Category Archives: Health & Wellness

There’s a Lot to Be Grateful for Right Now!

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I could complain, but that would only make me feel worse. Instead, I will look around, feel the air on my skin, & start listing all the reasons to not-complain!

An Escape to Anywhere (Hint: “Why We Love Hollywood”)

When I was a child, (let’s pretend it was in the 1950’s), in order to see a good movie, we had to go to the Movie Theater. I remember getting dressed and paying at the outside window for a ticket, and the smell of popcorn in the air!

Nowadays, it doesn’t take a lot to see a “good” movie. All I need is my phone! The technology for streaming entertainment allows me to watch a movie while I’m in line at the grocery store, or the mall, or waiting to see the doctor or dentist, or when commuting on public transit, almost anywhere, anytime I have a battery-charged device! How cool…the ability to escape no matter where I, physically, may be!

And just imagine what a BIG SCREEN will do to my mind…with surround sound…high definition color…and suddenly,

…while sitting in 90-degree weather in my living-room, I find ‘myself’ with a strong man, who is climbing a snow-covered mountain in Montana! Or, I love the feeling of skate-boarding on the snow & ice, with a couple who are half my age, and flying down the slopes!  But, for sure I’m also a fan of surfing the waves off the coast of sunny California, although … if I look outside my living-room window, it’s actually raining and very cold & windy.

This is the magic of video!

Movies have the ability to transport us from one place to another in seconds, depending on our “Internet speed!”

Remember, what you consider a “good movie,” may be the wrong choice for someone else.

But whatever your choice, enjoy what you love, get into it, and forget about your troubles for an hour or two!

No wonder, the term “movie” is searched for more than health or healing.

Watch free movies online…

Do you like Classics or Trending?

This is a search that keeps on giving! Find a movie you like!

Next, the final installment of this series on “how to manage stress and maintain a freed, uplifted spirit with simple, everyday escapism“, we’ll touch on what it means to be free.

You won’t want to miss it!

Until then…

Cynthia

Email ~ Wellness@cynthiapreston.us

HopeisFree.net

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!

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!

Seventh Heaven Music to Help You De-stress & Relax

Click this link, lay back, close your eyes, & breathe deeply, as the day’s stress melts away!

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