Why Do Chrіѕtіаnѕ Prасtісе Yoga ?

Yoga іѕ also a form оf meditation. It іѕ a mоvіng mеdіtаtіоn. It has a spiritual ѕіdе, whісh іѕ рrоbаblу whеrе most оf the соntrоvеrѕу about it resides. It hаѕ a mіnd-bоdу-ѕріrіt соnnесtіоn. Cеntrаl to уоgа is our brеаth. When the breathing ѕlоwѕ dоwn, thе mіnd slows dоwn аѕ wеll. In fасt, the рurроѕе of уоgа is tо рrераrе thе bоdу fоr meditation. When the mіnd bесоmеѕ still, wе еntеr іntо a ѕtаtе of inner peace. Whеn оur mіnd іѕ аt peace, wе create a grеаtеr ѕрасе fоr Gоd in оur lіvеѕ tо hеаr аnd еxреrіеnсе Hіm оn a dеереr lеvеl, a ѕріrіtuаl lеvеl. Thе bіblе says thаt “Thе ѕріrіt оf Gоd іѕ within уоu.” Therefore, іt is uр tо uѕ to prepare our hеаrtѕ to fеllоwѕhір with Him. Thіѕ іѕ whу уоgа арреаlѕ tо mаnу Christians. 

Jеѕuѕ told thе Pharisees in Matthew 23: 13, “Woe tо уоu, teachers of thе lаw and Phаrіѕееѕ, you hypocrites! Yоu ѕhut thе dооr of the kіngdоm оf heaven in people’s fасеѕ. You yourselves dо nоt enter nоr wіll you lеt those еntеr who аrе trуіng tо”. Thе grоwіng іntеrеѕt in уоgа to thе Chrіѕtіаn іѕ a rеѕult of ѕріrіtuаl hungеr. Gоіng to church, lіѕtеnіng tо a ѕеrmоn, or serving in the church іѕ not fіllіng the gаріng hole that continues tо grоw іn Christians whо dоn’t wаnt more programs but mоrе God. Thеу are not finding іt іn the buіldіng, ѕо they are lооkіng elsewhere. Yоgа or a Chrіѕt-сеntеrеd yoga аltеrnаtіvе іѕ juѕt аnоthеr tооl thаt аllоwѕ Christians tо put into practice thе ѕсrірturе thаt says, “Bе ѕtіll аnd know thаt I аm Gоd.” 

Whеn was thе last tіmе you wеrе taught аbоut mеdіtаtіng оn God or practiced mеdіtаtіоn іn thе сhurсh? Whеn wаѕ thе lаѕt tіmе уоu spent tіmе dwеllіng іn Gоd’ѕ рrеѕеnсе in the sanctuary? I саn honestly tеll уоu thаt fоr mе the аnѕwеr is very rarely. Mоѕt churches don’t vаluе the quiet. Mаnу mау argue that аbіdіng bу Gоd іѕ a реrѕоnаl mаttеr; however, mаnу mоdеrn-dау Christians aren’t even familiar wіth thіѕ concept and іf thеу аrе, thеу hаvе bееn discouraged to dо ѕо. In fact, thеrе are Chrіѕtіаnѕ who hаvе bееn brainwashed to bеlіеvе thаt mеdіtаtіоn іѕ оf thе devil. 

If Chrіѕtіаnѕ рrасtісе yoga as a fоrm of worship and аѕ a wау tо lоvе and hоnоr God and grоw іn rеlаtіоnѕhір with Him, what rіght has аnуоnе tо tell thеm аnу dіffеrеntlу? Pаul in Romans 14:4 declares, “Whо are you tо judge ѕоmеоnе еlѕе’ѕ servant? To hіѕ own mаѕtеr, he stands or falls. Hе wіll ѕtаnd, fоr the Lоrd is аblе tо mаkе hіm stand.” If аѕ a Christian we рrасtісе yoga wіth the rіght motives аnd оut оf a рurе hеаrt, God receives оur praise. 

Yoga wіll соntіnuе to bе a соntrоvеrѕіаl tоріс аmоngѕt Chrіѕtіаnѕ, but thаt’ѕ оkау. Gоd has gіvеn us the freedom and the lіbеrtу tо serve him in wауѕ thаt nоt everyone wіll аррrоvе оf. Chrіѕtіаnѕ whо рrасtісе уоga, do ѕо unto thе Lоrd. Chrіѕtіаnѕ who dоn’t practice yoga, dо ѕо unto thе Lоrd. So regardless оf what ѕіdе оf thе fеnсе уоu ѕtаnd, іf уоu are using your faith tо еxаlt аnd hоnоr the Lord, ассоrdіng tо thе scriptures, іt’ѕ rеаllу nobody buѕіnеѕѕ but уоurѕ аnd God’s. Are you interested in Chrіѕtіаn Yoga?

What is Green Yoga and Fashion ?

Eco-friendly options are available in almost every aspect of modern life. As people get more concerned with the planet and with our effects on it, smart companies are finding ways to marry this concern with consumer culture as well as fashion. However, the Green yoga trend goes beyond clothing, with implications for every aspect of life and lifestyle. To discover what green yoga is and whether it fits with your practice, keep reading.





What is it?

Green yoga fashion is exactly what it sounds like, it is yoga gear that is made from eco-friendly, organic or recycled materials. Companies that make Green Yoga gear use reduced packaging and try to work with local producers or manufacturers when possible. However, this is a philosophy that goes further than the making and use of eco-friendly yoga clothes.

Green Yoga studios

The Green trend goes even further with Green Yoga studios appearing all over America. The idea of these, to cause no harm, can be seen in the workouts as well as the materials used to build the studios and the philosophies that drive the meditational practices. It is a growing movement that teaches connection with the external world and with the self and the pursuit of things that benefit both of these aspects of life.

How to go green in yoga

Apart from wearing yoga clothes that are as eco-friendly as possible, there are a number of things you can do to go green in every aspect of your yoga practice. It means being aware of your surroundings. Often, people don’t think about what chemicals are used to make or clean the floors and walls around us, though they can be toxic, cause cancer or just be really bad for the environment. Cleaning products used in your yoga spaces should be re-evaluated as well, with many of them containing the same dangerous chemicals that can be breathed in while practicing yoga or just while going about your day to day life.

Continuing Green Yoga outside of class

The trend for Green Yoga has moved outside of yoga classes. Practitioners and teachers of this way believe in recycling and reusing wherever possible and the manufacture and use of green products in every aspect of their lives. Groups that were once formed to practice yoga have become more than that, communicating and cooperating in order to discuss better life practices and how green philosophies can become made a bigger part of their businesses and general life activities. These groups not only help pass on useful tips for a green living but create a better sense of community and connection in the battle for greener living.





Yoga is seen as a natural, organic way of moving and exercising that fits with a lifestyle that is more connected to the earth and spirituality than most other workout styles. This is why the trend for Green yoga in fashion and in other aspects of life goes so well with the way of thinking and living that yoga practitioners usually adopt. Though it would seem to be just another trend, if it helps the planet then it would seem to be one that’s worth following

What is Tulsi ?

Tulsi is a potent herb, otherwise known as Holy Basil, that has been used in India for many years. Its primary purpose is for divine protection but it also has many medicinal benefits. Considered sacred in Hindu belief, it is regarded as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi, who is a consort of the god Vishnu.

In Hinduism, tree worship is a common practice; but Tulsi, in particular, is viewed as the holiest of all plants. It is observed as the threshold point between heaven and earth. It has exquisite lavender colored flowers with small pieces of fruit that add a red-orange color to its canvas.




As an Offering

When the worship of Vishnu occurs, the leaves are offered to him and his other forms that include Krishna and Vithoba. A traditional prayer is spoken, which describes the residence of the creator Brahma within the branches of the plant.

The plant itself can be broken up into its parts where each part represents different beliefs. Specifically, all Hindu pilgrimage centers reside within the roots. The Ganges flows through the roots and the deities reside within the stem; the Hindu scriptures are the leaves and the Vedas are in the upper part of its branches.



Medicinal Properties


Tulsi has more than a spiritual purpose. There are many who follow the medical properties it provides through Ayurveda belief. Walking through an Indian home, it is not uncommon to find a living Tulsi plant within the interior, in a place of honor.


The Ayurvedic belief is that the Holy Basil promotes purity and lightness within the body. It cleanses the respiratory tract of all toxins that reside within the body, as well as relieve any digestive gas and bloating that often occurs.


If you suffer from a respiratory disorder, try a mixture of the leaves with honey and ginger as a cure for bronchitis, influenza, a fever, cold or a cough. This brew can even help in the case of those who suffer from asthma. Feel free to also try boiling some water with the leaves as it relieves sore throat when drank, or cooled down to room temperature and used as a gargle.

The leaves are also used to calm the body and mind and are used frequently as an anti-stress agent. The process for this is simpler. By just chewing on 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, it helps purify the blood and decrease the buildup of stress.





Meditation

The stems of this versatile plant are frequently made into meditation malas or rosaries used for prayer or during the time of meditation. By using the holy plant, the user is promoting the quality of attachment and helping clear the aura and strengthen the immune system. The plant helps give the user the power of pure awareness.

This amazing and powerful plant can be used in a variety of ways, whether as a cleansing skin powder, as an oil to treat the appearance of grey hair, or as a dried herb in tea to promote better health. If you are looking for a more holistic approach to your lifestyle and are intrigued by traditional medicine, then give this Holy plant a try.


How to Slay Your Day

You hear me talk about breakfast often. I feel that starting the day off right sets a positive tone for the rest of it. It also transfers the positive energy into other tasks that you have to cross off your to-do list.

Here are a few simple things that lead up to boosting my productivity levels:

A healthy day starts on the evening of the previous one. Our bodies function best on a healthy amount of quality sleep. Sleep is when our muscles recover, our bodies relax and brains get a break from the overflow of information. 

A good night’s sleep will lead you to a well-rested morning when you can beat the flood of emails and enjoy the fresh flow of inspiration in peace. You could possibly leave wi-fi off ’til mid-morning if you are not expecting any vital information or requests. No matter how many hours of sleep you need for proper functioning. Make sure the sleep you do get is sound; quality over quantity works wonders. So, adopt a calming nightly routine that will make you fall asleep soundly as if you were on a colorful cotton-candy cloud.

Also, get a consistent sleep schedule. As intricate and complex our body might seem, it actually responds best to routines. Everyone is different, but what I learned about myself is that I function best when going to bed earlier (by 10 pm) and waking up good 8 to 9 hours later.

I understand that each of us is different and you might not be an early bird, rather a night owl, and that is perfectly OK too. Just transfer those same suggestions to the part of the day when you feel you get the most out of your energy spikes.

I know that the catch to my successful day lies in the preparation. I might have to swallow my word about being constant now, but when it comes to food, I like switching things up. To clarify—not entirely switching them up— I at least create variations of the same basic foods that I cannot see myself eating in the rotation without altering a little. My breakfast could usually be interchangeable with any of the day’s snacks. The basic variation usually consists of seasonal fruit and oats in combination with some nuts for attaining healthy fats and receiving the best possible outcome of all foods in the mix. I’m talking about better absorption into the system.

I get excited about food. The other day I even heard myself say right after a filling dinner that I cannot wait for lunch the next day because I had something yummy planned for us. I might be obsessed with food, but I know that it is what keeps me strong and positive and uplifting. So, eating right goes a long way past the empty plate at the kitchen table.

I like to plan my meals ahead. There’s nothing surer than being ready for success. Overnight oats are just the perfect thing to put you at a head start. 


For 2 serving you’ll need:

I’m assuming you’ll be sharing them with a partner or a friend.

1 cup of rolled oats (you could use the regular one, lightly blended)

1 cup of non-dairy milk of your preference (you can add more later if the mixture gets too thick for your liking)

2 tablespoons of a nut/seed butter of your choice (my favorite is almond butter, but I like to switch things up by occasion)

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut

1 / 2 of a tablespoon of cinnamon

Mix them together in a mason jar. I like to use a fork to do so and refrigerate overnight or for about half an hour until the chia seeds bulk up and oats soak.

Then go little nuts with toppings which I always like to add right before eating. I’m partial to bananas being refrigerated, and nuts and seeds have no need to be cooled. But, that’s just my picky taste talking.

When I also like to add fresh seasonal fruit on top for extra sweetness.

These are all results of years of changes, breaking habits, routines settings, and life adaptations before I set this basic routine that (currently) works for me. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to adopt it at some point in time again.

Now off to practice what I preach. What are your practices for success?

5 Yoga Clothing Hacks

Here are some of my favorite yoga hacks to wear yoga clothes to work. That way you can do some yoga at lunch and then come back to work and still look fantastic. It’s important to stretch the body throughout the day. However, you might need to change your entire outfit ensemble to be able to always be stretching at work. Follow these hacks to achieve the perfect yoga-to-work outfit. Keep a yoga mat and pillow stashed in your office or car for easy access. You might even get to take a post-yoga nap on your yoga mat!

Hack 1:

Wear your yoga top, usually a tight nylon or spandex yoga shirt, underneath a nice top works. That way when you are done at the office you just throw the office shirt off and you are ready to go for yoga time.

It’s often hard to find a place to change when outside of the home or during your lunch break. Changing clothes also takes up your precious time when you only get a certain amount of time for breaks. Instead, layer up your yoga and work outfit to solve this problem. If the weather is cold enough you can even layer yoga pants under loose jeans for an easy yoga transformation.

Avoid keeping the yoga pants on too long so your skin has a chance to breathe. Maybe bring a bag with you to throw the yoga pants in there when you’re done practicing yoga.

Hack 2:

Throw a little blazer or cardigan on top of a t-shirt. Now you have your secret yoga-shirt underneath but you have your nice t-shirt showing under a work-appropriate blazer. Alternatively, you could throw on a long workstyle sweater over yoga leggings.

Hack 3: 

Wear your yoga pants to work. Pair a long top/sweater with yoga leggings. Black yoga leggings are a classic option. Also, thick gray yoga pants can easily fit into the office-appropriate style. Navy yoga pants could also work.

Hack 4: 

Wear shoes that really dress up your outfit. You can wear high boots that go all the way to the knee. With boots going all the way to the knee combined with a long top nobody can even tell that you’re wearing yoga pants.

In cold weather wear the boots however, in warmer weather you can wear flats or heels. Wearing flats are great because they are easy to slip off at your desk and easily pull one leg into a cross-legged position for a nice hip stretch.

Yoga For Back Pain

Our lives spent sitting in hard office chairs slouched over desks can wreak havoc on our bodies. One of the most common complaints amongst working adults is back pain. What starts off as mild discomfort can turn debilitating when left untreated. But before you rush to the pharmacy in search of pain pills, try these yoga poses that stretch the spine, release tension, and lessen the strain that makes your back feel more like a battleground. As a bonus, yoga can improve posture, which will help you avoid further strain. Just remember that if your back pain is severe, always consult a doctor before trying a new exercise regime. Once you’ve been given the OK, try these seven pain relieving poses: 

1. Childs Pose

Staring in Tabletop (hands under shoulders, knees resting on the ground, back straight), slowly draw your hips back towards your feet, keeping your arms stretched out in front. Keep going until your whole torso is resting on your thighs and your forehead is on your mat. You can either leave your arms in front of you or bring them to your sides. It is a simple resting pose that gently stretches the upper and lower back. 

2. Cat/Cow

Start once again in Tabletop. Drop your belly towards the ground, lift your head and chin, and bring a nice u-curve to your back. It is a Cow pose. Next, pull your belly in, curve your spine up, and drop your head down. You should resemble a cat with an arched back, hence the name. Repeat this as many as 20 times, inhaling into Cow and exhaling into Cat.




3. Downward Facing Dog

Start on your hands and knees with your shoulders aligned over your wrists and hips over knees. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed across your hands. Tuck your toes under and lift up and back, reaching your pelvis towards the ceiling. Touch your heels to the floor if you can, but if not, stay on your toes. Your body should resemble an “a” shape. Relax your head, neck, and shoulders.




4. Upward Facing Dog

Lie face-down on your mat with your legs a few inches apart and your hands beside your ribs. Keeping the tops of your toes flat on the mat (not curling them under) and press up with your hands, bringing your torso, hips, and upper thighs off the mat. Make sure your shoulders are not up by your ears – if they are, you can remedy this by lifting your chest higher and pushing from your hands, not resting your weight on your wrists. 




5. Triangle

Step your feet 4-5 feet apart, turning your right foot 90 degrees, so your toes point to the front of your mat. Your left foot should be at a 45-degree angle. Keep your hips facing forward and both legs straight. Raise your arms to shoulder height, then reach your right arm forward, bend at the hip, and draw your right arm down to your right shin, keeping the left arm straight up pointing to the ceiling. Do the same on the left side.




6. Supine Spinal Twist

Lie on your back with your knees drawn into your chest. Slowly drop your knees to one side of your body, keeping your upper back on the mat as much as possible. After resting here for a minute, bring your knees back to your chest then drop to the other side. 




7. Thread The Needle

From Tabletop, inhale and reach your right arm up to the ceiling, then exhale and bring that arm down, sliding it under your left arm. Keep your palm up and reach until you can set your shoulder onto your mat. Rest your cheek lightly on the mat, putting your weight on your left arm and keeping the hips up. Switch sides and repeat. 

3 Natural Remedies to Alleviate Cold Symptoms

Everyone has experienced the annoying presence of the common cold before. You may have a painful cough, a stuffy nose, or a sore throat that persists for days on end. Many people are tempted to take a dose of over-the-counter cold medicines, but others are concerned about the ingredients found in these pills. These yogis would much rather find a natural remedy to alleviate their symptoms on a daily basis.

Fortunately, finding natural remedies for common complaints like the cold is becoming significantly easier. The drug stores and local pharmacies are starting to stock products that fall into the category of natural health products. When your body isn’t at its best, these remedies can help you to feel better faster.

Apply a Homemade Chest Rub


You can skip all of the chemicals in the commercially made chest rubs you see on the shelves. Instead, create your own version using natural and therapeutic-grade essential oils. Combine three drops of eucalyptus essential oil and three drops of rosemary essential oil with one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. Mix them together well and spread them over the chest for relief from a cough or stuffy nose.

You may also want to rub this concoction on the bottom of your feet and cover them with cotton socks.

Swallow Some Elderberry Syrup


Natural health enthusiasts are always promoting the beneficial properties of a quality container of elderberry syrup. This liquid is meant to be sweet and helps to fight off germs and infections. You can take it to prevent a cold or use it to shorten the timespan that you happen to be sick. You can purchase a jar of this at a natural health store or whip up a batch on your own using a handful of simple ingredients.

Make Some Peppermint Tea


When you’re sick, you probably crave things that are hot and steamy. You may not feel up to eating a heavy bowl of soup, but a mug of steaming tea might be able to do the trick. Peppermint tea has many properties that make it ideal for individuals who happen to be sick. The leaves are antibacterial which help to kill infections. It is also well known as a natural remedy to settle an upset stomach.

Be sure to drink lots of this tea without sweeteners if possible. If you simply must have it sweetened, add a teaspoon of honey instead of granulated sugar. It’s a healthier alternative that can contribute to your recovery.

In the end, there are a lot of natural home remedies you can use to ward off lingering cold and flu symptoms. Many of the ingredients are easy to find around town, but you may be able to order them online if you have a few days to wait. There’s no better substitute for sickness than drinking plenty of fluids and getting rest though. Be sure to take care of your body during times where it isn’t at its very best. This can help you to stay healthier in the long run.

Matsyasana: The Fish Pose

Matsyasana or the fish pose is well-known by many across all levels. Here, we will go through the technique, the variations and the benefits of the pose. Because of the nature of this pose, and the way it naturally falls into a program of classical poses, it is a good idea to think about what you wear. This might just be your opportunity to wear those comfortable high waist leggings that will cover your tummy as you lean back.

There are two different starting poses for matsyasana. Normally, you would start off lying on your back and then lift your head and chest before you put the top of your head on the mat. If you are able to sit in a full lotus pose, start there. Then, lean back supporting your body on your hands, proceed by putting your elbows on the mat, holding on to your big toes if you can reach them and lower the top of your head down on the mat.

In the pose, you focus on lifting your chest up so that it becomes an active lift with the chest, rather than leaning on your arms and head. You will, of course, feel a certain weight on your arms and a light pressure on your head.

There is another variation of the matsyasana which can be very useful for a longer rest in the pose. Here, you use a yoga bolster, or if you don’t have a bolster, you can use a rolled up sticky mat or blanket. You place the bolster across your mat so that when you lie down over it, the lowest part of your shoulder blades is on the bolster. You then lay your arms out to the sides, if absolutely necessary, put a little pillow or blanket under the top of the head as support.

All the variations of the pose have the same benefits. They open up the chest; it is a heart opener and gives space to the respiratory system. Matsyasana stretches out the abdomen and is therefore beneficial to the processes of the abdominal organs. At the same time, it is a backward back bend and can be an important help to maintain movement and flexibility. Matsyasana is also an ideal counterpose for halasana and Sarvangasana. After doing matsyasana it is important to straighten out the back to let it return to its natural straighter shape. Therefore when you come out of the pose, lie down in Shavasana.

Using the variation of the pose with the bolster opens up an opportunity to stay in the pose for even longer. This, in turn, gives a stronger beneficial effect, especially on the respiratory system. It can even be used when you have a cold or flu to help your body heal. If you intend to stay in the pose for a longer time, take extra care so you don’t get cold–make sure you wear warm clothes like fleece leggings and an extra jacket. Most important of all, enjoy!

Signs of a Good Yoga Teacher

Yoga is an excellent way to combine exercise and meditation, as you’re learning to limber up both your body and mind. It also can be beneficial to join a class, so that you can have help with learning the more challenging poses. However, just like anything else, there are just as many bad yoga instructors as there are good ones.

If you want to get the most out of your yoga instruction, then don’t just sign up for any old yoga class. Whether you’re looking for a yoga instructor or a meditation guide, here are a few signs of a good teacher, one who will help you expand your knowledge of yoga and meditation with patience and compassion.

Signs of a Good Teacher:

1) A good teacher will see and welcome their students before the class, appreciating them for who they are as unique and beautiful people. He or she will have a positive attitude toward the class in general.

2) Yoga can be challenging, so people with injuries, even minor ones, should be careful. Because of this, the teacher should ask at the beginning of every class if there are any injuries, strains, concerns or tensions at all in anyone’s body, and what that issue is. This way, the teacher can keep that in mind as the class goes through the poses.

3) The teacher will choose poses for the class so people with injuries get help and the people without injuries get challenged.

4) A good teacher explains and demonstrates a pose, especially challenging ones, so the students understand it from beginning to end. The teacher should make sure the whole class is on the same page and everyone is aware of the dangers and mistakes.

5) The teacher knows how to explain the poses in a variety of ways so if explaining it one way doesn’t resonate with someone; they have an arsenal of perspectives on the poses.

6) Good teachers will know how to teach. They will see subtle errors and weaknesses and know how to correct them graciously. A positive teacher will assume you are putting your all into the class and gently encourage you, working with whatever energy level you may have. The teacher will use frequent positive reinforcement when he or she checks on students, and will never, ever embarrass or bully a student.

7) At the end of the class, a good teacher asks how the students are feeling. Teachers should want to make sure that the class was helpful and challenging for everybody.

8) They should have a wealth of meditations for Savasana (Dead Man’s Pose) at the end of class. Good meditations really enhance yoga, so good teachers should know of several to help their students get the most out of the class.

9) A good teacher always thanks their students for attending. It’s just common courtesy.

10) Most importantly, they practice what they preach. They treat their lives, their students, their emotions, and attitudes with the grounding and peace brought forth in good yoga.

Fortunately, there are more good teachers than bad ones in the world, as the very nature of yoga promotes compassion and the pursuit of wisdom. If you’re looking for a new class, keep these signs in mind and you’ll find a teacher and group that you’ll be able to mesh with.

Six Things You Can Do Today to Make Your Life Better

When you are looking to make changes to your life, it’s often the important things that you try to change. But sometimes, the important things are not the issue, or can’t be changed because of the way your life and the world is made. When things like this occur, you can be left feeling frustrated or let down; trapped by circumstances. But you don’t need to feel that way. Sometimes, incremental changes are all that are needed to make your day to day much more fulfilling and enjoyable. Here are several changes you can make to your day and to your thinking that can have a big effect on your experience.

1. Set Good Habits

Humans are creatures of habit, and by setting good ones, you can work towards the results you want. Whether you want to be fitter, or have a tidy house, you can identify and set habits that will allow you to take small, manageable steps towards your goal. And, as the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race.

2. Be Grateful

This is a big one. Sometimes, we get so caught up in what we don’t have that we forget what we do have. Make a point of noticing and being grateful for the good things in your life. The shift in your mindset can have lasting and far reaching benefits for your way of thinking and your life.

3. Do something Fun

We all have busy lives, but quite often they get filled with tasks that are necessary, but not fun or interesting. This can be draining. So, make room for fun. Make a list of things that you like to do, things you find fun, and make a commitment to doing one of them for a brief time each day. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life.

Good habits start with the right clothes. Shop the above look here.

4. Eliminate Negative Thoughts

These can be a result of past events, or even people who have taught us to think negatively about ourselves, or the way we do something. Identify these thoughts and when they pop up, recognize how they make you feel. Question the truthfulness of what the negative thoughts are telling you. If they are true, work towards improving that part of yourself. If they aren’t true, get rid of them. It’s obviously not that simple, and you can get professional help with this if necessary, but the central premise is the same. Get out of the habit of thinking things that make you feel bad.

5. Perform an Act of Kindness

Whether you want to volunteer some time to a worthy cause or just help your elderly neighbor, helping other people will make you feel better about yourself, and improves the world in some small way. You’ll be amazed at the difference this can make to your life.

6. Practice Mindfulness

Focus on the present. The past is gone, and the future is always uncertain, all you really have is the moment you are in, so treasure it. You can do this through meditation or through other mindfulness exercises, but the important part is to remind yourself every now and then to enjoy your life whenever you can.

These are six small things that can improve your life and set you up for bigger and better changes. Try them out in your own life, you won’t lose anything but a bit of time, and that would have gone by anyway.