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10 Steps To Bring Positive Energy Into Your Life

10 Steps To Bring Positive Energy Into Your Life

Admit it or not, we all love to hold onto certain things in our lives. I do, you do, even the stranger sitting next to you does. Often when we cling onto whatever is “important” to us, it tends to hold us back and drain our energy.

Life’s a mess. I’m sure it’s the story of your life as well. Mess is unavoidable. It infiltrates into every aspect of our lives. It’s very easy to lose hope in the midst of all these chaos.

  • Emotionally, we fill our minds with negative thoughts.
  • Spiritually, we clutter up our hearts and souls with emotional debris.
  • Physically, we put our bodies through unhealthy lifestyles and environments.

Everyone knows it is freeing, liberating, and empowering to sort through and declutter our mess. When you contain positive thoughts, you will have glow from inside out. But is it really easy to have a peaceful life and find our purposes in life when everything seems to go wrong?

It seems difficult, but try to devote your time and follow these 10 steps to bring positive energy back into your life.

1. Keep the positive thoughts, throw away the negative ones.

Your mind might be obsessed with negative thoughts, trust me, most minds are.

The more negativity you visualize, the more these thoughts become your reality. Stay conscious and divert your attention to peaceful thoughts when you catch your mind generating negative thoughts. Once you fill your mind with positive thoughts, you will become more logical to deal with whatever you are facing.

Put into practice: Say you are lost in a foreign country, without a map or phone, you start to get anxious. What you should do instead is, take a deep breathe, acknowledge where you are now, and appreciate your surroundings — you are having an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2. Treat your body with the respect it deserves.

How does your body feel right now? Do you have an appetite? Or do you feel heavy and bloated?

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You might alleviate your emotional burdens through eating, usually junk food. Do you know when you feel physically weighed down, it’s mainly because of your unhealthy diet? It’s always good to clean up your diet and eat food with more nutrients and fibers. While you are cleansing your body, you are also clearing your mind. After all, you are what you eat.

Put into practice: Substitute your afternoon snacks with fruits, or your sodas with smoothies. They help you stay awake more too!

3. Let go and re-ignite the fire of your soul.

When your soul is depleted and there’s no motivation to pick you back up, you are only going to continue in this downward spiral.

Let go of things that no longer serve a purpose in your life. Leave your sorrow, anger, resentment, guilt, jealousy, and regrets behind. There are challenges everywhere, don’t get overwhelmed, instead see silver lining in every hardship.

To put your soul in a positive state, take the time to find your passion, plan how you could achieve your dream, and be brave and strong to face whatever is thrown at you.

Put into practice: If you want to travel the world, go ahead. Make plans to save money and decide your route. Don’t let uncertainties stop you from chasing your dreams, but rather think of solutions to resolve the problem.

4. Transform your living space into your safe haven.

Decluttering your body and mind is definitely important, but you also need a peaceful space to regain your soul and energy.

Create an environment for you to relax, restore balance, and rest. As you enter this safe space, you can let go of your thoughts in any way you want.

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Put into practice: Decorate your “decluttering space” with scented candles, plants, photos of precious moments, warm (slightly yellow or orange) lighting, or even a comfy couch and fireplace.

5. Keep your eyes on what you have, not what you want.

I’m sure you often find yourself comparing the things you have with others, or you might be a lifelong sufferer of FOMO (fear of missing out).

When’s the last time you say “thank you” for everything in your life?

The longer you focus on what you want and what you don’t have, the less grateful you are with the things you have. You might already have the tools you need to achieve your goals, but your desire and negative thoughts blind you from succeeding.

Put into practice: Take 5-10 minutes each night before you sleep, list the things you are thankful for. It could be something insignificant, or something life-changing.

6. Approach every situation gently. Calm, cool, collected.

It is common to be frantic over a tricky situation in your life. You might even be abrasive or hotheaded.

Try to take a gentler approach towards every situation. It calms your emotions down and allows you time to evaluate what happened.

Put into practice: When your boss suddenly tells you to pitch to a client in an hour, what would you do? Freak out and curse your boss? Or take a deep breathe to be rational and logical? The latter usually works better.

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7. Give yourself time to block out the rest of the world.

You have probably opened multiple applications on your phone or computer right now. You might even have many tabs on your Internet browser. Think about it, the only time you are not connected to others is when you are sound asleep.

It seems to be a norm for everyone to be available 24/7, because technology has made communication instantaneous, but it is also very draining.

You don’t always have to stay “online”, sometimes, going offline helps you regain your energy back.

Put into practice: Set 30 minutes apart for your personal alone time every day, no phones, no computers, no social media. Take the time to do what you like without any distractions.

8. Stop, wait a minute, and take a break. You need it.

Society has trained us to be alert at all times. Once you lose focus, you lose the opportunity. But is it worth continuing when you feel overloaded?

Take a break from what you are doing. You deserve to rest and recharge.

Put into practice: When you feel stress and work and other miscellaneous things are piling up, allow yourself a time-out session to breathe and escape.

9. You are the only one in charge of your life.

Remember, this is YOUR life. You are the only boss of your life. Don’t be obliged to someone else’s opinion or interest.

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Make the best choices for yourself, the sooner you drop bad memories and resentment, the sooner your life can change. The past is gone, and it’s time to organize your life, and you are the only person with the power to change any situation in your life.

Put into practice: For example, you said something hurtful to a close friend and now the relationship is in jeopardy. Acknowledge what you’ve done wrong but don’t dwell on it, and come up with solutions to move forward to try to change the current situation, like apologizing to your friend.

10. A new day means new opportunities.

Nina Simone puts it best in her classic hit Feeling Good.

“It’s a new dawn, it’s new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good.”

As you leave your past behind, you are also looking at the future. Just because you had a crappy yesterday, doesn’t mean your today is full of disappointment. A new day offers endless opportunities, it also generates and renews energy and hope. It is up to you to choose how you want to experience today.

Put into practice: Let’s say you had a terrible day yesterday. Today, you can replay what went wrong, or instead, learn from your mistakes and be open to whatever life challenges you with. Maybe there will be a new opportunity waiting for you.

It takes time to take you out from the mess to positivity. (But it’s all worth it.)

It is vital to understand you shouldn’t be trapped by the mess in your life, but take what you’ve learned from the situation and make a change. No life is a smooth-sailing one, but your attitude determines your altitude.

Take one step at a time, declutter your mind, clean your body, clear your soul, then everything else will slowly fall into place. Start your day by saying, “I can conquer the world!”

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Jo Ettles

Jo Ettles is a published self help author, international writer, speaker and extremely gifted intuitive life coach.

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How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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