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Meditation -- The New SoulCycle

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The country’s sleekest and most convenient meditation studio just opened in Los Angeles.
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Whether it's losing baby weight; giving traders an edge on the market; or winning the Super Bowl, the "name of the magic pill" is meditation.


And now it's a big hit for "plugged-in, stressed-out millenials, who gather in groups of up to 52 people in the service of quieting an overactive mind".

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Signs You Need To Unplug

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Are you attached to your digital devices? If the thought of being disconnected makes you sweat, you're not alone.
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The American population is attached to its digital devices.  Are you one of them?


This Third Metric blog shares 19 signs that it's time to unplug.  Here are just a few:


  1. You experience Phone Panic
  2. You have no idea how to get to basic locations without Google Maps
  3. Your device has a spot next to your pillow
  4. LOL and hashtag are part of your vocabulary
  5. You text someone who is in the same room
  6. When you go to the bathroom, so does your phone
  7. You Instagram more food than you eat
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Enhance Your Quality of Life Through Mindfulness

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A study showing that mindfulness meditation may help relieve chronic inflammation.
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Mindfulness has become more mainstream as a way to enhance our quality of life.  Practicing mindfulness meditation not only helps to reduce stress; studies now show that it may also help to relieve chronic inflammation.

 

In past studies, "there has been little evidence to support benefits specific to mindfulness meditation practice".   So neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin wanted to "develop an intervention that was meant to produce positive change and compare the mindfulness approach to an intervention that was structurally equivalent".

 

The results? People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions not only experience symptom relief through mindfulness meditation...Turns out that a mindfulness-based approach is more effective than other activities that promote well-being.

 

 

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What Can You Do About Anxiety?

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Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you may have missed.
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How is anxiety different from stress and what can you do about it?

 

Anxiety is when you feel fearful and apprehensive, putting your mind and body on high alert.  "Biologically, it's meant to put us in a heightened sense of awareness so we're prepared for potential threats."

 

Anxiety can look like stress and even arise as a result of stress.  Stress makes you feel sad, angry or worried while anxiety is more realted to a feeling of fear or dread.  External influences often cause stress while anxiety is an internal response, making it difficult to manage.

 

So what can you do about anxiety?  Relaxation techniques seem to be key.  Meditation; listening to relaxing music; and exercising can all help to take your mind off anxiety.  Whichever you choose, "the entire point is to calm the mind and dismiss the errant thoughts that lead to anxiety."

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Choose Experiences that Positively Retrain Your Brain

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I often hear people say, "I'm the kind of person who…" or, "I'm not a people person.” These seemingly off-the-cuff comments suggest they’re resigned to not changing their self-perception – regardless (Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your ...
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Dr. Richard Davidson suggests that "using our experiences to positively shift our self-perception" will retrain your brain.

 

Did you know that playing just 2 hours of a video game can structurally change your brain?  Imagine that!  Just 2 hours with a joystick can actually change the structure of your brain.  This "underscores how extraordinarily dynamic our brains are, constantly being shaped this way and that."  And it happens so fast.  Studies show that an average adult generates 5,000 to 10,000 new brain cells every single day.

 

Most people are not very willing to shift their worldview.  And most often, we are unconscious of how our brain is being shaped by the forces around us. But in knowing that the brain changes in response to our experiences, actions and relationships, we can take advantage of this knowledge and "actually play a more intentional role in shaping our own brains in ways that may be heath promoting and in ways that can cultivate well-being".

 

 

 

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5 Ways Unplugging Helps Revive Your Creativity

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by Jocelyn Paige Kelly


"It's impossible to keep going all the time. Even cars need to rest their engines and refuel. While on vacation this past week, I was reminded why this was important for me too. Rest is key in refueling my creative energy as well as for my peace of mind.
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Adding Unplugging to your everyday routines will in short order make it a habit, a habit that is both healthy and one that will enable you to generate more creative ways of doing things.

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Loneliness: More Dangerous Than We Thought

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Our continuous infatuation with social media has been said to cause more loneliness.  We've also learned that "loneliness is an equal-opportunity emotion".  It can affect people regardless of whether they are in a real relationship or not. 


But can loneliness actually kill you? 


According to recent research, loneliness is not only extremely toxic to the body; it can "increase an older person's chance of premature death by 14%". 

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Schedule Yourself In for an Appointment

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There are steps you can take that will bring back that work life balance you’re looking for. It will take some planning and discipline, but you really can do it all.
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In today’s busy world, it feels as if spending more and more time married to our work is something we don't necessarily choose -- but instead something that is demanded of us.

 

Most of us have family and friends, but we we don't spend the quality time with them that we'd like. Yet with some planning and discipline, there are steps you can take to bring back some of the balance you crave. 

 

So schedule yourself in for an appointment and consider these suggestions from Project Eve.

 

(1) Put exercise on your list

(2) Limit the time you spend working at home

(3) Allow time for your hobbies

(4) Unplug yourself

(5) Schedule a social outlet

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Five Benefits Of A Yoga Retreat

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For most of us, yoga class offerings are plentiful these days. Why then, would we want or need to take a yoga retreat?
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Caring for the Caregiver

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November is National Family Caregivers Month and here are 10 tips to help you care for your patient's caregiver.
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November is National Family Caregivers month.  Below, ten tips to help you care for your patient's caregiver.

 

  1. Make a small gesture of touch as a way to acknowledge them and their pain
  2. Assure them that the absolute best possible care is being provided to the patient
  3. Cultivate reciprocal feelings of trust
  4. Honor their knowledge of the patient
  5. Allieviate their guilt
  6. Tell them the truth, gently and honestly
  7. Remind them to care for themselves physically, mentally and spiritually
  8. Be patient with their impatience
  9. Connect them with resources that can offer support
  10. Smile

 

Being compassionate and understanding to the caregiver will actually contribute to the patient's healing and inner peace.  It will also help the caregiver feel cared for, benefitting everyone involved.

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Here Comes The Sun With Happiness

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Are sunny skies overhead the key to a sunny disposition? New research from the United Arab Emirates shows a strong link between positive moods and time spent outdoors in sunlight.
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Unless you're a vampire you probably already know you feel better on a sunny day. Oh sure sometimes it's the rain that makes you smile, but for most of us it's the sun.


Here's a new study that shows that the sun is even stronger than many of us thought when it comes to our mood and depression.


As if we needed an excuse to get outside for a daily walk on our favorite hiking trail. So unplug your technology and head outside everyday for some fresh air and sunshine, you'll think clearer, get along with people better and your reflexes will be faster when you do play a video game.

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