7 Ways Starting a Blog Can Make You Happier and Healthier

Written by Kelly Paxson

Blogging has become a huge phenomenon in the past decade. People blog about everything from their lifestyle, to travel, to the practice of blogging itself! With the ability for anyone to go out and start a blog of their own, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. In fact, having one of your own can make you happier and healthier in a lot of different ways.

Today I’m going to show you 7 different ways your blog can improve all aspects of your life and your health. By the time we’re finished, you’ll be convinced that a blog is right for you.

7 Ways Your New Blog Can Make You Happier and Healthier

Here’s a question on many people’s minds: What is the definition of a blog? In the beginning, a blog was simply a collection of posts that were typically online journal entries. All of that has changed in recent years, however. Today, blogs can be about anything and anyone.

They allow people to truly express themselves in ways we never could before. It is through this, and today’s 7 different topics, that blogging improves both your mental and physical health, while also making you a happier person. Let’s find out how it works!

1. Write About Your Passions

We all love talking about something that we are passionate about. Think of your favorite topic or hobby. Now, if you were asked about it how many things come to mind to talk about right away?

One of the greatest things in life is doing what you love, so what better to blog about than something you have a passion for.

Another great thing about writing a blog on a topic that you are passionate about, is that chances are you will always have lots to say. Therefore, you will never run out of content to write about, and your readers will love having new posts to read.

2. Connect With Others

Blogging is also a great way to connect to people who can relate to the topic of your blog. For example, if your blog is about healthy cooking, you will mostly likely be connecting with people who have this similar interest.

A blog creates a community of like-minded people who can share and learn from one another. Maybe you want to write a blog about your weight loss journey.

Many other people could benefit from reading about what worked for you to lose weight. This sense of community also provides people support and advice, and you can feel good about helping others succeed.

3. Make Money With Your Blog

One of the best things about starting a blog is that you can make money writing about what you love. They say if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. So what better way to make money than by working from home!

You can make money with your blog a number of different ways:

● Affiliate Links

● Donations

● E-Books

● Hosting Webinars or Workshops

● Offering Services (Coaching, Design, Training, etc)

● Selling Ad Space

● Selling Merchandise

● Premium Content

Now money may not make you happier, but having extra money to do more of the things you love can make you happy. The extra money you make could pay for a vacation with friends or family, or even allow you to quit a job that is making you miserable.

4. Improve Yourself

Blogging can help you improve yourself and your skills. One way is by helping you hone your writing skills. Writing is one of the most important forms of communication, especially when it come to the internet.

People who have excellent communication skills experience more:

● Attraction

● Happiness

● Intimacy & Love

● Relaxation

● Success

● Self-control & Assertiveness

● Understanding & Self-understanding

Blogging also causes you to become an organized thinker. Bloggers must organize their thoughts, and translate their thoughts into a cohesive written post with structure. Being an organized thinking creates mental thought processes that are in order and have structure, which minimizes mental stress and anxiety. Less mental stress and anxiety will most certainly make you happier and healthier!

5. Shared Accountability

Blogging is also a great way to create shared accountability within an online community. For example, if you have a blog for your weight loss journey, you are constantly documenting your progress. Blogging about your progress will keep you motivated and accountable to yourself and to your readers.

As well as providing you with accountability, your blog can also help motivate people reading your story, and help keep them stay on track. This type of blog will also provide a place where people can ask you questions about your weight loss, and may be even provide useful advice for you.

6. Time For Work and Play

Now this may not be one that you think of right away, but starting a blog can give you more time for work and play. By turning your blog into your main job you become your own boss. Being your own boss means you set the schedule! Not a morning person? No worries, your work day can start whenever you want.

By setting your own schedule, you gain the opportunity to take breaks when you want for working out or meditation. By making more time for physical activity, your body will becoming healthier. Working out creates endorphins in the body and endorphins are the body’s happy drug.

You also gain the option to take days off when you want or need to, for doctors appointments or family time. You can listen to music while you work and play it as loud as you want. It’s total freedom!

Having a more flexible schedule means working hard some days and having the chance to play hard on other days. This benefit of blogging can definitely improve your entire life in a meaningful way.

7. Boost Your Career

Whether you are trying to work full-time from home with your blog or you’re a professional who likes their 9 to 5, a blog can help boost your career. With a blog that begins making money, you may have that opportunity to work from home. You may even make more money than you were at your other job.

A blog is similar to an active resume on your life and what you know about your niche topic. A successful blog can make you a well-known authority on a subject, and with this experience there are new career possibilities.

People may ask you to host webinars or come to speaking events. Your experience and knowledge becomes an asset that people will pay you for. A successful and stress-free career can make you happier and healthier!

Final Thoughts

Blogging is a viable career for anyone who has a passion and wants to be heard. More than that, it’s a practice that promotes a healthier and happier lifestyle. How does your blog make your life more fulfilling? Let us know in the comments!


 

Kelly Paxson is an experienced blogger who loves promoting the healthy and happy lifestyle that blogs provide.  You can reach Kelly at kellypaxsonllc@yahoo.com.

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5 Surprising signs and hidden symptoms of mental disorder

Written by Sophie Addison

The modern world is defined by agitation and stress, with those things taking a toll on those who have a frail frame of mind. Mental disorders are a common staple of modern days but, unfortunately, not many people are open to admitting that they have a problem. In the paragraphs below, you will find five surprising signs and symptoms of mental disorder. Read the information presented on them and stay informed, so as to be able to help the person (or persons) in which you will recognize these signs.

#1 Energy

Here, we are talking about those people who exhibit a lot of energy, out of nowhere. They are the ones who pick up one idea after the other, always being on the edge and searching for a new stimulus. The energy that you see on the outside might be accompanied by a racing mind on the inside. This may be a symptom of a mental disorder, and it is important to acknowledge it for what it truly is before it is too late.

Such a person will not recognize that he/she has a problem, stating that his/her energy is simply there because you are talking to a creative person. There is also the risk of that person hiding their energy and displaying a peaceful appearance in front of others. In such situations, it is important to talk to that respective person and find out about his/her thoughts and feelings.

#2 Pretending

Depression is indeed one of the most common mental disorders throughout the entire world. When you read about the symptoms of depression, you find out a lot of useful information. But no one tells you about the people who manage to hide their depression in an excellent manner, pretending in front of others that everything is fine. This often happens because those people consider that society would not accept them if they were to show their real feelings.

Putting on a brave face might work out for a short period but not forever. It is always important to get to the root of the problem and discover the real reason for why the depressive feelings have appeared in the first place. The more time a person pretends, the harder it will be to get in touch with his/her real feelings and solve the problem.

#3 Social isolation

Society has always shunned those who had a mental disorder. When a person experiences such symptoms for the first time, it can be a genuine shock. As the condition progresses, social isolation appears as a natural consequence for that person. He/she will begin to avoid social outings, either because such experiences are too aggressive or because that person fears he/she will be judged by his/her, peers. Moreover, when a person goes through such problems, mood swings are common, and they can prevent the respective person from fully enjoying social interaction.

#4 Affected sleeping or eating patterns

While it is normal for every person to suffer from insomnia or indigestion from time to time, a person who suffers from a mental disorder might present such problems more frequently. It is possible that they sleep for a prolonged period or, on the contrary, go on days without sleeping. As for eating, the same extreme situations are found, suggesting that intervention is required for that person in question. Because of such extreme changes, one might easily resort to alcohol and drugs, to compensate for such problems. Only immediate intervention can prevent a drug overdose or alcoholic intoxication in that case.

#5 History of brain injury

Brain injuries can range from easy to serious but, nevertheless, they cause certain changes in the way a person thinks or acts. A lot of people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder have had a brain injury at some point in their lives. When you encounter a person who is suspected of a mental disorder, the most important thing is to take his/her personal medical history. Inquire about accidents that might have led to brain injuries and recommend imaging studies, to find out if there are any sequelae to worry about.

If you know a person who might have a mental disorder, watch out for the signs and symptoms we have presented in this article. Inquire about his/her medical history, obtaining information on similar cases within the immediate family and also about accidents that might have caused brain injuries. Based on this information, you can recommend a specialist for that person to visit.


 

Author Bio:

Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, top memory pills, weight loss and fitness news. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.

The Power of Music

Written by Marni Levitt

I can’t underline the importance of music enough.  In education, in wellness, in life!  In my 10 years experience teaching within the school board (and the past 5 years of private work), I have found over and over again that when I use rhythms, a musical way of talking, call and response dialogue etc., then kids listen! They literally TUNE IN when they hear the phrases I am chanting or singing.  Sometimes they tune in EVEN MORE when I add some simple body movements.  Adults are more reserved at first, but the effect is still the same.  They love music, and want MORE of it.  Yesterday I shared some of my newest original songs for kids at a special summer camp – they loved them!

Listening and tuning in can be a particular challenge for some, (and for many kids and adults alike these days, we are so distracted with  technology!!!!).  When the kids knew I wrote the songs, and they felt the melody, rhythms and even the meaning of the words (words designed to instill positive self-image, relaxation and stress-reduction) – the calm and joy in the room was palpable.

That being said, you DON’T have to be a musician, a songwriter or a dancer to share music with kids.  Any teacher, education professional, social worker, yoga teacher or parent can learn some simple fun rhythmic phrases to engage young people.  I have seen it work over and over again – I would even say that children these days are CRAVING more music.  Humans need music, like we need water and food.  Our bodies are made up mostly of water, and water responds to sound vibrations, by vibrating in response.

Want more information? check out this article on the scientific benefits of music!

Like what you read? I would be happy to speak with you about professional development opportunities for teachers or anyone who works with children.

May the music find you!

Marni


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Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. OCT, RYT
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Delicious Ayurvedic Probiotic Drink Recipe!

Written by: The Art of Living Foundation

Fasting is a process that proves to be an effective method to ignite the digestive Agni or the body’s inner fire and burn off the accumulated impurities and amas or toxic wastes in the body. Amas are the root cause of almost all diseases. Fasting rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit entirely. It nurtures general wellness by discarding toxins and gas, and augmenting mental lucidity. It also makes the physical state light and easy.
In Ayurveda fasting depends on the body constitution based on dosha and its dependent cleansing needs. In fact it does not support the route of completely abstaining from food or water for long time periods as it leads to disharmony. It also drains the dhatus or body tissues. This is why Ayurveda advocates more of regular, short span detoxifying fasts than infrequent long drawn hunger strikes. This type of fasting is non-stressful and gentle. It is very convenient and can be easily integrated into one’s schedule. Such fasting boosts the body energy level and cleanses the body beautifully.

From a scientific standpoint. Food literally is like input or information for the body. Like any other form of matter it consists of atomic particles in a specific arrangement. These get broken down by the various elements of Agni comprising of enzymes, hydrochloric acid, etc., and reform new cells. Simply put, during the process of fasting the quantity of the input in the digestive system tends to disintegrate and then reassembles. They do this by absorbing the nutrients. Major organs such as the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and gall bladder get ample rest and this swiftly leads to their revival. The process strengthens digestion and bolsters the immunity of a person. According to Ayurveda, fasts help in maintaining balance within the body. Otherwise while curing one condition, one can set off another.
There are four main classifications of fasting according to the ancient practices of Ayurveda. These are decided based on factors such as one’s body structure and composition, digestive power, age and toxin level. One must also check the overall health status like if one is suffering from any ailments or health conditions. Due to this reason professional recommendation is important.
The type and style of fasting is different for different individuals. A fast pattern based on a proper Ayurveda diet is always customized to suit the person. There are four distinct classifications based on the kind of intake that goes into the system. These include firstly consuming fruits, veggies and juices only. The second type involves consuming light foods like khichdi, mashed rice, and kanji. The third is completely staying away from all solid foods and drinking fluids like water and herbal teas. Water can be consumed during the first three. The fourth and most severe is completely abstaining from food and water for a short spell.
In fact during normal meals too, Ayurveda doesn’t encourage excess eating. In fact one should consume only the amount that can be cupped by one’s hands. If we eat too much the excess amount is partially digested and stays lodged permanently. Heavy meals put a strain on the digestive tract and get stored as unwanted flab in the body.
Detoxification fasts in Ayurveda are streamlined with body types. The three doshas namely Vatta, Pitta and Kapha have their very own specifications. During fasts Vatta types can add warming spices, starchy vegetables, a little oil and fruits like avocado and bananas to their meal plan. Vata types are generally lean with a dry, cold dosha and their bodies don’t gel with total fasting. Due to the excess of air and ether lack of food can make them very weak.

Those with Pitta dosha can try lime juice with a dash of coconut water and sprinkled with cooling coriander leaves. Kaphas can also integrate warming spices into the diet but must avoid starch and oil. These two types have larger builds and more energy with weigh gain tendencies. Both can benefit from aggressive abstinence. Generally these fasts don’t last more than a couple of days.
Ayurveda supports regularly going in for partial fasting. This can be done for at least a day or so once every week. This is known as a mono diet. One can drink plenty of salt-free fluids like water, vegetable juice, raw milk boiled with ginger and yogurt mixed with cumin powder and water. A single light meal at noon is ideal. This can consist of milk, rice, yogurt, veggies, fruits, yellow lentil garnished with pepper, ginger, cumin, etc. One can also extend a mono diet for 2-5 days if one can manage the same. It will result in complete detoxification. One should not be tempted to snack. The value of hunger translates to a positive effect for the body at the end of the day. During the time of the fast one must maintain a certain intake of water. Hence one should frequently drink water and expel the same from the body. This is also a technique for discharging the toxins.
Change in seasons is also great for fasting according to the principles of Ayurveda. Fasting can be done any time but usually the cusp between winter and spring is a great time for any kind of cleansing therapy. It helps one to release the toxins that build up in the body over the harsh winter months. Fasting is not just cutting food but also a time for breathing exercises and positive thinking.
This is how a detoxifying fast can completely purify and energize the body and mind in order to promote fitness, wellness and contentment.

Carrot kanji (probiotic drink)recipe | gajar kanji recipe
**prep time
15 mins
total time
15 mins
carrot kanji recipe – a fermented north indian probiotic drink made from carrots, beetroot and ground mustard and water.carrots, beetroot and ground mustard and water.
serves: 2 litres of kanji drink
ingredients (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
5-6 medium sized carrots/gajar
2 small beetroots
8 cups water – approx 2 litres of water (boiled & filtered or purified)
1 or 1.5 tsp red chili powder
3 tbsp mustard powder (dry grind 2 or 2.5 tbsp mustard)
black salt as required
how to make the recipe:
rinse and then peel the carrots and beetroots.
chop into long pieces.
mix all the ingredients in a glass or ceramic jars.
cover with a lid or muslin cloth and keep the jars in the sun for 3-4 days.
stir with a wooden spoon everyday before keeping the jars back in the sun.
when the kanji tastes sour, it means the drink is fermented.
Serve carrot kanji straightway or refrigerate.

Enjoy!

Words that start with ‘M’: Mindfulness & Mental Health

By Marni Levitt

Mindfulness and Yoga changed my life.

Not only in terms of REDUCING STRESS and increasing intuition and creativity, BUT ALSO: they are tools that systematically helped me to become a BETTER PERSON, AND helped me to discover my true GIFTS and TALENTS to share with others, and to inspire the best in them, through my LIFE’S WORK and MISSION. I want that for you, your students, your clients, your team, your family.

Mindfulness and Yoga are tools that have had a huge impact on my life – in fact, they have completely altered my patterns of relating to my self, other people and the world at large. I have literally experienced miracles as a direct result of my practise of yoga and mindfulness. I have connected with just the right person at the right time (when I needed something), I have had powerful access to my intuition that has helped me to solve significant problems at work and in life. I have sensed that something important was about to happen, before it did. It has seemed almost as though, as I get to know myself deeply (the patterns of my thoughts, emotions, body sensations and energies), then I automatically know the world, and other people deeply. I believe that’s because I am in the universe, but the universe is also in me. This direct experiential knowledge (in addition to the mountains of growing scientific evidence) has huge implications for individuals, families, organizations and businesses.

In maintaining my own mental health, mindfulness has acted as a powerful compliment to aerobic exercise, healthy eating & cooking, gardening and hobbies, talk therapy, a community of friends and neighbours and self-expression through music, dance, art and writing. I have discovered that being mentally healthy means getting in touch with the unique gifts and talents I was born with, that I need to share. When I am not able to share my gifts or my brilliance, (ie. music!), then they get stuck inside me, and it doesn’t feel good. When I share them, I self-actualize while simultaneously inspiring and moving other people. Health for self means health for others. There are exponential returns when I feel I am living my life in alignment with my truth, and my true calling, and when I am present. Being present in my moment-by-moment bodily, thinking and emotional experience, is something I have learned through the practise of mindfulness.

I can’t count how many times magical connections have been made when I trust the creative process that is life! I believe that mental health is just as much a social responsibility, as it is an individual responsibility. The solutions lie in how we relate with ourselves, and each other, in a collective context. Culture is the means by which each individual relates with the whole. Move-N-Music aims to be a leader in healthy-culture creation. The culture I envision is one grounded in Mindfulness. I use cultural arts (singing, drumming, dancing, spoken word poetry, storytelling) to promote this culture. I believe we are at a turning point in our world, and we must move swiftly towards a more productive and healthy way of being. Our very ecosystems, economic systems, healthcare, education and business systems are at stake if we do not change and move towards health. All of these systems impact your own personal wellness, success and happiness directly.

Each person is part-and-parcel of the larger whole. So many jobs and workplaces structured in our modern world do not allow people to use or express their natural gifts. In the world of public school teaching, the resources were often scarce, and the systemic stresses in the system so significant, that sometimes I could not even teach music, I was just maintaining safety in the room. As human beings with great potential, I believe we can do much better in structuring our systems to facilitate real growth! Mindfulness is one of the tools that can give us back what is natural and inherent in all of us: the power to be authentically human, and to thrive.


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Move-N-Music offers Mind-Body Breaks Presentation & Workshops: An Inspiring and motivating start to creating positive physical and mental health

Activities include:

-Singing, Rhythmic Clapping, Movement
-Music, Sound and Breathing Games
-Fun Contests & Imaginative Play
-Singing Bowl demonstration
-Stretching, Guided Relaxation and Visualization

Email me marni@move-n-music.com or call 416-910-3114 for more information.

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Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. OCT, RYT
Founder Move-N-Music
Arts & Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker

How Do You Say “Yoga” in Spanish? Answer: Joga

By Craig Hanauer E-RYT 500 RCYT

As a Spanish language learner, one of my favorite activities is to take yoga class in Spanish. These classes have provided excellent opportunities for me to work on my receptive language skills and to ultimately better understand my language challenged students. I benefit from the linking of words with familiar movements; the relaxation I experience there allows me to better process what is being said; and I am more fluent after class. Though not evident in English (except perhaps when attempting to identify the words in a song), my expressive language is much stronger than my receptive language in Spanish. I know at times I have impressed native speakers with my ability to speak, and have been met with responses that are communicated much too quickly for me to completely comprehend. This same misunderstanding occurs with children who sound good due to scripting and echolalia, but are quite challenged receptively. I’ve always been told that language ability decreases under stress and at times I have been alarmed by the lack of access I have had to my Spanish when I’ve been angered or upset.

Now after many years of working with language challenged students I find myself working in a preschool with mostly typically developing children. The first marked difference is that they can wait. I used to clamor to move onto the next song or activity to avoid a regression into total chaos, but now as I fiddle with my ipod, most of them are able to just sit and wait, incredible! For my language challenged students just following along in English was difficult, however here in the preschool I am inclined to take advantage of that brief window of opportunity when children are most receptive to learning a second language. I have been looking for ways to incorporate Spanish into my work, and young children who are exposed to a second language either at home or at school are likely to retain that information for a lifetime.

One of my first ventures into bringing Spanish into my children’s yoga classes was to have a Mexican program assistant lead an entire class in Spanish during a children’s program at Kripalu. Although most of the children did not identify as Spanish speakers, they were able to follow along with minimal support due to the associated movements and sounds. Now I have a whole lineup of Spanish language songs that lend themselves to yoga-based movement. The music provides me with the structure and support I need to introduce Spanish to my students, and the associated movements and sounds provide the same for them. I was blown away recently when one of my 4 year-old students translated “estirar” into “stretch”, as she was familiar with the song we were acting out in English.

If you do decide to bring Spanish into your kid’s yoga classes just keep in mind that animals make different sounds in Spanish than they do in English; did you know that in Mexico chickens say Pio Pio and roosters says kikirikí, ki-kiri-ki?

I’m in the market for a Spanish “See and Say” if anyone has any leads.

 


Craig Hanauer is a Kripalu trained Yoga Alliance Registered “Experienced” 500-Hour Children’s Yoga Teacher.  He is also certified in New York State as a Creative Arts Therapist, a School Teacher and a School Building Leader.  Committed to the health and wellbeing of children, Craig has developed “Every Kid’s Yoga”, a unique and successful program for children with varied abilities and needs that integrates the creative arts, yoga, and play. He specializes in training yoga teachers, educators, therapists and parents in this therapeutic and fun-filled approach to working with kids. Craig continues to work directly with young people in a variety of settings such as Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, The Preschool at 3rd Street Music Settlement, and Satellite Academy a NYC Department of Education Alternative High School. Craig recently founded The Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Collaborative, a Yoga Alliance Approved 95-hour children’s yoga teacher training school.

You can read more about Craig and his programs by visiting his websites and Facebook page.