Sweaty palms, anxious jitters, a racing heartbeat – we’ve all been there. Pre-performance nerves are seemingly universal to the human species. If you dread the thought of presenting in front of a large group of people or fear failure in any performance-related activity, you’re not alone. Although the physiological responses of our bodies may be difficult to completely control, there are undoubtedly some practical ways you can start to improve how you respond to and cope with performance stressors, nerves, and anxiety. Let’s take a look at just a few of these helpful tips.
Confronting a stressful situation head-on is already hard enough but doing so while underprepared is much worse. Think about a time when you’ve begun something challenging without putting in the prep-work it required beforehand. There’s a high chance your performance wasn’t as successful as it could have been because you were ill-equipped for the task. The expression “practice makes perfect” is so overused for a reason – it really works. Human beings are less likely to feel mass amounts of nerves and anxiety if they are prepped, rehearsed, and organized.
Just consider how people with potentially adrenaline-inducing jobs handle their performances. Professional rock climbers and poker players both agree that working through the fear is possible by practicing over and over again, and that level of preparation is directly linked to the level of emotional energy necessary in order to perform well. Listen to the experts if you are skeptical: being prepared will not fail you. One of the most helpful strategies for calming performance-related stress is to acquire confidence in your ability to succeed. This self-assurance is best attained from knowing deep down that you have prepared as best you can.
Concerts, sporting events, university presentations, and adrenaline-inducing activities are all examples of situations that often produce nerves in their participants
Find ways to relax daily
Most people say that reacting calmly in the exact moment of an anxious experience is extremely difficult. While preparation helps dramatically, sometimes the body cannot help but feel the physical weight of stress. However, training the mind through daily practices of relaxation can provide you with the necessary tools to tackle these situations differently when in the thick of them.
Whether it’s through meditation or yoga, practice taking control of your breath at least once a day. Concentrate on every sensation in your body and let wandering thoughts enter freely, but without giving them the power to distract you from the moment. Find the right meditation technique for you and commit to practicing it consistently over a long-term period of time. While it may seem futile at first, you will begin to notice how your first reactions in moments of stress are more contained and calmer than in the beginning.
Studies show that daily meditation practices often see positive results in as short a time as three weeks
Be kind to yourself
When it comes to anxiety, our biggest enemy is often ourselves. Negative self-talk leading up to or during an important event can be cause for an emotional breakdown. Rather than focusing on the negative, the words we speak to ourselves should be kind, encouraging, loving, and true. Even if a performance does not produce the result you were hoping for, it doesn’t mean you are the embodiment of failure. Speak to yourself the way you would like to be spoken to, however silly that may sound. Adopting a few positive affirmations that you can repeat to yourself in the midst of any anxiety-inducing situation can help you to remember what is true and what is not.
Another huge part of caring for yourself means filling your body with the right nutrients it needs to be happy. Combining daily exercise with healthy eating habits is a foolproof recipe for success. The truth is this: being kind to yourself is a multifaceted job that takes awareness, commitment, and practice. But, ironically, if you truly want to grab a hold of your anxiety and have the power to respond to any stressful situation with ease, the most transformational changes may begin with you.
Little do people know that nowadays contemporary medicine has pushed its way forward and brought alternative and complementary healing treatments closer to humankind. Amongst acupuncture, herbs, and other nature-inspired ways, the most notorious way might be through precious healing stones. These flabbergasting gems have a lot to offer, but the greatest benefit of them might be their unique ability to mindfully affect our body, mind, and soul. So, if you’re still wondering what exactly are they meant to do, and which one would suit you the best, here is a thorough guide that will help you comprehend their allure.
Healing crystals uplift your mood
It is essential to know that healing crystals cannot do wonders, but they can give you some unknotted energy that can utterly revive your spirit. Crystals like selenite help uplift your mood after being surrounded by an abundance of blood-sucking nagging people. By carrying some of the healing crystals either in your pocket, wallet, or around your neck, your new energy can easily fight off the energy of those seemingly anxious and negative individuals. Blue lace agate crystal can also uplift your spirit and fill you up with serene energy.
Healing stones help restore love and harmony
Most rock crystals have the genuine ability to activate the heart chakra, which means filling your body with life, love and tenderness. We all know that love and compassion are some of the biggest healing elements when you feel disappointed or let down. Rose quartz crystal, for instance, symbolizes love, calmness, and trust in oneself, just as the color suggests. Hence, if you were to try healing with rose quartz crystal your body will recharge with vibrating and loving energy, just as if you were meditating for hours. You can wear this gorgeous gem either like a ring or a pendant.
Healing crystals reawaken your energy
When we feel down and overwhelmed, there is no need to resort to any modern medicines, but on the contrary, turn to healing crystals. Tiger’s eye crystal is known for its ability to help get rid of negativity, fear, and nervousness out of your system. Besides Tiger’s eye, there is citrine that encourages motivation, optimism, and warmth, and at the same time, helps boost creativity and energy. Only, try to keep your crystals closely by your side so you can maximally feel its energy.
Healing crystals have protective properties
Precious stones can also act as protective healers as they shield you from negativity and the world’s bad influences. Obsidian is one of the protective crystals that can keep you safe from any physical or emotional injuries. Plus, if you happen to have problems with digestion and detoxification, obsidian can help you ease up the pain. Simultaneously, amethyst is equally protective and purifying. This magnificent stone promotes sobriety and helps boost clarity. If you have any issues with lack of sleep or stress, wearing or carrying amethyst will help you relieve insomnia, pain, and keep your body and mind from other negative elements.
Healing crystals restore wisdom and vitality
If you are looking for a magic aid that will help you find inner peace, revamp your vitality levels, and encourage patience and sanity, go for sapphire, bloodstone, or ruby. Ruby triggers sensuality and enhances your intellect and self-awareness. Likewise, bloodstone can help you advance your circulation and help you push out the faulty feelings of irritability and impatience. While sapphire eases depression and attracts wisdom.
Finding the right healing crystal for you might seem like a difficult task but not an impossible one. Once you touch or sense its powers while just holding it, you might immediately recognize which one suits you the best.
Ho’oponopono is a very powerful ancient Hawaiian healing method. Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, a Hawaiian kahuna, is the founder of the modern updated version of the Ho’oponopono healing process that we practice today.
She gave us some wonderful prayers which we can use to solve all our problems, you find them below.
The Original Ho’oponopono Prayer
This is the original Ho’oponopono prayer, given to us to use freely by Morrnah Simeona. It is a simple but very powerful prayer. Here it is:
“Divine creator, father, mother, son as one… If I, my family, relatives, and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives, and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds, and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness… Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies, and vibrations, and transmute these unwanted energies to pure light… And it is done.”
When you start using Ho’oponopono in your life, your recurring problems are cleansed, released, and erased. And they are replaced with Divine Love flowing through you. Often, we are so occupied and consumed by our fears and (small) problems and issues that we are not receptive to the Love of the Divine, we don’t even see it. But when you start practicing Ho’oponopono and start cleansing yourself and your memories, in fact, you give permission to the Divine to solve your problems.
And when this happens, and the Divine Love flows through you, you feel joy and happiness, and you know that everything will be all right. You feel empowered, happier, more energized, more responsible, and on purpose.
Aside from this prayer, you can also use the famous Ho’oponopono mantra: “I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.” The great benefit of this mantra is that it’s very simple and easy to remember, but still very effective. You can use it anytime you want. This short four phrase mantra combines the power of repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, and transmutation, and you can also use it to release any problem, just like the prayer.
There are also numerous Ho’oponopono cleaning tools and techniques to assist you in your daily practice.
Other Ho’oponopono Prayers
There are also other Ho’oponopono prayers, which you can all find on this website.
This is another very powerful prayer of Morrnah Simeona, it is her favorite (karmic) cleansing prayer. According to her, it works best if you repeat it four times every time you want to release something.
“Spirit, Superconscious, please locate the origin of my feelings, thoughts of ……. (fill in the blank with your belief, feeling, or thoughts that you want to erase) ……. Take each and every level, layer, area, and aspect of my being to this origin. Analyze it and resolve it perfectly with God’s truth. Come through all generations of time and eternity. Healing every incident and its appendages based on the origin. Please do it according to God’s will until I am at the present, Filled with light and truth. God’s peace and love, forgiveness of myself for my incorrect perceptions. Forgiveness of every person, place, circumstances and events which contributed to this, these feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.”
There are also 2 prayers in Hawaiian, “I Am The I” and “The Peace of I”, you can find the English and Hawaiian version of both prayers on this page.
Erase Your Limiting Beliefs and Live the Life You Really Want
When you use the Ho’oponopono healing process, all your limiting beliefs and memories are released and deleted from your subconscious mind. All your fears, stress, worries, issues, and problems are neutralized and replaced by Divine Love and Light.
So when you practice Ho’oponopono regularly and incorporate it into your life, all your problems will be solved, and you will finally be able to find inner peace and experience true joy and bliss, and you will be able to receive Divine inspiration, which will guide you through life and towards your life purpose
Most people don’t realize that the Universe gives us exactly what we ask for, but often we are unaware of the things we ask because they are in our subconscious mind. Our reality is mostly created by our subconscious beliefs, memories, and programs.
So it’s very important we acknowledge this and take 100% responsibility for everything going on in our life because ultimately we manifested it and “asked” for it.
But the good news is, once we do this, and use Ho’oponopono, we have the power to cleanse and erase all this limiting memories and beliefs, and create instead the life we really want!
About the Author
Alexander Jones is passionate about personal development and spirituality, and enjoys writing about it. He is mostly interested in meditation yoga and Ho’oponopono, which he is practicing already for many years.
There is an old Chinese adage that cautions “Be cautious what you wish for, as you could conceivably get it.” This is a significant message for all manifestations, yet especially when endeavoring to revive a past love interest.
After a separation, it is human instinct to concentrate on all the great occasions, regardless of whether those were rare. In all likelihood you and your ex separated for an explanation; anyway, there are consistently exemptions to the standard, for example, going separate ways because of life conditions and not on the grounds that the relationship was finished. In these circumstances, it is conceivable to manifest your ex back utilizing the Law of Attraction.
Before you start the amazing manifestation that will charge your ex to you, you should be certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are not thinking back through rose-colored glasses, on the grounds that the Law of Attraction will manifest your longing. The best approach to tell on the off chance that you are deceived or not is to contemplate Maya Angelou’s useful tidbits:
“I’ve discovered that individuals will overlook what you stated, individuals will overlook what you did, however, individuals will always remember how you affected them.” As you ruminate, center around recollecting the emotions that you encountered most of when you were with your ex. If you feel warm and helped, cheerful, and free, at that point we can proceed onward to the initial step.
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The Law of Attachment
Manifesting a previous darling is known to be one of the most troublesome circumstances to manifest. This is because there is regularly a great deal of passionate connection to the result of your solicitation, which forestalls manifestation. At the point when you are sincerely joined to any person or thing, it implies that you feel inadequate without having that thing or individual. By feeling deficient and as though your bliss or feeling of worth relies upon drawing in your ex (or whatever else), you won’t have the option to line up with the recurrence of your longing.
All manifestations are charged through the sentiment of realizing that you as of now have what you need or the certainty that it will manifest eventually. In this way, the initial move towards manifesting your ex back is to separate from the possibility that they are the wellspring of all satisfaction and rather center around bringing your vibration up in any manner you can. So before proceeding onward to the manners by which you can calibrate your recurrence, let us start with a method that you can use to liberate yourself from the obligations of passionate connection for good.
Cut the Cord Visualization
Start with a short contemplation to focus yourself and interface with the internal direction that is the Universe inside you. When you are feeling loose and have arrived at a higher state of awareness, envision yourself lying on a wood floor, stripped and limited by a long red lace. The lace is tangled around your body on various occasions and you can’t break free. Looking down, you notice a path of strip driving from your tangled bonds to your ex, who is tied up similarly a couple of meters from you.
Presently take a full breath and approach the Universe for help with liberating yourself from passionate connections to your ex. Call upon the white fire of otherworldly immaculateness and see it enlighten the red stripes with white shining light for 30 seconds. Presently watch as the gleaming strips sparkle considerably more brilliant for a second, enlightening the space around your bodies, before evaporating with the white light. You are free! Concentrate on the influx of help you feel from discharging your passionate connection. Turn over onto your back and gaze toward the covering of trees above, feeling the daylight on your body.
Envision shutting your eyes and feeling totally devoured by the magnificence and rapture existing apart from everything else. Presently imagine making you fully aware of seeing that your ex has come to you and is lying close to you, persistently hanging tight for your kiss. See yourself in your inner consciousness being enthusiastically kissed by your ex, and as you are kissing them, imagine a pink sphere of light encompassing your solidarity. Keep on concentrating on the positive sentiments of rejoining and permit the vision to end in the manner you wish.
Practice this perception consistently, until you are certain that you have discharged your passionate connection and called your ex to you on a profound level.
Adjust Your Frequency
The last advance during the time spent manifesting your ex back is to concentrate on raising your vibration. Recollect that the Law of Attraction works since “like pulls in like,” so on the off chance that you need to draw in the affection for your ex you have to transmit love and bliss. Rather than grieving the loss of your ex, rather consider them to be as a brief partition, one that will permit every one of you to develop profoundly and appreciate a progressively significant relationship when you do reconnect. Work on your recurrence by investing your energy with companions, making the most of your preferred leisure activities, and making some great memories. You can try preaching some affirmations in the morning to help you start your day on a good note.
Notwithstanding rehearsing self-esteem to uplift your recurrence, you should take a shot at your confidence also. The Law of Attraction has three fundamental advances: Ask, Believe, and Receive. So you have to know in your heart that your ex, despite everything, adores you and is going to manifest into your life. If you notice yourself having a snapshot of uncertainty or need to develop your confidence, you can utilize these three incredible mantras to reconstruct your recurrence:
He/She will consistently be mine
I can have them if I need to
He/She despite everything cherishes me
Attempt to rehash these mantras two times per day, with twenty redundancies each, to adjust your psyche brain to the correct recurrence. Notwithstanding the above procedures, practice a demeanor of appreciation by going through an hour or two recordings the entirety of the characteristics you acknowledge in your ex. Make the rundown to the extent that this would be possible and incorporate your great recollections also. This will adjust you to the recurrence of thankfulness, which will draw in all the more cherishing great occasions to you, and polarize your ex.
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Separating stress from our life has almost become impossible. Different people have different reasons for their stress. But, the reparations of long time stress are practically similar. If you will not find a way to deal with stress, it is there to stay. Stress can be the root cause of various mental and physical disorders. Techniques to reduce stress can help with this challenge.
Stress is injurious for our health. It might result in insomnia, depression, obesity, high B.P, heart diseases, panic attacks, etc. Various techniques are available that can help to reduce stress. Several methods are also there that can increase an individual’s ability to deal with stressful situations. Individuals can practice techniques that they considered most effective.
In this article, we have discussed seven techniques that can be very effective in reducing or managing stress.
7 Techniques to Reduce Stress
1. Exercise Regularly
Exercise not only helps us in reducing weight and keeping us physically active and fit. But, it also is one of the most effective ways to reduce the stress levels in the body. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly have lower chances of getting stressed.
2. How Exercise Helps Reduce Stress
Stress hormones: Exercise reduces the level of stress hormone (cortisol) in the brain. In addition to this, exercise stimulates the release of happy hormones (endorphins) in the body. The release of this hormone uplifts the mood, which further results in lowering stress levels.
Sleep: Lack of quality sleep may also result in anxiety and stress. Exercise or physical activity improves sleep quality. A good night’s sleep reduces the stress levels in the body.
Confidence: Regular exercise will make you feel more confident. An increase in confidence level is good for our overall wellbeing.
You can select an exercise that you enjoy doing. To get long-term results, regularity is vital.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a technique that teaches us to live in the present. This technique increases self-awareness, and when practiced regularly, it enables an individual to stay away from negative thoughts.
Overthinking about failures, lousy day, past, or future causes stress. People who practice Mindfulness, learn to see a positive side of everything. Where there is positivity, the chances of getting stressed becomes quite less.
Hundreds of Mindfulness techniques are available all over the world. People can select and practice any technique. Some of the practices that help in increasing self-awareness are Yoga, meditation, etc.
If you are looking forward to a technique that not only helps you in reducing stress but also helps you evolve as a human being, then Mindfulness is the right technique for you. You may learn more about how mindfulness can improve your mental health by visiting BetterHelp.
4. Practice Yoga
People have been practicing Yoga since ancient times. In the past few days, more and more people have made Yoga a part of their daily life. Studies have proved that yoga is one technique that makes an individual physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy and strong.
Yoga helps in strengthening the connection between body, mind, and soul. Breathing exercises of Yoga has found to be very effective in reducing stress and anxiety. People who perform Yoga regularly have a lower risk of depression, high B.P., heart diseases, etc.
Yoga reduces the level of stress hormones and increases the production of GABA. This results in lowering the stress level in the body.
5. Listen to Soothing Music
One of the easiest ways to reduce stress levels is by listening to music. Listening to our favourite, song, album, or music takes our mind away from the situation at hand.
Music has a soothing effect on our brains. This lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones.
Next time you are going through some tough time, or having a bad day or feeling stressed or anxious, switch on your favourite music and let yourself lose, feel the music, and try matching the rhythm.
6. Set Realistic Goals and Expectations
To stand out the competition or to prove ourselves, we end up setting up goals that are either difficult or might even be impossible to achieve. Failure to meet our goals or expectation makes us feel grey, sad, and can even lower our confidence. Many a time, we end up thinking about our failure. All of this might result in stress and depression.
Hence, an easy way to prevent ourselves from getting stressed is to set realistic and achievable goals. Achieving goals and landing up to the expectation would not only make us happy but would also increase our confidence level.
7. Spend Time with Friends and Family
Love and support of our family and friends give us the strength to face tough times. Having our loved ones around us during bad times provide us with a feeling of being loved and a sense of belongingness during hard times of our life.
Talking to our friends or spending time with them, help us in clearing negativity from our mind. This allows us to think clearly and rationally. Finding a solution to the problem becomes much easier when we have a clear mind.
Having friends and family members around might not solve our problems. But, knowing that they are there for us increases our strength to face the problem. Our loved ones act as a stress reliever for us.
8. Sleep Better to Reduce Stress
People under stress might face difficulty in sleeping. On the other hand, lack of peaceful or quality sleep can also result in stress and anxiety. Our sleep and state of mind our interconnected. Many people have claimed that a nap turned out to be very useful when they feel stressed. A peaceful sleep, clam, and relaxes our brain and body. Hence reducing stress and anxiety.
Finding ways to overcome stress is very important. Practices like Mindfulness and Yoga enhances our ability to fight stress. However, practicing these techniques in the right manner is very important.
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One of the things you should master in your life is a couple of techniques to improve mindfulness. These techniques need to be personalized on your body and lifestyle. This is why at first you need to practice what others are doing to be more mindful and practice these techniques to improve mindfulness. In this way, you will check what best suits you. We all have different bodies, different minds.
We live in different countries and stay in various weather conditions. Also, each of us is of different age, some are young and others are a little bit elder. Therefore practicing various techniques to improve mindfulness will eventually help you discover your own secrets.
Techniques to improve mindfulness have become almost a need these days. Psychologists divide your desires into wants and needs. And they say needs are just survival necessities like food, shelter, sleep, air, water, etc.
But now there are more and more psychologists who consider also a need the level of balance of the mind and the emotional state. There are so many scientific studies that prove the significant impact that the mind and emotions have on the health of the body. A mind and an emotional state that is balanced not only make us feel good but also improves our health.
Getting Started With Mindfulness
The technique to improve mindfulness is a state of being attentive and heedful. It is related to be careful. Being careful of yourself, of others, and of life in general. It is a state of gentleness towards your own mind. Mindfulness is the practice of giving complete and non-judgmental attention to one’s present experience and it is used as a stress-reduction technique.
Apply the bellow 9 techniques to improve mindfulness and see which one best suits you. Also make sure to personalize for your own lifestyle each technique.
9 Secret Techniques To Improve Mindfulness
1. Practice Self-Love
Self-love is a form of being kind to yourself. For this technique to work you need to discover how to be kind to yourself but also how to harm your mind as little as possible. We think that harming is relating only to the body but with the technological advancements another behavior has sprung up: harming of the mind. Even when you meditate (and you will see at point 4 below) gentleness is essential in meditating correctly.
2. Nature Time
Nature time is such bliss. We think we need to climb mountains and go to the sea or in a deep forest to have time with nature. But in fact, the constant little moments that we spend connecting with nature matter the most. When you pass near a blossomed tree do you stop to touch the flowers of the tree branches? When you go in a park do you ever touch the trunks of the trees? Do you stop and look at the sky every day?
Do you do all these small opportunities to connect with nature on the run? Meaning you look very fast at the blossomed tree but don’t touch it because you do not have time. You only walk on cement when you go in the park, never go near a tree trunk to connect with it. You look down most of the time as you walk on the street, never stopping to look up at the sky for 2-3 minutes.
All these small missed opportunities of connecting with nature leave marks on your mind. Try to include such small nature time moments in your daily routine.
3. Breathe Deeply
Breathing deeply is such a hack for decreasing anxiety. Many times we breathe as if we are afraid to breathe. I remember reading somewhere that you have to breathe as if life was breathing you, not as if you were breathing life. That is, when you take the air out of your lungs, think that life is actually putting air into its lungs. And when you breathe air in the lungs, in fact, life takes the air out of her lungs. It is the other way around.
When you breathe air out, try to think you are generous because you give air to the lungs of life. When you breathe air in, try to think life is generous with you because it gives you air out from its lungs.
4. Meditate to Improve Mindfulenss
There are different forms of meditation. Find one that best suits you. I remember reading that in Bali, I think, there is a meditation called the simplest meditation. I think I read it in the book Eat, Pray, Love. The simplest meditation is to sit down (it doesn’t say in what position, it doesn’t matter), smile, and be silent. And it also says to mentally scan every organ in your body with that smile. It is said that if you practice this meditation constantly, it is the only form of meditation you need.
In any way, you do meditation “gentleness” is the keyword. I overheard a monk talk one day. This monk, who I believe is recognized as the happiest monk in the world, said that there is a significant difference in the practice of meditation when the word “gentleness” is used or not by the master who teaches the disciple.
That is the disciples to whom the master showed them how to meditate if he did not use the word “gentle” do not have good results no matter how much they meditate. On the contrary, the disciples whose master showed them how to meditate and used the word “gentle” – that is, whatever they would do in meditation to do it in a gentle way, with gentleness – have the best results.
The Dalai Lama also says that the best form of meditation is sleep. And he’s not kidding. That’s right. Make sure your sleep is restful every night.
5. Mindful Eating
We eat in a rush. We eat food just to eat and not to be hungry anymore. At lunch, we eat in a hurry because we need to get back fast to our job routines. Then we gain weight and our stomach hurts. This is not the way to eat.
Eating is something that we do so many times and for such a long period of time, all our life. If you are not mindful relating to eating then it will have a huge impact on every aspect of your life. Even in our sleep. You know it and we all know it. Eating impacts sleep quality. Therefore you need to develop some mindful eating skills. Not perfect. But efficient.
6. Do Journaling Every Day
Six lines of journaling every day. This is all it takes to significantly improve your life. You can journal about anything that is happening in your life right now. Any thought you have just put them down.
Make an agreement with your mind that when you write in the journal you have the freedom to write any type of thought, positive or negative. Any thought, even one that scares you. Give yourself the freedom to write it on paper. In this way, you will increase your creativity and your mind will feel free.
Free to think whatever it wants, without fear of punishment. Many times we punish our mind because it thinks of a certain negative thought. But the mind is just a receiving device that receives thoughts. All you have to do is change the channel, change your vibration, and your mind will simply receive other thoughts. This will for sure improve mindfulness.
7. Practice Presence
Presence is noticing. Noticing is related to the art of appreciation. In the art of appreciation, one looks at what is presented in front of him and starts noticing details. Then he verbalizes what he sees as a small list, appreciating details. Verbalising what you see, either with your voice or in your mind gives you presence.
I remember reading in a book about Buddhism that a master is testing you to see if you noticed details from the reality in which you are walking. This is done randomly during the day. The master approaches you, taking you by surprise, and asks you: Did you see the umbrella at the door when you entered? In what position was she seated? There may not have been an umbrella at the door.
Or maybe it was. Did you saw it? Why weren’t you careful? Such a master in Buddhism helps you practice your attention, your ability to be present. So can you do with yourself, be your own master. And you can do that even on the positive side of life. Did you see the beautiful sky that was outside when you went shopping? What was the shape of the clouds?
9. Relax and Let Go
This is such a huge challenge at present. We find ourselves unable to relax, unable to let go. I have a rule, after 10 o’clock I put out … my mind … and my efforts. I think that if the sun went down then the day is over and even though I still have so much to do, today is over. Tomorrow will be a new day. I do not prolong the day more than it is extended by the system of day and night. If night came, the day passed, whether I wanted to or not. This is one of the important techniques to improve mindfulness.
Same on Friday. On Friday I shut down, I stop my mind taking care of my job. I had Mondays when I actually couldn’t remember where I remained with the work on Friday. That’s why I take notes. I make lists and write down my thoughts. To read them on Monday morning and to realize clearly where I stayed.
I write down my thoughts on paper. Why? To get them out of my mind. To give space for my mind to relax. It’s an incredible technique to focus on. Take out the thought, the brilliant idea, your new project, the shopping items, those things that you must remember and not forget. Take them out of your mind and put them on paper. This is a very good mind relaxation technique while working during the entire day.
These were the 9 techniques to improve mindfulness. If you know more, please include a comment below. Thanks.
Positive Words Research presents below a list of 30 financial affirmations to attract money, wealth and abundance. Read these financial affirmations carefully and reflect upon them adding details from your life when thinking.
30 Financial Affirmations to Attract Wealth and Abundance
I get paid for being me.
More money is appearing in my life in unexpected ways.
I deserve money so I can do everything I want to do in this life.
Day by day I can see more money flowing to me.
I spend money wisely.
I am financially thriving.
Money comes to me effortlessly and easily.
I am attracting all the money I want.
I have money like oxygen.
I get richer by the second.
May I and everyone enjoy financial freedom.
I am grateful for all the money I have received.
I am generous and wise with money.
The Universe conspires to give me everything I need.
We live in a friendly and generous Universe.
I seek money and money is seeking me.
I find joy in giving because I have more than enough.
I choose prosperity.
I get to show up and get paid.
I pay my future self first.
Every day in every way, I am becoming richer and richer
Life is full of opportunities to make more money.
I easily tune into the prosperity mindset.
My bank account is blessed.
I release with grace and ease every block that held me back from receiving prosperity.
Every day in every way I am attracting more and more money.
I allow my dream to be supported with money.
I am worthy of receiving money.
I have money.
I have both active and passive income.
Write each of these financial affirmations on a piece of paper and reflect upon them. Also, inform yourself about tips to know and implement in your life so that you can reach financial freedom and independence.
Share these money affirmations with a friend to inspire his prosperity thinking.
Depression is a state of mind and a feeling in the body that we find it hard to bear. Depression damages our life a lot. We feel like everything that we do and everything that exists in the word is useless. We feel powerless most of the time. I know a lot about depression because when I was 25 years old (now I am 36) I was diagnosed with it. As I am the founder of this website Positive Words Research much of the work I do for this blog was motivated by me making efforts to win over depression.
It is not easy at all to get rid of depression. This is the hard truth. But you can win over it. I did. I learned a lot of techniques to fight and win over depression. I will share with you five words of encouragement for depression. All the things that I am sharing with you are real actions that I implemented in my life.
Words Of Encouragement For Depression
1. You Have Many Reasons To Be Grateful About Yourself
If you are struggling with depression I know this is hard to believe. Just believe me that one of the secrets of winning over depression, that I was blessed enough to find it, is gratitude. Especially gratitude about myself. I started writing small lists of gratitude for myself and I still do this. Practice gratitude from time to time is a practice that I will do all my life. Sometimes I compute the days, weeks, months since I am born and I name this period as “time since I exist on Earth”. Then I say that I am joyfully grateful or sincerely grateful for all these days, weeks and months.
2. You Have The Power To Play
Including playfulness in my life was one of my top goals in getting rid of depression. Again, it is hard to be consistent in making actions that feel like play when you are in a state where everything seems so hard and serious.
I included playfulness into my life in two ways: working on my new philosophy of life and making actions that are playful. In my new philosophy of life I included sentences like: “Sometimes life doesn’t need to be taken so seriously.” or “Dancing is a shortcut to happiness”. As actions, I searched for actions that are easy and doable so that it can help me be consistent. I developed a practice where “almost” every morning and evening I stretch my body. I do this by doing simple exercises that I learned from my sports teacher when I was in school. Nothing special, nothing extravagant. I also have a practice of dancing in my room, alone, with headsets, keeping my phone in my right hand, looking at me in the mirror. It makes me see myself as being alive.
3. You Are Loved
Working on me feeling loved was a challenge. And it still is. I don’t know why but we humans feel that we are not so loved, we don’t matter so much, we are not so important. Is that “so” that created so many depressive thoughts in my mind. And I realized that we are. We are so loved, we matter so much, we are so important.
One of the tools I use to feel loved is actually a visualization that I am doing. I am sharing this with you in the hope that you feel the love and not drama. I noticed that some people feel drama when I tell them this visualization. Here it goes.
Visualizing Of A Simple Meditation To Feel Loved
I see my heart. I see the hearts of all living humans. I notice that my heart beats at the same time as 7.7 billion other people. We are together now on a planet that is spinning in a huge universe. For 36 years this planet is holding me alive, even if I am such a sensitive being. I actually am one of the 7.7 billion people that are alive now. I am kept safe even if the Earth is pressured every second by physical forces in the universe above my power (life gravitational force etc.). I am actually in a safe place. This safe place was created for me and others because we are loved. I am loved. We are all loved.
4. You Are Enough
I must admit that I still struggle with this one. It is not that I do not feel enough, it is that I do not do enough. And actually, it is the belief that I did not do enough and I can not turn back time to do more, therefore, all is hopeless and without exit. But, I developed a trick to convince myself that I indeed was and did enough.
I Say To Myself A Little I am Enough Story
You are enough. You know why? Because you did good things that you will never know about. You do small things that matter. How come? What did I do? Well, at least once in your life you helped someone that dropped something by picking it up. Maybe that person had a bad day and you showed him that kindness still exists in the word. He went home and was a little kinder with his kids. His kids felt a little more loved. Or were not beaten that day. Kidding, just to make you smile. You are enough. You did enough, so enough that you will never know.
5. You Are Capable Of Being Kind To Yourself
I could name better this paragraph as You Are Allowed To Be Kind To Yourself. I don’t know if you resonate with me but when I suffered from depression I felt like I am not allowed to be kind with myself. I needed the approval of someone or something for me to be kind to myself. Especially kind in my thoughts. I had so many thoughts angry, hateful, damaging to myself. Hard, heavy, negative, so serious thoughts. And I remember I did not think in terms of You can choose kind thoughts just because they feel better. You are allowed to think thoughts that feel light and good.
During my depression period I thought I need, it is mandatory, it is an obligation, to think “any” thought, even if it is such a disempowering thought. “Disempowering” is politely said. Because I had heavy thoughts like “so many people are trapped in the small boxes that they call apartments in things that they call buildings and they say they are happy? How can you be happy when you live like a sheep in a box. We are all trapped without any way out except death”.
I learned that we are blessed to live a human life. And anyway it is only for 80,100,120 years, not that much, why “escape” sooner. Lol.
Of course, I can joke now with myself with the hardest and most negative thoughts of all, because I am in another state of mind, a happier one. But the transition took a lot of work. I did psychotherapy for many years, with a good psychotherapist in my country that helped me a lot and the fact that I did the best list of positive words in the world made a huge difference. I remember that while I was doing this list of positive words I thought: I am doing this list as a trace to happiness, to find my way back to the light if I ever get lost in the dark again.
I realized at one point, a few years ago, that we people are not scared of the dark. What we are scared of is not knowing a simple effective tool to turn on the light. Think about it. Every human needs dark to sleep. We love dark when we sleep. We are not afraid of being in a dark place. But we could feel afraid in the dark if we do not know where the electricity switch for the light is, or if we know that there is no electricity in the house. But even then we are still ok with the dark because we know that the sunlight will come. The consistency of the morning light eliminates the fear of the dark and you sleep peacefully.
The secret is for you to know what works for you. Is different for every person. What “sunlight” can you implement in your life to always have your morning light come over you? What is your switch to turn on the light? I would actually go for more switches in your house (your mind, body, soul). When you have light switches in your life you will not be afraid of depression anymore (the dark) because you will always find your way back from it. And at that moment, depression will lose the power it has over you.
Have you ever faced the situation when the day comes to an end, but you still haven’t finished the text that you have planned for today? You can blame yourself, the fate, your client, or a house elf. Butin fact, most of such undone tasks lies in the lack of focus.
Nowadays, it is a great deal to focus on one
task. Every time you start doing something, the phone starts to vibrate from
the flow of incoming messages and notifications from social networks. Also,
when you use the internet, you are surrounded by various temptations. I
frequently suffer from the following thing: I start writing the article, then I
open a browser to find more information on the topic, and finally, I find
myself reading about deoxyribonucleic acid after an hour. Sounds familiar?
Nearly all of us dream of a universal recipe
that will make us stay focused, write immediately and productively. In truth,
though, there is none. I have tried out various methods found over the internet
and want to share with you those that have worked in my case. Maybe, my
experience will help you get more focused and tuned into writing.
Clean up the workplace.
Your workplace may directly affect your
productivity. Favorite mini figures of superheroes, family photos, bunch of
colored papers, tangled cables, a couple of unfinished cups of coffee. Don’t
give the mess a chance to get rid of you!
Messy or clean desktop – is an endless battle.Some people claim that disorder helps them generate an idea and they just don’t want to waste their time cleaning. The scientists have found out that a messy environment affects your ability to focus, so if you wantto be more concentrated on your tasks, keep your workplace clean.
Get cables in order, buy the most beautiful cup and make it one and only for your drinks, and keep only the necessary things on your table. Use organizers to store your writing stuff and materials in one place and by hand. If you enjoy keeping hand-written notes, inspirationalphrases and pictures before eyes, use inspirational boards that you can buy instore or make by yourself. Hang it near your workplace and enjoy!
Cleaning your table from useless and
distracting things will clean your thoughts and tune into the work. Let
cleaning the workplace be your everyday ritual.
Tidy up the desktop from applications and files.
In the ideal world files like Untitled1.doc or
Mind_Blowing_Article_v.2.0 are renamed and kept in the appropriate folder on
your computer, not on your desktop. I have a bad habit of storing current (and
old) files on my desktop. But when I finally put everything in the right place,
I can’t help feeling the freshness and inspiration.
Compare these two screenshots of before cleaning and after. Feel the difference?
It is a good habit to make a big clean up onyour computer once a week or month. Clean the desktop and downloads directory,delete old files and duplicated documents. I prefer to place the necessaryapplication shortcuts in the taskbar for quick access.
Mute your mobile phone.
It’s hard not to check your phone every hour.Recent research from Deloitte has shown that Americans check their phones52 times a day. Checking your phone gives you a false feeling of consuming new information and being needed. It comforts us when we are annoyed, upset or whenwe are bored. At the same time, it distracts us from really important thingslike writing.
Unless you are waiting for an urgent call, turn your mobile off. At least turn off notifications. Nowadays, most of the phones have an option to pick the contacts you wish to receive calls and messages from.
If you have an iPhone, you can use a “do not disturb” feature. To manage this feature, tap Settings > Do Not Disturb. Here you can set a specific time when you want to turn off notifications. Also, you can create a list of important contacts to receive calls from them. Check your phone for similar features.
If you still feel the passion for checking
your mobile, try to reduce this habit with a new one. For example, I write
several random phrases or words on paper sheets and move to the trash.
Block time-consuming websites.
How much time do you spend on Facebook, Pinterest, and other time-wasting websites? On the one hand, many of them maybe helpful for finding necessary information and inspiration for your articles. On the other side, it turns into a monster that eats time when you need to focus on writing.
To get rid of such websites, use one of the
following extensions for the Chrome browser:
block the list of websites that distract you from work. You can manage the list
by adding and deleting websites. The application is based on the Pomodoro
technique that aims to improve productivity by alternating 25 minutes of work
and 5 minutes of break.
Go F*ckingWork is a humorous but still useful extension that will keep you from distracting websites.
You can find similar extensions for other browsers in the productivity extensions section. And one more recommendation. Don’t keep several browsers on your computer. You may be tempted to open the desired website in another one.
Use simple text editing applications and online services.
The primary aim of every writer is to write
the text. If you are tired from additional features and bulk interface of your
current text editor, try to use simple online editors and programs. Here are
the most popular programs and charge-free services:
Calmly Writer. It’s an online text editor and also works a Chrome extension. When you launch Calmly Writer, it will show you only the text entry area and nothing else. The format bar appears after you select the text. To access other options, you will need to click the menu button. The application automatically saves the document after you make any change. As a bonus for those who are in love with typewriters, you can turn on thetypewriter sound.
FocusWriter. It is a simple writing environment available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. Simple interface, distraction-free writing text field, and intuitive design will be a savior for those who strive to simplicity. It’s free of charge and will meet the most demanding requirements of essay writers.
Zen Pen. Another one simple online text editor without superpowers. You have an option to save your text on your computer, format the text, set target word count, and switch day/night writing mode. Developers guarantee you a minimum of distractions.
Set deadlines and plan your time ahead.
All great things start with careful planning. The plan helps to know your strength, stay focused on current tasks, and doeverything on time. Planning is essential both for your work and personal life.
Take a habit to make to-do-lists every day. If you are writing a voluminous work, write in parts and set daily goals for the word count. It’s a perfect formula for being a productive writer. Also, set the deadline. For many people, the deadline is the best tool to make something happen. So if you set yourself a deadline for a specific task – you raise the chance to do it.
Use the most convenient planning tool: notebook, planner, calendar, browser extension or desktop/mobile application.Here are the most popular tools:
Googlecalendar. A classic tool for planning all spheres of your life. Available nearly on all devices has an intuitive interface and a great list of options.
Todoist. It’s a time-planner available as a mobile application, browser extension, and as a taskbar on PC and Mac. It’s a great tool to gather your recent and prospective tasks and goals in one place.
Wunderlist. A simple to-do-list. Application available on various devices: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Chrome, and Kindle.
TeamweekButton. This extension will be helpful for those who work with services like GitHub, GitLab, Trello, Jira, Asana, Bitbucket, and Podio.
Win the Day. An eye-catchy Chrome extension that may help you achieve short- and long-term goals. You can set goals, daily targets, track the progress, and implement new habits.
Listen to the music.
When your neighbors are too loud, or traffic sounds make you feel irritated, you need something to stay focused. The music can be a rescue. You may find out that one music serves well for brainstorming, while other help you keep doing routine tasks. Try out playlists created by other people or create one on your own.Experiment with music styles and find one that works for you the best.
Use a recorder.
It’s a great way to record your thoughts while doing various things. For example, if you suddenly have caught a brilliant ideawhile writing an article, record it on a dictaphone. On the one hand, you canopen a new file on your computer or write it by hand on a piece of paper. But Iprefer to use voice recorder – it’s my single place for my ideas and inspiration.It is easier to come back to writing after talking than turning from onewriting to another. As if I will start writing something new, I will skip doingwhat I have planned. If you suffer from the same thing, try voice recorder.
Learn to meditate.
Meditation and mindfulness have become an essential part of those who keep with the progressive evolution. Today, many people practice meditation: office workers, artists, soldiers, scientists, athletes, and other people. It is an excellent non-pharmacological tool that helps improve attention, memory, verbal functions, and cognitive flexibility. Meditation is easy and doesn’t require specific knowledge. You can usemeditation at your workplace, in the park, or on the way to home. You won’tlook strange or suspicious. If you haven’t practiced it yet, try it now!
Choose a comfortable position: sit or lie. Keep your back straight if you sit.
Breathe deeply. Mentally go through every part of your body with every breath you take. Start from the tips of your shoes and move up to the top of your head.
Try to feel all your body parts. Relax your body and fuel it with energy. Feel the warmth and calmness.
You can use such applications as Current, that will remind you when it’s time to meditate. Make it your habit.
All the methods from this article is a part of my daily struggle for being focused and productive. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. All in all, we are not machines. Try out different productivity approaches, experiment, and find those that work for you best. What does helpyou stay focused? What methods have you already tried?
Bio: Florence Clark is an aspiring writer and passionate traveler. Become a professional journalist is her biggest dream.
Balancing work life and personal life is hectic enough, but throw travel into the mix and suddenly it’s a whirlwind that’s tough to handle. If you’re traveling for work or simply trying to squeeze in a vacation in the midst of life, it’s time to take control. Putting self-care at the center is absolutely vital. If you’re not taking care of your health, everything from work to life to your travel plans will suffer.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to incorporate some self-care love
into the busiest of routines. Here are six ways to make it happen:
Upgrade your ride. If you have a long commute or are starting to travel by car regularly, the space you inhabit means a great deal. Upgrading toa spacious sedan or SUV can increase your comfort and safety while on the road. A lot of people are facing longer and longer commutes, sometimes spending hours on the road every day. If those hours are miserable, that sets the stage for the entire day.
Choose hotels or home shares that give you what you need. If you have a great gym routine at home but never find time to squeeze in a session when you’retraveling, why not? Make sure you choose a hotel that has a decent gym or a home share that is close to a gym where you have a membership. When getting to the gym is just as easy while traveling as it is while you’re at home, you can find the time.
Make sure your commute time is well spent. You already know what stresses you as well as what brings you peace or joy. If the news stresses you out, don’t turn on the news station during your trip. Commutes and long drives can be a time to catch up on podcasts, listen to a joy-inducing soundtrack, or listen to an audiobook. If you’re traveling with others, it can also be a time to bond with fellow passengers. Take conscious measures to reduce your stress while driving and actually put this time to use.
Packlike a pro. How are your packing skills? They could probably be better, and making your packing tighter and faster is a great little self-care perk. You’ll be able to more easily carry your luggage and won’t have to worry about missing anything. If you make packing lists, get organized and choose items to regularly carry that are lightweight and durable. This last tip can make your packing just a little bit easier.
Squeeze in some meditation. Meditation can be done anywhere and nearly at any time. It helps to clear themind and focus. Depending on the type of meditation, you can also calm yourselfor get energized. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and first thing in the morningis a great time to clear some meditation time. When traveling, it can seemdifficult to make time for meditation. However, meditation can also be achievedwhile walking. You can combine exercise with a meditation session.
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