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Life Is Short Enjoy It

“How can I enjoy this more?” That’s one of the best questions small business owners can ask themselves about every non-negotiable part of their work life. For me, I’ve found a way to turn my weekly strategic planning into the hour I most enjoy all week long. How did I do it? About a year ago, I began taking myself to a teahouse near my home office every Friday at 4:00 pm. There amidst green plants and beautiful hand-carved, hand-painted surroundings (this teahouse was a gift to us from our sister-city in Tajikistan) I order some great tea and dinner and do my strategic planning for the coming week.

What makes this such a great choice and why has it become the most effective planning time I spend all week? There are several reasons:

One, I am usually tired by the end of the week. It has traditionally been hard for me to set aside time at the end of the week to get my strategic planning done. By getting out of my home office, by going to a beautiful place, by making this hour a treat I look forward to all week – I am making something special out of a task that is vital for me to do for my business.

Two, over time I have developed a process that insures I keep track of everything that needs to get done. I have a strategic planning pendaflex in the front of my desk filing drawer that holds all the materials I need to do my strategic planning. It contains my monthly planner, my yearly goals, and folders for specific long term projects and I add things that I use every day which live on my desk: like my weekly calendar, and the bright red clip board that holds my weekly and daily to do lists. These drop neatly into a business-sized carrier and off I go!

Three, the process is pretty much the same every week: I start a new to do list for the coming week. I check the upcoming week’s calendar and note down any prep work I need to get done by when. I look at the previous week’s to do list. I see what I accomplished and what is incomplete and needs to get transferred over for the coming week. I look at my monthly goals and see how they are coming along – moving specific to-do items onto my next week’s list. I also look at my long range goals for my business and see what I can do next week to make sure they will keep coming along.

Four, I make sure the time I spend at the teahouse is not all business. I often invite one of my friends to join me 60 to 90 minutes in to my time there for conversation in a great location! Or I may bring a book I am currently reading and enjoy reading quietly while drinking the last of my tea. Or sometimes I do some creative writing. I’m currently working on a short story… just for fun. There are other places in Boulder I could go every week, but the teahouse is my favorite. I love the tea and the food there is excellent. The bottom line is that, I have turned this last hour of my work week into something that nurtures me and which I look forward to all week long.

Five, I am considerate of the teahouse staff. I order things to pay for my time in their restaurant. On average I budget $15 to $25 a week for my time at the teahouse. I make sure I leave a good tip and I keep an eye on the restaurant around me, leaving if the tables all start to get filled. I sometimes spend upwards of two hours at the teahouse. Since I arrive and leave before the usual dinner rush, the teahouse is usually happy to have me stay as long as I want. Sometimes, like last week, a special event is filling up their reservation list and they appreciate my being willing to move on when the restaurant gets full. The staff has come to know me and they always take great care of me while I am there!

I cannot tell you how much better I feel at the end of my tea-house strategic planning time. I feel rested and refreshed. I feel organized and ready for the coming week. I’ve enjoyed myself thoroughly. And my strategic planning is done! Most of all, I have made an crucial and essential part of my work life into something I look forward to every week.

How To Enjoy Meditation

Meditation is also a great accompaniment to massages and spa treatments. Some people have told me that they don’t enjoy massages because when they slow down so many thoughts start racing round in their heads. By taking control of your thoughts you can choose to take the time to think during your massage, or let go of thoughts and deeply relax – meditation gives you that choice. While holding the baby, take a deep breath in through the nose and let it out through the mouth with a quiet, breathy ahhhhh sound. Let your belly get soft and your shoulders drop. Continue to do this about 15 times. Your baby will probably get quiet as you do. Pay attention to the feel of the breath going in through your nose and the soft sound it makes as you exhale.

Because they were talking to my friend told them how she used meditation to maintain as calm as possible because she had a temper before that caused her many problems. The man and his wife and my friend became the best of friends. Here it is twenty years later although the man was died and his wife is in a home for that seniors my friend still visits the woman weekly and still talks about the morning they’d met. When you feel yourself going over the edge with anger, breathing techniques can help avoid an outburst. Try taking some deep breaths in succession until the urge to rage subsides. Breathing exercises should also be done after returning home to help alleviate the stress of every day life or after a long day at work.

The preparation for the various techniques is an important part of the overall success of the program. Before you even begin to use the media sources you will have to create a space that will not be disturbed during the session. Your clothing will also need to be taken into consideration; loose and comfortable clothing allows the individual the benefits of concentrating both mentally and physically. Now pay close attention to the sounds around you. Judge nothing. No sound is good or bad, they are just sounds. Name them. Begin with the loudest ones and work your way down to those sounds that are just on the edge of silence. Listen closely. Do not let any of the sounds distract you. Just listen. Do not let any of the sounds affect you.

Meditation gives you many benefits but may not be outright evident. Remembering things easily, having intuitions, finding creative solutions and manifesting your desires are signs of the effect meditation can give you. Free meditation scripts once acquired it is necessary to select a quiet place where you can sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor. Turn off any device which is near to you as it is very vital to get peaceful surroundings while these Scripts are put into practice. Meditation can be done in groups as it is very effective.

Healthy Food To Eat For Breakfast

I’m wonder if you understand just how important it is to eat breakfast every morning. You should never start your day without eating breakfast. If you go the whole morning without eating, then when it comes time to eat lunch your more likely to over eat to compensate for the extra hunger. Because your metabolism has not been given a kick start by not eating breakfast, this means that you’re also more likely to not burn those calories. Which also means that they’ll end up being turned to fat and stored somewhere on your body where you don’t want them.

Thus, you want to make sure and eat breakfast every morning. The following is a list of quick breakfast ideas to help ensure that you don’t skip the most important meal of the day ever again.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Tip #1 Cereal

It was a great way to start your day when you were a kid and it’s still just as effective now that you’re an adult. However, you’ll want to avoid the cereal that’s high in sugar. A healthy bowl of cereal contains a whole grain cereal, such as Cheerios and a small amount of low fat or non fat skim milk.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Tip #2 Parfait

No, this doesn’t mean take a trip through a McDonald’s drive thru. It means that you make your own healthy version of it. You can mix some low fat vanilla yogurt with some granola and some frozen berries in a blender. It is the perfect breakfast you can eat while on your way to work.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Tip #3 Whole Wheat Bagel

This is a simple enough breakfast. You can add a small amount of butter or non fat cream cheese to make it exciting. You don’t need to feel guilt because everything about the bagel is good for you, especially the fiber.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Tip #4 Smoothie

Some yogurt, juice, fruit, and ice mixed together with maybe a scoop of protein powder is ideal for the busy business professional with very little time in the mornings. Smoothies make a large breakfast that is very low in calories and very filling.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Tip #5 Hardboiled Eggs

This is a quick and easy breakfast if you make it a point to boil a few of the eggs a day or two in advance so that when you’re looking for a quick breakfast fix you can easily reach into the refrigerator grab too, peel them and eat. For flavor you can add a dash of salt, but be careful not to overdo it.

Not only does eating breakfast allow you to maintain a healthier diet, but it also makes you more productive at work or at school. When you don’t have the inconvenience of a growling stomach, your mind is more focused on the tasks at hand. Never allow yourself to skip breakfast, you’ll find that you’re much healthier and a more productive person if you don’t.

Healthy Food For Healthy Life

You will never be healthy, eating healthy foods occasionally. You have to make healthy eating a habit if you want to obtain nutritional health.

I have been doing push-ups five days a week for over 25 years. My arms are pretty strong but it did not happen overnight. I did not do push-ups for a couple weeks or months and then stopped. I had to make push-ups a habit if I wanted to continuously get the results I have. Exactly the same holds true with having a healthy diet.

People jump on the “band wagon” of healthy eating when they read books or view web sites that talk about nutrition. While many of these books and web sites tell you what you should eat in-order to be healthy, they fail to teach you how to make healthy eating a habit. Thus in a short period of time when temptations come, people fall right back into their unhealthy eating habits.

What is a Habit? According to Webster’s dictionary a habit is “a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.”

Can you see that if we simply apply this principle to healthy eating we will be on our way to vibrant health?

Bad Eating Habits:

Bad eating habits do not develop overnight. For most people these habits began forming when they were kids. Thus one reason why many adults have a hard time breaking their bad eating habits is because these habits have been a part of their lifestyle for many years.

Why Do We Eat Food?

There are two main reasons why we eat food. One is to supply fuel for our body. The other reason is for pleasure. Unfortunately some of the foods that give us pleasure are unhealthy.

Most people make their food selections based on what they see, smell or taste. Look at these three sentences: That pie sure looks good! That pie sure smells good! That pie sure taste good!

Notice that all three statements involve food and pleasure. However the food that is producing the pleasure (in this situation the pie) may or may not be good for you from a nutritional standpoint. That is why we need to be wise in our food selections and not simply leave it up to our sense of sight, taste or smell.

Healthy Eating Can Be Enjoyable:

Some people think of a healthy diet as being boring and tasteless. I think that one reason they feel this way is because most of the commercial ads we see promote foods high in calories, fat, or sugar and only a small percentage of food advertising is done for fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Thus if there was more nutritional education, more and more people would find healthy eating to be pleasurable and tasty.

How Having a Healthy Diet Changed My Life:

In 1998 my wife finally talked me into going to the doctor to get a check-up. I was not feeling sick but she clearly said that it was a good idea to get a yearly physical examination. Thank God I listened to her.

I have been athletic all my life. I run 18 miles a week. So when I went to the doctor I was not expecting to hear the bad news he gave me. He told me I had borderline diabetes.

Diabetes can be very dangerous if not treated. It is one of the leading cause of death in the United States. It is a disease of the pancreas that causes the body to stop producing the insulin it needs to regulate blood sugar.

My doctor told me that I did not need to be put on medication, however he suggested I start reading some books on healthy eating. That was the beginning of my path to a healthy diet that turned my health situation around.

Today I can honestly say that I am in excellent health. I feel great, I sleep great, people tell me that I do not look my age, I maintain a healthy weight, I do not take any type of medication, my blood pressure is normal, my blood sugar is normal, my cholesterol is normal, my immune system is strong, and the list goes on.

I do not believe that I am healthy because of chance. I strongly believe that one main reason that I am healthy is because I take personal responsibility for my health. A healthy diet is a great part of this responsibility. Our physical bodies have laws that are governed by proper nutrition. If we violate these laws by consistently eating unhealthy foods, we are going to get sick.

Tips For Healthy Eating

It’s hard enough being a teenager without the thought of being nagged to eat healthily. After all, the person nagging you probably did not eat too well when they were a teenager, so why should you be any different? Besides, what’s a few burgers and chicken nuggets between friends?

Well, at the risk of sounding too much like your parents, there is an argument for eating healthily. At least some of the time, even if you cannot manage it every meal. After all, there are times when you are on the go, rushing here and there. It’s times like those that healthy eating guidelines are just a wish list.

Eating healthily, or at the very least not eating too unhealthily, means your energy levels are kept up. An unhealthy diet will lead you to highs and lows in your energy levels. High with the sugar rush then low as the sugar works its way out of your system. Ouch. Who wants to be on that kind of rebound, day in, day out?

If you can manage it, aim for three meals a day. Sure, grazing on snacks will get you round things but don’t make it your regular routine. Once or twice a week probably will not hurt but daily will store up problems for that seemingly distant future.

Don’t skip meals!

No really, don’t.

Let your body know it will be fed regularly and it will treat you well in return.

Learn what the kitchen looks like and how to use it to prepare some of your food. Ideally without using the microwave (read up elsewhere if you want to be scared about microwave ovens). Nothing complicated. In fact, it’s often the case that the easier a meal is to prepare, the tastier it is. You don’t have lots of different tastes competing with each other. You might even impress your girl or boy friend if you can cook a tasty meal.

Cut out the colas and other sugary drinks. They will not help your waistline but they will contribute to the highs and lows of those sugar rushes. Skip the diet versions as well, your body thinks they contain sugar and reacts accordingly. Plus they usually contain aspartame enough said.

Eat slower. It’s not a race. Take the time to actually notice your food and savor the taste.

Healthy Eating For Children

If you have problems serving healthy foods because of the prices, you’ll find these tips to be just what you need to eat healthy on a budget.
1.  Eliminate junk food
Doing your shopping on your own is the easiest way to shop, as children and sometimes spouses are usually the ones requesting junk food.  Shopping alone will prevent this, and ensure that you only buy the foods you need.
2.  Water or milk instead of soft drinks You can still enjoy your favorite drinks at a sporting event or night out, although you should stick with the smallest size when shopping to save money and calories.  Children and even adults need milk or milk products on a daily basis.  Milk will also help you get strong and provides calcium for healthy bones and healthy teeth.
3.  Buy fruits in quantity
Whne they are in season, buy fruits in quantity and freeze any extras.  You can buy several pounds this way, and freeze extras to have them when the fruit goes out of season.  Wash the fruit well, remove any spoiled pieces, dry thoroughly, then freeze in plastic zipper bags.
4.  Meats and beans
Meats and beans are the best sources for protein. Lean meat is more expensive than meats with a lot of fat.  Canned beans are a great deal as well, as they give you protein at a great price.
5.  Beans as a substitute
You should use beans a substitute for meat on a frequent occasion.  There are several varieties, so you can prepare them in a crock pot, so when you return home they are ready to consume.
The USDA recommends eating beans at least 4 times per week.  If you experience gas after eating beans you should try washing them, covering them with water, bringing the water to a boil, then draining it off and refilling the pot. 
6.  If you live in a coastal area or an area where fish are around, make that an integral part of your diet.  You can catch them from the lakes or rivers, saving money in the process.
7.  Peanut butter is great for those on a budget as it’s popular with almost everyone.  You can use it for sandwiches instead of eating hot dogs.  It does need to be refrigerated, although bigger jars can last you for weeks.
8.  You should fill up with foods that have a high content of water.  Watermelon, salads, and even sugar free gelatin are all great examples. 
Eating healthy is always something you cannot go wrong with.  You can eat healthy for just a few bucks, which makes it perfect for those on a budget. Now, you don’t need a lot of money to have the lifestyle and health you’ve always wanted.

Lifestyle Health And Wellness

The continuing shortage of skilled labor in the western world is leaving human resources (HR) professionals scrambling to find ways to attract and retain employees. One way HR is dealing with the increasing competition for workers is by offering employee health benefits that go beyond the traditional staples of medical, dental and life insurance.

After a recent study of over 500 US companies, Jim Winkler, leader of Hewitt Associates health management consulting practice, says, Companies are moving beyond their traditional role as a provider of health-care benefits to develop holistic programs that pinpoint the specific health needs of their employee populations, drive employee behavior change and eliminate barriers to health-care.

Companies that help employees live well are viewed as favorable employers: socially responsible, progressive and employee-centered. For employees, living well involves not just physical health, but also emotional, psychological and relationship health, healthy eating and lifestyle choices, work/life balance and community involvement.

Companies are looking at the full spectrum of their workforce health needs now, not just high risk individuals, says Vic Lebouthillier, president of employee health program provider Exan Wellness. Employers want to provide support for workers that need help with a fitness program, information about eating better, and generally being more proactive in order to anticipate chronic disease or reliance on health benefits.

Not surprisingly, with employees looking for more from their benefits packages, the popularity of health, wellness and lifestyle programs has exploded.

With the new employee health programs comes a variety of options for workers. They might look at hiring personal trainers to help them get in shape. Nutritional counselors could be at their disposal to provide advice and customize a diet that works for them. They might even have the option of pampering themselves with spa services.

There are also secondary benefits to employers in offering these health services to employees. Workers develop a greater sense of loyalty to the company, work better when they are healthier and happier, and, in the long run, cost less when you consider the price of lost productivity due to absenteeism, disability claims and unhealthy workers.

With health as a focus, employers are also offering incentives that include cash and wellness dollars for employees who take part in health risk assessments. The idea here being if employers can find out what health factors need attention for a given employee, they can offer products or services to meet those needs. Keeping workers healthy is good business for everyone involved.

The continuing famine of skilled labor in the western world is leaving human resources (HR) professionals scrambling to find ways to draw in and retain employees. One way HR is dealing with the increasing competition for workers is by offering employee health benefits that go beyond the traditional staples of medical, dental and life insurance.

After a recent study of over 500 US companies, Jim Winkler, leader of Hewitt Associates health direction consulting practice, says, Companies are moving beyond their traditional role as a provider of health-care benefits to develop holistic programs that pinpoint the specific health needs of their employee populations, drive employee behavior variety and rule out barriers to health-care.

Companies that help employees live well are viewed as favorable employers: socially responsible, progressive and employee-centered. For employees, living well involves not just physical health, but also emotional, psychological and relationship health, healthy eating and lifestyle choices, work/life balance and residential district involvement.

Companies are looking at the full spectrum of their workforce health needs now, not just high risk individuals, says Vic Lebouthillier, president of employee health program provider Exan Wellness. Employers want to provide support for workers that need help with a fitness program, data about feeding better, and generally being more proactive in order to forebode chronic disease or reliance on health benefits.

Not surprisingly, with employees looking for more from their benefits packages, the popularity of health, health and lifestyle programs has exploded.

With the new employee health programs comes a variety of options for workers. They might look at hiring personal trainers to help them get in shape. Nutritional counselors could be at their disposal to provide advice and customize a diet that works for them. They might even have the option of pampering themselves with spa services.

There are also secondary benefits to employers in offering these health services to employees. Workers develop a greater sense of loyalty to the company, work better when they are healthier and happier, and, in the long run, cost less when you consider the price of lost productivity due to absenteeism, impairment claims and unhealthful workers.

With health as a focus, employers are also offering incentives that include cash and wellness dollars for employees who take part in health risk assessments. The idea here being if employers can find out what health factors need attention for a given employee, they can offer products or services to meet those needs. Holding workers healthy is good business for everyone involved.


Living Well With Diabetes

Diabetes is devastating and very serious. To ensure people live happy and long lives, they need to educate themselves on the correct ways to treat diabetes. This article will help those with diabetes understand and manage their condition.

Grab a handful of almonds to curb your hunger cravings while not upsetting your diabetic blood sugar levels. Unsalted almonds, especially raw ones, are packed with nutrients, protein and fiber to stabilize blood sugar and give you plenty of other health benefits. Keep them handy next to the couch so you’re able to snack on a few while you watch television.

Sleeping well is especially important for diabetics and if you experience problems sleeping, it can be helpful to be tested for sleep apnea. In order to remain healthy, obtain treatment for your sleep apnea as soon as you are diagnosed.

If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, it can seem devastating, but the two of you can get through it! Your child can still live a normal life since diabetes treatments have come a long way. The current oldest living diabetic is 90 years of age! This means that he was living in a time when all the current medical knowledge we now have was not available!

Use caution when having a pedicure if you have diabetes. Diabetes can increase your risks of getting foot infections. Make sure the tools are clean, and be extremely careful if you cut yourself.

If you find a high glucose reading immediately after treating a low reading, do not be unduly alarmed. You could be experiencing a release of hormones triggered by your body in response to lower glucose. In addition, it’s possible that you are over-treating the low glucose by too much food or liquids. If you feel like you are overeating, when you see yourself with low glucose levels, try eating half as much and testing yourself 30 minutes later.

Talk to your doctor when you become pregnant and think you might have gestational diabetes. By not controlling gestational diabetes, you are putting the health of yourself and your baby in jeopardy. There are safe medicines you can take while pregnant for this condition, and your doctor can also provide you with an appropriate diet to follow.

Go to your doctor immediately if you notice anything wrong with your vision. Diabetes can cause an array of different eye problems, including glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. It is critical that you address any vision issues as soon as they appear because diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.

You are not to blame when you have gestational diabetes. Most of the time gestational diabetes simply happens for no apparent reason. It’s important to keep stress to a minimum and keep your thoughts positive.

For people who experience hypoglycemia, you might want to consult your physician on taking glucose tablets. You can easily take these tablets with you wherever you go. In addition, your body can digest them much more quickly than any sweets you consume, so it takes much less time for your glucose levels to rise.

Watching what you eat is of critical importance when you have diabetes. Different foods will have different effects on your blood sugar levels, so make sure to carefully choose your food choices. Bigger meals will need higher injections of insulin, and small meals might require less. If you are careful with your eating, though, you can efficiently manage your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes sufferers may find that it is helpful to eat small meals five to six times a day, instead of three square meals. When you have more frequent meals during the course of the day, your glucose level can be better stabilized. Another positive of eating frequently is you will be less likely to overeat because you will feel satisfied.

A diabetes diagnosis does not signify the end of one’s life. If you use this advice, you can help yourself live better, even with diabetes.

Live Well Eat Well

Many people say that youth is wasted on the young. But what if you could keep the wisdom, you’ve gained with age while looking and feeling more youthful? It may sound like a fantasy, but it’s possible. In this article, you’ll find advice on how to turn back the clock on aging.

If you’d like to get rid of your wrinkles, try using Renova. There are many different face creams on the market, but Renova is the only one that’s both FDA approved and proven to reduce wrinkles. Renova requires a prescription, so be sure to bring it up the next time you meet with your dermatologist.

Treat your skin with care. Sometimes, nothing sounds better than a hot bath or shower. The hot water can strip skin of good oils, which work to keep skin supple. There are also some soaps that can strip the good oils away. Always use gentle soaps. When you are done with your shower, instead of rubbing your skin dry, pat it dry.

As with so many areas of life, the secrets of staying young, and aging well, have to do with taking care of yourself. Eat right, drink plenty of water, get 8 hours of sleep each night and maintain a healthy social life. All of these things have been shown to reduce the appearance of aging, as well as keeping you healthier and happier.

To help slow the aging process you should exercise regularly. Regular exercise combats many things that can go wrong with your body as you age. First it combats loss of bone density. It also combats loss of muscle mass and balance. You only need to exercise as little as 10 minutes each day 3 days a week for it to be beneficial.

Appoint someone to handle your affairs in case you become incapacitated. If something happens and you are unable to care for your own health, decide who will take charge of those decisions for you. Talk to them about what kinds of things you want done. You cannot know if you will need a health care proxy, but have one in place just in case. It’s hard to think about things like this, but it is sensible to plan for this kind of eventuality, whether young or old.

Do not take any friendships for granted. Try to reconnect with old friends that you have lost touch with. As you get closer to retirement it is good to have friends and family to turn to in order to fill the time that your work was filling before. It will help keep you from feeling a bit lost once you retire.

Do not leave the house without sunscreen to avoid looking older faster. The UV radiation from the sun can severely damage your skin and it is a major contributor to how your face looks. Also know that too much sun exposure can lead to certain cancers so wear sunscreen every day.

You may not have a real time machine, but that doesn’t mean you cannot make yourself look younger. Now that you’ve read this article, you’ve got some great ideas on how to slow the aging process and look more youthful than you are. People who meet you will think that you’re wise beyond your years.

Copyright (c) 2012 Mike Coe

Information On Healthy Living

Leading a healthy lifestyle is very important. Statistics have shown that over the years even with all of the medical advances that are present each generation is getting unhealthier. This is hard to believe with all of the technological advances that help to determine problems early as well as all of the other inventions and innovative ideas that have been produced. Leading a healthy life can not only lead to a longer life but it can help to block the onset of other problems later on in life. Most children do not have to worry about things such as heart disease, cholesterol or high blood pressure but teaching children about the importance of eating healthy to protect these things may help them to continue in adult hood and block the onset of these problems.

Most people are willing to small steps to ensure a healthy living and this is a good idea. By making small changes most people can drastically improve their health. Aromatherapy and essential oils are a small step that people can take advantage of in order to see results. An aromatherapy massage uses essential oils to stimulate the body and reduce tension, stress and even pain. Some people have also reported a reduction in ailments such as back pains, neck problems, headaches and even those dreaded sinus problems. Regardless if people experience all of these benefits the experience will be enjoyable. Professional massage employees focus on relieving any built up tension that may be present in the body’s muscles or connective tissues. This small step can help to promote a healthier and more stress free body overall. This form of massage is also used extensively in the medical world. Some doctors recommend treatments such as this to cancer patients or terminally ill patients to help them deal with the relentless pain. It helps the patients to relax their body, mind and soul and feel a little relief.

For those who suffer from mental disorders such as depression massages can be a good way to try and boost their mood and bring a little joy to their life. Remember a healthy mental state is essential to a healthy living overall so it is important to take this into account when trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. Many people also report that essential oils help them to sleep better. With the hustle and bustle of life’s daily duties most people do not get the recommended sleep. Most people do not get enough sleep period for various reasons. A few drops of essential oils while taking a hot steamy bath may promote a better night’s sleep and a more energized feeling in the morning.

Essential oils are not new but many people are just getting involved in the circle of people who are giving them a try. Essential oils when implemented into the daily schedule can help people feel more energized and alert. They do have a positive effect on the balance of energy present in the body. Essential oils can give individuals who are trying to live healthier a definite boost.

The new must have therapy has been created by an Australian Aromatherapy Company called ANOINT and their Chakratherapy Anointing oils which help to balance and harmonise the body’s Chakra or Energy System.

Take Charge Live Well

Recently I had a participant of mine say that he felt that my teachings contradicted his religious beliefs.

He said that his religion advocated that he should let God choose his destiny and lead his life. Whereas in my seminars, I teach people to take charge of their own lives and their own destinies. I teach people not to leave their life to chance but to have a plan for their future. I teach people to make full use of their potential and live life to the fullest. I always say that if you don’t have a plan for your life, then someone else (like your boss or friends) will have a plan for you. And you will probably fall into somebody else’s plan. (And I don’t think other people have anything good planned for you).

Because of his strong belief and faith in God, he says that he does not feel the need to set goals or to take charge of his life. God will give him the answers ‘one day’. And all the bad stuff that is happening to him is God’s will and beyond his control, so there is nothing he can do about it.

First of all, let me first say that I myself am a very firm believer of God and believe a lot in the power of faith. In fact, I have found that the more successful and wealth I have become, the more spiritual I have become as well. When I was young, I never believed that God existed. I thought that since it was not something scientifically proven nor something I could see, it was probably all made up in people’s minds. However, through the years, I have become a VERY firm believer in God for a few reasons.

First, as I started to think about the complexity of the universe, nature and the human body, it dawned on me that there was NO WAY that everything could have happened by chance (e.g. the fact that every single cell/organ/tissue in the human body performs a specific function working together in a symbiotic relationship). Everything that we take for granted, from the intricate veins of a leaf to the ventricles in the human heart had to be designed by a creator.

The second reason is that when I look back at my life and reflect on all the events that have led up to now, it seems too coincidental that things have happened by chance. Everything (even the awful painful stuff) seems to have happened for a particular reason.

For example, if I had never had screwed up my PSLE and ended up at the bottom of my school, I would never have found the need to learn about NLP and about the Psychology of Success. If I had never learnt about NLP, then I would not be as successful as I am today .I would never have been able to write all my books and created my life changing programmes and I would not be able to help thouands of people every year change their lives. It seems that this is my purpose and my mission from God and that everything that has happened was part of a divine plan.

Well, then doesn’t this contradict my own teachings about taking charge of one’s life and planning your own destiny? Absolutely NOT. In fact, it is totally in alignment. Let me explain.

See, I believe that God is a force that exists in all our hearts and within every single cell of our body. He is not some old man with a white beard sitting on a throne one billion light years above the clouds. As such, God works THROUGH you. Every positive thought, idea an inspiration you have is a message from God. Some people hear the message and act on it, others just ignore it. When you feel passionate and excited about something (like I am with teaching and speaking), it is God’s way of telling you that this is your purpose and mission in life.

Again, some people hear this calling and act on it. Many others ignore and deny their passions, and end up in a job they hate, simply because they feel that they have ‘No choice’. Do they really have ‘no choice’ or are they simply letting their fear consume them and abandoning their faith? I believe that the greatest power our creator has given us is the power to choose. And every choice we make shapes our destiny. So, if God is in you and God works though you, then when I talk about thinking about your passion and designing your life around your passion, it really means that you are letting God lead you, through you. When you set your goals and live with passion, you are living in alignment with what God put you here for. God takes charge of your life by you taking charge of your life.

For example, I wrote all 360 pages of my book ‘Secrets of self made millionaires’ to change people’s lives, And I set the goal to be one of the best speakers in the world. But you know what? It was really God’s words that wrote the book and God’s will that I became a speaker. His message came through my feelings, intuitions and thoughts. It was really God’s plan, but I wrote it. He created me with this mission and this is my purpose for living.

In fact, why have I suddenly turned on this computer at 1.00am on a Friday morning and why am I typing all these thoughts down when I should be sleeping. Is this all happening by chance? Or is it God directing me to send this message for all of you to read? Something to really reflect on.

Unfortunately, I have seen so many people mis-intepret the meaning of ‘letting God take charge of your life’. They think that it means that they should not plan, but wait for something to plan it for them. Do they expect that one night while they are sleeping that an angel will appear in a ray of light and tell them that they should quit the job they hate and pursue their dreams? Will a booming voice from the skies tell them to start an online business or to invest in stock options? Don’t think so. Duh! I feel that many people who say this to themselves are just using it as an excuse to avoid responsibility for anything. They are simply living in fear and using God as their excuse.

In fact, I believe that by being lazy and not doing anything about it, you are doing God a disservice. You are not making use of the power and assets you have been given. You are not fulfilling your purse and mission on earth. See I believe that all of us were born to make a positive difference in the world. So, by not doing anything meaningful with your life, it is just as bad as harming the world. You are wasting this precious life you have been given!

Although I am not a Christian, but I remember a very powerful story in the bible (I got an A1 for Bible knowledge in school by the way). In the parable of the talents, Jesus teaches about the need for all of us to use our God given talents. In this parable, a master had to go away on a long trip and wanted his servants to look after his property while he was gone. To the first servant, he gave 5 talents. Through his hard work, the servant doubled his talents to TEN. To the second servant the master gave 2 talents, This second servant also worked hard and doubled the two talents, To the third servant, the master gave one talent, For fear of losing his only talent, this servant buried it and hid it, When the master returned and found that he had done so, he called him a LAZY and WICKED servant and took his only talent and gave it to the servant who had TEN. So, if you sit on your ass and do NOTHING with the god given passion and potential you have been given, then everything you have will be taken away from you and be given to those have achieved wealth and success.

Healthy Diet Plans For Weight Loss

Talking about weight loss, many of us thinking about many types of complicated methods that should be used. Somebody have to take a lot of ways in order to get slim, for example, use diet pills, exercise, or even food control. Meanwhile some other people is doing just one or two method in order to achieve weight loss success.

However, if you are the one who are thinking about losing weight, then you have to browse over the internet to see which type of weight loss that would be perfect and effective. Looking for some reviews of products you interested in. This is a common activity that people who want to lose weight will do.

Lose weight by using natural way have become obvious and people realize about this since not long time ago. After we stick with the science ways for quite long time (using diet pills, supplementary nutrition, etc), then we have realised that natural weight loss has more than benefits, not only helping you to become slimmer, but also to improve your health to work and function properly.

This is because when you take natural method, for example if you can find weight loss pills that made from herbs, ginger for example, the herbs that you take will also help to improve other function of the body as one kind of herb generally benefit to many parts of human organs. Like ginger that helps to improve blood circulation system, apart from reducing fat from beneath the skin.

Therefore, this could demonstrate that natural weight loss should work and effective. This is quite obvious that now this trend is significantly increasing. Many types of herbs, especially tropical herbs were test by advanced medical technology and approved that they are actually work for weight loss. Then there are many of medical companies and pharmaceutical companies trying to perform medical research to get the best solution for herbs or other kind of natural weight loss.

However, losing weight in natural ways still have disadvantage. One of the most distinct disadvantage of this method is timing. As you can see that natural stuff, such as herbs have to get into body system and perform natural mechanism in natural ways to cure or get rid of the excessive fat. Then you just can not expect a kind of “over-night” result.

This could take weeks, months or years to see the complete efficiency so you have to be patient on this. However, no matter how long you have to wait for the result, it does not make any harm to the body at all, because natural stuff will always benefit to your body, even though it does not make significant success in terms of weight loss.

Apart from that, natural material to make weight loss supplement or medicine generally cheaper than other type of medicine. However, you have to make sure that when consider using natural ways, you buy or used the products that have been tested and certified by the authority to ensure that the supplement or pills that you take are free from negative side effect.

Living Well On Less

We are all living in this world. But do we all live well — or do we just exist? Living well has little to do with material things. Of course, we all need the basics of life, such as food and shelter — and that’s about it. Material things can only make us “think” we live well, but, in fact, we may not be living well.

So, what is living well? Or, more precisely, what is the art of living well?

Living well is experiencing a sense of satisfaction, and embracing a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for that innate satisfaction. This appreciative mindset is akin to what is being felt by an artist who has just completed his masterpiece, and who is now looking at it with self-elation, and liking what he sees.

In real living, where does that satisfaction come from?

The satisfaction comes from self-attitude. If you think about it, life is all about you — what happens to you, and what you “think” what other people think about what happens to you. It is all about YOU! Accordingly, to live well, you must have positive self-attitude or self-concept.

However, ironically, focusing too much on self may not be conducive to living well. Why not? In Buddhism, enlightenment and nirvana (a sublime state of being) may come only after one has negated self or has become “no-self.” Christianity also focuses on selflessness or “humility” — which is essentially shrinking of self-importance, or the diminishing of self — as a prerequisite for spirituality; without humility, no one can come before God.

So, living is all about what happens to self and the perceptions of others on what happens to self. But to live well, one needs to shift the focus from self to others. It is because the craving to satisfy self is forever insatiable and elusive; as a matter of fact, it is often the fountainhead of all human miseries. To illustrate, the pursuit of wealth may be the ultimate goal of many, and the perception of self-worth is more often than not built on the wealth accumulated. To pursue that end then becomes the driving force of living. But that pursuit is forever elusive and evasive, leading to nowhere.

The art of living well is to focus on the journey rather than the destination. The destination is either unreachable, or comes to a dead-end — in either case, life would become meaningless and unfulfilled. The art of living well is to focus on others rather than on self. Focusing on others cherishes and nourishes mindfulness and loving kindness towards others, which make life meaningful and worth living.

Self-concept does not come from what others think of you, but rather what you think of yourself, or how you have made your life meaningful for yourself. Yes, it is all about you, too — but with a little twist. The art of living well is all about the process, rather than the outcome — this is the antidote against all obstacles in life. No matter what happens to you, no matter what problems you face in life, you have made a difference in your life as well as in that of others — that is the art of living well.

Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau

What Are Healthy Foods To Eat

We are so bombarded with food choices that are unhealthy that it can be challenging to make wise decisions when selecting foods and preparing meals for our family. What kind of choices are you making? Are you choosing the best and most optimum foods for you and your family?

Beginning when I was pregnant with my first child, I became more and more interested in nutrition. I realized that before all the man-made drugs that we currently have on the market to fight illnesses, people turned toward nature to cure their ailments. And, newly pregnant, I wanted to provide the best nutrition for me and my child and receive all the benefits I could from eating healthy foods. After pregnancy, I continued to research the best foods that would increase my energy while breastfeeding and aid in losing the baby weight, and also help my child grow healthy and strong.

There are many healthy foods to eat that can reduce certain symptoms, lower risks, or eliminate ailments. Did you know that flax oil can help with ADHD and salmon and sardines with depression? Did you know that certain types of nuts have been shown to aid in weight loss for women?

It is a fact, you can improve your life by choosing certain foods that can provide the same benefits of man-made medicines. Acai, hazelnuts, and barley are just three, among others, that you can add to your diet. They can improve how you feel, improve your immune function, and help fight off sickness. They are considered actual “power house” food choices.

The physical stress that the body encounters on a day to day basis is more protected by consuming acai on a regular basis, and acai is high in antioxidents which can help increase the immune function of the body. It comes in pulp, juice, or smoothie form and is imported from Brazil, where it is a food staple in Amazon communities.

Hazelnuts also contain an array of beneficial antioxidants including Vitamin E and other phytonutrients that help the immune system remain strong. There are actually many ways you can add hazelnuts to your diet. You can sprinkle diced hazelnuts on salads or in yogurt, add into baking or stir-fry, or roast in your own conventional oven and add to a trail mix.

Barley is a third healthy food to eat. While you may associate barley with beer-making, it actually has been a food staple for 10,000 years. Barley can aid in immune function and it also has cholesterol-lowering properties called beta-glucans. Barley can be used in a variety of ways, most notably in soups; however, you can grind it into flour and use for baking, make a hot cereal out of it, or just simply add it to stews and salads.

These are just three of the many healthy foods to eat that can benefit your life AND improve your immune function. Also, all of them can be found in your local grocery or health food store.

Healthy Food For Healthy Living

You don’t have to be an expert to live a healthy living. The guidelines for living healthy are relatively simple. Where people go wrong is that they fail to stick to them. This should come as no surprise though, especially when you consider all of the unhealthy food choices society has to offer that can derail even the healthiest of lifestyles.

The only way to avoid these temptations is through the use of will-power. You have to be able to tell yourself NO. However, we all have moments of weakness when we want to stray from our healthy lifestyle. But the next time these moments arrive to interrupt your life, remind yourself of the following advantages you have over others because you’re healthy.

Advantage of Healthy Living #1: Energy

Having more energy is an advantage that often goes overlooked because it’s just not easily noticeable. If you take a moment to think about it though, you’ll notice that you actually do have a lot more energy throughout the day. You don’t find yourself slowing down at work, and you even have plenty of energy left to exercise after getting back home. Having this extra energy has the benefit of keeping you from settling down on the couch for long periods, and instead gets you up and active, and thus, allowing you to burn more calories.

Advantage of Healthy Living #2: Stamina

If you’re out of shape and living an unhealthy life style, then you probably get reminded of this every time you walk up a flight of stairs or have to do any time of activity that gets your heart rate moving faster. When you’re healthy, rather than feeling winded after a walk up a flight of stairs you actually feel good, and most likely don’t even notice the effort. Having stamina also mean having great sex as well, and should be inspiration enough to start living better.

Advantage of Healthy Living #3: Being slim

It’s never been fashionable to be overweight and there’s no indication that it will be anytime soon. When you live a healthy life style, one with proper diet and exercise, you maintain a healthy and slim weight. But even better, finding clothes that fit properly will be hassle free. In addition, you will not have the added concern of worrying about out-growing them in the waist.

Advantage of Healthy Living #4: Not getting sick

People who live healthy lifestyles have stronger immune systems and a stronger ability to fight off disease. In addition, if they have to have surgery, their chances of coming through it successfully are nearly double that of an unhealthy person for the same reasons mention, as well as the fact that the surgeon will not have the extra task of cutting through too many layers of fat tissue.

The advantages listed above essentially speak for themselves when it comes to deciding to live healthy. But if you’re on the fence, you may want to consider that living a healthy lifestyle is attributed as the biggest reason people live long lives. Imagine being able to add an extra 10 years to your life span. Imagine it, then decide what you would do with it, and then change your life to reach that goal. Defy the odds by living a healthy lifestyle.

Live Your Life Well

Are you one of these people that believe fervently that there is a better way to create wealth and happiness than working longer hours for an ungrateful and uncaring boss…and although you punish your body in the gym, you realise it will take more than just physical fitness to break free.

Well, it certainly helps, and those that treat their bodies like a temple certainly do enjoy a much more illness-free existence, and relative freedom from stress.

However there is one other area that many people ignore – at their peril – and that is the stress of keeping up with ‘The System’ – that is working harder, getting the toys you want, then having to work harder to pay for them – in a vicious spiral.

The System?

Yes – The System…

Most people are dragged into ‘The System’ from a very early age, and only a very few people ever manage to escape it – less than 1% in fact…and you can always tell those who have bucked this system, and done their own thing.

The System we are talking about here is a spin-off from the Industrial Revolution where the workers were paid just enough to meet their basic needs but not enough so that any of them could actually leave and do their own thing.

This has been translated into modern day society in that we are all taught from an early age that we should go to school, get a good education, get a good job, and work all your life until it comes to retirement. At least in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, many employers provided special houses for the long serving employees, so there was a good reason to be faithful and dutiful towards their bosses.

Perhaps until 50 or 60 years ago, a similar situation was in place with all sorts of State run pension schemes and the like – but not any more. State pensions, and even a lot of private pensions, are just not going to be able to provide anything like the simple needs of everybody, especially as the ‘Baby Boomers’ (kids born in the 40’s to 60’s) start reaching retirement age.

But look what is happening on the retirement front – are governments trying to make the situation better or worse? Well, they are running scared, as they are also fully aware the effect the massive expansion in retirement needs of the Baby Boomers are going to have on the economy, and are possibly looking at billions more needed in pension payouts. With more and more people looking for a wealthier life style, this is going to cause a lot of political issues.

In many countries in the world, there is much talk about governments increasing the age to qualify for your pension, and many are opting for the time you reach 70, rather than the old established retirement age of 65.

Now, you may think that’s fine – if you fancy working ’til you are old and shrivelled, with no hope of an active retirement, then that’s your choice. Me – I fancy having an eye still for the opposite sex in my ‘retirement’ years.

But – here’s another not so well-known fact – recently, a major insurance company just did some research on the effect of retirement age with regard to your active life span.

Did you know that:-

If you retire at 65, the average life expectancy is 71.

If you retire at 60, the average life expectancy is 76.

If you retire at 55, the average life expectancy is 81.

How clever – if your government increases the retirement age to 70, then by following ‘The System’ you will all probably be dead before you start to draw any money from the State, leaving all that tax money in the government’s very grateful coffers…

So, the sooner you retire, the longer your anticipated wealthier life span, not to mention a longer lifespan filled with abundance and plenty, a healthier lifestyle, and one filled with financial independence…

Now, how on earth does a normal person buck The System, creates their own wealthier life and become financially free of this system, that controls and rules most people’s lives?

Simple. They have ‘The Knowledge’.

They are taught by enlightened friends, mentors, or life coaches, that the way to succeed in this life is not to work for money, but make money work for you!

Let’s face it; you only have 24 hours in a day, seven days a week. Once those have been ‘sold’ to your employer, there is nothing else available to you.

You need to know how to make money work for you…

Look at anybody with expensive ‘Toys’ – fast boats, the best cars, beautiful properties, and seemingly endless time on their hands…

If you want to be like them, and enjoy your own wealthier life, then you have to have ‘The Knowledge’. You have to know what they knew, to escape the system.

To get your financial independence, you need access to on line education, you need to understand how to manipulate stocks and shares, and how to get the best returns out of property investment, all topics that The System does not tell you anything about. Why should it?

The System needs people like you to keep an orderly society going – after all, if we all knew ‘The Secret’ (care of Bob Proctor) then who would be around to wash our cars, clean our pools, do all the tasks in exchange for time that we don’t want to do…

Now, one of the best ways of getting this knowledge, used to be by attend training courses, seminars, or spend a fortune on self-improvement courses. But this takes an inordinate amount of time and money, and is very demanding on time and travel arrangements.

According to Peter Drucker in Forbes Magazine last year ( just before his death after a very distinguished career in information management that stretched back to the 1920’s) there is a much better way of getting this knowledge, that of on line learning.

This on-line learning concept is earmarked to become the next massive trend on the internet, as more and more people demand this wealthier life style.

Where else are you going to get access to masses of training and learning courses from experts in property, stocks and shares, and other self-improvement courses, that you can call upon in the comfort of your own home, at time to suit you to help create your wealthier life style?

There are an increasing number of these on line learing sites appearing on the internet today, and they really represent the way forward as a means of getting ‘The Knowledge’ to produce your own wealthier life style and escaping from ‘The System.’

Rather than spending a fortune on multitudes of courses and sometimes travelling half way round the world to attend; for a small monthly fee, you can have them all, in the comfort of your own home at a time to suit your needs. Not only that, but imagine this… You have seen how ‘The Knowledge’ can improve your lifestyle, and chances of early retirement, so say you now got your friends, family, and colleagues involved as well? Not only would you be able to surround yourself with like-minded, happier people, but you could create for yourself a very substantial residual income stream from their memberships. Rather than committing to hours and hours of concentred learning, just 15 minutes a day on a regular basis will usually do the trick for you and really create this magical wealthier life style.

Not only see how ‘They’ made it to where they are in stocks and shares, investment property, and the like, and when you have created your wealthier life , learn from them how to protect your assets.

Learn from people who have escaped The System, and have managed to carve a lifestyle outside of The System that we could all become extremley jealous of.

If you are interested in this style of ‘Earn and Learn’ process, when you choose which company to work with, make sure they have a powerful way of helping you build up your own network of users, and also make sure the commission structure and pay plan is as simple and as uncomplicated but as rewarding as possible.

But above all, you owe it to yourself if you want this wealthier life to make the decision NOW to make sure you do not spend the rest of your life trapped in The System.

Let’s face it, surely it would be so satisfying for you to be able to retire earlier than you planned, live a longer life, and most of all, make sure you have the income streams to support a life of abundance and freedom.

So, what are you waiting for – come and grab your extra years…

Copyright (c) 2007 Geoff Morris