Is There Life On Mars?

David Robert Jones (David Bowie) 1/8/1947-1/10/2016

He was an amazingly talented singer, actor, artist, songwriter, producer, and overall wonderful human being who was never afraid to push the envelope further for the sake of his love of music and artistic style. He revolutionized the music industry with his mix of androgyny, glam-rock, pop, and electronics, completely pushing the boundaries of traditional rock in the 1970s. Of course, for me, being a child of the 1980’s, he will always be the Goblin King. Long live the king.

Rest in peace David Bowie, your legacy will never be forgotten.


 

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Stress and Anxiety – What to do?

 

Shakiness, heart rate increasing, dry mouth, tunnel vision. Any of these sound familiar? Pretty much everyone has experienced anxiety every now and then. Anxiety is a natural physiological “fight or flight” response that allows a person to act quickly in times of crisis. Your adrenaline will go up, as will your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cortisol levels.

Why do we have this response? Like animals, we were once nomadic scavengers moving through the world from location-to-location to find food, shelter, and a temperate environment to live. Like animals living in the wild today, there is always a threat of an attack.

The “fight or flight” response that leads to the build-up of panic and anxiety that you immediately feel is your body preparing itself for a morbid scenario that requires the body to either defend itself or run as fast as the wind away from it’s potential doom. This is merely an evolutionary left-over, one that our animal friends find useful and one that we find, more often than not, horrifying.

You normally don’t expect a lion to jump at you as you leave your cubicle, you also don’t expect your computer monitor, keyboard, or mouse to suddenly grow teeth and try to take a bite out of you. No, in todays society that “deadly predator” is typically the boss demanding a quick deadline, an overload of workflow, or the aggravating office gossip and banter. Did I mention bills and taxes?

So what can you do about anxiety?

One of the best ways to reduce anxiety is to focus on your breathing. If you’re at work, perhaps go to a bathroom stall, otherwise find a comfortable spot. Close your eyes, relax your muscles, and begin to inhale deeply and exhale deeply. Let your mind stay clear of anything and everything besides the breathing.

Think positively. It might sound too simple, but many times it helps. Reappraisal is when you reassess a situation that is causing you great distress and look at the big picture of what the actual outcomes and meaning of that situation in relation to yourself. When all is said and done what does it mean a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years?

Try meditation or yoga. We talked about meditation in the previous article and the ways it can help you to recover from a distressed state of mind. Yoga similarly is a great technique to help with stressers. Yoga can combine breathing exercises, a little bit of exercise, and the mindfulness of meditation in one package. Many beginners wrongfully try advanced yoga positions and techniques – don’t. Start off simple with easy to learn yoga help found online.

Eating right. This is something that, again, many people take for granted. People don’t usually correlate the food you eat with your mood or stress levels. The old saying “you are what you eat” is correct in many ways. Studies have shown the trans-fats and chemicals found in fast-food and processed food to not only lead to a cycle of addiction to such foods, but also to depression and difficulty with self-regulating your emotions. Watch the number of calories you eat, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and try to eat whole and organic when possible.

Other techniques include exercise (studies have shown this to be extremely successful in helping anxiety), laughter, socializing with friends, sex (yes, that’s right – sex helps anxiety), playing games, music therapy, art therapy, writing (it’s helping me right now in fact!), walking, gardening, aromatherapy, taking up hobbies to focus your mind, and many other techniques.

As for supplements, lower caffeine intake when possible, also drinking green tea (L-Theanine), or even white tea, can help with stress. Some over the counter pill supplements at a vitamin shop or herbal teas are said anecdotally to relief mild cases anxiety and stress. Chamomile, Ginkgo, Valerian, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Passionflower, Omega-3s, Rhodiola, Skullcap, and Ayurvedic, just to name a few. Taking a daily vitamin supplement and mineral supplement (many minerals have been shown to help anxiety) helps greatly too. Vitamin C is especially well known for not only helping the immune system, but helping greatly with anxiety.

Lastly, if you find yourself feeling extremely anxious, stressed, or if you have panic attacks, don’t just rely on the above. You could have an anxiety disorder, which can sometimes be co-morbid with depression and personality disorders. Firstly, consult your doctor before trying the techniques above and taking any of the mentioned supplements as, depending on the individual, they may be hurtful rather than helpful, depending on the individual. Secondly, see a therapist, psychologist, counselor, or clinical social worker to talk to about your problems and see how they can help. If your doctor or therapist feel it is necessary, consider seeing a psychiatrist who may have to prescribe psychiatric medication. If so, mentioned to your psychiatrist about any of the herbs taken above, as some can be dangerous when mixed with psychiatric medication. Don’t risk your health and always do what is best for you. Thanks for reading and I hope this article helped.


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How Is Meditation Good for You?

Meditation is a practice that has its roots deeply embedded strongly in human civilization. Its origins are unknown, but it has existed before recorded history and has been promoted over time as chants, or breathing exercises, that were both rhythmic and repetitious in prehistoric religions. Among the earliest recordings of meditation were among the Hindu around 1500 BCE. Followed by the Buddhists, Taoists, and others of eastern tradition and philosophy. Eventually the naturally healing practice of meditation made its way across the world, among the Jews, and then the Europeans. Today, both traditional and modern medicine consider it an extremely beneficial exercise in human well-being and inner-harmony.

So what benefits can be expected by performing this age-old practice, almost as old as mankind itself?

Among the many benefits include the ability to increase our attention, awareness, and memory. The great news? These benefits continue well beyond we are done meditating. So if you find your brain scattered at times and unable to focus on your current project – try meditating the night before. You may be surprised by the result the next day.

Meditation is also intricately linked with anxiety relief. It allows the brain to somewhat “shut down” you could say from all of the external stimuli going on around you on a daily basis. Work meetings, College exams, negative people, and situations in your life, all seem to melt away during those precious moments of clear inner peace. Sometimes the mind needs a reboot from the various stressful situations we find ourselves in and meditation can clear the mind of cluttered, stressful thoughts, allowing more focus and creativity.

Empathy and compassion were other traits that have been found to be directly linked with meditation and the way it affects us. While we may sometimes overlook the need for external empathy towards others in favor of alleviating internal pain – such as anxiety or fear through meditation, it is also important to consider this remarkable discovery. The world could use more compassionate people who think deeply about their role in the world and how it affects others.

Sometimes it can only take a few minutes of sitting in a quiet room with no distractions and focusing on your breathing. You can also listen to relaxing and calming music while you meditate to help put you in the right mood to let all of your problems go away. That’s it!

Lastly, this article covers just a portion of what meditation can do for you and others. While many these days “know” to some degree what meditation is and that there are different methods, many do not practice it daily. Meditation for beginners can be one of the simplest activities you can do to help yourself, so begin today and continue on your journey to a better you.


 

The subconscious is an amazing part of the mind. Subliminal cues to the mind can help with phobias, addictions, self improvement and a greater sense of well-being.

Click here to visit Sprudio Subliminal.