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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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How To Calm Restless Legs and Sleep Like a Baby

How to Calm Restless LegsI decided to write a post on how to calm restless legs after experiencing it myself recently. I had heard of it sure, my mother had complained of it, but until I actually had it myself it just never really occurred to me how AWFUL it really is. I mean, they just don’t want to stay STILL and you can’t sleep and you can’t relax. It’s horrible when you are trying to sleep. So I went online to try and figure out what was going on, why I was having it and how I could fix it.

What I discovered for myself was that my hormones were out of whack and I was essentially experiencing what a lot of pregnant women or women in perimenopause and menopause have to go through.

You have my sympathies. Truly.

Restless legs in pregnancy happens in about 19% of pregnant women. And while they say it doesn’t cause serious health problems I can assure you when you can’t sleep, that feels pretty serious to me. Because having severe fatigue, especially when you are pregnant is just not a good thing.

How to Sleep with Restless Legs

Basically, you can’t. If you have them, they aren’t going to let you unless you try and do something to make them stop. Prevention is key, so first I will discuss what you can do to try and prevent the RLS from happening in the first place, then I will tell you what you can do IF it is too late and your legs are a twitching.

What To Do About RLS – Help Restless Legs Rest


The first thing you can do is start moving at lunchtime. Instead of sitting at lunchtime, go for a walk.
Second, get your circulation going in the afternoon by jogging in place for a few minutes.
Third, take a break at work and get up and stretch and walk around for at least 5 minutes.

At the end of your day, stretch your legs – get a leg massage.
Unwind with a hot bath – this helps for some. Others need to chill out and use ice packs to calm those restless legs.

CHECK YOUR VITAMINS!
Are you getting enough Iron?
– Iron deficiency can cause RLS

How’s your alcohol intake?
– Drinking alcohol can make RLS symptoms worse.

Also, avoid eating late. Heavy meals can also increase rls symptoms.

Are you taking any prescription medications? If so, check their side effects, rls might be listed.

Tips To Help RLS


– Get regular, moderate exercise
– Use a heating pad to soothe your rls symptoms
– Use ice or a cold shower (Where to place ice packs for restless legs? For me, below knees helps the most.)
– Don’t overexercise! Moderate exercise is the way to go, excessive can cause your symptoms to worsen
– Avoid nicotine and caffeine close to bedtime
– Keep a regular sleep schedule

As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I was experiencing RLS due to a hormonal imbalance. What I uncovered for myself was that my estrogen levels were either too high, or out of balance with my progesterone (meaning I had low progesterone so my estrogen levels were more extreme).

If you have a hormone imbalance that could possible be due to low progesterone, it is recommended to take Vitamin E, a B-complex (especially getting enough B6). Melatonin and Evening Primrose Oil can also help increase progesterone levels.

Progesterone is a hormone naturally created by our bodies, however it is also the hormone that creates all the others (i.e. Estrogen and Testosterone.) It is depleted easily by factors such as stress, exercise and lack of sleep. So help your body out, try to stay calm and relaxed as much as possible. Take your vitamins and see if some small simple relaxation and vitamin changes can help your body to balance out.

Do you have any tips to help out RLS sufferers? Please leave a comment below.

Your Friend,

Tess
NurturingYourBody.com

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