Tips to Reduce Stress

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I feel a little stressed out lately. I think my stress and anxiety comes from a combination of starting a new school semester, grieving the death of my father and two good friends, and worldly events. I had a few sleepless nights and a few panic attacks. I knew I had to get myself back on track. The best way to reduce stress is through self-care.

My self-care includes slowing down, staying home and resting, taking a bath, eating well, taking the time to reflect, getting a massage, listening to a relaxing podcast, meditating, doing yoga, walking my dog, and spending time with good friends.

Here are a few more tips for reducing stress (taken from Ridgeview Medical Center, Home Care and Hospice, Minnesota):

  1. Stress reduction in five minutes. Mediation, deep breathing, and yoga increases oxygen, moves your body, and focuses your mind. Just take 5 minutes twice a day (morning and evening) to do yoga and meditation. Studies show that this lowers blood pressure, releases healing hormones into your body, increases creativity, increases productivity, and increases your ability to handle stressful situations.
  2. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Walk your dog, walk at lunch, or set a treadmill up in your living room so you can exercise and watch your favorite show while you give your body life. Discover new exercises such as Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong. Death rates from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, are much lower in people exercising 30 minutes a day. Exercise lowers the risk of strokes, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
  3. Laugh as often as possible to release healing hormones such as endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Do not buy pills for your stress. Rent a funny movie or go online to a humorous site daily. Laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts your immune function.
  4. Play and re-establish “child-like” qualities. Science tells us when we play; it increases our immune cells that combat disease. Playfulness also increases creativity and optimism at home and work.
  5. Pay attention. When we daily pay attention and learn to live a life of awareness and mindfulness, we become aware or our emotions, our choices, our relationships, our home life, our work, we can begin to live a rich life of awareness. Practicing mindfulness reduces anxiety and depression.
  6. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters are healthier and live longer than non-breakfast eaters. Research has shown that people who live to the age of 100 were consistent breakfast eaters or they consumed breakfast more frequently than non-breakfast eaters. People who eat breakfast consumed less fat and had a higher intake of essential vitamins and minerals, and lower serum cholesterol, which leads to a lower instance of heart disease.
  7. Get a pet. Studies reveal there are benefits of owning a pet, such as reduction of blood pressure and inducing a relaxation response in our bodies. Pets are emotional lifesavers, they help people experience intimacy and help with changes and loss in our lives.
  8. Create Friendships. Friendships are strong indicators of mental, physical and spiritual health. Friendship is not a luxury but is essential to work-life balance and your health. Studies show that isolation decreases immune functioning and increases mortality risk.
  9. Attitude of Gratitude. It is physiologically impossible to be grateful and experience stress at the same time. Research shows grateful individuals report having more energy and less physical complaints than their non-grateful counterparts. Studies tell us daily gratitude exercises resulted in high levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy.
  10. Altruism and philanthropy. A generous soul lives a rich, abundant life. Altruism neutralizes negative emotions that affect immune, endocrine and cardiovascular function. Altruism creates physiological responses or “helpers high” that makes people feel stronger and more energetic and counters harmful effects of stress.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. Blessings.

Namaste, world.

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Divinity & Purpose

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The new year is here: 2017. It’s a very special year. The number 17 has the sacred “7” in it. It is a new year to start changing human consciousness.

Since childhood, I have been molded and conditioned. My upbringing, my culture, the media, and society as a whole creates my reality and who I am today. I realize that to gain a new human consciousness; I need to strip my conditioning and use my vision to see a new reality; a new awareness.

If we are going to make spiritual progress as a human race, we need to see divinity and purpose in every living being; especially in people. Our leaders tell us that we are insignificant in an expansive universe and our self-esteem is continuously pushed down by the media.

The truth is that we are special and have a purpose for living. Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book, “The Power of Intention,” explains ten steps on how to fulfill your intention to live with purpose. Here are the ten steps:

  1. Affirm that in an intelligent system, no one shows up by accident, including you. You are here on purpose. Create awareness about you as a “being.” Also, remember intelligence comes from intelligence (God). Andrew Newberg, MD, reports, “God exists and we wouldn’t be wired for perceiving God if it were otherwise.”
  2. Seize every opportunity, no matter how small, to give your life away in service. Do what you love and share that love.
  3. Align your purpose with the field of intention. Connecting with God and the field of intention takes a little surrendering. Remember, to birth your purpose; it must come from creativeness, kindness, and love.
  4. Ignore what anyone else tells you about your purpose. Your purpose is between you and God.
  5. Remember that the all-creating field of intention will work on your behalf. Create a new vision that sees God and the unified field on your side.
  6. Study and replicate the lives of people who’ve known their purpose. Read biographies of people and explore how they lived.
  7. Act as if you’re living the life you were intended to live, even if you feel confused about your purpose. Become closer to God and mysticism. Helen Keller says, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
  8. Meditate to stay on purpose. Meditation is KEY! Meditation creates inner peace and guidance.
  9. Keep your thoughts and feelings in harmony with your actions. Do not become ego-dominated. Soften your edges and act with good will.
  10. Stay in a state of gratitude. Be thankful for being alive. Even be thankful for your roadblocks. Be grateful even if you don’t “feel” like being grateful. As you include gratitude in your life, it will grow to be authentic.

Take a deep breath. All will be well in 2017 and into the future.

Namaste, world.

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