger adults and teenagers, vlogging is a brilliant idea. There are many wonderful YouTube channels based solely on mental health; which have videos based on the suggested topics of blog posts from above. Many of the bigger YouTubers, such as Zoella and JackGap, also use their channels as a platform to talk about their own experiences with their mental health. This allows young people with mental health issues to feel more ‘normal’; by knowing that their favorite YouTube star also suffers from the same things as they do. There are many helpful guides online that explain to you how to set up a YouTube channel, which can make the whole process a lot easier – All you need now is a camera.

Become A Therapist

A therapist is a mental health professional, who assists their patients in reducing their symptoms of mental illness, by improving their emotional and cognitive skills, and teaching them how to cope with various challenges from everyday life. Granted, this isn’t the easiest way to share your experiences concerning mental health. It certainly takes a lot of dedication, but if it’s what you want to do, then it is definitely possible. By taking an online psychology degree, you can study and get the qualifications you need to commence in higher education, while still having the time to hold down a full-time job.

Join A Therapy Group

If you don’t want to become a therapist yourself, joining a therapy group is another great way to share your experiences with mental health. Not only will it help you, as you can share you problems, hear others advice, and hear other people’s own experiences, but you can also help out other in the group in the same way. This is a lot like mentoring, except it’s not on a one to one basis; which in the long run might be better for some people. It provides you with a group of people who understand you, rather than just one; which could provide you with a sense of belonging.

All of these are great ways of using your own experiences with mental health to help others. Many of them could also help you improve your own mental health at the same time; as they provide an audience to which you can let out any feelings and emotions. However, you must always remember that, although you may want to help people, and although you may have in-depth experience of your own mental health problems unless you do train to become a therapist, you are not a professional. You can certainly provide advice and support. However, you need to know when to let a person know they need to speak to a professional.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Worried About A Friend? Here’s How You Can Help

Everyone cares about their friends, that should hardly come as much of a surprise to anyone! Your friends and loved ones are the people around you who make life more than just a day-to-day slog of going to work and coming home again. They are the people you go on adventures with, that you make memories with, so it only makes sense that you would always have your friends best interests at heart, no matter what. Of course, that doesn’t mean that lending a hand to your friend when they need it is easy. In fact, it’s one of the toughest things that you can do. Knowing how to respond to something that a loved one is going through can be a real challenge but, when the only other option is leaving them behind, it’s worth putting in the effort. Here are a few things that you can do to reach out to someone you love in order to offer them the best possible support.

Practical Advice

Sometimes, when you’ve got a friend or loved one who is going through something really difficult, it can be almost impossible for them to see a way out of it. Whether they’re stuck in a job that they hate, they’re dealing with a nasty break-up, or going through any of the other things that can knock a person to the ground; they’re often not in a position to see things practically. In that case, you’re in a great position to offer them a perspective that they simply can’t otherwise achieve. You can help them understand the big picture and see that. However, bad things might seem right now; they won’t be that way forever.

Tough Love

Of course, sometimes the help that you give to your friends needs to be a little harder edged than that. There are plenty of occasions where the problems that someone is having are down to their actions alone. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be there for them. Just that you need to adjust your tactics. While offering them solutions can often be incredibly useful; sometimes what they really need it a kick up the backside to get them back on track. If there’s an aspect of their lifestyle which is hurting them and other people around them, then you may need to be the one to confront them about it, pointing them towards things like the recovery village if they really need support. If things aren’t working out in your friend’s life and it comes down the way that they are behaving; your duty as a friend should be to be to hold them accountable.

Just Listen

Sometimes the best thing you can do is actually the simplest thing: just listen to them. When someone is going through something difficult, it can feel incredibly lonely and frustrating for them. Because of this, just getting to vent to another person, or talk something through can be the most helpful thing of all. Don’t feel like you always have to be there to come up with solutions for them; sometimes just being there so that they can bounce thoughts and feelings off you, coming to their own set of solutions, is the most valuable thing of all.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Learning to Love Your Body

This is a topic that’s close to my heart. Which is learning to your body. I feel that in today’s world so many of us only ever focus on the negatives, instead of looking at the positives. So here’s my thoughts on learning to love your body.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Why Body-Shaming Needs to Stop

Yesterday was the first day of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and per usual I’m posting every day this week. For this NEDA Week I’m focusing on body positivity, and so each post this week will in some way have to do with learning to love your body. The first post this year is all about why body-shaming needs to stop, and I’ve teamed up with Amy (recent guest post) for this post as well.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

5 Tips to Overcome Body Image Insecurity

Hey lovelies, today we have a guest post from O.K. Jones over at yap.buzz. I believe learning to love your body is important, and something everyone young and old, girls and boys, men and women should learn to do. Here’s O.K. Jones 5 tips to overcome body image insecurity, enjoy!

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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