Qigong: An Ancient Practice Brings Relief to Modern Stress

**This article was original posted on psychcentral.com** A new way to reduce anxiety and stress is ironically a technique that is centuries old. As chronic stress continues to plague our society, it is time that we start taking the effects of stress serious. Even though this is slowly developing as an emerging topic to the general population, it has been a focus to researchers who are pursuing supportive data for stress busting techniques. They are looking for empirical data to support or discredit anti-stress techniques in hopes of providing quality research to those who need it. This has become especially vital in America where those previously surveyed reported that 44% of Americans feel

Eating, Mindfully

I love food. I can cook up a storm just for myself, or I will take a 45 minutes detour simply because the food is better. When I start practice mindful eating, my food experience has improved tremendously. Not to mention, mindful eating also has been found in various studies to aid weight loss and boost digestion. According to Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan, the clinical director at Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative, there are six ways to kick start your route to becoming a mindful eater - and they’re easier than you think. 1. Eat with right purpose Eat when you are hungry or when you are ready to enjoy the culinary art, not when boredom/stress/exhaustion mistaken for hunger that are rooted

Sorry, but EQ Is Way More Important Than IQ These Days

Many experts now believe that a person’s emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) may be more important than their IQ and is certainly a better predictor of success, quality of relationships, and overall happiness. [Emotional Intelligence is our ability for self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy, and social skills.] Emotional intelligence is essential to building a balanced-life. If you think emotional intelligence is only important for those who always have to interact or communicate with people, think it again. Emotional intelligence is a gateway to a balanced-life. It’s essential to basically every aspect of life. Physical Health – The ability to take care of our bodies and espe

Mindfulness For A Busy Mind Part II - 6 Ways To Be Mindful Without Meditation

If you are like me aka “a busy mind”, meditation is difficult, especially without a guiding voice. Rather than getting frustrated with myself, I found these 6 ways to help anchor myself in the present moment. Hopefully some of them can be a more effective tool for your journey of mindfulness especially when you just starting. 1. Hiking in nature This is my favorite activity. Hiking in nature alone or with someone who appreciates the quiet, gives me the most peace and calm without having to sit in a lotus position. When we consciously engage our senses hiking, it can calm and ground us—relaxing both mind and body—and it also deepens our connection to the natural world. Often times, meditat

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