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Do you need a massage?

Are you usually sitting at your desk working all day?

If the answer to that question is yes, you need a massage. If you don’t have an office job… you
need a massage as well!

A massage is not something to get only when it’s therapeutical because you hurt yourself or you
are under some kind of treatment. It should be something we all add to our weekly routines to
benefit from all the good things it has to offer.

For starters, it is a great way to slow down and relax for one or two hours after a hectic week and
allow yourself some well deserved me-time. Massages ease muscle pain and also help improving
sleep, boosting your immune system and also relieves headaches.

How awesome is that?

Having a massage is the perfect way to release the tension you have been building up and to
prevent worse illnesses from happening to you.

You think a massage is too expensive?

You don’t need to go to the spa every week, a massage from your friend, partner or even a self
massage can make a HUGE difference!

Now that you are reading this, take a few minutes to breathe and identify where you feel some
tightness in your body. It can be your shoulders, your feet or even your head. Take a few minutes
to mindfully massage that area and see how you feel after.

Offer a massage to someone you care about today 🙂

5 Tips That’ll Help You Become a Better Communicator

Do you really communicate with others the way you want?

Good communication involves two things, listening and talking, and there are just some simple rules to master each. This sounds pretty basic, but many people forget that good communication involves listening as well as talking. It could even be argued that listening is the more important of the two: how can you know what to say unless you first know what the other person wants or needs to hear?

To be a good listener you need to:

– Be warm and attentive

– Really SHOW that you are listening

– Show that you are understanding

– Don’t judge right off the bat

– Use silence when you feel its right

And to be a good talker you also need to:

– Express messages in a clear and effective manner

– Use clear language that can’t create misunderstandings

– Use non-verbal communication as well!

– Repeat, repeat, repeat, especially if it’s something complicated to understand

– Check if the other person is understanding what you are trying to say

What misunderstandings have you had due to lack of communication and how did you solve them?

How To Set Boundaries

How do you know when you are protecting yourself and when you are being selfish?

It’s as easy as being truly honest with yourself and asking if you feel comfortable with something. The moment you start feeling like it’s something you don’t want and you are not harming anyone by stopping, you are setting your limits – which is one of the healthiest things you can do.

Boundaries are essential to healthy relationships and, really, a healthy life. Setting and sustaining boundaries is a skill. Unfortunately, it’s a skill that many of us don’t learn. We might pick up pointers here and there from experience or through watching others. But for many of us, boundary-building is a relatively new concept and a challenging one.

My tips on setting boundaries?

1. Tune into your feelings of discomfort and resentment.

Think of these on a continuum from one to 10. If you’re at the higher end of this continuum during an interaction or in a situation, ask yourself, what is causing that? Resentment usually comes from being taken advantage of or not
appreciated. That’s where you will know you have to set a limit.

2. Be clear and direct.

With some people, maintaining healthy boundaries doesn’t require a direct and clear-cut dialogue. Usually, this is the case if people are similar in their communication styles, views, personalities and general approach to life. But some people who are not assertive themselves may try to still push you, so stand your ground and don’t let anyone push you.

3. Practice self awareness.

Boundaries are all about honing in on your feelings and honoring them. If you notice yourself slipping and not sustaining your boundaries, ask yourself: What’s changed? Consider What I am doing or [what is] the other person doing? or “What is the situation eliciting that’s making me resentful or stressed?” Then, mull over your options: “What am I going to
do about the situation? What do I have control over?”

Setting boundaries takes courage, practice and support, but it’s a skill you can master.

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