Quote of the week

I love this quote by swami sivananda, nobody knows what is around the corner, i know it sounds a bit cliche but we should try to take the most out of every day! Take the opportunity when it arises because you don’t know if it will again! Accept that job offer or say yes to that holiday. Live each day to the fullest as you never know what is round the corner!_There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living_ (1)

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Meditation, why should you do it?

I only discovered meditation a few months ago and boy do I wish I had found it earlier, as someone who suffers with anxiety and stress (especially during exam season!) I felt I needed to get away from it all but found I couldn’t. Until I discovered meditation, after reading the book of joy written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu I was fascinated to learn more. When I first started meditating I found it hard to stay focused as my mind would often wonder but I have since discovered the more you practice meditating the better you become at letting go of these distracting thoughts. So why should you meditate?

  • Relieve stress- In a eight week study carried out it was found that meditation reduced the amount of cytokines released (secreted from the immune system, has effects on other cells)

 

  1. Reduced anxiety- Due to the reduced stress levels, I often find the breathing pattern when meditating often reduces/relieves my anxiety and taking a few good deep breaths in really helps!

 

  1. Increases self- awareness- Meditation helps to focus your mind on your body and the way it is feeling thus gaining a stronger understanding of yourself.

 

  1. Increases attention span- I mentioned this earlier in the post but I have found myself being able to concentrate on subjects a lot longer since meditating. When meditating I can often focus my mind without having distracting thoughts for a longer period from when I first started!

If these benefits don’t make you want to start meditating I don’t know what will! Just give it a try I promise you’ll love it!

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Acts of kindness

Ever so often we go about our daily lives being immersed in the digital world constantly checking into twitter or Instagram always keeping up to date with the latest news. But how often do we look up from our phones and take note of the people around us? The old lady struggling to stand on the bus or the young mother struggling to get her pram on the train. Just delivering small acts of kindness can really make someone’s day even if it is something as simple as smiling at a passer by or offering your seat up on the bus.  Not only does it make the person who you are offering the kindness to feel happier it makes you feel happier! Only the other day I noticed a lady drop her watch in the street, I quickly notified her and gave her the watch and you know what she said? That I had restored her faith in humanity. She expected the watch would have been stolen and never to be seen again. So you never know just by showing kindness to another stranger you may be restoring their faith in humanity!

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The power of fitness

One of the ways I achieve positivity/happiness is by using fitness getting out for a run and breathing in the fresh air there is quite no other feeling like it, the blood pumping around my body and my legs aching. It feels strange saying its a good feeling, at the time it feels a lot different and you find yourself thinking what in the world possessed me to do this but once you’ve got your breath back and recovered you get that feeling. Almost a high of exercise. Not only does it help your physical health but your mental health. Studies have shown that physical activity improves our mood helping to feel content and calmer, relieving stress and has a positive impact on self-esteem! Now if that doesn’t encourage you to take part in some physical activity I don’t know what will! It doesn’t have to be anything to strenuous just a brisk walk can give you the same effects!

What activities do you do to make you feel positive/happy?

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Living with the light and the dark

Taking a walk the other day I noticed a parting in the sky one side was completely grey yet the other side was white and it made me start to think. We always live with the light and the dark sometimes we live in the light more than we live in the dark yet other times its the opposite way around. Its okay to live in the dark sometimes as long as we don’t stay there too long. I think life is about balancing that time that we spend between the two. Trying to live in the light constantly is draining both your mental and physical energy. But by living in-between the dark and light we can find a neutral balance dipping into both the light and dark but not being completely submerged. There are small things we can do with our day to make us in the light such as doing our favourite things running, meditating, blogging, what ever makes you happy. I think it’s important that we have things that bring light into our lives, things that we can look forward to but i think its also important to note that its okay to acknowledge the dark every now and again.

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Little bites of happiness

One of the fundamental ways to be happy for me is enjoying the moment, whether that is taking a minute out of your day to enjoy the sunshine or the tree’s blowing in the wind. Even taking the time to enjoy sounds, the birds singing in the trees or the laughing of one of your friends. So often in this ever changing world we forget to enjoy these little bites of happiness. Instead we are engrossed in our phones or social media constantly trying to keep up to date but in doing so we miss these moments. The moments in which are important to our well-being and overall happiness. So take some time out of your day to just enjoy these little bites of happiness, you won’t believe the difference it can make!

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