Reduce Stress With Present Moment Awareness

It’s happening again; tension in your shoulders squeezing you, stomach clenching, and that familiar vice grip of pressure in your head. Here comes the stress and overwhelm, visiting you with the same familiar list of stressful thoughts.

Great teachers like Buddha, or in our day Eckhart Tolle, offer present moment awareness as a way to reduce stress, release anger and improve health. We’ve all heard how wonderfully healing it is to be in present moment awareness with its seemingly illusive calm, so how do we get there?

Our mind unceasingly interprets the never-ending flow of information pouring into our brain. Every day, we experience upwards of 10,000 of these interpretations as thoughts, many of them running like a newsreel ticker, repeating the same stressful stories.

To fully experience the present moment we must find a way hush those thoughts, even for just a minute.

A quick, easy way to release the grip of stressful thoughts is with a gratitude practice. Gratitude instantly shifts the focus out of our head full of thoughts, and gets us back into the present moment.

Most of us weren’t taught a gratitude habit, instead we’re encouraged to consume a daily diet of bad news; things going wrong, diseases we could develop, and dangerous conflicts. We’re conditioned to stress by an unrelenting flow of information telling us to worry.

The primitive part of our brain that insured our survival kept us focused on danger; ignoring a rustle in the grass could result in becoming another predator’s next meal! Today, that part of our brain still functions, but instead of the tiger in the grass, we react to the stories stalking us; the tanking economy, the deteriorating environment, or the personal conflict we keep replaying in our mind. When we can’t turn it off, that fear brain overwhelms us with chronic stress.

The good news is that fear and gratitude can not occur together! It’s impossible for the mind to think stressful, fearful thoughts and be grateful at the same time! Gratitude quiets the fear brain and snaps us back into the peace of the present moment.

Gratitude Formula

First, find one thing that fills you with thankfulness. It can be the smallest of things; your brain will respond positively without caring about the size or value of your choice. Dwell for a few moments on why you are grateful for this thing, then let the why settle to the background of your gratefulness, like the blue sky on a softly clouded summer’s day.

Now, make a statement of gratitude: I am grateful for ____________.

For a few minutes repeat your gratefulness statement to yourself. Remember there is a subtle difference between thinking about gratitude and practicing gratitude. Let yourself feel grateful.

You can change your wording, such as; I am so thankful for______, or thank you so much for______, but stay with a simple phrase.You can thank yourself, your higher power, God, Gods or Goddess, it doesn’t matter as long as you feel grateful.

Are you so stressed you can’t come up with something? If you are reading this you are probably in the top percentage of the world population that has clean running water, food, and a bed. Are you able to take a breath? Focus on being thankful for your breath, softly repeating the word yes on your in-breath, and thank you on your out-breath.

After practicing your gratitude statement for a few minutes, notice how you feel. Are you more relaxed and calm? Did your muscles relax, even slightly, and your mind slow down? When practicing gratitude, your brain floods with specific neurotransmitters, the good stuff that creates pleasant feelings and counteracts stress!

When you feel stressful thoughts taking you out of the present moment, use this gratitude practice to bring yourself back. Keep a gratitude journal. Practice gratitude statements every day. Besides bringing you back to the present moment, reducing stress and increasing positive brain chemicals, you may find there is an abundance of things to be grateful for in your life, coloring your world with joy and peace!

How to Pick the Perfect Mother’s Day Present

When Mother’s Day comes around, it fills a lot of people with dread because they have to buy their mother the perfect gift. This can mean a lot of stress and if the present is not met with the perfect reaction, then they will stress about the gift for a few months afterwards.

If you are in this position this year, then you will know that level of stress feels, all over a gift for a person that you have known your whole life. It shouldn’t be this hard and sometimes it isn’t.

However, if you are approaching middle age, then you have a lot of mother’s day gifts behind you and you might be running out of ideas for what to get her. Therefore, the stress levels will rise and you might be in a state of panic over what to buy.

If this sounds familiar, then read on for some tips on how to get the perfect gift for your mother on Mother’s Day.

Ask Her

If you are not sure what she would want and you have no idea where to start, then you should think about asking her. It is likely that you will get the token mother answer and she will say, ‘nothing dear, just your love.’

She is trying to be nice but this answer is extremely irritating, especially since you honestly have no idea where to start. Try explaining to her that you are really stuck and this is her chance to get something that she really needs. She will probably give you an answer in this case.

Money or a Gift Card

You can the risk and give her money or a gift card. She might appreciate this, but the problem that you will have is that doing this does not look like you have put enough effort in.

She will think that she has been there for you her entire life and you can’t even be bothered to buy her a gift. She won’t know that you tried your hardest, but were not able to find anything for her.

It is recommended that you only give her money or a gift card if she explicitly asks for it; otherwise she is not going to like it.

Shopping

If you are stuck and you really don’t want to ask her what she wants, you could take her on a shopping mission. The trick here is to not tell her that you are looking for a gift, but to keep an eye on all the items she picks up to have a look at.

If she picks something up and then puts it back because it is too expensive for her, then you should take note and then go back later to buy it. She will really appreciate that you have been taking notice.

Jewellery

You can’t go wrong with jewellery, but you need to know what type of jewellery she likes. If you buy something that is too much for her, she might never wear it.

So, look in her jewellery box, take a picture of it if you have a smart phone, and buy something that is similar to what she already has, but not exactly the same. She will appreciate that you have took the time to find out what she really likes.

You could always take her into the store with you and ask her to choose something that she likes.

Organic Skin Care Products: Which To Use?

If you eat organic food and sleep on organic sheets, it makes sense that you might also add organic skin care products to the mix.

To some, this is news. The idea that you can put organic skin care products on your face might be a very new idea, but those involved with beauty products know what others are just finding out – organic skin care products can give your skin a level of care that traditional products can’t.

What makes a product organic?

As with any food product you might buy that’s labeled organic, any skin care product that is called organic must meet certain standards. Specifically, every ingredient in the product must be produced organically. Because some factory-made ingredients are far from organic, this also means that organic products are usually more natural and healthy for the skin than non-organic products.

Organic beauty products are ideal for sensitive skin and those with skin allergies. Sometimes they are much more effective than traditional products as well.

What products can be found in organic forms?

There are many products on the market today that are organic. They might not be as easy to find as non-organic products, but as more and more people seek out organics for food and other things, they will also begin to seek out more organic skin care and beauty products and that will make them easier to find over time.

Some of the best selling organic skin care products available today are Athena products.

The Athena 7 Minute Lift is a high quality product that has gotten rave reviews in recent months for its ability to provide visible benefit to the skin within 7 minutes. Those who use the product say that within those 7 minutes they notice that their skin is more lifted, firmer and looks suppler.

But the benefits go beyond the 7 minutes. Due to a unique and proprietary blend of organic ingredients, the cream can also help your skin age better over the long term, which gives you a one-two punch of immediate and future benefit.

Other Athena skin care products are getting attention these days, such as their stem cell serums thanks to the success of the 7 Minute Lift. Many of these products are also organic and provide benefit to the skin through the use of quality ingredients that are also completely naturally produced.

Other brands of organic skin care include Miessence which are not known for instant lift or anti wrinkle creams, but more for their organic cleansers which can accompany the use of a good organic wrinkle cream.

How can you find organic products?

In the past, you had to order from a specialty catalog in order to get organic skin care products, but these days the process is much simpler. You can order online (even sometimes including a sample you can try before you buy the entire jar or bottle of something) and you can find some of the products in health food stores.

Your best bet is to find an online store that sells these products. Order the sample and try the product out. If it works, you can then order the entire product. This will save you the investment if the product isn’t going to work.

Organic products are new and popular in skin care these days. Seek out some of these products and see what they can do for your skin.