Before you sleep, read this…

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“The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.”

- Marilyn Monroe

 

Imagine having mastered sleep, and all you have to do is just sleep while you reap its benefits beyond just health.

How cool is that?

You may already know the benefits of sleep. Just to name a few, sleep can increase your productivity level, gives you energy, helps you lose weight and gives your skin a nice glow.

Here are 5 things you need to know about mastering sleep so that it works for you, and not against you.

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6 Ways to Fit Meditation into your Daily Life Effortlessly

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Meditation is a practice. It is a practice of mindfulness. It is a practice of connecting to Self.

You want to relieve stress? Meditate

You want to calm your mind and the mental chatter? Meditate

You want to reduce fear, anxiety, and other negative emotions? Meditate

Like anything else, meditation takes practice. Hence, it being called a practice.

Many people feel like, “How helpful can this really be, I am just sitting here.” Still others think, “I don’t have time to waste just sitting still for 5 minutes.” I hear these concerns time and time again. And I was very much one of those people. I could not sit still to save my life. I had so many thoughts swirling through my head and I believed that I always had to be acting on them.

Then the light bulb: The stage for meditation was set. I knew the benefits of meditation. I heard the transformational stories. But, then I read a book by a pastor in Pasadena, CA, and he spoke of the importance of Stillness. He spoke of how he practiced it every day and the benefits. My wheels were spinning. I had to figure out this Stillness thing. And just as the Universe does so eloquently, I was directed to a 21 day guided meditation challenge. I took the challenge and I found that I absolutely loved bouncing out of bed each morning to listen to my new guided meditation. I found that my mind started to calm, that my days had more space where there was previously no time to spare, that my stress was diminished, that I was opening up and loving more. My world was changing; or how I saw the world changed.

So, how can you fit meditation into your life easily and effortlessly?

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How to Detox Without Deprivation

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Cleansing is pretty popular these days. For many, including myself years ago, the word cleanse conjures to mind thoughts of deprivation, juices for day, and some extreme kind of Master Cleanse. Cleansing the body is important because we live in a stressed world. Not only do we consume foods that are laden with pesticides, we also have stress in our life, which contributes to toxicity.

Doing a cleanse four times a year during the changing of the seasons is ideal to clean out the toxins that find their way into our bodies, causing metabolism issues, weight gain, headaches, low sex drive, and overall toxicity that can take away from our happiness.

I love cleansing my body, because it cleans out the pipes. Cleansing with all natural, whole foods that are rich in oxygen gives the body exactly what it needs to recharge, rebuild, and regenerate. Cleansing is not and should not be about deprivation. Even with a juice cleanse, you can add steamed vegetables for some extra energy or a pureed raw soup if the juice cleanse is too depleting for you.

Cleansing is really about finding balance and harmony within the body and mind. Eating cleansing foods is vital for your health. This includes items such as juices, smoothies, fruits that are low glycemic and great for flushing the lymph (think: apples, grapefruit, berries, lemons, and limes), leafy greens (like kale, dandelion greens, and parsley), healthy fats (avocado, hemp seeds, and coconut oil), and plant- or animal-based proteins to support the regeneration of cells.

But let’s go a step deeper and talk about cleansing the soul. I used to think detox was just about the food on my plate, but it is about so much more than that. Detox is about removing what does not serve us emotionally as well as physically. Every cell in the body carries both physical and emotional toxicity.

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What your self-talk can do to you…

We all have it.

Every single human in the world has their very own self-talk that is continually going.

It can be positive, negative, it can build you up, bring you down, make you smile, make you sing, make you cry, make you go completely bonkers but can also make you incredibly successful, happy and motivated.

You know what I am talking about right? That little angel or devil on your shoulder, telling you what you can or can’t do.

We make our way through each day with what we say to ourselves in our head. We make lists, recall memories, think, plan, prioritise, organise, tell ourselves off, give ourselves a pat on the back, laugh… it never stops. Our brain never stops this constant self-talk. We need it, it’s what makes us get up, move, sleep, eat, drive, work, play… it’s what makes us live.

What your self-talk can do to you

Self-talk also determines how we feel. It controls our confidence, self esteem, ability to socialise, our anger, our joy – basically our overall happiness.

It’s so important that we give our self-talk some attention and take control over it. Your self-talk, like your brain, is linked. Every word you say to yourself in your head gets linked to feelings and these feelings, well, they make us feel how we feel. Now I don’t know if you know, but words have energy, I’m not going all crazy here, but it’s true – trust me, even the ones you don’t say out loud can literally turn water black. I have seen and done my own home experiments on this.

What is your self-talk saying to you? Is your self-talk positive? Is it negative? Does it go around in circles? Are you too tough on yourself? Are you too easy on yourself? This in fact is just as bad. Do you manage it?

Are you in charge???

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