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9 Low-Stress, Fun & Healthy Ways to be Your Own Valentine

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
February 13, 2012
File under: Eco-Friendly Activities, Family, Health, Holidays, Personal Care, Stress Management

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

This post isn’t my typical Why Should We Care. Green Diva Lisa (Lisa McWilliams) wrote a great (and timely) post with some thoughtful ideas about how to be our own Valentine. Enjoy!


Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday. But its not going away, so why not embrace it? When asked about Valentine’s Day, a good Quaker would say, “Every day should be like Valentine’s Day.”  I actually believe that and wish we all lived in the spirit of letting everyone know just how much we love them as part of our daily practice. Oh and don’t forget to add to love ourselves.  Having said that, we all get caught up in our everyday lives and I guess I am thankful that we have this reminder. After all I do have fond memories from when I was a little girl of my Dad buying me flowers like he did for my Mom, which made me feel very special.  And I’ll always fondly remember getting those Victorian looking 3D cards from my Grandmother that always smelled like her.

So what do you do when you don’t have an adoring Valentine? You get to be your own Valentine!  When doing things for yourself, pick things that are healthy and develop a positive mantra to overshadow any of that inner dialogue of feeling sorry for yourself. The good feeling of choosing healthy “treats” will last longer and help you extend those good feelings throughout the year.  Here are a few low cost, low impact, nurturing suggestions to help you make that heartfelt shift.

  1. Go see that movie that you’ve always wanted to see and embrace that you get a good seat because you are on your own. Don’t “treat” yourself with a bunch of garbage to eat, “treat” yourself with some un-buttered popcorn and a juice instead of a soda and pat yourself on the back for taking good care of yourself.  I often sneak in some edamame to munch on instead of popcorn.  It gives me my salt fix in a healthier way.
  2. Refresh your environment and bring new energy to your home and outlook.  Pick a room that you like to spend time in and de-clutter and freshen it up.  Look around and take everything out that doesn’t bring you joy.  Donate, recycle or give away what you don’t need.  Turn on some great music and clean every corner of the room. Wipe out the cobwebs of the room and your mind at the same time.  Freshen up the space with a newly covered pillow or some fresh flowers.  Heck, you might even be inspired to buy some VOC paint and brighten it up with a little color. Thank yourself for taking such good care of yourself.
  3. Get together with a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. There’s nothing like catching up with a really close friend that loves you in spite of any flaws.
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6 Low-Stress Ways to be a Better Eco-Citizen in 2012

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
January 4, 2012
File under: Culture, Eco-Friendly Activities, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Concerns, Family, Food, Goals, Home, Lifestyle, Recycling, Saving Money, Stress Management, Transportation, Waste Reduction

 

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Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

 

This post isn’t exactly a “Why Should We Care.” It’s more “Hints on How To.” I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but my husband and I have gotten into an annual habit of reviewing the year that is passing and imagining the year ahead. While we prefer to dwell on the winning moments of the past, we take the time to focus on areas that could use some improvement and strategize ways to manifest better versions of ourselves in the coming year. Always keeping in mind advice from some wise friends – progress, not perfection.

Here are a few ways we will be improving our green diva (and green dude) status in 2012:

…read more of 6 Low-Stress Ways to be a Better Eco-Citizen in 2012 here

 
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Holistic Solutions for Stress Management

By Andrea Moss ecomii.com
April 27, 2009
File under: Stress Management

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t experience stress from time to time, and for some people, hard-core stress has become a part of their daily lives.

A lot of us have just excepted that we’re super stressed out and that’s the way it has to be. But I’m here to tell you that that’s a myth! Can you avoid stress for the rest of your life? Absolutely not. But can you reduce your stress, and more importantly, change the way you REACT to your stress? Absolutely!

Here are 3 tips to help you manage your stress levels. They may seem like small steps, but I promise you: if practiced regularly, these tools can help you reduce your stress, feel more inner peace, and feel more balanced and energized overall.

Tip #1 - Stress doesn’t happen to us because of other people, other events, or outside circumstances. At this point lot of people are thinking I’m crazy here, but let me explain: Stress is just your REACTION to a situation, person, or event, and we have a choice whether or not we want to feel stressed. …read more of Holistic Solutions for Stress Management here

 
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