Everyone seems to be looking for quick and easy ways to change something about themselves or make their lives better in some way. Whether it is the latest way to lose 30 pounds in 30 days or the latest book on how to live the life of your dreams, the multi-billion dollar self-help industry in America shows that many of us believe we are dissatisfied with the status quo.
Most of us are living extremely hectic lives trying to balance work and life. We may not realize how much extra emotional baggage we are carrying, let alone set aside the time to do the kind of soul-searching required to figure out why we are anxious or have become emotional eaters. There are are few easy practices that you can start right now that will make you feel better instantly! The more you practice, the more you will see the positive change in your life.
1. Breathe. We take about 20,000 breaths per day, but most of us are shallow breathers. Breathing is the way we take in oxygen, allowing our organs to function properly. Increased levels of oxygen in the blood promote good health in many ways, such as reduces stress and increasing energy. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.”
Try this deep breathing technique: Lie flat on your back and place one hand on your belly. Breathe in slowly through your nose until you feel your belly rising. Gently hold for a second and slowly release the breath feeling your belly sink. Repeat.
2. Drink more water. A large number of us are dehydrated and don’t realize it. Start your day by drinking a tall glass of cold water (yes… BEFORE your coffee!) Stay hydrated throughout the day, also drinking a glass of water before each meal.
3. Get some fresh air. When I was interviewed as the featured Community Blogger in Whole Living magazine’s March 2012 issue, I was asked what I did to “rev my energy.” My answer? Head outdoors! If you don’t have time for a 20-minute walk, just walk around the block and practice your deep breathing. You WILL notice a difference!
4. Listen to music. Studies have shown that music effects the brain like no other human function. We know that listening to music can promote relaxation. I read recently that music therapy has been used in medicine for many years and has benefited patients with chronic pain and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Put on your favorite song, close your eyes, and let the healing begin!
There you go! Five simple things you can do to feel better in an instant!
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