How to Stop Sugar Addiction

Many of us eat too much sugar, in this post I will try to show you how to stop sugar addiction. As you may of seen on a previous post of mine, why sugar addiction is bad for you, that you more chance of diabetes, increases inflammation, problems like heart disease, and other mental and physical problems, you may of decided to try and kick your sugar addiction. We get addicted…

Guided Meditation For Beginners

Guided meditation is a way to meditate by using guidance from a teacher, practitioner, written text, sound recording or video. It is a way to meditate through the above mediums, comprising of music, verbal instruction or both. Many people when faced with the thought of starting meditation for the first time to help with their mental wellbeing, feel overwhelmed of the thought of where to begin. The guided meditation will…

Sugar Cravings – Why we Crave Sweets And How To Stop It

Sugar cravings - Why we crave sweets and how to stop it. This article first appeared on Sweetdefeat. The human body emits a lot of signals, and sometimes we can pick up on these signals to improve our health. However, sometimes the body gives off subtle, yet challenging signals that we tend to ignore or push aside. In world of health and wellness, sugar cravings are one of the most…

11 Things You Should Never Do In The Morning

Most people struggle first thing in the morning, however there are a few things you should never do in the morning. We often start our day on autopilot and go through our daily morning routine, not really thinking of our wellbeing. Once you get yourself into a good morning routine, you will find your mood will improve, and have more energy for the day ahead. Not every morning will be…

Mindful Awareness Practices

Mindful awareness practices can be incorporated into everyday life, to help you to enjoy the present moment. Things that we all take for granted which we all do daily, can become less tedious. How many times in the day do we rush to get things done, and not be in the 'Now.' We're constantly thinking about what we have to do next when before we have even finished our present…

Mindful Walking Meditation

The mindful walking meditation is another mindful exercise that can be incorporated into our daily lives. It is an excellent way to clear the clutter in our minds, and find our focus. When you mindfully walk we use all of our senses, touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing, that bring the attention to our surroundings. The walking meditation is more than strolling around, we are training our mind to become…

How to Meditate For Beginners

Learning how to meditate can have many benefits that will improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Preparation for Meditation 1. Set aside your time to meditate When you have decided that you want to start meditating, a good start is to set aside a time in the day you wish to meditate. This could be either first thing in the morning, or last thing at night, you might decide to…

Mindful Listening

What is Mindful Listening? Mindful listening is something that the majority of people struggle to master, and may need help with, but there are a few people do it naturally. Have you noticed people in your life who you feel you can talk to, and like taking too, because you feel that they are listening. They listen without judgement, and seem to listen to every word you say, they are…

Mindfulness For Stress Relief

Mindfulness is the practice of being completely aware and free from judgment, which will help in stress relief. When you are mindful, you are at peace because you are simply observing all that is happening within you, to you and around you, withholding judgment and reaction. Stress related behaviours are not necessarily about the environment, but more about how the individual reacts to it. Two people doing exactly the same…

What is Serotonin and its Functions?

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released by the pineal gland of the brain, and has an effect on the whole body. It is sometimes called the happy chemical because it is believed to contribute towards our wellbeing. It is known scientifically as 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT and can be found in the brain, bowels and the blood platelets. Also plays an active in regulating moods, social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and…

Journaling For Self Improvement

Journaling is a tool we can use for self improvement, we record the day's events and record our memories by writing down in a journal. We can use journaling to explore ourselves and grow as a person, and improve our mental wellbeing. The reason why it is beneficial to our mental health, is because it allows us to examine how we think and feel. Therefore we learn how our minds…

Mindful Movement Meditation

The mindful movement meditation works well to clear your busy mind in preparation to meditate. By focusing on the breath while doing some simple mindful movements you can synchronize your mind and body with breath and rhythm. What happens when you do that, even after just a few minutes, is that you begin to pause and start to focus. How to do the Mindful Movement Meditation Practice For Body And…

18 Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness exercises are great for reducing the symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress when used as your daily routine. There are many ways that mindfulness exercises can be incorporated into your life to improve your wellbeing. Mindfulness will help bring you into the present moment to stop worrying about the past or future and enjoy life more. While it is impossible to do all of the following mindfulness exercises everyday,…

Dopamine and Serotonin Imbalance

Our mental health can be effected due to dopamine and serotonin imbalance which if not addressed, can lead to problems. How dopamine and serotonin effects on our mental health In life sometimes, why do we either put all our effort into something, and become totally obsessed and addicted. We exercise, take drugs or eat food in excess for example, or one the other hand, just can't be bothered with anything. In…

How to Increase Dopamine Levels Naturally

The best way to learn how to increase dopamine levels is to do it naturally, because if you increase it through self medicating addictive behaviours such as drugs, caffeine, shopping and so forth. You will inevitably cause problems with your dopamine production, which will not be very beneficial for your long term health. 14 Ways to show you how to increase dopamine levels naturally 1. Increase Your Tyrosine Tyrosine is…

What is Mindfulness and its benefits?

Mindfulness is being aware of bringing yourself in the present, deliberately and without judging the experience. So just imagine going for a walk in the woods, and you notice every little detail you come across, the trees, birds and the flowers that you encounter. By doing this, we are reconnecting to the simple things in life, and by truly living in the moment. It's nice to sense peacefulness, and we…

Body Scan Meditation

The aim of the body scan meditation is to simply bring your body and mind together as a whole. This mindfulness exercise makes you pay attention around your body, concentrating on a specific area, in a non judgemental awareness for a while. Then you disengage the attention to that area, before moving on to another part of the body. Doing this body scan meditation will help you discover a sense…

What is Dopamine and its Functions?

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is commonly known as the "feel good" factor, as its primary function is linked to the pleasure and reward responses. Its what keeps us motivated to achieve our dreams and goals, and deepest desires. However if our levels are too high or too low, it can cause symptoms, if too high can lead too schizophrenia, or if too low can cause Parkinson's disease. What is…

The Raisin Meditation

You will need to set aside just five or ten minutes, to do the raisin meditation mindfulness exercise. So make sure you won't get disturbed by friends or family or your phone so you can concentrate fully. You will need some raisins, also a piece of paper and a pen, to write down your feelings and reactions. You will be eating the raisins (or any other dried fruit) in a…

Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation has been proven with many psychological studies. People who meditate on a regular basis, are more happier and content than the average person, as it increases mindfulness. This is a really positive benefit for your mental and physical health, as this is linked to a longer and healthier life. 9. Benefits of meditation for self improvement 1. Helps with Stress related illnesses The first thing it…

Why Sugar Addiction is Bad for your Health

Sugar addiction can seriously affect not just your physical, but also your mental health. This can lead to weight gain, especially around the waist, gives you an instant high, followed by drop in mood, so you have mood swings. This in turn can create problems with depression, and also can create those anxious feelings, so it is a vicious circle, you get low afterwards, so the next thing you do…

Benefits of Waking up Early

There are a lot of benefits to waking up early, from 5am to 6am, whatever suits your new lifestyle change. Most people go to bed around 11pm and beyond, and this effects what time they rise out of bed, which is normally later than 7am. The thought of getting up early put the fear in most people, but if you pass this stage, you will find that you will notice…

Benefits of Cold Showers – Comfort Zone Killers

Improve your wellbeing with cold showers A study published in 2007 found that the benefits of cold showers can even lower levels of depression, and some people say more effective than antidepressants. Another study in 1993 said it can strengthen your immunity system by increasing the amount of white blood cells in your body, the same study found that men who took cold showers caused an increase in testosterone production.…

How to Find your Passion in Life

Well the first thing you must do to find your passion in life is change where you get your dopamine from. This is a chemical released by the brain to reward you, keep you motivated and give you pleasure. In the past we had to acquire our dopamine the hard way, we had to physically go out and grow crops and hunt, if we didn't we would starve to death.…

Kaizen, A Way to Combat Laziness and Form Good Habits

Kaizen is a way to form good habits as this can overcome laziness, and create a better well balanced life. How many times have we all decided that there was something that we wanted to do, but very soon we gave up, from some form of exercise, meditation or some other goal or challenge. Yet all too often we either don't get started or give up within a few days,…