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Oprah Winfrey’s Secret Recipe For Relaxation

Oprah Winfrey’s Secret Recipe For Relaxation

Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, media mogul, actress, producer, and philanthropist, knows how to work, and how to do it successfully. What she has also learned to get great at it, is to balance all these roles, by practicing the art of relaxation.

Work-life balance relies on making time for relaxation, and even celebrating it. The theme of Oprah’s latest issue of her popular O Magazine is “The Really Busy Woman’s Guide to Relaxing.” Yes, even the busiest of people need to take time to just chill. (Just Chill is also the name of a refreshing beverage that Oprah recommends which contains amino acids from green tea leaves, purported to provoke feelings of calm.)

Relaxation can seem like laziness or being un-productive, but it is actually a key ingredient in living a successful life. Oprah Winfrey is working on getting “this relaxation thing down.” She is a high achiever, yet is learning that the value of having down-time can make all of that achieving worth it. What is the point of doing and striving if you don’t take the time out to thrive and just relax in the moment?

Oprah’s version of relaxation is simple, inexpensive, and easy for anyone to take on. It is mainly about being mindful, and aware of the peace and beauty inherent in nature, and the simplicity of downtime.

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Here are some ways you can take on Oprah’s suggestion to “cherish the good times.”

Spend time outside on a blanket in an open spot.

Just basking in the sunshine boosts your Vitamin D levels which can bring relaxation and stave off depression. No backyard? Parks are free.

Curl up with a good book.

Nothing that takes too much mental work like a business or finance book, but some juicy fiction that takes you on a journey through the author’s words. Oprah recommends The Road to Character by David Brooks.

Take a long hot bath.

If you don’t have a bathtub, try a local sauna or spa to soak your way into relaxation.

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Watch a sunset, or a sunrise.

Taking the time to enjoy something that happens every day, and relishing in the “golden hour” before sunset can soothe and calm you.

Listen to the sounds around you.

Even the sounds of the city can create a beautiful symphony if you let it just wash over you.

Play some soothing music.

Music therapy can release stress and emotional distress. Oprah recommends the song “Weightless,” created by Sound Therapist Lyz Cooper, with artist Marconi Union.

Drink something relaxing.

Enjoy a glass of wine, or in Oprah’s case, a homemade margarita. If you do not choose to drink alcohol, try some lavender lemonade. Lavender oil can reduce anxiety.

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Try mindfulness meditation.

There are several mobile phone apps that can help you take the time out to relax your mind. Some believe that meditation is even more effective at rest than taking a nap.

Even if you only have a few minutes, you still have time to relax.

Rest and Relaxation doesn’t mean having to take a week off at a retreat in the mountains. It can be as simple as drinking a cup of tea and sitting down for 5 minutes.

Camp out in nature.

Sleeping under the stars can get you away from the hustle and bustle. Oprah recommends doing it in your pyjamas … and staying in them all day.

Create a relaxing daily ritual, such as sitting down with a cup of Oprah Chai Tea from Starbucks.

The tea contains cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, in a black-tea and rooibos blend. Those spices, according to Ayurvedic medicine, have a warming quality to them which are known to be calming.

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Along with the time to go out and strive for what’s important, take the time to simply relax. Just let it be.

Featured photo credit: Image Courtesy of Oprah Winfrey via huffingtonpost.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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