Posts Tagged ‘present moment’

Looks Like a Cup “Half Full” May Lengthen Your Life

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Where we put our focus may lengthen our lifespan

Growing research suggests a “cup half full” philosophy may improve our physical and emotional health and even our life expectancy.

One of the largest such studies out of Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed data from 70,000 women who answered questions about how they viewed their future. Data analysis showed that women who scored higher on the optimism scale were significantly less likely to die from several major causes of death over an eight-year period, compared with women who scored lower. Numerous other studies duplicate these findings—indicating that to promote our optimal health and wellbeing it pays to be optimistic. (link below)

5 Simple Ways to Embrace a more Positive Perspective

Tune in to gratitude

Where you put your focus grows. Put a jar in your kitchen or somewhere visible. Think about something you’re grateful for that happened that day or a good memory and write it on a slip of paper that goes in the jar. This can be your own jar or The Family jar. Watch it fill up.

Tune out the negative

When you find yourself habitually focusing on negative situations or possible negative future events, stop that train of thought, acknowledge your negative thinking with curiosity and choose to turn to something that you enjoy – go for a walk, call a friend, turn on favorite music that you know lifts your spirits. Note – this may take persistence and practice.

Tune in to self care

Self care is not about being selfish but about being responsible for our bodies and minds. That means eating healthy, getting exercise, ensuring we get regular sleep, reaching out for help when we need it. It also means having fun!

Tune in to self compassion

Practice becoming more aware of the critic within you that may try to beat you up with overly high expectations. Be your best champion and show yourself forgiveness when you make mistakes.

Tune in to your local community

If you have time, look to make a small positive change in your neighborhood and feel a greater sense of belonging. It could be helping a neighbor, volunteering, baking cookies for a charity drive. Esteemable acts build self esteem and to be positive we need to have healthy self esteem.

Tune in to mindfulness

Mindfulness is akin to awareness of the present moment. Nature is particularly powerful as a means of tuning in to everyday miracles. Watch the sun set or rise, smell the roses in your garden, sit by the ocean, star gaze. When we purposely focus on the present moment and feel it fully, we nurture our capacity to deal with stressful events.

Harvard Study: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/optimism-premature-death-women/

Top 10 Simple Stress Relievers To Bring You Calm

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1. Breathe deeply

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Deep breathing triggers a relaxation response that lowers heart rate and helps regulate the body

2. Envision a place that brings you peace

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Peaceful images involve all the senses and create inner harmony

3. Make contact with nature

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We can only be in the present moment when we focus on beauty around us – no past or future – only The Now

4. Journal about what you’re feeling or thinking

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Surrendering the energy of troubling emotions or confusing thoughts to paper is freeing

5. Listen to a song that makes you feel happy

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Music, as sound, is rooted in vibration which powerfully affects mood

6. Take a nap

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A power nap will boost your memory, thinking, creativity, and energy levels

7. Stretch your body

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Stretching lowers tension and stress and increases energy

8. Drink a glass of water

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Stress is often made worse by dehydration – something we’re not often aware of

9. Walk/exercise

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The brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters are elevated; sleep is enhanced & stress reduced

10. Talk to your pet

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Just being around a loving animal is shown to decrease stress by lowering blood pressure

 

 

 

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