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10 Ways to Reuse Your Used Teabags

What do you usually do with your tea bags after you brew them? Do you toss them in the garbage? Compost them? Leave them on the side of the sink for a week? I love tea and I drink a ton of it, especially organic teas. So I use up a ton of tea bags. Did you know that there are many ways you can upcycle used tea bags? For you environmentally conscious tea lovers out there who feel bad throwing anything away without looking for another way to put that about-to-be-garbage to use, you’ll love these suggestions!

A cup or 2 of hot or iced tea a day can create a mini mountain of used tea bags per week. So what will you do you do with all those used tea bags? Try one (or all 10) of these methods to put those used tea bags to good use.

1. Moisturize your skin:

 

Your skin can indulge in tea just like your taste buds do. You can replace your typical bath salts with this easy trick. Run your bath water over a few used tea bags, and then get in for a skin-rejuvenating and also aromatic soak. The tea leaves will restore your dry skin, and the antioxidants in green tea are specifically helpful for revitalizing skin.

 

 

2. Soothe tired eyes:

After your tea bags have cooled a little, place them on your eyes for 10 mins. This will help soothe puffy, red eyes. The tannins in tea will also minimize dark circles and swelling. Tea contains antimicrobial properties, which makes them a great remedy for styes and other minor eye infections.

 

 

3. Polish wooden surfaces:

 

Improve the appearance of your wooden furniture and floors. Brighten up your wood surfaces with twice-brewed tea. Just boil 6 to 10 used tea bags in a gallon of water, then use the water to mop your floors, or dip a soft cloth in the water to polish your furniture. The tannins in tea will make your wood surfaces shine.

4. Soak your feet:

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Use your tea bags to give yourself a homemade pedicure. Tea is great for neutralizing odors, which makes it a great all-natural foot soak. Next time you treat yourself to an at-home pedicure, try soaking your tootsies in an anti-bacterial tea soak. Just throw your used tea bags in a basin of hot water, wait until it’s cool enough to put your feet in, and soak them for about 15 minutes.

5. Neutralize the odor in your fridge:

 

Tea isn’t only great for neutralizing foot odor, it’s great for getting rid of household odors too. To keep unwanted fridge odors at bay, you can throw a couple of used tea bags in a lidless container in your fridge and leave them there. They will absorb lingering odors and keep your refrigerator fresh!

6.Soak in used tea bags:

Give yourself a detoxing bath by adding used tea bags to your bath water. You can throw the tea bags in your bath with you, or hang them under the running water in a mesh bag, so your bath water runs through the teabags.

7. Use tea bags to tenderize meat

Infuse your used tea bags in some boiling water, letting them soak for a couple of minutes. Remove the tea bags and let the water cool. Then use the warm water to marinade your meat for 30 minutes. This will make your meat cook faster and make it more tender.

8. Clean your mirrors:

Tea makes a fantastic glass cleaner. You can get gleaming, streak-free mirrors by brewing a handful of used tea bags, letting them cool and filling a spray bottle with the liquid. This method is a great all-natural alternative to Windex.

9. Condition your hair:

Steep your used tea bags in some boiling water. Let the water cool until it’s warm then pour it over your hair after shampooing (while it’s still wet) and leave it on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes. This makes an excellent conditioning treatment and will give your hair body and shine.

10. Dehumidify your home:

To do this, you’ll need to completely dry your tea bags in the sun. Then simply place the dried tea bags in a humid area of your home, and they will absorb excess moisture. This is a great way to prevent mold caused by dampness.

 

 

 

Do you know ways to upcycle used tea bags that aren’t listed above? Let us know in the comments below!

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We’ve joined the Elephants & Bees Initiative in Sri Lanka!

If you’re a KissMeOrganics customer you already know that we’re obsessed with product quality and customer service. Now we’re taking our mission to make the world a better place one step further with our first charitable donation to the Elephants and Bees project in Sri Lanka!

“Making the world a healthier place” has always been a priority for us at KissMeOrganics, and we’ve recently extended that philosophy to include giving back to some of the communities we work with. We’ve just made our first donation to Elephants and Bees, but we’ve got plans for more charitable partnerships in the future, so stay tuned!

Elephants and Bees is an organization that provides a creative solution for reducing human-elephant conflict (HEC) in Sri Lanka. If you haven’t heard of it, HEC is a major conservation challenge for many African and Asian countries with elephant populations and is recognized as the principal threat to these wild elephant populations.

Sri Lanka is home to over 5500 wild Asian elephants (over 10% of the global population) and the increasing human populations and land development in these areas are forcing human and elephants into closer proximity.

Due to the lack of space, HEC is on the rise endangering the lives and the safety of both elephants and humans. HEC is the cause of a range of problems including crop damage and loss, property damage, and injuries to humans, and it mostly affects poor, rural communities where farmers have had to resort to violent methods to protect their livelihoods. These violent methods rarely work in the long term and cause the elephants to become more aggressive towards humans.

In order to help the community in a creative way beneficial to both the elephants and humans of Sri Lanka, KissMeOrganics has made their first donation to the Elephants and Bees project.

Elephants and Bees uses fences of bee colonies to deter elephants from entering farms and trampling the harvest. Elephants instinctively avoid bees, so a strategically placed beehive fence provides a natural and humane deterrent to elephants crossing over into populated areas. This has the combined benefits of reducing tension between elephants and the local population, while also fighting against bee colony collapse disorder (CCD).

Colony collapse disorder is a phenomenon which has seen bee populations significantly reduced in recent years, which adversely affects pollination and in turn, crops. By using beehive fences to deter the wild elephant populations away from farmland, this project also helps protect the bees from CCD. In addition, the local farmers benefit from the beehives which provide an extra source of income from bee byproducts such as honey, lip balm, and candles.

Introducing beekeeping skills to the community

So far, Elephants and Bees has run two community workshops to teach beekeeping skills to the community. In late 2016, Australian beekeepers Prof. David Gormley-O’Brien and Emma Collins generously donated their time and resources to visit the project site. The workshop covered basic beekeeping techniques and was very well received by the community. David and Emma also visited each beehive fence, showing farmers how to inspect their hives and feed their bees.

In March 2017, Sri Lankan beekeeper Mr. Frank Ryde ran a workshop teaching farmers how to attract wild colonies, transfer colonies into fences and how to sustainably harvest honey. He also spent some time one-on-one with all the beehive fence farmers – checking up on the overall health of the bee colonies. There are plans for a follow-up workshop which will focus on caring for bees during the dry season.

Honey harvests

Early this year, the first small amounts of honey were harvested. Most farmers kept this small harvest for their personal use, however, they plan to sell future harvests when they are able to gather larger amounts. The farmers were very happy to see the rewards of their bee-keeping labor, and the delicious honey has also motivated farmers to continue to invest time looking after their bees and trying to attract wild colonies.

So far the Elephants and Bees project in Sri Lanka has successfully purchased 40 colonies which will be hung along the beehive fences. These 40 colonies will benefit the local community tremendously – allowing them to increase their honey harvests in the coming months which will be an added income source.

We’re super excited to be a part of this creative initiative that will not only help reduce Human Elephant Conflict, but will also give Sri Lankan farmers another source of income!

“We are extremely grateful to KissMeOrganics for your generous support, and we look forward to sharing our findings and publications with you in the months ahead.”
– Elephants and Bees Project

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7 Ways to Eliminate Stress

There’s an expression that I repeat to myself during times of trouble: “Worrying is like wishing for something bad to happen.” When everyday problems become overwhelming they can often lead to chronic worrying. Our worrying then manifests into feelings of anxiousness and hasty decisions which only make matters worse. If we have the right tools though, we can manage our worrying and avoid panic mode, which will ultimately lead us to better, more creative solutions to whatever is weighing on us.

If you’re looking for a way to put some distance between you and our worries, here are 7 great tips to find some inner peace and calm:

7. Breathe

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It’s basic advice, but the fact is that breathing deeply can help oxygenate your blood, and it has shown to lower cortisol levels, chemically helping your body deal with stress and anxiety.

 

6.Cuddle

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There’s scientific evidence to show that hugging has some great health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, boosting oxytocin, and increasing serotonin and endorphin levels. In fact, hugs can even strengthen your immune system. Plus a warm embrace can have positive psychological effects such as helping you feel safe and improving your self-esteem.

5. Let it out

Part of the reason we let ourselves be consumed by feelings of shame or not wanting to burden others with our problems. Confiding in others can do wonders to alleviate stress. If you’re not crazy about sharing, another way to let your feelings out, and ultimately organize your thoughts, is by writing them down. Journaling is a very effective way to emotionally unload without sacrificing your privacy.

4. Jam away your troubles

Music can have soothing effects on your body and brain. It can also improve your immune system, and help you get motivated for the gym or other activities. While slow serene music can be great for quiet meditation, blasting your favorite tunes of any genre can also help you blow off some steam and release tension. Dance around your house, or sing your heart out in the shower!

3. Trade coffee for tea

When you’re particularly stressed, swap your coffee for tea. While coffee can actually spike your blood pressure leading to more stress and anxiety, green tea will energize you without making you anxious and irritable. Try brewed green tea or matcha for a steadier and more relaxed boost.

2. Shake it, baby

Sometimes we’re so used to sitting for hours in front of the computer that we fail to realize the negative effects a sedentary lifestyle can have on us. Getting up and exercising, even if it’s just walking a couple of blocks to buy a salad, can release endorphins. Some fresh air will also do wonders for a bad mood.

1. Eat and sleep right

Eating and sleeping are two of the best ways you can care for yourself. Eating when you’re hungry, and keeping a regular sleeping schedule will allow your body to recharge so you can tackle problems with a level head. Proper self-care begins with basics and if you’re nourished and well-rested, you’ll be able to handle whatever life throws at you.

When you feel like stress is getting the best of you, make time for yourself with these different techniques. There are things you won’t be able to control, but you can shift the focus on what you can do to best cope with the things that make life feel overwhelming. Namaste!

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5 Workout Videos That Actually Work (No Special Equipment Required)

 

Not everyone can make time for the gym and gym memberships can be costly. Even if you have a gym membership there are times when you want to switch it up a little. If you’re looking for some great free workout videos that you can do at home, here are 5 of our favorites. Whether you’re looking to burn fat, build muscle or even deep stretching these videos will definitely have you feeling the burn!

32 Minute Home Cardio Workout with No Equipment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWy_aOlB45Y

Prepare for some intense cardio condensed into a short period of time to give you a little boost and keep you motivated. This video might be a little intense for beginners!

Power Yoga

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Finding a good and affordable yoga studio can be tricky. With this one-hour Power Yoga video, you can get some of the best benefits of yoga practice in the comfort of your own home, including stretching, strength building and even cardio. Altogether, this workout provides amazing upper body targeting.

Yoga for Your Butt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLC1ZveOkpI

Work on your yoga butt with this fantastic, yoga-inspired workout for your glutes. Created for the busy person without hours of time to spare, this 20-minute workout is a quick way to keep your glutes toned and strong.

Brazilian Butt Lift Workout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09UN3UCv3ds&t=401s

This 25-minute video is deceptively intense: it might say it’s for beginners, but it might be challenging for beginners: you will definitely feel your muscles burning and you’ll probably be sore the next day. This is a great butt-and-leg-toning workout.

5 Minute Fix Upper Body Workout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho89a5PLPp4

If all you’ve got to spare is five minutes of your time, this video is a great way to crush a quick workout. Targeting your upper body, this can be a fantastic quick fix when you feel like you’re spending too much time sitting in front of the computer at work. You can also repeat the sequences for a longer upper body workout.

When it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, these videos can help you get in a quick fitness fix. Remember, every bit helps and even a small workout can make a huge difference in your mood and energy levels.

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8 Small Changes That Will Make a Huge Difference in Your Health

With so much information available to us at the click of a mouse, deciding which health advice to follow can seem overwhelming. But you don’t need to overhaul your whole life to make some positive changes towards overall better health.

Here are a few small changes you can make in your daily routine that will greatly impact your well-being!

Keep a Schedule

A hectic life is one of the main reasons people can’t seem to keep their health habits straight, and the best way to avoid this is by planning ahead. Once a week, set up a schedule including exercise times and meals, and allow as much leeway as possible so your schedule is something that helps you instead of something that just adds to your frustration. If you can, do your meal and snack prep ahead of time to avoid that last-minute making unhealthy choices in order to save time.

 

Make a Shopping List

How often do you go to the supermarket and end up buying a bunch of stuff you don’t need? Do you often buy sweets that end up calling your name at 10 pm long after you’ve finished dinner? To avoid this be mindful about grocery shopping. Make a list before you go to the market and stick with it: this will help you keep unhealthy foods out of your home and out of reach in moments of weakness. Pro tip: eat a healthy meal before you go shopping or you’ll most likely come home the proud owner of the snack aisle!

 

Don’t Skip Breakfast

For years, experts (and your mom) have insisted that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it really does determine the amount of energy you’ll be packing for the first half of the day. The best way to go about breakfast is to start your day with a lot of fiber, including foods like Greek yogurt, oatmeal or eggs with greens (such as spinach or broccoli).

 

Eat Often

It might seem counterintuitive, but a quick way to lose a few pounds is, in fact, eating more often. Instead of starving, try surrounding yourself with healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit, and cut veggies. Don’t eat your meals so far apart that you’re starving by the time you eat something; when you’re not desperate to eat you’re less likely to binge. Eating constantly can also help keep your blood sugar levels stable.

 

 

Mind Your Portions

Once you’ve embraced healthy snacking as part of your daily routine, it’s also important to keep in mind that part of the idea of snacking constantly is keeping portions to a minimum: the trick is to eat smaller portions, more often. A good rule to go by is the handful rule. Your portions should be roughly a handful.

 

Drink More Green Tea

Green tea (or better yet, matcha) is filled with antioxidants and also helps burn fat, which is great when you’re trying to lose a few pounds. It can also provide a healthier alternative to afternoon coffee, helping you stay alert during those long working hours and also providing a more natural and stable caffeine high that won’t experience the awful caffeine crash and crave another cup in a few hours.

 

Keep Moving

It might seem impossible to fit in gym time in your busy work life, but even the smallest bits of extra physical activity can make a huge difference in your health. When you’re at work, set your timer to every 20 minutes, and take it upon yourself to walk outside or even just walk around the office for 2 minutes. This way, you’re helping your body stay active!

 

Rest Up!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sleep is extremely important if you want to be at your best. Seven or eight hours of sleep each night can do wonders for your body, from increasing your energy and mood throughout the day to even accelerating your metabolism. Be careful not to oversleep, like everything else in life you balance is key.

You don’t need to make drastic changes to improve your health. The journey towards your health can start right now with a few small changes. You have the power to take control and build new habits that your body will thank you for!

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5 Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

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We’re here to save the day with 5 ways to stay fit on vacation! It’s natural to overindulge when you’re on vacation, but while you’re taking a break from your routine bad health and fitness choices can add up and leave you feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation. Sometimes the things we leave behind when we go on vacation are the things that are helping keep us healthy and balanced. Read on for 5 ways to stay fit on vacation.

Stay Fit on Vacation in 5 Easy Steps

Fit in a workout when/where you can

I try to book accommodations that have a gym on the premises, but that isn’t always possible. If you don’t have access to a gym, there are other ways to get your workout in. Explore your surroundings and stay active on vacation. Walking is a great way to get your exercise while you’re away from home. You can also experience some culture by joining in a local activity. If you’re in India sign up for a yoga class, if you’re in Argentina try a tango lesson. Participating can be a great way to stay on track.

Be mindful of your eating

Vacation is a wonderful excuse to indulge a bit. Of course, you want to try as much of the local cuisine as possible, so being mindful of how many calories you’re consuming can go a long way when you’re trying to stay on track with your fitness goals. Be selective of the foods you want to try (don’t eat McDonalds in Italy, for example), and eat smaller portions so you can sample more! Try applying the 80/20 rule: eat 20 percent of your calories on the foods of your choice and then stick to healthy choices 80 percent of the time.

Keep Hydrated

Drink water every chance you get. It’s easy to throw your body off balance while traveling. Being cooped up in a dry airplane cabin for hours, not eating enough vegetables, and consuming too much sugar can all lead to dehydration. When your body is dehydrated it can’t perform as well as it should. It’s easy to forget you’re thirsty so set an alarm to remind you if you need to. Water is your friend!

Don’t drink your calories

Alcohol is not only loaded with calories, it also lowers your inhibitions when it comes to overeating. I mean, who among us hasn’t eaten a double cheese pizza in the middle of the night only to wake up full of regrets? Consuming alcohol also prevents your metabolism from burning food. When it comes to cocktails, the simpler the better. Try to avoid sugary drinks with lots of ingredients and opt for a glass of wine or a martini instead. And don’t forget, moderation is the key.

Stay on your feet during flight connections

Long flights can wipe you out but staying on your feet between connection can help burn some calories and get your blood flowing. Use the time between your flights to do some simple stretches and walk around a bit. Flying can be extremely uncomfortable, and the dry cabin air can take a toll on you as well, so be sure you also drink plenty of water and stand up to stretch your legs every hour or so if possible.

Vacations are a great way to unwind and reboot, but the change of routine can also throw you off track. What are some of the things you do to stay fit on vacation? Tell us in the comments below!

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Life Hacks For Better Health

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We all know fad diets never work. If you’re cutting out entire food groups or depriving yourself in order to lose weight, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Simply put, dieting is not sustainable. If you want to get fit and be healthy, you’ll have to change your habits permanently. The good news is that you can drastically improve your health through some small changes. Here are some super simple life hacks for better health that will help you feel your best.

Read on For Some Easy Life Hacks For Better Health

Choose water instead of soda.

Sugary soft drinks are linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes, plus they’re loaded with empty calories and, often, chemicals. A couple of glasses of coca cola and a caramel macchiato can easily push the limits of your recommended daily calorie intake. Reach for water instead and you’d be surprised how many calories you can cut from your daily intake.

Reduce your alcohol consumption.

This is a biggie. Not only does booze have loads of calories, it also prevents your liver from processing fat properly. Also, you probably may have noticed a tendency to make poor eating decisions under the influence. Therefore, reducing your alcohol consumption to a couple of drinks a week is a life hack for better health that will get you closer to your fitness goals, faster.

Don’t complicate things.

Steer clear of diets that come with complex lists of what you can and cannot eat. Instead, keep it simple by eating real, whole foods. Make sure you’re eating mostly plants and lean proteins like chicken or fish. Keep your carbs complex by choosing sweet potatoes, quinoa or brown rice, and stick to healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds.

Understand that fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat.

If you’re opting for “low fat” but loaded with synthetic ingredients (like a lot of the prepackaged “diet food” available), you might be doing more harm than good. Snack on healthy fats, like almonds, avocados, and full-fat (unsweetened yogurt).

Limit your access to unhealthy snacks.

Plenty of studies have identified sugar as being extremely addictive. That also applies to simple carbohydrates that immediately turn to glucose in your body. So if you’re trying to create healthier habits, it’s probably not a great idea to keep sweets at home. Studies also suggest that our cravings for starch and sugar increase at night so don’t set yourself up for failure with a pantry full of potato chips and chocolate pudding!

Instead, Prep healthy snacks and keep them around for when hunger strikes.

Fruit, unsweetened yogurt, nuts and seeds, cut veggies and homemade hummus are great options. Prep your healthy snacks in advance so they’re ready to eat as soon as you’re hungry.

Increase your H20 intake.

Keeping yourself properly hydrated can change your life. It can help burn fat and boost energy levels. Plus, studies have revealed that hunger and thirst trigger the same kinds of signals in your brain, so more water might help curb hunger. This is one of the simplest life hacks for better health you can incorporate into your lifestyle. Try to keep a water bottle with you throughout the day, and if you’re having trouble remembering to drink enough, you can always set an alarm to remind you. Most health professionals recommend about 2 liters of water a day.

Get enough sleep.

Studies show that sleep deprivation and obesity are closely linked. Other studies have found that insufficient sleep causes an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Giving yourself eight hours of sleep a night will decrease your cravings for unhealthy food and help keep your hormones and blood sugar levels balanced.

What are your favorite life hacks for better health? What habits do you follow to help you make healthier choices? Tell us in the comments below.

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10 Reasons You Should Start Yoga Practice

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Anything that requires work to attain is usually extremely rewarding and yoga is no exception. I don’t know first-hand what it’s like to be “really good” at yoga, but my instructor assures me it’s not about that, it’s about patience. I’m the girl at the back of the class “walking” my downward dog, forgetting to breathe, and letting my mind wander to the person in the front row, who seems to defy the limits of the human body. Needless to say, I am not an expert on the mat, but I am learning to love my yoga practice for the journey. I know that my skills will develop as I continue my yoga practice, and that’s nice. I imagine the discipline it will take will give me a great sense of accomplishment, and that’s nice too. But I also feel good each time I finish a practice, and here’s why:

10 Ways Yoga Practice Is Great For Your Physical & Mental Health

10. Your flexibility will improve:

It’s one of the most obvious benefits of yoga. Your first attempts at yoga will probably be challenging, especially if you have limited flexibility. Over time, though, you’ll be able to deepen your stretch and release all kinds of tension hiding in your joints and muscles. Better flexibility also means that aches and pains will lessen. Tight muscles can put a strain on your joints, and cause poor posture which can cause all kinds of problems in the long run.

9. Your muscles will be strong:

Strong muscles protect us from arthritis and chronic back pain, they also help make us sturdier as we age. Yoga is great for building muscle strength because it builds flexibility at the same time. Often when we weight train for muscle strength, it comes at the price of our flexibility. Yoga practice is great because, on a physical level, it’s all about building strength with flexibility.

8. You’ll be protecting your cartilage & joints:

It’s good to keep your joints moving to prevent them from stiffening. Stiff joints can lead to injury and permanent damage. When you practice yoga, you put your joints through a full range of motion which can also help prevent arthritis. It can help make sure your joints are receiving nutrients, and prevent them from deteriorating.  

7. You’ll get your blood flowing:

Yoga helps your circulation, especially in your extremities. It also increases the flow of oxygen to your cells, helping them function better. Those twist poses that feel so good are said to release the venous blood from internal organs. Inverted poses are said to help blood from the legs and pelvis to flow to the heart. Because yoga gets your blood flowing, it also helps reduce swelling.

6. You’ll feel happier:

There is evidence that a consistent yoga practice can help with anxiety and depression through interoception. Interoception is described as a mindful awareness of the body intended to bring us closer to our physical experience. In addition, practicing yoga has been found to increase serotonin levels, the neurotransmitter connected to feelings of happiness and wellbeing.  

5. You’ll be more focused:

Yoga practice is all about being in the present. Making time for practice allows you to refocus your energies so you don’t become overwhelmed. Some studies have also found that regular yoga practice can improve your coordination, memory, and it might actually make you smarter. This may be due to the fact that yoga practice can help clear your mind of the thoughts and conversations that are on an endless loop inside your head.

4. You’ll have better balance as you age:

Proprioception is your unconscious perception of your body’s movement and spatial orientation. Having bad proprioception means you have bad balance, which means you are likely to have bad posture. As mentioned above, poor posture can lead to joint problems and back pain. Regular yoga practice will increase your strength and balance, which can mean fewer falls as you get older.

3. You’ll develop greater inner strength:

Yoga helps teach discipline. The discipline you develop through regular practice will extend to the rest of your life and fuel change. Many people find that practicing self-discipline affects change in all areas of their lives, helping them eat better, exercise more, and quit unhealthy lifestyle choices.

2. You’ll have better relationships:

Because yoga helps you to be more mindful, it also helps develop your compassion for others. Many of the things you practice in yoga (setting intentions, clearing your mind, developing patience) can work towards strengthening  your relationships with others. You’ll probably find better relationships and a strengthened sense of community are side effects of your growing inner peace.

1. You’ll have less pain:

Yoga can help relieve chronic pain, which can improve your mood, and keep you active. If you’re happy and active you won’t need as much medication to manage pain. According to studies, yoga can help reduce the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic back pain, and other chronic conditions.

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The Surprising Effects of Meditation on Productivity

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It’s Monday morning and you have a million things to do. You’ve got meetings, deadlines, and a full inbox you’ve got to get through. Meditation is probably the last thing on your mind. If you’re not sold on the positive effects of meditation, and you’re already overwhelmed by tasks, then it might be hard for you to justify committing 20 minutes a day to sitting in silence and thinking about nothing.

With a million things to think about, who has time to sit around thinking about nothing?

It’s counterintuitive for many people, but committing at least 20 minutes a day to meditation can actually save you time. Studies have revealed the many healthy effects of meditation, including less anxiety, stress, and depression but meditation also has a big effect on work productivity.  Meditation saves time and increases productivity by allowing you to procrastinate less, improving your quality of sleep, “defragmenting” your mind, and helping you to refocus your energy on the important things. When you take the time to clear your mind, you help to create a space of clarity. You waste less time fighting through hundreds of thoughts that are competing for your attention at any given time. With a clear mind, you are less distracted and more able to focus on tasks at hand.

It turns out meditation is not just a “state of mind.” Neuroimaging studies have shown an increase in cerebral blood flow during meditation. Quite literally, meditation changes your mind. If our imagination can change our perception of reality, then reducing stress levels through meditation can help you create a more peaceful, more productive reality. Meditation can have a profound and lasting effect on the way we think and how we experience events and that may be one of the most valuable health benefits of meditation.

The Effects of Meditation on Productivity

It’s becoming a more common business practice to implement meditation into the work day. Companies that have done so have discovered that meditative practice not only makes employees more compassionate and less stressed, it also increases productivity. Research shows our brains are not built for multitasking, despite our endless efforts to do more than one thing at a time. The most productive people are those who can switch between tasks quickly, shifting focus without becoming distracted. If you’re trying to do too much at once, you will most likely accomplish very little. One of the effects of meditation is the ability to shut out distractions and concentrate on one thing at a time.  

What About the Effects of Meditation on Relationships?

Meditation can be great for increasing work productivity, but it also helps you build strong professional and personal relationships. Another valuable effect of meditation is that it helps you learn to resist urges, and having good impulse control can greatly improve your relationships. When you learn to resist urges you make better, more thoughtful decisions and you’re more likely to approach others with compassion. When you meditate, you practice impulse control, which has the added benefit of training your brain in the ability to change bad habits. This means that through meditation, you can rewire your brain for new habits, like tackling each challenge with a positive attitude as opposed to lashing out at co-workers and family members in times of stress. 

There is no shortage of successful people who meditate, all of whom attribute a large part of their success to regular meditation. Not only does meditation help you to make thoughtful decisions with a clear mind, it also helps increase your emotional intelligence and social connections, which can be invaluable to people in leadership roles. Leading with compassion can create an environment where creativity thrives, and creativity is paramount in good problem-solving skills. Meditation also helps you rise above negative interactions with coworkers and strengthen your relationships within the workplace.

Historically, our culture tends to place value on “getting things done” at any cost. The cult of the busy values those who appear constantly stressed out and busy, more than those who take a mindful approach to their work. Fortunately, new evidence is shedding light on the myth that busy equals good. More CEOs and leaders are now incorporating meditative practices into their work day and cultivating a work environment that is more compassionate, creative and in turn, productive.