Unwind

We are always on the go. Having to-do lists to check off; bringing the kids to this activity and then this play date. When do we have time to unwind? It’s usually at night when everything is quiet and we turn to TV on to drown our crazy days into reality shows.

But what if there was a way to unwind for five minutes throughout the day? Look no further!! Check out these 23 ways to unwind.

1.  Be permissive.

This is important for many. Give yourself permission to slow down. Say it out loud if you must.

2.  Turn the dial. 

Find one or two relaxing music stations to set in your car and at home or create a soothing playlist or two to quiet your mind and decrease your heartbeat. On your drive home from work, skip the news at least a few times a week and unwind with some great music to revive you.


3.  One word syllables can serve you well.

Next time, someone asks you to sign up for that extra something or other that will consume your time and add to your load, very kindly try the words, “No thank you.”


4.  Seek the crunch.  

Reach for a healthy crunchy food like celery, nuts or a hard apple to take the brunt of your stress.

5.  Don’t be afraid of needles.

Acupuncture is incredibly relaxing and forces you to chill-out. After all, you don’t want to move and disturb all those needles!

6.  Create a cozy nook.

Make sure there is a quiet area in your home or yard where you can decompress.  Associate that area with a time to relax and listen to nature.  Some even create a mediation room and if that appeals to you, go for it!



7.  Retreat from your routine. 

Getting away from everyone and everything for a night or weekend or even longer just may be the ticket for you to truly relax and reset a new course.  Sign up for a retreat, plan a little vaca and make it an annual escape that you look forward to for yourself.

8.  Technology can help.

Send phone reminders to yourself to do nothing for 10 minutes and let your mind wander and don’t focus on any problems . . . at all.  They will still be there when you get back (sorry!) but you will be refreshed deleting them for a brief respite.


9.  Lower the eyelids.  

Yes, just rest those hard-working peeps and close your eyes.  Let the hectic day go black to regain some calm.


10.  Go green. 

Sip green tea as it is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger and stress.


11.  Chocoholics delight.

Go ahead and indulge in some dark chocolate to calm the nerves.  Cacao levels in chocolate can regulate stress hormones.

12.  Try a brief siesta.

Now, this can backfire on you so be careful.  A brief nap of 20 minutes or less can really revive you. But, longer naps can just make your groggy and disturb your natural sleep patterns.


13.  Breathe the right breath.

Here is a quick, free way to slow down. Controlled sloooow, deep breaths can help lower heart rate and your blood pressure, too. Your cardiovascular system will thank you.


14.  Find the om.  

Take those slow breathes a step further and start a mediation or yoga practice, or begin learning tai chi or qigong.  There is a reason why those that do this regularly always seem calm.

15.  Focus on good times.

Bring forth those happy times to the forefront when feeling tense.  It can allow you to escape for a bit as well as remind you about what really counts in life and how to get back there.


16.  Find the right touch.  

Massage can do wonders for your body and mind and relationships. Make it a regular thing if it works for you.


17.  A little dab will do ‘ya.  

Tap a bit of lavender, tea tree, citrus or another essential oil onto your wrist. But, remember always mix essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil so that you don’t burn your skin!  The scents may activate smell receptors in the nose that can stabilize our emotions in our brain.

18.  Find the light.

If you are lucky enough to have a sunny day, step outside and show some appreciation and look to the sun. Bright light can be an effective treatment for people who suffer from depression, and can cheer up just about anyone. Talk a walk in that sun too for even greater stress relief.


19.  Write it all down.  

Yup, everything you have to do and/or all your worries – write it down and release it all with no editing.  Seeing it on paper can help you get organized in your life and in your mind.  Just the act of writing can help create solutions and release emotions, too.


20.  Move your limbs.  

No list to destress could go without exercise as a great solution to deplete those stress reactions.  A simple walk around the block to a full-out session at the gym can really help you feel and look better too.


21.  Refocus your mind.  

Sometimes if impatiently waiting, occupying your mind with a game or puzzle can redirect your brain to other efforts and take your mind off the waiting and worrying game.


22.  Find your four-legged friends.  

Time with your pets is an instant stress-reliever. Laugh, snuggle and just enjoy the presence of your fur family.


23.  Open the line.

What are friends for? Sharing that’s what. Seek your besties and vent.

Wishes

A wish is a feeling or  a way to express a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable; want something that cannot or probably will not happen.

We make so many wishes in a day, week, month and year. Every year when we blow out our birthday candles we wish for something. Hope is something we all hold onto. Wishes are simple when we are younger; like ‘I wish I get a new bike’ or ‘I wish I can stay up late’. But as we get older our wishes are more meaningful.

Some of my wishes are for my grandma and parents to live forever. To be the best wife, mom, grandma and women I can be. To actually see the reason I am here on earth. But I also have simple dreams.

No dreams are the same, but we hold onto hope and have a feeling or wish that our wish comes true!

Rainbow

When you see a rainbow what you your first thought? Follow it to find the pot of gold or the Lucky Charms?! When someone sees a rainbow there can be different feelings that arise.

For me it is luck; it is the knowing factor that someone heard me that I need some cheering up. Now, if I see a specific color that is darker than the others I know who sent me that message.

There are symbolic meanings of Rainbows they include: Life, Hope, Divinity, Promise, Creation, Initiation, Potential, Provision, Harmony, Expansion, Ascension, Spirituality, Connection and Transformation.

Rainbows are something of beauty that Earth allows us to see- but what do you think when you see them?

 

 

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Stress

Stress doesn’t just happen to be an emotional roller coaster for adults; it can happen for kids as well. Their stressors may be different; but in a way they are the same. Think of when you were in school; there were times you thought you were more prepared than you actually were. Now come back from living in the past and come to the present and future-bullying is more common in schools than it was taking a buddy to go to the bathroom.

Yes, when we as adults get stressed out we want to be alone (usually) or scream! But how do kids handle their stress? Do they take it out on you as the parent; their sibling; not doing well on a test because of anxiety? Helping children to handle stress is important so they learn how to deal with stress when they grow up.

Here is an article from Healthychildren.org on Helping Children Handle Stress.

 

Helping Children Handle Stress

Yoga.

No I didn’t say yogurt! Yogurt is probably better for some than yoga is. For me I know yoga is so beneficial, but I am nervous to go into a class because I don’t know the names of the moves. But there are so many reasons why one should try a yoga class.

Here are 10 Reasons to practice Yoga:

1. STRESS RELIEF: Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

2. PAIN RELIEF: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.

3. BETTER BREATHING: Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.

4. FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

5. INCREASED STRENGTH: Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.

6. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well-being and self-esteem.

7. IMPROVED CIRCULATION: Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.

8. CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING: Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.

9. FOCUS ON THE PRESENT: Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.

10. INNER PEACE: The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.

 

And here are some videos that you can do at home:

1. Strala at Home

2. Yoga Journal

3. PsycheTruth

4. Yoga with Adriene

5. Interval Yoga

 

Content

Being content is allowing yourself to accept your strengths and your flaws. Yet, society tells us that we need to have six pack on our abdomen, no thighs touching, and no extra skin. I can go on and on about what society, especially social media says that we should look like.

What about being content in your own world with your close friends and your family around you. Yes, we all have those friends that you think are skinnier than you, prettier than you and really have their life together. What we don’t know is some aspects of our own life others wish for.

 

Try and be happy with who you are as a person…don’t try to act like someone else. You are the reason why the person you love has found you. I am not saying it’s not hard to be happy about yourself. But just take a deep breathe and be true to yourself!

Holding onto Hope

Sometimes the only thing that we as humans can do it hold onto the hope of reaching our goals. It is hard to realize that our hopes and dreams don’t become our reality. We try so hard to show our commitment to our goals; but what if those goals are not achieved? How do we know if and or when we will feel whole?

Holding onto hope is what keeps us going to achieve those goals. It is what allows us to dream, allows us to think that one day our hope will turn into a reality. For me; I really wish that those companies and individuals that I interview with see my potential, commitment, and overall attitude to do the best job I can. Sometimes holding onto hope is like the feeling of holding on for dear life. It raises the questions of what if; can I do that; how can I achieve this?

Holding onto hope is a personal journey….they are your hopes and dreams and only you can make them a reality.