Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. Research out of UC Santa Barbara finds that it's easier to make improvements to your life simultaneously rather than one at a time.
Michael Mrazek, director of research at UCSB's Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential, conducted the study in which participants were encouraged to eat healthy/whole foods, get a good night's sleep, do yoga or other forms of exercise and practice 'mindfulness.'
"The fundamental skills of mindfulness are the ability to tend to something and release distractions that arise," instructed Mrazak. "In any task that you choose to engage with, try to engage fully with that task."
Mrazek says the combination of eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and practicing mindfulness is very powerful when it comes to making changes in your life. "Mindfulness is easier to cultivate if you are well-rested."
The results were remarkable. Participants noticed positive changes in their lives, along with a a dramatic increase in self esteem.
"Everybody found their own value.... everyone also left with some unique benefits and some unique strategies," said Mrazek.
The Buddy System
If you are very serious about making a big change in your life, it's best to not do it alone.
"Both a buddy and a coach can be invaluable when you're trying to change your life," said Mrazek.
Are you ready to become the person you dream of being? There's no time like the present.
"Every moment counts," said Mrazek "because we chose to help people in so many different dimensions in their lives, they were capturing every opportunity available in every moment to move their lives forward."
You’ve probably heard the old adage "you are what you eat." If this is the case, America's obsession with fast food is becoming alarmingly destructive.
Research out of UCLA recently revealed that more than half of all adults in California have either pre-diabetes or diabetes that hasn't been diagnosed.
In this podcast you'll hear about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, who is more at risk, and what pregnant women should know about diabetes.
My guest is Ellen Goodstein, executive director of the William Sansum Diabetes Center in Santa Barbara, California. She will explain the work that Sansum Diabetes does, including development of an artificial pancreas, which could be helpful to those who are living with diabetes.
Here are some highlights from the UCLA study:
— 13 million adults in California (46%) have pre-diabetes or undiagnosed diabetes — 2.5 million adults (9%) have already been diagnosed with diabetes.
That adds up to 15.5 million people, 55% of the state’s population
33% of young adults (aged 18 to 39) have pre-diabetes
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Meeting the demands of daily life can be overwhelming. Developing healthy boundaries – physical and energetic - can help you reduce stress and feel more in control.
In this podcast, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Brian D. Mahan explains why it’s hard for many people to set clear boundaries (because most of us didn’t learn how in childhood).
“We weren’t allowed to have those boundaries in our family situation and then we don’t know how to take that…. Into our social lives.”
“The more we are able to identify what our energetic boundaries are, what our values are, then the more we are able to…… sit in the strength of our own sense of what’s right and wrong,” said Mahan.
Mahan says identifying your core values is key a first step toward establishing healthy boundaries.
“It’s important to get in touch with ‘what’s important to us, what’s not important, what we like and what we dislike.”
When values are defined, he says, a person can make a decision and take action, or what he calls ‘healthy aggression.’
“we have this opinion that aggression is a bad thing, and the reason we have that is it’s usually shamed out of us as children” but, Mahan says ‘Healthy aggression is also discipline, dedication, drive, empowerment.”
In this podcast, you will also learn how Somatic Experiencing (SE) can offer relief to those suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), trauma and other disturbing life events.
Mahan was introduced to SE at the suggestion of his chiropractor. He was suffering from daily panic attacks following a major car crash. He says, after three SE sessions, his panic attacks went away.
The experience was so life-changing for him, he became an SE practitioner and now trains others in this methodology as well.
SE, created by Dr. Peter Levine, is considered one of the world’s foremost approaches for dealing with developmental trauma, anxiety, stress and panic disorders.
Find out more about Brian D. Mahan and SEP at BrianDMahan.com
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Can being overly-responsible be giving you an aching back? Pain relief expert Dr. Ken Pfeiffer says it can! In this podcast, Dr. Pfeiffer explains that many aches and pains are caused by the emotions fear or anger.
“Anytime you experience pain, that experience not only has a sensation but it also has an emotion,” explained Pfeiffer.“ And, the emotions are associated with fight or flight. “
The ‘fight’ emotion is linked to anger while ‘flight’ is associated with fear. “So anytime we’re having any kind of pain there’s also anger and there’s fear.”
Pfeiffer says these emotions have a profound effects on our bodies. “When you’re angry it has effects on your heart. Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure changes….. because our bodies are preparing to fight or flee.”
Pfeiffer warns that chronic anger is associated with long-term profound physiological effects. “Very often people become angry and they don’t even realize it. And so they don’t realize that they have a choice in how to deal with that anger.”
The worst thing you can do, he says, is to try to fight or escape the pain.
In this podcast, Dr. Pfeiffer offers solutions for breaking free from chronic pain, which includes trying to relax and accept the pain, rather than flinching or tensing up in an effort to block it.
Pfeiffer also shares how you can determine if a body pain has emotional roots rather than physical. He offers listeners a technique for easing pain, and explains why back surgery is often not a long-term remedy to relieving chronic pain.
Have you ever awakened from a dream that was so steamy that you wanted to go back to sleep?
Dreams expert Kelly Sullivan Walden offers insight in this Lisa.FM Thrive! podcast. In her latest book "The Love, Sex and Relationship Dream Dictionary," she decodes the meanings of all kinds of dreams.
This podcast goes beyond steamy dreams, Kelly offers a simple tip that will help you to decode any dream in seconds.
Do you have recurring dreams or nightmares? Kelly explains that these happen when you wake up before a dream is finished. In this podcast she will explain how you can get to the ending, and get them to stop.
She suggests getting a free app called Dreams Cloud to record your dreams.
Have trouble remembering your dreams? Make a Declaration. Kelly offers a free 'dream declaration meditation' audio experience on her website.
I caught up with Kelly at the Conscious Life Expo.