Posts Tagged ‘sleep’
By Crista Alvey
The Dalai Lama said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” And why shouldn’t we pursue happiness? Not only does it feel good, it’s good for us. Positive emotions have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease by 50%. Happy people live longer and have better health. They are also more successful. When we’re positive, our brains are more motivated, engaged, creative, energetic, resilient, and productive.
And the good news is we can control a good amount of our happiness. Although 60% of our happiness is determined by our genes (50%) and our environment (10%), the remaining 40% is up to us: the daily activities and conscious choices we make. So our actions really can make a difference.
So take a few minutes to reflect on six habits that have been scientifically proven to make people happier, and make the decision to add one or more of them to your daily routine. You’ll be happy you did. Read more
By Melissa Stewart
For most of us, getting those recommended eight hours of sleep is difficult. Because of our active lifestyles, most will settle for a few hours a night. But skimping on Z’s has physical and cerebral implications, and it is imperative to our health to get adequate sleep.
Nancy Teeter RD, a registered dietitian nutritionist, spoke to us about the importance of getting enough sleep, and also about getting that sleep naturally.
“There’s a lot of need to really have adequate sleep,” Teeter said. “Sleep is when our physical restoration occurs. When we get less than six hours of sleep just on a single night, the following day the brain has rewired to send us [seeking] foods that we might consider comfort food.”
BY DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D.
Millions of people around the world suffer from some form of insomnia, including problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting enough restful sleep. Beyond biological disorders such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, the main reason is an active mind – we lie in bed ruminating about something that happened in the past, or worrying about something in the future. Read more
BY DAVID SIMON, M.D., Chopra Center co-founder
The holiday season is often a swirl of nonstop activity that can, if you let it, sweep you into a state of imbalance that leaves you feeling exhausted and susceptible to seasonal colds and flu. If you want to truly enjoy this special time of year, the best gift you can give yourself and your family is caring for yourself. Here are a few ways to nourish your mind-body balance this month—and throughout the coming year.
1.) Do one thing at a time. Rather than cooking with a phone in one hand and the TV blaring in the background, give yourself the gift of focused attention. Let yourself experience the aromas, textures, colors, tastes, and sensory pleasures of preparing and eating your special holiday meals. Read more
By Abigail Gilmore
It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget about your own welfare – especially after the holiday season has come and gone. It is important to take a step back and do something for you – to rejuvenate your mind, body, soul and spirit. Give yourself some time to recharge and refresh your inner self with our seven-day rejuvenation plan. Read more