How to practice the sweet art of doing nothing – 4 simple steps

In our culture, it is important to always do something useful. We have become afraid to be alone with our thoughts and social media has made it easier than ever to never be idle. Maybe you can relate to feeling guilty if your mind isn’t occupied with anything. For me, it feels uneasy, as if I am missing out on something. But by quickly turning to our phones to fill the void in our mind, we rob ourselves of something very valuable. We rob ourselves from the opportunity to let the mind wander. This is not just laziness. Doing nothing lets us empty our cups so that we can return to the participation of life with room in our minds. Neuroscientists think this ‘doing nothing’ also helps us to become more creative and improves our problem-solving skills.

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The low-glycemic diet (for vegans)

When I became chronically stressed a few years ago, I quickly looked at my diet to search for an answer. In the past, diet has always been able to help me overcome my health issues, from headaches to acne. Although chronic stress obviously needs to be solved by removing the source of stress, food can play an important role in aiding the body during stressful times. I have already written about the health benefits of magnesium and general diet tips when stressed, but today I want to turn the focus on the low-glycemic diet.

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5 areas in the body that can hold stress

Stress is the feeling of being under too much pressure and lacking the resources or time to cope with the situation. Stress does not always have to stem from an acutely stressful situation. It can also arise from a traumatic past or a chronic, busy schedule. Stress can lead to an array of physical and mental symptoms, such as low energy, headaches, indigestion, and a weakened immune system. Interestingly, Lauren Roxburgh, a holistic trainer from the US, found that stress also stores as tension in the certain parts of the body. Since nearly all the cells in our body have protein receptors - called glucocorticoid receptors - that easily absorb the stress hormone cortisol, it is no wonder that stress can show up in so many areas of the body. Lauren discovered that stress manifests as tension in five main areas of the body.

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