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Any time is an excellent time to enhance your self-care. It’s easy to fall into the trap of procrastinating until Monday or the start of a new month to implement changes. However, the sooner you begin, the sooner you will see positive improvements in your life. Whether you want to intensify your spiritual connection or start exercising more, there is an endless amount that you can do to be happier and more confident. Here are five ways to level up so you can feel your best.

1. Raise Your Vibration
You’ve probably come across the concept of the law of attraction or “The Secret” by now, but you don’t have to believe in things magically aligning in your life to see some of the benefits this idea can bring you. Positive thinking is scientifically proven to increase your happiness and boost your immune system. Try starting with some positive affirmations to train your brain to look for the good every day. Natural healthcare practices like Aloha Integrative Health know that incorporating mental health into your overall healthcare is essential to well-being.

2. Mix Up Your Exercise Routine
Sticking to any exercise routine is great, but if you’re feeling a little stagnant, it may be time to introduce some variety. You can sign up for an app like ClassPass that allows you to take classes from different studios in your city, or try doing free workouts on YouTube. There are tons of options available, from incredible yoga teachers to HIIT training that will have you sweating and feeling your endorphins.

3. Take a Staycation
Taking a staycation can be a great way to feel like you’ve had a mini-vacation without breaking the bank. For instance, if you’re in San Diego, you can stay in a vacation rental with a full kitchen instead of a hotel and cook your own meals. Whether you want the excitement of downtown or the history and excellent museums of Old Town, you can find a rental that lets you explore your own city through the eyes of a tourist while staying true to your health goals.

4. Widen Your Social Circle
With streaming services and food delivery, it’s easy to stay in by yourself or with those you live with. Social networks, the real kind, are essential to feeling supported and living a fulfilling life. Try reaching out to someone you find interesting but haven’t formed a friendship with, or say yes to the next invitation you get to add some spice to your nightlife. Better yet, host your own soiree and create new bonds between those you already love.

5. Enhance Your Posture
This one may seem too simple, but studies show that changing your posture can change your mood. If you make an effort to stand up straighter and be more open with your posture, confidence can often follow. In addition, smiling when you don’t feel thrilled can boost your mood too. Try faking it until you make it, and you’ll be surprised at the instant optimism you can get as a result.

If you’re stuck in a rut or have a habit of pessimistic thinking, some of these small changes may not seem like enough. It is the small changes, though, that will get you in the headspace that allows you to move towards a fuller life. Try one of these small tips this week and see how it changes your days for the better.

This guest blog was written and provided by Melissa Howard of StopSuicide.info.

About the Author

Kimberly Sandberg Aloha Integrative Health
Kim Sandberg is the owner and founder of Aloha Integrative Health and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She has two advanced degrees: a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Anesthetist and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has worked in a variety of settings, though the biggest impact on Kim and her work came from her 28 years of service in the Navy Reserve.

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