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6 Quick Ways To Check If You’re Doing Alright

6 Quick Ways To Check If You’re Doing Alright

As life is a new and unique experience to each and every one of us, it’s not uncommon to sometimes feel a little panicky about how we’re doing. We can also become overwhelmed by the complexity at all and forget the simple things, like checking in with ourselves to make sure we’re on the right track. Here we have 6 quick signs you can use to check that you’re doing alright from The Daily Zen:

Calmness.

Nothing is more fulfilling than an overarching sense of tranquility.  You have feelings and ups-and-downs, sure, but if your core remains strong and balanced, nothing can get in your way.  Live deliberately and passionately, but always come back to the anchor of your breath and your calmness.

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Emotion.

There is a difference between non-attachment and detachment.  Non-attachment means relaxing and realizing the future is out of your control and the past is a ghost.  Detachment is a bad thing; it’s when you lose touch with your emotions.  Do not respond to negativity by stifling your bad emotions.  Embrace them and learn from them.  Feel fully.  This is what being alive is all about.

Books.

We think in language, whether we like it or not.  The more you read, the more precise of an ability you have to express your thoughts as words.  Eloquent prose builds a sense of self and observation that can’t be found anywhere else.  Learn how to interpret your world from the masters of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  There is much to be discovered.

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Outcome independence.

We cannot predict the future.  No matter what your intentions, you can never really know how a situation you’re in is gonna turn out, or what will result from a given action.  The ideal modus operandi is to do the right thing and be productive and satisfied with your actions, all the while remaining indifferent to their outcomes.  What’s done is done, and all you can hope for is to continue making the decisions that sit well with you and those you love.

Nature.

If you take some time every day to get outside, you’re on the right track.  Nature is rejuvenating and humbling.  It jogs you out of the artificiality of the daily grind.  Even in a big city, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face or the subtle chirping of a bird can drastically improve your day.  If you don’t already take time to enjoy nature, start.  You can thank me later.

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Relationships.

Other people gravitate towards those who project positivity, creativity and confidence.  If you embody these qualities, chances are you are both living a fulfilling life and have surrounded yourself with people who affirm you.  If not, work on developing not surface-level relationships but deeply-rooted fulfilling ones.  Don’t settle for the ‘easy crowd’, the people who put on a mask or fake their emotions.  Find genuine people you really like.  It may take time, but once you do it you’ll both have a wonderful support system and great friends you can spend the rest of your life enjoying the company of.

The Daily Zen is a collection of quotes and articles to inspire creativity, productivity and intellectual curiosity.

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Last Updated on October 18, 2018

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

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1. It is easier.

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

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    If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

    5. It could lead to better sleep.

    Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

    6. It can help your skin.

    For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

    7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

    Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

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    8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

    Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

    9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

    For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

    10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

      Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

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      Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

      Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

      Sleep well with your naked body!

      With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

      Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

      If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

      Want to Feel More Energized Throughout the Day? Start With This

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