People come to yoga looking for various things: peace of mind, stress reduction, improved concentration and weight loss. Yoga can help you to accomplish all of this, but "yoga works, if you work!" You have to do the practices on a regular basis in order to get the results.
If we want to enjoy our daily lives, it is exceptionally helpful to slow down for part of the day and focus on your breath. Research has shown that periods of meditation — of focusing on your breath — helps us transcend worries, lowers our anxiety, diminishes depression and increases clarity. Meditation balances our moods and enhances our ability to connect fully with who we are.
Got Stress? Go Gardening!
In its purest form, gardening is about connecting with the earth and resetting our clocks to the simple, natural rhythms of life. Try as we may, we can't really speed up a tomato plant and make it grow by our timetable. We must adapt, and in doing so, gardening offers us a gentle reminder about what's really important in life: food, water, warmth, a bit of loving attention and some room to grow.
Hobbies and Crafting: Not Frivolous at All!
Are you looking for stress relief? No drugs, no meditation? Have you ever thought about taking up a craft? In fact, doing a craft is a prescription for good health. And more importantly, you do not need to be good at the craft to benefit. Imagine feeling more relaxed. See yourself smiling, pleased with your efforts. All this can be yours, once you start enjoying a hobby. A craft can be any hand-made project that you take pleasure in doing — it could be painting, needle work, knitting, home decoration, woodwork.
Have you ever confused negativity with just being realistic, believing somehow that seeing the downside of every situation is facing life as it really is? In truth, negativity is nothing more than a bad habit — and once you un-learn it, the resulting self-esteem boost and newfound ability to cope with the challenges in your life will convince you that being more positive is well worth the effort!
Get more Time, Energy and Money!
Time, energy and money are chronically lacking in parents’ lives. They are too tired because their children keep them up at night, they are strapped for time between juggling work and family, and they spend all their resources on their kids, the house, the car and the mortgage. Everybody has a dream. Whether you know it or not, at one time you dreamed all the time. As children grow, their imaginations grow with them. Then they become adults, and the reality of the world sets in. Have you forgotten how to dream? Do you feel as if you have no time to breath, much less make your dreams reality?
Are You Addicted to Stress?
At the International Breath Institute, we've worked with many people suffering from stress-related illnesses. We coined the term “stress addiction” after studying and compiling data and research on stress and its effects.
Simply stated, stress addiction is working at an intense or prolonged pace, suffering a traumatic experience and always being on the edge. It is like being in a state of hyper-arousal all the time.
Yoga for Kids and Parents
“Baby yoga! Baby yoga!” This is my daughter’s chant any time she reaches over to place her hands in front of her toes, in essence doing the toddler version of downward facing dog. I fantasized about doing yoga with my children before becoming pregnant, but I never pictured it like this.
ADD Couples: Tips for Working it Out
"All marriages require work from both partners to continue a loving relationship," says Eileen Bailey, director of ADDHelpline. "Marriages with one spouse with ADD can be even more difficult and trying but can also be rewarding, loving relationships as long as both partners value and respect the other person and the strengths they bring to the relationship."
Breathe to Stop Pain and Relieve Stress
Do you ever stop and think what an amazing thing our breath is? Probably not. Most of us never give it a thought. It is something we take for granted. Rarely do we stop and think about how it, along with our souls, is our life force and without it we would not be alive.
Journaling for Self-Therapy
Have you ever considered using your journal for more than just recording your to-do list or daily events? With a commitment to write honestly, journaling can be a unique method of self-therapy, a means of exploring your feelings and motivations — and an excellent tool in your decision-making process.
5 Tips for Healthy, Low-Stress Holidays
The holidays, though times of happiness and celebration, can also be a source of considerable stress for many of us, which can challenge our health and wellness. Between holiday parties, entertaining at home, shopping for gifts and other obligations, we may often feel more than a little overwhelmed.
Using Flower Essences for Emotional Well-being
Flower essence therapy is similar to homeopathy in important ways. It works on a non-physical level to help resolve, not suppress, issues that affect your health. What are the issues specific to you that are affecting you the most right now?
Try This Quick Pick-Me-Up to Destress an Soothe Those Aching Legs
Want to know a trick that can revive your weary body, or tired and sore legs, and give you a boost that will keep you going for the rest of the evening? Read on.
Melt Away Tension With Lemon Balm
Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, has been used for centuries to melt away tension, relax the body and soothe the mind. Often overlooked, it deserves to be considered as a part of any medicinal herb garden.
8 Ways to Target Your Stress Points
Choose a life of less stress by identifying your stress points. You can start by answering the following eight questions in your personal journal.
Hobbies for Busy Women
Everyone needs a hobby. Do you believe this? It's true. In fact, the busier a person is, the more that person really needs a healthy, tension-relieving, fun way to relax.
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