Vacations are the perfect time to relax, refresh and recharge the mind, body and soul. But for many of us, finding our Zen can mean different things. For some an escape to the beach is all that's needed while others seek activities that release endorphins. Whatever your preference, there is no better destination to zen-out than the city that has it all -- Los Angeles.
Once we begin to understand how important breath is to our well being, how we stop breathing when we are stressed, how we breathe fast when we are excited or scared, how we exhale longer when we become relaxed -- once we begin to notice, we can use our breath to influence our mental and physical states.
Being on "The Bachelorette" was the most meaningful and life-changing experience. I found the love of my life and built a busy career (with a travel schedule to match). I'm extremely grateful for all of this, but I've also learned that carving out time for myself, free from work obligations and time with Shawn is required to create balance. That being said, finding the time can be a challenge. So, I've learned some tricks to being prepared when I find a moment to myself.
When I discovered the German word Waldensemkite -- the feeling of peace that one gets when being alone in the woods -- it made me wonder how real are these experiences? Did this invisible forest mist have an impact on me? As a scientist, I relish the experiment. So for one week, I would spend at least five minutes maximizing the human/tree interface, i.e. tree hugging.
When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.
The transitions between season don't always go smoothly. In any case, hormonal imbalances take place that can cause all sorts of physical and mental responses. Some experts say that spring fever or spring fatigue are a bit like having a "hangover" after a period of dormancy, perhaps a lighter version of what hibernating animals go through.
Back to school is a transition. After long summer days of swimming, playing baseball in the park and riding bikes with best friends, kids are suddenly expected to spend hours sitting still behind a desk. Finding focus in the classroom after summer break is a challenge for most children. One tool that can greatly help calm a child is meditation.
Life is stressful. You wake up late. Or you wake up with allergies or a headache. You make it out the door, only to get crushed in the subway, stuck in traffic, or nearly 'doored' on your bike. You get into work, and you are already behind. Sometimes it feels endless. As a naturally depressed and anxious person, here are some things I suggest you do to relax...