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21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

We’re all trying on some level to look better, feel great, live longer, and generally radiate health. Yet most of us find ourselves foot-dragging at the prospect of a major overhaul to our comfortable routines. What to do? Look for hacks! Hacks are shortcuts that make getting to our destination a bit less overwhelming.

Here’s a collection of 21 simple health hacks anyone can do with minimal effort, time and cost. Start with the one that appeals to you most, and aim to make it a habit before moving on. Soon you’ll be “hack stacking” and experiencing big breakthroughs in your health and well-being without feeling like you sacrificed anything at all.

1. Take a cold shower.

Sure, hot showers feel luxurious and will warm you up on a wintry day, but what else do they offer? Um, nothing. It’s cold showers that have an impressive array of benefits. And you need nothing other than a hefty dose of willpower to take advantage of them. One cold shower a day (lukewarm water won’t cut it) will improve circulation, increase metabolism, tighten pores, boost immunity and alertness, and speed recovery from a tough workout. To ease your way in, alternate between hot and cold water, a technique known as the “Scottish Shower.” Or switch over to cold water for the last couple of minutes, just like in the James Bond movies.

21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

    2. Try intermittent fasting.

    You already fast to some degree without thinking about it (“break-fast,” anyone?), but 8 hours is probably your norm, less if you’re a late-night snacker. Longer bouts of fasting have been shown to help the body remove toxins, shed pounds, even slow aging. Can’t bear the idea of 24 hours without food? Try the 16:8 technique, a more civilized approach to fasting that involves eating normally until, say, 7 p.m. and then fasting (coffee, tea, and water are fine) until 11 a.m. the next day. Choose any 16-hour period. If you’re trying to lose weight, avoid overeating when your fasting period ends; just resume your normal meals. Yes, you’ll be hungry at first, but adjusting won’t take long.

    21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

      3. Eat without distractions.

      For most of us, mealtime is spent multi-tasking: We mindlessly munch on chips while scanning Facebook or inhale a plate of pasta while watching Netflix. Mindful eating is the opposite. It’s the practice of paying full attention to the eating experience: recognizing your hunger and fullness cues, noticing your emotions, observing the aromas, flavors, and textures of the foods. When you eat mindfully, you naturally slow down, eat less, and enjoy improved digestion. The first step toward becoming a mindful eater is to remove distractions, so close your laptop, put away your phone, shut off the TV, and turn your full attention to the food in front of you.

      21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

        4. Breathe into your belly.

        You’d be forgiven for thinking that breathing is something you already have the hang of. Yet most of us take shallow breaths, inhaling just as much oxygen as we need to stay alive. Breathing deeply into your belly — “diaphragmatic breathing” — for just 5 to 10 minutes a day can lower blood pressure, slow the aging process, and improve mental focus and sleep quality. Lie on your back, close your eyes, think good thoughts, and send big, deep breaths to your belly. To enhance focus, place a moderately heavy object, like a kettlebell or encyclopedia, on your belly, and notice it rise and fall with each breath.

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        21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

          5. Brush your teeth with coconut oil.

          Coconut oil has become popular for its seemingly endless list of uses (coffee creamer! deodorant! sunscreen!). One of the lesser known uses is as a toothpaste, either straight up or mixed with baking soda. Coconut oil boasts both antibacterial and whitening properties while being free from the chemicals, foaming agents, and artificial flavors found in most commercial toothpastes. If you live in a hot climate, keep your coconut oil in the fridge so it stays solid, and if you don’t want clogged drains, avoid spitting it down the drain.

          21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

            6. Eat dark chocolate.

            It’s no longer wishful thinking: Study after study has proven that a daily dose of about 1.6 oz of dark chocolate is good for your heart, brain, and overall health. But before you rush out to buy a 3-pound bag of Hershey’s assorted miniatures, let’s be clear on the type of chocolate the science is talking about. It’s the cacao that packs the healthy punch, not the sugar, milk, and cream typically mixed in. Choose brands with cacao content of at least 70%. Even better, make it yourself with raw organic cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup.

            21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

              7. Don’t sit still.

              Do you sit at a desk or stand at a counter all day pretty much frozen in position? If so, you’re probably feeling chronic stiffness, even pain, in your lower back, neck, shoulders, or feet. Your body is designed for movement and can be manipulated into countless positions, so no wonder it complains when you park it for hours. Aim to rotate through different body positions every 20 minutes: Stand up straight, stand on one leg, sit on a chair, sit on the floor with your legs crossed and then straight or to one side, sit on your knees, sit on your feet, stand up and stretch. If your job doesn’t allow for that much flexibility, fidget as much as possible while seated, and save the creative positions for home, when you’d normally sit on the couch or in a chair at the kitchen table. Yes, you can even eat while sitting on the floor!

              21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                8. Look into the distance.

                When you look near (like you are right now), the ciliary muscles in your eyes contract and stay that way. Eventually those muscles tire, triggering eyestrain and headaches. When you look into the distance, however, the ciliary muscles relax. This is because we evolved as hunters and gatherers; our eye muscles are most relaxed when we use our distance vision. So, for every 20 minutes you’re glued to a computer, phone, book, or TV, make a habit of taking a 20-second break to look as far into the distance as you can.

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                21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                  9. Enforce a “no-tech” rule.

                  With the exception of toddlers and folks living off the grid, most of us struggle with some degree of technology dependence. We’re hardwired to respond to our devices peeping at us, but often the reward is short-lived — and not even rewarding. It never feels great to interrupt a conversation with a friend to read a reminder text from your dentist. Plus, our digital dependence contributes to stress, depression, and sleep deprivation. For a couple hours each day, put your devices out of sight and earshot, and play a board game, read a real book, cook something, go out for coffee, walk in the park, or (gasp!) have a conversation with someone you live with. You might be surprised at how relaxing and freeing it feels to be untethered from technology.

                  21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                    10. Drink coffee.

                    Coffee has fallen in and out of favor among health experts for decades, but recent scientific evidence has tipped the scale in its favor. The consensus now is that coffee is good for you — great news for the 82% of Americans who drink it every day. Still, let’s be sure we’re all envisioning the same beverage: black coffee. Forget the milk, whip, caramel sauce, and sugar. To reap health benefits, such as a decreased risk of cancer, improved mental focus, and possible protection from Alzheimer’s disease, drink 3 to 5 cups of black coffee daily.

                    21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                      11. Scrub with sea salt.

                      About 96.5% of the world’s water is salt water, containing roughly the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as the water in our own bodies. So, it’s no wonder sea salt is a natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin. One of the major differences between sea salt and ordinary salt is the mineral content. Sea salt is rich with magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium; minerals vital to our skin’s health and function. If you’ve ever returned from an ocean vacation with clearer, more radiant skin, you can credit sea salt. Mix a good quality fine sea salt (no sharp edges!) with a light oil or a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil, and start scrubbing.

                      21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                        12. Have a mindful moment.

                        Mindfulness meditation is all the rage, so you probably know all about its many benefits. But if you really don’t enjoy meditating or can’t seem to practice consistently, take a daily mindful moment instead. Pick an activity so mundane that your mind typically wanders while doing it: brushing your teeth, walking to the bus, washing the dishes, blow-drying your hair, taking a shower. As you go through the motions, stay in the moment by using your senses — notice the soap bubbles glistening on the dishes, the hum of the blow dryer, the sensation of your feet making contact with the ground. When you catch yourself thinking about your boss or your lunch plans, gently bring yourself back to the task at hand.

                        21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                          13. Learn something new.

                          The connections between the nerve cells in our brains (neurons) are capable of multiplying and growing stronger as we age, but only if we keep challenging them with new information. So aspire to learn something new — maybe set a goal that frightens you a bit, like learning how to write in Japanese or program in Ruby — and chip away at it each day. There’s no end to online learning options, so start building that muscle in your head!

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                          21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                            14. Take a walking break every hour.

                            If you arrive at your desk at 8 a.m. and hardly get up until 5 p.m., you’re not only being unproductive, you’re also compromising your physical and mental health. The human brain isn’t great at focusing for extended periods, and the human body wasn’t designed to sit all day, so why not parlay those two facts into a killer hack for health and productivity? The most productive people work with intense focus for 52 minutes and then break completely for 17 minutes, according to research from the Draugiem Group. Using those 17 minutes to take a walk will not only counteract the stresses of sitting (or standing) but will also increase blood flow to the brain, leading to creative thinking and problem solving. It’s a win-win!

                            21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                              15. Ditch the high heels.

                              Ladies, there’s no arguing that high heels look pretty great, and for most of us, an evening dress just doesn’t work without them. But unless you’re an A-list celebrity, evening wear is probably a rarity. If you wear high heels as part of your standard daily attire, consider the damage they’re inflicting on your feet, knees, and back, and ask yourself if it’s worth it. Then consider the many benefits of flat shoes: You can take a brisk walk around the block, walk to your favorite lunch spot 10 blocks away, or get off the bus a few stops early and walk to work. You can alternate sitting and standing throughout the day, and maybe best of all, flat shoes with a neutral sole can replicate the many benefits of walking barefoot.

                              21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                16. Stop eating before you get full.

                                Even if we don’t regularly eat ourselves into a Thanksgiving-like food coma, many of us do often eat to the point of discomfort and regret. The human stomach is mighty stretchy! Problem is, overeating leads to weight gain and digestive problems. Want to finish a meal feeling light and energetic instead? As you begin each meal, pause to assess how physically hungry you are on a scale from 0 (ravenous) to 10 (overstuffed) and aim to put down your utensils when you’ve reached a 7. At that point, make a gesture to signify you’re finished: Cover your plate with a napkin, nudge your plate forward, cross your silverware over your plate, or simply declare out loud, “I’m satisfied”.

                                21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                  17. Have yourself a hearty laugh.

                                  Absolutely no scientist can dispute the incredible health benefits of laughter. From boosting your immune system and lowering stress to reducing pain and preventing heart disease, laughter is considered by many health professionals to be one of nature’s best medicines for both mental and physical health. How to laugh when you’re just not feeling the funny? Play with a dog, watch stand-up comedy, indulge in a couple of viral toddler videos. Or, attend a laughter yoga class; studies show laughing in groups beats laughing alone, helping turn “forced laughter” into real laughter.

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                                  21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                    18. Eat or drink something fermented.

                                    Thanks to processing and preservatives, our modern Western diet is sorely deficient in natural sources of probiotics. Probiotics are live “good” bacteria that keep your digestive system healthy and your body functioning optimally by helping food move through the gut. Fermented foods — such as miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, soy sauce, kombucha, ginger beer, or anything pickled — are probiotic powerhouses you can find almost anywhere.

                                    21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                      19. Do a 10-minute HIIT workout.

                                      The ‘80s aerobics craze gave us grapevines and high-knee jogs, but it may also shoulder blame for a common misconception: that unless you’re going to work out for 60 consecutive minutes, you shouldn’t bother snapping on your headband. Enter High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which, in a well-planned 10 minutes, can blow that one-hour step class out of the water. As long as you get your heart rate into the right zones, you can get a super effective workout every day. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a 10-minute bodyweight workout you can do today.

                                      21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                        20. Do 10 minutes of stretching and self-massage.

                                        If you spend most of your day parked at a desk or behind the wheel of a car, you’re headed for aches and stiffness — or maybe you’re already there. Chronic sitting is an express ticket to chronic pain. But you can head off backache, tension headaches, and overall stiffness with a quick daily routine of self-massage and stretching. No, “self-massage” doesn’t mean kneading your own muscles (no fun!); it means rolling around on a foam roller, a lacrosse ball, or a couple of tennis balls taped together (aka a “peanut tool”). These inexpensive tools boost blood circulation and smooth out tight spots in your muscles and connective tissues, bringing pain relief and better posture.

                                        21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                          21. Drink lemon water.

                                          If you’ve ever sipped hot lemon water when you’re down with a cold and your throat feels like it’s stuffed with a Brillo pad, you know its soothing powers. Otherwise, you probably don’t give lemon water a second thought. But there’s a surprising body of evidence that supports drinking a glass of lukewarm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon on a daily basis, ideally right after you wake up. Lemons have all sorts of wonderful vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that can boost energy, reduce inflammation, improve your immune system, clear up your skin, and aid in digestion. The only downside: the acid in the lemon juice can erode tooth enamel. So make sure you dilute it well with lukewarm water.

                                          21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

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                                            How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                            How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                            Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                            Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                                            I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                            You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                            Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                            When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                            I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                            Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                            Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                            Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                            1. The Inner Critic

                                            This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                                            • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                            • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                            • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                            • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                            He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                            Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                            2. The Worrier

                                            This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                            He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                                            Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                            3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                            He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                            He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                            He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                            4. The Sleep Depriver

                                            This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                            His motivation can be:

                                            • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                            • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                            • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                            • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                            How can you control these squatters?

                                            How to Master Your Mind

                                            You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                            Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                            There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                            • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                            • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                            This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                            The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                            Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                            For the Inner Critic

                                            When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                            You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                            For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                            You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                                            “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                            If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                            • He riles up the Worrier.
                                            • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                            • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                            • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                            • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                                            Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                            Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                            For the Worrier

                                            Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                            Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                            You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                            • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                            • Muscles tense

                                            Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                            If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                            Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                            “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                            Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                            If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                            Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                                            Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                            For example:

                                            If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                            “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                            Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                            “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                            Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                            For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                            Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                            The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                            • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                            • Muscles tension

                                            I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                            Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                            Breathe in through your nose:

                                            • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                            • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                            • Focus on your belly rising.

                                            Breathe out through your nose:

                                            • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                            • Focus on your belly falling.
                                            • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                            Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                            Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                                            One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                            Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                            For the Sleep Depriver

                                            (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                            I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                            Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                            1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                            2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                            When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                            From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                            For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                            If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                            You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                            • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                            • Shut down your thinking.
                                            • Calm your feelings.
                                            • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                            Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                                            Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                            You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                            Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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