Saturday, August 22, 2009

Getting started with your enjoyment exercises

This list is modified only slightly from:  Family fun brings enjoyment and health benefits.  Please take a look at their site also, as it has some great ideas on it!

Start by taking an inventory of fun activities. Pay attention to what activities bring you pleasure. These might include tinkering in the garage, gardening, listening to music, watching UCONN women's basketball or reading. As long as the activity is consistent with your health, make time for more of it.

Link healthy habits to happiness. For example, stay motivated to do these exercises by choosing activities you enjoy. Vary your routine and exercise with other people. You might do some activities by yourself, and others may be group activities. Make exercise so enjoyable that the activity itself becomes its own reward.

Be attentive. When it comes to fun, quality counts as much as quantity. You don't always have to have more pleasure — just be attentive to it when it shows up. Instead of drinking a second cup of coffee, for instance, pay full attention to the first one. Sip it and savor it - don't gulp. After the first cup, you might feel complete with your coffee and reach for a glass of orange juice next. 

Find fun. Try new activities. Explore new places and situations. Let your mind wander. Act impulsively once in awhile. Make a game of routine duties. And whatever the activity, try to find something pleasurable in the doing of it. Listen to the old adage - Seek and you shall find... fun!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Self-Healing from Trauma Block 2

This past week we looked at Block 1 in this series, now we are moving on to Block 2.  You can continue with Block 1 while doing Block 2 if you like! 

What do YOU enjoy?

Make a list of what you enjoy doing, even if you do not spend much time doing that activity, if you enjoy it then put it on your list. This may seem like the same exercise as last week but this is different. This list would include things like reading, crafting, drawing, etc. Things that you consider doing when you think of having "me" time.

Now gather a few things from this list into one place so that they are handy as you continue on in your self-healing journey. Have these things (like a good book, writing paper, your favorite craft supplies, etc) handy when doing your self-healing exercise each week. If you begin to feel over-whelmed with your exercise, then stop and pull something from the things you gathered ahead of time and spend some time just enjoying that activity.

Return to the exercise later. Either later that day or the next or the next, it doesn't matter when. Remember to work at your own pace throughout all of these exercises.

You may want to put all of the things you gather into one container and if you are the creative type you may want to decorate this as your enjoyment container.

Remember to do at least one thing that makes you feel good each day and add to that one thing you enjoy doing. Taking time to make yourself feel good and to enjoy an activity each day will put you in a better frame of mind to begin healing. Continue throughout to do one thing from each of these lists daily.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chase Away The Blahs With Yoga

Yoga is a great disposition enhancer and it does it naturally. Any kind of exercise releases hormones that help ease the stress that often leads to the blahs, blues, or outright depression. Activity keeps your mind far from negative thoughts and allows you to gain insight on dilemmas in your life. People who are depressed or “down” often lack the stimulus to exercise. It doesn’t take near as much effort to do a Yoga routine as it does to work out to a video or drive to the gym. A word of warning; if you experience more than just the occasional bout of the blahs and feel down for more than two weeks at a time, you should seek professional help. They may feel that you need treatment or therapy, and proper exercise.

Very often people who are depressed frequently lack the concentration to stop and try to disconnect themselves from their thoughts. Yoga is meditation in movement so it is easier to move your mind away from depressing thoughts. Yoga’s focus on balance can also help you bring back your mental strength.

Yoga has a clear-cut connection between mind, body, and spirit that no other form of exercise or meditation can attain on its own. Negative thoughts can keep us from experiencing our vital inner nature. Doubt, hopelessness, despair, apathy and either sleeping too much or not enough are all signs of depression. Yoga is designed to bring you closer to your inner self; it then is only natural that it can help with some of the symptoms of depression.

Certain postures can influence your mood and allow depression to end. One special Asana can’t cure depression or the blahs. The Asanas assist in increasing your lung capacity allowing more oxygen to reach all the affected parts of your body including your mood. Asana postures can help depleted energy levels, and sluggishness. You should ask your Yoga instructor to help you and suggest postures that would best assist you balance your moods.

The practice of yoga calms the nervous system, and allows you to comprehend the link between your mind and emotions. They can both be used to help each other. As breathing is an important part of Yoga, it can also help you to limit anxiety, calm your thoughts, and help you concentrate on positive energy rather than negative.

Any style of Yoga can help you exile the blahs. It may not be physically demanding but you will feel so much better at the end of your session. Remember, if you have a severe depressive episode; seek advice from with a professional. Consult with your Doctor before starting to practice yoga to be sure there is no conflict with any treatment you may be undergoing. If you want to try a Yoga routine specifically for depression, find a teacher who can create a personal routine for you. Yoga teachers have been extensively trained for this purpose and know which positions that are the most suitable for remedial purposes.

Daisylyn Llorico writes about yoga value guides to encourages personal health, spirituality and wellness, particularly for http://www.yoga.value-guides.com

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mini-Vacation

 

Watching the video below I was reminded of the Mind Movies that went around the internet (and probably still are, I’m sure).  I was also reminded of the Law of Attraction and The Secret, and visual/picture boards and all that type of stuff.  All of this stuff seems really weird the first time you hear about it and you don’t really get much out of it at first.  I am not going to sit here and tell you that I watched this video or read The Secret or studied the Law of Attraction and became the happiest, healthiest, millionaire over night...because well that just isn’t true!

 

 

However, what I will tell you is that watching this short, simple video will relax you a little and let your mind drift and wander and dream!  Watch the video above, just watch it...don’t think of any of your daily stresses or anything at all really.  Use this as a sort of little pick-me-up when things are getting to be too much.  Take a little vacation.  Try to incorporate the “I” messages you will see in the video into your daily life and your own situations.

If you would like more information about the Law of Attraction, Mind Movies or The Secret please let me know!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Free Online Meditation Course | Guided Meditation

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I believe that many will find this a useful tool in combating stress, just like I did!

 

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This online course is an introduction to Sahaja Meditation and focuses on the awakening of the kundalini energy, achieving the state of mental silence, balancing and healing your chakras, and eventually learning how to meditate.

Make some time if you want to experiment at home. Because what you could find is something which can give your life a new dimension, a new meaning.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Sniff to Stop Stress

Sniff to Stop Stress
By Wendy Streater

Scientists in Japan have reported that inhaling scent alters gene activity and blood chemistry to reduce stress levels in lab rats.

Lab rats were exposed to stressful conditions while inhaling, or not inhaling linalool, a chemical found in many flowers and spice plants.

The linalool normalised stress elevated levels of neutrophils and lymphocytes, key parts of the immune system, while also reducing the activity of more than 100 genes relating to stress.

Herbalists and aroma-therapists have known that the scent of lemon, lavender, mango and other fragrant plants are beneficial in reducing stress. Now the scientists are proving it for the rest of us.

Lavender has been used to soothe children off to sleep for generations. A spray bottle filled with water mixed with a couple of drops of lavender oil is a great air freshener, especially in the bedroom as the scent aids a good night's sleep.

Pillows filled with dried lavender, have also been used as a sleep aid for many centuries.

Potpourri with the main ingredients of lemon and lavender has been used in bedrooms to scent the air with its relaxing aroma.

Children have responded to a couple of drops of lavender oil on their pillows to ease them into a restful sleep, free from nightmares.

Anytime you have trouble sleeping, try a couple of drops of lavender on your pillow or on a handkerchief. Sniff the aroma, and lie back and relax. In no time at all, you will drift off into a sound sleep.

If you like the scent of lavender, try a couple of drops in the rinse water for your sheets. They will retain a subtle aroma and you will have peaceful dreams.

Wendy Streater has been interested in natural products for over twenty years. After discovering some disturbing facts about the ingredients in regular household products, Wendy has set up a site http://www.naturallythebest.info devoted to informing everyone about the natural, affordable alternatives available.

There is a lot of things most people take for granted e.g., the government controls the amount of dangerous chemicals in toiletries and make-up. This is not possible, given the amount of new chemicals and combinations of chemicals developed every year. We need to take a proactive approach and look out for ourselves.
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Sniff to Stop Stress