Showing posts with label motivation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label motivation. Show all posts

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Natural Stress Relief Herbs

Long term stress can be horrible for our health; it keeps us from sleeping, zaps our energy, makes us look and feel older, and can contribute to various health problems. That's why it's important to take time for stress relief. One way to do this is by using natural herbs. You can use them in tea or supplement form to help you feel calm and relaxed. There are a lot of remedies for stress out there; here are some of the most effective:

Kava kava. This herb has not only been used for stress relief and relaxation, but also for easing anxiety and curing insomnia. The effects are considered to be similar to the prescription drug valium, but generally without the "mental fog" feeling. Since the effects are so potent, you should be careful what you do after taking it until you know how it affects you.

Lavender. Lavender has an analgesic (pain relieving) and calming effect. You can massage the oil into your skin, put drops of it in a bath, or just rub a small amount on your temples for a soothing and relaxing effect.

Valerian. This is one of the most widely used herbs for curing insomnia. It calms the nervous system, making you feel calm and relaxed instead of stressed. In addition, since it helps you get a great night's sleep, you'll feel more refreshed and ready to face the next day.

Reishi. This is a great supplement to take if you find your stress is caused by a constantly racing mind. This herb produces a calm, clear mind and helps cure anxiety without making you feel sleepy or sedated. It can also help you sleep if you have trouble "turning off" your brain at night.


Unlike prescription drugs, most herbal supplements require longer periods of time to notice the full effect. If taken properly and with patience, these herbs can provide a natural and effective alternative to drugs with fewer side effects. Talk to your licensed health care practitioner before starting any herbal supplement because they may have drug interactions.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Surprising Health Benefits Of Pet Ownership

You've probably heard that pets are good for your health and help you live a longer, happier life. A recent study actually showed that having a dog is better for your health than owning a cat. Pets of all kinds, especially dogs, make a great addition to almost any family.

Getting plenty of exercise is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle, but some of us don't get up and move as much as we should. While most people have every intention of following and exercise plan, they end up skipping workouts because they're busy, bored by them, or just not in the mood. This is where having a dog is great. What better motivator to get up and move do you have than a dog that jumps on your lap or gives you the sad face because they want to go for a walk? If you have the responsibility of a dog, you're going to have the motivation to move more often (especially if you don't have a fenced yard).

Touch can help make us feel more comfortable and relaxed. Studies have shown that the simple act of petting and animal can help reduce tension and cause an immediate drop in blood pressure. That's a great benefit to have when so many common disorders today are preventable by reducing stress. Imagine being able to have lower blood pressure and less risk of heart disease simply by having your dog there. Of course, you should also consider that in some cases dogs can also raise your stress levels; a great reason to start training your dog early.


Just like dogs, humans are social creatures. We feel better when there's someone else with us ad get lonely and upset when we're alone for extended period's of time. Having a pet at home can give us the feelings of love and attention. Plus, pets aren't like people, they don't care if we didn't do our chores, they show unconditional love that can improve mood and make us feel more accepted. Dogs are so good at making people feel loved; they're often used to treat people with depression. It's hard to feel down when there's a constant smiling face by your side. The companionship of a dog is so beneficial that older people who live alone and have pets live longer than those who live alone and don't have pets.

Studies have also shown that kids who grow up with pets are less likely to suffer from ashtma and allergies.

So if you're thinking of getting a dog, but you're on the fence, remember that dogs can help you get fit, and make you feel less stressed or lonely. Studies have shown dog owners get sick less, recover faster, and even live longer. Dog ownership has surprising benefits to your health!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Negative Thinking And Your Health

The modern Mom deals with many pressures in her life. Whether it is raising families, trying to earn a living, keeping up with the kids and household chores, or a myriad of other things we deal with on a day-to-day basis.

When we're feeling stressed, we may find ourselves resorting to negative thinking and complaining, using negative words and becoming quite depressed afterwards. Sometimes we become physically tired from the depressive thoughts that creep in, and we can't get out of bed or do a simple chore. The effects of negative thinking can and do have serious health consequences.

Negative thinking can lead to headaches, body aches and a host of health-related conditions that we might not normally experience. While depression can be a culprit, negativity can cause feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, fear and anxiety. These feelings will generally result in an overall feeling of hopelessness. These feelings can increase our risk of heart attack and strokes.

Negative Thinking And Your Health
In addition, negative thinking tends to increase our experience of stress, and stress is the number one cause of major health problems today. While it's not easy to stay positive in a world that's often negative, the idea is to focus on your blessings and those of your family. Stay focused on what you can control, not what is totally out of your control. Eliminate negative news, people and situations as much as you can.

Positive thinking people are been shown to be less likely to get sick. It's worth the time and effort to have the discipline of focusing on the positive. Try to keep a positive view of the world and look for the good in others and in situations. Cultivate the habit of appreciating the moment and not worrying. After all, it doesn't make sense to worry about things you can't control, and if you can control something, take action to improve the situation. Experts have said that 96% of worrying is useless, so why not cut it out?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Positive Thinking and Health


Positive thinking is synonymous with good health. Numerous studies have shown a link between positive focus and greater health, and conversely, being in a state of depression or even negativity will worsen or lead to more illness. This was even written about in ancient texts like the Bible, which states that a happy heart is the life of the flesh.

There have been countless stories written about men and women who lived to be a hundred or more. When asked what attributed to their longevity part of the answer would always include the words "positive outlook" and a "happy focus."

One way to avoid focusing on the negative is to stop trying to control everything and everyone, and learn to enjoy the moment. Overcontrol just leads to more depression, stress and negativity. Control only that which you can, which is your thoughts and actions, and leave the rest along. Surround yourself with positive people and limit contact with toxic individuals, even if they're family.

Think Positive Live PositiveOne way positive thinking can be attained is through affirmations. Said daily, they can immediately take you out of the bad mood you're in and literally cause changes in the brain chemistry that make you feel happy. Whatever it takes, the moment you feel downhearted, think about the many blessings you enjoy. There is nothing like gratitude to bring about an immediate change in your state of mind. It's a good discipline to engage in a gratitude journal. Just taking a moment at the end of the day to reflect on things you appreciate about the day helps relax you and set the tone for the followoing day.

Think Positive Live Positive

How many people do you know who think and live a positive life? Of those who do not, are they healthy and happy people? Are their conversations filled with negativity and complaining? It is doubtful that anyone who lives a life of hopelessness can ever achieve happiness. Of course, noone can escape unpleasant realities totally. But making the choice to focus on the positive has major benefits.

Have you noticed the people in your life who are more positive? Do they seem to get more out of life? Do they tend to have more confidence and laugh more than others? They probably have more friends around them as well.

These are some of the benefits one can derive, both to their physical and emotional health from thinking and living a positive life.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Procrastination: How Positive Thinking Can Help Overcome It


"Don't put off until tomorrow the things you can do today."  We are all guilty of procrastination at one time or another in our lives. No matter what the circumstance, we sometimes tend to say "I don't feel like doing this today I'll do it tomorrow." How does this relate to positive thinking?

Having a negative feeling towards whatever task is before you impose a decision already formed in your mind. For example, let's assume you have a closet at home that really needs to be cleaned out. Each time you open the closet door you decide today is the day you are going to tackle it. The day goes on and the closet stays as is.

Or perhaps you have designated a day to clean out the garage. The weather would not influence your decision to put it off because you are basically indoors most of the time. You look at it once again and decide to do something else.

Procrastination: How Positive Thinking Can Help Overcome ItWhen negativity clouds our judgment or thought processes, there is a tendency to hang back and let the day pass without attending to those tasks that have to be accomplished. Conversely, when one is in a positive state of mind there is nothing that can't be done.  We feel good about everything and everyone. We work harder at home and at the office. Organization and efficiency is our middle name.

Procrastinating simple puts off the inevitable which then causes stress. The stress causes the inability to properly handle the task at hand and the result is that the closet is not properly cleaned out, the project at work is filled with mistakes and the garage looks worse than before. Ultimately, every task would have to be corrected which adds more stress. The cycle is a vicious one.

Let's face it there are some things we just don't like doing such as cleaning the bathroom, cleaning out the closet or garage and other things we have to do during the course of a day. But the old expression holds true "If you can't do it right the first time, don't do it at all."  While this may sound negative, it isn't. It is a reminder that positive thinking makes the task at hand enjoyable, thus it will be done correctly the first time. There is no stress involved, no anxiety and no pressure.

Procrastinators fall under the assumption that they are under pressure to fulfill a certain task. However, the pressure comes not from outside forces but from within. When you think in a positive way you act in a positive way. No pressure, no stress and no anxiety. Procrastination and negativity go hand in hand. Think positive and you will see just how much you can accomplish.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

5 Tips to Help You Think Positively

A large body of scientific research has uncovered the fact that positive thinking has many benefits. The trouble is, it's hard to be positive when we live in such a negative world, and sometimes we're surrounded by people who only complain and whine. While this article could discuss all of the clinical studies and research delineating how one can live a happy life, here are 5 easy tips that will help you learn to think more positively. Commit to doing these things for just a few minutes each day for one month and it will likely become a habit.

5 Tips to Help You Think Positively
  1. I am, I can, and I will are positive affirmations which you can utilize every day to increase positive thinking. Every morning, look in the mirror and say to yourself: "I am a _____ (patient Mom, loving wife, creative thinker… whatever you want to increase in your life."  Complete the sentence with your own affirmation.
  2. If you have a task before you either at home or at work or perhaps you need to lose weight and have found it difficult. Regardless of what the situation is, say to yourself: "I am certain that I will achieve this goal." "I can and will meet my income goals." "I am becoming a better friend, daughter, or mother each day." "I can….". Complete the sentence with your own affirmation.
  3. In order to think positively about future goals, say to yourself: "I will become a success." "I will exercise at least 3 times a week." "I will be the person I know I can be." "I will….". Complete this sentence with your own affirmation.
  4. Empower yourself each day by first writing down positive affirmations and putting them into a bowl. Each morning, before you prepare for the day, take out one affirmation and repeat it over and over throughout the day.
  5. Life is not always kind, yet there is much to be grateful for. If you have a roof over your head, 3 meals a day and people to love, you're better off than many people around the world! Recognize these gifts and be thankful for all you have. It's a good habit to begin or end (or both!) each day listing on paper or in your mind 3 to 5 things you are grateful for. Did you know that it is impossible to feel sad and grateful at the same time?
Decide today what is most important in your life and use positive words and images to reinforce your belief that you are, you can, and you will. And see what shows up in your life!

Monday, July 9, 2018

What Are Motivational Speakers For?


What Are Motivational Speakers For?Motivational speakers are sometimes referred to as inspirational speakers. They are people from different kinds of backgrounds who are hired to speak in front of an audience and deliver motivational and inspiring speeches. A motivational speaker speaks in different kinds of venues for different purposes; some may be hired by corporate companies to speak in a boardroom while some are hired by schools to talk in front of students. Some common purposes or goals that a motivational speaker tries to make the audience strive for are self-help, self-improvement, team building, or community goals. Whatever the purpose and venue, the main purpose of motivational speakers is primarily to motivate, inspire, or uplift the moods of the people in the audience.

An ideal motivational speaker is usually known to be an expert on a subject matter. He/she persuades people to look at the brighter side of things, look at something from a different perspective, focus on themselves and what they can do best, etc. Most people are prone to focusing their energies into their problems, so a motivational speaker's advice is usually to divert the attention to the opportunities that may arise in the face of those problems. Most excellent speakers are able to affect a profound change mentally, emotionally or even professionally into people's lives and view on things. They are able to convince people to either change some things in their lives for the better or change some things within themselves.

One of the most common and effective strategy of motivational speakers is to relate their inspirational speeches to their own experiences. A speaker reflects on those experiences and uses them to inspire others. In this way, the speeches are more natural and inspiring because the speaker has experienced them himself. This is also the reason why speakers are well-versed on the subject matters discussed and also the reason why they come from different backgrounds. Some of them are hired as special guests in events while the more popular ones go on a tour on different places around the country for speaking engagements. Well-known speakers also release self-help books, DVDs and other merchandise. They are also commonly invited for TV show guestings. 

There are three types of motivational speakers according to area of expertise:

  • Personal Development

This is the most common type of speaker. They are typically what come to most people minds when they hear the words "motivation speakers". They encourage and guide people to find their purpose in life. These speakers may talk about specific topics like balancing work and family life, overcoming adversities, or having a more positive perspective in life.
  • Youth Mentor

Motivational SpeakerMotivational SpeakerYouth mentors are commonly invited to speak to young people in schools, churches or community centers. They normally discuss topics like focusing in school, healthy communication with others, and deciding on what they really want to do with their lives. They try to steer the youth's lives in a healthy and positive direction.
  • Community

Community types of speakers give inspiring speeches about the important social and community issues. The speaker's goal is to educate the public or the people in the community about the topics discussed, thus giving them the power to take on positive actions. The speakers may also help unite the community towards one common goal. For example, a speaker may give a talk that will enable the community members to take action against noise pollution. So aside from inspiring people to become one community, speakers of this type can also help raise awareness on very important issues.
  • Business

This type of speakers gives talks of inspiration and guidance to people in business teams, from the sales people, the staff, and up to the executive directors. Business speakers should of course have a business background in order to relay his/her own experiences of success or failure and the lessons learned from it. A business speaker helps inspire the people working in a company to improve their work as well as to inspire enthusiasm towards achieving the company goals.

More and more people today are relying on motivational speakers to give them a little bit of boost during challenging times. There's surely nothing wrong with looking for positivity in trying times, and a motivational speaker will make sure to have you covered should the need arise.