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Tools for Happiness- Exercize, Meditation and Sleep

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Increasing our own happiness really can be done if we take control and make it a priority! 

Yesterday,  i  mentioned Gratitude and Planning a Vacation as the first tools. 

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A crsip Cool Day calls for a comfy , cozy sweater bought from Ebay.

We’ve all heard by now that exercize increases happiness and can stave off depression, but the article I found mentioned  that just 7 minutes a day can give the desired results.  I know this is true because on busy days when all I find time for is resistance bands and squats or other days when it’s just  a few Yoga poses and stretches, I do get great benefits. I must say I see  a significant difference than on days when I opt out all together. 

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For Petite women, please note with a long sweater I opted for the lower cowboy boots

rather than knee high riding boots.

Another great tool is meditation which reportedly rewires the brain for happiness..,. It just so happens that I started a guided meditaion ( the only kind I can do for my ADD brain), two weeks ago and have had remarkable results.  The one I found was geared to weight loss, as I have yet to kick myself into gear to stop gaining and losing the same 3 pounds and move onto my final 10 goal.   Just ten minutes a day is what I am doing at night , right before going to bed. 

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This was the perfect at home look for homeschooling and an afternoon of grocery shopping…

Dear Readers, Today’s third suggestion of a tool for happingess is Sleep,  Something I value immensley and have in fact disagreed with my husband for 20  years on the value of a good night’s rest.  My meditation has resulted in an amazing phenomenon regarding sleep… When my husband’s morning alarm goes off, I’m awake and there is no going back to sleep for this ADD brain, once it fires up it’s working very hard….I’ve had several days  recently where I heard the alarm and then have passed back out so soundly that I don’t feel my husband get out of the bed or hear him getting ready to leave.  I am a light sleeper and would wake up to the slightest movement or noise!  Instead, I have passed out literally waking up three to four hours later…..

Sleep has been studied extensively and 6.5 to 7.5 hours are what is needed. Getting enough sleep supposedly allows us to be less sensitive to negative emotions .  It’s also been proven that managers who regulary get enough sleep usually get more production from their employees. 

More Tools for Happiness tomorow,! 

Gratitude 

I am grateful for a good night’s sleep!

I am grateful for a stoppage in the endless days of rain! 

I am grateful for a wonderful conversation with my oldest son!

I  am grateful for Pinterest and finding the blog on Sequential Spelling which is the final thing I needed to undo the damgage due to the school’s lack of teaching phonetic based reading and sequential based spelling!

I am futher grateful for discovering that I can complete four years of the program in just one year and will be done wtih the entire program in two!!!!

I am also grateful that my wonderful son embraced the first lessons today and went above and beyone the expectations, which I love about this child as he never chooses the easy way out! 

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6 Responses to "Tools for Happiness- Exercize, Meditation and Sleep"

I have struggled with insomnia my whole life. For many years, I took high doses of sleeping pills, but still never felt fully rested. No pills now, but I’m still only getting a few hours of sleep every night. I have ADD too, so I’m going to check out the guided meditation you are having success with.

We have a lot of similarities…. Hopint it works as well for you! I have never had my mind be this quiet before…that in itself is a huge gift!

Hi Tracey! I can’t remember exactly how I found your blog, but I check in almost every day and never comment. I’m not sure why today is different :)… but I wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying your happiness tips. I completely agree with you about happiness being a choice. I was helping my 15 year old son with his homework yesterday and he needed help with the idea of “internal locus of control”, so things tie in together.

By the way, I love your ensemble today! I blogged way back when and I really appreciate how challenging it can be to come up with fresh content on a regular basis. Hats off to you!

Thank you, I know that with Fall and Winter so many don’t have the sunshine to rely on and have seen what depression can do, so just trying to put good information out.

Great tips! I have yet to confirm that exercise improves my mood, but I suspect it does, but maybe only a little. (Or it would be obvious I would think, but I’ll take what I can get!) My anxiety interferes with my sleep. I’ve been tracking sleep for several years now and always get less than the recommended amount. Lately I’ve been working on the anxiety (exercises similar to meditation) and it has definitely helped me get more sleep and feel less anxious. Now to figure out what to do about the snoring husband- lol. I signed up for the guided meditation. The website didn’t mention they have start dates (unless I didn’t read far enough). Apparently my “session” started back on Oct. 1 and if I want the whole 21 days, I can pay them $20. :-/ I’ll stick to what they give me free and see how it goes. Thanks for the tips!

Good Luck, yes I started on the Oct 1 date. wonder if they will start all over again in another month or so as a promo. I am thinking of buying this to keep going with it!
It has one week left so should be enough to test for yourself!

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