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Meditation is an increasingly popular practice that can positively impact your life. It has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and increase concentration, among other effects. Even if you are committed to trying it, it can be difficult to find a peaceful place to do it. Check out the following tips for where to begin your mindfulness exercise.
1. At Work
It may seem backwards, but meditating at work can actually help counteract the stress that is so commonly brought on there. All you need is a quiet spot with some privacy and 10-15 minutes. Many offices allow you to book call and conference rooms, so you could even set a recurring “meeting” for yourself to go meditate. Making this “appointment” at the beginning of your workday would not only give you a peaceful and productive start, but it would also have very little chance of interfering with the schedule of anyone else in the office who may need a room booked. Try it, and you may be surprised at how much you like meditating at work.
2. Surrounded by Nature
Unlike the first suggestion, this would be more of a one-off meditation experience rather than a regular spot. There are a million and one places to go outside to find a moment of peace — it can be as simple as your backyard or as breathtaking as a mountain top. One experience that everyone should have is meditating during or right before a sunrise. Luckily the United States is geographically diverse, so there are plenty of amazing spots to watch a sunrise even just along the East Coast.
3. At Home
This location wouldn’t surprise you, but it’s a classic for a reason. You know your home and (hopefully) see it as a comfortable place to unwind away from work. Plus, you can wear whatever you’d like! One trick to make your routine more immersive is to darken your room with blackout shades.
However and wherever you meditate, the most important part is making it work for you. After all, point of the experience is to make it as effective for you as possible. So take the above tips and figure out where your mindfulness happy-place is. You’ll be delighted when you do.
Warmer weather looks to be finally here to stay. In addition to spring cleaning around the home, it’s important to look at yourself and both your physical and mental aspects. Your body and your mind are the two most important things to keep clean and working properly. If one of them is out of balance, it can easily throw off the other. Here are some tips to help keep a clean and clear body and spirit.
Take Time to Meditate
Meditation is an age old practice that is finally being to be accepted in the mainstream. For most of us, we’ve known for a long time that meditation has numerous health benefits and is an important part of a day or week. It lowers stress and lets your mind put things in order. Mainstream science is finally starting to realize the benefits too. Studies have shown that patients with fibromyalgia who meditate have shown improvement. Other studies point to an improved immune system and increased energy levels.
Find the right spot is one of the most important steps when you want to try meditating. How can you reflect inwards if everything on the outside is loud and distracting? I’ve found that my backyard space is a wonderful place. It’s cozy and quiet (I don’t have neighbors right on top of me). If it’s a hot day, I’ve got amazing retractable awnings to help keep me cool. Find your quiet space, the one that works best for you.
Watch What You Eat
Eating right is not only a way to lose weight, but it is a way to make your whole body feel better. An easy way to improve your diet is to simply be more mindful of the foods you are eating. We all have our indulgences, but when the average calorie count of a single Arby’s menu item is over 500 calories and you’re making regular visits to the fast food restaurant, you may be indulging too much. So think about what you eat and how many fats, sugars, and carbs you are consuming. Consider cutting out soda and sugary drinks. Try to keep away from fast food. Eat more raw and organic foods. You’ll start seeing your body change and notice increased energy levels. You’ll soon find that your mind won’t be clouded from all the synthetic chemicals and additives.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone has a different level of comfort for new places and new faces. But on the whole, our comfort zone is something that we’ve constructed around ourselves. In a sense, it can be a fear of challenging ourselves because we risk failing. Being able to look beyond that and get out of our comfort zone has a number of health benefits for your mental state. It allows you to grow as a person by trying new things. Those experiences will become a part of who you are. It also allows you to deal with change easier. There will always be change or transitions in life and being able to embrace those changes makes the process easier.
There are so many ways to get your mind and your body healthy. But, it’s important to remember that there are just as many ways to be unhealthy. By having either your mind or your body out of sync, it can throw off your entire balance. Both body and spirit need to be healthy to work as one. These are some easy tips to either get healthy or to maintain your balance.
A smile is one of the first things you notice about a person, so keeping your teeth healthy and your smile bright is important. Whether you’re currently using whitening procedures or just want to keep teeth discoloration to a minimum, some basic maintenance is necessary to keep your teeth white. One of the easiest ways is to know what food and drink to limit. Although it won’t replace important trips to the dentist, being aware of certain foods and drinks with teeth staining potential can help you maintain those pearly whites! Check out the following 3 foods that can cause discoloration (the list may surprise you).
While berries are great for your overall health, they have major staining power. The rich pigment found in blueberries and blackberries can easily discolor teeth and hinder teeth whitening procedures if you aren’t cautious. You don’t need to give up berries, but remember to brush your teeth or drink a glass of water after eating berries to help limit the discoloration.
Whether they’re in your salad or pasta, tomatoes are a teeth-staining culprit due to their acidity. Leaving the acidic residue on your teeth for too long can expose dentin, the second layer of the tooth. Dentin exposure can cause yellowing and create the perfect environment for discoloration. If you can’t limit your weekly intake, remember to rinse your mouth out with water or try a new and delicious tomato-free pasta sauce.
Red wine usually tops the list of drinks that cause the worst discoloration, but a study at NYU has reported that white wine can cause staining as well. The acidity creates spots on the teeth that are more prone to discoloration. While red wine is still worse due to its dark pigmentation, white wine can make a difference in how susceptible you are to discoloration.
Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important things you can do to live a longer life. A healthy heart means less medical issues and doctors’ visits down the road. This advice is told time and time again, but procrastination and excuses easily get in the way of healthy lifestyle changes. However, maintaining and keeping your heart healthy doesn’t have to be difficult and small alterations can make a big difference. Daily exercise and certain antioxidants improve cardiovascular health, but a healthy diet is crucial to maintain the effects. Start incorporating some (or all) of the 5 foods below into your daily routine!
Salmon, or other fatty fish like tuna, is delicious and great for your heart! Due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can reduce blood clotting, lower cholesterol and decrease heart risk failure. Not only is it super healthy, but it’s easy to make! Instead of your weekly chicken dinner, substitute salmon once or twice a week for a heart healthy alternative.
Avocado is one of the most versatile, delicious and heart-healthy fruits out there. Put avocado on top of a salad, on your toast, or with eggs in the morning to keep you full and productive throughout the day. Avocado contains monounsaturated fats, otherwise known as ‘good’ fat that reduces bad cholesterol levels. Avocado is an easy way to add flavor to any meal and make a healthy change in your diet!
Whole grain oatmeal
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s easy to forget about if you’re running late to work or school. Oatmeal is the perfect fast, filling, and beneficial meal to eat before you run out the door. Whole grain oats have major health benefits that can help reduce type 2 diabetes, lower bad cholesterol, and the list goes on. Try overnight oats to reduce preparation time or a low sugar instant whole grain oatmeal to jump start your morning.
Nuts are a portable and simple snack, but they can also make a huge difference in your health. With omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fiber, and many other health benefits, nuts are a great mid-afternoon snack. Skip your daily habit of snacking on chips and substitute pistachios or almonds for a healthier and more filling alternative.
If you often find yourself reaching for sweets after meals, berries are a great alternative. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are naturally sweet and satisfying, without the unhealthy amounts of refined sugar that ice cream, cookies and candy contain. Eating moderate amounts of berries per week increases good cholesterol and reduces blood pressure. Low fat greek yogurt with berries on top is a great alternative to dessert that is just as delicious, but will improve your heart health.