One of the lessons that I have integrated into my life from Yoga is being in inquiry. To stay curious and have a beginner’s mind continuously opens one up to new learning, different experiences, and a lot less resistance. I hate to say that I now have limited patience for those who think they know it all. Yoga has taught me that there is the potential for limitless learning — about life, about myself, about the world — which by the way changes EVERY DAMN DAY. How can anyone think that there isn’t something else to learn about one thing or everything for that matter.
Drawing, painting, knitting—any hobby that’s creative and engaging can be a powerful stress buster. An article featured in Prevention Magazine (April 2018) featured a study commissioned by the Home Sewing Association in which a New York psychiatrist measured signs of stress in 30 women before and after they performed different activities: sewing, reading a newspaper, playing cards, or playing a video game. Sewing was the clear winner, lowing heart rates by 7 to 11 beats per minute, while the other activities RAISED heart rates by about 4 to 8 beats per minute, reported study author Robert H. Reiner.
Looking for a mood booster? Go buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers! Multiple research studies show, including one from Harvard University, the link between flowers and your satisfaction with life is far more powerful than previously thought. Having flowers in your home increases happiness and compassion, reduces depression and anxiety and negativity.