“Change one thing in your life, and it effects all your life”
44 ways to rejuvenate your life naturally:
1: Remember to breathe. Inhale. Exhale. You have approximately 26,000 breaths a day. How many are you aware of ?
2: Un-hunch your shoulders. It restricts your breath and holds in stress. Drop your shoulders, lengthen your neck, part your lips slightly to release tightness in your jaw and then breathe into your collar bones, feeling them spread and open as you relax this whole area of your body.
3: Seek silence. A study found that city dwellers may experience up to 73 days with less than 5 minutes silence. Silence helps to settle, calm and nourish your nervous system
4: Eat mindfully. Arrive at your meal. Get present. Take a few calming breaths to settle yourself down. Eat in a calm space. Avoid busy places that will aggravate your nervous system and stress your digestion. Do not multi task. Do not watch TV. Do not gulp. Smell, chew, taste and enjoy.
5: Buy a metal tongue scraper to remove the build up of toxins and bacteria (ama) that have formed on your tongue overnight. It also gently helps stimulate your organs which are connected to certain energy points on your tongue. Ayurvedic medicine recommends scraping your tongue first thing in the morning. It prevents toxins and bacteria being swallowed back into the body.
6: Yogic cleansing bath. Perfect for cleansing your aura and body from negative energies and toxins. Add 1lb baking soda, 1 cup sea salt to a full bath tub. Soak for 20 minutes. Repeat once a day for 7 days.
7: Improve Your Sleep. Remove all clutter and storage from under your bed and stop sleeping on stuff from the past.
8: Sipping hot water has a gentle cleansing action. 3 to 5 cups of hot water daily is a simple yet effective cleanse. It has a hormone balancing effect and warms your digestive organs.
9: “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are” Chinese Proverb
10: By repeating ” I trust” a chain reaction takes place flowing through your body, mind & then into your life. Things start to shift and change. It’s a great mantra to use when life becomes a little challenging.
11: Hum your stress away. Place one hand on top of your head & the other on your belly. Close your eyes, now hum. Feel the tingly vibration of your hum as it flows from your stomach to your head. Feel it clear away tight and tense energy. It has a very cooling and calming effect on both your thoughts and body.
12: If there is something worrying you, then change the way you are breathing. Anxious thoughts equals tense, tight and shallow breathing. Oxygenate your body and calm your nervous system with full belly breathing.
13: Power snack at your computer. Eat natural raw almonds, they are magnesium rich which encourages your nervous system and adrenals to relax.
14: Eat food that smiles. If fruit and vegetables could smile, I’m guessing organic and farmers market produce would always be smiling. They have traveled less and been grown with love. Processed foods are a convenient way to shorten your life.
15: Alternate nostril breathing calms an agitated mind, oxygenates your body, balances both hemispheres of the brain and balances your nervous systems. I personally find this one of the easiest way to take control of stress and tension. Click on the link below to learn how to practice alternate nostril breathing.
16: Focusing on any part of your body (including naval gazing, organs, chakra’s or even feet) has been shown to increase blood flow to the part of your body. Improve your bodies circulation with a little focused, mindful breathing.
17: Practice keeping your life simple and uncomplicated. Your stuff takes up more of your time and money than you think. We are realizing owning more stuff does not make us any happier in the long term. In fact, our stuff can be a burden, suck our time and energy, consume our focus and cause problems for the environment.
18: Ayurvedic healing mantra. Repeating “hoom” as a mantra, dispels negative states of mind, helps digestion and clears toxins. This sound is connected to your solar plexus chakra and will increase heat into your stomach area.
19: Walk barefoot, feel grounded and feel the difference. Walking barefoot is healthy for your feet.
20: “Breakfast should not be rushed or eaten on the way out of the door with car keys in your hand. This causes the nervous system to become agitated and disrupts digestion” Kester Marshall.
21: You know you are disconnected from your body, when you care more about emails, messages, the tv and gossip magazines than your own needs. Take regular time out from technology and the media to ground yourself and come back to your centre. Remember your body and your life needs your attention too.
22: A fun clutter busting game. Pick a number between 1 – 10, write on fridge/computer, and that’s the number of things you must clutter clear each day. Or try my favourites – pretend you are about to move overseas.
23: An affirmation is a handy tool for difficult times, and encourages you to respond with a confident calmness to a challenging situation. It’s ideal for attracting a healthier energy around you. 16 affirmations for difficult times.
24: Iron energy drink for your afternoon slump. Soak 6 almonds (preferably blanched), 2 dried dates, 1 dried fig 10/15 sultanas/raisins in 2/3 cup of water, then wiz.
25: The 3 arrivals is a fabulous well-being practice that encourages your mind, body and breath to arrive – into the present moment with awareness and calm. Arrive with your body by encouraging it to unwind and chill out. Arrive with your breath by simply noticing your inhales and exhales. Arrive with your mind by not getting involved with your thoughts. If you do nothing the mind arrives.
26: The essential oil cinnamon essential oil helps fights exhaustion & feelings of depression & weakness. Perfect for your oil burner when you come home from work.
27: If you suffer from anxiety or insomnia then a warm sesame oil foot massage before bed can work wonders. Warm sesame oil massaged daily over your body is said to be very grounding & nurturing. It helps stabilize your nervous system & kidneys. It is recommended to do first thing in the morning.
28: Avoid gossip. Gossip sends your energies into the opposite direction of where you really want to be going.
29: De-stress. Grab ear lobes between your thumb & index finger. Gently allow the weight of your arms to release tension from your neck & head.
30: My personal top 5 health tips. Breath into your belly, drink plenty of water, move, eat for energy and meditate.
31: Yoga detox tea. 1/4 tsp coriander seeds, 1/4 tsp of cummin seeds and 1/4tsp of fennel seeds. Mix with 1.5 litres of hot water. Sip throughout the day. (Note: This recipe was given to me by my Ayurvedic practitioner. I make this tea in my thermos each morning, so I can carry it everywhere with me)
32: Always relax your head first. When you focus on relaxing all parts of your head your body will follow. Soften and relax your forehead, scalp, cheeks, eyes and ears. Part your lips and teeth then feel the release of tension in your jaw and neck.
33: Chewing your vegetables in a natural de-stressor. It releases four times more serotonin says David Wolfe.
34: Stop wasting energy on other people’s business. Remember Byron Katie’s rule – There are 3 types of business. Your business, other peoples business and god’s business. Stick to your own business.
35: Deep breathers tend to live longer. They are generally healthier and more relaxed. Take three deep, gentle slow breaths right now. Never force.
36: Sooth your nerves by listening to the Blue Danube. Dr. Masuro Emoto has scientifically proven that whilst listening to the Blue Danube your nervous system will be revitalized. Emotionally it is nourishing for fatigue and stress whilst physical healing to the nervous system. Read my full article on it here:
37: Soak your tension away. Treat yourself to a healing bath. I cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) added to your bath water will relax your nervous system, draw out toxins, relax muscles and even reduce swelling.
38:Calm yourself before bed. Dab the essential oil “vetiver’ onto the souls of your feet. Vetiver has a very grounding and soothing effect on your nervous system.
39: Eat your water. Fruit is 90% water. Grapes and oranges can be as high as 98% water content. Dehydration effects the brain first. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy thinking. Lack of water is the number one reason for day time fatigue. The brain is the first place in the body to become dehydrated.
40: Lift your worries with a Buddhist kindness prayer. “May I be free of worry, May I be well, May I feel safe and at ease, May I be at peace”
41: Calm yourself down. Close your eyes. The eyes are linked to your nervous system. By softening your eyes you can trigger the relaxation of your entire body.
42: Reduce caffeine intake. Swap one cup of tea or coffee a day for a delicious mug of miso soup. It is highly nutritious and can be made in an instant.
42: Push away stress and drama. Spend longer on your exhale. It will create some much needed space between you and the busyness of the outside world.
43: Protect yourself from other people’s stresses: Carry a piece of unpolished black tourmaline (crystal) with you. Black tourmaline is well known to transmute negative energies. Attached to your water bottle to help improve the vibrational qualities of the water. Put under your pillow to help with disturbing dreams.
44: Improve your sleep and health by reducing your exposure to harmful electromagnetic radiation. Remove as many electrical appliances from your bedroom as possible. Never have anything electrical (this includes chargers) within arms reach of your head at night. Never sleep against a wall which adjoins the power box for the house. Lepidolite (in mica form) is a crystal I have used for around 10 years (under my pillow) to protect myself some harmful electromagnetic radiation. I also place a piece near my computer, TV and other frequently used electrical gadgets.
Peace, love and slow living xxx Carole
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Beside my bed:
After falling in love with “Dalai Lama’s Cat” I have equally loved reading The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie.
Again I learnt how to care for the mind and the benefits from looking at the bigger picture of life. We often forget.
If you’re curious about Buddhism, past lives and karma you will love this novel. It’s steeped in accurate Buddhism wisdom and guidance.xx Carole