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I fell asleep while listening to a guided meditation

Today is a new day and my heart is open. That was the mantra on my guided morning meditation today. I recently discovered this amazing YouTube channel – Meditations by Raza and I am so in love with her videos. I have listened to a couple of her guided meditations and her voice is so soothing. The feeling I get after every meditation is so peaceful and relaxing, I could listen to her all day if possible. Prior to finding Raza’s channel, I have tried a couple of meditation apps but I found them too pricey once the free trial ended, so I didn’t carry on with them.  I have also tried a few guided meditations on YouTube but I found many of them more distracting than relaxing. Meditations by Raza is the first guided mediation channel I really like.

 

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I fell asleep while listening to a guided meditation

The first time I listened to one of her mediations was just before I went to sleep. The guided meditation was so relaxing, I fell into a deep sleep about 25 minutes into the video. I also had a very restful sleep even though I had vivid dreams. It was so amazing. The second time I listened to her channel was in the morning, I tried a morning guided mediation, and it was so good. I really enjoyed the mediation. I finished it feeling amazing and ready to smash the day. One of the reasons why I like her channel is because she has loads of videos for different kinds of mediation, so there is something for everyone, and her voice is the best for meditating. She is definitely in the right job.

Now that I have found the right guided mediations for me, I can’t imagine not listening to at least one day. Meditating in silence is also good and I will be doing a mixture of both. However, guided mediations help you stay grounded and teach you what to do depending on the results you are after. I think meditating daily is great for mental health, it has worked wonders on mine, and I know it helps many others. It is worth trying if you are dealing with mental health issues like anxiety and mild depression. If you have sleep issues as well, guided mediations may help you drift off. You never know until you try, and your mental health is worth fighting for.

Have a good one.

 

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The Power of Meditation and Why You Need It

I recently started meditation regularly and I have started to reap the amazing benefits. Many people wonder what mediation is about and what makes it so special. Let me tell you a bit about the power of meditation.
What is Meditation?

Check out this amazing definition I found on Yogapedia.com

 

Meditation is the process of quieting the mind in order to spend time in thought for relaxation or religious/spiritual purposes. The goal is to attain an inner state of awareness and intensify personal and spiritual growth. In practice, meditation involves concentrated focus on something such as a sound, image or feeling.

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The simple way to describe mediation is a process of silencing the subconscious mind. It works by stilling the mind and body so that it becomes more receptive to a positive lifestyle. At first I struggled to keep up with meditating on a daily basis. It was hard for me to find a few minutes here and there everyday and I just kept procrastinating. However, I got myself to start meditating everyday somehow and I now I do it easily.
How I Meditate
Mediation has completely changed my life. I am more in tune with my body and mental health. It has changed everything about my life and how I deal with all that life brings. I can’t imagine not meditating now. I started off mediating for 10 minutes twice a day with a timer and now I meditate for 15 minutes twice a day. Before I start my mediation, I make sure I am sitting comfortably and wearing loose clothing. I also make sure I am alone and my phone is on silent mode so I don’t get distracted.
I would advise everyone to mediate if they don’t already. The benefits are too numerous to mention. Your mind and body will thank you for it. You can start with an app if you are new to meditating. I started with Headspace months ago after trying a couple of meditating apps I didn’t really get. However, I don’t use any app now. I just get on with it using a timer on my iPhone and it works great for me. Now that I am so into meditating, I wonder how I coped all these years without it. It is so important in my daily routine now.
Do you meditate? Have you experienced the power of meditation? What is your regular mediating session like? Please share your views in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week ahead.

The Dreaded Chickenpox Visited

The twins caught the dreaded chickenpox some weeks ago. It happened in the last week of school and it went on for about 2 weeks. We were absolutely shattered. The twins were indoors for over a week and we really didn’t know what to do with ourselves. Thankfully we had a garden to run around when they needed some exercise and fresh air. I have always been worried about the kiddies catching chickenpox from school, but now that it has happened, I am glad I no longer have to worry about it. My worst nightmare of them both being down with chickenpox has come and gone, and we survived!

 

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One thing I noticed o the web was the amount of wrong/misleading information on how to tackle chickenpox. I read all sorts on websites and forums, and the information these people were giving didn’t make any sense. We used a couple of products and medicines to reduce the discomfort of the sickness. I will be reviewing a few of them on here in the next few weeks, but first let me talk about some things you should and shouldn’t do.

 

Treating Chickenpox

There are all sorts of information on the web when it comes to treating chickenpox. I found many of them misleading. Here are some things you need to know –

 

Fever Comes

Chickenpox usually comes along with fever. You can get an accurate reading with a thermometer. The kids had fever on and off and we controlled it with Calpol. That helped massively as they were comfortable throughout the ordeal. We also used Puriton to reduce the itch, which also helped. Ensure you read the leaflet in both medicines and follow the recommended dosage.

 

The Chickenpox Can Appear Almost Everywhere

I was surprised to find that chickenpox can appear everywhere even in the mouth. They appear like mouth ulcers in mouth and can be quite painful. Treating the chickenpox in the mouth was a bit hard but thankfully they got better within about 3 days.

 

Minimal Baths/Showers

Of all the wrong information I saw online, this was the worst of the bunch. When someone has chickenpox, the last thing you want is a damp skin. The skin needs to be as dry as possible to heal quickly. So baths/showers should be minimal. For the first day, there was no bath/shower. I wanted their skin as dry as possible and I didn’t want to disturb the chickenpox too much. From the second day, they had very short showers with no sponge once a day. We use a soap free body wash – Oilatum, and that worked great. I will be reviewing it as well.

On many forums, I read people were having baths and multiple showers a day. They thought this will help get rid of the chickenpox faster, but then they noticed the condition was not getting better. When it comes to treating chickenpox in the early days, the dryer the skin the better. When the chickenpox has crushed over and fallen off, then you can go back to your regular skin routine of showers/baths with sponge and regular moisturisers. However, if your child suffers with dry skin issues already, then you may need to go easy on this tip.

 

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Get Chickenpox Creams

There are all sorts of chickenpox creams and lotions in the market today with great promises. We used a couple of them and I will be reviewing them soon so you know what to expect from each product. It is important to get a cream to use on the spots so your child is as comfortable as possible and to help the spots dry up quicker. My kids didn’t like me applying the creams but I did it anywhere. I know many kids don’t enjoy the cream application but you have to do it. Their skin will thank you for it.

 

No Scratching

With chickenpox, it is important not to scratch. This can be hard to explain to younger kids but the twins understood that bit quickly. I taught them to tap gently instead when needed. I also wore socks on their hands for bedtime so they don’t scratch themselves in their sleep.

 

Change Clothes, Bedding and Towels Daily

Clothes, bedding and towels are to be changed daily. It means endless washing for the next week or so, but it helps keep the skin clean and stops the chicken pox from spreading to other areas on the skin.

 

It Takes Time Sometimes

It takes time for all the spots to appear. They all don’t appear at the same time, so they crust over at different times. This was the case with us so it took just over 2 weeks for all the spots to crust over.

The storm is over and we are happy. I will be writing up posts with product recommendations soon so look out for them. Have you experienced the dreaded chickenpox? How did you deal with it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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