Do You REALLY Love Yourself?

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5 Signs You Don’t Love Yourself (Even If You Think You Do)

How do we achieve this seemingly elusive state of loving ourselves, in a world where we oftentimes feel disconnected from ourselves? Loving yourself certainly requires time, effort, and commitment, but many of us don’t even know where to start. You might think you love yourself, but in this article, we’ll discuss a few signs that may mean you need to dig a little deeper to truly fall in love with you.

HERE ARE 5 SIGNS YOU DON’T LOVE YOURSELF (EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU DO):

1. YOU FEEL DISCONNECTED FROM YOURSELF.

With most of us starved for time and relaxation, of course it comes as no surprise that we feel disconnected and disjointed. However, if you feel this way more often than not, it might mean that you don’t really love yourself. To truly love yourself, you have to get connected with the “you” that’s been hiding under all the layers you’ve put on to protect yourself in this harsh world.

If you feel like an alien in your own body, simply getting back to nature for a bit or doing some deep breathing exercises can do wonders for your mental state. Learn to reconnect with Mother Earth and unplug from the “real world” for a little while. You’ll feel a lot more real when you get away from reality for a bit, ironically.

2. YOU DON’T TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH.

If you resort to food, alcohol, drugs, or any other substance for comfort, then you probably don’t take very good care of yourself. Not caring for our health is a surefire sign that we don’t truly love ourselves, but in a world with constant stressors, it can be all too easy to reach for a quick fix for our problems. We live in a overstressed, overburdened society, and stress can lead to a slew of health problems that tend to get worse over time if not dealt with properly.

Remember to take care of you, because no one else will do it for you.

3. YOU ALWAYS WANT TO ESCAPE YOURSELF.

Sometimes, we can feel trapped inside ourselves and our bodies, and just want to get out somehow. However, running from ourselves or our problems will never work, because at the end of the day, you’re still stuck with the person looking back at you in the mirror. If you don’t truly love yourself, then it only makes sense that you’d want to run as far away as possible from your perception of yourself. But see, here’s the thing: how you perceive yourself is everything.

If you look at yourself in a positive light, and work to have a healthy self-image, you won’t feel nearly as restless and trapped inside your own self. Work on seeing the good things about yourself, rather than fixating on all the so-called “bad” things.

4. YOU HAVE UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.

If you find yourself in unstable, toxic relationships time and time again, then you probably don’t really love yourself. Your relationships should enhance your life and well-being, not steal your joy and happiness. Getting tangled up in bad relationships means that you have some things you need to work on within yourself in order to attract the right people. We can only accept the love we think we deserve, so ask yourself: “Do I deserve better?” If you think you do, then you’re on the right track to developing stable, healthy relationships with others.

Loving yourself means getting rid of toxic relationships that only seek to destroy you, and welcoming positive relationships into your life.

5. YOU FEEL DISENGAGED IN LIFE.

Unfortunately, many of us feel this way on a daily basis. However, if we really loved ourselves, wouldn’t we go after the life that brought us the most happiness? Wouldn’t we work on building a life where we can truly feel alive? If you don’t feel interested and passionate about your life, then you need to look deep within and figure out why you chose the one you’re living now. We all deserve to live a life full of abundance in every single way, and you owe it to yourself to create a life worth living.

Work on learning about yourself and rediscovering what really makes you happy, so that you CAN live the life of your dreams and not have to settle for anything less.

Source: PowerofPositivity.com

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Ten Interesting Things I Learned About Tea Bags

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10 Interesting Uses Of Tea Bags

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Besides brewing a refreshing cup of tea, a tea bag can also be used topically as a tincture or poultice for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, baggy eyes, or as a mild astringent to tone your skin. Studies suggest that applying warm tea bags to canker sores, pus-filled pimples or boils can help them drain, heal speedily. Thanks to their ability to reduce inflammation, relieve pain.

Don’t you just love sitting down with a cup of hot tea after a long hard day? It can instantly pick you up! But tea doesn’t just energize you, it’s also rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and protects against conditions like heart disease and cancer.

Tea can also accommodate a range of tastes as it comes with unique flavors – the fermented black tea, partially fermented oolong tea, and unfermented green tea. No wonder that it’s the second most popular drink in the world after water.

But if you thought that a tea bag is only meant for brewing tea, you’d be wrong. Here are a few interesting things that the ordinary tea bag can do for you.

1. Soothe A Sunburn

The UV rays of the sun can damage your skin, and over exposure to the sun can leave you with sore, red, sunburnt skin. Applying a wet tea bag to the affected area can soothe your sunburn.

According to research, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound found in green tea works as a sunscreen and can reduce DNA damage due to UV radiation. And animal studies have found that topical application of green tea can reduce the formation of cancerous skin cells.

2. Treat Acne

Pus-filled pimples can not only make you feel self conscious but also be painful. But don’t worry! The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in green tea can zap that zit.

A study made people with mild-to-moderate acne apply a lotion with 2% green tea twice daily for a period of 6 weeks. They saw a reduction of 58.33% in the number of pimples on average. So applying a wet green tea bag to your pimples might be a good idea to clear your skin.

3. Soothe Nicks And Insect Bites

Tea has antimicrobial and astringent properties. Whether you’re looking to soothe an insect bite or a tiny nick in your skin, pressing a damp tea bag against the irritated skin can reduce inflammation and protect against infection.

4. Help With Canker Sores

Canker sores are common among children and can be really painful. Apply a warm wet tea bag to the sore for 5 to 10 minutes and let the tannins in the tea work their magic by soothing the inflammation and pain.

5. Deal With Oily Skin

One study observed that when a formulation containing 3% green tea extract was applied on the cheeks of participants for a period of 8 weeks, the production of skin oil significantly reduced. Researchers have suggested that certain compounds in green tea (α-linolenic acid and epigallocatechin gallate) work by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme (known as 5α-reductase) in your oil glands.

So if you have oily skin, try patting your face with a wet green tea bag.

6. Soothe Tired Eyes And Dark Circles

Are late nights and stress leaving a mark on your eyes? Soak a couple of tea bags in warm water, squeeze out the extra moisture, and rest them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea will relieve puffiness and refresh tired eyes.

7. Deal With Boils

Applying a moist tea bag to a boil can help it drain and heal. The tannins in tea have antibacterial properties and can work against infection. They also reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

8. Tone Your Skin

The tannins react with proteins to tighten your skin pores. So if you’re looking for a mild astringent skin toner, a moist tea bag is an effective and inexpensive remedy.

Peppermint is another herb that has a refreshing, anti-inflammatory effect on your skin. So a mixture of peppermint and green tea can be particularly helpful. A wet tea bag with both these herbs works as a soothing, cooling, and protective toner, especially during summer.

9. Spruce Up Your House

Did you know that tea bags can also help with housekeeping? A wet tea bag can get rid of greasy fingerprints from glass and make your windows and mirrors sparkle.

But that’s not all. The tannins in black tea also help color and shine wooden furniture, so you can use a wet tea bag to wipe down your chairs and tables.

You can also leave a couple of tea bags in your fridge to absorb odors so that you don’t get any nasty smells when you open your refrigerator.

10. Grow Your Garden

Toss used tea bags into your compost piles or around shrubs and perennials to give them a nutrient boost. The tea will decompose releasing the much-needed nitrogen for your plants. Flowering plants that need a lot of nutrients will be particularly appreciative.

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Christmas Eve Tradition

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When Doug & I moved into our house we love in now on 2014, I was DETERMINED to start SOME kind of tradition that was new & just ours.

We don’t really do the New Year thing & Christmas Day is always full so, why not do something on Christmas Eve?

I decided to get a big jar & throughout the year we’d fill it with it with things from events, places we went to, things that happened, etc..

So every Christmas Eve, we go through the jar & we remember the year & all of the madness that took place!

This year’s jar madness is about to commence! I’m ready for 2017 to peace out!✌

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Dreams

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“Dreams never go out of style…ever.”

I’m chronically ill. I have multiple incurable ailments. I’m “disabled.” I KNOW my life will NEVER be like what I planned for it to be. But even so, I refuse to stop dreaming. That’s not me. That’s not who I am or how I roll. I dream always. I’ll never stop. To all of my fellow chronically ill people out there, NEVER STOP FIGHTING.

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Crazy Reality

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“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” – Tim Burton

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Birth Control

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YES! YES! YES! I love you Sophia!

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I’m a Pisces

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Do you believe in astrology?

Do you read your daily horoscope?

I don’t necessarily believe in any of it, but I do find it entertaining. I like to compare the details of my sign to who I truly am and see how it all matches up.

I’m a Pisces. I was born on March 13th.

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This is what astrology has to say:

PISCES ZODIAC SIGN

Element: Water

Quality: Mutable

Color: Mauve, Lilac, Purple, Violet, Sea green

Day: Thursday

Ruler: Neptune, Jupiter

Greatest Overall Compatibility: Virgo, Taurus

Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24

Date range: February 19 – March 20

PISCES TRAITS

Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical

Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr

Pisces likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes

Pisces dislikes: Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind

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Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back.

Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.

Their ruling planet is Neptune, so Pisces are more intuitive than others and have an artistic talent. Neptune is connected to music, so Pisces reveal music preferences in the earliest stages of life. They are generous, compassionate and extremely faithful and caring.

People born under the Pisces sign have an intuitive understanding of the life cycle and thus achieve the best emotional relationship with other beings.

Pisces-born are known by their wisdom, but under the influence of Uranus, Pisces sometimes can take the role of a martyr, in order to catch the attention. Pisces are never judgmental and always forgiving. They are also known to be most tolerant of all the zodiac signs.

Pisces Love and Sex

Deep in their hearts, Pisces-born are incorrigible romantics. They are very loyal, gentle and unconditionally generous to their partners. Pisces are passionate lovers who have a need to feel a real connection with their partners. Short-term relationships and adventures are not peculiar to this zodiac sign. In love and relationship, they are blindly loyal and very caring.

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Pisces Friends and Family

Gentle and caring, Pisces can be the best friends that may exist. In fact, they often put the needs of their friends in front of their needs. They are loyal, devoted, compassionate and whenever there is some problem in the family or among friends, they will do their best to resolve it. Deeply intuitive, Pisces can sense if something is wrong, even before it happens. Pisces are expressive and they will not hesitate to express their feelings to the people around them. They expect others to be open to them as they are. Communication with loved ones is very important for them.

Pisces Career and Money

Intuitive and often dreamy, Pisces feel best in a position where their creative skills will come to the fore, even better if it’s for charity. Occupations that fit Pisces are: attorney, architect, veterinarian, musician, social worker and game designer.

Inspired by the need to make changes in the lives of others, they are willing to help even if that means to go beyond the boundaries. This zodiac sign is compassionate, hard-working, dedicated and reliable. Pisces-born can be great at solving problems.

For the most part, Pisces don’t give money too much thought. They are usually more focused on their dreams and goals, but they will try to make enough money to achieve their goals. In this area, there can be two sides of the Pisces – on one hand, they will spend a lot of money with little thought, while on the other hand they can become quite stingy. Yet, in the end, there will always be enough money for a normal life.

How to Attract the Pisces Man

Romance rules the world of the Pisces men. The man born under the Pisces astrology sign lives to please and love. The best way to seduce a Pisces man is to open up to him completely.

Some of the best Pisces traits are his sensitivity, compassion, and kindness. He is a gentle person who will figure out what you want and then serve it up as often as possible.

He is always looking for ways to help others and knows exactly what you want almost before you do. His desire to please leaves him susceptible to manipulation and lies. He will use his wild imagination to please you. The Pisces man loves to laugh, so if he finds you funny and easy to be around, you are on a good way to seduce him.

He seems calm on the outside, but on the inside, you will find a different person, as the Pisces man battles between strong emotions. Encourage him to open up and release those feelings. One of the greatest Pisces characteristics is the ability to tune into other’s emotions. So, if you are dating a Pisces man, you can look forward to an emotionally fulfilling relationship.

How to Attract the Pisces Woman

Pisces women are known as kind, imaginative, compassionate, selfless and extremely sensitive individuals. If you want to attract the woman born under the Pisces zodiac signs, you need to be romantic and to have a good sense of humor. It is also important to be a good listener.

The Pisces personality is compassionate and full of unconditional love. Once you have captured her attention, she will be quick to open up to you. A sex with the Pisces woman will be explosive and you will never be bored with her in the bedroom.

The woman born under the Pisces star sign enjoys lively discussions about spiritual things and the supernatural. She is intuitive and will quickly figure out if all you are looking for is just sex. She wants to be treated with respect and you will never be able to seduce her fully during the first few dates. If you’re honest and if you open up to her, she will immediately feel more connected with you.

The Pisces woman is very sensitive by nature, so she is not quick to forgive and forget. If her heart has been wounded in the past, she will have a hard time opening herself back up to the thought of a new romantic relationship.

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Compatible Signs Pisces Should Consider: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn

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