6 Instant Moments of Zen

Transform your life and your health with these easy ways to find Zen.

6 Instant Moments of Zen

Zen is a way of being and a state of mind. This state of calm involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts. Here, Andy Puddicombe, a Zen master, teaches you how to harness your Zen every day in five minutes or less to gain peace of mind.

Practice Medi-TEA-tion

Find Zen in your morning by drinking a glass of holy basil tea when you wake up. This tea can help reduce the production of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Feeling the heat travel throughout your body is a serene feeling in itself and can help you stay present. Prepare your tea the night before by putting out your cup and tea bag on the counter so all you have to do when you wake up is add water.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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