Morning Meditation

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Starting your day with a morning meditation is the perfect way to get yourself going. If you are experiencing a lot of stress or anxiety, then a short meditation in the morning may greatly improve how you feel throughout the day. Meditating in the morning can help influence how your day is going to go. Meditating has been found to have many health benefits. Meditating daily can help balance your emotions, boost your immunity, and increase your energy level. Those are just a few of the benefits of meditation, and the positive impacts of meditation can be different for everyone. The more regularly you meditate, the more benefits you will see.

One Medical provides tips on how to get started with a morning mediation. Here are five tips to help you through your meditation.

Dress Comfortably- One of the best parts of a morning meditation is that you can meditate in your pajamas. To stay warm, you may want to wear a sweatshirt or grab blanket.

Find a Quiet Place- If possible, find a place you can mediate in every morning. Make sure it is somewhere you will not be disturbed. You can make your space more comfortable with things like pillows and candles. The most important thing is that it is somewhere that you can sit comfortably.

Focus on Your Breath- Take deep breaths and feel your breath move through your body. You can also direct your attention to your third eye, the area just above the center of your eyebrows, and continue to breath in and out.

Relax Your Mind- Just let your thoughts come and go freely. Don’t focus too much on what comes into your mind. Let go of reactions to your thoughts.

Mediate Every Morning- It is important to keep practicing. Some mornings your meditation will be better than others, and that is okay. There might be mornings when you just want to sleep in, but try your best to still get to do your meditation. Remember the way you feel after your meditation, and overtime you will see the benefits of meditation.

There is no time like the present to start your morning meditation. All it takes is setting your alarm 10-15 minutes earlier to be able to do your meditation practice. Remember its important to try and stay in a rhythm and complete your morning meditation every day. If you think you need a little more guidance to be able to meditate there are many apps available to help you through a guided meditation that you may find helpful. There are also various videos to help assist you in your morning meditation as well. Try your morning meditation a few times to see what works best for you and stick with it. You will see all of the wonderful benefits of meditation in no time.

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

 

Holiday Diet

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means tasty dinners with even better desserts. In much regret, many people feel guilty for all the calories they consumed during the holidays and decide to start a new diet or working out hard after the new year. The main problem with this, however, is it seems many people are uneducated on different weight-loss diets that actually exist, and therefore give up on their New Year’s resolutions rather quickly. I am going to go over some of the most popular diets that may benefit you or someone you know who is trying to lose weight.

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The Paleo Diet: This diet brings us back to the days of our long last ancestors. It suggests that the consumption of only lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole foods, while completely eliminating any process foods, sugar, dairy and grains can cut some inches off your waist. Studies actually show that by eliminating these things from your diet, you tend to eat about 300-900 less calories a day.

 

Vegan Diet: Veganism is often confused with vegetarianism, as they do relate but also are quite different. As a vegan, you do all the same things a vegetarian does, BUT, you also cut out all animal derived products, such as dairy, eggs, or honey. A major benefit of this, is any dieter can cut weight without counting calories. Veganism allows you to eat until you are full, but with your diet mainly consisting of natural foods, your calorie count stays low.

 

Intermittent Fasting: The other diets I talk about earlier all limit the foods you are allowed to eat. What if a diet exists that lets you eat like normal, but restricts the times you can eat? Well there is one, and it’s called intermittent fasting. There is a plethora of different ways to go about this, but one of the most popular was is 16/8 Method. This suggests that you skip breakfast and restrict your daily eating period to just 8 hours, while fasting for the remaining 16. The main reason this is so popular, is because if you incorporate the time you sleep, which on average is about eight hours, you only have to fast for half of the time you are awake.

 

After enjoying that Thanksgiving dinner or looking back to all the holiday cookies you ate, you may decide you want to change things up, and go on a diet in 2018. I want to remind you to do more research upon a diet you may chose and ALWAYS pick the one that best fits you. Someone can talk your ear off about what works and what doesn’t, but nobody knows your body like you do, so make sure you listen to it.

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

-Tyler Kloss

 

 

For more information, check out Healthline’s article about weight-loss diets.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-weight-loss-diets-reviewed#section9