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How Mindfulness Meditation Can Fix The “Wrongs” in Your Life

Living in a fast-paced world has led many to suffer from serious mental issues. The rat-race that most people live in has resulted in stress, anxiety, and depression that has crippled many people around the world. If not addressed properly, these disorders can lead to life-threatening conditions ranging from heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, to substance abuse and suicide. Psychologists blame the overwhelming number of stimuli in today’s world as one of the leading causes of these mental issues.

Overwhelmed

The human mind seems incapable of handling tons of pressures of daily living. As technology progresses, so does the pressure to accomplish personal or career goals or tasks quickly. The bombardment of stimuli creates mental pressure that forces the brain to release stress hormones.

Under chronic stress, the mind fails to function sensibly. Aside from impaired thinking, a mind under constant agitation disrupts sleep. It also leads to irritability and changes in thoughts. These conditions reduce a person’s capacity to cope with the challenges in their life. What was once a jovial, hopeful individual can become morose and sorrowful.

Stress and Depression

Many people all over the world experience depression and chronic stress. From the US to Australia, millions are affected by the so-called stress and depression epidemic. In America alone, depression sucks the life out of around 16 million adults every year. On the other side of the world, Australians also feel the bite of the depression outbreak. A survey revealed that 40% of Australian adult women are diagnosed with either anxiety or depression.

Some sufferers of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression were able to live their lives but are still struggling to fill in the void of meaning, passion, and purpose. As if someone sucked the joy and enthusiasm out of their soul. Those with severe cases even decided to take their lives during a serious bout of depression to find lasting relief from their emotional and spiritual pain. It’s as if everything in their lives has gone wrong.

Meditation: A Way to Right the Wrongs

Fortunately, there’s still hope for people who have experienced wrong. Thanks to the ancient art called meditation, many people now have a way to cope with the mental challenges evident in today’s world. Since Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn introduced mindfulness meditation in the late 1970s, millions of people all over the world have found relief through this millennia-old practice.

An innovation from the ancient Buddhist ritual Vipassana, Kabat-Zinn devised the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a psychological therapy that can relieve stress, clear the mind and improve wellbeing. MBSR is backed by hundreds of scientific studies, making it one of the most effective therapeutic interventions for stress and depression.

Basic Mindfulness Meditation

Unlike the meditation practiced by Buddhist monks, a mindfulness session can be done anywhere. If you want to enjoy its benefits, here are some steps to successfully carry out this practice:

In a quiet, comfortable area, the person should sit on a chair, meditation cushion, or any other seat as long as the body is relaxed.

  • Focus on what your body is feeling and doing at the present. Make an effort to put aside thoughts about your past and future.
  • Pay attention to your breathing. Be mindful of the sensation of air flowing in and out of your nose. Feel the rising and falling of your belly.
  • Become a passive observer of your thoughts. Allow them to come and go, whether it is anxiety, fear, worry, or hope. When they flash in your mind, just acknowledge them, without ignoring or suppressing them.
  • If you feel you’re carried away in your thoughts, simply observe where your mind left off without judging and go back to your breathing. This is not a time to judge or be hard on yourself.
  • After 10 minutes, sit for a minute to become aware of your present surroundings. Then get up slowly.

MBRS may just be another cult following for some people. But science has proven it to be one of the best solutions to the rising incidence of stress and depression.

Doing these sessions regularly can lead to better focus, mental clarity, as well as renewed joy and zest for life. Millions of people have benefited from this practice. They have regained their passion to live life better. They are in the process of righting the wrongs in their lives.

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3 Forgotten Nutritional Aspects That Are Wrecking Your Energy Levels

During the summers as young spritely kid, I would skateboard and play basketball all day long in the hot Florida sun and would still somehow have enough energy to play video games into the wee hours of the night. The next day I’d get up do it all over again. Long gone are the days of endless energy.

I know part of the decrease in energy came from “adulting”. Having our minds in a thousand places and all the stresses that came along with that take a significant toll on our overall health. A huge amount of energy is spent just making decisions. Who would have thought. Also, as an adult, I sat around a lot more than I did as a child. Which led to long bouts of inactivity and less calories being burned. Beyond those factors, there were a few other things I discovered later on that had a Major impact on how I felt, energy wise.

In my mid twenties, I really started to take my health more seriously when I could feel my energy levels declining each year that went by. I ate better and worked out more consistently and that definitely helped. I also looked into a lot of alternative ways to increase my energy levels such as energy drinks, caffeine and other various supplements. All of these were merely a Band-Aid and gave only short bursts of energy only to be followed by a drastic crash and burn. I dug so deep into that nonsense that I forgot what “life” was really powered by. Want to know what those are? Well, they are…

Water, Breathing and Sleep.

Sorry for the lack of fireworks here. Those 3 critical elements are about as basic and boring as it comes however, when I started to being more conscious about them, they made all the difference in my energy levels going forward.

In this world where information about health and wellness disseminate faster and more efficiently, a lot of people are striving to lead a healthier lifestyle. Not just me. This, however, comes with a price. With various popular dietary practices prevalent today, a lot of people tend to forget the most basic things about nutrition we were taught about when we were younger.

Here are some of these nutritional aspects we tend to overlook but are extremely important in maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle:

Water Consumption

Boy oh boy did this one miss me. I drank so much soda and juice as a kid and always felt proud by it because I always drank more than all of my friends. I also had more cavities than them, but that’s nothing to brag about lol. On the other hand, my sister pretty much only drank water and she never had cavities and she was always on the top of her game, especially mentally. I was very active back then so those calories were put to good use. By far one of the most overlooked factors in nutrition is the consumption of water. Many people think that because water does not have flavor means that it does not contain elements that are good for our bodies. With the rise of variously flavored thirst-quenchers such as sodas, juices and alcoholic drinks, a lot of individuals tend to forgo water in favor of these beverages. Remember, our body is composed of nearly 75% water and not getting enough results in dehydration, which can lead to more severe health problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocates ingesting a minimum of 2 liters a day. I personally drink at least 3. Those living in places with hot climates need to get more than that. It helps your body lubricate your joints and spine, improving mobility and spinal cord health. It also facilitates waste disposal through urination, perspiration and defecation.

Proper Breathing

Being both a voluntary and involuntary bodily action, a lot of people tend to forget the significance of breathing in day-to-day living. We are often told to do the things we love “before we breathe our last” pertaining to the importance of breathing as a life-sustaining function. Whilst, getting air into our lungs is the primary significance of this act, the benefits of properly doing it are often overlooked. This leads to the suboptimal use of your breathing capacity, resulting in shortness of breath, quickly getting tired and other symptoms.

This is why you should always practice proper breathing. You can do this by breathing through the nose using your diaphragm in a relaxed and rhythmic manner. This allows you to give your brain and other organs the right amount of oxygen and facilitate the elimination of wastes such as carbon dioxide and toxins. Moreover, you can use breathing techniques to curb negative emotions and clear your mind.

Getting Enough Sleep

Between the increasing demands of work, personal time and other daily errands, getting a good night’s sleep seems to be out of the question. We often sacrifice sleep to fulfill these duties expected of us. What most individuals do not know is that the lack of a proper slumber greatly affects the mental and physical wellbeing of a person. Often, this leads to impairment, affecting the way they go about their day. If done on a regular basis, this can contribute to obesity, infections and other heart diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults from 18 to 60 years old need 7 or more hours of sleep per night. Getting enough sleep leads to better sleep quality, making them feel rested once they wake up. It also helps them process memories and thoughts better, leading to a more alert mind. To improve your sleep, you might want to designate a sleeping time to enforce consistency and distance yourself from electronics such as TVs and phones as it emits blue light that affects the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.

Bonus Health Reminders:

Get a Balanced Diet

As kids, our parents always make it a point that we get a balanced diet every meal. This means having carbohydrates, protein, as well as vitamins and minerals every day. However, diet practices nowadays advocate for the elimination of some aspects of nutrition. Some promote the removal of carbs in your daily diet, whilst others encourage you to minimize proteins. This leads to an unbalanced diet, which prevents you from getting all the nutrients you need.

Make sure to eat a balanced diet by reducing the consumption of unnecessary fats and sugars and increase those that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Consume an appropriate amount of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, protein and carbs as this helps your body work in a better and healthier way. You might want to stick to your diet, but make sure to consume even a bit of these to prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

Strive for Complete Vitamins and Minerals

Whilst you might be getting these from fruits and vegetables, keep in mind that not all of it contains a complete array of vitamins and minerals. Should you fail to supply your body with the right amount of these, you can suffer from micronutrient deficiencies including Iron, Calcium and Vitamins such as A, B12 and D. When left unaddressed, these can lead to serious illnesses, making it all the more important to get the appropriate supply. In some cases, you might need to take supplements when prescribed by licensed medical practitioners.

Incorporate Exercise in Everyday Life

Today, most corporate jobs entail long hours in front of the computer. Between the horrible commuting conditions, particularly during the holiday rush, and the tedious and repetitive jobs, incorporating exercise has been the least of our priorities. Over time, this sedentary lifestyle leads to serious complications, some of which can be observed in the American society. These include obesity, heart problems and a spike in blood sugar levels.

Medline Plus outlines the major advantages of leading an active lifestyle no matter what age. With regular exercise, individuals can see a significant change in their weight, thereby helping prevent the onset of obesity. Likewise, keeping yourself fit allows a noteworthy improvement in reducing the risk of heart diseases, such as heart attacks and high cholesterol. Working out can also improve mental health, stimulate sharper thinking, promote better sleeping patterns and generally boosts physical health.

Being reminded of how important these nutrition aspects help get your health back on track. Lead a healthier lifestyle by making it a point to practice these 3 forgotten yet important health aspects. This way, you can perform better at school, work and in attaining your personal goals.

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Launching Soon: Skill Set Connect!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great day CNX Nomads, My team and I will be launching a new business connections app in the next few days.

The goal of the app is to allow you to create a bio/profile in a few seconds that includes “what you do” (your unique skillset). That way, people who are interested in working/hiring someone with that skill set can quickly find you and contact you directly! The app is FREE and open to anyone looking to either A.) Promote their own skill set / business or B.) Looking to work with or hire someone based on their specific skill set.

Please OPT-IN to show your interest in the Beta release and to be notified when we Go-LIVE in a few days. Also, the first 200 people on our pre-launch list will receive Free advertising in the app when that part goes live in Phase 2!

Learn More and Opt-In Here: https://skillsetconnect.com/

We are hoping this app brings incredible value to Chiang Mai (our pilot market) and creates a community of powerful and profitable connections!