10 Ways to Embrace Physical, Emotional, and Mental Self Improvement This Month

September is prominently known as Self Improvement Month. It’s so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle; especially with everything that is going on in 2020. Magnet Jewelry Store is here to remind you that if you make yourself a priority, everything else will fall into place. So, here are our 10 tips to help you with self-improvement this month:

Physically:

  1. Exercise.

You’ve probably heard this one a time or two, but exercise is very important for improving your body’s physical health. When you exercise, the body releases endorphins that help with your mood and stress. Exercise also aids in cardiovascular and respiratory health. Experts suggest finding an activity that you love and trying to do it daily. If you can’t make it to your favorite physical activity, remember you can always find alternatives in your day to day life. Try walking or biking instead of driving, or take the stairs whenever you can. Remember if you over do it, we have magnet therapy shoe insoles to possibly assist with any foot pain. https://www.magnetjewelrystore.com/insoles.html

  1. Get Outside

The summer is coming to an end here soon. While the weather is still beautiful, get outside! Sunlight is full of vitamin D and can increase levels of serotonin in your brain. Vitamin D is a contributor to a healthy immune system and bone growth. An increase in serotonin in the brain can lead to a happier, more focused you. Recent studies by Harvard Health, even demonstrated that spinal surgery patients experienced less pain, stress, and took fewer medications through recovery if they were exposed to natural light. (Harvard Health Publishing) https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/a-prescription-for-better-health-go-alfresco

  1. Eat a nutritious meal.

We’ve all heard the term, “You are, what you eat.”  There’s no better way to focus on improving your physical health than by eating nutritious foods. What you put into your body will serve as nourishment for everything; especially your brain. Carbs when not overdone, actually increase serotonin in your brain and help you relax. Also, don’t forget to load up on Omega-3 rich foods like nuts and fish for more brain power. Power up your brain even further with protein. Foods that have a lot of protein are shown to help you stay alert and awake. Lastly, add a little extra vegetables and fruit to your plate to help the structure strength of your cells and further brain function.

Mentally:

  1. Give Yourself a Compliment and Show Gratitude

Psychologists indicate the way you think about yourself greatly affects the way you feel. No brainer, right? Well, the outlook you have on yourself and your life actually changes your perception and the overall way you see life events. Try giving yourself daily compliments and affirmations to improve your mental health. Also, by having a sense of gratitude you can change your perception. Many experts recommend keeping a list of positive affirmations and a list of things you’re thankful for daily. Making these a part of your daily routine, will soon make it ingrained in your psyche and easier to muster on harder days. Focus on the good things in your life and the rest will follow.

  1. Challenge Yourself

We are all born with specific talents and strengths, and while it’s important to nurture what you’re good at, it’s also very important to challenge yourself. Challenging yourself helps with personal growth, getting you out of your comfort zone, and building confidence. If you’re not challenging yourself, you’re not growing. You’re not taking the opportunity to find out your true potential. Each challenge is a chance to master something new, and build the confidence that you have the ability to do it next time.

  1. Be Mindful

Mindfulness also known as meditation can be very helpful with improving your mental health. There’s been a recent surge in popularity in the past 10 years or so. Mindfulness was first used as a practice by Buddhist monks over 2,600 years ago. Now modern mental health sees it as a key player in therapy and treatment. Mindful practices have been scientifically shown to increase regulation of your mood, decrease stress, and help combat mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. The practice of meditation tends to bring about concentration, calmness, and clarity to your mind.

 

Emotionally

  1. Share Something Emotionally Deep with Someone You Care About

At times, it’s appropriate to grab a box of tissues and get emotionally deep with someone you care about. Having the distinct feeling of having your emotions validated by someone close to you helps your brain release oxytocin and foster relationships. Oxytocin also aids in solidifying emotional memories and getting rid of stress. You can even flip the conversation around and listen to someone else’s woes. Building empathy is another important building block of self-improvement.

  1. Give Back

Have you ever had the warm and fuzzes after volunteering, donating, or giving of yourself? We all have! Scientific research explains that by helping others your self- esteem actually improves! Being kind is a great way to enrich your life and the community around you. Especially right now we all could use a little kindness. So, embrace self-improvement by giving back and being kind.

  1. Take a break.

There are moments in all our lives where we want to throw the computer across the room or just give up. Instead, we recommend taking a break! Step away, recover from the stress. This can actually improve your job performance. If you have a moment to step away you’re restoring energy, lowering the cortisol in your brain, avoiding sleep disorders, and negative cardiovascular effects. You can even use the mindfulness tip above to orchestrate deep breathing and refocus your psyche. This tip is so important because with everything going on in 2020, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Put yourself first and take a break!

Magnet Jewelry Store is focused on your well-being! We care for the entire individual and want to see happier, healthier customers. We believe that magnets may be beneficial for some. With the help of magnets and these 10 tips to embrace self-improvement! We believe this will be your best month yet! https://www.magnetjewelrystore.com/

A Pain-Relieving Ginger Compress

We talk about ginger a lot on this blog because it offers so many valuable health properties. But here’s one we haven’t discussed yet. According to this post, fresh chopped ginger can be used as a topical wrap to reduce back and wrist pain. This may work because the heat from ginger can relax muscles and/or dull pain sensors as hot chilis do.

Read the full article here: Heated Ginger Removes Back And Waist Pain

Reiki as a Form of Pain Relief and Improved Health

Reiki is an alternative therapy that isn’t as common as yoga for pain relief, but it’s still worth considering (and knowing about). Like other Asian practices, it’s based on energies in the body. If levels are low, then there’s a greater likelihood of illness. If they’re flowing well, then health tends to be good.

Reiki practitioners attempt to remove blockages by touching the patient and allowing healing energy to flow through the hands. There’s a detox that is thought to occur in the body and emotions. Sometimes negative emotions from the past can arise and result in tension. Despite the seeming negativity of this experience, these buried hurts are important to resolve in order to improve health.

While all this may sound strange or too mystical, it does combine elements of other practices that are more accepted. Acupuncture, for example, uses needles to get energy flowing again. And much has been reported about the healing power of touch.

Read the full article here: Reiki: Natural healing technique

Dr. Mercola Discusses Music to Relieve Pain

Dr. Mercola discusses findings from recent research that music has pain relief benefits that can be the equivalent to medication. And that’s just the main benefit. It’s also inexpensive, safe, has no side effects, and results in overall relaxation. There’s also been some evidence that biological changes happen in the body when there’s music like activating cells that fight bacteria.

Read the full article here: More Evidence: Benefits of Music Easing Pain and Anxiety After Surgery

Senior Cancer Patients Take Supplements But Don’t Tell Docs

According to a recent study of older cancer patients, about a quarter are reportedly on  alternative or complementary therapies like vitamins and supplements. While this behavior isn’t necessarily bad, many are not telling their oncologists which can have downsides. St. John’s Wort, for example, can reduce the effectiveness of some cancer treatments.

Read the full article here: Older Cancer Patients Flock to Alternative Treatments

When Chiropractic Doesn’t Work But Yoga Does

This short piece on relaxation starts off by featuring a woman who had been struggling with back pain due to a repetitive stress injury. She was treated by a chiropractor for years before trying yoga which is when she found real relief. In fact, she is quoted as saying, “The yoga helped me more than the chiropractic I was trying to do at the time for my back pain.”

There are several lessons to take away from her story. First, yoga can work extremely well as a therapy. In fact, it may be the most commonly recommended way of treating different pains in the body including the back, shoulders, and hips. There’s the stretching and strengthening involved but also the relaxation that can reduce physical discomfort. And second, if a treatment doesn’t seem to be having a positive impact after three months or so, it’s important to discuss this with your doctor and/or practitioner. Maybe it’s time to make an adjustment, add a complementary therapy, or change approaches entirely.

Read the full article here: The Art of Relaxation

The Benefits of Garlic Milk

According to this article, garlic milk is not only effective at treating worms and eventually sweating legs, but it can also help to relieve symptoms related to the back condition sciatica. The remedy is exactly what it sounds like—freshly crushed garlic is mixed in with raw milk and drunk. Or apparently, the garlic can be cooked in milk and consumed that way but is less potent.

Read the full article here: Garlic Milk – A Magical Remedy To Relieve You From Sciatica Pain

Touch May Have Helped to Relieve a Doctor’s Migraines

This is a very interesting essay by a Yale doctor who was hospitalized earlier this summer with a tick-related disease. He kept developing terrible headaches which were not helped by the drugs he was prescribed to relieve them. In fact, this surprised him because the drugs had been shown to be effective, and as such, he fully expected them to work. The doctor explains that the placebo effect is real and can have a material impact on the recipient.

Something that did work to relieve his pain was his wife’s massages. Massages have been shown to be an effective form of therapy in that it may help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. But the doctor also believes the healing had to do the fact that the touch was from a human who happens to love him.

He cites a visor device that is designed to prevent migraines. It works by producing an electromagnetic field that stimulates certain nerves to stop the pain from developing. His hypothesis is that the electromagnetic fields produced by his wife and humans in general can have a similar effect on the nervous system.

Read the full article here: Healing, and Human Touch

Four Exotic Pain-Relieving Herbs

Just as you think you’ve become familiar with most of the herbs that have pain-relieving properties, you come upon a post like this one that lists four you’ve never heard of. According to reports, blue lotus can help with muscle issues, Kava Kava works as an analgesic, wild opium lettuce is a painkiller, and kratom helps with severe pain. If you decide to explore any one of these options, it’s important to do additional research on the herb and proper sources for it.

Read the full article here: 4 Natural (Legal) Herbs for Pain Relief You Don’t Know About