BLISS OUT RIGHT NOW! 10 Things You Can Do To Get Your Bliss On
Posted on 15 October 2016
Long day, huh? Feeling a little stressed out? Yeah, me too. :-\
Don't be mean to yourself, do something kind for you today... When you just need to chillax and get the bliss going (without hitting the vino) here are some day time options you can try before Happy Hour!
Binaural Beats: The third sound is called a binaural beat, it's pretty friggen awesome if you ask me! Just be sure to use some good headphones, get comfy, and try a beat for relaxation, meditation or even Euphoria... I personally love my beats and trip out on them often. If I have to code something or really focus on troubleshooting an issue, I'll throw down some focus beats. I use this app on my iPad and it's fabulous!
Dark Chocolate: It feels decadent, tastes great, and has researched healthy benefits (1) (2) (3). One small study showed participants ate less junk food after eating dark chocolate. This did not happen with milk chocolate.Research points to flavanols – substances that help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function, improve cognitive function , and even provides UV protection for our skin! Dark chocolate has a higher proportion of flavanols than milk chocolate.
A higher percentage of cacao (cocoa) means a higher amount of flavanols.
I love to mix these dark nugs in with some raw macadamia nuts, raw Goji berries and raw sunflower seeds for a healthy, happy brain! They fill me up quickly and help to keep me in the happy place... especially when I am in the office under those terrible fluorescent lights and surrounded by beige furniture. As shown, here in this instagram pic!
Chew Gum: Dating back to 1939, a study in the journal, Science, reported that chewing was believed to relieve stress by letting go of excess energy and tension through muscle contraction. Here's some good stuff!
Look at nature... Hello, Sunshine! While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits.
Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker lighting cues trigger the brain to make another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping a person feel sleepy and go to sleep.
Smell some rosemary or lavender: Before you freak out, take a moment to smell the roses, or lavender or Rosemary... Many herbs can have a calming effect, I love Rosemary as it is touted to also stimulate your memory and calm your anxiety. Read this nice post on many herbs and how to use them! I personally love a lavender bath or rosemary essential oils simmering in the background while I work.
BREATH (sigh) Try the 4... 7...8 method: Develop this breathing technique by practicing it every day, twice a day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. Use it to deal with food cravings. Great for mild to moderate anxiety, this exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it. Learn more about Breathing Exercises.
Feign a smile: You know the saying, fake it till you make it...right? Well, it has merit! Many studies over time have proven that faking a smile will make you feel better. It's like an automatic response your body science recognizes when you put those smile muscles in to use... the same is true for a frown, it will make you feel frowny... so turn that frown upside down and
Eat an orange Get a good dose of vitamin C and refresh your being... grab a gorgeous organic orange and dig in! You'll feel better... promise!
CUP YOUR EYES & GAZE If your eyes get stressed out how can you relax? For shnizz... do dis! --> Gaze into the darkness
(It’s not as ominous as it sounds.) Put your elbows on the table. Close your eyes and cup them with your palms. Relax and gaze into the darkness. Hold this position for a couple of minutes.
Look at pics of cute animals And you know it's true! Looking at cute things makes us forget any little annoyances or discomfort... do it now, just cause your here and I'm here ... and here... (unless you are in the office and the firewall / internet police won't let you be happy and at peace :-)