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13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise from Greatist

Unfortunately, I’ve been struggling with a  bit of writers block lately. I’ve got so much on the go right now that my brain doesn’t have time to really stop and think. That and mix in over a months worth of terrible sleeps (haven’t slept through the night since 2013… maybe early December?) and you got writers block. Last night before I was “falling” asleep, I saw a friend posted this on her facebook: “13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise”. Some of these you may have heard, but some you maybe have not. Check out Greatist’s list below:

  1. Reduce Stress
  2. Boost Happy chemicals (anyone remember Legally Blonde? “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”)
  3. Improve self-confidence
  4. Enjoy the great outdoors
  5. Prevent cognitive decline
  6. Alleviate anxiety (I can definitely attest to that)
  7. Boost brainpower
  8. Sharpen memory
  9. Help control addiction
  10. Increase relaxation
  11. Get more done
  12. Tap into creativity
  13. Inspire others

With a list like that, what are you waiting for? Get off your hineys and start moving. I say that with love and because I care 🙂

Check out the link for more information: http://greatist.com/fitness/13-awesome-mental-health-benefits-exercise

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How to Fall Asleep When your Mind Won’t Shut Off

Ever try and fall asleep and your mind just won’t shut off? I’m sure we’ve all been there before. If not, you are a very lucky person. I frequently struggle with this. My body is tired, but my mind keeps racing about the day that just occurred or future events such as upcoming exams, deadlines etc. I found this great article from Mind Body Green that provides some tips to help you fall asleep when your mind is still racing.

When you can’t fall asleep at night, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

1. Were you racing around all day and haven’t had a moment of down time?

The fix: Build in one hour of down time with no technology before you go to sleep.  Develop a ritual that you enjoy. Read a book, spend time with loved ones, straighten up or prepare for the next day.

2. Did you have caffeine or an energy drink in the afternoon?

The fix:  drink water to flush your body and have something that makes you sleepy. For some, this is dairy or bread.  Chicken, which has tryptophan, can also make you sleepy. In the future, try not having caffeine or energy drinks after 11 am, or skip them all together.

3. Are you stressed about all you have to do tomorrow?

The fix: Keep a pad of paper by your bed and write out a list of everything that needs to be done. Put it in order of importance and plan it out over the week. This will set your mind at ease so you can sleep.

4. Is your mind is going over a situation, trying to figure out a solution?

The fix: Whatever it is, you can’t do anything about it in the middle of the night. If you’re trying to prepare for a conversation or an event, it will always go differently than you expect. The best thing you can do is be present and open, and for that, you need your sleep. If you’re trying to understand the past, remember that you can’t change it. All you can do is accept it. So let it go. Let it float out of your mind.

5. Are you feeling anxious?

The fix: Do a gratitude list. Write out five things you’re grateful for each night before you turn out the lights. This also creates a more peaceful slumber and great dreams.

Are you so excited about your life that you can’t sleep?

The fix: Try getting up and doing something grounding and a bit boring. Read a book, organize something or do your finances. That should do it.

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Information from: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11117/how-to-fall-asleep-when-your-mind-wont-shut-off.html

Meridian Tapping

I know this may sound a bit “hippy dippy”, but I recently heard about Meridian Tapping and wanted to share it with you. I hope none of you are like me, a sufferer of anxiety. Anxiety is not fun and I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. I’m always looking of new ways to help combat it, without having to take any of the drugs. I’d much rather exercise to feel better about myself than to pop a simple pill and mask everything.

So, never heard of meridian tapping? Well you’re not alone. In basic terms, meridian tapping is tapping on certain points around the body to relieve stress. These specific spots are related to acupuncture, so in a sense, it’s acupuncture without the needles. All you need to do is say a simple statement and tap on certain parts of your body 5-7 times. Repeat this process 3x. Once completed, you should feel some sort of relief.

Check out the site below on the tapping sites, the video on how to properly do tapping and an example of statements you should do while tapping.

Again, I apologize for the “hippy-dippyness” of this post, but whatever works works right?

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8311/what-you-need-to-know-about-tapping-a-free-easy-stress-buster.html

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