You’re Doing Just Fine: Here are 10 Reminders for Self-Love

Love starts within…

To survive in a world that can be cruel love is an important emotion to understand. The happiest people of all are those who have mastered the love they have for themselves as well as for others. Today, we have ten reminders to keep you on track this week!

Bad Choices are Inevitable – No human on this planet has ever gone through life making all the right decisions; believe us. If you can’t accept this, you’ll never be able to show self-love. If you can accept this, you’ll learn from your shortcomings in order to make better ones in the future.

All Feelings are Valid – In the world right now, there are others better off as well as people worse off than your current position. Even so, this doesn’t make your feelings somehow invalid. When you experience pain, go through it without judgment and come out the other side without acting rashly.

We Can’t Read Minds – If anyone on this planet could read minds, they would be filling out stadiums each and every night. For some reason, we like to suggest what others are thinking before using this to criticize ourselves. Sadly, assumptions can ruin relationships (and self-love) so don’t let this happen.

Anger Always Runs Deeper – No matter what you might think, anger never just appears out of nowhere; it comes from a deeper emotion of pain or fear. To build on self-love, work on treating the root cause of the issue rather than acting on the anger. If you can understand your main concerns and issues, you understand yourself better for the future.

We’re All Unique – Have you ever met someone with whom you clicked instantly? With this in mind, why do we get so upset when the opposite happens (not getting on with somebody)? Remember, you won’t like everybody, and not everyone will like you. Once you realize this, you won’t have to try to change anything, but instead, you can focus on the positive relationships in your life.

Hope for the Best – For most of us, it’s completely natural to continually consider the worst-case scenario so why not flip this around? Of course, there’s nothing wrong with preparing for the worst, so you have a plan in place, but positivity will lead to a world of self-love and optimism.

Let Things Happen – Following on a similar theme, it’s ok to just let things happen rather than anticipating the reaction or analyzing each moment like basketball highlight show. Although it might be hard, you need to learn to be present in the moment because this shows respect and kindness towards yourself.

You Can’t Keep Running – No matter how many times you try to run away from things that hurt, it will always catch up with you. Whether it’s heartbreak or something else unpleasant, you can show yourself love by dealing with the issue head-on. Once you get over this hurdle of pain, the wound will start to heal.

‘No’ is a Word – In all the words in the dictionary, ‘no’ has to be amongst the most underused and for no good reason at all. If you’re to appreciate your own time and value your worth, you need to start saying this magical word more often. Remember, our time is limited on this planet so do things you will enjoy.

This is Your Story! – Finally, you must never forget that this is your story and only you can affect how people will tell it in the years to come!

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Pain VS Hurt

Pain VS Hurt

Dr. Joel N.M Kerr, @InfoTHI

 

 

The old saying “no pain, no gain” has been taken too literal nowadays.

With enormous pressure on an athlete’s performance, coupled with faulty training protocols that neglect adequate assessments, more and more young bodies are succumbing to preventable injuries.

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Courtesy: Runners Connect

Regardless if you are an athlete or not, the ability to listen to your body is probably the single best tool you can posses. However, one must first understand what the body is trying to say.

 

In order for the body to adapt, such as getting bigger, stronger and faster, it needs to be stressed, via training.

 

Pain, or the perception of, is a natural consequence of taxing your body. There is “good pain” and “bad pain.”

 

The “good pain” is you reaching the necessary threshold needed to facilitate adaptation and growth in your body. Many describe this feeling as a “burn.” This form of pain should only be felt while you are engaged in the activity, and stop shortly after.

 

The “bad pain” is you going so far passed the aforementioned threshold that your body is being harmed. A cascade effect begins to happen at this point. Form is compromised, soft tissue is compromised, and physiological defense mechanism engage, such as muscle spasms.

 

“Bad pain” can also occur more abruptly and traumatically. It is always necessary to be concerned if onset of pain is sudden, sharp and debilitating.  This includes tears, strains, and dislocations.

 

A clear indication of when to stop activity is if pain is felt locally. A warning sign of your entire arm being sore and in minor pain is normal, but when you only feel pain in a localized area, such as your elbow, then it may cause for concern. If you are working both legs for example, and the pain or soreness is on one side, it could spell injury.

 

When one does not put a stop to “bad pain” as soon as it is recognized, it will eventually lead to hurt. Being “hurt” in this context means structures do not only need time to heal, but need secondary interventions, like medical attention and/or therapy.

 

Being hurt means you are injured to the point where you cannot function. The severity of being hurt varies widely, ranging from a couple of days of rest to surgeries to possible forceful retirement.

 

Our responsibility is to provide you with the necessary tools and knowledge to safely conduct yourselves when not being supervised. There will be times over the course of any career in which you will be forced to tend to yourself. Below explains what you can do to control any unforeseen injuries that may arise.

 

R.I.C.E.R

Rest, keep injury site as still as possible to prevent further injury. Use sling or brace when necessary. The goal is relax and prevent blood flow and inflammation to site of injury.

 

Ice, is the most important tool for acute injuries. It will help to reduce pain, swelling, bleeding and inflammation. Apply as soon as possible, and never directly onto bare skin. Apply for 20 minutes every 2-3 hours for the first 24-48 hours for best effectiveness.

 

Compression, helps to manage bleeding, swelling and provides added support and stability. Compression can be tricky, tightness needs to be comfortable, if you get numb then it is too tight and restricting blood flow.

 

Elevation, keep injury above heart level. This helps redirect blood flow, helps reduce swelling, bleeding and pain.

 

No H.A.R.M

Heat, will increase blood circulation, promote bleeding, swelling and inflammation. Be cautious when taking baths, showers, or stepping into any high temperature environment like a sauna following an injury.

 

Alcohol, promotes bleeding and swelling. Most importantly, it can mask perception of pain, which can potentially lead to more damage to the injury.

 

Running, and other exercise can promote blood flow, and without clearance from your health professional, can potentially cause further injury.

 

Massage, direct pressure and manual manipulation of an injured area can increase blood circulation, and harm tissue. Direct massage however can be beneficial after 48hours to an injury.

 

Many people are surprised to hear that diet also plays a major role in the recovery process. Here are some guidelines to help speed up your recovery.

 

Stay Away From Foods That Promote Inflammation

These include:

  • Fatty meats, fatty cheeses, high sugar food items such as baked goods, ice cream, high starch based foods such as white flour, white bread and potatoes.

On the other hand, these are foods that will support healing.

  • Calcium and magnesium rich foods assists in reducing muscle cramps. These include sesame seeds, yogurt, low fat milk.
  • Vitamin C-rich foods contain tissue and cell healing properties. These include citrus fruits, berries, peppers, broccoli
  • Many foods contain anti-inflammatory properties that assist in reducing pain from inflammation. These include cherries, raspberries, celery, mild curry and cayenne spice, fatty fish such as salmon
  • Lastly, protein rich foods directly assists in rebuilding muscle and damaged soft tissue. These include fish, lean meats like turkey and chicken breast, pumpkin seeds, soy beans and legumes

 

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Creating a passion for pain

Creating a Passion for Pain
By Dayne Gingrich

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The honeymoon phase ended quickly. Bills continued coming in but the income was not matching them. I felt alive focusing on creating a new life, but the reality of what it would take to make it happen instantly knocked me to the ground. With my first child on the way, I begin feeling a pressure to provide for her unlike any I had ever felt in the past. It often led to sleepless nights, quietly wondering how I was going to fulfill the promise I made to myself months ago. I fought and scraped my way to building a small clientele but kept wondering why it was taking so long. As the frustration became too much to handle, I made a phone call that would forever change my life, and consequently, the lives of every student I would work with from that point on. I dialed my new mentor – a 41-year-old man who was a high school dropout, homeless at 16, and was told he’d never amount to anything. At the time we talked he had completed a Masters in education and was finishing his PhD. He had found a way to persevere and I wanted to know what was inside him that made it possible.

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His advice blew my mind! He said having a passion for what I did and working hard every day towards my goal wasn’t enough; I needed to create a passion for the pain and struggle that was attached to the journey. ‘What?’ I thought. ‘Love the pain?’ I was always taught that struggle would be a part of the process but having a passion for it was never included in the equation. He taught me that the difference between the person who attains greatness and the one who only dreams of it is the willingness to endure the most pain. He then went a step further and asked me to invite struggle into my life. This, he said, would ensure I’d never again fear the challenging times that would be waiting for me. Moreover, I’d make them a part of my eventual success story.

 

I was never the same after this life-altering phone call; my mindset was forever changed. From that point forward, as a personal challenge, I’d ask for pain to enter my days while focusing on how strong I could become. Instead of complaining about the difficulty of my chosen career change, I welcomed it. This immediately empowered me and gave me confidence I never knew I had. Shortly after I made this mindset switch, my business became what I had once imagined, my marriage improved and my relationship with my young daughter soared to another level. My story isn’t about success, but rather about the journey to a more fulfilling life, redefining the rules of achievement and the mindset that’s attached. We all have the ability to create the picture we desire, but struggle along the way is not only inevitable, it’s mandatory. Embrace the painful moments, knowing they’re temporary and ultimately teaching you how to turn your dreams into a reality.

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Trust Your Struggle II

(NEW VIDEO) Trust Your Struggle II

Everyone has a story or a battle they are facing. Just remember that the pain you are going through will one day make sense. Trust Your struggle!

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Stretch it

Stretch it!
Article submitted by: Alicia Bell of Trainitright.com
The average person spends most of the day sitting down. Our muscles get stiff, our joints don’t get to move and we become less supple as the years go on. Do your body a favor and make stretching a daily priority. According to McAfee and Charland, flexibility is very important for everyone not just elite athletes. Stretching the hips and legs are especially important for everyone. From those who are very active to those who live a sedentary lifestyle. When a muscle is shortened through daily living or even strength training it can cause pain and pull your body in all sorts of uncomfortable ways. This is can be one of the many reasons why people with desk jobs often suffer from low back pain. Also if muscles are not stretched they are unable to be used to their potential. This will also limit the range of motion that could normally be achieved.
When an athlete has tight hamstrings the quadriceps will work harder because they are working against the hamstrings to compensate. This causes both the quadriceps and hamstrings to fatigue and sets the stage for a poor performance or makes the runner prone to injury.Tight hamstrings are a huge contributor to lower back pain, knee pain and leg length differences. If the hamstrings are tight and don’t fire properly, neither do the gluteus maximus and this causes the erector spinae to contract first, followed by the glutes and then the hamstrings and this puts massive stresses on the lumbar spine causing back pain. This also can happen to you!
The following are some great stretches for your hips and legs. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 30s and repeat each stretch for both the right and left leg 3 times. Make stretching a priority and part of your daily routine.
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Trust Your Struggle – OFFICIAL VIDEO

Trust Your Struggle – OFFICIAL VIDEO

This video is dedicated to every single person here. I know every one of you is working towards something working towards yourself. I know the pain hurts and I promise you one day your pain will make sense. TRUST YOUR STRUGGLE!

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