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Happy New Year from Skin Inc. magazine!

Posted: December 30, 2009

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Pay attention to what people/noise/smells you have in your environment. There are simple changes you can make to create a more pleasing space. Take time for silence, turn off the TV, take the earphones out, and occasionally let the phone go to voicemail so you can finish a task. Most importantly, for a few minutes every day, move away from the electronic world and give yourself time out in nature. Believe it or not, disconnecting from the world of timelines and connection can help you to become more connected to yourself and your world.

Accentuate the positive

Whatever you put your attention on grows. What do you spend time thinking about or complaining about? Over time, our behaviors create a habit of mind, so when you remember to focus on what you like and what makes you feel good, you’ll increase your experience of pleasure. It’s not just positive thinking; it’s about putting your attention on the here and now and what you like about it. There are also simple gratitude practices can also help you feel happier and relieve stress.

Adjust your sleeping and eating patterns

Do you eat while you are standing up or on the phone? Or late at night when you could be sleeping? Do you look down and your food is gone, but you don’t remember eating it? When you follow the natural rhythms of nature, take meals when the digestion is strongest and eat with full awareness, you’ll eat less, and digest better. And do you believe the saying, “Early to bed, early to rise”? One way the mind and body rejuvenates is through sleep. Learn it’s a priority to get to bed early to let your body’s rejuvenation system do its job.