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17-03-2009
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I usually just play music when I get dressed, I dance and sing a long with it.

Plus I make sure I take my depression and anxiety pills regularly. I exercise 30 minutes everyday. Keeps my mood up as well

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17-03-2009
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I'm unconscious when I put on clothes in the morning, so I have no idea what I'm thinking.

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LOL! That was me back in high school/college. I was always SO tired every morning that I barely even opened my eyes during my morning routine. I was proud just to have gotten clothes on and teeth brushed before I flew out the door for class.

I want those days back again.

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18-03-2009
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I love this thread, and great answers! Angelina Jolie has said that she feels most beautiful when doing UN refugee work in some country being natural, grubby and glowing with sweat. This is so true, the inner beauty you experience when your hands are busy in service, you're giving your all unencumbered by ego, and you can feel the worth of your work is the best feeling in the world. Once you experience this, you cannot fully go back to the pain of obsessing over superficial standards of beauty.

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I love this thread, and great answers! Angelina Jolie has said that she feels most beautiful when doing UN refugee work in some country being natural, grubby and glowing with sweat. This is so true, the inner beauty you experience when your hands are busy in service, you're giving your all unencumbered by ego, and you can feel the worth of your work is the best feeling in the world. Once you experience this, you cannot fully go back to the pain of obsessing over superficial standards of beauty.
I have to completely agree with this. Because no matter how bad I feel about myself (thinking I'm too fat or ugly or whatever), whenever I volunteer and am doing something constructive for my community (and I sometimes travel abroad to volunteer as well), I just feel amazing. Because it just puts everything in perspective and helps remind me that all the issues I have with my body are just so silly and trivial.

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I usually just play music when I get dressed, I dance and sing a long with it.
Oh I do this too! There's nothing like music to get you in the right mood for the day

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18-03-2009
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I usually just play music when I get dressed, I dance and sing a long with it.
I've never done this before.. but I really like the idea of it. Problem is though that I'm always in such a hurry in the morning. I like sleeping, and I like to sleep as long as possible..

But I think I will give it a try since I actually have the time at the moment..

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18-03-2009
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i have a bit of eczema on my arms and i got a tan and the eczema has made my arms have lighter patches. im so sad n some ppl i knw look at me like wtf

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^ I would take that as a sign that those people haven't learned to accept themselves either

I think most people have areas with lighter pigmentation ... I do, but I'm very pale & don't tan, so I'm not sure if anyone but me has ever noticed

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all these are great ideas...
but i am a bit pragmatic and like concrete things i can do with clear results...


so in addition to the internal work you can do
( which is vital and different things work for each person, so please explore until you find what works for you...)
i am going to say-
however much water you drink each day- double it...at least...


water hydrates your skin so you look better...fuller, pinker, healthier..etc..
but it also hydrates your brain so you can think better and be alert and that always takes the scowl off my face in the morning...!


...

* and you are welcome to everyone who said thank you for starting this thread...
it's about supporting each other on the right path for beauty and for life!!!



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and seriously...
how great is music...??!!>>??!!

next to laughter, it is probably the greatest thing in life!..

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19-03-2009
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I could give a number of concrete examples of how setting intentions works, but here's one I tried just to see what would happen ...

I used to work about 40 miles away from home, and my hours weren't very flexible, so I was spending a fair amount of time stuck in traffic, and I really didn't like it. I had no idea how I could possibly change this, since "rush hour is rush hour," but what the hay, I tried it :p

So every day for weeks I wrote in my journal that I wanted to drive to work in flowing traffic (i.e., no bumper to bumper madness--but I stated it positively). One day a coworker (who was mad at me at the time) came to my desk and seemed to be compelled to tell me something, which was the shortcut she took to work through the airport. I thanked her & started taking it, and voila, no more bumper to bumper. Also ... in record time they reconstructed the road so that it flows much better. I have never seen the highway department get something done so fast. And what could be more concrete than a highway

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20-03-2009
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and seriously...
how great is music...??!!>>??!!

next to laughter, it is probably the greatest thing in life!..

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ain't that the truth...

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21-03-2009
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water for the reasons mentioned above...
i drink a big glass with lemon juice along with my coffee in the morning
and i keep drinking it all day.

music...as explained by several people already.
It's a constant source of energy and inspiration,
particularly when you stumble across something new.

exercise...at least 45 minutes of aerobic activity, ideally early in the day.
It really makes the skin glow and is both energizing and relaxing.
There are few things that make me feel as physically good, especially if i'm down
or under the weather.

reading...exercise for the mind and imagination.
I am constantly reading because of my work
but i try to spend at least an hour a day with something unrelated,
usually fiction or art-related writing.

nice thread, softie.

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26-03-2009
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I really agree with the others who said how important it is to take time to relax. Whether I'm able to make a full breakfast or just a great cup of coffee, having those few minutes just to relax puts me in the right frame of mind for the day.

I also agree with the extra water thing, but I've noticed the biggest diff when I make sure to drink lots of water the evening before. I wake up hydrated and fresh.

Great thread!

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