Chakra Work to Boost Passion and Intimacy

Boost Passion and Intimacy

Boost Passion and Intimacy
Boost Passion and Intimacy

Chakra Work to Boost Passion and Intimacy

If you are longing for more passion and intimacy in your life, there are a number of ways to balance and stimulate your chakras in order to achieve your goals.

The chakras are energy vortexes that spin from front to back like a record on a turntable. Each chakra is the seat of powerful energies you can harness to effect changes in your life and improve your health and vitality.

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne lived to be 96, until he passed away from complications due to the flu. When he and his wife (94) were asked what the secret of their long life was, his reply was, “Great sex.” She agreed.

If your love life has only been so-so, it is time to revitalize yourself through chakra work.

Balancing your root chakra will stabilize your energy so it is less chaotic. Once you are no longer crisis mode all the time, you will be less tightly wound. Stress is a killer to passion and intimacy.

Once this energy is balanced, you can move it up to the navel chakra, also known as the sex chakra. This is the seat of your passion, creativity, and procreation.  The energy from this chakra can transform your sex life if you are prepared to be open to its healing effects. Massage to the front and back can awaken the energy.

Boost Passion and Intimacy

Your solar plexus chakra is the seat of willpower. Move your energy up from the sex chakra to make the changes you wish in your life, including better relationships. This is also important because this is the last of the lower chakras. Therefore, if you want to get at the heart chakra, you need to get your energy through the solar plexus gateway.

As the name suggests, the heart chakra is the seat of love and compassion. Living with an open heart means harmony and balance. Unfortunately, many people have closed off heart chakras due to hurt and disappointment in past relationships.

Harness the power moved up from the solar plexus chakra to open up your heart to be more receptive to others. Think about unconditional love for all beings in the universe, not just your partner, family and friends.

Finally, pay attention to your throat chakra. If the heart chakra is all about connection, the throat is all about truthful communication, which is the cornerstone of any healthy relationship.

Work on these chakras and see what a difference it can make to your love life and overall health.

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Common Pain Triggers To Avoid

Common Pain Triggers

Common Pain Triggers
Common Pain Triggers

Common Pain Triggers To Avoid

If you are someone who is dealing with chronic pain, you will want to stay as pain-free as possible and will want to avoid those things that trigger the pain to be worse. While you will want to maintain a quality of life that is as positive as possible, you should take note of those things that trigger the pain to be worse.

Here are some common pain triggers you will want to avoid if you want to maintain a good quality of life:

  • Exposure to cold. If you are dealing with issues of chronic pain, you will want to avoid too much exposure to the cold. This could mean sleeping with a heat pad or heating blanket. It also means bundling up when you go outside, paying special attention to covering your hands if you have arthritic hands, wearing warm footwear, especially in the winter, and wearing a hat to keep your body temperature up. When you are warm, your perception of pain will be less.
  • Overdoing it. While you probably always have things that need to be done, it is important to avoid doing too much at one time. This means pacing yourself when it comes to housework or outdoor chores and allowing yourself to rest whenever the pain takes over and you feel you have done enough. Let your body and your pain is the guides as to how much work you can get done in any given period time.
  • Excess stress. People who are under too much stress will feel more pain than those who are under less stress. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, practice meditation, or just back away from the situation. When you do this, you will find that your stress level will go down as will your perception of pain. If you live a stressful lifestyle, it is time to take stock of those things in your life that are stressing you out and that you can do without. Your body will thank you for the effort.
  • Lacking in sleep. If you do not get enough sleep, you will have an increased perception of pain. Your body needs restorative sleep every night in order to relax your muscles. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will awake with stiff and sore muscles and you will experience more pain. Try to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night for the best in pain relief.
  • Excess exercise. While it is known that exercise can help people with chronic pain, it must be done carefully and you must not overdo it. Exercise such as you would find in the practices of yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, are perfectly acceptable for those with chronic pain. Trying to run a marathon or run on a treadmill every day may actually backfire on you and you will experience muscle soreness and increased pain that you could do without.
  • Relationship difficulties. If you are living with someone who does not understand the pain, you are going through or if you are suffering from relationship troubles, you will increase your level of stress and will feel more pain than you would if you were alone or in a more comfortable relationship.

Things You Can Do To Avoid Pain

You need to take care of your body very seriously if you are suffering from chronic pain. This means avoiding the pain triggers as discussed above and doing things that will improve your perception of pain. Follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to taking the pills you need to take for pain and any exercise prescription your doctor gives you. Exercise does not have to be eliminated when you are living with chronic pain but it must be done carefully. There are gentle stretching exercises you can even do in bed and forms of exercise that are not hard on your joints yet will leave you feeling like you have done something good for your body.

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How Deep Breathing Can Help Improve Your Immune System

How Deep Breathing Can Help Improve Your Immune System

Improve Your Immune System
Improve Your Immune System

Improve Your Immune System

One of the greatest threats to the efficiency of the immune system is stress. Stress is sometimes referred to as the “fight or flight” response or you could say the “deer in the headlights” look or thought process or lack thereof. In stress, you can think too much and stop breathing properly as a result. Breathe and deep breathing helps make everything work in the human body.

We cannot function without breathing and the oxygen that it carries with it. The better the air quality and the deeper you breathe the more you can help your immune system work properly. Teaching yourself to routinely deep breathe can improve your overall immune system.

How Deep Breathing Helps The Immune System

Every hour, every day, and every year cells regenerate, and cannot regenerate without oxygen. Breathing is the fastest and most efficient way for our bodies to get oxygen. Deep breathing helps our immune system regenerate cells in order to fight infection and any other ailments that try to bring our bodies down.

When you deep breathe, you stop the fight or flight from happening in your body and mind. Taking a deep breath allows you to think and move forward with your day. Deep breathing helps keep you strong to make money, exercise, love, and carry on with life.

Exercise Requires Oxygen Needed For The Best Immune System

There is no hiding the fact that exercise helps keep the immune system strong. The oxygen and deep breathing that exercise forces you to do is part of what helps keep you strong. Although twenty to forty-five minutes of exercise is healthy, just deep breathing during the day can also help you maintain a healthy mindset.

By simply deep breathing through your nose or mouth, seven times a day can greatly increase the efficiency of your immune system.

Yoga, Pilates, and meditation are excellent practices to help you deep breathe. People are living longer and are staying stronger. Yoga, Pilates, and meditation are not just trends, they really do help you breathe deep and improve your immune system.

Certain things cannot grow where there is oxygen. This is why one of the latest dental trends is an air pick. The more oxygen you can get under your gum line, the less bacteria will grow. Deep breathing through your mouth will help fight the bacteria that can easily grow in your mouth.

Deep Breathing Helps Digestion

The food we eat and the water we drink help to keep our immune system strong. Breathing deep will help our overall digestion system, which is extremely important to the health of our immunity. Our immune system is working all the time for us, but it is not until we get sick that we think about it.

If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise, eat whole foods, sleep, and incorporate deep breathing into your daily life, you can help to maintain a healthy immune system that will not have to work overtime.

Deep Breathing Helps Carry Toxins From The Body

One of the functions of the immune system is to eliminate toxins from the body. Deep breathing helps the immune system do just that. Every day we can be exposed to viruses and other bacterium that is floating through the air and that we breathe in. A strong immune system will help when you go to places like work or stores when you cannot control the quality of the air you breathe.

Final Thoughts

Deep breathing is a very simple practice you can adopt to help your immune system. The best part is that you can breathe deeply anywhere and anytime, it is free and takes very little time and effort to reap its many benefits.

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How Your Body and Mind Are Intimately Linked Through Your Hormones

How Your Body and Mind Are Intimately Linked Through Your Hormones

Body and Mind
Body and Mind

Body and Mind

In the book Calm Mind, Healthy Body, we discuss in detail the importance of having a calm mind and we look at how controlling and calming your thoughts can ultimately improve your health by removing the stress response.

But did you know that this also works just as potently the other way around? That is to say that your health can also impact on your stress levels? Even your hunger can impact on stress – which in turn impacts on hunger again. It’s a complex interplay and in a moment, we’ll see more about this works and why your lifestyle is a key factor in controlling your stress.

What Happens When You Eat

If you’re stressed right now, then one method you might be able to use to fix that is to eat more. When you eat, your blood sugar spikes. This is then in turn followed by a spike in insulin, which triggers the body to remove the sugar from the blood along with any nutrients.

If you’ve eaten carbs (which provide the fastest sugar spike) then you will also have tryptophan in the blood. Tryptophan is an amino acid that also happens to be a building block of the neurotransmitter ‘serotonin’. Because tryptophan can cross the brain barrier and because it gets left behind by the insulin response, this then leads to a sudden spike in serotonin in the brain and you feel very good.

This is why you feel in a good mood after you’ve eaten!

What’s more, is that serotonin eventually converts into melatonin – the sleep hormone. That’s why everyone always falls asleep after Christmas dinner!

What Happens When You Get Hungry

But let’s say you haven’t eaten for a while. What happens then?

Well, you now have very low levels of tryptophan in your brain and this in turn increases cortisol – there is no way to impact a single neurotransmitter in isolation; levels of one will always impact on levels of the other.

Cortisol then replaces serotonin and this increases the production of ghrelin – the hunger hormone. That’s what makes your stomach start to rumble. It also increases stress and triggers anxious thoughts. This is why we get ‘hangry’ and why you’re ‘not you when you’re hungry’.

Other Things That Impact on Your Mood

There are plenty of other ways we can impact on our levels of neurotransmitters and hormones too though.

For example, when you wake up first thing in the morning you will have been fasting all through the night. At this point your serotonin levels are incredibly low and you have high cortisol making you stressed. At the same time, the light from the sun also increases the release of cortisol which wakes you up (stress hormones are stimulatory whereas relaxation hormones tend to be sedative). Cortisol removes melatonin from the brain and also widens the veins via nitric oxide.

Then there are other things you can do: exercise for instance is well known to increase serotonin and other endorphins and boost the mood. It’s time to stop thinking of your brain as an isolated thing!

 

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Tips To Improve Your Emotional And Mental State When Living With Chronic Pain

Tips To Improve Your Emotional And Mental State When Living With Chronic Pain

Improve Your Emotional And Mental State
Improve Your Emotional And Mental State

Improve Your Emotional And Mental State

Dealing with chronic pain can exact a toll on your emotional and mental state of being. You may be constantly stressed by your pain and may even suffer from depression because the pain is affecting all areas of your life and your ability to do the normal activities of daily living.

There are ways to improve your emotional and mental state when you are living with chronic pain. Here are some tips that may help you:

  • Use a heating blanket. Chronic pain is often made worse when you are exposed to the cold. If you snuggle under a heating blanket, especially with a good book, you can lift your spirits and improve your emotional state. When you are more comfortable, you think less of your chronic pain and can feel emotionally better.
  • Have a massage. Make sure the massage therapist knows you are dealing with chronic pain and ask them to give you a gentle massage. Massages are known to reduce pain and decrease stress levels. When you are more comfortable and have been properly pampered, you will feel better physically and emotionally.
  • Practice yoga. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that is good for people who have chronic pain just as much as it is good for people who do not have chronic pain. Choose a style of yoga, such as Hatha yoga, that is gentle on your joints and the rest of your body. The practice of yoga will relax you and will make you feel better on a physical and emotional level.
  • Positive affirmations. Use positive affirmations to reprogram your mind towards a positive mindset. Affirmations can help you accept your life as it is and this means more peace of mind and a better quality of life.
  • Practice qi gong. This is another ancient form of exercise brought to the West from ancient China. Initially a form of martial arts, it is a good form of exercise for people who have chronic pain. It involves smooth, fluid movements and is simple enough that anyone can learn it and it can even be practiced by those who cannot even get out of bed because of their pain. It is known to reduce stress and improve emotional health.
  • Attend a support group. Many large hospitals and HMOs have support groups for people who have chronic pain and other maladies. When you can share your story of chronic pain with others and get support around dealing with chronic pain, you feel better and you know that you are not alone in your struggle with pain.
  • Practice meditation. Mediation requires no physical activity at all and can be done sitting up or lying down. While focusing on relaxing your muscles and controlling your breath, your stress level goes way down and you feel more relaxed. This results in less thought about your chronic pain and more inner peace. The best part about mediation is that anyone can learn it and it can be done just about anywhere.
  • See a therapist or counselor. When you are dealing with chronic pain, it often causes depression and anxiety. These things can easily be managed when you find a compassionate therapist who can hear your concerns about the pain you are experiencing and can help you devise coping skills that can be practiced on a daily basis to improve your spirits and enhance your mental health.
  • Think about an antidepressant. See your doctor about taking an antidepressant if you are suffering from chronic pain and it is effecting your mental and emotional state. Some of the older, antidepressants, called tricyclic antidepressants, have been found to be useful for people who have pain issues as well as depressive issues. Even some of the newer SSRI antidepressants have been successfully used by people with chronic pain in order to relieve underlying depression associated with having pain every day.
  • Practice Tai chi. This is an ancient form of Chinese martial arts. It is now a practice mainly used for healing. It involves doing fluid movements in tune with your breath and has been known to reduce stress, improve balance, and improve perceptions of pain in those who are dealing with chronic pain.

Read more about it in this great book.

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