Make time to find things that make you happy every day. Happiness doesn't just happen to you—you can proactively create it. You have more control over how you feel than you may think. Mindfulness helps you understand this. As you learn to observe, you realize that thoughts and feelings come and go frequently.
A benefit of practicing mindfulness is that you learn to be less reactive to stressful and emotional situations. This is good for your health. We all have 'buttons' that, when pressed, can cause us to lose control. It does not have to be that way.
When you watch over time the issues that press your buttons—for example, I hate it when people tell me, "You're wrong," because I pride myself on being very careful to get things right—you can learn, rather than react according to old patterns you may have had since childhood.
Green exercise refers to intentionally exercising outdoors to enjoy both physical benefits and a huge number of other health benefits that we don't gain from the same amount of indoor movement. Scientists have been comparing identical activities done indoors and outdoors. The research results are fascinating.
I discovered the Stretch Out Strap over 15 years ago and yet it still remains one of the best stretching tools that I have found. Most people need to add more stretching into their day, but don’t know how to squeeze it in. I recommend using breaks while working at your desk or computer.
Telomeres are protective barriers at ends of chromosomes in our cells that include our DNA sequences. As we age, DNA at the ends of chromosomes erodes. More visible signs of this include aging skin and greying hair. Certain lifestyle tips can enhance youthfulness. Telomere length is affected not only by genetics, but seems also to be influenced by lifestyle factors including those related to the mind-body connection.
During a recent trip to London, UK, I had the indulgent pleasure of visiting ESPA Life at Corinthia, London’s most exclusive, most luxurious spa, offering world-class pampering treatments and spa/fitness facilities. I was especially interested in exploring their mindfulness philosophy, an essential element of their integrated approach to natural beauty and inner calm. Find out about my visit here!
Do you push yourself to do more and sacrifice that extra hour of sleep? You may be undermining your efforts to keep a healthy weight. While it's good to have discipline and be active, it's also important to give your body and mind the sleep it needs.