Living with fibroids can become overwhelming to your lifestyle. Taking time for yourself can seem unimportant, your living space can become chaotic, and your health can suffer in other areas.
That’s why it’s important to fight through your challenges and aim to get the most out of every day. Do not wait till tomorrow. Start living your life the way you want.
1. Get more sleep
Getting behind on sleep can have a negative effect on daily life. Experts say there is no “magic number” for the number of hours to get, but that it differs for each person, even independent of age, gender, and lifestyle.
Find out yourself how many hours of sleep enable you to perform the best. Keep in mind that in the same way it’s not healthy to get too few hours of sleep, it can also be unhealthy to sleep too long as well.
Once you hit the number that works for you, stick to it! Leave your electronics outside your bedroom, slip under the covers early, and wake up refreshed and ready for a new day.
2. Avoid mess
Studies have found that women have a higher amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, if their homes or workplaces are cluttered. Your anxiety can even be affected by the number of things stuck in a refrigerator door.
However, when it actually comes down to decluttering your home, it can be difficult to get rid of things, especially those that hold emotional value. One way to preserve these memories is to take a picture of the item, which is a lot easier to store than the item itself.
For five minutes every hour, try spending the time putting a few things away or wiping off the counter. It’s a small commitment that will add up, and enhance your mood at the same time.
Although meditation was originally used to try to understand the deep and spiritual meanings of life, it is now used to manage stress and help you feel more at peace. It can also make a big difference in your self-awareness and your ability to gain a new perspective on stressful situations.
Better health can be another benefit of meditation, especially if you suffer from anxiety disorders or depression. Meditating before you go to sleep can help you sleep more soundly and wake up refreshed.
There are several types of meditation to try, including mantra meditation, guided meditation, and mindfulness meditation. In mantra meditation, you softly repeat a phrase or word to draw yourself away from distractions. Mindfulness meditation is similar, but instead of focusing on a phrase, you concentrate on your own consciousness and your experience during the meditation.
To do guided meditation, you can focus on senses or places that make you feel something. Another option is to listen to a recording that guides you through a series of sensations. You can find several guided meditation recordings on YouTube.
4. Spend time in nature
The closer you live to nature, or the more time you spend outside in green spaces, the healthier you’ll be. The same study found that those who exercise surrounded by trees and grass feel more rejuvenated and less anxious than those who work out in gyms.
Even if you live in a city, chances are that there’s a hike or a beach not too far away. Take some time every week for a walk or even a picnic on a park bench. You’ll be amazed by how much better you feel!
5. Keep learning
Once you leave school, life takes over, and as time passes, you may realize you’re not learning as many new things as you did when you were younger. However, it’s important to make a conscious effort to keep learning throughout your life. You’ll be more successful, live life more deeply, and it will prevent you from getting bored.
A few ways to expand your brain include online classes like The Great Courses (they even have courses on meditation and one on optimizing brain fitness), apps and websites like Duolingo or Lumosity, or even just teaching yourself a new skill through online videos or articles.
6. Drink more water
You’ve heard it before: water will solve every problem you can possibly think of. While this isn’t exactly true, you will see a difference in how you feel when you start drinking the right amount of water. Your muscles will be more energized and your skin will look incredible.
If you have a hard time remembering to drink water, try bringing a water bottle with you wherever you go or using an app like Waterlogged, where you can track how much you drink and get reminders to drink more.
7. Make time for family
Spending time with family is another stress reliever. Having family dinner at least five times a week saves money and makes your kids less likely to get into trouble. You’ll make valuable memories that will last a lifetime and distract yourself from your daily woes.
Try setting a goal to have dinner with your family two extra times next week, or plan a family outing to a mini-golf course, the movies, or a frisbee game at the park.
8. Treat yourself
In the hectic, chaotic state of daily life for most women, you can often forget to pay attention to yourself. But while you’re trying to do it all for everyone else – your family, your neighbors, your friends – you should remember that it’s important to do it all for yourself too.
Treating yourself to a little something special every now and then can help you feel more rejuvenated, be more motivated, and even allow you to give more in the long run because you’ll have taken care of yourself first.
So next time you’re feeling down or a little burned out, head over and get yourself a cupcake or a fresh manicure. You deserve it!
9. Keep indoor plants
While studies have found quite a few emotional benefits correlated with keeping plants in your home, there are other perks as well. For instance, plants purify your air, making it cleaner and healthier. Researchers at NASA recommend having one plant per 100 square feet.
If you’re worried about keeping plants alive, there are certain species that grow well in low light or without being watered frequently. For a list of sturdy indoor plants, check out an article from the Today Show.
10. Be grateful
Even though dealing with fibroids can be difficult and overwhelming, take the time to appreciate the things that are going well in your life. Be thankful for your family, for the meals on your table, for compliments, and for life and breath.
Gratitude improves your relationships, your health, and allows you to connect with yourself and others on a spiritual level. After all, it’s hard to feel down when you’re remembering all the things you’ve got going for you.
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