by Emeric Harney January 07, 2021 7 min read 2 Comments
“Don’t worry, be happy.” If only it were that easy, right? Seems like stressful situations are all around us, lurking around corners waiting to pounce just when we think we’ve got it all under control. That’s how it feels -- like we have no control. While that may be true in some instances, we can control how we manage stress.
De-stressing is another huge factor in being holistically healthy. Not only does stress affect us mentally, it affects us physically.It has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including mood, sleep, appetite problems, and even heart disease. Contributing to those health issues are the choices people often make when they are under stress, such as eating unhealthy food, lacking the energy or time to exercise, smoking, and/or drinking too much alcohol.
The good news is that we can make other, better choices with how we handle stress. We’ve put together some ideas and tips for managing your stress… instead of letting your stress manage you.
This traditional Ayurvedic beverage is blended with ingredients meant to calm and soothe away the day’s stresses. The star of the Golden Milk Glimmer show is turmeric, which is not just for curry anymore!Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical that is responsible for turmeric’s golden color and is also a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Rounding out Golden Milk’s calming ingredients:
There are lots of techniques and practices you can employ when life starts to stress you out.
Whether it’s firing up your favorite tv or movie comedy, watching a comedian do stand-up, a series of silly cat videos, or someone trying to work the remote after you took the batteries out (oops!), find your “Stay Calm and Laugh On” go-to.
There are many, many types of meditation; explore your options, talk to friends, see what feels right for you. No matter what type you try, you can’t get better advice on how to meditate than from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who said:
“Generally speaking, our mind is predominantly directed towards external objects. Our attention follows after the sense experiences. It remains at a predominantly sensory and conceptual level. In other words, normally our awareness is directed towards physical sensory experiences and mental concepts. But in this exercise, what you should do is to withdraw your mind inward; don’t let it chase after or pay attention to sensory objects. At the same time, don’t allow it to be so totally withdrawn that there is a kind of dullness or lack of mindfulness. You should maintain a very full state of alertness and mindfulness, and thentry to see the natural state of your consciousness—a state in which your consciousness is not afflicted by thoughts of the past, the things that have happened, your memories and remembrances; nor is it afflicted by thoughts of the future, like your future plans, anticipations, fears, and hopes. But rather, try to remain in a natural and neutral state.”
Benefits of meditation include:
Indulge in this before bed rather than an unhealthy snack or sugary dessert. Make it hot or cold, it’s up to you.
Podcasts. If there’s a good reason to plug in, it’s to listen to a podcast that helps you de-stress. We found these and thought we’d share them with you.
Apps. Calm is the #1 app for meditation and sleep. And Waking Up is “a guide for understanding the mind, for the purpose of living a more balanced and fulfilling life.” Sounds good to us!
Books. Here are a few books we found to help you find your happy place.
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To live your best calm life, remember to breathe in, breathe out, and Harney on!
February 01, 2021
I just made my first cup of Golden Milk. I happen to like a lot of “heat” but I think some people might be surprised by how much is in it! I don’t really taste anything else of “flavor.” Since it was only this one cup so far, I may introduce other flavors or “aromas” as I don’t sense much of that, either. I’m not saying that I dislike it. I’m drinking it for the benefits. I’ll give it a second go.
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February 04, 2021
Enjoying my second go at a cup of Golden Milk. This time, I added honey and rose water. I still feel that, for me, it needs some more “nose” and/or flavor added to compliment the “heat.” If I can get some, maybe a splash of condensed milk. (I’d probably forgo the honey, then.)