“Be here now.”
Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress. You’ll find that it helps you learn how to get away from the worries of life to a more peaceful state of mind. Just a few minutes of meditation everyday can make a huge difference by bringing peace and relaxation to your body, mind, spirit. One meditation technique is to focus on your breath. By focusing on your breath for a few minutes, you will notice your thoughts start to slow down. Your mind becomes clear and you will be more relaxed.
2. Eat healthy.
We are what we eat. I recommend eating as many fruits and vegetables as you can. Fruits and vegetables have the highest prana of any food category. Check out fruit & vegetable benefits published by CDC.
Exercise is great for relieving stress and making us feel better. Exercise also increases the level of brain chemicals called growth factors that help make new brain cells and establish new connections between brain cells to help us learn.
4. Include humor in your life.
I absolutely love funny movies and hilarious news quiz programs. Laughter is the best medicine. Check out Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, NPR: Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell me.
5. Spend time in nature.
Nature is nurturing and healing. Take time to watch sunrises and sunsets. Take a walk on the beach. Watch ocean waves crashing against the shore line. Breathe in the ocean air. Gaze brown pelicans flying through the sky…
6. Be grateful.
The study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons has shown practicing gratitude can increase happiness by 25%. The practice of gratitude is simple and easy to do. Get a piece of paper or a journal. Write down things you’re grateful for.
7. Help others.
The fastest way to be happy is to do something for someone else with no expectation that they will do anything for you in return. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, give a homeless person a dollar or just give a warm smile to the cashier where you shop. There are countless ways to help others. By helping others, we feel good about ourselves. When we are feeling good, we tend not to ruminate on the past or worry about the future.