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Just BeJennifer Muscatel of Sugar & Swank believes it is most important to Just Be. In today's world this is no easy task as there is so much to do. Work requirements, of course, keep us occupied. And when we're not working there are so many ways to entertain ourselves.

Enjoy your work — do what you're passionate about and believe in.
Enjoy your extracurricular pursuits — participate in activities that excite and challenge you.
But be sure to take time to rest, heal, nourish and recharge your body. Take time to Just Be.

First and foremost, you have to Just Be Yourself. Following are some guidelines to help remind you how to do so.

Follow your heart — it may not always please others, but if you are true to yourself you will find internal happiness.

Follow your instincts — When out of practice this can be a most difficult task, but once you start listening and trusting your internal guide you will find great joy, ease and success.

Find your voice and speak your mind (in a kind, reasonable and constructive way).

Know what is important to you and feel comfortable and sure about obtaining it.

There may be a time in your life when it is harder to remember what really drives your soul. When you've lost touch with the inner you:

Some relax best when surrounded by others, others relax best when alone. Some relax by being active, others relax by being still. It is important to discover the way you are best able to recharge your personal batteries and then to make sure you actually engage in that activity… or lack thereof, as the case may be. For those who believe busier is better, challenge yourself to do as little as possible for a change. Let your body sit and see how it feels to Just Be Quiet.

Take a Vacation
Not a trip to Hawaii to participate in The Ironman or a biking trip through Tuscany where you ride 15 miles a day from village to village. Take a real vacation. One where you lay on a beach and watch the waves role in. One where you walk leisurely in the sand with no destination in mind. One where you read a couple of "just for fun" books. One where you have the opportunity to fall into a deep, drooly sleep at least a couple times a day, yet still can't seem to stay up later than 9 pm.

There is actual scientific proof that vacations are good for our health. The key is not necessarily getting away; the key is to be worry-free for an extended length of time. Doing so reduces stress which helps keep our bodies healthy and strong, ease our relationships, and protect us from depression and/or anxiety — all of which will lengthen the duration of our lives.

Take a look at these articles that discuss the importance of getting away:
The Benefits of Vacation
Women Who Take Frequent Vacations Happier
Vacation Therapy

Do Yoga
Yoga is most certainly not a passive activity, however it refrains from the typical "No Pain, No Gain" approach found in many sports and instead focuses on strengthening the body while healing the mind.

See what Sherry Roberts says about yoga on www.yogamovement.com:

What yoga can do for you:
The physical benefits: Creates a toned, flexible, and strong body. Improves respiration, energy, and vitality. Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism. Promotes cardio and circulatory health. Relieves pain. Helps you look and feel younger than your age. Improves your athletic performance.
The mental benefits: Helps you relax and handle stressful situations more easily. Teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where you want it to go — into a difficult yoga pose, on the tennis court or golf course, or in the office. Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.
The spiritual benefits: Builds awareness of your body, your feelings, the world around you, the needs of others. Promotes an interdependence between mind, body, and spirit. Helps you live the concept of "oneness."

Review these other articles that talk about the benefits of yoga:
Benefits of Yoga
Many Benefits of Yoga
Yoga's Surprising Health Benefits

If yoga is not your thing, try to find another similar activity that strengthens your body while encouraging you to rest your mind, as well.

We can have a tendency to be so much more kind and generous with others than we are with ourselves. Try to treat yourself with as much care and respect as you do with those you love.

Use Your Nice Words
Let's face it; you probably wouldn't talk to anyone the way you often talk to yourself:

· You aren't working hard enough.
· That was dumb of you.
· You are such a klutz.
· Next time you should try harder.
· You have no talent.
· You are so slow.
· You are so fat.

Start paying attention to your self-talk and try to eliminate any negative statements. See if, instead, you might be able to speak to yourself in the same way you would a child or dear friend.

Practice Patience
If a friend had a bad day, lost someone close to them or was suffering from a cold you'd cut them some slack, so why is it that you don't cut yourself any? What needs to get done will get done in due time, but practice patience with yourself, as you would with a friend, and if you need some time, take it.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if your clothes are stylish or your make-up is flawless. What matters is that you've spent the hours in a way that feeds your soul. It is up to you to decide the best way to do this… the way you can most truly Just Be.






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