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About Cynthiagarden

Music is my passion. I play keyboards, & I love to sing about Jesus! My husband & I produce R&B, Pop & Christian music, & perform every chance we get! Also, I enjoy Online Marketing, and yes, I'm making money with it!

What Does Good Food Have to do with Mental Health?

In my last post, I delved into the mental-health benefits of escaping for stress-relief, and how something so simple as watching TV for awhile, will help relieve stress and tension in your life.

In this post, I’m going to dive into one of the best ways to relieve tension & help you ‘escape!’

The wonders of good FOOD!

It goes without saying that our bodies need good nutrition in order to feel good. But think beyond that…

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Imagine running errands for 2 or 3 hours after eating a “good” breakfast. But 4 hours later, I’m hungry. I’m thinking about my next stop, and it’s right next-door to a Hamburger joint that recently opened. I’d only eaten there once, but I can still remember that burger. Actually, I can almost ‘taste’ it! It’s not like the normal, everyday fast-food burgers. It was dressed with fresh tomatoes and lettuce and the best cheese! Okay, that’s it. I’ve made up my mind. Burger from ‘the new place!’ (Still, fast-food, but “good” fast-food, right?)

So, I complete my errands, then run into the new burger place, order, & decide to eat in the car, while listening to my favorite music.

Half-way through the meal, I realize, this wasn’t a good idea. In the first place, the burger doesn’t taste like I’d remembered. For another thing, more red meat wasn’t supposed to be on my menu for lunch in the first place! But, I finished the burger anyway, and drove home, over bumpy roads, through traffic, driving fast on the Interstate…Pull into the driveway, park and realize, I have indigestion.

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Now, Imagine on a Saturday afternoon, changing from house-slippers into shoes, anticipating lunch, because I’m meeting a friend at one of our favorite restaurants. I’ll spend about $5 or $10 more because it’s a “nice” restaurant. But I already have an idea of what I’m going to order, because I’ve eaten there once before.

You can probably, already guess that after that meal, I’m going to feel a lot better than if I’d eaten a hurried fast-food meal.

Thing is…

Food has the power to transform your day ~ for more than one reason!

  1. Nutritious food is better for you, so it makes you feel better. (Duh!)
  2. The social interaction that occurs when you’re eating something that tastes really good, something you’re enjoying, will just simply, make you feel better. You may even, be eating alone, but you will want to tell somebody!
  3. Good food causes us to think of those we love, for some reason. It reminds us that we are blessed, even if our current circumstances aren’t what we’d like.

And The endorphins released in our brains, when we feel good and when are enjoying the moment, bring that feeling we all want and need.

For more information, visit Laughter & The Brain.”

Lesson? Be good to your mouth! Eat well. Avoid over-eating, because that will only make you feel bloated.

Take the time to

Prepare nutritious food, and prepare yourself to enjoy it!

Next up, you’ll discover the wonders of another easy-to-use boost for your mental wellness.

Until then…

Cynthia

Email ~ Wellness@cynthiapreston.us

HopeisFree.net

5-Part Series: The Best Escapes ~

Thanks for checking out my 5-Part series on the how to feed your soul with pleasant things, and escape the struggles & strife of everyday life.

I’m Cynthia Preston, the owner of Healing & Hope Wellness blog. My goal is to provide you with techniques and approaches for discovering how to manage stress and maintain a freed, uplifted spirit in the face of adversity and hardships,  with actionable ideas for your enjoyment & reflection!

And today, we’ll  be introducing the topic, “The Best Escapes, Feeding Your Soul”…simple, everyday things you can do, when you need to relax your mind and unwind.

During this mini series, my focus will be on 3 of our favorite ways to relax, that are relatively easy to enjoy.

First, let me just say…

Escapism is sometimes essential for our sanity’s sake. With so many negative influences in our present world, crime, disease, sickness, cruelty, scarcity, loneliness, if our mind has nowhere to escape, if only for a short while, it begins to shut-down.

For instance, did you know…

Watching TV “can be an effective stress relief option … It has been demonstrated that we get a lift in the mood by watching re-runs of our favorite shows, and this emotional lift can translate into a decrease in stress levels as well.”

Get Free Information about this topic at Very Well Mind, “Time to Take a Break.”

Get free Information about this topic at Very Well Mind, “Time to Take a Break.”

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll be delving into one of the most search-for terms on the Internet, as a wonderful way to “escape!”

Until then…

Cynthia

Email ~ Wellness@cynthiapreston.us

HopeisFree.net

The Contagion We All Need: Why Valentine’s Day is Important for Your Health

Quote:

“Our world is a joint creation. We have the power…[and we, each, have a profound affect] on those around us!”  ~ Mary J. Ruwart

Free eBook… 167 pages, “Healing Our World” pdf

The Power to Start Fresh each Day!

Nothing is more empowering than a fresh, new start! Here is your Free helper for a fresh, new start each & every day of the year! That “helper” is…

…Your tongue! That’s right…Just say the word.

Fact is, the words you speak form your world. Affirm a beautiful, healthy, prosperous, generous, grateful life…today, tomorrow, and the next day. One day at a time, restore control, and those things you want to see happen in your life can be yours… Starting now!

Why the Holidays Cause Stress (& Another Alternative)

It goes without saying that the holidays bring on added stress. We have to deal with preparation, shopping-demands, then the usual aches & pains, the regular & sometimes, overdue bills, the expectations of others…managing the budget, seeing relatives that we don’t see everyday, and balancing demanding schedules! No wonder we’re stressed!

But the fact is, this special Season is meant to be about Joy, Sharing, Giving and showing Love. Most days, that’s not the case, and if we’re honest, sometimes Christmas Day brings heartache and disappointment.

Break this cycle!

Stop and think about what you’re doing!

Find your peaceful place.

All of life is about sharing our feelings of love …It’s about friends and family and community. Without that love, nothing else really matters. I mean, when it’s all said and done, the love and the memories are all we will have remaining! 

Make a promise to Yourself. This year will be different.

“This year, I’m going to break the cycle of disappointment and chaos. I want things to change, so this Holiday Season, I’m making a change!” My special gift to myself is to …

Learn to relax and breathe, and to Learn to love thyself!

Take the time to relax and breathe. Take time for yourself!

You’re worth it!

Need a Breakthrough? Use What You Have: Your Words!

Ever feel like, no matter what you do, you’re always struggling? You’re not alone. I can relate!

I remember graduating high-school with expectations of an exciting corporate-office career. I did what my parents told me to do…I enrolled into college the very next fall.
I attended my classes when my friends were in the pool hall, or sitting around telling jokes, even when I found the class boring.
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In other words, I started out doing everything “right.” Sound familiar?

Somehow, years later, I found myself struggling to make ends meet, struggling to get along with my co-workers, struggling to please the boss, even struggling with the so-called “exciting” corporate-environment, with its “exciting” people, and “exciting” dress-code, and “exciting” after-hour-get-together’s. It was all a big struggle. This wasn’t my dream at all! 

Where was that “wrong turn?” Where did I go astray? Why was I struggling?
                        Turns out, my words were phrases like,
Girl, I’m so broke, I don’t know what to do!
And “Man, I am so tired all the time!
And “I am sick & tired of these people in this office!
And “These kids are getting on my nerves!
Notice anything similar about these phrases?
Turns out, my so-called problems were created by my negative state of mind. When I first made this discovery, after reading Neale Donald Walsch’s “Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue,” I was so relieved! I’m thinking, “I CAN be cured of this negativity in my life!”
But then, the hard work started. I had to train my mind to think positive thoughts instead…Not easy, let me tell you!
But, if you want to live…I mean, really live a happy, healthy life, you’ll be motivated everyday, by every event, by every negative person who approaches you…to push forward, read more of that book that inspires…listen to more of that music that makes you sing…to do whatever it takes to break through!
And, again, in the treasured reward, you’re not alone…
There are others like me, like you, who have pushed forward, through all the negative hype, and learned to take control of their lives and make each day count!
Choose to make a change for a better life!

Click here for your Free life-empowering download.

Boost the power of your words & change your life

 

 

Did Money Break Our Happiness?

Did Money Break Our Happiness?

https://socialprotester.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/did-money-break-our-happiness/
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How much money will it take to make you happy? How much is happiness worth? If you didn’t have to worry about the cost, how much are you willing to pay for true happiness?


Like Crystals? Here’s How to Use them to Create Your Powerful Action-Plan for Change!

Looking to create a better life? Create more wealth? Improve your health? Struggling with a challenge in your life?

Put together an action plan to create change! You don’t have to settle with things the way they are…You Can change things! And crystals can help.

They are beautiful, wondrous, amazing and intriguing to look at…But crystals are so much more!

Looking for a life-change?

Here is a crystal action plan!

Atonement: a Hard Pill to Swallow!

How can I make-up for all the wrong I’ve done?

Maybe, if I start today, and never make those same, stupid mistakes again…

Maybe if I apologize, but will they believe me? Just saying “I’m sorry,” is not enough!

Maybe if I cry, they’ll believe I’m sorry.

Two weeks later, I messed-up again.

Atoning for past sins is really quite impossible. I can never do the right thing consistently. Part of me wants to give up. The other part wants to just hide. Then, there’s the seriously guilty part of me, that may as well die!

Guilt is a killer!

How can I ever atone? It’s a hard thing to live with: a hard pill to swallow!

Let’s be truthful.

I can’t. I can’t be right, or good, or perfect. There’s no way. Every time I try to do good, evil is always there, staring at me! Every time I try to say the right thing, it comes out wrong.

All I can say…. is…

…thank God for this One Truth:

A man on the street-corner told me a story about the torture of an innocent Man, thousands of years ago, Who prayed for His torturers, while they were torturing Him, Whose death actually paid for my wrongs!

“How is that possible”, I asked, “when I had not been born yet?”

The stranger explained that This Man’s death atoned for, not only my wrongs, but for the sins of everyone born before …And after His death!

Miracle of miracles, and an amazing gift of Grace!

The mystery of the Love of Jesus, makes it possible to release me from the penalties that I deserve for all the mistakes and wrongs I have ever done!

“Whaaat??!” I exclaimed.

Truth is: If I had not stopped to talk to this stranger on the street-corner, I might have gone on through life, condemning myself forever…miserable, angry, blaming others … or circumstances, for my misery.

So glad I stopped and listened.

Now, I have come to know…

When I mess up, all I have to do, is repent: acknowledge my sin, tell Jesus and anyone else that I’ve offended, that I am sincerely sorry, make an attempt to change the error of my ways…and immediately….

The bright light of Jesus’ love covers me, hides my sin and my shame, washes it away, and suddenly, I’m on the path to newness…a fresh start!

… And, trust me, I’ve started over many, many, many times!

But Jesus doesn’t condemn me…Instead… He keeps forgiving me, giving me another chance. Nobody loves me like that!

Atonement? Aaaahhh!

It’s In the old rugged Cross of Calvary!