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Taking time daily to practice meditation is a great way to improve your health. Daily meditation can help reduce stress, release tension, relax, re-energize, and renew your mind, body, and Spirit.
Challenged to find time to mediate? It can be something as short as 5-10 focused breaths, or 30 seconds to 1 minute with a quiet mind. Or you can indulge in 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes of stress relieving time in your day to meditate.
Don’t have time daily? Make time! The long-term health benefits for your body will be worth it. Perhaps some days it’s a short-quick meditation, and other days you give yourself more time.
Consistent daily meditation can help you maintain a sense of inner peace, balance, and live in a stress-free zone.
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Do you remember when you were a child how much time you lived and played with your imagination? Tapping into your creative powers to create fun games to play with friends, paint and draw pictures, make up fairy-tale stories, and all sorts of amazing things! Then…somewhere along the way, some big person squelched the juice out of our imagination and scolded us for using our creative powers.
Whether we were told to stop talking to our imaginary friends, paint the blue-bird BLUE instead of purple, or follow the rules instead of making up new ones. Something, or somebody stepped in and suggested that using our creativity wasn’t such a great idea. How sad…
Well, I’m here to give you permission to play! The best thing you can do to improve your health is to unleash the creative genius that’s sleeping inside of you. Taking positive steps to improve your physical health has to start with a few positive changes with your mental outlook. And what better way to give your brain a boost, but to turn on your creative juices and play!
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Connect with Mother Earth & Get Grounded
We spend so much time inside, especially during the Winter months.
But fresh air, sunshine, moonshine, wind, water, trees, plants, insects, birds, animals… all the elements of nature can provide a sense of calmness and grounding to our body, mind, and spirit.
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Are you ready to pull your head out of the sand and doing whatever is necessary to put yourself at the top of your priority list for health improvement? Think about it…if you feel like crap – how do you expect to be joyous about doing anything for anybody else. Or even able to do anything! Poor health not only affects your physical and mental outlook, but also your friends, family, co-workers… EVERYTHING in your life!
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Amazing! There is something to celebrate or acknowledge every month, and on almost every single day of the year. Did you know that January is officially National Soup Month? Are you eating soup this month? Usually a great cold-weather food for those of us who enjoy Winter in January. Soup warms the belly, and feeds the soul.
What is Stress?
Stress is an instinctual and normal response from the body when forces beyond our control affect our world.
Stressors can be physical, or emotional, and can be self-induced, created by our interactions with other people, situations, or our environment. Absolutely anything we see, do, or experience can create a stress response.
How Does the Body React to Stressful Situations?
The reaction of the body when placed in a stressful situation is to either “Fight” or “Flee.” This served us well in prehistoric times, but in today’s world we can’t run away from our problems, and it’s also not acceptable to start a fight with your boss, co-workers, or family when the pressure is high!
So What Happens to our Body’s Ability to Manage Stress?
The body wants to fight or flee, yet we’re stuck in situations where neither of these responses are appropriate…The result, either an irrational outburst that doesn’t do anything productive to help the situation, or we internalize and bottle up our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Acting like there’s nothing wrong, when something stressful is happening in our lives, is not a good solution or strategy for solving the problem at hand.
Medical research is starting to document the link between stress and disease.
Some estimates are that 75-90% of all doctor visits may be directly related to stress.
Here are a few conditions that may be caused by prolonged, mis-managed stress:
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Fatigue
- Anxiety Attacks and Mood Swings
- Psychological Distress and Depression
- Sleep Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Eating Disorders
- Peptic Ulcers
- Poor Immune Function
- Chronic Pain
- Colds, Flu, and Viruses
- Headaches and Migraines
- Alcoholism and Smoking-Related
The Benefits of a Little Bit of Stress in Your Life
Stress helps keep us alert and avoid danger. It’s important to realize that not all stress is bad! It’s only bad if we allow it to affect us in a negative manner, or never find an appropriate outlet to let off some steam that it starts to be a problem! Overcoming negative thoughts, fears, and obstacles to achieve goals and desires, means you’ve successfully learned how to harness the power of stress and use it to your advantage, kind of like that old saying, “When life gives you lemons… make lemonade!” or “When the going gets tough.The tough get going.”
Your Attitude Makes a Huge Difference on How Your Body Handles Stress!
Stress can be used as a positive motivator too! We can use it to our advantage for that little extra push we need to go the extra distance at work or during a competitive event, perform to the best of our abilities, or find creative solutions to a problem.
What is the Number One Reason to Reduce Stress?
There might be a million reasons why you’d like to live a lower-stress lifestyle, but when you get right down to it… Maintaining YOUR HEALTH is the most important reason to discover effective ways to manage your stress.
Absolutely anything else you want or desire has no meaning if you’re not around to enjoy it! A healthy body and calm peace of mind will go a long way towards helping you appropriately handle the stressors in your life.
How to Create a Lower-Stress Lifestyle
There are many tips and tricks you can learn to help you better manage stress! First and foremost you’ve got to be ready and willing to make some changes in how you think and act. The definition of insanity is “Doing the same thing over, and over, and expecting a different result!” Find new ways to handle the things in your life that are causing an unhealthy stress response.
Discover Things That Help Create Calm in Your Life
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Yoga, stretching, Pilates
- Focused deep breathing
- Soak in the tub
- Get a massage
- Listen to music
- Play with your children
- Spend time with your pets
- Blow bubbles, or fly a kite
- Go out dancing (or dance in your living room!)
- Read a book
- Paint, draw or do something creative
- Your options are unlimited!
Find FUN THINGS You Enjoy That you Know Help Lower Your Stress Level, AND DO THEM!
You may only need 10-15 minutes of time to refresh your body, mind, and spirit, or plan for more time to “PLAY” as you enjoy the benefits and value it’s adding to your life. If you’re really feeling like you’re at the end of your rope…Seek professional help! It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, but acknowledgement that you’ve got more on your plate than you can handle and need a supportive team effort to get a handle on things.
CONGRATULATIONS ON TAKING THE STEPS YOU NEED TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH!
To keep balance – be sure that you’ve got time scheduled throughout your week to unwind and let go of your body’s stress.Create a list of your favorite stress-reducing options and keep it handy so you can quickly pick one when the need arises! Schedule time daily just for you and enjoy a lower-stress lifestyle.
Meditation for health enhancement is a mind-body practice that has been used for thousands of years in Eastern religious and spiritual traditions. Generally speaking, meditation is a way of clearing the mind of distracting thoughts and emotions to increase physical relaxation, mental calmness, clarity, and psychological balance.
There are many different techniques that can be used to practice meditation.
Some techniques focus attention on a word, object or the breath to assist in removing distraction and increasing focused attention. Meditation can be done in stillness, or movement. Pilates, Yoga, Tai-Chi, and Qi Gong are all forms of “Moving Meditation.
Most types of Meditation have these four things in common:
- A quiet, distraction-free environment (free of phones, pets, and other interruptions)
- A comfortable posture (seated, standing, lying down, walking…)
- Focused attention (on a mantra, object, or breathing)
- A open attitude to let distracting thoughts go, and working towards stillness of the “monkey-mind.”
(The constant barrage of thoughts and distractions that pop into our head and create unnecessary stress to the physical, emotional, and spiritual body.)
There are hundreds of wonderful health benefits to practicing daily meditation!
(Even if it’s only 10-20 minutes a day!)
Here are just a few:
- Improve overall health
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Decreases muscle tension
- Improves physical relaxation
- Enhances the immune system
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps focus and concentration
- Increases productivity
- Increases feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
- Provides peace of mind
- Builds self-confidence
- Brings body, mind and spirit into harmony
- And many, many more wonderful health and wellness benefits!
Meditation is a simple, economical way to improve your health!
- It’s a skill that’s easy to learn
- Can be practiced anywhere
- Requires no special equipment
- Has no negative side effects
Personal Goals | Career Goals | Financial Goals | Health Goals | Life Goals | Spiritual Goals
So you’re surfing the net… Looking for some great, inspiring information about GOAL SETTING…
Are you ready to take the next very important step to actually achieving your dreams and goals…?
Before you click to another web page, get out a blank piece of paper or open a new word doc, and do a quick exercise to empower your thinking about your Goals.
My DREAM BUILDING Brainstorm List
- Put your name and today’s date at the top of your page.
- Number your page 1 to 50.
- Take the next 5 minutes and as quickly as you can write down as many things you can think of that you want to SEE, DO, and HAVE before you die. This is your Dream Building List!
- Ready, Set…GO!
ARE YOU WRITING YET…OR DID YOU SKIP IT AND SAY, “I’LL DO IT LATER.” COME ON, HAVE SOME FUN – TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND DO IT NOW!!!
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Taking care of your body and health means paying attention to more than just exercise!
A Well-Balanced Lifestyle and Healthy Life Habits Should Include:
- Balancing your schedule between work, rest, and play
- Enjoying fresh air and sunshine
- Eating healthy foods
- Regular exercise
- Quality time with family and friends
- Regular medical check-ups with your doctor
- Time spent having fun and learning new things
- Recreational activities, sports, and hobbies
- Down time to rest, rejuvenate, and recharge your batteries
- And whatever your religious beliefs…time to strengthen your faith and renew your spirit
HOW AND WHAT YOU FEED YOUR BODY PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND SPIRITUALLY PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH.
Make YOUR HEALTH Your #1 Priority!
Without a healthy body, neither work nor play will be an option…you’ll find yourself spending valuable time and resources to get your good health back so you can work, play, and enjoy life!
Don’t wait! Take a few moments to evaluate the priorities and balance in your life. Do it NOW! Know that you’re regularly doing things from the list above, to be sure that YOUR health is a priority!
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Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? Once you finally do get to sleep, does the smallest little noise wake you right back up? Like me, do you seem to finally be drifting off and in a really deep sleep about the time your alarm clock goes off in the morning? Are you looking for a few new things to try to help you sleep better and wake up more rested?
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