How a Little Self-Care Can Change Your Attitude

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A little self-care can go a long way toward improving your attitude. Adjusting your attitude can easily make a bad day turn into a great day. As Dennis Mannering says in the title of his book on motivational theory, Attitudes Are Contagious: Are Yours Worth Catching? It’s best to do everything you need to do to keep a positive attitude. That way when you are around your friends, family, and coworkers you are not changing their attitudes for the worse.

There are habits you can add to your daily life to improve your attitude, let’s look at a few.

Get Enough Sleep – Set your alarm to go off about an hour before you need to get into bed. Turn off all electronics, turn down the lights. Fix your central air to make the room cooler about 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If it helps you to calm down, get into bed with a good book. Getting a full night’s sleep is vital to waking up in a good mood. You will feel energetic and much more willing to start out your day without resentment.

Eat Healthy and Exercise – Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. Also eating what is healthy for you, at most meals and before exercising, will keep you from having blood pressure dips, which can tank your mood quickly.

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Stay Hydrated – Dehydration is responsible for headaches, dry skin, fatigue, and dizziness. These symptoms can cause your attitude to change for the worse fairly quickly. The standard rule of thumb is to drink either half your body weight in ounces in water, or try to drink 8 glasses or 64 ounces of water per day. Don’t forget that eating raw veggies and fruit is also hydrating.

Take Your Breaks — Don’t pass on those ten-minute work breaks.  Use this time to relax and focus on something that makes you laugh or step outside your office and breathe. If you work for yourself, schedule in 10 to 15-minute breaks at least every four hours.

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Ask for Help – Asking for help can be challenging for some people (me included), but you should never be afraid to make a request. As my husband loves to say, “The answer is always no until you ask.” Appeal to your friends and family to assist you every now and then to relieve some pressure off everyday tasks. More than likely they will be happy to help. If you are finding it hard to take care of yourself don’t be afraid to consult a professional. Taking care of your mental health is an important part of self-care.

Learn to Say No – If you are overwhelmed, too busy, or just don’t want to do something, saying no is perfectly fine. Give yourself permission to say no. Taking on too much work or doing things you don’t want to do leads to poor quality work and unhappy people. Don’t do that to yourself.

Decompress – Take time out each day to relax. Get away from people, meditate, get some coffee or a cup of tea. Your time to decompress is important to a good attitude.

Feel free to adjust these ideas to your own individual needs. Remember to keep it simple. Take comfort in knowing that you can take care of yourself, get away, and practice self-care without guilt.  It’s your right!

Incognolio Book Review

IncognolioAbout the Book:

Bewildered but lovable author, Muldoon, is trapped in the dreamlike narrative of his own surrealistic novel. Beginning with just a title—Incognolio—he enters a bizarre fictional realm that plunges him into an identity crisis of anguishing proportions. Is he writing a story in which his stillborn twin sister has come to life, or is he the one who died at birth and it’s his sister who’s writing the novel? Guided only by the whims and dictates of his subconscious mind, Muldoon must unravel the mystery of Incognolio and write his way to freedom or succumb to madness.

My Review:

I almost didn’t make it past the first page of Incognolio:

Ever since the concussion, I can’t get the damn word out of my head.
I haven’t a clue what it means. But I love the sound of it.

I wasn’t sure where the author was going, or if he even knew where he was going.  But I decided to stick it out.

By Chapter 5, when the protagonist talks about sex with his sister, I was ready to delete the book off my Kindle Fire.  Then the word “farce” ran through my head, and I remembered Island of the Sequined Love Nun, one of my favorite books by my favorite farcical author, Christopher Moore.  I took a deep breath, and hung on for the ride.

And what a ride it was! I have to say this is the most meta tragi-comedy I have ever read. At one point, the characters “rejoice in their ontological status as fictional beings,” while at the same time debating the existence of reality at all. Is free will really an illusion? And if you ever figure out who the actual author of the book is, please let me know.  Maybe it’s really Henry from Once Upon a Time.  😉

The word Incognolio is given not less than 6 (maybe 7? I lost track)different definitions, ranging from an epidemic of nonsense, to a benevolent goddess, but none of them are definitive by the end of the novel.

I give Incognolio 4 1/2 stars!!  I really enjoyed the story (once I could comprehend it).  It’s not for everyone, and just a wee bit pretentious, but a great read, nonetheless!!

About the Author:

Abandoned by a cackle of laughing hyenas, Michael Sussman endured the drudgery and hardships of a Moldavian orphanage until fleeing with a traveling circus at the age of twelve. A promising career as a trapeze artist was cut short by a concussion that rendered him lame and mute. Sussman wandered the world, getting by on such odd jobs as pet-food tester, cheese sculptor, human scarecrow, and professional mourner while teaching himself the art of fiction. He now lives in Tahiti with Gauguin, an African Grey parrot.

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