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5 Ways to Change Your Day with Music!

Music can change the way one feels, thinks, acts and feels! There are so many songs that inspire so much within me, whether it be good or bad, it can change my mindset and my motivation.

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Music is everywhere, even in the pleasant sounds of nature.  I could sit for hours just listening to the birds sing to each other as the insects make their calls out!  I use to think it was so funny that people would actually pay for albums that played nature sounds but now that I live in town and don’t get down to the creek like I once did, I can totally see why it’s worth it.  I attempted to just record the sound of the flowing river, but my poor phone was not up to capturing the amazing sound of the water flowing gently down the way.

I also have to point out that when my husband sings to me, I melt like a little fan girl.  No matter how I’m feeling right before he starts, my resolve dissipates and I’m lost in his beautiful voice, deep, soulful eyes and I fall right into his arms.   I have tried to fight it, I failed.  Does your significant other melt your heart like that?

Five Ways to Change Your Day with Music

  1. Set your phone or alarm clock to wake you up to an upbeat mix of your favorite jams from way back in the day.  The nostalgia mixed with the awesome beats will wake you up feeling refreshed, youthful and happy!  Much better than the buzzer!
  2. Take a break from everything for the duration of one song with no words, sit somewhere quiet (you may have to hide) and close your eyes for the duration.  When the song is done, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed!
  3. If your spouse works, quei up some type of music that uplifts him/her!  My husband coming home to jazz playing lightly throughout the house can do so much to start the de-stressing of the work day and transition his mind to a better place!
  4. Bedtime playlist: if you have children having a play list that starts a certain amount of time before bed will teach train them to know that it’s time to start winding down, eventually simply hearing that first song will get them to start getting themselves ready!  How great is that!
  5. No kids?  No worries, Make a playlist for you, turn off the distractions and spend that time pampering yourself!  It will pay off, I promise!

Be sure and check out the Film and Television composer John Jesensky, AKA John Ross Jesensky, on your search for new music!  I always love listening to new music and you may even find your next new favorite!  I’d love to hear what you have found that you love!  I’m always open to new music!

 

Spa Me By Warmables

warThe Spa-Me by Website is absolutely awesome!  It is perfect for anyone who needs to relax, feel a little better or even just treat themselves!  We have used ours for so many things!  Helping to relax a sick baby, soothing headaches, and even helping rid ourselves of muscle cramps!  You can also put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on it before heating so that you can inhale those relaxing smells as you allow yourself to rejuvenate! Also, we have found use for it with our furbabies as well!  Since you can wash it, it’s great for everyone!  I had the privilege of reviewing the  Spa Me Hot or Cold pack in exchange for this review and have loved it! I will never sell out my opinions, so know that the thoughts on my site, here and otherwise, are always my own!

WarmablesWe all know that our four legged babies deserve only the best of pampering available and here enters the cutest of all contestants: “Warmable”! Perfect for cooling and warming your pet and the occasional sore muscles or belly ache that comes with being “man’s best friend”! Just pop  the “Warmables” pad into the microwave for a few seconds to provide a nice soothing warmth for your beloved pet on those heartbreaking hard days. Feeling the heat? (and wanting relief) Cool your baby down quick and easy! Simply use the “Warmables” after letting it chill in the freezer.  When your done, wash it and it’s yours again!  No need to have multiple products (though I do recommend having some extras!)warmable

We all have those days where a heating pad or cooling pack could do us some major benefits, and now our lovies can have the equal to human pleasure!  Not only is it beneficial but the sweet little puppy printed fabric melts my heart. Seriously “Warmables” are super H.O.T.  Hot!  I love that Warmables are made in the USA and that their price includes shipping!  I wish more companies would do it that way!

In addition to the Spa Me, Warmables has many other fabulous products! Like lunch kits, eye masks, foot warmers, and even hot/cold packs for expectant moms!  Whether for yourself or as a gift, Warmables has just the right products to help ourselves out without harming the environment!

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How Hobbies Can Benefit Your Health: Guest Post By Leslie Vandever

UntitledThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “mental health” this way: a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Practicing a hobby achieves every one of those mental health goals. Let’s go over them one by one. Mental health:

·       “[is] a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities …” When you take up a hobby, whether it’s knitting, woodcarving, gardening or even just walking the dog, you’re doing something that you get better at over time. You can see the changes in your ability to accomplish your hobby, which makes you feel good and increases your self-esteem. Your knitting goes from being too loose or too tight to being just right. You have the confidence to challenge yourself with increasingly more intricate and difficult patterns. Your end result goes from a crooked scarf to a beautiful sweater. It takes time, but it’s worth it.

·       “[the individual] … can cope with the normal stresses of life …” Practicing a hobby is a great stress reliever. It can’t make problems go away, but by distracting your mind from dwelling on them—particularly the kind of problems that you can do little about—you allow it to rest and relax. The mind-body connection is so intertwined that by resting your mind with a hobby you enjoy—maybe even love—your body relaxes too. And often, taking your mind off troubles for a while can let your subconscious mind find the creative solution to them you’ve been looking for.

·       “[the individual] … can work productively and fruitfully …” Practicing a hobby project that has a clear beginning and end is immensely satisfying. If your hobby is carving ducks, for instance, the challenge of transforming that plain block of wood into a sculpture that showcases the quiet, glowing beauty of the shaped and finished wood, the beauty of the duck in nature, and your mastery of your craft gives you confidence in your ability to be productive and fruitful, not only with your hobby, but in your life in general.

·       [the individual] … is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Practicing your hobby, even when it’s one that you only practice at home, can allow you to contribute to your community in several ways. Using the duck example again: procuring the wood for your project may take you into the community and give you opportunities to talk with others about what you’re planning. You may make some new friends in the process. Once you’ve finished the carving, you can display it in your home or show it at the local co-op art gallery you volunteer at a couple times a month. You might sell your duck carving there or, to help with a local cause, donate it for sale at a fundraising auction. Any of these things make you an active contributor to your community at large.

Your hobby can also have a beneficial effect on your physical health. Again, this is true because the mind has such a profound effect on the body. When we’re happy with ourselves, or challenged in an intriguing way, we feel better, even if we’re physically ill or limited by chronic pain. And doing a hobby—using our hands, concentrating, enjoying ourselves—calms and focuses the mind, and contributes to our overall well-being.

The best thing of all about hobbies is that there are so many to choose from. Anyone can take up a hobby and reap the benefits in both mind and body.

Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer. Under the pen-name “Wren,” she also writes a blog about living well with rheumatoid arthritis called RheumaBlog (www.rheumablog.wordpress.com). In her spare time, Vandever enjoys cooking, reading and working on the Great American Novel.

References:

·       Do Something You’re Good At. (n.d.) Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/10-ways-to-look-after-your-mental-health/do-something-youre-good-at/?view=Standard

·       Mental Health Basics. (2011, July 1) Mental Health. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics.htm

·       Dich, D. Hobbies and Mental Health. (n.d.) All Things Depression: Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Anger. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://allthingsdepression.com/2011/02/hobbies-and-mental-health/