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Meditation: The Natural Pain Reliever

Rather than popping pills to kill the pain of your aching back or for the headache from too much rushing around, we can tap into a natural pain reliever. Meditating can reduce pain by 40%. If you’re glazing over, thinking “I don’t do that stuff”, it can be as simple a starting with 5 minutes a day and focusing on your breath. I’m allergic to ALL pain meds, so every time one of my joints dislocates (almost daily), meditation IS my medication. Robert Cargill, PhD, a neurobiology professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine did a study showing that meditation decreases pain better than morphine. If you have never tried meditation, are you a little curious now, knowing it can relieve your pain? If you do meditate, have you experienced this?

Doorway Memory Loss

How many times have you walked into a room and when you got there, you couldn’t remember why? That has happened to me so many times that I was beginning to think that I was losing my memory! Good news for anyone else who has experienced these episodes. Gabriel Radvansky, PhD of Notre Dame published a study in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Professor Radvansky states that exiting or entering through a doorway serves as an “event boundary” in our mind which separates episodes of activity and files them away. I apparently have a darn good file system. Have you experienced this and what did you think it was from?

Videotaping Your Tantrum

Small annoyances seem to start your day off on a bad note- car out of gas or spilled your coffee. These minor daily aggravations can turn into major stressors, if we let them. Is it worth our health? Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of A Happy You suggests before snapping, pretend your are being videotaped. Although I don’t think we should be overly concerned about others opinions, we do behave differently when we know we are being taped. It may give a time to pause before we react…

Exercise DVD’s

The key to sticking with an exercise routine is to keep it interesting. One way to do that and keep the price down is to borrow fitness DVD’s from your local library. Most libraries have a big section of workout DVD’s to choose from and you can switch it up frequently. Why pay for them unless they are your favorites? Another plus…you can workout in your own home.

Laughter and Pain Relief

Try watching funny movies to decrease your aches and pains. UCLA researchers found that laughter from funny flicks stimulates the brain’s production of opiates, which are the body’s natural painkilling neurotransmitters. So put up your aching feet, pop in a DVD and laugh away. The biggest bonus is that it can provide up to 24 hours of relief!

Outdoor Exercise and Mood

Take your exercise outdoors and boost your mood and self esteem. Research shows that there are benefits from a walk outside, gardening, bicycling, etc., over inside exercise. Previous studies showed that walking outside battled depression better than mall walking. So, until it’s too cold, snowy or icy to battle the elements (for those of us in the north), hit the outside and enjoy the mood boost.

Food Journal and Weight

Keeping a food journal is a tool that I have recommended as a way to not only keep track of exactly what you eat and drink, but to become aware of triggers. Here is a compelling reason to try: a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine stated that those who kept a journal lost double the weight of the people who did not! Try the app on your phone, your computer or paper.