Struggling to get through the day? You’re not alone. A recent American Psychological Association report found that the majority of Americans are living with moderate to high levels of stress. Plus, many adults aren’t getting adequate sleep, eating right or practising meditation. These factors, combined with our ever-lengthening work days, all contribute to fatigue. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to put some pep into your step.
Blissful news: You don’t have to shell out big money for fancy hotels, sexy La Perla lingerie or expensive sex toys to have a great sex life. Nor do you need to have a perfect body. It turns out that what’s happening in your mind can have a delightful impact on your pleasure centres. Here are five ways that meditation and focused-attention training can make you a better lover.
Money worries, a big presentation at work, hosting a social event—all of these things can trigger stress and anxiety symptoms such as uneasiness, heart palpitations, nausea or sleeplessness. While persistent symptoms may signal an anxiety disorder that requires medical treatment—always talk to your doctor—combatting day-to-day anxiety can be as simple as taking a time-out for meditation. In fact, a 2014 review of 47 clinical trials by John Hopkins University determined that mindfulness meditation offered relief from many anxiety and depression symptoms. No surprise, then, that high-profile CEOs and celebrities like Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey and Hugh Jackman use meditation to boost their calm. Here’s how to do the same when you feel anxiety rising.
Whether you already know how to meditate and love how it calms your brain and lowers your stress levels, or are new to meditation and struggling to practice regularly, obstacles abound. A wandering mind, busy schedule or uncertainty about progress can make it hard to meditate for experienced and novice meditators alike. So, how do you make meditation easier? Consider these strategies to turn your meditation impediments into improvements.
It’s time to stop the back-to-school insanity. Whether you’re shovelling school supplies into your cart, buying an entire fall and winter wardrobe for multiple children or compulsively bookmarking online roundups of “adorable nut-free lunch ideas,” take a deep breath and step back. Sure, you can now count the days until the first day of school on your hands. And yes, you’re probably starting to dread the inevitable first-day jitters and nightly homework squabbles. But this year you can choose to start and end the school year on a calmer note by paring back and focusing on your family’s peace of mind. Here’s how.