Author(s): Pamela Allardice
365 ways to simplify your complicated life
Day 24, Eat Chocolate
The good news is that chocolate is not all bad. Studies have shown that carefully prepared chocolate can increase euphoria, have positive effects of stress-induced heart disease, and is helpful to people who do lots of mental work. Just make sure you choose a plain organic chocolate and consume in moderation.
Day 63, Take a Mental Bath
Meditation is no longer seen as a spiritual practice, but it is increasingly used as a tool for people who want to learn to relax, to focus their energy and cope better with responsibilities and stress. Meditation also has an impressive range of health benefits, reducing a range of stress-related diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes, and emotional problems such as anxiety and insomnia.
Day 103, Accept yourself as you are
Challenge all the 'what ifs' and 'yes, buts' in your mind. We are often unaware of how negative self-talk can destroy our confidence. If you're thinking negative or derogatory things about yourself, it will influence the way you see yourself and the way you behave. Life will feel a lot better when you catch yourself doing this--and when you make a deliberate decision to stop.
Day 201, Keep your feet swift
Proper foot care is essential to healthy, painless feet, and should be as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. When you consider that the average person takes around 5 000 steps a day it's no wonder that foot problems such as hard skin, corns and bunions are so common. Follow Pamela's tips for feel-good foot health.
Day 318, Treat your hair with care
Try Nanna's recipe for restoring gloss to your hair: whip together 3 tablespoons of cold-pressed sweet almond oil, 3 teaspoons runny honey and 2 egg yolks. Add 2 teaspoons aloe gel to form a smooth paste. Apply with hairbrush to clean, dry hair. Cover hair with a plastic shower cap and a warm towel. Leave for 30 minutes, rinse out with warm water and allow to dry. Your hair will feel great!
For every day of the year, Pamela Allardice presents a new way to help you feel good about yourself and your life. Visualise a person coming up the steps to meet you. It is yourself and you're happy, energetic and vivacious Now you have found your feel-good strategy.
Pamela Allardice is the author of 24 books, including Body Bible (Random 1995) and Pamela's Natural Remedies. She is the editor of Nature & Health magazine, writes The Australian Women's Weekly's 'Naturally Good' column, is the Reader's Digest's 'Alternative Medicine' editor, is a consultant for Coles Supermarket's 'Natural Heath Solutions', and has been a regular contributor to radio and TV programs, including four years on Channel Nine's Midday Show. Pamela's professional background and personal experience make her the right person to write this book.
"When I contemplate my own way of life with biros going through the wash, popcorn bought for the possum, my good stainless steel tongs up in the treehouse, and my cellar devoted to sailboats, old birdcages, big plastic crocodiles and sunscreen, 24 loads of washing a week and humungous phone bills, I like to think that Feel Good will strike a chord with all those women who are not relaxing and would like to streamline their complicated lives."
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