10 Ways to Build Your Self Esteem

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1. Be nice to yourself; this means taking care of all basic needs every day and never using negativity or name calling to yourself.

2. Use positive affirmations every day. Things such as, “I am worthwhile, I matter, I love myself, I am important. I encourage you to do these in from of a mirror 2 or 3 times a day.

3. Accept compliments by simply saying, “thank you.”

4. Find somewhere to volunteer. I guarantee it will make you feel better.

5. Find a cheerleader; someone who will support you and help you realize that you matter. Someone who will continually encourage you.

6. Do something nice for yourself every day. A hot bath, a good book, a walk, it can be anything of your choosing that is just for youl

7. Explore new things. Make a list of everything you’ve ever wanted to do. Separate the list into two columns. One is things I could do right now, the other is things I hope eventually to do. It could be joining a club, organization, etc., taking a class, finding a new hobby, even if you find you don’t like what you’ve tried, that’s okay. Remember this is the exploring stage.

8. Always remember that you always pick yourself up. Even if you feel like you failed, if you are still working on it, that means you got back up as many times as you failed.

9. Surround yourself with positive people. You become who you spend the most time with. Make sure it is good things.

10. Every night write down 5 things you were grateful for that day. It can be big or small. Even something as simple as the sun was out.

This is a start. I hope that you will try working on some of these things. Too many people don’t believe they are worthy or equal to others. I am here to tell you that is a big lie. You do matter, you are important and you deserve the best.

Take care,

Julie

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs!

The cold, ice and snow seem to have a strong grip on us this year here in Michigan and in many other parts of the country!  So if the weather is getting you down, I thought I would offer a helpful list of ways to distract yourself from the frigid temperatures and stir craziness of this winter.  So grab a hot cuppa something, browse this list and hopefully you will find something that inspires you and jolts you out of the Winter Blahs!

1. Haul out those old summer vacation photos, whether they be on your computer or in a photo book, and snuggle up on the sofa for a trip down memory lane!  Just looking at those photos of warm weather fun will bring a smile to your face and is a guaranteed feel good activity! Here is photo from my album of Little one enjoying the summer    4-H Fair!

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2. Get your “reggae” on!  Tune in to some tropical music on Pandora or another on-line music station, close your eyes and dream of the summer days that will eventually come around again, or get up and DANCE to it! Here is one of my personal favorites!

3.Hop on Pinterest and do a search for Spring or Summer Fashion!  It is like window shopping, without having to leave your house or spend any money!  Here are a couple of my favorites:

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4. Bring out the board games!  A good old fashioned game of Uno, Candy Land or Dominoes will distract you from the howling winds!

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5. If the temperature permits, bundle yourself up and go for a walk.  The still, soft quietness of a winter day can give us a feeling of calm and peace. (Picture by Jules)

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6. Follow that walk with a steaming hot cup of chocolate!  Go ahead and indulge, dark chocolate has been proven to offer some health benefits!  Here is a recipe for “Healthy Hot Chocolate”

7. Try to enjoy the TIME  these winter days give us.  Time with our families, to read a book, make a home cooked meal, watch a movie, do a craft, complete a project, or to just “be”.

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8.If you’ve looked at all of the summer vacation photos, move on to home movies!  The kids will love watching themselves when they were “little”.  Maybe you could even record some new movies!

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9. Doing something for someone else in need will ALWAYS make you feel better!

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10. Finally, make a list of five things you are thankful for!  The cold, winter days won’t be able to keep you down if your mind is on the blessings in your life!

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Hope you found something on the list to brighten your day!

~Blessings,

Jen