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soulsara
Jun 21, 2022
In You Are Balanced
Yoga can have different meanings like the unity of soul, mind, and body, the togetherness of thoughts & actions, and so on. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year in June to create awareness among people about the indispensable benefits of Yoga and its impact on people's lives. Find the mind-body harmony you have been looking for in your Community for Mental wellness.
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soulsara
Mar 20, 2022
In You Are Vibrant
☀️ Do more of what makes you Happy. Start your day with Happiness and Gratitude. Established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012, the International Day of Happiness aims to make people around the world realize the importance of happiness within their lives. Wishing everyone a very Happy International day of Happiness.
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soulsara
Mar 18, 2022
In You Are Balanced
Tips for a good night of sleep A healthy adult should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. However, many people struggle with maintaining a regular and healthy sleeping schedule. A significant number of people even suffer from sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, jet lag syndrome, and more. Here are some tips and suggestions of things you can try to do to help you sleep better. Develop a consistent bedtime routine - performing the same activities will tell your body it is time to sleep. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day - it is important for your body to have a regular sleeping schedule. Set a relaxing bedtime routine: listening to calm music, reading a book, meditating, taking a warm bath. Make sure the bedroom is quiet and dark: avoid distractions that might interrupt your sleep. Get comfortable: sleep on a mattress and pillows that are comfortable and supportive. Try to avoid caffeine in the afternoon. Do not drink alcohol within three hours of bedtime. Exercise regularly: a low-impact sport can be beneficial for managing pain and improving sleep. It is vital to break the vicious cycle of stress and from there deal with anxiety and all the sleep issues related to it. Do you have more tips for getting a good night of sleep? Please share them with us! We would love to hear from you! References: 10 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep. National Sleep Foundation [Online] Available from https://www.thensf.org/sleep-tips/ [Accessed 16th August 2021] Tips for Sleep Success. American Psychological Association. [Online] 2004;34(7). Available from https://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug04/tips [Accessed 16th August 2021] Lewis, Joanne. Review by Hilbert, Jane. M.D. 9 Home Remedies for Insomnia. Medical News Today. [Online] Available from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/home-remedies-for-insomnia [Accessed 16th August 2021]
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soulsara
Mar 12, 2022
In You Are The Miracle
It’s De-stress Friday! It is that time of the week to spend quality time with the ones you love! We are born in a social group and live in a society, so it just makes sense that interactions between members of the same social group bring benefits to our day-to-day lives. The society that we’re born into and the societies that we navigate throughout our lives shape our personal identities. A study from 2011, which was published in the journal Nature, argues that being social became a key strength for the primate ancestors of humans when they switched from foraging for food by night (so that they could use darkness as a shield) to carrying out their activities by day (which rendered them more vulnerable to a wider range of predators). Researchers have also suggested that humans are innately compassionate beings, and that our compassion and empathy have served us well. Psychologist Susan Pinker states that direct person-to-person contact triggers parts of our nervous system that release a “cocktail” of neurotransmitters that regulate our response to stress and anxiety. Which means that in the long run, social interaction can significantly help our stress levels. Finally, enjoying close social ties — with friends, partners, or family members — can make us happy and improve our overall life satisfaction in the long run. Studies have shown that having close friendships during teenage years is directly linked to lower levels of depression and anxiety. So, how about you call that friend you haven’t seen in a while? Use this #TGIDF to enjoy the company of friends and have a good laugh. References: TED X. (2014, April 1). The Power & Science of Social Connection: Emma Seppälä TEDx [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZvUppaDfNs Cohut, M., PhD. (2018, February 23). What are the health benefits of being social? Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321019#A-tool-for-happiness-and-longevity SM It’s De-stress Friday! It is that time of the week to spend quality time with the ones you love! We are born in a social group and live in a society, so it just makes sense that interactions between members of the same social group bring benefits to our day-to-day lives. The society that we’re born into and the societies that we navigate throughout our lives shape our personal identities. Enjoying close social ties — with friends, partners, or family members — can make us happy and improve our overall life satisfaction in the long run. Studies have shown that having close friendships during teenage years is directly linked to lower levels of depression and anxiety. So, how about you call that friend you haven’t seen in a while? Use this #TGIDF to enjoy the company of friends and have a good laugh. Don’t forget to tag someone that will enjoy a cool down evening with you! References: TED X. (2014, April 1). The Power & Science of Social Connection: Emma Seppälä TEDx [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZvUppaDfNs Cohut, M., PhD. (2018, February 23). What are the health benefits of being social? Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321019#A-tool-for-happiness-and-longevity
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soulsara
Mar 08, 2022
In You Are Connected
Oh! To be born a girl! And not be reason for my family's despair! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And not feel broken, beyond repair! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And to be enough, not less! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And to be able to choose how I dress! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And to speak my mind and not be shushed! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And to live my life and not be judged! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And to be a wife and still not a possession! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And not thrown acid at by someone with an obsession! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And to live on my terms and not be shamed! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And to live without being abused or raped! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! And walk on the streets and still be safe! Lord, let me not be born a girl again! Oh! To be born a girl! Let's change the world, These shackles are beginning to chafe! Lord, please let me be born a girl again! Poem by Authoress Rachna Goyal Soul Studio Collaborator
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soulsara
Mar 04, 2022
In You Are Loved
It’s De-stress Friday! Today is a great time to analyze the efforts that were put into this week and how you felt throughout work. Did you feel more stressed than usual? Perhaps you felt numb and with no motivation and energy? These are a few symptoms of burnout. Continue reading to check more symptoms: Every day is a bad day; The majority of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming; Frequent headaches or muscle pain; Change in appetite and eating habits; Sense of failure and loss of motivation; Procrastinating and feeling frustrated while completing tasks; Isolating yourself from others. If you feel these symptoms occurring frequently in your life it is time to make some small changes. Burnout is something rising in the current years, being part of more than 50% of workers around the world. That being said, we are here to help you improve your day-to-day life and share some solutions. Dealing with burnout requires the “Three R” approach: Recognize: Watch for the warning signs of burnout. Reverse: Undo the damage by seeking support and managing stress. Resilience: Build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health. To help in this process, here are a few tips to slowly improve the quality of your work: Seek support: Whether it’s from family, friends, or even coworkers, make sure that interacting with trustworthy people around you can improve your mood. Try planning social activities or join a community with like-minded! Try a relaxing activity: switching off “work mode” is really important for the brain and activities like yoga, meditation, and tai chi will help you calm down and ground yourself after a long day. Invest in workouts and sleep: these two things can improve most of your wellness tremendously. Having a fixed sleeping schedule and a set workout to do at least 3 times a week is a wonderful way to deal with stress. Reevaluate your priorities: if none of these small things work, start by restructuring your vision on work: instead of being this overload of tasks with a limited stressful time, look at it from a lighter perspective and look at each completed task as an achievement. Make sure you also seek out a good environment with your coworkers and try building relationships. If you feel like it has come to a point where you need a break, do so if possible. Use vacation days, sick days and take some time to yourself to reset your mind and clear your thoughts. We are here to help you. If you ever feel such things don’t hesitate to use SOULSARA to speak your mind. We hope this De-Stress Friday gave a more insightful view on something that happens so commonly. Leave a 🙌 emoji for us to know if it was useful! References: Kelly, J. (2021, December 10). Indeed Study Shows That Worker Burnout Is At Frighteningly High Levels: Here Is What You Need To Do Now. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/04/05/indeed-study-shows-that-worker-burnout-is-at-frighteningly-high-levels-here-is-what-you-need-to-do-now/?sh=2a3746b223bb M. (2022, February 8). Burnout Prevention and Treatment. HelpGuide.Org. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm Job burnout: How to spot it and take action. (2021, June 5). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642?reDate=01032022
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soulsara
Feb 25, 2022
In You Are Prosperous
Today is De-Stress Friday! Remember to take some time for yourself and relax after the long week you’ve had. This week we will be addressing the importance of food in your mental wellness and ways to improve your daily life. It is nothing new that everything you intake can have a significant impact on your daily routine, so keeping a balanced and diverse diet is essential, especially for those suffering from any mental health issues. Conversely, an inadequate diet can lead to fatigue, impaired decision-making, and can slow down reaction time. In fact, a poor diet can actually aggravate, and may even lead to, stress and depression. That being said, here are a few tips to better your meal intake: Eat regularly: this is important to stop your sugar levels from dropping. Having smaller meals more often is much more ideal than having a few larger meals; Watch out for your gut health: Your gut can reflect how you're feeling: if you're stressed, it can speed up or slow down. Try to consume more probiotics and make sure you listen to your body. Lower caffeine intake: it is very common to find your mood affected by caffeine, which may affect your stress levels and your sleeping schedule. Plan your meals ahead: by planning your meals for the week you can take your time to analyse and reflect on your meals and cater to your needs. Do not overdo yourself: All these new measures may feel a bit overwhelming so do not force yourself to implement those all of a sudden. It is better to take small steps and make sure they are 100% incorporated into your routine. These are some daily actions you can incorporate into your meals that may help your mental wellness. Next week, we will be sharing a few recipes for you to try on this wonderful TGIDF! Leave a 🍽️emoji if you will use these tips and wait for the recommendations from next week! References: Diet and mental health. (2022, January 25). Mental Health Foundation. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/d/diet-and-mental-health Healthy eating tips. (2022). Mind. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/food-and-mood/healthy-eating-tips/
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soulsara
Feb 18, 2022
In You Are Balanced
“It is time to relax from the stress of this week. Follow Ric through a guided breathing technique and wind down on this relaxing De-stress Friday.” Ric Soares DeRose Meditation Teacher Soul Studio Co-founder
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soulsara
Feb 11, 2022
In You Are Peaceful
Today is De-Stress Friday! Remember to take some time for yourself to deal with stress and anxiety, and not allow them to take over your life. Have you ever heard about the Havening Technique? The theory rests on the idea that touch can help boost the production of serotonin in your brain. This, in turn, helps you relax and detach from an upsetting memory or experience. According to Dr. Steven Ruden and Dr. Ronald Ruden, the creators of the technique, the use of therapeutic touch can help treat mental health symptoms by changing pathways in the brain linked to emotional distress. They say this approach aims to help you create a “haven” for yourself while working to bring the parasympathetic nervous system back online (rest/digest). This technique is also used to combat phobias, PTSD, unwanted craving, and even short-term and chronic pains. Did this technique catch your attention? Here are a few tips on how to do it: Try to find a havening practitioner: the best way to start is to learn with someone that is qualified. However, if there is none near you, it is essential to do your research and understand the best way of practicing it by yourself; Do it right after waking up: use those few minutes after waking up to sense your body slowly. It will bring more awareness and kick off your morning in a soothing way; Incorporate affirmations as you are doing it: start the technique with your hands on your shoulders and slowly massage your arms. While you proceed with the practice, have some positive affirmations in your head that resonate with you. Does this sound like an interesting practice for you? Try it out for yourself! And don’t forget to leave your opinion in the comments, we love ❤️from you. References: Raypole, C. (2020, October 28). Thinking of Trying the Havening Technique? Here’s What You Need to Know. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/havening#how-its-done The Havening Technique and PTSD – PTSD UK. (2021). PTSD UK. https://www.ptsduk.org/the-havening-technique-and-ptsd/
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soulsara
Feb 04, 2022
In You Are Connected
Today is De-Stress Friday! Time to think of yourself and find ways of coping with the stress and anxiety of the week! This week’s tip is all about self-reflection, and it is called Future Journaling. In this practice, you simply write a letter to yourself and save it to open on a specific date. The time span is up to you to decide: it can be weeks, months, or even years until you open that letter again. By laying down your worries, you are not only processing your emotions and putting them into perspective, but you will also be able to contemplate your feelings once you reopen the letter. This will help you put your worries into a bigger picture and rationalize what was once troubling your thoughts. Even for as little as four continuous weeks, gratitude writing can bring considerable benefits to your mental health. To help you start your first Future Letter, we leave you some tips: Use whatever feels most comfortable. You can write your letter in various forms: in your notebook, a postcard, a word document, or even the notes app on your phone. There are also many platforms online that send you the letter by email on your required day. Pin-point the issue you want to talk about. Choose one topic to write about, something that is really upsetting you. Depending on the topic, you will easily structure your letter and also define a time span. Don’t JUST write the letter. Imagine yourself reading it in the future. And try to think about how you overcame such difficult times. Have you tried practicing Future Journaling? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Please share them with us, we would ❤️ to hear from you! References: 1. Y. Joel Wong, Jesse Owen, Nicole T. Gabana, Joshua W. Brown, Sydney McInnis, Paul Toth & Lynn Gilman (2018) Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial, Psychotherapy Research, 28:2, 192-202, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2016.1169332 [Accessed 2 February 2022] 2. Okumura, K. (2020, February 28). Why You Should Write Notes to Your Future Self. Forge Medium. https://forge.medium.com/a-guide-to-overcoming-your-doubts-and-anxieties-by-writing-to-yourself-cd5714c82f15 [Accessed 2 February 2022]
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soulsara
Feb 03, 2022
In You Are Valuable
You Are Valuable is one of the Nine Themes of SOUL STUDIO for mind-body harmony. It is about dealing with the abuse and violence that come from peer pressure, bullying and racism. It is also about bringing up discussions and subjects connected to equality and peace. In this room here at SOULSARA you can discover ideas, topics and conversations related to peer stress, race relations and race-related stress and anxiety. This theme is all about starting a path towards equality and finding your true value! As always, you are more than welcome to share your insights, experiences, and ideas on topics related to this theme here in this room! We would ❤️ to hear from you!
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soulsara
Jan 31, 2022
In You Are Connected
Belonging is a fundamental part of being human. The need to belong refers to the emotional need to affiliate with and be accepted by a group. This can refer to being a part of a sports team, a peer group at school, co-workers, or even a family. The sense of belonging is fundamental in how our societies organize themselves, from communities to social groups, political parties, and even countries. The need to belong can lead to changes in behavior, beliefs, and attitudes as a person adapts to belong to a group. Our need to belong is what motivates us to seek long and stable relationships and motivates us to be a part of social activities. A sense of belonging is inseparable from our physical and mental health. Community belonging is associated with health, including mental health and well-being¹. Belonging, and the ties that come with it, are protective factors in managing stress and anxiety. Feeling supported helps us deal with hardships, which helps diminish the negative effect of those hardships. Some studies even present the fact that there is a link between belonging and greater well-being and reduction of feelings of hopelessness and loneliness and mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and social anxiety.² We can be intentional in increasing our sense of belonging. We have the power to make changes and try to create a bond and belong, and here are some ideas of how to do that: 1. Make an effort: this is the most crucial step. You need to choose to make an effort to belong. The effort to put yourself out there, to insist on opening yourself to meeting people. Seek out groups and be patient, as it might take some time for others to know you and accept you. 2. Practice and signal acceptance: accept the differences between everyone and embrace and focus on the similarities that unite the people in that group. Connect with others on common things and try finding those things that unite everyone in that group. This is also about validating other people’s feelings. 3. Encourage action: encourage people to come to you, be open and embracing, hear people out, and share with them. Come up with activities that can help everyone bond and share that feeling of belonging. Belonging is a necessary part of who we are as human beings. It is also profoundly connected to our well-being, and it is critical for our health, physical, emotional, and mental, as well as the health and strength of our communities. Do you have any other ideas on improving our sense of belonging or seeking it out when struggling? Please share them with us, we would love to hear from you! References: 1. Camilla A. Michalski, Lori M. Diemert, John F. Helliwell, Vivek Goel, Laura C. Rosella. Relationship between sense of community belonging and self-rated health across life stages. Science Direct, Volume 12, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100676 2. Moeller RW, Seehuus M, Peisch V. Emotional intelligence, belongingness, and mental health in college students. Front Psychol. 2020;11:93. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00093 3. Cherry, Kendra. Fact checked by Blackburn, Sean. What is Sense of Belonging?. Verywell Mind. [Online] Available from https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-the-need-to-belong-2795393 [Accessed 26 January 2022]
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soulsara
Jan 28, 2022
In You Are Prosperous
Today is De-Stress Friday! Time to think of yourself and find ways of coping with the stress and anxiety of the week! Several relaxation techniques can help you find a path to de-stressing and unwinding from a stressful moment. One of them is Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), a method based on targeting the tension in your muscles. It is a very effective technique in reducing anxiety and releasing tension. This exercise involves tensing and releasing muscles throughout the body and in groups of muscles to lessen bodily tension. American physician Edmund Jacobson first created the technique in the 1920s. Although modern PMR practice has evolved from when it was first developed, these are all variations of Jacobson’s original idea of systematically squeezing and relaxing groups of muscles. Be mindful while practicing PMR, taking it slow and focusing on feeling the tension released and the relaxation taking over your body. Take slow breaths and be careful not to tense any muscle to the point of pain. Avoid holding your breath, as that can cause more tension, and remember to inhale deeply when you tense your muscles and exhale fully when you relax them. PMR can be practiced alone or with a narrator. You can even make a recording of your own voice, guiding the relaxation, and then play it whenever you practice. The groups of muscles are feet, legs, hips and buttocks, stomach and chest, torso and shoulders, neck and face, hands. Here are the steps you can follow to start practicing Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Step 1: Sit or lie comfortably in a space with no distractions. You can close your eyes if it feels best. Take some deep breaths to start your practice. Step 2: Start at the feet. Tense the muscles on your feet for 5 seconds and release the contraction after that for 10 seconds. On the release, focus on alleviating the tension and feeling the relaxation. To avoid cramps, try playing your toes instead of curling them. Step 3: Tense the muscles on your lower legs for 5 seconds and release them for 10 seconds. Keep focusing on the release and feeling the tension alleviating through the practice. Step 4: Contract the muscles on your hips and buttocks for 5 seconds, and after that, release them for 10 seconds. Step 5: Tense the muscles on your stomach and chest for 5 seconds and then slowly release the contraction for 10 seconds. Step 6: Contract the muscles on your torso for 5 seconds, and after that, release them for 10 seconds. After this, do the same exercise for your shoulders. Keep focusing on feeling the relaxation when releasing the tension. Step 7: It is time to tense your face for 5 seconds. You can tense your face by squeezing your eyes shut and frowning. After that, release the tension for 10 seconds. Step 8: Finally, tense the muscles in the hands, creating a fist, and hold it for 5 seconds. Release slowly for 10 seconds. This technique promotes several responses in the body, lowering heart rate, calming the mind, and reducing tension. It can allow you to become more aware of your physical stress and help you get rid of anxious thoughts. PMR can also help cope with migraines, sleep issues, and neck and back pain. As with other relaxation techniques, it is ideal that you practice PMR so you can master it and include it in your routines as a way to truly prevent or stop stress and anxiety. Have you tried practicing Progressive Muscle Relaxation? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Please share them with us, we would ❤️ to hear from you! References: 1. Samantha K. Norelli; Ashley Long; Jeffrey M. Krepps, Relaxation Techniques. National Center for Biotechnology Information. [Online] Available from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513238/ [Accessed 18 January 2022] 2. Caporuscio, Jessica, Pharm.D., Reviewed by Wilson, Debra Rose, PhD., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT., 5 relaxation techniques to try. Medical News Today. [Online] Available from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/5-relaxation-techniques-to-try [Accessed 25 January 2022] 3. Star, Katharina, PhD. Reviewed by Gans, Steven, MD. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) for Anxiety. Verywell Mind. [Online] Available from https://www.verywellmind.com/progressive-muscle-relaxation-pmr-2584097 [Accessed 25 January 2022]
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soulsara
Jan 21, 2022
In You Are Connected
You Are Connected is one of the Nine Themes of SOUL STUDIO for mind-body harmony. This theme is all about finding a sense of belonging. This room is dedicated to topics connected to uprootment and dealing with the stress and anxiety related to it, and you will find discussions, topics, and ideas around these topics. This theme is also about developing a sense of team and teamwork, a topic that connects with the feeling of belonging. For that reason, we will facilitate conversations and nurture ideas around how to work better within a team. If you want to discover more about these topics, this room is for you! You are also welcome to share your experiences and insights on everything connected to this theme. We would ❤️ to hear from you!
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soulsara
Jan 21, 2022
In You Are Vibrant
Today is De-Stress Friday! Remember to take some time for yourself to deal with stress and anxiety, and not allow them to take over your life. There are several relaxation techniques that you can follow and practice to find your path to relaxing and breaking the cycle of stress. One of them is Guided Imagery or Visualization. Guided Imagery is a relaxation exercise that is a variation of traditional meditation, where you imagine or visualize a calming environment, a peaceful scene where you can relax and let go of stress. It is a technique that employs your senses, and you can choose to practice it with an audio guide, some listening aids like nature sounds, or even in silence. There is no correct way of practicing this technique, but the usual steps are: 1. Sit or lie down comfortably, preferably in a space with no distractions 2. Close your eyes and take some slow deep breaths to calm yourself 3. Imagine and visualize yourself in a relaxing environment. It can either be based on a memory or created from your imagination. This can vary from person to person, it can be a mountain, the beach, or your favorite chair in front of the fireplace. 4. Picture this as vividly as you can. Try to focus on your senses and the sensory attributes of that place: What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you taste? What do you feel? For example, if you are picturing yourself at the beach, you may see the waves crashing, hear some birds, smell the ocean, taste the salt water and feel the cool water on your feet. 5. Enjoy these feelings and sustain the visualization for as long as possible. Remain in your scene and enjoy yourself. 6. When you are ready, come back to the present, open your eyes, and slowly, without any rush, return to the environment that surrounds you. Ideally, you should assure yourself you can come back to this place whenever you want or need to relax. Guided Imagery can be a powerful relaxation technique, and it can be a form of guided meditation or practiced by oneself. It is a technique that helps manage stress by distracting you from intrusive thoughts. Have you tried practicing Guided Imagery? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Please share them with us, we would ❤️ to hear from you! References: 1. Samantha K. Norelli; Ashley Long; Jeffrey M. Krepps, Relaxation Techniques. National Center for Biotechnology Information. [Online] Available from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513238/ [Accessed 18 January 2022] 2. Robinson, Lawrence, Segal, Robert, M.A., Segal Jeanne, Ph.D., Smith Melinda, M.A. Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief, HelpGuide, [Online] Available from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/relaxation-techniques-for-stress-relief.htm [Accessed 18 January 2022]
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soulsara
Jan 19, 2022
In You Are Valuable
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A Shedd Life brings many challenges, but it is important to gather the courage to get out of our comfort zone, experience new things, and follow our paths. We can go after our dreams and goals, not settling for what is within reach. All by remembering this and believing in ourselves, finding the courage to go after what we want for our lives! Do you have other inspiring thoughts you like to remember to uplift you and give you motivation as you go along? Please share them with us!! We would ❤️ to hear from you!
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soulsara
Jan 17, 2022
In You Are Powerful
We have partnered with the wonderful Studio Surmayi to bring you innovative and beautiful gifts like this incredible bag. Studio Surmayi is a women-owned & women-operated project that works with environmentally friendly and sustainable materials from Bihar, India. The products they create are made from Eco-friendly banana fibers, and they are developed through a sustainable process. The designs are a wonderful blend of contemporary artistic creation and the traditional mastery of handicraft communities spread across Bihar. The work these women produce comes from reviving the craft and empowering the community, and embracing craftsmanship. And the result is beautiful and meaningful products like this bag. Studio Surmayi is a fantastic company, creating and innovating with Love and Pride, founding itself in great values, and bringing sustainable and special designs to life. Remember, SoulPoints can also be converted into rewards, and if you keep up the interactions on SOULSARA, you can accumulate SoulPoints! All the current rewards are created by the fantastic Studio Surmayi. As our community grows, we will continue to work with such enterprises from around the world so that we can all help each other and be there for each other in our Global Village. Please discover all the unique products Studio Surmayi has made our partnership in mind!
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soulsara
Jan 14, 2022
In You Are Loved
Today is De-stress Friday! One of the things that can help you de-stress and even prevent accumulating stress is having a hobby that helps bring your stress levels down and, with our stressful lives, it can be critical in maintaining our well-being. Here we have a list of stress-relief activities that might help you. This will depend on several factors, including the source of stress in your life, the time you have and even your personality and what kind of activities you like doing. Nevertheless, they are all hobbies that can help you de-stress! 1. Puzzles and problem-solving activities Distracting your mind from the sources of stress and engaging in problem-solving activities, like crosswords, Sudoku, other word games, and even puzzles, can work very well. Engaging your mind in this kind of hobby will help take your focus out of stress. It is a hobby to help break the cycle of mental stress in your mind and is also great for bettering your focus and problem-solving abilities. 2. Gardening The first aspect of gardening that makes it a good hobby to relieve stress is that you get out and get some fresh air and some sunlight. Creating something beautiful like your own garden, nurturing and caring for plants, and being in contact with Nature are the other aspects that make this such a positive activity! 3. Cooking and Baking Trying new recipes and discovering new flavors can be fun! Baking is an activity that actually requires a lot of the elements related to de-stressing. Like cooking, baking is a sensory experience, and it requires attention for the planning and concentration for the execution. You have to really be in the moment when baking, and that is another aspect of this activity that makes it so good for relieving stress. 4. Scrapbooking and journaling Many people find journaling an excellent way to deal with stress. Writing, whether a personal journal or diary, or other formats that include fiction, can be cathartic. In the same way, scrapbooking, putting together a montage of pictures, memories, and other elements can be a way to steer your focus to positive elements and focus on creating something beautiful and meaningful. 5. Drawing, painting, or coloring All of these activities start by connecting you to your artistic side. Drawing and painting can work to help you process your emotions, keeping your focus on what you are creating and get you out of your head. Even if you do not have great artistic skills, you can pick up a coloring book and get at least the last two of these benefits just by coloring. It can be a true stress reliever and a very gratifying hobby. 6. Music Learn how to play an instrument! Listening to music is already good for relaxing and relieving stress. Creating music combines this with the benefits of artistic creation, involving your attention so that your mind gets completely absorbed in this activity. At the same time, you are also using this to express yourself, which is also a fantastic way to de-stress. 7. Knitting Knitting may be an excellent hobby for de-stressing if you are into crafting! The repetitive action of the clicking needles has a calming effect. This repetitive motion can also get you to feel the action’s flow, which will guide your focus away from stress. As with other of the activities mentioned here, the fact that you are creating something and the gratification that comes from there can also have beneficial effects on your mood and feelings. 8. Meditation and breathing exercises It is no secret that meditation and conscious breathing are great ways to de-stress! Take up some time in your day or week to practice breathing exercises and meditation and you will start to feel the positive effects. It will help you reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and emotional well-being, promote focus and attention and enhance self-awareness, amongst other benefits. 9. Physical activity Exercise releases endorphins which are hormones that make us naturally feel good. It can be an intense workout or exercise,, but it can also be dancing or taking walks in the park. As we have mentioned before, practicing a physical activity, we enjoy and making it a part of your life will help lower stress levels. Make them a habit, and you will feel the difference. There are other hobbies and activities that you can do to help you cope with stress. It is important that you find the better ones for you, the ones that match your needs and personality and that you find fun! Remember to make time for them and include them in your schedule, as they are crucial to maintaining our well-being. If you have other hobbies and activities you like doing to de-stress, tell us what they are, you are welcome to share your thoughts and ideas here! We would ❤️ to hear from you! References 1. Scott, Elizabeth, PhD, Reviewed by Goldman, Rachel PhD, FTOS. Top 10 Stress-Relieving Hobbies. Verywell Mind. [Online] Available from https://www.verywellmind.com/top-stress-reliever-hobbies-3144592 [Accessed 11th January 2022] 2. Dolgoff, Stephanie. 15 Stress-Reducing Activities You Can Do at Home, According to Experts. The American Institute of Stress. [Online] Available from https://www.stress.org/15-stress-reducing-activities-you-can-do-at-home-according-to-experts [Accessed 11th January 2022]
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In You Are Powerful
Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It involves the sense of identity, self-confidence, feelings of belonging, amongst other aspects. Self-esteem is connected to believing we deserve to be loved and knowing our thoughts, feelings, opinions have value. Low self-esteem can become long-lasting and seriously impact mental wellness, leading to trauma, anxiety, and even depression. It may make it more difficult to achieve life goals and form healthy, supportive relationships. Here are some signs of low self-esteem. They may vary from person to person, and sometimes they can be more apparent, but that can be much more subtle in some cases. Poor Confidence and Self-doubt Low self-confidence and low-self esteem are many times connected. When you are not confident in yourself and your abilities, you do not have strong self-trust, and you do not feel comfortable along your path in life. This leads to constant self-doubt and worrying about making decisions and choices in life. Fear of Failure As low-self esteem is so connected to a lack of confidence and self-trust, you experience doubt in connection to several areas of your life. This may create doubt in your ability to succeed and lead to situations where you try to avoid challenges, blame excuses or external factors or try to downplay the importance of a task. Sensitivity to Criticism When suffering from low self-esteem, it is common to be highly sensitive to criticism, whether from others or yourself. In this case, criticism is only viewed as reinforcing your flaws and confirming your incapability or lack of ability for something. You might also experience trouble accepting positive feedback, often meeting it with distrust and doubt because it does not match your own opinion of yourself. Self-sabotaging It is a common way of coping with the feelings of hopelessness and that nothing will change for the better that can be common in someone with low self-esteem. By finding obstacles that prevent success, you are creating something else to blame for what you perceive as your inabilities and shortcomings. Negative Comparison Comparing yourself to others can be a source of inspiration, but it can also be damaging for your self-esteem, especially for those already suffering from low self-esteem. People suffering from low self-esteem tend to compare themselves with people they think are better than them. This can leave them with feelings of inadequacy or hopelessness. Social media play an important role here as they provide very easy ways to engage in negative comparison. People Pleasing People with low self-esteem often turn to others to look for the validation they do not have internally. To feel good about themselves, they try to make people around them happy in search of that external validation. This might make them say yes to things they may not want to do or have because they feel guilty about saying no, putting others’ needs above their own. There are other things that might be signs someone is suffering from low self-esteem. It is important that you recognize those signs and try to deal with this issue. Low self-esteem is often connected or can play a role in developing stress and anxiety-related issues. However, it is possible to deal with it and learn how to cope with the anxiety and fear that come with it. If you would like to share your own experiences and ideas about low self-esteem, you are welcome to leave your thoughts and ideas here! We would ❤️ to hear from you! References: 1. Cherry, Kendra. Reviewed by Susman, David, PhD. 11 Signs of Low Self-Esteem. Verywell Mind. [Online] Available from https://www.verywellmind.com/signs-of-low-self-esteem-5185978 [Accessed 6th January 2022] 2. Raising Low Self-Esteem. NHS. [Online] Available from https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/tips-and-support/raise-low-self-esteem/ [Accessed 6th January 2022]
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You Are Powerful is one of the Nine Themes of SOUL STUDIO for mind-body harmony. It is all about discovering how to emerge victorious over low-esteem conditions. Here at SOULSARA, you can find in this room everything connected to how to deal with low-self-esteem issues, with the trauma that can come from them, as well as the stress and anxiety they create. Discover ideas, conversations, and topics on finding ways to grow your self-esteem, recognize and know your value, how to find your path to feeling empowered, and believing in yourself! You are also welcome to share your thoughts, experiences, and insights on all subjects connected to this theme. We would ❤️ to hear from you!
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