When someone is mildly depressed, the first remedy that comes to mind: Exercise. In just fifteen minutes exercise burns off stress hormones and raises endorphin levels (the happiness hormone); now that's a quick fix. Exercising regularly gives you the natural "high" to look down at your relatively smaller problems to see the total picture - then the solution. The problem is that people who are sad experience low energy levels, irritability and a lack of interest in exercise; they do not believe the counterintuitive: Activity Alleviates Anxiety.
Stress and depression are associated with dark words. "I'm not good enough," "What's the use of trying," "I'm boring," "I just have no luck," "I'll never find love because I'm not good looking enough." This negative self-talk eventually becomes automatic and self-actualizing.
The question is: How do you break this cycle and motivate this person to exercise? The problem reminds me of the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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When someone is mildly depressed, the first remedy that comes to mind: Exercise. In just fifteen minutes exercise burns off stress hormones and raises endorphin levels (the happiness hormone); now that's a quick fix. Exercising regularly gives you the natural "high" to look down at your relatively smaller problems to see the total picture - then the solution. The problem is that people who are sad experience low energy levels, irritability and a lack of interest in exercise; they do not believe the counterintuitive: Activity Alleviates Anxiety.Read More »from 3 Ways To Put The Fun Into Fitness
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and . . . zzzz. I don't know who invented the romantic ideal of wining and dining followed by passionate lovemaking, but whoever it was did not understand the human body and probably had mediocre sex. To feel desire and make love well, your body needs certain conditions. Keep the following in mind:
The shared pleasure of a sumptuous meal is a lovely way to unite two loving souls. But if you also want to unite sexually, eat early and take two hours to digest before making love.
1.) Try an early dinner and make your date a dessert date. A light dessert (as opposed to something large and sinfully rich) is a fun way to share something sensuous.
2.) Or, make love before dinner. Instead of using the intimacy of a meal to bring you together, why not work up an appetite with a delicious intimate encounter?
3.) If you drink alcohol on your date, keep it moderate. Alcohol can be a sexual asset if one of you is nervous or shy, but drinking can also
Getting off the sugar roller coaster is not just beneficial for your waistline. Without the stress of a sugar surge which is always accompanied by a fatiguing crash, you will experience greater inner peace and stability; also there will be a big boost to your immune system. But how do you quell the powerful cravings?
I am a recovered sugar addict who decapitated the icing off cakes and like a termite, I tunneled through their creamy fillings leaving merely a hollow shell. Upon reflection I was filling an empty heart at the time. My mother was in the throes of Alzheimer's and I was burned out at work; my children, husband and dog were all lined up for me. Basically, I looked like a skinny person on the outside, but I was fat on the inside - this is known to be an unhealthy condition.
So, I went cold turkey. Some people can gradually wean themselves off sugar to one anticipated treat a day - preferably before bedtime to avoid overindulging - but others like me had to detoxifyRead More »from 5 Tips To Stop Those Powerful Sugar Cravings
- Intent.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 18, 2010 4:54 AM EST
The Touch of Love and CompassionFor starters, set the mood for a romantic environment by dimming the lights, burning some candles and incense, playing your lover's favorite relaxing music and warming the room so that both of you will be comfortable. I know pretty soon you'll be making enough heat of your own, but it's always best to start at a temperature in which you are both comfortable especially since you should both be Read More »from Tantric Massage Techniques To Heat Up Your Love Life
Massage is a great way to relieve tension, improve blood circulation, move energy around the body and sexually arouse your lover! Massage is also a mutually satisfying way of helping couples exhibit intimacy for one another. Ours is a culture starved for touch, and massage is a quick, easy means to feed this hunger. "Easy?" You may be asking yourself. Well, you don't need to be a certified massage therapist to give a great Tantric massage. The most important component of a great massage is the desire to please your lover. So, here are some suggestions.
One of the most common complaints from people in a monogamous relationship is that they miss the initial high of falling in love. They start dreaming about an encounter with their true soul mate who will rescue them from the monotony. However, even if this fantasy happened, their true soul mate would end up annoying them too.Read More »from 5 Ways to Re-ignite Your Passion
Monogamy does not mean monotony. Instead of someone draining your strength and sapping your joy, start thinking of the person you live with as your lover. What can you do to reignite that loving feeling? Change the movie in your head and make it romantic. Pretend that you just visited a psychic who told you that you are living with the love of your life. Now, become an expert in romance and make it happen at home.
Here are some suggestions:
* Reinforce your mate's good qualities instead of always criticizing those annoying little habits you once thought were cute. Compliment an ability or thought. "I love the way you…" Absolutely no more: judging,
Have you glanced at an atlas recently? I was playing with one this morning and I realized how massive and important the sea is for our survival. Can you believe 72 percent of our earth's surface is the sea? It leads me to think, How are we treating the sea and its garden?
If you live in the smallest village in Asia or the busy streets of NYC, the sea's garden has been an important and essential source of food for you. The manner that we, as a society, have farmed fish has been causing our society ecological damage. The fishing industry defends fish farming as a source of cheap, high-quality protein. The feedlots these fisherman use produce chemical runoff from antibiotics, pesticides, detergents, and tons of fish feces. The good news for our health and the environment is we can easily change and protect our ocean and earth's surface through purchasing sustainable, organic, and delicious seafood.
Organizations such as Blue Ocean Institute rate fish and seafood by its
How do you feel about self love? More importantly, how well do you love yourself? For most of us, loving ourselves is something we may know is important, but often have difficulty actually feeling, expressing, and embodying.
For me, I ve spent much of my life as a student, an athlete, in business, in relationships, and in general demanding perfection of myself, and of course, falling short and then feeling inadequate on a regular basis. Most people I know and work with have some version of I m not good enough that runs their life, their work, and their relationships.Read More »from Love Yourself and the Rest Will Follow
As we lead up to Valentine's Day this weekend and think about the important people in our lives whom we love (or the fact that we wish we had more love in our lives), much of our focus tends to be outward and not inward.
Self love is what we're all searching for in our work, our relationships, and our lives. Sadly, we spend most of our time thinking that someone or something else can give us what only we
Send a spicy Email, text an abbreviated love message - fast, effective, instantly gratifying and no grammar or spelling necessary. I send them regularly to my husband Steve, especially when I ask him to do something. I remind him that helping around the house is the best foreplay. Yet, the other day when I was cleaning up an overflowing cardboard box, I stumbled on some old letters my parents wrote to each other during their courtship phase before the era of technology. "If every thought I had of you were a flower, then I would have a beautifully planted garden." Here is where I sighed. I realized that there is something elegant and heartfelt in a love letter which is handwritten. We get in touch with our deeper feelings, and breathe life into them as we nurture intimacy through this kind of true, unhurried, and unabbreviated expression.
In a love letter we are able to:
* Sort out and clarify our thoughts for ourselves to get beyond the superficial; we show the other
'We live in an obesogenic environment - a plethora of fast food outlets, reliance on cars, and offers enticing us to eat larger portions ...' Professor Mike Kelly - as quoted in the Telegraph 8th October 2003
Ain't THAT the truth! We do live in an obesogenic world!
The sidewalks in our towns and cities have been rolled up and taken away. We no longer take a quick walk or ride our bikes to the mart. We're rolling down our driveways how many times a day?
The plethora of non-physical recreation choices, from television to surfing the net, to video games, add layers of undulating fat to the landscape. And last but not least, the food industry has hooked the public on foods that are laden with unhealthy amounts of salt, fat and sugar!
We live in a fat-creating world! What to do? Here are ... 6 Obesity Fighting Tips for a Obesogenic WorldRead More »from Obesity Fighting Tips for an Obesogenic World
1. Make your home your safe haven. Clear out the red light foods now. Toss 'em, chuck em', get rid of them. There's enough
Love has so many powerful stories attached to its concept that it is truly difficult to filter fact from fantasy. Also, people tend to fire us up by exaggerating their own love stories which become more dramatic with the telling. A wise old saying clarifies the whole love abstraction: "A painting of a loaf of bread doesn't satisfy hunger." We would all be love-starved if we lived for the idea of love rather than focus on the simple details of daily encounters.
Go get your loveRead More »from 7 Ways to Make Room For Romance In Your Life
If you want romance, intimacy and passion, activate your enthusiasm factor - your capacity for fun, humor and adventure. The first step: silence the negative self-talk that you are not good enough which in turn makes you view others as betraying you, ignoring you, or not loving you enough. The second step: turn on your genuine smile transmitting to all the people you encounter how happy you are to greet them. If you want to be irresistible, make the other person feel irresistible! It's what you see in