Look To the Western Sky

A blog about single life as a parent & the dreams of a writer by Margo L. Dill

Category: Life Lessons (page 1 of 7)

Why Do I Keep Getting Sucked in by a Narcissist?

In my current novel draft of women’s fiction, one of my characters is a narcissist. One of the things I worry about when/if this book gets published is that readers will have a hard time understanding why my main character continues to have any relationship with this guy. They don’t work together. They don’t share a child. They aren’t related. And yet, she just can’t seem to stop being around him. That’s why I post about narcissists on here sometimes. I do it for two reasons–one, so people who are in relationships with narcissists or who’ve been raised by one, etc. know they are not alone. Two, so readers, who have not had this experience in their lives, can have some understanding of the issues.

Last time, I posted about the silent treatment.  I feel drawn today to write a little bit more about “getting along” with a narcissist and how he or she can draw you in and then make you feel crazy in less than a day. Crazy for doubting them one day. Crazy for trusting them the next. Master Manipulator who’s always changing the rules.

The problem for me has always been that when I hear someone whom I care about say, “You deserve to be happy,” or “I’m always here for you,” or “You were not nice to me,” I think about what those words mean if I say them. When I say to someone “you deserve to be happy,” it means that in spite of how I feel about a situation, if the person is happy, then I will try to put my feelings aside (even if it’s hard) and be happy for them. If I say, “you were not nice to me,” I’m able to pick out the moments when I thought the person was not being nice and explain why these hurt my feelings.

When a narcissist says these statements, they don’t mean the same thing. He doesn’t have the same meaning behind the words. And that’s a problem for me, for most people involved with self-centered people, because we’re sucked in. We want to believe. We hope this time it’s different. And a narcissist is counting on this from us–she’s counting on you feeling this mutual respect and love with these words while it serves her purpose–whatever purpose that is. Sometimes, I’m not sure if narcissists even know what the purpose is. They’re hurting inside. They have deep childhood wounds. The purpose can be to put a band-aid on a gunshot wound, as the saying goes–and you’re the band-aid for a while.

So what do you do? First, don’t beat yourself up. I’m writing this post today after reading about narcissists, going to therapy, being involved with them, writing about them, and I can still get sucked in. It’s very easy.  Second, all you have to do is change ONE thing, one behavior that you normally do and don’t do it.  Your life will start to go in a different direction. Here’s a quote from the YOU ARE A BADASS! calendar:

Because a habit is any behavior you do automatically and repeatedly without really thinking about it, most things we do fall into the habit category because most of us ain’t thinking so much. As we’ve seen, we’re usually in a state of reacting to our subconscious beliefs. Once we become aware and decide to consciously respond instead, we can change habits, which will change our realities. ~Jen Sincero

I’m here to tell you THIS WORKS. The minute you decide to not get mad at the narcissist because he was not there for you, and you decided to call someone else, you started to break a habit. The minute you didn’t spend worrying about why you were getting the silent treatment after she told you that she was happy for you, you’re on your way to a new reality. The minute you try to love this person for whom he is, as a fellow human being, and not as the person you want him to be, you have broken the cycle.

This is not to say that things will be rosy from here on out–especially if you’re married to the narcissist or she is your mother. But most of your life is about your reaction to problems and situations, not what is happening to you. You have more power than you think. You can still choose to love and have good will toward a narcissist from afar–staying true to who you are as a person–and having the life you deserve surrounded by people who won’t drive you crazy.


Organization Help: List of What Paperwork to Keep and What to Shred

Dear Self,

Why the heck do you feel the need to keep every single piece of paper that’s ever floated into your life in a hugely disorganized pile on the dining room table? Sure, some of them may be pretty important, but most of them could be introduced to Mr. Shredder, right?

Yours faithfully,

Clutter Is My Worst Enemy

We’re pretty sure many of us can relate to the above scenario because, let’s be honest, all of us have a mailbox that’s been infiltrated by “junk mail” we can’t decipher. Credit card applications, packs of insurance documents, bible-length retirement fund reports, pay stubs dating back a decade, all of it. Well, to help you overcome this pile of paperwork for once and for all, we’ve come up with a pretty extensive list of what paperwork you should pop in a safe and what can be shredded (and then recycled).

What You Should Keep A Physical Copy Of Forever:

To give you the sum of it: you pretty much want to keep a physical copy of anything that’s state related or a federal matter, such as certifications, licenses, deeds, etc. That’s partly because you’ll want to access them quickly when the time comes and partly because they are a nuisance to replace. Things–like birth and death certificates, social security cards, pension plans, IDs and passports, marriage license, business documents, insurance policies, wills, powers of attorney, car titles, loan documents, house deeds and mortgage papers –they should all be kept together in a safe place, preferably in a fireproof safe. 

What You Should Keep The Latest Versions Of For A While:

Just so you know, it doesn’t matter whether you keep a physical copy of these documents or you scan, then store them, in a highlighted folder on your computer – so long as you have a copy of them at hand. Anyway, to break it down for you a bit more, you want to:

  • Keep all of your tax records and receipts for a minimum of seven years, just in case the taxman comes knocking, you decide to start a business, need a large loan or want to buy a property.
  • Keep your bank statements for a year, at least. Of course, if you haven’t done this, you can always use a pay stub generator and start now, which is a great idea, as you never know when you might need to provide proof of your income later on.
  • Keep any documents relating to a property purchase, sale, renovation, or improvement job for at least six years after you sell it.
  • Keep every page of your medical records and healthcare bills for no less than twelve months after you’ve made a payment because you never know when you might find yourself embroiled in a dispute with an insurance provider.
  • Keep all the latest versions of your Social Security statements, annual insurance policy documents, and retirement plan statements, whether that is your 401(k), 529, IRA, etc.

As for everything else, shred ‘em.


A Positive Attitude by Jo Ann Simon (Author of Rose Colored Glasses)

I am happy to welcome Jo Ann Simon, author of Rose Colored Glasses: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Hopeto Look to the Western Sky ,today. She is on blog tour with WOW! Women On Writing , and I’m one of the stops. Below, she has written a post about her positive attitude. Her memoir is about her husband getting a tick bite on Block Island. She says, “We shared a story that felt like a dream. Every moment was an adventure… and then Tom became ill. As his mysterious symptoms persisted, we were hurtled through a maze of fear, tests, doubts and sorrow. But while doctors toyed with diagnoses– Lyme disease, ALS–we filled each day with joy, hope, good food, wine, music, and travel. Even when death came to crush our storybook romance, we found that the human spirit is greater than the frailties of the body, greater than suffering and grief.”


A Positive Attitude

Guest post by Jo Ann Simon

Everyone has a choice to be positive or negative.  You can see it every day just walking down the street or in the supermarket.  Look at the people and see who has a smile, or glint in their eyes showing their enjoyment of the day.  Then you see the people with their heads down, grimacing or griping about their dour situations.  They might have a dour situation, or they are creating it for themselves. It is much easier to be positive and feel something good than to be stuck in your own doubt.

Having a positive attitude gives you a very special power.  This power allows you to see things in a better way and know that anything is possible.  That door of endless possibilities is always open.  Negativity slams that door closed and forces that person to feel woe is me because nothing is possible for them.   I like to get my crowbar out and try to open that door with simple ideas of possibilities.  It is amazing to me that a negative person cannot even think about the simplest solutions to situations.  Their minds are crammed with swarms of downward delusional thoughts, so they can’t find that glimmer of hope for something good.

I am always unnerved with the amount of negativity in our world and try to change it every day.  I have been in a conference room with a group of co-workers who are speaking doom and gloom, and I will ask why we can’t change the situation with a different method.  They all look at me and say, “Jo Ann has her Rose Colored Glasses on today”.  I do have those glasses on, and normally, when a positive suggestion is made, it comes as a surprise because negativity tends to rule the day.  But, when they all start thinking and talking about how to change it for the better, excitement starts building into something wonderful and doable.

Having a positive attitude makes life much more enjoyable and easier.  My goal is to make the most of every day, no matter what is happening in life around me.   I strive to live every day to the fullest, and spread the wealth of the notion that anything is possible if you try to think like that.

I wear my Rose Colored Glasses every day, whether you can see them or not, and I am a better person for doing that.

Find JoAnn Online:

Website: https://www.joann-simon.com/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForgetMeNotJoSi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joannsimonauthorpage/



Top 5 Personal Challenges

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Each day is an opportunity to try something new and to test yourself. One of the best ways to achieve more in your life is to set yourself little personal challenges. These challenges do not need to be anything of monumental magnitude. What matters is that they appeal to you and help you to achieve something that will make you feel proud while broadening your horizons. With that being said, read on to discover five of the top personal challenges that many people set for themselves.


  • Overcome a fear – There is only one place to begin, and this is with one of the best personal experiences of them all. Overcoming a fear is something that can provide you with a new lease on life, making you feel incredibly proud and confident to take on anything. Whether you have a fear of spiders, flying, heights, or something else, use this as your opportunity to conquer it. You will be shocked by just how amazing this feels.
  • Get a new job – Many people remain in jobs they aren’t truly happy in because they are scared to move onto something else. However, if you are stuck in a dead-end job, which you don’t enjoy and offers no room for advancement, it is definitely time to make a change. By finding a job that inspires you and motivates you, it will do wonders for your life overall.
  • Give up alcohol – A lot of people rely on alcohol as a stress reliever. They feel like they need it in social situations but the truth is that people don’t. Giving up alcohol can be incredibly liberating, and there are many benefits associated with following the likes of the 12 step recovery program. This includes the following: less likely to snack on bad food, more energy, clearer skin, and less prone to mood swings.


  • Take on a charity challenge – Charity challenges are great because you achieve two things. First, you complete whatever challenge you decide to take on, whether it is hiking a mountain or cycling across the country. Second, you raise money for an important cause.



  • Run a 1/2 or whole marathon – Last but not least, running a marathon is on a lot of people’s to-do lists before they die. Yes, a marathon (or even a 1/2 marathon) requires a lot of effort, dedication, and training, but it is definitely worth it. The exhilaration experienced when crossing the finish line is something that cannot be put into words.


So there you have it: five personal challenges you could set yourself. From running a marathon to overcoming a fear, hopefully, the challenges that have been mentioned above will appeal to you, and you will have found something that you can get started with. Good luck!


Here’s How Your Computer Is Damaging Your Health And Tips For Preventing It

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Nowadays, computers play a major part in our everyday life. To suggest that they could be damaging our health might not be very reassuring news – getting rid of computers from our lives isn’t an option for many of us (and let’s face it, would any of us really want to live without computers?). Whilst there are unfortunately a number of health hazards to using a PC, there are also a number of ways to lower the risks of these hazards. Here are just a few of the ways using a computer can damage our health and how you can prevent this damage.

Sitting down for too long

Being craned over a computer or a laptop isn’t very good for our shoulders and back and is thought to leave many of us with posture problems later in life. Sitting down for extended periods can also lead to weight gain – particularly around the waist. This is because when we’re sitting, our stomach muscles are constantly relaxed and so start to wear away. On top of this, the knee joint can be affected by constantly being contracted.

There are several ways to limit the damage caused by sitting down for long periods. An ergonomic chair for example can help improve posture, while you can even try sitting on an exercise ball to engage your stomach muscles. There’s the option of a standing desk , which many office workers have started taking up – who says you have to sit down at a computer?

Staring at a bright screen

Staring at a bright screen all day is thought to be contributing to vision loss. Computer vision syndrome is a term used to describe the impact that screens are having, causing dizziness and headaches short-term and leading to both shortsightedness and farsightedness in the long run.

Taking regular breaks from looking at the screen can help, as can dimming the screen when working in a dimly lit environment. Getting a good amount of sleep can also reduce the damage to your eyes. If you think your vision is affected, it could be worth getting an eye exam.

Where can I get an eye exam near me? Your local optician is likely to be able to offer these services. Catching vision loss early could allow you to wear corrective vision and reduce the strain, preventing your vision from continuing to deteriorate.

Using a mouse and keyboard

Did you know that the average computer keyboard is dirtier than a toilet seat? Keyboards are often teeming with bacteria that could be making you ill. The solution to this is simply t clean your keyboard occasionally. There are keyboard-cleaning kits for getting between all the keys. You should try to never eat at your computer as crumbs that get in-between the keys are a major source of this bacteria.

Using a mouse and keyboard regularly can also lead to another danger – the possibility of developing an RSI. Repetitive strain injuries are caused by doing action continuously and can lead to numbness or chronic pain in this area over the long-term. If you feel cramps setting in in your wrist or fingers, it’s probably a sign that you’re giving yourself an RSI. Ergonomic keyboards and mice are a worthy purchase that could help to reduce this strain. You should also ensure that you’re sitting somewhere with sufficient elbow room and should take regular breaks to stop an injury from setting in.



When You Live in a Society, You Don’t Walk Alone

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We sometimes think in terms of “us versus the world,” and perhaps we’re even encouraged to feel this way by the media and those in charge. This view, however, isn’t really true. We’re not a collection of individuals just going through life; we’re a society, and that means we can all lean on each other to various degrees. And if you don’t think that’s true…just step outside your door. Who paved the street in front of your house? It wasn’t you! Below, we take a look at a few ways that prove you don’t have to walk alone in society .

Improving Yourself

You can’t really improve your lot in life without improving yourself. There are systems in place that will allow you to survive, but to thrive? You need to walk that path yourself. The good news is that there are plenty of people around who will happily help you push yourself forward. If you don’t yet have the qualifications you need to get a well-paying job, then there are grants that’ll help you get them. If you have a job and want to progress, your HR department or manager should have advice on how to move forward. If you want to be better, you can, and with support!

The Circular Economy

If everybody always just took what they wanted and didn’t give a second thought about anyone else, the world would be a pretty dark place. But we see examples of the opposite all the time, even in the products that we own. While there are movements trying to encourage a more formal circular economy, there’s already a thriving informal circular economy taking place. If you’re tight on cash yet need something for your child, you can take a look at buy/trade/sell groups online, and get what you need at a fraction of the normal cost.

When Things Go Wrong

We all know that bad things happen in life. They’re unavoidable. But they would be so much worse if we had nowhere to turn when we were struck by hard times. Thankfully, we do. If we’re fired illegally, we can fight for our rights. If we’re in a car accident, there are ways to find out more about how we can get financial compensation. If we become ill, we can go to the doctor or even the emergency room – this is an option that many people did not have in past generations!

When Times Are Tough

And it’s not just when things go wrong in a practical way that there are other people to help, too. If we’re not feeling all that cheery, there are countless people who are willing to talk out our problems with us. It’s pretty awesome to live in a world where there are so many people who care about others!

Those are just a few examples of how you can get help from others. And of course, you shouldn’t just receive help – you should dole it out, too!



Look at All These Bad Things That Can Happen If You Can’t Set Boundaries

I’ve been reading a book, Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. I’m not sure if I agree with all of their religious viewpoints (just a warning, for those of you who are liberal-minded), but I find the book useful, nonetheless. What inspired this post was a section in the book that talked about people who have trouble setting boundaries (raises hand!). I thought I had blogged about it on here more than I have, but when I did a search for BOUNDARIES, this is the only post that came up.

As I mentioned in that post, my friends are often talking to me about setting boundaries. I don’t even think I was aware of my lack of boundary-setting until I was going through my divorce. It is so hard to see what is in front of us! I tend to be a people pleaser, which now I am working very hard on finding my voice and trying to vocalize when I don’t like something, without losing my temper or coming across unkind. None of this is easy to do, and it does not come naturally for me.

But back to the book, so when I read the following quote, I had a huge A-ha moment:

People who have trouble with boundaries may exhibit the following symptoms: blaming others, codependency, depression, difficulties with being alone, disorganization with lack of direction, extreme dependency, feelings of being let down, feelings of obligation, generalized anxiety, identity confusion, impulsiveness, inability to say no, isolation, masochism, overresponsibility and guilt, panic, passive-aggressive behavior, procrastination and inability to follow through, resentment, substance abuse and eating disorders, thought problems and obsessive-compulsive problems, underresponsibility, and victim mentality.

Wow, so that is quite a list, right? The authors do not mean that someone who has difficulty setting boundaries will have all these problems. I highlighted the ones in bold print that have known to plague me at one time or another in my life. But I wonder how many of us knew that having trouble setting boundaries could lead to so many problems. Most of us think of it as being an issue, of course, but more like: You let people walk all over you. You can never say no, and you do too much.

But it is much more serious than this! Many of the symptoms above can lead to death if they are not treated.

This quote has had me thinking for days. It’s why I feel called to blog about this.

  1. It is very important to teach our children how to set boundaries, how to respect others’ boundaries, and what to do when someone constantly pushes your boundaries or doesn’t respect them.
  2. I need to set boundaries and figure out what my consequences are for someone in my life who will not accept my boundaries.
  3. When I set a boundary, I need to be clear and firm, but loving and kind. It is possible to do both.
  4. It does not make me a bad person to set a boundary. People will still like me. They may even like me more.

If you are good at setting boundaries, congratulations! Please teach us in the comments how you learned to do it. If you have questions or want to discuss, so do I. Any tips or questions anyone has, please share.


3 Reasons Why You Should Make Sleep a Top Priority

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If you’re an ambitious, go-getting, proactive, dream-chasing kind of a person, it’s likely that you have at some point in your life — or are currently — falling into the devastatingly bad habit of sacrificing sleep in order to win some extra hours from the day. This is a common tactic of hard-nosed business tycoons and creative artists and entrepreneurs alike, but also of people who don’t really enjoy their day jobs very much at all, and who want a bit of extra time each evening to watch TV, listen to music, surf the web, relax, and just do things that aren’t in any way related to work.

But no matter how much you may need or want those extra few hours in the day, you’d be better off doing without them, or with getting them by cutting out virtually anything else other than sleep. Here are some reasons why a chronic lack of sleep will ruin your life, and why you need to make sleep a top priority.

Lack of sleep could completely change your personality

In the 1950’s, radio host Peter Tripp decided to attempt a record-breaking 201-hour-wakeathon. He was observed by medical professionals who warned him adamantly against the experiment, but he went ahead with it anyway for the benefit of a charity he had selected. What happened to Peter Tripp is a terrifying insight into the tremendous importance of sleep, and the degree to which sleep deprivation can destroy a human mind.

Tripp’s personality radically changed, and he even ended up developing split-personality disorder during the experiment. When the experiment was over and he had slept, he thought he was back to normal. The people who knew him didn’t agree and declared that his personality was forever changed for the worse.

Get enough sleep, or you can become a completely different person. 

Lack of sleep can devastate your health

Recent research has found evidence that lack of sleep can cause systematic, multi-organ damage, chronic inflammation, and can lead to any number of diseases and conditions developing in the body. This isn’t too surprising considering that prolonged sleep deprivation is fatal, and that the body appears to do much of its repair and brain-management during sleep.

If you’re cutting hours out of your nightly sleep cycle to work, you’re not just sacrificing luxury time. You’re sacrificing your health and lifespan. Needless to say, not even the best personal injury lawyer can help you when you inflict the damage on yourself with a lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep can make you worse at everything

When people are sleep-deprived, their mental performance drops dramatically; they are less perceptive and less adept at reading social cues, and worse at regulating their emotions.

It’s a darkly ironic twist, considering that many people skip sleep in order to be more productive during the day; but the evidence suggests that not getting enough sleep makes you less efficient and robs the hours you’ve freed up of their vitality.

It would seem reasonable to conclude that you’d be far better off having fewer hours in your day at work and performing at your peak during those hours, than having more hours, during which you’re an under-performing, error-prone wreck.



Ideas for Generating Self-Love and Why It’s Crucial

Self-care and emotional health are two subjects that readers of this blog said they’re interested in reading more about. It’s not always easy to love ourselves, but it’s important to work on it. The need to practice self-love has never been more necessary.  Today, we live in a world, where so many people suffer from low self-esteem that we’re in the middle of an emotional epidemic. This is evident by the amount of people we hear about committing suicide or suffering from depression. 

Interestingly, a lot of people struggle with this area of their lives because they feel they should naturally have high self-esteem by default, as if having high self-esteem is a human’s default state.  When, in fact it isn’t.

Self-esteem and self-love must be generated from within.  Just like how we teach our children to love, respect, and value themselves, we need to do the same for ourselves, and it’s a never-ending process.  Perhaps your parents did a great job at helping you generate self-esteem, or perhaps they were deficient in this area themselves, and couldn’t teach you what they simply didn’t know. Now that you are an adult or a parent yourself, it’s up to you to figure this out for yourself and your kids. 

Self-love as a Practice: See, self-love is a practice, just like yoga is a practice – you don’t do it once, and then you’re suddenly flexible.  You must practice. Yet, not everyone knows how to practice self-love. It’s not as tangible as doing a few yoga poses with an instructor. 

Positive thinking: Self-love, self-worth, and a high self-esteem are feelings and beliefs we must generate for ourselves… yet, have you noticed how the majority of people don’t tend to practice self-love? Instead they practice self-loathing, where they focus much more on their mistakes and faults than their achievements and qualities. When you find your inner critic being incredibly harsh on yourself, tell him or her to go away, and think of at least one positive thing about yourself–right then and there. 

Don’t Use Retail Therapy: The antidote to many of our emotional challenges can be found in this area of self-love and positive thinking. Yet often, we reach for external solutions such as a new wardrobe, furniture, or even a fancy car.  If you need these new things, then of course, there’s nothing wrong with heading somewhere like https://auto.loan/ in order to find the best way to finance your purchase.  The bit that can make purchases unhealthy are when there’s an over reliance on material objects in order to prop up your self-esteem or you can’t afford the things you are buying.

Relationship issues: The same can be said for relationships. Indeed, when it comes to being in a relationship… it’s necessary to first love yourself before you can love another person and have a healthy relationship.  A good way to view the importance of self-love is to consider how airlines will always instruct you to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping anybody else, even your children. See, we can’t help anyone else with their oxygen mask if we are starving for air, and similarly, we can’t truly love and support someone if we are deficient in self-love and self-esteem, as then we can become desperate and starved for these emotional fuels.

The challenge, with relationships is that if we don’t have a healthy level of self-esteem and self-love in ourselves, then we end up giving love in order to receive love, almost out of desperation, and we operate from a depleted, somewhat needy state, where we are needing to be “filled up” like a car in need of gas.

Conclusion: We can expend a lot of energy looking to tackle our internal challenges with external solutions, like being in a co-dependent relationship or practicing retail therapy or overeating; yet this replacement approach is only temporary relief that can leave us feeling more hollow inside.

That said, if you were to shift your focus to pampering yourself because you deserve it, and nourishing your body, such as preparing healthy meals, along with a candlelit bath and your favorite bath bomb from https://lush.com  ,then you’re focused on tending to your emotional and physical needs. That is a tangible and healthy way to practice self-love. 

The solution, and the secret to self-love, is that you must take responsibility for generating a feeling of high self-esteem within yourself–positive thoughts, meditating, healthy eating, doing activities you enjoy and make you feel good about yourself–and fill yourself up, rather than expecting anyone or anything else to do it for you.

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5 Tips For Getting Healthy and Active This Summer

In the Midwest, we have been having quite a heatwave. So for some of you, you may read this title and think: What? Is she crazy? There are heat advisories every day! But some of these tips can be done easily–not or hot–and I like them because they are practical, so this is definitely one of those Practical Moms Unite posts. (contributed post)

If you would like to make sure that you are getting as healthy as you can during the summer months and are looking for inspirations on planning your active summer, read on. 

Leave the Car Behind

While it is more convenient to take the car everywhere, and you can’t do the weekly shopping without it (and carry all your bags), you might want to walk or cycle to places that are less than a mile away. Make yourself a promise to do this, provided that the weather is nice and it is safe to do so. A good way of deciding whether you should take the car or not is working out if driving saves you more than 15 minutes. If it does, you might take the car; but if it doesn’t, including circling around trying to find a parking place, you could walk or cycle.

Eat More Fresh Produce

In the summer months with the heat and sun, many of us crave fresh foods and fewer carbs than we do in the winter months. Start weaning yourself off carbs gradually. Swap your pasta for cooked vegetables, your corn flakes for a fruit salad, and visit the local farmers’ market regularly to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. To stay on top of your wellbeing, you might want to reduce your intake of processed food items and opt for organic and fresh meat and fruit instead.

Raw Food Diet and Salads

With the higher availability of fruit and vegetables in the summer, you might want to go on a raw food diet for a week to help your body get rid of the toxins and improve the condition of your skin, such as acne, while also treating some digestive issues. You can cut out white rice, chips, and pasta, and switch to vegetables and fruit to improve your mood, your diet, and your overall wellbeing.

Day Trips

You can also take a couple of day trips to change your environment, see something new, and practice mindfulness. Find inspiring places and notice new things every day. Take your mind off your daily routine every now and then. Even if you are only visiting the closest nature reserve, you will return relaxed and rejuvenated, after getting close to nature.

Camping and Hiking

If you have more than a day to spend away from work and your routine, you might want to combine camping and hiking. Find a location that you haven’t visited before to set up camp, make a walking goal, and bring the right camping equipment to cook and eat fresh during your trip. You can read more about camping hacks that will make life more comfortable when away from home while maintaining a healthy diet.  

Staying active is generally easier during the summer months, as you don’t have the excuse of the cold or snowy weather. Get on your bike, go hiking, and reduce your processed carb intake to make the most out of your health.

How will you get more healthy this summer? 


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