Since I started practicing alternate nostril breathing, I haven’t been violently ill during a migraine

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I have had migraines all my life. The first real attack was when I was ten, but even before that, I experienced eye-twitching and sudden vomiting. The worst and most frequent attacks were during adolescence (12–16). I’ve had intervals of years without attacks, but recently I’ve had several that laid me low.

I’ve faced a particularly stressful life situation over the past three years as well as being perimenopausal. The severe migraines hit the day before my period starts or around ovulation. …


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If you haven’t already, check out the first three articles in the series:

We are at the end of our mindfulness journey together. However, your mindfulness journey doesn’t end here; it begins. Use these activities as a toolkit to explore, play, and find the one that calls out most to you and your children. Come back to your favorite activities whenever you feel out of balance in your life. Mindfulness is a practice, and like any new skill, you have weave it in your routine to learn it.


The importance of knowing your personality traits

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A study conducted by Nathan W. Hudson and Brent W. Roberts from the University of Illinois found that the vast majority of people wished they had totally different personalities.

They wanted to change. To be someone else.

I wonder why?

Well. Fuck. Have we not lived our lives being told we’re not good enough? Do we not idolize celebrities and — even more depressingly — influencers on social media? Are we not inundated with images of those we perceive to be perfect? Those we are told we should aspire to? Do we not spend our entire lives desperately seeking approval…


I don’t want to jinx things by writing this article, but need to share my story

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I noticed something when I started taking CBD regularly. Not only was I less anxious, but my migraines virtually went away. Was there any scientific research behind this, or was it all in my head?

According to Healthline,

Research on the use of CBD for migraine is limited. Existing studies look at the combined effects of CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a different cannabinoid. There are currently no published studies that examine the effects of CBD as a single ingredient on migraine.

This limited research is due, in part, to regulations on CBD and obstacles with cannabis legalization. Still, some laboratory…


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Using the Grace of God

When I first became a Christian, I didn’t want to read the Bible at all. I had a friend who asked me to go through the purple book with her, which is a good way for new Christians to start on getting to know what scripture is about. We both got sidetracked with life and eventually, I just gave up.

Fast forward a few years later, I had finished university and was facing the first crisis in my life. I turned to the Bible, in a search for hope, a hope of the supernatural kind.

For anyone that has read…


Hands-on ideas to share with your children day-by-day

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If you haven’t already, check out the first two articles in the series:

In our month of mindfulness, we have discussed the need for mindfulness, different ways to practice it, and its benefits. But what exactly happened in our brains that made mindfulness effective? Until recently, we knew little about how the mind reacted to mindfulness. But with mindfulness’s increasing popularity, we got many scientists interested and what we found was that mindfulness could profoundly change our brains.

A study showed that after eight weeks of mindful meditation, the amygdala — the brain’s ‘fight or flight’ response center, physically shrinks…


Hands-on ideas to share with your children day-by-day

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This is Part 2. See Part 1 of the series here.

In this hustle culture, we are rewarded continuously for being busy, productive, and multi-tasking, which means our brains are always occupied by at least five different things we want to do, are doing, or need to be done. When the pandemic closed down everything, the brain that had a constant stream of stimuli was forced to slow down. I won’t lie. When it happened to me, it wasn’t easy. Even after daily meditation, it was downright painful to slow down actively. It took me almost 25 years and a…


Hands-on ideas to share with your children day-by-day

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This is part 1 of the series “A Month of Mindfulness”

We love our children. We really do, but being cooped up with them during the pandemic has left the parents and children feeling stressed, anxious, and tired. Dealing with a pandemic at an age of 20, 30, or even 50 is tough, but dealing with a pandemic at the young age of 5 or 12 has its challenges. Our life experiences have taught us the skills and sharpened the tools we need to deal with the highs and lows, but what about children? …


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In the past, there have been many studies done on the fight-and-flight response to stress. One of the first is from Hans Selye, an Austrian endocrinologist. He observed various rats experiments in the lab and came up with the concept of General Adaptation Syndrome which states that the adaption to stress can lead to conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure if is not done properly.

Anything that causes stress endangers life, unless it is met by adequate adaptive responses; conversely, anything that endangers life causes stress and adaptive responses. Adaptability and resistance to stress are fundamental prerequisites…


It took me 5 minutes of conversation with a stranger to learn it

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A long time ago, when I was young and naïve, I used to be a jerk. Asking people about how they are doing just so they can ask me back, and I used to get frustrated when they don’t. I tried to convince myself that my intention was genuine, but deep down — I knew it wasn’t.

The story began when I was waiting for my Uber at the mall parking lot, that’s where I met Vlad — an old Russian man, who seemed tired yet happy, carrying some grocery bags. I offered to help him out, but he kindly…

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