Self-care Starts With the Heart: 4 Heart-Healthy Tips for Valentine's Day by Nicole DeAvilla
Self-care starts with your heart. When you focus on this vital organ, you may feel better, have more energy, reduce your risk of other diseases and cultivate the confidence that you will be healthy at any age.
The better you feel the easier it may be to gain, maintain and deepen close relationships. You can start now with simple lifestyle changes. You might have tried to make lifestyle changes in the past and found it easier said than done. There are many reasons why it’s hard to make lifestyle changes. It takes more than willpower! Our brains are wired to resist change. Addictions can be very difficult to break.
Whether you plan to celebrate on your own or with someone special, use these tips to give a gift of health to you or someone you love on Valentine’s Day and all year long.
- Get some support! It’s hard to do it on your own. Joining communities that support you and offer friendship will go a long way. Having a medical professional and/or coach can help. My favorite type of support is a yoga therapist. I may be biased as I am a yoga therapist and I train and mentor yoga therapists around the world. Yoga therapists are experts in lifestyle and helping you to make lifestyle changes.
- Start small if you need to. Consistency is most important. Create small changes that stick then add more.
- You do not have to be perfect! I have heard it often said that as long as you are on target with the foods you eat, your exercise and how you rest and manage stress, 80 percent of the time you will do well and be more likely to stick with the changes you make for the long term.
- Do simple yoga that works for you. A health survey showed that people who did yoga had an easier time achieving their health goals from diet to exercise. There are many types of yoga. The trick is to find the right yoga that works for you. Do you have a favorite yoga you like or are you looking for yoga that works for you? Comment below!
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