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Find what feels good  

In our high pace society, we often run around doing everything at once in the hopes of checking of yet another thing on our to-do lists. We need to have it all; the perfect job, family and relationships. But the pursuit of having it all leaves us with no time or strength to take care of ourselves.

We all need a break every once in a while, for the sake of our sanity, but how do we do that?

Realize that you need it
First off you need to realize that you’re not running on super fuel and we all need to refill occasionally. Taking time for ourselves, away from the many distractions that surround us, is of the highest importance.

Find your “me-time”
Whatever makes you feel relaxed and good is considered “me-time”. It can be to go for a walk, practice yoga, take a bath, read a book, try out a new recipe etc. “Me-time” means different things to different people, you just need to find yours.

Prioritize it
Solitude is like a little vacation for the soul. It may feel like a challenge to let yourself slow down, but is still very important. Make time in your everyday to find what feels good and make it a priority.

Tell people
Be clear about your needs to the people around you. If friends want to meet, but you want to spend that time doing something for you, let them know. Or tell your partner you will spend the next hour having “me-time”. Make them understand this is a priority to you.

Don’t feel guilty
Many of us are used to putting others first and may therefore find it hard to prioritize ourselves without feeling guilty about it. Taking time for yourself is healthy, and to be able to take care of others and share your positive energy you need to nurture yourself first. Feel good to do good, and leave the guilty conscious at the door step.


By: Henriette Danielsen 

Body

When It’s OK to Take a Break

The fitness world keeps getting more and more confusing by the day. Constantly we see posts spouting #NoDaysOff or articles saying to hit the gym twice a day. Regular exercise is important, but it’s also important to avoid overtraining.

Here are some signs your body (or mind) might need a break:

Bad attitude over exercise
If you’re really just not feeling it one day, then take a break. There’s no golden rule you have to follow that says you have to workout X amount of minutes for X days. Something I try to do when I’m not feeling up to a workout is to commit to ten minutes of it. If I’m still not feeling the workout after ten minutes, then I pack up and go home. Like they say, exercise is a celebration of what your body can do! Don’t make exercise a chore that you don’t enjoy. Find something you like, and do that. It doesn’t have to be a gym.

You’re feeling sick
If you wake up one day and not feeling so well, you should definitely stay home and rest. Putting your recovery first is important!

You’re too sore
If you’re painfully sore the next day after a workout, it might be time for a rest day. Try doing some active recovery like walking or yoga instead.

I hope these tips can help recognize whether or not you’re ready for a rest day or need a break!


This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc. / Photo cred