Top Stress Busters to Manage COVID-19

We are living in uncertain times with things changing rapidly.  This turmoil over COVID-19 can take its toll on our mental and physical health.  We must do all we can to survive and thrive during these troubling times, especially for our loved ones.

Involve your children and teens.  They need these same stress busters.  And all of us can practice patience and to expect that children and teens may act out.  We’re all being challenged to cope.  Let’s take extra time to allow in more ease and ways to practice self-care while practicing social distancing.  April also happens to be stress awareness month.

It’s also important to know that stress and anxiety can quickly escalate and affect us in negative ways.  When we’re in stress-mode, we’re not thinking clearly and may not act our best.  As you may know, stress and anxiety is harmful to our immune system, too.  The opposite is also true; if we take time to be still and meditate, focus on our heart, the studies show our immunity builds. 

Check out my best ways for practicing self-care during this difficult time.  Since National Stress Awareness Month is in April, here are 7 great tips from my new book Inner Power NOW to help you and your family thrive.  Are you ready to release stress and worry?

When you take time for calm, you’ll be more available for yourself and your family. It’s that airplane warning to  put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then your child.  Please enjoy my favorite  7 Stress Busting Tips for you and your family.

1. Breathe slowly and deeply. 
Before reacting to the next stressful thing, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out a relaxation technique such as a brief meditation or guided imagery.

2. Get outside for a break 
Feel the healing power of fresh air. Feel the vibration of being alive and the beauty of nature or the bustle of city life. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes outside can be rejuvenating.

3. Move your body 
We all know exercise can provide an outlet for frustration. Even a quick burst of exercise can help. These may include a quick run up several flights of stairs, doing gentle stretching, or dancing to a favorite tune.

4. Include a joy booster
Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day. Enjoy a relaxing bath or read a good book. Turn off your screens and cell phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Avoid thinking of your to do list for tomorrow. Let yourself fully relax.

5. Give yourself a good laugh 
Laughing helps you feel better in a matter of minutes. It boosts endorphins and other feel-good hormones. It can also put things in perspective. It’s hard to feel fear or anger when we’re laughing.

6. Count your blessings. 
Gratitude is a great way to raise your energy and open your heart.  Think of three good things, even if this day has been full of stress or disappointments. Close your eyes and focus on your heart when you think of three good things.  Make sure you also write them down.

7. Love yourself more!
This is the best medicine. Do the things that make you happy and add more joy. This is a great way to take care of your needs and reduce stress long-term.  Sometimes we become more stressed when we forget about self-care. Spread Loving Kindness to yourself first and then to others.

Wishing you and your family the best!
Vicki 

Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.”  Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her coaching to Master your Mindset.  As a Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families.  You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com

 

100 Gratitude List

Today is my birthday and I’ve decided to focus on a 100 gratitude list — the many wonderful things to be grateful.  When you focus on gratitude, negative thinking melts away.  You also feel more connected to your big life and stop worrying about the small stuff.

A few years ago, I began this tradition of making a list on my birthday and I’ve decided to do this gratitude exercise again today.  I invite you to do the same and wake up to the miracles in your life.

What are you grateful for and have you completed your list of 100?  Something to ponder on your next birthday or any day.

100 Gratitude List

  1. Spiritual connection to the Divine
  2. The love of  Universal Power
  3. My husband and soul mate, partner, and friend
  4. My two sons who are blessings
  5. Putting my family’s health in Divine hands
  6. My beautiful family and wonderful extended family
  7. My wonderful mother who was so loving and giving
  8. My Dad who was fun but had a hard life
  9. Great sisters whom I cherish
  10. My dearest lifelong friends
  11. My Lovelies Book Club and Mastermind Group
  12. My new friends to grow and nurture
  13. Meditation and the peace that it provides
  14. Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization
  15. My fans and readers–YOU–thank you!
  16. The successful launch of my book Inner Power NOW
  17. All coaches and wonderful illustrator who made my book come alive
  18. The wonderful clients and patients I’ve worked with over the years
  19. The beautiful teachings of each beautiful soul that I meet
  20. The sea and sands if beautiful beaches especially Kauai Island
  21. Moonlight walks with a loved one
  22. Hiking and feeling peace in nature
  23. Dance, all forms
  24. Mountain views of any kind
  25. Sedona Red Rocks
  26. Chocolate
  27. Wine
  28. Relaxing Whirlpools
  29. Scented Candles
  30. Message
  31. Emotional Freedom Technique (Meridian Tapping)
  32. Classical Music
  33. Great Rock n Roll
  34. Jazz and Smooth Jazz music
  35. Fun loving pets and puppies
  36. Laughing smiling babies—so much joy to appreciate
  37. The Universe inspiring for our good
  38. Knowing that life loves you and me
  39. Life’s challenges (but not too many) that help us grow
  40. Rising above those challenges, taking one step at a time
  41. Great people who gave me opportunities to work with them
  42. Great collaborations for my work and projfects
  43. Creative Work creating video and audio programs that make a difference
  44. Working with wonderful clients to help solve problems
  45. Working with a team that makes our programs better
  46. My soul-soothing voice, my gift to share
  47. Creative muses who help spark ideas
  48. Acts of loving kindness
  49. My beautiful warm home
  50. Fireplace and a crackling fire
  51. Great coffee and coffee houses
  52. Hearing live music that’s uplifting
  53. Teas of any kind, especially Vanilla Chai
  54. Vacationing in the Caribbean, meeting new cousins
  55. Weddings that spark new hope of love
  56. Family vacations to exotic fun spots
  57. Good health, much to appreciate
  58. Mindfulness, remembering to breathe and be present
  59. Fun loving movement as exercise
  60. Varieties of great cooking and different ethnicities
  61. Sweet anything, except when I overindulge:)
  62. Spending quality time writing in my journal or on my book
  63. Morning alone time to get centered and calm
  64. Fun new adventures like kayaking or jet skis
  65. Good night’s rest of 7 to 8 hours
  66. Fun shoes and new boots
  67. Himalayan salt lamps that glow and give off positivity
  68. Wise Teachers who have taught great lessons
  69. Clients who teach me more than they will know
  70. Neighbors who watch out for one another
  71. Community who comes together after heartbreak
  72. The wonders of my body, much to appreciate
  73. Wonderful soothing showers
  74. Long soaking tubs
  75. Poems and words that inspire
  76. Great books that keep us engaged with great storytelling
  77. Captivating movies that teach and enrich our lives
  78. A smile that lights up the world
  79. Great authors who inspire us to be and do more
  80. More than enough money to enjoy life (even though I worry over this)
  81. Lucky to be alive and born in the United States
  82. Community who cares about the future of this great nation
  83. Freedom of Speech
  84. Mother Nature and all her glory
  85. All the great plants, animals, and creatures on earth
  86. Beautiful weekend getaways
  87. Comfort food
  88. Comfort clothes like yoga pants and leggings
  89. My space heater for chilly days, keeping me warm and toasty
  90. Rays of sunshine with the hope of new day
  91. Books like “Love is Letting Go of Fear”
  92. Air transportation for quick travel
  93. Dancing and yoga for fitness, strength, and joy
  94. School teachers who encourage, especially my theatre teacher
  95. To have acted in great plays and musicals
  96. Art and Artists who teach and challenge us to think
  97. Those in health care, so many angels to thank
  98. Days of rest to kick back and chill
  99. This life, may I choose wisely for health and happiness
  100. All of you who have touched my life…I say THANK YOU!

Vicki Atlas Israel is a best selling author, mindset coach, and speaker.  Organizations hire Vicki to conduct Inner Power Mindset Mastery workshops to help teachers, health care providers, and families thrive.  If you’re a teacher or health care provider needing help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Strategy Session, “From Stress to Be Your Best” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

 

Stress Relief for Teachers

Wonder what stress may be doing to our favorite teachers?    Do you know that the stress levels of teachers are tied with nursing?   A recent gallop poll finds 46 percent of teachers and nurses are both tied with high levels stress on a daily basis.  Many of us owe a great deal to teachers who have impacted our lives and those of our children.  We may help teachers cope better by providing more support and ways to help them de-stress.

 

What Are Major Stresses for Teachers?

Teachers face enormous pressure from developing academic lessons to handling classroom behavior and administrators who demand high academic performance of students.  Then, there are children who come from trauma, or with behavior problems, special needs, and the threat of school violence.

Chronic stress impacts a teacher’s mental and physical health—from headaches, to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and anxiety.   Stress also depletes mental stamina. Common symptoms include irritability, mood swings and exhaustion.  In the latest research by the University of Pennsylvania, teachers reported these symptoms of high stress.

One teacher told me the majority of teachers she works with are on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds just to cope.  More consideration needs to be on how this high stress affects our kids, educators, and learning in the classroom.

 

Schools Can Provide More Stress Relief

More school districts could help teachers’ stress levels by providing more professional development keeping “Wellbeing” in mind.  One of my favorite groups to train with my Empower a Success Mindset programs are educators.  I give handouts so that all breathing exercises and mindful activities can be passed on to students and to their families.  In the teacher trainings I’ve conducted, educators report they’ve used these helpful mindful breathing in their classrooms, and it’s really helped their students to chill, especially at test time.

Students learning to visualize can also benefit their imagination, self-esteem, and learning.  And mindfulness has been shown to help build focus, compassion, and emotional resilience.  In my next article, I’ll focus on the benefits of creative visualization with children.

 Contact us if you’re interested in scheduling a Professional Development Day, bringing “Inner Power Learning:  Empower a Success Mindset” to help educators and students thrive.  Let’s chat!

 

5 Great Ways to Reduce Stress

These stress relieving tips are great for teachers.   Let go of perfection and enjoy more peace!

  1. Take time for you.  Make sure to do something that will recharge your soul and your energy.  Take a bubble bath, listen to music, or phone a friend
  2. Do some deep breathing.  I teach the Box Breath which is also used by the elite Navy SEALs for calm and focus.  Just like the four sides of a box.  Breathe in for 4 seconds.  Hold for 4 seconds. Breathe out for 4 and hold again for 4 seconds. It’s that pausing in between the breaths that send a signal to the brain and body to relax.  Keep repeating this breathing for a few minutes.
  3. Find a sympathetic ear. Talk to a colleague or friend who you can share your burdens to lighten the load.  It helps to vent and release feelings.
  4. Laughter can help relieve stress. There’s nothing like a good belly laugh to boost endorphins, the feel good chemicals.  Share laughter with your students. Schedule joke time once a week.   Also, find ways to not take yourself so seriously.
  5. Take a little breathing space. Close your eyes for a few minutes each day and visualize a relaxing scene by the beach, or by a crackling fire in the mountains, or inside your warm comfy bed–any place where you can feel a sense of getting away from it all. (Listen to one of my guided meditations.)

These tips are especially helpful at holiday time when we feel overloaded by demands and things to do. Maybe do a little less this holiday season and find time to take a few deep breaths to center yourself.

Warm wishes,

Vicki

Organizations hire Vicki to conduct Inner Power Mindset Training to help teachers, health care providers, and families thrive.  If you’re a teacher or health care provider needing help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Empowering Session, “From Stress to Be Your Best” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

Can Meditation Slow Down Aging?

Do you wish you had a magic wand to turn back time?  One answer to looking and feeling much younger is to meditate.  Yes, meditation has been proven to have anti-aging benefits.

When I give presentations and workshops, people always seem to be amazed when I mention how a regular practice of meditation can actually prevent Alzheimer’s.  Studies have shown that meditation can slow down or even stop the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  By increasing alpha waves and training the brain to be more resilient, we can improve memory and create new neuro-pathways for a more balanced mental state.

Another youth enhancer has to do with Telomerase – a relaxation enzyme in your brain.  A study showed that just 15 minutes of daily meditation helps increase telomerase production. Raising our production of this enhances our ability to relax and be more resilient. In fact, anything that helped trigger the relaxation response helps with telomerase production.

Another reason that meditation reduces aging is that it reduces the production of cortisol – a stress induced hormone.  Too much cortisol sends blood sugar levels through the roof.  When sugar binds to these proteins, it makes our skin look like we have spent 30 years in the sun. Meditation trains the brain to feel connected. When we feel isolated and separated, one particular brain region (the “parietal lobe”) becomes overheated. To calm down, practicing meditation on a regular basis can help this process.

Meditation also helps boosts creativity and brain power. Brain imaging studies have shown that highly successful, massively creative people use both brain halves in a much more balanced and integrated way. A regular meditation practice can help create a whole thinking, success mind-set. Professional sports teams now hire mindset coaches to bring out the best in each athlete on their team.  Why not do that for your business team?

Remember that in addition to being an author and best mindset coach, I am also a dynamic speaker and facilitator.  Click here to check out my custom coaching and workshops to empower teams. Refer any new client or friend to me, and if I am hired for a paid speaking gig or coaching package, I will reward you with dinner on the town with a $50 Gift Card now through October 31, 2019. Trust that I will take great care of your friends and clients that you refer.  Plus, you’ll receive a special thank you gift.

Hope to be hearing from you soon!

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you be your best with Unleash Your Success Mindset.  She’s a Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, Media Specialist and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for a FREE Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Journey to Inner Peace for Families

Journey to Inner Peace for Families:

Making Calm Our Superpower 

Sunday Afternoons:  August 18, September 8, and 15  

Location: Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in St. Louis

Relieve stress and feel more joy. Journey to Inner Peace to build a stronger family.  Learn ways to stress less while also helping your family learn great tools and make CALM our Superpower! Some sessions are for adults, parents, and grandparents with children; others are for adults only. This group experience is also geared for those who work with children and teens.

Click Here to Register 

Adults-$15,  Children and Teens-$5   

Our Facilitator for this series is Vicki Atlas Israel, CGIP
Vicki is a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOWReduce Stress and Pain. Feel More Peace. Helping You and Your Family Thrive! Hear what famous co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul ®, Jack Canfield, has to say about Vicki’s book at InnerPowerMindset.com

Register soon!  Space is limited. Click HERE for Flyer. 

 

Join us for one or more sessions to attend:

 


August 18:  Love is Letting Go of Fear

Adults/Parents/Grandparents Only  (1:30 PM)

Are you ready to release stress and fear, hurtful thoughts and old blocks?  Learn better ways to cope, feel more peace, as you discover a loving coach within.


September 8:  Stepping into Your Future:

Parents, Children, and Teens are invited.  (1:30 PM Parents with Kids 6-11 or 3:30 PM Parents with Teens 12-18.  An adult MUST accompany the child, as there is no childcare.)

How would you like to walk into a bright new future?  We will learn how to set a goal or intention, visualize it, then do a walking meditation.


September 15:  Letting Go With Gratitude

Adults/Parents/Grandparents Only  (1:30 PM)

Learn how to empower your best life.  Experience gratitude in a whole new light with guided imagery and journaling.

Click to Join us.  Stress Less and Add More Love and Joy!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT THE FLYER AND REGISTER BY MAIL

 

 

Top 3 Benefits for Kids and Teens to Meditate

Teach your children to meditate for many benefits. As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified in Guided Imagery, I work with families at a pediatric hospital.  A young boy who had been taught meditation and guided imagery was faced with a medical procedure that scared him.  He told his mom who said, “What would Ms. Vicki have you do?”  The 10-year-old said, “Go to my happy, safe place.”  And that’s what he did. The mom told me this story later as she smiled and reported how the procedure went well, and her son had stayed calm.

Research shows Children who practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness build skills of attention and self-awareness. They have better self-control and make wiser decisions.  They also learn to be more in charge of emotions and behaviors.

1. Social-Emotional Development  

One study found that a social-emotional learning program used with mindfulness was more effective than a classic “social responsibility” program.  Kids in the former treatment had greater empathy, perspective, and emotional control, compared to the control group. They were also more “social” and had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than in the control group.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children (MBCT-C) has also been shown to help improve attention and behavior problems, and reduce anxiety in kids who started out with high anxiety levels.

2.  Attention and Focus

Grownups are concerned about kids and attention. Studies have shown meditation helps children with Attention Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD.   One 2004 study found that children with ADHD who learned meditation with their parents twice weekly in a clinic setting, and kept practicing at home, had better concentration at school, among other benefits. A study in 2013 showed that in boys with ADHD reduced hyperactive behaviors and improved concentration within eight weeks..  

3. Self-Awareness and Self-Control

Mindfulness is intimately connected to self-awareness and naturally to self-regulation. If children learn to be more aware of thought processes and reactions in the present moment, kids learn to manage their own internal conflicts better. And the research has backed this up: one study found that kids who learned mindful awareness practices (MAPs) had better executive function after eight weeks of training twice a week.

Children continue to feel stress at home and at school. Our kids deserve to be equipped with tools to help them better cope. As for parents and teachers, raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children often feels overwhelming. Parents and educators deserve to know and practice mind-body tools, as well.

If you want to learn more about an upcoming workshop series for Children, Teens, and Families, Click HERE.  In our next segment, we’ll talk about the benefits of Group Meditation.   

Wishing you peace!

 

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you and your family stress less, while adding more love and joy.  She’s a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain so Children and Families Thrive. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for individual coaching at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Top 7 Stress Busting Tips

April is National Stress Awareness Month 

In honor of my book being published this month during National Stress Awareness Month, here are 7 great tips from my new book Inner Power NOW to help you and your family thrive.  Are you ready to release stress and worry?

When you take time for calm, you’ll be more available for yourself and your family. It’s that airplane warning to  put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then your child.  Please enjoy my favorite  7 Stress Busting Tips for you and your family.

1. Breathe slowly and deeply. 
Before reacting to the next stressful thing, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out a relaxation technique such as a brief meditation or guided imagery.

2. Get outside for a break 
Feel the healing power of fresh air. Feel the vibration of being alive and the beauty of nature or the bustle of city life. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes outside can be rejuvenating.

3. Move your body 
We all know exercise can provide an outlet for frustration. Even a quick burst of exercise can help. These may include a quick run up several flights of stairs, doing gentle stretching, or dancing to a favorite tune.

4. Include a joy booster
Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day. Enjoy a relaxing bath or read a good book. Turn off your screens and cell phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Avoid thinking of your to do list for tomorrow. Let yourself fully relax.

5. Give yourself a good laugh 
Laughing helps you feel better in a matter of minutes. It boosts endorphins and other feel-good hormones. It can also put things in perspective. It’s hard to feel fear or anger when we’re laughing.

6. Count your blessings. 
Gratitude is a great way to raise your energy and open your heart.  Think of three good things, even if this day has been full of stress or disappointments. Close your eyes and focus on your heart when you think of three good things.  Make sure you also write them down.

7. Love yourself more!
This is the best medicine. Do the things that make you happy and add more joy. This is a great way to take care of your needs and reduce stress long-term.  Sometimes we become more stressed when we forget about self-care. Spread Loving Kindness to yourself first and then to others.

Wishing you and your family the best!
Vicki 

Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.”  Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her speak at your next event.  As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families.  You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com

 

Jack Canfield Divine Timing

Do you believe in Divine timing or synchronicity? See this picture of Jack Canfield #1 New York Times bestselling co-author for Chicken Soup for the Soul®? This is a cassette tape series bought at a Jack Canfield Self-Esteem program several decades ago. Okay, I’m aging myself now. Cassette tapes are a thing of the past.

Back then, Jack Canfield was not a bestselling author at the time He did Self Esteem seminars and led other trainings like Insight and gained a lot of stories running those seminars. Many of those also ended up as part of The Success Principles® book and sparked Chicken Soup for the Soul.®

How to Know It’s Divine Timing

I had loaned these cassette tapes to my sister Marilyn and she repeatedly played them over and over.  Facing a rough time, she found they really helped her set a new way of abundant thinking for herself.  My sister was also the first to attend Jack’s Breakthrough to Success Training.  She claimed something shifted in her, and began living her vision of a richer life.  My sister continually nudged me to go to his intensive training.

It took me another 10 years to finally invest in his Breakthrough to Success Training.  Obviously, I now look back and know that this was “Divine timing” or synchronicity.  It still amazes me how he chose my book Inner Power NOW to endorse and to declare that in front of hundreds of people, something his assistants later told me he does not do.   According to Wikipedia, “synchronicity” is  a concept introduced by psychologist Carl Jung, calling them “meaningful coincidences.” Many believe it may mean you’re on the right path.

Intention and Syncronicity

As a side note, one week before the seminar, I had been meditating asking for a sign I was on the right path. Wow, did I receive it that day, loud and clear.   In hearing me talk about my book, Jack understood my purpose–to help relieve stress in parents and children facing a serious life challenge or health issue.  He later told me that he decided to support my efforts to help end suffering in families.  For his endorsement, I am eternally grateful! It’s obvious those seeds for all of this to unfold began many years ago with buying those cassette tapes.  Life is full of synchronicities, so make sure you stay open to what may unfold, and expect them.  Tell me what “meaningful coincidences” have happened in your life.

Inner Power NOW Book Prelaunch

Next week for the prelaunch of my book, I’ll be offering a FREE sample chapter.  This will include JackCanfield’s Foreword for Inner Power NOW.

Wishing you and your family the best!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas Israel is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, and Author of the upcoming book Inner Power NOW.  Vicki is passionate about helping you and your children feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

 

Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed? Try A Few Joy Boosters

We all need a few ways to release stress, add some joy, and re-energize ourselves.  Here are some of my favorites:

Add joyful movement:  When you get up in the morning, thank your body.  Sometimes that’s not easy when you feel a few aches and pains.  Still, appreciate your body because it’s continually regenerating billions of cells at any moment.  So, stretch your body and release endorphins–those feel good chemicals! Daily exercise will increase the quality of your life and your feeling of wellbeing. Include movement that you enjoy like walking, running, Zumba, Yoga, or NIA, which is like dancing Yoga.

Create a Zen Den:  Find a place where you can hide out when stressed. Disappear there for a few minutes to chill out with a cozy chair.   Surround yourself with whatever you love. These can be beautiful objects, music, and maybe add aroma therapy with a diffuser.  Even in your office at work, add a soft lamp and other things that bring calm.  Remember to walk away from your desk and stretch out the stress and add some deep breathing for calm.

Have some Fun!  Laughter is one of the best remedies to stress.   A burst of laughter can get the blood flowing and boost your immune system.  Laughter releases endorphins that help you to feel better and have a positive attitude. Believe it or not, there’s a practice called “Laughing Yoga,” that is meant to boost joy and healing.  I teach this in my workshops and groups.  Click here to learn more about How to Ignite A Success Mindset.

Eat healthier:  Ever notice how you feel, when you eat too much junk food?  The next day you feel sluggish and not very energetic.  When you eat healthier, the opposite is true.  Feeding your body lots of fresh veggies and fruit, protein smoothies and wholesome foods, helps you feel more energized.

Enjoy sipping green tea:  Green tea is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that is great at relieving stress and anger.  Some studies say it can also boost your metabolism.

Treat yourself to a mini-massage. Rub some lotion on your hands and start massaging the muscles in your hands using your thumbs to help get rid of stress. You may also include your shoulders, neck and scalp.  This will get your energy flowing with a sense of well-being.

Talk to a friend: Create a support system.  When something is bothering you, share your feelings with a friend. Vent to a close family member or call a close friend.  In person or over the phone is so much better than venting and texting.  You will feel so much better afterwards.

Daydream and visualize:  Let go of your stress by imagining something that makes you happy or something that you want to create in your life. Use your imagination and travel anywhere that makes you feel peaceful and serene.  Or imagine your life a year from now, and what you want to create.  Visualizing will boost your mood and lower blood pressure.  It will also help bring more of what you want in your life.

Remember these joy boosters to create the best mindset! If you like this blog post, please share it with your friends.  And let me know in the comments below some of your favorite joy boosters!

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and children.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Facebook and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

5 Tips for More Happiness

Where Are You on the Happiness Scale?

Can you choose to be happier?  Psychology professor David T. Lykken believes we each have a “happiness set point.”  Yet, other Psychologists who study happiness believe we can improve our state of emotions.  Try focusing on gratitude and appreciation and creating the intention to be happier.  Here are a few Best Mindset tips to help you expand your happiness.

Tip # 1: Choose Happier Thoughts

Choose to make happiness a top goal.  Author of The Happiness Hypothesis Jon Haidt teaches positive psychology and for homework, he assigns his students to make themselves happier during the semester.   Some of these include: being more forgiving or more grateful. They also learn to challenge negative thoughts.

Tip #2: Make a Gratitude List

In his book, Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman encourages readers to perform a daily “gratitude exercise.” It involves listing a few things that make them grateful. This shifts people away from bitterness and despair, he says, and promotes happiness.  I also keep a gratitude rock by my nightstand and before bed, I remind myself of 3 to 5 things that I’m grateful for.

Tip #3: Continue to Forgive

Michael McCullough and Robert Emmons, researchers who edited The Psychology of Happiness claim holding a grudge can affect your health.  One way to curtail these kinds of feelings is to practice forgiveness. This reduces the power of bad events to create bitterness and resentment, and add stress to your body.

Tip #4: Build Friendships

There’s nothing like a good laugh with dear friends, and this also promotes happiness. Author of The Pursuit of Happiness David G. Myers found one Australian study that showed people over 70, who had the strongest network of friends, lived the longest. Myers claims the “social ties that bind also provide support in difficult times.”

Tip #5: Find Meaningful Activities

People are seldom happier than when they’re in the “flow.” This is a state in which your mind becomes thoroughly absorbed in a meaningful task that challenges your abilities. Psychology research has found watching TV ­­produces some of the lowest levels of happiness. It turns out that to get more out of life, we need to put more into leisure time.  Choose activities that you most enjoy doing.  They’re good for your mental health and your happiness.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and families.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Twitter and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

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