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These 3 mindful breathing exercises will help you reduce stress and calm down

Are you feeling a little stressed? Don’t worry; you’re not alone.  According to a recent study, more than three-quarters of Americans say they’ve felt stressed in the past month, and one quarter says they’ve been extremely stressed. So how can we experience some calm? Generally, the most effective and straightforward approach is with breathing exercises. Why? Because when the body is stressed it moves into fight or flight mode. While this helps us deal with situations that require quick action, it causes problems when the response is provoked continuously by day-to-day events, such as money issues or relationship woes. By using breathing techniques, it tricks the body into relaxing.  According to Live Strong, this is because breathing slowly “activates the hypothalamus”, which...

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Lessons from a Life Lost Too Soon: Don’t Let Your Inner Critic Destroy You

“What you tell yourself every day will lift you up or tear you down. Choose wisely.” ~Unknown It was a story I just couldn’t get out of my head. A young teen had died in a town not far from where I live, a town where I used to live. I knew people who had kids who knew this girl. I heard she was a swimmer, bright and popular. At first the talk was about how she’d died. I heard someone surmise that she was killed. Someone else said it was a horrible accident, and of course, there were murmurings that maybe she had done it herself. And then, I heard nothing. Months passed and I eventually put the whole...

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A Mindfulness Expert Reveals 10 Ways to Calm Down When Anxiety Strikes

Anxiety is a big problem for western society. According to recent statistics, more than 3.3 million American adults have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. And that doesn’t include people who haven’t sought help. However, there are several natural ways you can reduce anxiety. Below we’re going to go over Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein’s 10 mindfulness strategies to reduce anxiety. 1) First, slow down. When anxiety hits, everything speeds up. Our thoughts race, our heart pounds and our breathing increases. This can make it difficult to think rationally. Consciously try to move a little slower and slow down your breathing. 2) Come to your senses While anxiety lives in the mind, it often comes out in the body. One of the best...

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8 simple steps to handling negative emotions

Emotions can be the best things in the world, especially when you are feeling love, happiness, and ecstasy. But they can also be your living nightmares when you experience the worst of the worst: anxiety, depression, anger, absolute loneliness. When we are children, we are taught to seek out for the positive emotions and hide away from the negative emotions. This leaves us emotionally stunted as adults, because we end up without knowing how to handle negativity in a healthy manner. We lose jobs, partners, relationships, and everything we’ve built at times, simply because we didn’t know how to handle negativity the right way. So the next time you experience negative emotions, here are 8 ways you can make the...

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How to Tackle Fear and Anxiety Cognitively, Behaviorally, and Spiritually

“The beautiful thing about fear is that when you run to it, it runs away.” ~Robin Sharma During my first-grade choir concert, my classmate, Meg, fainted from the top row of the bleachers, and in a subconscious gesture of empathy, I went down right after her, breaking my glasses and flailing on the gymnasium floor. It’s possible that this triggered some kind of coping mechanism in my brain, because I started fainting again and again. One time I fainted at the dentist’s office—immediately after the dentist injected me with my first round of Novocain—then months later in a hospital parking lot after a small medical procedure. I also fainted a few days after getting my ears pierced. I was showing...

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