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Get Off Your Butt and Do Something!

Get Off Your Butt and Do Something

How to Get Motivated:

Get Off Your Butt and Get Moving!

Okay, that was mostly geared toward myself, but maybe it applies to you too. In all probability it might. How do I know?

Because as humans we tend to get into these nasty cycles of being unproductive. True, there is usually a reason for it – sometimes entirely legitimate, but let’s face it…sometimes we are just either lazy or overwhelmed to the point that we get paralyzed and end up doing nothing.

If you are currently in that state, as I have been in the last couple of weeks due to some “issues” and the fact that it’s summer and my kids are monopolizing my time, I have a few tips that might help you get out of it.

The First Step:


Don’t blame yourself. Accept that it is natural to enter these states from time to time and they actually have a purpose that they serve.

Rest.

Sometimes, we need it. Life can get pretty stressful at times and we often feel like we simply CAN’T stop because there is just too much to do. Like the entire world would fall off its axis if god forbid we took a break.

We all know that isn’t true.

You do know that right?

You are important, but you aren’t THAT important (as to affect the axis of the world.)

So, accept that you need a break and realize that the much needed “lazy” unproductive time will actually serve you better when you do finally get off your BUTT and start doing things again.

The only thing you want to be wary of is, sometimes it gets pretty darn comfortable on your butt and you really don’t want to get off it.

You can take this to mean two things, one) either it just isn’t time to get going yet or two) you have overstayed your welcome and its gone numb.

Which brings me to…

The Second Step:


Get Off Your Butt

Pretty obvious, yes? But not easy to do sometimes. It takes mental stimulation, it takes will power, strength and sometimes a drive you just aren’t feeling yet. But you have to FORCE it, sorry to say. But sometimes you truly just have to convince yourself to do it.

It’s time.

Don’t feel any guilt over the fact that you needed the rest. Thoroughly enjoy it and when it’s time (it’s pretty easy to tell when it’s time), get moving again.

Return to life and resume your routines. But this time around…mix it up a little!

Sometimes those moments of burnout happen and you end up on your bum because you didn’t take any time for yourself in the daily grind that is life. It is essential that you do. Otherwise you get bored. You get exhausted. And you simply can’t function at your best.

So after you’ve gotten off your darier this time, make sure you schedule some “YOU” time and do something that you enjoy during each and every day. Yes, I said everyday!

I’m a firm believer in making each day count.

I stopped calling it, “Live today as if it were your last”, frankly because that just seemed morbid and depressing.

Instead, I say make each and every day count because each day is an amazing gift. And one that should be cherished. You don’t have to have a scarcity mindset, or even an abundance attitude that you have all the time in the world.

You simply have to realize that each moment is something special and each day should include something that will make it an AMAZING one for you.

Yes, we all have to do things we don’t like or want to do. But we are still essentially in control of our own lives, destiny and we do have choices. So, choose YOURSELF more often and you will likely not find yourself on your butt unable or unwilling to get off of it.

I will say, my excuse this time was warranted, because I wanted to spend my time with my children while they are out of school. Selfish I know. But I figured a lot of my work could wait. So I allowed myself the time to spend with them and enjoy it.

Yes, I felt a little guilty that my work was waiting for me. But guess, my work doesn’t have a voice. It only does if I let it.

So how do you get off your butt when you are so “attached” to your current cushion? Take a deep breath. Think about and appreciate the break you just took for yourself and think about ONE thing that you should probably get to.

Just one thing. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the LONG list that probably awaits you, that’s only going to make you SIT longer, trust me. Just come up with ONE thing that you should focus on.

Take another deep breath and get up and do that ONE thing.

My guess, once you get up and your legs realize they CAN move, you’ll easily move onto the other tasks that await you.

Being “stuck” can lead to depression, too many thoughts (often negative) and usually force you to stay down.

My daughter (the 8 year old genius) put it perfectly the other day when I asked her: “Why do our minds always go to the “what ifs” in life? Why do we tend to always focus on the negative that will likely never happen?”

I was kind of just speaking out loud at the time. I didn’t expect such an insightful answer from her. And one I already knew, but couldn’t come up with on my own in that moment, don’t ask me why.

She said: “Because we have too much time on our hands.”

It’s true. We do.

Well, most of us. Even when we work and have a million tasks to do. We still have too much time to THINK. Our lifestyle of convenience has made it so.

If we lived elsewhere and our entire day was only focused on SURVIVAL, guess what? You wouldn’t be what if-ing really stupid things that you can’t control anyway.

You were likely feeling overwhelmed when you sat down. You sat down for a reason, it’s okay. Enjoy your rest, and get up when you’re ready.

Don’t take too long – the world awaits you!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter, or if you’re stuck and need some motivation. Please leave me a comment below.

Tess
NurturingYourBody.com

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Restless Leg Syndrome Soap Cure – Does This Really Work?

Restless Leg Syndrome Soap

Restless Leg Syndrome Cures and Causes


Even with all of the research I’ve done about Restless Leg Syndrome, I am still having trouble with it. I’ll admit, I haven’t done all of the remedies because I guess I’m lazy and when it hits me I’m just annoyed and no longer thinking clearly. Plus, it appears I’m backwards in most things which has made me skeptical.

I’m pretty sure mine is hormonal too which is ironic because my symptoms of RLS started when I started to fix my hormonal imbalance and started to feel better. I accept that I’m backwards, and it’s nice to have my hormones starting to feel more under control, but my RLS continues.

Mine usually hits me immediately when I settle down to sleep. It never wakes me up, just keeps me from falling asleep. Sometimes my legs just want to move, other times they just feel warm, tingly, irritating. This just began for me a couple of months ago. Before that, I had heard of RLS, my mother had spoken of it. I thought, “Boy, that sounds annoying!”

That is an understatement. It’s amazing how you can feel fine one minute, lie down and then have it just hit you and start driving you crazy and keeping you awake. It’s bad enough when you are being kept away for other reasons, but when your body starts doing it to you, man…

So, my search for remedies continues. During my search I ran across the weirdest thing ever. A restless leg syndrome soap cure.

Have you heard of this?

Apparently it has been around awhile. It seems almost too silly to believe, but everything I’ve read makes the results sound pretty remarkable. So I’m going to give it a try. If you do too, please come back and tell me if it worked for you.

Here’s what you do:

Use an unwrapped bar of soap – Ivory is good (not Dove or Dial, don’t ask why) and place it under your bottom sheet near your feet. It has been noted to not only cure RLS, but other leg cramp problems as well. Apparently, it works better for leg cramps than RLS, but many people have noted an improvement and complete relief of their RLS from this method. One person says they place their feet on the soap and the symptoms go away in a couple of minutes.

They have also noted that if you start to see symptoms again, replacing the bar of soap (at least every 6 months) that that helps. Which makes sense, if there is an active ingredient in the soap that is helping.

Why Try a Restless Leg Syndrome Soap Cure?


Some people with RLS symptoms are put on a prescription drug called Requip, however this prescription can cause drowsiness during the day which can be dangerous. Trying a bar of soap first seems like a no brainer to me before going to this extreme.

Dr. Oz recommended a bar of lavender soap, as lavender itself has relaxing properties, but there is little evidence to support this. However, a twitter poll on using soap in general showed that 42 percent of people experienced relief from nighttime leg cramps.

What do you think? Is this psychosomatic? Or could there really be something to this? And what do you think is the reason it works?

More importantly, if it works and you are currently suffering from RLS, do you care why?

RLS symptoms at night are really annoying. The only thing I’ve tried that has worked for me are some stretches. Someone also recently asked me where to place ice packs for restless legs. I’m not sure that exact placement matters as much as that you do it. For me, anywhere below the knees on the calfs would help.

Be warned though that sometimes heat works, sometimes cold works – it kind of depends on the person. So what I’m realizing now with my research is that like with everything else, everyone is different and the cure is going to be particular to you, just as your symptoms and causes are particular to you.

Here are a few other RLS cures that I’ve found:


– Walk and Stretch: Movement helps restless legs. Unfortunately for me, as soon as I stop it usually comes back – unless I’ve done enough stretching, particularly the calves.
– Apply heat or cold: Heat compresses and warm baths work for some people, whereas, ice packs and/or cold showers work for others
– Massage: This doesn’t seem to help me, and others I know actually report that after a massage they often experience RLS – so again, this is particular to each person.
– Use Muscle Rubs, like Bengay and Aspercreme: Doctors say these help improve blood flow and relieve pain.
– Have sex: The activity often relaxes people, helping them to sleep and keeping RLS away.
– Keep mentally busy: Silly, since you want to sleep. But if you can’t sleep, try reading, writing or doing puzzles or even having a conversation.

Personally, all of the above seem like a lot more work than simply buying a bar of Ivory and putting it under my sheets. So I’m going to try that one first. If it doesn’t work, no loss. If it does, then Eureka!!!! I’ll let you know how it goes.

Please do the same – come back and share your results with us.

Tess
NurturingYourBody.com

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