If you want to curb stress, increase happiness, and improve your cardiovascular health, try smiling and laughing more. It’s proven to help not only your emotional health, but increases your overall success in life as well as your longevity.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that smiling instantly improves your mood and laughing 20 minutes can increase the health of your heart. If you can’t find something to laugh at, try this trick I learned from having a father who taught elementary kids. Being silly makes you laugh and relaxes those around you. When there’s nothing funny going on, sit in front of a mirror and make funny faces at yourself until you laugh. I even wore a clown nose for awhile and thinking about it still makes me chuckle. I have a friend who wore a snorkle while changing her son’s diaper to keep the mood light.
Get goofy, it works. I have stopped my children’s temper tantrums and survived the swings of teenagers by being silly. Even if I don’t make my kids laugh every time, I crack myself up on a regular basis. I know my own goofiness helps me behave with more patience and kindness towards others, but I was pleased to find out it just might be helping me live longer too.
You know those voices in your head? It’s okay, everyone has them, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy. The only bad thing is that most of what they say is negative. They put you down, make you worry, and generally stress you out. Other than tuning out the voices with a good massage, another antidote is practicing gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is easy. Just keep track of what you’re grateful for or even what makes you feel good. You can write down ten things every day in a journal or share them on facebook. Can’t think of ten? Write three or even just one. Each day you start notice more and more as you begin looking for them throughout your day.
There’s several benefits. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that you can lower your levels of harmful cortisol hormones and even improve your memory and critical thinking skills by 10 to 15 percent. You’re less stressed AND more productive. I would even suggest you become happier.
Did you know that essential oils can help keep you hydrated in hot weather? Adding high quality essential oils to your drinking water increases your motivation to down enough water to keep away common symptoms of mild dehydration such as muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue.
Try different blends of peppermint, lemon, orange, or grapefruit to suit your taste buds. Of course, you need to use a high quality, therapeutic grade essential oil in order to be able to use them internally. If you’d like more information, please give me a call or email, or visit www.Lesley.VibrantScents.com I disagree with the most interesting man in the world. Don’t stay thirsty, my friends.
According to Jane Pernotto Ehrman, M, Ed., behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine, meditation is a tool to fight stress, calm your body and mind, boost your immune system, and decrease anger.
Meditation works directly on your brain, leading to lower anxiety, improved communication skills, and reduced inflammation associated with stress. In addition, it seems to improve your decision-making abilities, which helps you figure out more easily what you should or shouldn’t stress about.
Now that you have no reason not to meditate, the hard part is just sitting down and doing it.
Join me this Thursday July 23, 2015 at my massage office from 5-6 pm to see which Young Living Essential Oils are especially for meditating!
Did you ever have one of those days when you didn’t have the energy to do things you love, let alone have energy for healthy activities like exercising? Luckily, just the smell of a quality oil can give you the burst you need to get moving. Rubbing peppermint, lemon, orange, or grapefruit on your skin provides motivation for movement.
Join me this Wednesday July 15, 2015 from 6-7pm at Massage By Lesley for essential oils that aid digestion.
Life can get hectic and it seems like our healthy habits fall away too easily. I’d like to offer a few suggestions on how to stay on track with your wellness despite occasional chaos.
1) Eat right! Keep convenient, healthy snacks available so that even when you’re crunched for time, you’re still giving your body good nutrients. My favorite convenient foods are mixed nuts or baby carrots with hummus.
2) Reduce clutter. Trust me, I know it’s easier said than done, but I can also testify to the power of an uncluttered space for freeing up room in your head to think or brightening your mood. It’s worth it to take a day to organize.
3) Play. Recess is as important as an adult as it was in grade school. Take a walk, sit in the sun, ride your bike, read a book for fun, just let it be something you enjoy.
It isn’t the big dramatic things that change your life. It’s the little things. Some of the more recent changes in my life that have had a lasting impact are to stop eating white sugar, driving slower, buying less, and spending more time outdoors. I have had a few people recently tell me how much more relaxed I am now than a few years ago. I had been looking for ways to relax for so many years that it’s very ironic that it happened without my intent. I made those simple changes gradually as a simple quest to get more enjoyment out of life.
You can change your life any way you want. Just pick one small thing that will bring you joy, or peace, or whatever your heart desires. Today truly is a new beginning. What one little thing will you change?
“We must become the change we want to see.” – Mahatma Ghandi
How many times have you wished things were different? I know I wish the world was quieter, nicer, and safer….and that’s just for starters!
I have felt overwhelmed by the enormity of what a few inspirational people can do and seen my own insignificance in comparison. Yet, I do believe that it matters if we all do small things each day to make the world or even just ourselves better. I have also seen how tiny adjustments to my routine has large and lasting impacts.
For example, I set out last year to decrease and even eliminate sugar from my diet for awhile. What I didn’t expect was how much of those calories would be replaced with greens. I lost my craving for sweets and found my sense of taste came back. Now, something like mustard greens with its spicy flavor is a fascinating food that I enjoy whenever I can. This quest for unique flavors has led me to all sorts of dishes that are changing my body for the better.
What I’m hoping to show is that one intention toward better health brought me so much farther than I ever expected. This has led to new goals for myself that I couldn’t have envisioned a year ago.
What would you like to change? How can I help you with it?
Join me tommorrow, Tuesday May 19 from 6-7 pm at my massage office to learn about essential oils and supplements for allergies at 21 Bullard Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, just five minutes north of the Wilton Mall. Visit www.MassageByLesley.com for directions.
Did you know that taking just a whiff of something can reduce stress and increase your happiness? Your favorite scents can remind you of good times or loved ones, and just take you away momentarily. This can be a nice break when you’re having one of those days.
Aromas go straight to your brain, literally lifting your cellular activity while they lift your spirits. Our bodies work at a certian vibration that can be simply measured. Coffee has a vibration of 40 mgHz. Most essential oils are much higher than that, some by several hundred mgHz. When you smell something, it changes your body’s vibration to more closely match what the aroma. It sounds very poetic to talk about good vibrations, but that is actually what’s happening.
Change your vibe with a refreshing room spray that’s easy to use in your home, office, or car. Pour it in a pump bottle. Just shake and spray!