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Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs! 

Take a Break: Rebooting Your Nervous System

 

Our nervous systems aren’t designed to work overtime. It’s necessary to cut ourselves some slack sometimes and just take a break. These breaks aren’t luxuries, they are essential for our overall health and wellbeing.

Unfortunately, there are a million and one things designed to keep us stressed on a daily basis and a vast majority of us get stuck in the stress loop.

From email notifications, to demands from work, kids running around, messages from clients, pressure from social media, and demanding requests from friends and family, it’s never been harder to maintain calm.

It’s no news that even when we stop working, our minds don’t. The resultant effect is that ever so often we go on to lean to antidepressants and other similar unhealthy alternatives.

The good news is you don’t have to put up with the stressors. There are easy ways to cultivate rest, resilience, and rejuvenation into our lifestyle.

Below are some top-notch methods for giving your nerves what they need, no matter what’s going on around you.

How do you handle stress without stuffing your system with drugs? Are there natural steps for handling stress? Here are a few tips you may appreciate.

 

Protecting Your Health From Things That Make You Sick

You know you need to rest but you can’t just find the time to do so and you don’t have an hour to spare to go to the spa for a massage or a hot bath.

The good news is you can find your chill and save yourself from a breakdown without doing so much. How? You’re already wondering. Your parasympathetic nervous system is the answer.

The parasympathetic nervous system, also called the “rest and digest system,” is what takes you from “totally stressed out ” to calm as a sleeping baby.”

Our parasympathetic nervous system is always active, trying to keep our wrecked nerves calm and relaxed. The problem is that many of us are constantly stressed, leaving the sympathetic nervous system (or fight or flight system) way too active. This makes it difficult for the parasympathetic system to do its job.

The solution is to find a way to strengthen our “rest and digest system” over the “fight or flight system.” In essence, you want to learn how to keep your nerves calm irrespective of what is going on within or around you. We’ve listed five easy ways you can go about this: 

Prayer girl

#1. Pray & Meditate

Did you know that it’s said that over 75% of people pray and meditate everyday. Even those who may be atheists or consider themselves non-religious still admit to praying and meditating every now and again to combat stress that life often brings.

Meditation and prayer has been scientifically proven to benefit both physical and mental health. Prayer and meditation moves the activity of the brain from various regions where stress may be held.

Prayer and meditation can help with anti-aging, creativity, learning and memory while lowering anxiety and depression. Prayer and meditation can be tools to improve overall quality of life, if practiced regularly. 

#2. Give Yourself To Nature

The smell of trees, the sound of the oceans, the fragrance of salt water, the music of birds chirping all have a soothing effect on the human mind.

Countries like China, Korea and Japan have proven that immersion in nature can be therapeutic to stressed individuals. This is why they recommend forest therapy as a way of dealing with stress. For maximum effectiveness, it is recommended that you spend up to 120 minutes surrounded by nature.

What about a case where you don’t have a forest closeby? Or a situation where your forests are not safe? In this kind of situation, you can create your own mini nature. You can plant a garden or have a nature sound track or both even.

#3. Watch Your Company (Protect Yourself From Toxic People)

The brain has a mirroring system that can transmit energy levels from person to person. This is why it is important to watch the people you hangout with.

Instead of having a little pity party when stressed, why not surround yourself with positive, energetic people who will help lift you up. Sometimes, seemingly little things such as steering clear from people that alter your mood can go a long way towards giving your nerves the rest they need.

Excercise man

#4. Exercise

Give yourself to exercise, especially those of low intensity. There’s yoga, swimming, brisk walking, cycling etc. The tip here is to bring focus to the activity being done. This will calm your sympathetic nervous system, while helping to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

#5. Listen to Soft Music

Different kinds of music have different effects on our emotions and mental disposition. Hence, music is one of the most basic ways to handle stress and calm your nerves. Tune in to a radio station with soothing sounds or you can stream a couple of them online. Better still, have a playlist specially for this kind of music. Play them anytime you feel stressed.

#6. Breathe Deep

Deep breath exercises are the most used nerve calming method. This is simply because it can mostly be done anytime and anywhere. Take a couple of deep breaths. Count to eight while breathing in and do the same while breathing out.

#7. Eat Healthy Fats

Who knew fat could calm the nerves?. Surprising but true. Your  nervous system and brain in general love fat.

Our nerve cells are wrapped in a somewhat protective coating known as myelin. This coating helps to cushion our nervous system. Studies have shown that eating fat keeps the myelin healthy by preventing demyelination, (i.e, the erosion of the myelin.).

Healthy fats include things like fatty fish, nuts, and  avocado. Clarified butter is also another great option when it comes to including healthy fats in your diet.

#8. Get Some Warmth

You know that calm feeling that comes with a hot bath or a warm cuddle? You want more of that. Research has shown that warmth and calm go together.

If you’re feeling stressed, opt for a warm bath. It not only calms your nerves, it can help regulate your sugar level and reduce inflammation. To make it even more soothing, try including some healing herbs or tea.

#9. Take A Break

You want to prioritize being awake without necessarily overly stimulating your mind. Most of us live busy lives and sometimes we get sucked into the whole work cycle that we forget how to rest. 

Even our attempts to rest are often nullified by engaging in activities that result in excess mind stimulation. You want to consider engaging in activities that provide low simulation such as meditation, yoga, doodling, gardening, listening to music, crafting, etc.  

#10. Get Social

I know we talked about cutting down the noise and instead opting for calm and silence when your nerves are broken. But it could also help to get social.

Research has shown that being social largely influences our parasympathetic nervous system. To this end,  you want to surround yourself with a few people who help you feel grounded—it could help you calm your nerves.

 

Conclusion

Having good stable mental health should be a priority to you because your mental health determines how productive and physically healthy you will be. So, you want to do all things possible and safe to ensure that your mind is healthy, stable, clear and strong. We’re cheering you on.

 

Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs! 

Take a Break: Rebooting Your Nervous System

 

Our nervous systems aren’t designed to work overtime. It’s necessary to cut ourselves some slack sometimes and just take a break. These breaks aren’t luxuries, they are essential for our overall health and wellbeing.

Unfortunately, there are a million and one things designed to keep us stressed on a daily basis and a vast majority of us get stuck in the stress loop.

From email notifications, to demands from work, kids running around, messages from clients, pressure from social media, and demanding requests from friends and family, it’s never been harder to maintain calm.

It’s no news that even when we stop working, our minds don’t. The resultant effect is that ever so often we go on to lean to antidepressants and other similar unhealthy alternatives.

The good news is you don’t have to put up with the stressors. There are easy ways to cultivate rest, resilience, and rejuvenation into our lifestyle.

Below are some top-notch methods for giving your nerves what they need, no matter what’s going on around you.

How do you handle stress without stuffing your system with drugs? Are there natural steps for handling stress? Here are a few tips you may appreciate.

 

Protecting Your Health From Things That Make You Sick

You know you need to rest but you can’t just find the time to do so and you don’t have an hour to spare to go to the spa for a massage or a hot bath.

The good news is you can find your chill and save yourself from a breakdown without doing so much. How? You’re already wondering. Your parasympathetic nervous system is the answer.

The parasympathetic nervous system, also called the “rest and digest system,” is what takes you from “totally stressed out ” to calm as a sleeping baby.”

Our parasympathetic nervous system is always active, trying to keep our wrecked nerves calm and relaxed. The problem is that many of us are constantly stressed, leaving the sympathetic nervous system (or fight or flight system) way too active. This makes it difficult for the parasympathetic system to do its job.

The solution is to find a way to strengthen our “rest and digest system” over the “fight or flight system.” In essence, you want to learn how to keep your nerves calm irrespective of what is going on within or around you. We’ve listed five easy ways you can go about this: 

Prayer girl

#1. Pray & Meditate

Did you know that it’s said that over 75% of people pray and meditate everyday. Even those who may be atheists or consider themselves non-religious still admit to praying and meditating every now and again to combat stress that life often brings.

Meditation and prayer has been scientifically proven to benefit both physical and mental health. Prayer and meditation moves the activity of the brain from various regions where stress may be held.

Prayer and meditation can help with anti-aging, creativity, learning and memory while lowering anxiety and depression. Prayer and meditation can be tools to improve overall quality of life, if practiced regularly. 

#2. Give Yourself To Nature

The smell of trees, the sound of the oceans, the fragrance of salt water, the music of birds chirping all have a soothing effect on the human mind.

Countries like China, Korea and Japan have proven that immersion in nature can be therapeutic to stressed individuals. This is why they recommend forest therapy as a way of dealing with stress. For maximum effectiveness, it is recommended that you spend up to 120 minutes surrounded by nature.

What about a case where you don’t have a forest closeby? Or a situation where your forests are not safe? In this kind of situation, you can create your own mini nature. You can plant a garden or have a nature sound track or both even.

#3. Watch Your Company (Protect Yourself From Toxic People)

The brain has a mirroring system that can transmit energy levels from person to person. This is why it is important to watch the people you hangout with.

Instead of having a little pity party when stressed, why not surround yourself with positive, energetic people who will help lift you up. Sometimes, seemingly little things such as steering clear from people that alter your mood can go a long way towards giving your nerves the rest they need.

Excercise man

#4. Exercise

Give yourself to exercise, especially those of low intensity. There’s yoga, swimming, brisk walking, cycling etc. The tip here is to bring focus to the activity being done. This will calm your sympathetic nervous system, while helping to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

#5. Listen to Soft Music

Different kinds of music have different effects on our emotions and mental disposition. Hence, music is one of the most basic ways to handle stress and calm your nerves. Tune in to a radio station with soothing sounds or you can stream a couple of them online. Better still, have a playlist specially for this kind of music. Play them anytime you feel stressed.

#6. Breathe Deep

Deep breath exercises are the most used nerve calming method. This is simply because it can mostly be done anytime and anywhere. Take a couple of deep breaths. Count to eight while breathing in and do the same while breathing out.

#7. Eat Healthy Fats

Who knew fat could calm the nerves?. Surprising but true. Your  nervous system and brain in general love fat.

Our nerve cells are wrapped in a somewhat protective coating known as myelin. This coating helps to cushion our nervous system. Studies have shown that eating fat keeps the myelin healthy by preventing demyelination, (i.e, the erosion of the myelin.).

Healthy fats include things like fatty fish, nuts, and  avocado. Clarified butter is also another great option when it comes to including healthy fats in your diet.

#8. Get Some Warmth

You know that calm feeling that comes with a hot bath or a warm cuddle? You want more of that. Research has shown that warmth and calm go together.

If you’re feeling stressed, opt for a warm bath. It not only calms your nerves, it can help regulate your sugar level and reduce inflammation. To make it even more soothing, try including some healing herbs or tea.

#9. Take A Break

You want to prioritize being awake without necessarily overly stimulating your mind. Most of us live busy lives and sometimes we get sucked into the whole work cycle that we forget how to rest. 

Even our attempts to rest are often nullified by engaging in activities that result in excess mind stimulation. You want to consider engaging in activities that provide low simulation such as meditation, yoga, doodling, gardening, listening to music, crafting, etc.  

#10. Get Social

I know we talked about cutting down the noise and instead opting for calm and silence when your nerves are broken. But it could also help to get social.

Research has shown that being social largely influences our parasympathetic nervous system. To this end,  you want to surround yourself with a few people who help you feel grounded—it could help you calm your nerves.

 

Conclusion

Having good stable mental health should be a priority to you because your mental health determines how productive and physically healthy you will be. So, you want to do all things possible and safe to ensure that your mind is healthy, stable, clear and strong. We’re cheering you on.

 

Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs! 

Take a Break: Rebooting Your Nervous System

 

Our nervous systems aren’t designed to work overtime. It’s necessary to cut ourselves some slack sometimes and just take a break. These breaks aren’t luxuries, they are essential for our overall health and wellbeing.

Unfortunately, there are a million and one things designed to keep us stressed on a daily basis and a vast majority of us get stuck in the stress loop.

From email notifications, to demands from work, kids running around, messages from clients, pressure from social media, and demanding requests from friends and family, it’s never been harder to maintain calm.

It’s no news that even when we stop working, our minds don’t. The resultant effect is that ever so often we go on to lean to antidepressants and other similar unhealthy alternatives.

The good news is you don’t have to put up with the stressors. There are easy ways to cultivate rest, resilience, and rejuvenation into our lifestyle.

Below are some top-notch methods for giving your nerves what they need, no matter what’s going on around you.

How do you handle stress without stuffing your system with drugs? Are there natural steps for handling stress? Here are a few tips you may appreciate.

 

Protecting Your Health From Things That Make You Sick

You know you need to rest but you can’t just find the time to do so and you don’t have an hour to spare to go to the spa for a massage or a hot bath.

The good news is you can find your chill and save yourself from a breakdown without doing so much. How? You’re already wondering. Your parasympathetic nervous system is the answer.

The parasympathetic nervous system, also called the “rest and digest system,” is what takes you from “totally stressed out ” to calm as a sleeping baby.”

Our parasympathetic nervous system is always active, trying to keep our wrecked nerves calm and relaxed. The problem is that many of us are constantly stressed, leaving the sympathetic nervous system (or fight or flight system) way too active. This makes it difficult for the parasympathetic system to do its job.

The solution is to find a way to strengthen our “rest and digest system” over the “fight or flight system.” In essence, you want to learn how to keep your nerves calm irrespective of what is going on within or around you. We’ve listed five easy ways you can go about this: 

Prayer girl

#1. Pray & Meditate

Did you know that it’s said that over 75% of people pray and meditate everyday. Even those who may be atheists or consider themselves non-religious still admit to praying and meditating every now and again to combat stress that life often brings.

Meditation and prayer has been scientifically proven to benefit both physical and mental health. Prayer and meditation moves the activity of the brain from various regions where stress may be held.

Prayer and meditation can help with anti-aging, creativity, learning and memory while lowering anxiety and depression. Prayer and meditation can be tools to improve overall quality of life, if practiced regularly. 

#2. Give Yourself To Nature

The smell of trees, the sound of the oceans, the fragrance of salt water, the music of birds chirping all have a soothing effect on the human mind.

Countries like China, Korea and Japan have proven that immersion in nature can be therapeutic to stressed individuals. This is why they recommend forest therapy as a way of dealing with stress. For maximum effectiveness, it is recommended that you spend up to 120 minutes surrounded by nature.

What about a case where you don’t have a forest closeby? Or a situation where your forests are not safe? In this kind of situation, you can create your own mini nature. You can plant a garden or have a nature sound track or both even.

#3. Watch Your Company (Protect Yourself From Toxic People)

The brain has a mirroring system that can transmit energy levels from person to person. This is why it is important to watch the people you hangout with.

Instead of having a little pity party when stressed, why not surround yourself with positive, energetic people who will help lift you up. Sometimes, seemingly little things such as steering clear from people that alter your mood can go a long way towards giving your nerves the rest they need.

Excercise man

#4. Exercise

Give yourself to exercise, especially those of low intensity. There’s yoga, swimming, brisk walking, cycling etc. The tip here is to bring focus to the activity being done. This will calm your sympathetic nervous system, while helping to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

#5. Listen to Soft Music

Different kinds of music have different effects on our emotions and mental disposition. Hence, music is one of the most basic ways to handle stress and calm your nerves. Tune in to a radio station with soothing sounds or you can stream a couple of them online. Better still, have a playlist specially for this kind of music. Play them anytime you feel stressed.

#6. Breathe Deep

Deep breath exercises are the most used nerve calming method. This is simply because it can mostly be done anytime and anywhere. Take a couple of deep breaths. Count to eight while breathing in and do the same while breathing out.

#7. Eat Healthy Fats

Who knew fat could calm the nerves?. Surprising but true. Your  nervous system and brain in general love fat.

Our nerve cells are wrapped in a somewhat protective coating known as myelin. This coating helps to cushion our nervous system. Studies have shown that eating fat keeps the myelin healthy by preventing demyelination, (i.e, the erosion of the myelin.).

Healthy fats include things like fatty fish, nuts, and  avocado. Clarified butter is also another great option when it comes to including healthy fats in your diet.

#8. Get Some Warmth

You know that calm feeling that comes with a hot bath or a warm cuddle? You want more of that. Research has shown that warmth and calm go together.

If you’re feeling stressed, opt for a warm bath. It not only calms your nerves, it can help regulate your sugar level and reduce inflammation. To make it even more soothing, try including some healing herbs or tea.

#9. Take A Break

You want to prioritize being awake without necessarily overly stimulating your mind. Most of us live busy lives and sometimes we get sucked into the whole work cycle that we forget how to rest. 

Even our attempts to rest are often nullified by engaging in activities that result in excess mind stimulation. You want to consider engaging in activities that provide low simulation such as meditation, yoga, doodling, gardening, listening to music, crafting, etc.  

#10. Get Social

I know we talked about cutting down the noise and instead opting for calm and silence when your nerves are broken. But it could also help to get social.

Research has shown that being social largely influences our parasympathetic nervous system. To this end,  you want to surround yourself with a few people who help you feel grounded—it could help you calm your nerves.

 

Conclusion

Having good stable mental health should be a priority to you because your mental health determines how productive and physically healthy you will be. So, you want to do all things possible and safe to ensure that your mind is healthy, stable, clear and strong. We’re cheering you on.

 

Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs! 

Take a Break: Rebooting Your Nervous System

 

Our nervous systems aren’t designed to work overtime. It’s necessary to cut ourselves some slack sometimes and just take a break. These breaks aren’t luxuries, they are essential for our overall health and wellbeing.

Unfortunately, there are a million and one things designed to keep us stressed on a daily basis and a vast majority of us get stuck in the stress loop.

From email notifications, to demands from work, kids running around, messages from clients, pressure from social media, and demanding requests from friends and family, it’s never been harder to maintain calm.

It’s no news that even when we stop working, our minds don’t. The resultant effect is that ever so often we go on to lean to antidepressants and other similar unhealthy alternatives.

The good news is you don’t have to put up with the stressors. There are easy ways to cultivate rest, resilience, and rejuvenation into our lifestyle.

Below are some top-notch methods for giving your nerves what they need, no matter what’s going on around you.

How do you handle stress without stuffing your system with drugs? Are there natural steps for handling stress? Here are a few tips you may appreciate.

 

Protecting Your Health From Things That Make You Sick

You know you need to rest but you can’t just find the time to do so and you don’t have an hour to spare to go to the spa for a massage or a hot bath.

The good news is you can find your chill and save yourself from a breakdown without doing so much. How? You’re already wondering. Your parasympathetic nervous system is the answer.

The parasympathetic nervous system, also called the “rest and digest system,” is what takes you from “totally stressed out ” to calm as a sleeping baby.”

Our parasympathetic nervous system is always active, trying to keep our wrecked nerves calm and relaxed. The problem is that many of us are constantly stressed, leaving the sympathetic nervous system (or fight or flight system) way too active. This makes it difficult for the parasympathetic system to do its job.

The solution is to find a way to strengthen our “rest and digest system” over the “fight or flight system.” In essence, you want to learn how to keep your nerves calm irrespective of what is going on within or around you. We’ve listed five easy ways you can go about this: 

Prayer girl

#1. Pray & Meditate

Did you know that it’s said that over 75% of people pray and meditate everyday. Even those who may be atheists or consider themselves non-religious still admit to praying and meditating every now and again to combat stress that life often brings.

Meditation and prayer has been scientifically proven to benefit both physical and mental health. Prayer and meditation moves the activity of the brain from various regions where stress may be held.

Prayer and meditation can help with anti-aging, creativity, learning and memory while lowering anxiety and depression. Prayer and meditation can be tools to improve overall quality of life, if practiced regularly. 

#2. Give Yourself To Nature

The smell of trees, the sound of the oceans, the fragrance of salt water, the music of birds chirping all have a soothing effect on the human mind.

Countries like China, Korea and Japan have proven that immersion in nature can be therapeutic to stressed individuals. This is why they recommend forest therapy as a way of dealing with stress. For maximum effectiveness, it is recommended that you spend up to 120 minutes surrounded by nature.

What about a case where you don’t have a forest closeby? Or a situation where your forests are not safe? In this kind of situation, you can create your own mini nature. You can plant a garden or have a nature sound track or both even.

#3. Watch Your Company (Protect Yourself From Toxic People)

The brain has a mirroring system that can transmit energy levels from person to person. This is why it is important to watch the people you hangout with.

Instead of having a little pity party when stressed, why not surround yourself with positive, energetic people who will help lift you up. Sometimes, seemingly little things such as steering clear from people that alter your mood can go a long way towards giving your nerves the rest they need.

Excercise man

#4. Exercise

Give yourself to exercise, especially those of low intensity. There’s yoga, swimming, brisk walking, cycling etc. The tip here is to bring focus to the activity being done. This will calm your sympathetic nervous system, while helping to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

#5. Listen to Soft Music

Different kinds of music have different effects on our emotions and mental disposition. Hence, music is one of the most basic ways to handle stress and calm your nerves. Tune in to a radio station with soothing sounds or you can stream a couple of them online. Better still, have a playlist specially for this kind of music. Play them anytime you feel stressed.

#6. Breathe Deep

Deep breath exercises are the most used nerve calming method. This is simply because it can mostly be done anytime and anywhere. Take a couple of deep breaths. Count to eight while breathing in and do the same while breathing out.

#7. Eat Healthy Fats

Who knew fat could calm the nerves?. Surprising but true. Your  nervous system and brain in general love fat.

Our nerve cells are wrapped in a somewhat protective coating known as myelin. This coating helps to cushion our nervous system. Studies have shown that eating fat keeps the myelin healthy by preventing demyelination, (i.e, the erosion of the myelin.).

Healthy fats include things like fatty fish, nuts, and  avocado. Clarified butter is also another great option when it comes to including healthy fats in your diet.

#8. Get Some Warmth

You know that calm feeling that comes with a hot bath or a warm cuddle? You want more of that. Research has shown that warmth and calm go together.

If you’re feeling stressed, opt for a warm bath. It not only calms your nerves, it can help regulate your sugar level and reduce inflammation. To make it even more soothing, try including some healing herbs or tea.

#9. Take A Break

You want to prioritize being awake without necessarily overly stimulating your mind. Most of us live busy lives and sometimes we get sucked into the whole work cycle that we forget how to rest. 

Even our attempts to rest are often nullified by engaging in activities that result in excess mind stimulation. You want to consider engaging in activities that provide low simulation such as meditation, yoga, doodling, gardening, listening to music, crafting, etc.  

#10. Get Social

I know we talked about cutting down the noise and instead opting for calm and silence when your nerves are broken. But it could also help to get social.

Research has shown that being social largely influences our parasympathetic nervous system. To this end,  you want to surround yourself with a few people who help you feel grounded—it could help you calm your nerves.

 

Conclusion

Having good stable mental health should be a priority to you because your mental health determines how productive and physically healthy you will be. So, you want to do all things possible and safe to ensure that your mind is healthy, stable, clear and strong. We’re cheering you on.