3 De-Stressing Activities That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

3 De-Stressing Activities That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

1. Writing Things Down

A great way to handle stress is to write things down. You can take five minutes, a piece of scratch paper, and a pen to your problems. Some people will write about what is stressing them as a way to vent, and others will instead write down things they are grateful for and use it as a moment to express gratitude.

 

Either way, journaling is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety, especially if one focuses on the positive.

 

2. Lighting a Candle

Our environment can be what is exacerbating or helping to ease what is going on in our minds, sometimes in ways we are not even fully aware of. Smell is a vital sense that we often don’t give much thought to.

 

If you’re feeling stressed, light a candle. Here are some popular scents:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Orange or orange blossom
  • Geranium

3. Take a Breath

Deep Breathing can help you to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls your body’s relaxation responses. You can bring awareness to your breath and slow your heart rate, allowing you to feel more in the moment, in control, and peaceful.

One method is Diaphragmatic Breathing, also called Abdominal Breathing. It is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm. Air enters the lungs, the chest does not rise and the belly expands during this type of breathing. You can find a helpful beginner’s video on how to practice Diaphragmatic Breathing here.

3 Ways to Motivate Yourself

3 Ways to Motivate Yourself

We all have some aspiration, a dream deferred by the stress and struggle of daily life. That dream is always poking at your side, nudging you every weekend and gnawing at your chest whenever you lie awake at night.  It can be disheartening to feel like you’re procrastinating or that you’ll never start— let alone finish— that thing. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

 

You can do. 

 

You’re a doer. 

 

You just need to get started. And you can. Your first step is reading this. Read the rest, and get started.

1. Start Small

Sometimes, we’re looking at the finished project or big picture of something, and the task is so daunting that we don’t even dare to start, to try. As they say, though, Rome wasn’t built in a day. We all have to start somewhere, and getting started is the first step.

 

Look at your goal and set small steps that will help you get to it!

 

2. Just Get Started!

Listen, tomorrow never comes. If we keep pushing things off until we feel like doing it, they might never get done. Often, what we need is to just get started, and our excitement will build when we’re more immersed in the project.

 

You might find things getting easier and more fun once the work is started.

 

3. Get Rid of Daily Distractions

When you have tons of things around you, be it your phone or noise, it can be really hard to settle on something and truly give the time and dedication you need to get started and make progress on something. Turn everything you don’t need off, shut the door to your workspace, and set a timer for how long you want to work on your project.

 

Start with something short like 5 minutes to half an hour. Set a timer, and don’t go away from your project until it goes off. You can work up to more and adjust your time as you get more used to allotting a certain time every day or week to work on your project.

 

If you keep to this, it’ll practically do itself!

DE-STRESS | Week 4 | Reading – The Easiest Way to Relax Without Thinking

DE-STRESS | Week 4 | Reading – The Easiest Way to Relax Without Thinking

As well as writing, reading can also be a fantastic stress buster. Whether you love science fiction or romance, turning the pages of a good book when stressed provides us with a form of escapism.

 

Carrying a book around also helps alleviate social anxiety. It gives you something to do and become absorbed by when alone in a crowd or taking public transport. Wherever possible, though, always chose a real paperback or hardback over an e-book for the benefit of reduced screen time and eye-strain.

 

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DE-STRESS | Week 3 | Discover Easy Days to Relax by Getting Creative

DE-STRESS | Week 3 | Discover Easy Days to Relax by Getting Creative

Kicking caffeine is a fantastic way to reduce stress long-term. However, that’s no good if you need to relieve tension right this second.

 

Whether at home or work, an easy way to relax can be to write about your feelings.

 

When your head is a tornado of emotions, it’s not always possible to disclose these to other people. Writing solves this problem by allowing you to channel your stress outwardly.

 

  • Carry a journal or create a file on your phone or tablet, where you can write out your feelings whenever you feel overwhelmed.
  • Write honestly, even if what you are writing wouldn’t usually make sense to another person.
  • Freely jot down thoughts, dreams, and details of stressful situations that otherwise always stay bottled up.

  

Writing feelings out is essentially a form of self-therapy. Just remember to keep where you write your most intimate thoughts far from prying eyes.

DE-STRESS | Week 2 | Kick Your Caffeine Habit

DE-STRESS | Week 2 | Kick Your Caffeine Habit

At present, 94% of American workers cite high-stress as being a normal part of life. Sadly, one of the first things people do when stressed at work is reach for their nearest source of caffeine.

 

Coffee especially gives people a physical pick-me-up. This is because coffee is a stimulant. Sadly, this means that caffeine increases our heart rate and blood pressure. In both the short and long-term, this exasperates stress.

 

Are you a caffeine addict? If so, consider replacing coffee with green tea, camomile tea, or fresh juice. You won’t get the same physical kick. However, you will start noticing significantly reduced stress in the long-term.

3 Social Survival Tips For The Holidays

3 Social Survival Tips For The Holidays

 

You just finished another Christmas movie on Netflix and have lost count on how many you’ve watched today alone. However, you don’t know if you can stomach another one because they all end the same. The small-town girl finds true love in the end. It’s normally with some big city guy who was only there to visit and ends up finding the true meaning of love. It can be nauseating. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to dread the holidays. You don’t need to look at Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or even Valentine’s Day as something to be bitter about. Here are three survival tips for lonely women on the holidays.

 

  1. Seek Connections

 

You’re not alone. There are others like you. Technology progressed far enough already where we have apps and websites that help us connect with others who might also be feeling lonely during the holidays. Even just a friendly exchange between two strangers can be enough to ward off feelings of loneliness.

 

  1. Restructure your Expectations

 

Turn off those Christmas movies as they’re only setting your expectations of how holidays like Christmas “should be.” Not everyone is going to have that perfect Cinderella story, and that’s okay. You should move your thinking away from believing that’s the only perfect way of living.

 

  1. Take Care Of Yourself First

 

It might sound cliché but taking care of yourself first might help you get out of that funk. Going to a spa or joining a new gym where you can work up your confidence and self-esteem can help you get into the mindset that anyone would be lucky to have you in their lives. The more you feel better about yourself, the more you can push through loneliness into happiness.

 

Don’t let the crippling feeling of loneliness get you down during a long holiday season. There are ways you can help yourself so that you can achieve happiness, even if you’re by yourself.

3 Healthful Food Ideas For Thanksgiving

3 Healthful Food Ideas For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a yearly “cheat day” for everyone around the world. It’s an excuse to put any diets to the side and splurge. Unfortunately, that causes a snowball effect for many people. They will end up telling themselves that they will go back on a diet after Thanksgiving only for them to continue making bad dietary choices well past Christmas. Fortunately, you can start making smart dietary choices going into Thanksgiving, so you don’t have to join the crowd of people buying up gym memberships when January 1st rolls around. Let’s take a look at 3 food ideas if you don’t want to gain weight during Thanksgiving.

 

  1. Deviled Eggs

 

Deviled eggs are a protein-packed filler and will keep you from filling up on other foods during the holidays. The best part about deviled eggs is, while they may be filling, depending on the recipe you use you’ll only be consuming about 50 calories per half egg. Just make sure that you’re not using a fat-packed jar of mayonnaise. Opt-in for a lighter option.

 

  1. Reduced Sodium-Whole Wheat Stuffing

 

Women are at the same risk of heart disease as men and that means you should go for lower-sodium options when it comes to stuffing. Eating whole wheat alone reduces your risk of diabetes which also leads to heart disease, so combining the two is a no brainer. Don’t think you’re giving up much flavor for a healthier option because a lower-sodium option is just as good. That means use unsalted butter and low-sodium chicken brother.

 

  1. Herb-Roasted Turkey

 

We’re not going to tell you that you can’t have a turkey for Thanksgiving. That’s like telling someone they can’t have a tree for Christmas. However, if you’re going to go with a turkey, you should roast it in different herbs instead of a crazy amount of salt or fattening juices. You’ll want to use a combination of oregano, sage, thyme, sprigs, and rosemary. It comes out much better in the end and you won’t need to worry about basting.

 

These are great recipes if you’re looking to have a more health-conscious Thanksgiving, especially if you’re hosting with aging family members.

 

 

 

3 Ways To Survive The Holidays As A Parent

3 Ways To Survive The Holidays As A Parent

 

Your children are your entire world, but as a parent, you have so much on your plate already while trying to figure out how to fill the plates of others. It can be rough to try to survive without dual incomes coming in, even if you’re working multiple jobs just to put food on the table. Unfortunately, younger children often don’t see this sacrifice and wonder why they’re not getting the newest toys or gadgets for the holidays. Fortunately, we have a couple of tips for single mothers that can help them survive the holidays.

 

  1. Focus On Memories More Than Materials

 

You don’t have to try to make your children happy with material items this year. You should try playing the long game and helping them make lasting memories on a more affordable budget that they’ll enjoy and appreciate when they’re older.

 

  1. Make A Couple Of Sacrifices

 

If the things that your children want are a little out of your budget, then sit down and see what you don’t need. Maybe scale down the tree this year or take your kids out to look at Christmas lights instead of putting up your own. You’ll be surprised how much you can save.

 

  1. Talk To Your Children

 

Despite the types of tantrums that you see on television when kids don’t get their toys, you’d be surprised how understanding children actually are. Sitting them down and explaining the situation and setting expectations will keep them from being disappointed and maybe even appreciate what you do a little more.

 

Despite any obstacles, there’s always a way around them. There’s always a way to create a magical experience for your children without getting too stressed out. Sitting down, taking a breather, and talking it out is one of the best ways for any single mother to survive the holidays.

3 Things That Will Help You Sleep Better

3 Things That Will Help You Sleep Better

Life is busy, and it goes fast. Sleep is the one time we have a break from it all. Studies show that sleeping more sharpens your brain, improves your mood, promotes heart health, and so much more. It’s important, so we have to make each hour we get count! I’m going to give you 3 things that will guarantee you a better, more restorative rest each night.

 

 

  • Don’t Drink Caffeinated Beverages Late in the Day

 

Caffeine energizes our bodies, stimulating our nervous systems and making us buzz with energy. While this is great when we’re getting our start to the day, it makes it much harder for us to fall asleep and then rest well once we are asleep. Limit your caffeine intake 6 to 8 hours before you go to bed.

 

 

  • Try to Go to Bed and Wake Up at the Same Time

 

Our bodies have circadian rhythms that function on a loop. If we stay consistent, we are much more likely to stay asleep longer and, therefore, wake up more refreshed.

 

 

  • Sleep on a Comfortable Mattress

 

Bed quality is such an important factor in our sleep that we often overlook. The right

mattress effects good quality sleep to make sure you wake up rejuvenated and ready to seize the day! You should change your mattress every 5 to 8 years. Some might think this is the hardest fix (mattresses are so expensive, after all), but there are so many cost efficient ways to buy mattresses online. 

 

Change your habits to secure your sleep. Sweet Dreams, Reader!

How to Choose the Right Church

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

With a lot of scandals happening in churches all over the world, it is becoming hard to find the right church.

Be very careful when looking for a local church because the kind of place you go to worship God will have a significant impact on your spiritual life.

Now some people think going to church is optional but that is not true. The church was purchased with the blood at the cross because God wants us to fellowship with other believers. So belonging to a local church is very important.

But how does one choose the right church?

Ask God for Guidance

Before going out to look for a church, ask God to order your steps. He knows the best churches around your area that can help you grow spiritually.

Praying seems to be an obvious step, but it is the most critical step because God knows what goes on in every church. You may get fooled easily by the excellent treatment you get when you visit particular churches, but God knows what goes on in the hearts of people who fellowship in that church.

A Word Based Church

Look for a church that is word-based that is one that does not stray from the word of God.

Today many people are flocking to churches with preachers who preach messages that make the congregants feel good. But the word of God is not meant to make us feel good about ourselves. It is supposed to correct, rebuke, and encourage people. (2 Timothy 4:2)

The preachers in the church you go to should preach about salvation, grace, holiness, and the coming judgment.

Some preachers only preach messages that bring fear in people’s heart so that they can instill fear and control the congregation. You need to be wary of that. The word of God is not meant to bring demonic fear in our hearts for God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind. 

Leadership

We are living in dangerous times where false preachers have crept into the church. They want to confuse innocent people by teaching them wrong doctrines so that Christians can fall away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ. The good thing is we judge true believers by the fruits they bear.

Ask your heavenly Father to give you the gift of discernment so that you can be able to differentiate true church leaders from false ones.

Ministry

We do not just go to church to be ministered to and then leave.

The church you go to should be a place that helps you to develop your calling.  God has given us different gifts. A good church will encourage you to build and grow your gifts by creating opportunities where you can serve. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

The truth is there is no perfect church out there, but with God’s help, you will be able to find a place where you will learn more about God and grow spiritually. Go to a church where people worship God in spirit and truth.