Category Archives: General wellness

5 Unhealthy Habits Everyone Needs To Ditch Now: A Doctor Explains

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Article via @mindbodygreen by dr Rachel Abrams

“Is it possible to avoid heart attacks, ulcers, headaches, cancer, and other poor health events? YES! It is true that we don’t have complete control over the universe, and sometimes, “shit happens,” but it is very clear that negative health triggers increase our risk for poor health events. Knowing what they are and avoiding them just might save your life.” [Abrams:2017]

Dr Rachel Abrams tells us how bad stress, inactivity, unconscious eating and a few other bad habits, can influence our physical well-being.

Read the full article here.

SOURCES:

ABRAMS, Rachel, Dr.  2017.  MBG (Mind Body Green)

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20 Natural Home Remedies

Via @PreventionMag

[Excerpt only. Read original article by PAMELA BOND dated March 5, 2014 here.]

We are often caught off guard with minor aches and pains, something that you may feel not serious enough to rush to your GP for, yet serious enough to cause major discomfort and/or embarressment. The hangover after a night of indulgence, for instance. How do you explain that to a medical expert?

Sometimes it is not so much muscular aches or the common cold that can add grief to our lives, sometimes it is just something like discolored teeth or insomnia caused by your better half snoring away until the early hours (then, of course, the lack of rest can cause a whole range of other complaints: red eyes and a pounding head ache amongst others).

Pamela Bond put together a lovely slideshow with photographs of the compounds you can use to quickly relieve some of your most common ailments and complaints together with easy-to-understand tips on how to prepare and administer said remedies.

I took the liberty of mentioning the problems and the type of remedies used below. For more details on preparation and use, please continue to the original article here or click on the ailment to go to that specific slide.

  1. Nausea = Ginger
  2. Hiccups  = Sugar
  3. Sore throat = Garlic
  4. Cough = Dark Chocolate
  5. Fever = Linden flower tea
  6. Burn  = Aloe Vera
  7. Flatulence = Peppermint capsules
  8. Foot odor = Vinegar
  9. Cold = Lemon
  10. Bad breath = Lemon Juice
  11. Chapped lips = Olive oil
  12. Stiff neck = Contrast hydrotherapy—a quick blast of hot, then cold water
  13. Snoring = Put a tennis ball in a shirt pocket cut from an old T-shirt and sew it to the midback of your tight pajama top. The discomfort forces you to roll over and sleep on your side – without waking you up.
  14. Insomnia = Cherries
  15. Puffy, tired eyes =  Black tea
  16. Stained teeth = Strawberries
  17. Prevent a headache = 200-400mg Magnesium
  18. Prevent a hangover = Take a B-50 complex before bedtime.
  19. Menstrual cramps = Crampbark tincture
  20. Dry skin, rashes, and eczema = Oatmeal

SOURCE:

BOND, Pamela  2014/03/15  20 Natural Home Remedies: A trove of quick DIY fixes for everything from stomach upset to the common cold. [Web:] PreventionMag.  [Date of Access:] 23 September 2015

10 Powerful Affirmations that can Change Your Life

Via #BodyMindSoulSpirit

Original article posted on June 4, 2015 by Josh RichardsonPrevent Disease

Read original article here.

10 POWERFUL AFFIRMATIONS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

*I can achieve GREATNESS*

*Today, I am brimming with ENERGY and overflowing with JOY*

*I LOVE and ACCEPT myself for who I am* 

*My body is HEALTHY; my mind is BRILLIANT; my soul is TRANQUIL*

*I BELIEVE I can do everything*

*Everything that is happening now is happening for my ULTIMATE GOOD*

*I am the ARCHITECT of my life; I BUILD its foundation and CHOOSE its contents*

*I FORGIVE those who harmed me in my past & peacefully detach from them*

*My ability to CONQUER challenges is limitless; my potential to SUCCEED is infinite*

*Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more POSITIVE ones*

Click here to read more about each affirmation

The Secret To Aging Gracefully

Via @MindBodyGreen

By Kaia Roman for www.mindbodygreen.com

The Secret To Aging Gracefully

Recently over dinner, a friend I’ve known for 15 years told me that I am aging well.” I was both flattered and intrigued by the compliment. Of course I quickly realized this didn’t mean I wasn’t aging at all, but that there was something about the way that I was aging that stood out to him.

I thought about the comment over the next few days and considered what “aging well” meant to me. As I slide into my 40s, aging well isn’t just about counting the lines on my face, it’s about feeling good in my own skin. Aging well is about taking care of my body so that I can enjoy the next 40 or so years of my life with energy,low stressvitalitylimber jointsstrong muscles and organs that do their job and don’t get sick.

But aging well is also about taking care of my spirit — nourishing my emotional body as much my physical body — with thoughts, experiences, people and activities that bring me joy, and avoiding those that don’t.

My perspective on aging has changed in the past few years. I actually feel grateful to be aging, because I feel so much happier with who I am today than I did 10 years ago. By incorporating healthy lifestyle choices like whole foods, daily exercise, enough sleep, plenty of water, chemical-free sunscreen and appropriate supplements — I believe the biggest difference to how I am aging comes from one thing: how I handle stress.

I feel like I’m finally learning how to use my inner guidance system — the intuition and feelings that steer me in the right direction and help me avoid the stressful choices I could be making that would accelerate aging.

Stress can come in many forms — physical, emotional, mental — and not all stress is bad. Eustress (“eu” means well or good in Greek) was a term coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye to describe the kind of stress that activates your body to work towards a tangible goal. Instead of causing your body and mind to shut down or go into fight-or-flight mode, eustress actually motivates you to get what you want!

So as I age, I’m getting better at noticing what triggers my stress response and getting into the habit of mentally reframing the difficult moments into an opportunity to motivate myself to learn and grow in the process.

Here are three steps you can take to reframe stress and use it to your advantage to age well and gracefully:

1. Realize that not all stress is bad.

There is a type of stress that feels more like excitement or anticipation that you can actually thrive on. Eustress can be motivating and helps you reach the goals you care about most. But when the stress scale tips to worry or anxiety, think about your overall health and well-being and ditch it right then and there.

2. Realize that problematic situations can be seen as opportunities for growth.

When faced with a challenging event like a disagreement with a colleague at work, there are always two roads to go down: You can either approach the situation as a problem, or as an opportunity for spiritual growth. This not-so-subtle distinction can mean the difference between distress and eustress — always try to choose the latter.

3. Know your triggers and respond mindfully.

One fast way to turn off the negative stress response is to take a few deep breaths when you feel yourself being triggered. Keep in mind that you have the power to change your perspective on any situation. You can either choose to “fly off the handle,” or you can stay calm and collected. Just those few breaths can make all the difference, cueing your brain to shift out of aggression and into a more stable state of mind.

I realize now that there are a million tiny stressors around me all the time, and it’s up to me to navigate not only how I react to them, but also how I choose to make them a part of my life (or not). By making how I feel my top priority (rather than what I accomplish, who I impress, what I look like, etc.), I am making conscious choices every day to shift my attention and thoughts to what will bring me joy, gratitude and love.

Beyond gray hair and wrinkles, I think aging is an attitude — and aging well means facing life with a youthful spirit. Each day I strive to find new vitality for life, and new things to be grateful for and excited about. I’ve noticed that the more I focus on gratitude, the healthier and happier I am.

I’m excited to continue aging well over the next years of my life. More than ever before, I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I’m not out to impress anyone, to prove myself, or to conquer the world — I feel very much at peace with who I am and where I am in my life. And if that’s aging well, I’ll take it!

About the Author

Kaia Roman is an entrepreneur and public relations consultant who focuses on the planning and implementation of communications strategies for people, projects, and products working towards a better world. From moving to an eco-commune at age 7, to being trained as a mind-body therapist at age 11, to creating the first college major in Sustainable Living in the U.S. and co-authoring the first book ever published on biodiesel fuel at age 22, Kaia’s life has been anything but ordinary. She has been the publicist for rock stars, shamans, and scientists, launched multiple companies, produced music festivals, served on many non-profit Boards, and been a guest on the Today Show. Kaia has lived in several countries, practiced yoga in India, studied nutrition and constitutional medicine, and hitchhiked and surfed her way around the world. However, her greatest accomplishment and life adventure is that of motherhood; Kaia has two magical daughters and has been married to her wonderful husband Dan since 2003.

 

Enrich Your Life: Deepak Chopra’s 4-Step Spiritual Seeker Practice

Via @Yoga_Journal

BY DEEPAK CHOPRA

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A pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine and author of dozens of best-selling books on Eastern philosophy and personal transformation,Deepak Chopra, MD, is known for bringing traditional wisdom to contemporary issues.

In his latest book, The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times, he dives into the question of the existence of God, and offers his own thought-provoking approach to the ongoing debate between skeptics and believers. He doesn’t give black-and-white answers; rather, he encourages readers to explore their own inner sense of these questions and provides a framework and a set of practices to help each of us discover answers within.

See also 5 Mindfulness Meditations to Master Emotions + Stress

In the excerpt offered here, Dr. Chopra gives new meaning to the term “spiritual seeker,” explaining that true seeking is not a journey to find wisdom outside yourself, but a deeply personal process of introspection. Try the four-step practice below to begin to tap into your personal guiding principles, from which you can live a life of integrity and connection to your core self.

Survey Your True Desires

You are a seeker if these ingredients exist inside you. They may only be seeds; nonetheless you feel a stirring within you, some sort of desire percolating inside.

  • The desire to be real
  • The courage to step into the unknown
  • A refusal to be fooled by illusions
  • The need to feel fulfilled
  • The ability to go beyond material satisfaction
  • An intimation of other levels of existence

The material world is chaotic, filled with events beyond anyone’s personal control. To be a seeker, you are required not to conquer the chaos but to see through it. The Vedic tradition uses a clever metaphor for this: A seeker must walk through a herd of sleeping elephants without waking them up. The elephants are your old conditioning, which insists that you are weak, isolated, and abandoned. You can’t fight this conditioning, because once you wake it up, your fear, insecurity, and certainty that you must struggle to survive will have tremendous power. Once the elephants wake up, they’ll trample you.

So the world’s wisdom traditions figured out another way through. Sneak past these obstacles, without trying to fight them head on. Shift your allegiance, silently and inwardly. Stop being ruled by chaos and be ruled by your core self.

To become a seeker, you don’t have to walk away and exist as an outsider from society; you aren’t required to turn your back on those who love you or to proselytize a set of new beliefs. Those are the customary trappings of religious conversion. Instead, reexamine your present situation. Sit down and confront what your existence is about.

See also Is Yoga a Religion?

Step 1: Rate Your Outer Activities

In one column, list the external things you put effort into. Beside each category, put down a number, either the hours a week you devote to this activity or how much you value the activity, on a scale from 1 to 10.

Here’s a sample list:

  • Family and friends
  • Career
  • School, higher education
  • Wealth, property, and possessions
  • Politics
  • Hobbies
  • Exercise
  • Sex
  • Entertainment
  • Travel
  • Church attendance
  • Service organizations and charity

See also Tap Your Higher Power

Step 2: Rate Your Inner Pursuits

In another column, make a list of the inner activities that you put effort into. Rate these things, too, with a number, reflecting the value you put on each one or how much time you devote to it.

Here are some examples:

Step 3: Compare Your Priorities

Now compare the two lists. They will give you a rough sense of where your allegiance lies between the inner and outer. I’m not suggesting you play a spiritual blame game—almost everyone predominantly pursues outward activities. The material world holds us fast. And remember, it’s alright for inward activities to take place in the material world; they can be part of one’s daily routine.

Step 4: Assess Your Life’s Focus and Set Goals

Unless you devote time and attention to inward things, you are not seeking. Being pious and doing good works are not a substitute. They remain all too often on the external plane. If you wish to set spiritual goals, I’d begin with two that have nothing to do with religion and everything to do with getting real: Find your center, and then run your life from there. Both goals are necessary. If you leave out one, the other will have limited use.

Finding your center means settling into a stable, coherent state of awareness. Outer forces do not dominate you. You’re not restless, anxious, worried, or unfocused. The second goal is running your life from your center, which means obeying your subtle inner guidance, such as instinct, intuition, love, self-knowledge, trust, and compassion.

Take a look at your life and assess which of these two lists sounds like you right now:

You are finding your center when you:

  • Act with integrity
  • Speak your truth
  • Remain unswayed by the need to be liked
  • Do not fear authority
  • Respect your personal dignity and others’
  • Remain self-reliant, not dependent on others
  • Do not blind yourself with denial and self-deceptions
  • Practice tolerance
  • Become slow to anger and quick to forgive
  • Aim to understand others as well as you understand yourself

You aren’t living from your center when you:

  • Focus on external rewards
  • Crave approval from others
  • Open yourself easily to outside influences
  • Put too much emphasis on rules
  • Set yourself up as an authority
  • Compete as if winning is the only thing that matters
  • Gossip and belittle others
  • Hold on to prejudice or ideology
  • Seek revenge
  • Skirt the truth
  • Keep your inner world a secret

Once you achieve the two goals, your material world will hold together in the same way that you hold together. Inner and outer will no longer be two separate domains; you will have made them connect. You can operate from a core of integrity and express your true self. That’s how a person learns to overcome the material world’s chaos and fragmentation.

This project of seeking that I’ve outlined is existential, to put it in a word. The courage to be has traced a path to a solid sense of what it means to be real.

  • When you begin to suspect that you are the author of your own existence, seeking has begun.
  • When you use your awareness to actively shape your life, seeking has brought answers.
  • When you look around and know that reality is based entirely on consciousness, seeking has reached its goal.

The next stage is to journey deeper, always moving toward the source of creation, which is where real power lies. Seeking takes place in the material world, but finding happens somewhere else.

Reprinted from The Future of God, Harmony Books, an imprint of Random House, November 2014.

See also Q&A with Strala Founder Tara Stiles

The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

Via @greatist

By J Shakeshaft

Whether it’s in your hips, glutes, or all in your head, tension has a way of accumulating as we hustle through the day-to-day. But there are ways to reclaim some very necessary “me” time with just a few simple steps.

Restorative yoga prioritizes stillness, relaxation, and a calmer state of mind, even more so than more traditional forms of yoga . By incorporating props like yoga blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps to support and align the body, restorative poses allow the body to fully relax in each posture (so no straining to lift and hold that tricky full wheel pose). Practicing “active relaxation” or gentle yoga (as it’s also known) can also help yogis hold poses longer than they normally would, giving weary muscles and connective tissues and little extra TLC. 

The silver lining: There’s room for restorative poses in even the tightest of places. Just remember to take the time to get in and out of each pose safely — especially when the spine is involved. And for those with injuries, be sure to move through each posture with a pro before trying them on your own.

Greatist Expert and yoga instructor Rebecca Pacheco suggests starting off with these six postures, from the hip-opening half-pigeon pose to the oh-so-restorative legs-up-the-wall pose. So find a quiet spot — and a few uninterrupted minutes — and get ready to restore.

Disclaimer: While we’re big fans of yoga to ease tension and improve mobility, it’s not a replacement for medical care. If you’re experiencing chronic pain or injury, please consult a qualified professional.

Yoga poses to relieve stress