Monday, March 19, 2018

Four Reasons You Should Take a Break to Meditate


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Are you feeling stressed, overworked and overwhelmed? Even in the best work environments, many of us are looking for ways to reduce stress and increase productivity. Mindful meditation is scientifically proven to help you achieve emotional calmness, improve mental concentration and restore overall health and wellness.
When your day is full of back-to-back meetings and your to-do list keeps getting longer, give yourself a 5 to 10 minute “mindful meditation” break. By giving yourself time to reflect and focus your attention on the present moment, you can break free from the clutter that clogs your mind and increase your effectiveness and productivity.
Lawrence shares four health benefits of finding a quiet space to unplug and recharge:
  1. Mindful meditation enhances the function of your immune system.
  2. Practicing meditation regulates your blood sugar and reduces your heart rate.
  3. Meditation helps relieve anxiety, depression, chronic pain, substance abuse and attention deficits.
  4. A Harvard Study published in 2014 found that meditating for just 27 minutes for eight consecutive days increases the gray matter in your brain, which helps you think, create and be more resourceful.

Cook Smarter, Save Money

You and your family can cook healthy meals, even on a tight budget. Here are some tips that can help!
Before You Shop – Plan Ahead
Step 1: Think about what foods you already have in the house.
Step 2: Make a list of meals that you can you make with those items.
Step 3: Make a list of other foods you still need to buy.
Step 4: Make your cooking plan for the week.
When You’re Cooking – Make the Most of Your Time and Ingredients. Cook once, eat twice!
  • Skip seconds. Save leftovers for another meal.
  • Freeze the leftovers to eat later or take them for lunch the next day.
  • Keeping your portions at the right size can save calories and money.
Do “batch cooking”
  • When you can, cook large amounts of foods that freeze well, like spaghetti sauce.
  • Split meals into family-size portions and freeze right away after cooking. Use them later in the month.

Managing Medications

Prescribed medications come in several forms and are taken in different ways. Even though they are meant to improve health, taking medicat...