100 tips to feel better fast
by Carole Fogarty
1: Give your intuition a louder voice: Don’t let other people’s opinions and judgments drown out your own voice. Stay true to you and strengthen your connection to your inner wise voice.
2: De-stress: Place both hands on your heart. Breath in and out from your heart for 10 seconds. This will get you out of your head and back into your body and allow you to come back to your center.
3: My personal top 5 health tips: Breath into your belly, drink plenty of water, move, eat for energy and meditate.
4: Yoga detox tea: 1/4 tsp coriander seeds, 1/4 tsp of cummin seeds and 1/4tsp of fennel seeds. Mix with 1.5 litres of hot water. Sip throughout the day. (Note: This recipe was given to me by my Ayurvedic practitioner. I make this tea in my thermos each morning, so I can carry it everywhere with me)
5: Focus on relaxing all parts of your head: It will trigger the rest of your body to follow. Soften and relax your forehead, eyeballs, teeth, cheek muscles, tongue and jaw. Read: The lazy way to dissolve your fatigue
6: Cancel a complaining thought: Each time you catch yourself complaining, spend thirty seconds focusing on the opposite and increase your ratio between helpful and unhelpful thoughts.
7: Sleep Better: Let your bedroom breathe. Simplify with less busyness, less furniture, less storage, less ornaments & less nick knacks
8: A natural de-stressor:
“Chew your vegetables. It releases four times more serotonin” David Wolfe
9: Slow yourself down: Start listening to your thoughts in slow motion.
10: Stop wasting energy on other people’s business: Remember Byron Katie’s rule – There are 3 types of business. Your business, other peoples business and god’s business. Stick to your own business.
11: Sip hot water: It removes toxins, has a hormone balancing effect and warms your digestive organs.
12: Tension buster: Take a deep breath in, open your mouth, stick out your tongue, now ‘let it all go” by saying aaaah! Feel the release from your jaw, neck and face muscles.
13: Take a chill pill: Close and soften your eyes, relax your tongue, unlock your jaw, now cup your hands over your ears, and listen to the sounds of the ocean playing inside your head.
14: Sedate your nerves with music: Dr. Emoto shares, that by listening to the Blue Danube, it will nourish your central nervous system: Read more about it here: http://tinyurl.com/5uz4gf
15: Soak your tension away: Treatyourself to a healing bath: I cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) added to your bath water will relax your nervous system, draw out toxins, relax muscles and even reduce swelling.
16: Un-hunch shoulders: Hunched shoulders block the flow of blood to your brain, hold in stress and can restrict your breathing. Un-hunch your shoulders and feel your neck and spine lengthen.
17: Stop holding stress in your face: Are you frowning, squinting, clenching teeth or have a tense jaw? Then smile, and let all that worry, stress and tension go.
18: Headache buster: Hold this finger yoga posture for 3 – 6 minutes. Join the tips of your thumb, index and middle finger. Fold your ring finger into the base of your thumb. Extend your little finger. Relax hands on top of your knees.
19: De-stress your eyes: Try some Chinese acupressure. Place your thumb and first finger, either side of the top of your nose, where your eye brows start. Close your eyes and hold firm pressure for a few minutes.
20: Calm yourself before bed: Dab the essential oil “vetiver’ onto the souls of your feet. Vetiver has a grounding and soothing effect on your nervous system.
21: Eat your water: Fruit is 90% water. Grapes and oranges can be as high as 98% water content.
22: Natures sports drink: Watermelon, cucumber, honeydew and cantaloupe are an excellent sources of water, sugar and electrolytes. Alternately here’s a homemade organic sports drink recipe from Dr Nicole Sundene
23: Add a slice of lemon: In case you get bored with the taste of water add a slice of lemon or lime. Studies have shown that children drink 45% more water when flavoured.
24: Is your stuff draining your energy? Your stuff can be a burden, suck your time, money, energy and consume your focus (more than you think). Less is best.
25: Check in with your body: If you are too busy living “in your head” you can easily forget about the basic needs of your body. Stop, breath and ask your body if its thirty, hungry, needs a stretch or walk.
26: Dehydration facts: A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy thinking. Lack of water is the number one reason for day time fatigue.
27: The power of water: Water is essential for carrying waste material out of the body. It’s involved in nearly every bodily process including digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion. It’s vital in transporting nutrients throughout the body.
28: Boost the Qi in your home: Cleanse arguments, sickness and stagnant energy with a sage smudge stick. (Note: I have personally used white sage now successfully for over 20 years)
29: Suffering from overeating. Kneel in-between your heels with hands on your lap for 10 minutes. This yoga pose is called virasana. Use a blanket to sit on or for your knees, if you need too.
30: Carry a water bottle: One of the simplest ways to keep a fresh supply of water flowing throughout your muscles, blood, brain and bones is to carry a water bottle everywhere with you.
31: A Simple Meditation: Breath in through your nose and tell your mind to stay focused on your breath.
32: Is your back aching? Try a yoga pose called, legs-up-wall, for 10 minutes. Its also great if you have been standing for too long: http://tinyurl.com/5b8rma
33: Lose the frown: All it takes is less than 30 seconds to turn a frown into a smile.
34: Touch is healing: Ayurvedic medicine believes a daily self massage offers many well-being benefits to your body and mind. Read more: You deserve a daily self massage.
35: Start with an easy meditation style: Try the very enjoyable walking meditation.
36: Tests have shown that meditation can be more effective than a nap in improving performance and concentration.
37: Strengthen Your Focus: A daily meditation break, sharpens your concentration powers. Focus on your breath, a word or mantra for 5 minutes and notice the difference.
38: Remember to breath: On an average we have 26,000 breaths a day. How many are you aware of ?
39: “Time a stick of incense. Once you know how long it takes to burn, you can use it to determine the lengths of your meditation sessions” Helen Tworkov
40: Chinese acupressure tip for constipation: Massage your index finger from its tip right down to the base. If you have diarrhea then massage from its base up to the tip: (Note:You are stimulating the meridans by using your fingers. A positive effect should be felt after several minutes)
41: Try the Bon Jovi Yoga chant: Sanskrit chants are awesome but this one is so full of joy and fun http://tinyurl…
42: Have your feet touched grass today? Many people feeling scattered have not touched any grass, earth or sand in days with their feet – only concrete and floors.
43. Strengthen your immune system: Laughter really is the best medicine. Visit the Mumbai yoga laughter club just for a minute. http://tinyurl.com/3a9bkq
44. Flick off other peoples stresses: Carry a piece of the crystal smoky quartz in your pocket or handbag. It will help absorb negativity.
45. Hand Yoga for Patience: Place the tip of the middle finger onto the tip of the thumb. It creates a flow of energy which promotes patience.
46. Eating water is better than drinking it: Water content of most fruit and vegetables is over 90%. Grapes and oranges can be as high as 98%
47. Stress Relief: It’s proven scientifically, playing the Blue Danube will nourish your central nervous system:http://tinyurl…
48. Conscious Breathing: Breathing in “I am calm”, breathing out “I soften” Repeat to the rhythm of your breath.
49. Instant Chilling Out: Inhale for 3-5 seconds then exhale for 3-5 seconds through your nose. Drop your shoulders then open your heart. Allow.
50. Enter your day consciously while still lying in bed and set the tone for your day. Try some wake up yoga in bed:http://tinyurl.com/5z6m9s
51: Reduce caffeine intake: Swap one cup of tea or coffee a day for a delicious mug of miso soup. It is highly nutritious and can be made in an instant.
52: “Life is like a mirror, you get the best results when you smile at it” Unknown
53: Strengthen your boundaries: Love yourself enough to say no to others’ demands on your time and energy. Stop, step back & reassess the situation.
54: Appreciate your hands: Your hands are a mirror for your body. Massage your fingers, joints, palms and back of hand for 5 minutes and your organs and body will benefit.
55:It’s time to turn your back to the world: Rest your heart, dissolve your worries and calm your nervous system with this simple yoga pose. http://tinyurl.com/6gcegc
56: Deep breathers tend to live longer: They are generally healthier and more relaxed. Take three deep, gentle slow breaths right now. Never force.
57: Breath is the movement of thought: Relaxed breathing equals calm thoughts. Short quick breathing equals busy thoughts.
58: Four great reasons to eat kiwi fruit: More potassium than a banana, 240% of daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, potent source of Vitamin E and low in fat
59: There are 11 different kinds of breathing: Noisy/quiet, fast/slow, regular/irregular, jerky/smooth, deep/shallow, mouth/nose, forced/effortless, high/middle/low etc.
60. Be kinder to yourself: Think kinder thoughts about yourself. Eat foods that are kinder to your body. Allow yourself to rest.
61.Invite serenity: Make a fist with your hands, wrap fingers over thumbs. The tighter you squeeze your thumbs the deeper & calmer your breath will be and the quieter your mind will become.
62. ” Smile, breathe and go slowly” by Thich Nhat Hanh
63. Breathing wisdom: Don’t pull your stomach in when you inhale as it reduces your oxygen intake. Your abdomen should expand and soften with each inhale.
64. “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it” Confucius
65. Is the way you are breathing making you sick or stealing your energy? Take a free breathing test now:
66. Quality belly breathing: Gently place hands on your belly. You should be able to feel it soften, rise and expand with each inhale.
67.Improve your sleep: Clear the clutter from under your bed, remove all electrical gadgets, computers, exercise equipment and work papers.
68. Inspirational quote: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” Confucius
69. Smile into your organs. It’s very healing to smile into your heart, then smile into your liver, kidneys and lungs.
70. Dissolve anger: Breathe into your liver and feel the anger dissolve anger with each exhale.
71: Adjust the speed of your day: Take some time out and notice if you are rushing. Go for a walk or use your breath to slow yourself down.
72: Do nothing for 30 seconds. Put some space between you and your hectic schedule
73: Tranquilize yourself: Slow your breathing down. Breathing deeply into your belly, through your nose will calm your nervous system. Your breath is a great tool for relaxation:
74: Zen eating: Enjoy the benefits of eating sitting down in a quiet space.. Walk away from your computer, turn off the TV and don’t read or talk. Feel the difference.
75:Stop regularly and notice the bigger picture of life. Pause, breath, feel your body and observe what you see, hear, touch, taste and smell around you.
76: Reward your body: Five minutes in a relaxing and very easy yoga pose will reduce fatigue, tension and lower blood pressure: http://tinyurl.com/54v6t3 All you need is a floor, blanket and an eye bag
77: Calm yourself down: Close your eyes. The eyes are linked to your nervous system. By softening your eyes you can trigger the relaxation of your entire body.
78: Push away negativity and stress: Spend longer on your exhales and give yourself some much needed space.
79: Swap the butter on your toast for tahini, avocado or nut paste. I mix my tahini with local bush honey. Tahini is sesame seed paste packed with lots of good stuff
80:Are you stressed? Check your face. Are you frowning, squinting, clenching teeth, jaw or pursing lips? Smile, breath and relax your face muscles.
81: Start 3 green habits today: Switch your plastic coat hangers to bamboo, switch plastic storage containers for glass and switch plastic pegs for wooden.
82: Push away the flu: Repeat the mantra: “Every cell in my body is loved and healthy”. Feed your body with healthy thoughts not fear.
83: Have you been way too serious lately? Go ahead, be spontaneous? Start skipping, eat ice cream for breakfast or hug the next person you see.
84:Notice your full breath cycle: Experience the slight pause at the end of each exhale and before your next inhale begins.
85: Be kinder to your sleep. Your bedroom is not a multi purpose room. Calm, relax and de-stress its energy http://tinyurl.com/5t9qlq
86: Be kinder to your nervous system: Calm your nervous system regular by allowing 2 minute “priority you” time every hour. Stop, breath and rest.
87: Be kinder to your eyes: Don’t stare for hours at a screen. Give your eyes healthy doses of natural light, sunshine and movement(other than staring). Also treat your eyes to deep rest with a yoga eye pillow.
88: Stop holding your breath: It reduces oxygen flow to your body and tightens your chest, face, jaw and throat. Remember to breath.
89: Invite more pleasure: Treat yourself to a chocolate facial. Organic cacao powder is extremely high in magnesium which an excellent stress protector.
90: Protect yourself from other people’s stresses: Pop a piece of smoky quartz or black tourmaline in your bra: http://tinyurl.com/5be5gt
91: Hug therapy: 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance, 12 hugs a day for growth:
92: Toe hugs are “in”. Whilst at your computer, grab your foot & place your fingers in between your toes. Now hug, stretch and wiggle your toes and foot.
93: Get unstuck: Always keep a copy of your favorite inspirational book close by. Open randomly and read a few paragraphs to bring relief to your current situation
94: Hug wisdom: Hugs lasting over 20 seconds create more trust.
95: Slow yourself down: Focus your mind on just one thing/object for the next 30 seconds. A calm mind can focus, a rushed mind cannot.
96: Avoid toxic people: Do your best to limit yourself to people who love drama and gossip, particularly when you are feeling fragile and exhausted.
97: Lift your worries with a Buddhist kindness prayer: “May I be free of worry, May I be well, May I feel safe and at ease, May I be at peace”
98: Linger longer in a hug. A hug fuels your heart with all the good stuff and nourishes your sense of touch. Feel the healing power of a hug.
99: Buy a tongue scraper: Scrape tongue 6 times first thing in the morning to remove the toxins and bacteria that has formed on your tongue overnight.
100: “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” Confucius