How to be Mindful in Everyday Life

Mindfulness has been shown to decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other distress. Anyone can learn how to be mindful in everyday life, but perhaps it is easier for children.  So we’re going to start where my children started, just for kicks.  Bear with me while I tell you a short story about an even shorter story. Then read on to learn how to be mindful in everyday life.

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How to Quit Smoking Cigarettes for Free

We’ve all heard of that rare beast who decides one day to quit smoking and immediately does so cold turkey and successfully. If that’s you, congratulations!
For the rest of us mere mortals, it can be a little more complicated.  Here’s a “How to Quit Smoking for Free” guide for us regular people.

10 Steps to Prepare to Quit Smoking

Preparing to quit smoking is the foundation of a successful quit plan, and this period of preparation will drastically increase your chances of success.

(1) Set a quit date for two to four weeks away. Choose a firm and specific date, and if it is a meaningful date (a birthday or holiday), all the better, but try to choose a date no more than six weeks away. Preparation is a crucial component of a successful quit plan, and this period of preparation will drastically increase your chances of success.

(2) Learn about nicotine dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Check out this excellent nicotine withdrawal timeline and the Mayo Clinic’s overview of nicotine dependence for a start.

(3) Adjust your expectations. Are you expecting yourself to be perfect? What if you relapse? If you are not an immediate success–if you slip up–you have not failed. You can learn from each relapse, and remind yourself that it is all part of the process.

(4) Develop awareness of your smoking behavior and triggers. When and where do you always smoke? Before or after what events do you smoke? Who do you often smoke with? What emotions cause you to smoke? You can work through some of these questions here. Continue reading “How to Quit Smoking Cigarettes for Free”

5 Best Books to Learn How to Stop Overeating Once and for All

fter much research and reading, five books for overeating stand out above the rest. They range from being heavily skills-based and pragmatic to emotion-focused and holistic, so chances are good you’ll find the book you need to learn how to stop overeating once and for all.

If you’re looking for calorie counting, food restrictions, and diet plans, you need a different list of books. But maybe you’re here because you’ve already tried those books and they haven’t worked. It might be time for something different.

 

Each of these books also teaches skills and methods that can help other areas of your life – not just overeating, making them even more worthwhile. Continue reading “5 Best Books to Learn How to Stop Overeating Once and for All”

Learn How to Get to Sleep Easily

Learn how to get to sleep easily with some simple techniques.  Sleep is crucial to our health, but many people never learned or have forgotten how to get to sleep with minimal detours, and as a result don’t feel rested and aren’t as healthy as they can be.  Different sleep tips will work differently, so experiment and see what works for you.

 

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Self Care Activities for Adults

Practicing self-care can feel overwhelming and undeserved, but if you break it down into smaller pieces, it’s easier to manage.  Self-care is the foundation for healing and wellness, and you can practice by taking the time to do simple self-care activities that nurture your physical, emotional, and spiritual self — learning how to take care of yourself.  Treat yourself as you would a dear friend.  You deserve it!

Examples of Physical Self-Care

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