Life is busy so our heads are often working in overdrive. Everyone can benefit from a little R&R and clearing of the mind. You may think meditating is not for you, but try to be open to it . It can truly have a positive impact on the rest of your day. Just follow these 5 steps for a 5 minute meditation, or longer if you can:
1. Find a quiet space with no distractions. If its possible to meditate outside in nature, try to do that. In any case, it should be somewhere that you won’t get interrupted and are able to focus completely.
2. Sit comfortably. Find the position that is right for you but make sure you are sitting up tall and straight. You can leave your hands resting at your sides or on your lap with palms facing upward.
3. Close your eyes and relax your body. Start with letting go of any tension in your toes and work your way up. This make take a while but don’t move on to the next body part until the one you are working on is totally relaxed. Then take some time to focus on how calm and tension free your body is.
4. Concentrate on your breathing. This is where you begin to develop the discipline overtime to keep your mind from wandering. If you find yourself drifting, don’t judge yourself. It takes practice to keep focused.
5. Repeat a mantra. The point of it is to help you clear your mind so it should be short and easy to remember. A common one is “Om” which means “I am” in Sanskrit. You can pick anything that will put you at ease.
Now go on and enjoy the rest of your day completely refreshed!
So let’s face it. We all have our share of days when everything just goes wrong. The babysitter couldn’t come, the train was late, the dinner burned….(fill in the blank with endless possibilities). Here are some tips to help prevent those bad days from turning into one big giant rut.
And since there never seems to be enough hours in the day, these suggestions can be quick; like 5 minutes. Try one or try them all if you’ve got the time.
Crank it up!
This is certainly one of the more well known pick-me-ups, and for good reason. Listening to your favorite music has been known to improve your mood. So kick back and enjoy those tunes!
“Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
I don’t know about you but for me this is a dreaded word because I immediately conjure up the image to the right in my head. But you don’t have to engage in a full blown workout (thank goodness), especially in the middle of a busy day. Just moving around releases those famous endorphins that everyone is always talking about. Take a walk or dance to your favorite music and kill two pick-me-up birds with one stone!
Put your feelings to pen or call up a friend and give her an earful. Either way, getting your negative thoughts out of your system will prevent them from growing inside or keeping you down.
Long massages may not always be a feasible option but why not capture a small part of the great spa experience? Light a candle of your favorite scent or use some of your favorite lotion. Try a long bath with oils if you’ve got a little more time to spare.
It’s dark chocolate of course!
Whether its a piece of chocolate or getting a coffee from your favorite shop, treat yourself kindly. Enjoy something you usually don’t and it will instantly brighten your mood.
So although I had a huge list of things to do, I simply could not resist. I just had to watch the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. After all, the most anticipated night in music only comes once a year. My to-do list would still be here the next day (unfortunately).
Each year the ceremony is filled with so many great moments, and of course, more glitz and glamour than ever before. Although the awards are the main purpose of the event, I think we can all agree that the performances steal the show. Some really great performances were given by Beyonce and Jay-Z, Lorde, Taylor Swift and many more.
But of course, as with any awards show, there were some strange and bewildering moments. Here are a few that stuck out to me as I watched:
Pharrel Williams’s hat looked like it belonged to a park ranger.
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Draft Punk wore robot helmets the whole night. As they accepted their award for Best Pop Duo, I couldn’t help but wonder-could they breathe under there?
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Lots of hair flipping during Taylor Swift’s performance. I felt myself getting dizzy!
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Did anything stick out to you (for the good or bad) as you watched the Grammy Awards?
Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while but it’s a new year so what better time to check in?
The holiday drama has simmered down and things are finally getting back to how they were before. But one thing has changed. I now have a New Year’s Resolution. I have given myself a great pep talk because this is officially the year that I am going to stick with it and accomplish my goals!
Umm. ..Not so fast… I’ve got to be realistic. Keeping a New Year’s resolution can be tricky.
I hate to rain on my own parade but deep down I know that resolutions tend to start off exciting and hopeful, but usually end in utter disappointment. Well not this year! I am determined to make this year’s resolution stick so I have been on a quest to figure out how.
A whole different kind of yummm! Photo Courtesy: Chez Larsson
My goal is, and will probably always be (until this year, fingers crossed), to get more organized.
While researching tips and tricks, I came across a book called “One Year to an Organized Life” by Regina Leeds. I immediately downloaded it onto my kindle and am so thankful I did. The author breaks down the calendar year week by week with manageable tasks to help accomplish the larger goal of getting organized. Each step is small so as not to become overwhelming, which is a main reason that I quit my resolutions to begin with (you can admit to that too…no?).
Even if you don’t want to be more organized (but c’mon, who doesn’t?), you can implement this concept to accomplish whatever goal you do have. Just figure out what is involved in getting that resolution to stick and complete one small step at a time.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014 with lots of luck in sticking with your goals!
Hard-working employees tend to climb pretty high up in their companies, especially if that employee is a window washer.
A window washer in New York City doesn’t have an office. He works outside of offices on the ledges of windows with squeegees and soap. He is attached to a series of karabiners and tethers. If he looks down, he’ll see little specks of people moving around like ants (but he tries not to look down).
If you’re wondering what it’s like to wash windows on the one-hundredth floor, watch this video. Try not to look down.
Hey guys. We’ve been getting question after question from subscribers in regards to undelivered mail. If we were to melt all those questions into one, it would be: “Where exactly are my top-paying surveys?”
It’s a good question. I hope this blog answers it.
It’s crunch time. Plenty of surveys. Plenty of ways to make Holiday cash.
Over the last few months, we’ve been sending out millions of e-mails to you guys. It’s the end of the year, so the research surveys are coming at us in all directions. We’re trying really hard to get these surveys out to you as quickly as possible. Companies are trying their best to get your opinions and feedback before their competitors. It’s a time-sensitive thing. As you can imagine, we’ve been busy as bees.
Since we’ve been sending a ton of mail, e-mail companies (like Yahoo!, Gmail, and AOL) have activated their SPAM filters. They’re trying to protect your mailbox, so it makes sense. But the downside is that you’re missing out on this year’s best surveys.
Dogs, like SPAM filters, are territorial. If you deliver mail too frequently to the same house, the hostile dog (like the SPAM filter) won’t be too happy. Hey, don’t hurt the messenger is all we’re saying.
So that answers your questions. Your high-paying surveys may be sitting in your SPAM box (it doesn’t hurt to check). If you guys still can’t find those high-paying surveys, hang tight. We’re still working on it.
For starters, peep your SPAM box. There might be some good ones in there.
You hate nasty germs. I hate nasty germs. So why do we touch surfaces filled with them every single day?
Think of how many people touch shopping carts. You know that little seat near the handlebar where kids sit and swing their feet? Kids are all mayors of little germ-towns. And they just love to spread their politics all over the surfaces we adults touch.
A common thing we see at the supermarket.
Doorknobs are evil objects. These nasty things are swarming with bacteria. Some people don’t wash their hands before exiting the bathroom. Those people touch doorknobs. You also touch doorknobs.
This doorknob is more deadly than it looks.
Money. It makes the world go round. It can also make us very, very sick.
Think of all the things you touch (the phone, the remote, the kitchen sink handle, the toilet seat, the computer keyboard, the piano keyboard, pens or pencils). There’s really no escape.
Now, what are we to do about this vile invasion? Coat our bodies with hand sanitizer? Wear a beekeeper’s suit?
No, wait. There’s another way.
I guess this is only another reason to give your body the proper vitamins and nutrients. If you can’t keep germs out, you have to fortify your body’s defenses. The tougher your immune system, the more resistant you’ll be against the vile invasion.
So our tip for the day is this: eat healthy and keep your body strong against germs. And don’t touch any doorknobs. Those things are evil I tell you. Evil.