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Disconnect – If you inform your boss that there’s no cell phone service on the high seas or of the exorbitant cell phone roaming fees in Rome, he shouldn’t expect you to be available via text or e-mail. And you shouldn’t be – you’re on vacation. The same rule applies to a staycation. Just as you’d do miles away from the office, unplug from the responsibilities of work. Let your boss know you’ll be unavailable. Resist the urge to check e-mail or to swing by your nearby office one afternoon to “check in.” A simple “I’ll respond to e-mail messages upon my return” should suffice for your automatic out-of-office reply to senders, no matter how close you are to home.
Camp Out in Your Own Backyard – Erect a tent and fire up the grill for some s’mores . Enjoying the great outdoors in your own backyard makes for a great late-summer’s night retreat with friends or a romantic romp with your honey. Pamper Yourself and Your Place – Hire a cleaning crew to handle your weekend chores. Have them freshen your sheets, fluff your pillows, and light candles on the tables before they leave. The collection of take-out menus stacked in the kitchen drawer? Put them to good use this weekend and have your meals prepared and brought to your front door. Bring the spa to you, too: many spas offer mobile massage services that will come to your home.
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Life can be a frenetic experience. Work. More work at home.
Hardly Sleeping. All that work with little downtime makes for a very grumpy and less beautiful madame. Worse, stress and anxiety are directly attributed to chronic diseases that are often a plague for the black community–diabetes, high blood pressure, mental health issues, heart disease, and stroke. Since many people go to church, they pray. That’s a good thing. Research shows that the brain makes visible changes when you pray.
If you don’t go to church, there’s always meditation, which, if done properly, will reap the same brain-changing, peacefulness you get after you pray. Better, pray AND meditate. Pay no attention to the church folk who think yoga is the debbil’s exercise. They’re no doubt stressed as heck, and that’s why they’re all up in your business as a distraction.
The key with praying, meditation and mantras is mindfulness of the present. That means you block out everything–no thought of the past, no worrying about what comes next, just be in the moment. It’s one of the hardest things for us to do sometimes–to stop the whirring brain is for some, like holding their breath for 10 minutes.
“Mindfulness may be the mental ‘seat belt’ that protects us along the bumpy, twisting, turning road of life, whether we encounter unexpected drop-offs, terrible accidents, or smooth sailing,” says Sue Smalley, PhD and Diana Winston in their book, Fully Present. It helps protect against unhappiness, depression, anxiety, pain and suffering, they say. So here are a few ways to practice mindfulness when you need it the most.
There are quite a few fabulous reasons to become a yoga diva. Benefits of a regular yoga practice include: increased flexibility, toned muscles, weight-loss, stress relief, cute yoga outfits; the list goes on and on. However, choosing from the myriad different styles of yoga, can be confusing. And going to the wrong class for your fitness level and personality can turn you off yoga all together. For example, balancing on one leg in a 100 degree room may sound like a fun challenge to one sista, but sound like a bucket full of crazy to another. So what kind of yogi are you? Here’s a look at five popular styles to help you decide.
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You have long workdays that sometimes continue on even when you get home. It’s tough to be on the grind, but you put in the work because you know in the end, you’ll be in a better position. Create a special meditation nook in your home so that no matter what, you know that you’ll always have a little corner of serenity in your world. Creating a meditative space in your home is fun and easy. Plus you’ll be so glad you did it!
Here’s how to create a meditation corner within minutes:
By mid-day in the typical 9 to 5 job, your energy level has gone down and your stress level has increased. You are well-deserving of a few stretches to regain your strength and calm. For the overworked professional who has spent long hours at the computer desk, refer to these office-friendly yoga poses that will help your back, legs and arms. And most importantly, gear you up for the next challenge!
Take a look!