De-stress this Holiday Season:
5 Most Relaxing Things To Do Right Now
If you haven't booked a massage, a session at your local isolation therapy tank or a lazy day at the beach to celebrate the joyous holiday that is National Relaxation Day (August 15), do not panic. First of all, there is no panicking allowed on National Relaxation Day. Second of all, we've compiled a list of six of the most relaxing things ever -- all of which you can do right now.
Listen To The Most Relaxing Song Ever
In 2011, a group of sound therapists and a band called Marconi Union put their heads together to create, what they claim to be, the most relaxing song ever. "Weightless," a track that maintains a constant 60 BPM, synchronizes listeners' heart rates and brainwaves -- the latter, a phenomenon known as entrainment. Sound a little far fetched? While more research is needed, one review of the literature found that "BWE," as it's known, could have a benefit when it comes to targeting stress.
"While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat," says Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy. "The fall in heart rate also leads to a fall in blood pressure."
Get A Little Dose Of Aquarium Therapy
Aquariums are a blast, and according to some research, watching those fish go by might have a lasting, stress-relieving effect -- at least among psychiatric patients suffering from pre-treatment anxiety and depression, according to one study. More research conducted at Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium found contemplating the sea creatures helped with anxiety. But if you don't have time to sneak away to your local aquarium today, this virtual fish tank above could do the trick.
Practice A Tea Meditation
It'd be only in the spirit of National Relaxation Day to enjoy a simple cup of tea, which has been shown to lower blood pressure and abate stress. Kick your zen up a notch with a tea meditation, or just allow yourself to be entranced by the mesmerizing, virtual beverage above.
Take Some Deliberate, Deep Breaths
There might not be anything more basic than a deep breath to trigger the body's relaxation response. The breath counting exercise above should work wonders if your brain is especially buzzing today.
Imagine Yourself Here, Floating
We couldn't do the photoshopping for you, but just imagining yourself on a vacation in a peaceful place has relaxing powers. "Simply visualize anything that keeps your thoughts away from current tensions: [It] could be a favorite vacation spot, a fantasy island, that penthouse in New York City -- or something "touchable," like the feel of your favorite silk robe or cozy sweater," WebMD suggests.
Source: Huffington Post
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Coconut-Kale-Ginger Juice Recipe
My favorite way to start my day is with a glass of freshly pressed juice that I make at home in my kitchen with the help of my trusty juicer. Drinking all of those bright-colored, nutrient-rich fruits and veggies all at once gives me a boost of natural energy that makes me feel great and starts my day off on the right foot
With that said, here’s a juice recipe that will give you a natural pick-me-up and get you going!
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a juicer. Pour juice into a glass or serve over ice.
Makes approximately 10-12 ounces of fresh juice
The Top Fat-Burning Foods
It’s true: Certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, so you literally scorch calories as you chew. Other eats contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire. Feed your metabolism with these.
Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods.
Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down).
Low-fat dairy products
Rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass—essential for maintaining a robust metabolism.
Drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports. Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge.
One cup packs 35% of your daily iron needs—good news, since up to 20% of us are iron- deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metab slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently, says Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, co-author of The Secret to Skinny.
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers, says Lakatos Shames. “Add as much cayenne or hot sauce as possible to soups, eggs, and meats.”
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