Being mindful is just so important – I guess that’s clear to all of us. But how do we get there? How do we become more mindful? How can we be truly in the moment? In our daily life we are constantly distracted and more often than not, we have thoughts and worries either about the past or in the future. But life happens now! There are so many errands to run, boring tasks to get done that we often doubt whether there are enough hours in the day. However, even during these tasks, we can practise being mindful.

3 quick mindfulness tips for you to get started today:

1. The Waiting Game

How often do we have to wait for something? Do you take the bus or train to work? Do you find yourself in queue or waiting in a coffee shop for your friends? Next time when you are in a situation in which you have to wait and forgot a good book to read – practise being mindful. Take the time as a chance to slow down and try to relax. Focus on your breathing. Inhale. Exhale. But do it consciously. Be attentive to your emotions. How do you feel just now? Let it all be, just accept them as part of you. Everything is fine. Everything will be fine.

2. Food and Drinks

Don’t just eat your food in front of the television or while you are going somewhere. Eat and drink consciously. Focus on the colours of the food, really taste it and feel how it gives your body the energy you need. You could also do a little meditation exercise and imagine how, for instance, the tomato arrived at your plate. Think of how it grew, what kind of weather the tomato experienced, what it would have felt like if the tomato could think?

3. At Work

Yes, you may be stressed out and are worrying about work related things – but then, it is only work. Unless you are a doctor saving someone’s life or have a similar profession, your work is just work. Distance yourself from it. Don’t let any frustration you have in the office affect how you feel or affect your inner happiness. Do the best you can and it is fine. Understanding this should already make yourself feel more relaxed and less stressed out. In addition, take a little walk during your work day, e.g. while you get a coffee or food outside. The walk only has to be a few minutes. But take this walk to feel every step you take. To breathe the air consciously. What kind of air are you breathing? Don’t judge, just accept – consciously. Do you pass by people? Look at them, do they look like they are stressed, happy? Experience your environment. Look up to the sky. You are on planet earth in the universe, you are the designer of your own life – isn’t that incredible?

For more mindfulness tips, read these 20 Mindfulness Quotes to boost your happiness today 🙂

 “Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” Click To Tweet

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Throat Chakra aka Visshuddha

Metal or Ether Element

Throat Chakra Affirmation: “I speak freely and with confidence. It is now safe for me to express my feelings and to create the life I desire. Everything I do is an expression of Love.”

The throat chakra is the first of the higher chakras which enhances your spirituality aspects. It is what propels you to seek your truths and find them. The throat chakra also enables you to express yourself freely. You find your voice and accept the intimate parts of yourself that make you unique when this chakra is at its optimum. The throat chakra links you to your integrity and honour. You speak the truth but you also listen intently to others, allowing them to feel safe and loved in your presence. If you’re especially negative or experience an excessive amount of self doubt, this chakra may need cleansing.

Yoga poses that strengthen the chakra are: Sarvangasana, Halasana, Matsyasana, Simhasana

The throat chakra is located in the “V” which comes together in the middle of the collarbone. It is known as the centre of purification as the energy within us becomes transformed into manifestations in the outer world. As the throat chakra is a powerful filter to how your life is going to go, it’s essential that it is cleansed. It is said that guilty feelings and other negative emotions can clog this chakra. The chakra’s physical symptoms when it’s closed include; nasal problems, sore neck, shoulders and arms as well as thyroid problems. The colour associated with the throat chakra is blue, so surround yourself with anything blue. Crystals that assist in the healing of the Visshuddha chakra include:  Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Sodalite, Turquoise, Tanzanite and Blue Tourmaline. So it is great to wear gemstone jewellery with those crystals to balance your throat chakra. Foods that assist in the healing of the throat chakra should be considered fuel for the energy within you. Drink a lot of water and other nutritious liquids. Fruits like apples, pears and orange energise the Visshuddha chakra while lemon and lime deeply cleanse it.

Cleansing Your Chakra

To strengthen and cleanse the Visshuddha chakra, there is a quick and easy breathing exercise you can do.

1          Take a deep breath in, all the way into your stomach. See it as a balloon and you are filling it with air

2          Let it out slowly

3          Repeat this just a few times daily to restore the flow of your throat chakra

With a balanced Visshuddha chakra, you will be able to freely express yourself. You also assist others in being able to talk with you. The throat chakra is a part of your deep spiritual self and what you are receiving in life is an indication of the energy pouring through the throat chakra.

Check this post for an overview of the seven chakras.

This post is a guest post by Loraine. Thank you 🙂

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When I was a little girl, I saw my mom flipping through what seemed to me the coolest magazine ever, and there was a photo of a young woman smiling, with two slices of cucumber on her eyelids. As you can imagine, I was perplexed, so I asked why she was wearing them instead of makeup, and she said: “Because she knows she will be much more beautiful if Mother Nature cares for her skin, inside and out.”

In addition to having such an incredible role model in my life, I’ve also come to realize that many women feel cheated out of their pure beauty because they relied on the pore-clogging, burdening modern products. So if you are looking to reunite with nature, feel in balance, and refresh your appearance, here is how you can start your cleansing adventure.

Sunbathe Safely

Enjoy those strolls on the beach and endless hours perusing your city streets with full protection from the sun’s harmful rays, but without any of the chemicals that can hurt your complexion. Thanks to advances in the beauty industry, mineral-based sunscreen products are now widely available, affordable and most importantly, all-natural.

For instance, this complexion-friendly Rose Face Sunscreen contains mild but powerful ingredients such as rose fragrance and zinc oxide to protect and refresh your fair skin, and it is completely cruelty-free. Moreover, in the spirit of sustainable summer, it’s safe for coral reefs and other marine life and underwater ecosystems.

Sunbathe Safely

Deliciously natural cleanse

In the ever-growing organic beauty world, there are quite a few reputable voices we can rely on when it comes to making our skincare decisions. One such voice comes from none other than Ella Mills, the creator of Deliciously Ella, and an avid green advocate who has come up with her own veggie recipe books and a skincare line with a fabulous reputation!

Her truly delicious gentle face wash is based on purely natural goodies such as lime, cucumber, and rose, which work in harmony to give your skin that youthful radiance and a rosy freshness. I use it every morning to jump-start my beauty routine with a splash of earthy wellness, and it truly makes me look and feel invigorated!

Pamper your skin with nature

I still have my makeup cravings when I want to go out with my girls, but I wouldn’t be a true green spirit if I hadn’t found a perfect combination of beauty and nature. Find your perfect beauty tools by carefully examining the ingredients – it’s best to choose those that are cruelty-free and with no synthetic elements that will overburden your complexion.

My personal favourite is the all-natural Nude by Nature makeup, and I love its eyeshadow palettes with a vivid selection of colours that mimic some of the most gorgeous natural shades of tan, along with equally gentle, but prominent blues and peach hues. Brimming with macadamia oil, Kakadu plum, and other green wonders, its makeup line had me head over heels in love after the first brush stroke.

Natural glowing skin

DIY goodies

Just like your kitchen cabinet provides you with nourishment from within, your beauty can use these incredible items to help your skin health flourish! It takes virtually no time to compose your own symphony of fragrant care with the help of a few carefully selected ingredients, and you can safely rely on them for your most essential skincare.

Make use of your superfood stash to energize your complexion, for instance, with a healthy matcha mask to start your morning squeaky clean and fresh. Mix one spoon of matcha and chlorella with a smidgen of aloe water (or regular water) and apply it to your face for about 15 minutes.

Natural cleanse for skin

On a final note

Switching to all-natural items is much easier than it seemed a few years ago. In fact, there are so many healthy options out there, that it’s going to be one fun journey finding those that will suit your best. Start and end every beauty routine with nature in mind, and you will quickly discover the ideal components to keep your skin radiant, healthy and beautiful for years to come.

 

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, organic skincare and healthy food choices. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Over the years she wrote pieces for: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, High Style Life, How to Simplify, Urban Naturale, Vegan Edition, Oh My Heartsie Girl and Carousel.

Find her on: Twitter & Google +

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Do you remember the protagonist of the novel “Veronica Decides to Die” written by the celebrated author, Paolo Coelho? She takes such a drastic step in her life apparently for no reason at all. Well, though it may occur to you that it is a just a story but the issue that is highlighted here is being faced by millions of people from all over the world.

Mental health plays one of the most significant roles in the case of our overall wellbeing and is, undoubtedly one of the most under-rated one. Studies have revealed that one in every four people, in the entire global arena, will face mental concerns at least one point in their life or the other.

Almost, every day, we get bombarded with the diet plans, exercise programs as well as blog posts describing how important physical health is and what food, drinks and vitamin supplements to take and what to avoid.

What is mostly ignored is our mental health. Just because it is not overtly visible, most often people do not take note of it. But mental health is something that can enhance the quality of your life for the better or can wreak havoc pushing one towards embracing wrong judgements resulting to dire consequences.

There can be many reasons for this. Some we can understand and some are incomprehensible as they just impact our subconscious mind. But, whatever the case may be, the mental health problems can still be addressed. And for that you do not have to dedicate a lot of your effort and time.

Here are some of the simple ways with the help of which you will be able to find the right balance in your life and improve your mental health. Just spare a couple of minutes and read on to gain an insight.

How to improve your mental health

Start to Value Yourself

One of the greatest mistake that we commit each day is self-criticism. We keep on brooding over our past mistakes and blame ourselves for anything wring that has ever happened to us.

But remember the proverb “to err is human”? It truly is. It is only by identifying and rectifying our mistakes that we get to assess ourselves and thus, make progress. You have to accept that it is okay to be wrong, at times.

Stay away from self-criticism

Try to treat yourself with respect and kindness. Get used to pampering yourself. Make time for things that you love to do. Plant a garden, stare at things, do something stupid and laugh at it. Learn a new language, take dance or karate lessons or try playing an instrument. Try something different each day that you have never done before. To learn to value your life you should first start to value yourself. Only then you will be able to achieve your motive.

Listen to Good Music

Music can melt hearts, transcend barriers and uplift your mood even when you are low. A soulful tune can calm your mind even when you are most tormented mentally. So bring in and utilise the power of music in your life.

It has been, in fact, shown after probing that listening to melancholy tracks can actually elevate your temperament in the long run. Sad songs can trigger a tear or two, which in turn relives you from stress and inspire you.



Music has such strong capabilities that even meditation uses the power of music to pacify the mind. So the next time, you feel down, try tolisten to a good piece and that is sure to rejuvenate your soul andprepare you to face the world with new zing and vigour.

Exercise Like Bounce on the Trampoline, At Least a Few Times, per Week

Exercising has its boon to offer not only for your physical fitness but also for your mental wellness.

First of all, regular exercising like walking, jogging, yoga and trampolining help you stay fit and be in shape. This enables you to be confident which ultimately leads to your mental wellness.

Bouncing on the trampolines at the trampoline park or jogging amidst nature also has its own set of mental benefits to offer. Research suggests that this helps to heal depressive symptoms. This way your quality of life gets enhanced.

Moreover, endorphins have magical effects on our mind. When you work out on a daily basis, it prompts the release of this hormone from your body. As a result of which you experience an instant boost of your mood.

So, exercise offers you the dual perks of improving both your physical and mental health. So you can hardly miss this one.

Meditate

You may think of meditation to be a new age trend that is too nerve-racking to try. But the facts state otherwise. A host of health benefits are offered by meditation and enhancing your mental well- being is just one of them.

All you have to do is just spare five or ten minutes each day and try this out. This will increase your concentration level, boost up your mood and lead to your overall development.

There are a number of ways in which meditation can be practiced. But that does not mean that the process has to be very complex. Try to spare a few minutes just after you wake up or before you go to bed. This way you will be able to either start your day or go to sleep on a positive note.

Travel to Unleash Nature and Yourself

Sometimes a change in the scenery can lead to a change in the perspective. You will get to hear this from many people who have opined that their wanderlust has changed their life for the better.

It has, in fact, been proved by science that planning for a vacation and the overall anticipation for the trip augment your joy. Anywhere nearing a lake, sea or ocean can be an interesting place to start. This way your mind gets calmer and you can experience sheer bliss in the midst of nature.

The above are some of the ways which will assist you to find your way to happiness. The only way the human race can be relieved of the mental distress is if we, ourselves make an effort and attempt to steer away from stress and anguish and eventually, pave our way to pacify our minds.

 

Author Bio:

Sawoni Chowdhury is an aficionado of writing. She is an expert writer and blogger and shares her views and opinions on a range of topics such as Lifestyle, Fitness, Yoga and lot more. She works with Jump In, which is among the most fun trampoline parks in the UK and has emerged as a favourite workout and event destination for both kids and adults.

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How often do you spend time in nature? If your life is anything like my crazy one, my guess is you are not spending nearly enough time in the great outdoors. The benefits of spending time in nature probably won’t come as much of a surprise. This is something that is quite intuitive and a bit obvious on the surface. However, you probably didn’t realize how much of a difference it makes to spend time in nature versus spending time in a city environment.

In this article, I’m seeking to convince you that the benefits of walking in nature far outweigh purposeless walking in a city or urban environment. There are so many health benefits from going hiking or even a local stroll in the park.

With more people now living in an urban environment than a rural environment, it is important that we take this topic serious. Here are three reasons why you need to start spending 20 minutes outside in a green environment each day.

How to Become A Happier Person

3 Benefits From Spending Time in Nature

1) Spending Time in Nature Boosts Your Mood

Does your family have a history of depression? I know mine does.

Depression runs high in most countries and unfortunately affects around 15 million Americans every year.

Difficult bosses, busy lifestyles, and extensive use of social media can at times lead us down a slippery slope of not feeling all there. How can we combat the terrible disease of depression?

Studies have shown that spending time in nature will boost your mood and make you a happier person.

A recent Stanford study found that walking for just 50 minutes in a park will boost your mood and improve your memory and attention. I can always use a little more focus in my job, what about you?

The study goes on to say that a 90-minute walk can change the way your brain thinks and combats depression significantly more than just walking around a city center.

If you want to improve your mood, head to the park.

2) Spending Time in Nature Lowers Your Stress

Recently, in a Japanese study, participants were tested on all important health variables for two different groups. One group walked in nature and the other group walked in an urban center. Both of the groups walked the same distances and the same amount of time.

However, the results that came out were much more dramatic than I would have thought. The forest walkers had significantly lower heart rates, less anxiety, and a better overall mood. This proved that how you walk is just as important as the fact that you should walk!

To further back up this research, a Finland study showed that those that spend just 20 minutes a day in nature showed significantly less stress than those in a city environment.

Can you spare just 20 minutes a day during your lunch hour?

3) Spending Time in Nature Helps You Be More Kind and Generous

Have you ever noticed that whenever you go hiking or for a walk in the park everyone around you seems to be so friendly? Everyone is quick to say “hello” or smile back at you when you make eye contact.

It’s certainly not like the angry and solemn crowd you see squeezing into a subway or waiting in line at Starbucks. This, of course, is not by accident.

In fact, the Journal of Environmental Psychology has found that time in nature leads you to more positive emotions like greater prosociality and heightened generosity towards others.

Participants have been found to display a more agreeable behavior, be more empathetic, and helpful towards others. Do you struggle with any of these areas?

This is something I know all too well from personal experience that I had last week. On the walk to the park, I found myself arguing with my wife about this and that and going on and on. It was not productive, that’s for sure.



Then, sure enough, when we started walking around the park our moods slowly began to change. We became less combative. Sure enough, after we left the park and headed home in a taxi we were much more empathetic to each other and it was as if we didn’t even argue at all earlier on!

If you struggle to be generous and thoughtful towards others, it might be time to start a habit of spending a little more time in nature.

How to Become A Happier Person

Create an Action Plan

The hardest part about spending time in nature is doing it consistently. Again, just about everyone instinctively knows that spending time in nature is a good thing to do and is beneficial to your health.

Just like flossing your teeth, sometimes it’s hard to do the things that are good for us. Why is that? For one, we are busy human beings and sometimes even 20 minutes a day is more than we can handle.

The other main detractor is that habits are hard to build! Creating a consistent habit of being in nature is something that takes time and commitment. Here is what you need to do.

Schedule 20 minutes on your calendar at the same time each weekday to take a stroll around a nearby park or wooded area. The easiest way to do this is to put it at a time when you never have anything on your schedule. For instance, early in the morning or on your lunch hour (after eating lunch).

I started doing this to create the habit of reading each morning and now I very seldom go without reading each day. Make a commitment and stick to it! So, if you say you are going to walk around the park after lunch every weekday make sure you don’t miss a day.

Finally, look at your calendar and plan out a 3-5 day trip to a National Park of your choosing. If you are anything like me, you can always use a little more inspiration. Buy your flights and book the trip in advance. Doing so will give you a greater commitment to your overall well-being and sanity.

Wrapping It up

By this point, you should have selected a time and a place to go walking or reading in nature for at least 20 minutes a day 5 times this week. 20 minutes a day to improve your health is worth it in my opinion.

You should have also picked out a National Park to visit and planned a date for your next trip. It doesn’t have to be an intense backpacking experience. Staying at a hotel and doing day hikes or scenic overlooks will work just fine.

Next week, at this time, look back and think to yourself was I less stressed this week and was my overall mood better for the most part? I am confident your answer will show at least a slight improvement if you spent 5 days in a natural environment.

After you completed the 1-week experiment let us know how it went. If you can do 1 week then you can do two weeks and on and on. Slowly through the compound effect, you will notice big changes in your overall mood and well-being. I know I have.

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BIO: Nate Alger is an outdoor enthusiast who writes fun hiking articles and gear recommendations at liveoutdoorsy.com.

 

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