Alleviating one’s anxiety and depression can seem like a daunting task. It is not the easiest concept to grasp, so please don’t make the same mistake that I made when I started out on my own journey by thinking that I could do it all by myself. By seeking out wisdom from the people who have walked this road before you, you will help yourself immensely.
Wisdom, and sometimes even inspiration, can come from different places. I like going to quotes when I need a little help. I have strategically placed quotes in many different places, so I am always reading something to snap me back into the present moment if I have fallen out of it. When we are present, we aren’t anxious and we can take a closer look at the other emotions that might be present within us.
When your find your focus drifting to the events of the world around you, look to those who came before us and have tackled similar issues. What was their wisdom? How did they find their way through trying...
3 Easy Ways to Lower Your Heart Rate When Feeling Anxious or Stressed by Dannie De Novo
The easiest way to lower your heart rate is to do regular exercise—“regular” being the operative word. It’s also the most effective way as the benefits continue much longer than the actual exercise is taking place.
#2 Keep your body hydrated
When your body is dehydrated, your heart has to work harder to keep the blood flowing throughout your body. This just makes your body feel more stressed. Blood pressure and heart rate go hand in hand. So, drink your water and…
#3 Limit caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants
Stimulants can cause dehydration, which we want to avoid. They also “stimulate” the sympathetic nervous system and increase blood pressure and your breathing rate, which adds more stress to your heart. Stay away from the stimulants before bed and before exercise.
And, while you’re at it, limit...
Almonds can help reduce anxiety by increasing your levels of magnesium and Vitamin E. Magnesium helps you raise your serotonin levels, which helps regulate your mood and Vitamin E has been found to help prevent anxiety.
If you don’t like eating almonds, you can always drink a little almond milk or put some in your latte, but honestly, if you grind them up you can easily add some to cereal, yogurt, or you can get them in your…
Research indicates that the flavonols found in dark chocolate increase blood flow to the brain and enhance signaling pathways. A better-functioning brain means you are better able to cope with stress and anxiety. It also helps you learn and be more productive.
And if you are one of those people who reaches for food as a coping mechanism for anxiety and depression (a behavior I hope you will work on changing) then consider grabbing some dark chocolate. It is better for your body than milk chocolate, and unlike other...
5 Steps to Forgiving Yourself
By Dannie De Novo
I talk a lot about forgiveness—forgiveness of the past, forgiveness of self. But how do you let go and abandon ideas or feelings that have a profound grip on your heart and soul?
You just let go.
Easier said than done, I know it! So, below I have given you 5 steps to help you on your forgiveness journey.
Step 1 keep the past out of the present and the future
The past is in the past. Leave it there. There is absolutely nothing you can do to change it. No amount of guilt or shame or anger or hatred will change it. No amount of wishing for a different past will yield one. So, let it go.
Start paying attention to your thoughts. If you are harboring thoughts of hatred toward yourself (or others), you haven’t forgiven. If you become upset when thinking about a past situation, you haven’t forgiven. Carrying around these emotions with you today and into the future is only harming you. You don’t need to perpetually punish...
In a somewhat recent announcement, Sex and the City fans happily heard that the series was gearing up for a later-in-life reboot. This news garnered great delight and praise; however, that excitement flattened when SATC devotees learned that the Samantha Jones character, the genuine “sex” in Sex and the City who helped form the SATC legacy, would not be returning for this particular run.
It has been rumored that Sarah Jessica Parker, who spearheads the series with the role of Carrie Bradshaw, and Kim Cattrall (the actress who portrays Samantha) have difficulty getting along. And while I appreciate that situation might make working together problematic, I find it hard to swallow that a personal disagreement has diminished a highly valued television series from one of brilliance into a show now lacking integrity, continuity, and quite frankly, magic all because two people cannot set aside their personal differences (while pretending to individuals other than themselves)...
Patience is the quiet act of persevering in the dark until clarity or certainty reveals itself in the light. When we are patient, we allow the Universe to do its beautiful work without stressing ourselves over nor nagging the Universe about the ultimate outcome. Patience is our gateway to peace of mind. With patience, comes grit…with grit comes longevity…and with longevity comes success.
The pandemic kicked us in the #&%. Let’s be honest. We could all use a little self-love and pick-me-up…so here are 3 ways to show yourself some love post pandemic…
#1 Write yourself a love letter
Who better to appreciate yourself…well, than yourself? Grab yourself a nice frozen Marg and sit down with a fancy notepad and pen. Spend just 20 short minutes listing all the reasons why you love yourself and all the ways you make the lives of others around you better. Give yourself genuine compliments. Don’t be stingy! You will see that you contribute much more than you thought and that you deserve to be loved, recognized, and appreciated!
#2 Indulge a little
That’s right! It is finally time to enjoy yourself again! Eat that slice of pie for dessert or have some wine. Stay out late. Go outside and meet people (smartly, of course). Go to the spa. Buy yourself that extra special gift you have been craving all year long. Appreciate the good...