This is a very stressful time for so many folks. I’m seeing more and more people, of all ages, struggling with fatigue and illness of one kind or another. The political situation is another big stressor for many of us. And it’s not just in the United States—but worrisome events are happening all over the world. It’s a time of uncertainty. If you are feeling derailed by the fast pace of life, health, relationship or financial concerns, here are a few suggestions to help restore your inner peace and serenity.
This seems obvious, but how often do you plow through your day, reaching for coffee or food in a feeble attempt to energize yourself, when clearly what you are actually needing is sleep? There is no substitute for sound, deep sleep. Yet, if you ignore your body’s fatigue signals, it’s likely that your entire sleep cycle will be disrupted. Instead, create a positive habit of going to bed every night at the same time. Listen to some relaxing music, to help you get into a restful, peaceful slumber.
It can be so tempting to stay tuned to your device. Yet, studies are indicating that too much screen time can have a devastating effect on your health. Like so many repetitive behaviors, checking your mobile phone every few minutes, is a bad habit that you can break.
For years, people came to see me for hypnosis, mostly to stop smoking and to lose weight. Now more and more people are reaching out for help because they are addicted to their computers, iPads and cell phones. Create boundaries that you stick to. For example, don’t bring your phone into restaurants or other social situations. Connect to the people who are actually with you, rather than your cyber “friends.”
Another rule that works really well is putting your screens away at least on hour before bedtime.
The more stressful life gets, the easier it is to grab food mindlessly. Night bingeing, stress eating, eating when you are not physically hungry or not eating when you actually are hungry, are all patterns that only increase your physical and mental stress level. Instead, plan ahead. Carry around healthy snacks with you. Choose your food mindfully, by asking yourself what your body is really needing in any given moment. Don’t starve yourself because that is likely to lead to a binge later. Treat your body with kindness by selecting whole, real, clean, unprocessed food. Make sure to eat enough protein.
Moving your body is one of the most effective ways to release muscle tension. When you are physically active, endorphins are released. These feel-good chemicals help you to make better life choices, creating a positive feedback loop. The happier you feel in the moment, the more likely you are to put out good vibes, which are likely to attract better circumstances to you. Even 10 minutes of movement can reduce your stress level and improve your mood.
If you want to stay sane in a crazy world, self-hypnosis, meditation and mindfulness are essential tools. Going inward and connecting to your deep heart and soul—your essence, is a way to gain clarity about your life’s purpose. Without meaning, you may be wandering through the passing days, like a rudderless ship. By tapping into your deeper subconscious mind, you can start to see yourself and your life from a wider lens. Opening your focus can help you to merge with deeper levels of joy, gratitude, wisdom and strength.
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