Dr Carla

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29 Dec: “Selfishness” Isn’t Always “Bad”

Sometimes, I think that “taking care of yourself” can be seen as “selfishness.” That, alone, is a shame. What’s interesting, though, is that I believe there are times when actually being “selfish” is necessary. For example, I came across a saying once that read, “I will not set fire to myself to keep you warm.” Meaning, I can’t help you if I don’t help me. Helping others is one of the most important things you can do in this life, but if you’re not feeling whole, restored, and intact, you’ve got nothing to give. Being Selfless Doesn’t Mean Losing Yourself In terms of well being–physically, mentally, and emotionally–selfishness is not a “bad behavior.” We can be both selfless and “selfish.” It’s necessary (and priceless) for us to make time to allow ourselves to think, especially in the tech-driven world we live in. Notifications alerting us left and right, calendars reminding…


29 Dec: Getting Healthy in 2018

It’s no secret. Getting healthy is one of the most (if not the most) commonly searched New Year’s resolution online. At this time of year, we’re assessing our weight, fitness, eating and sleeping habits, and more. Some of us, however, focus solely on weight loss, and although this isn’t inherently bad, it’s important to remember that “getting healthy” is more than a hyper-focus on weight loss. In fact, there are many practices that influence our weight loss and overall health. Sleep When your sleep is off, so is everything else. Of course, it’s dreamy to get at least 9 hours of sleep each night, but too much or too little sleep can actually be linked to weight gain. Not enough sleep, or oversleeping, can negatively impact how your body produces hormones, which control appetite and hunger. Not to mention, when you’re sleep deprived, you’re much more likely to skip workouts,…

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23 Dec: Being You Means Being Better

Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment–the moment a person finds out, once and for all, who they are. This is a crucial time when genuine change can actually occur because being who you are is the first step towards becoming better than you are. Inasmuch, be aware that an accurate definition of the self is impossible. This should not only take pressure off of you, but it also grants you exponential hope; you are more than you realize, more than you can define. So, the more time you spend trying to nail down that definition, the less time you spend living right now. Your past is not your identity. You, living now, is your identity. Thereby, consult not your fears, but rather your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself…