“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”
– Herman Hesse
Cry It Out
Flick on your favorite tearjerker: science says that crying into your popcorn is good for you.
Crying releases oxytocin and endorphins – chemicals that soothe us, relieve pain and boost our mood. So from a broken heart to a stubbed toe, just let it out and let the tears flow.
What about you? How does crying make you feel?
Beat Morning Dread
Morning dread: the anxiety that hits you when your alarm goes off and you remember it’s a workday. To get around it, try asking yourself this question:
“Could this have a purely physical cause?”
According to neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, emotions can be a misinterpretation of physical sensations. In other words, you might simply be tired, hungry, or thirsty.
Address the underlying physical cause, and your dread melts away.
If the dread remains and is real and constant, it might be time to ask yourself why and what needs to change.
Check out Feldman Barrett’s TED Talk here and see if you can use her research to beat morning dread. Let us know if it works for you!
Miranda Kerr, Model, Mother & Founder/CEO of Kora Organics
Model, mother, and entrepreneur Miranda Kerr has a 5 am wake-up call. Once up, she:
- Kisses her husband good morning.
- Does a 1 hour Tracy Anderson Method workout, 6 days per week.
- Does transcendental meditation and Wim Hof breathing if time allows.
- Gets her kids dressed and eats breakfast with them.
Why it works:
- Small acts of affection not only strengthen relationships – they also boost our health.
- Following a structured program (Tracy Anderson) means each muscle group is targeted in turn, allowing rest and preventing plateaus.
- TM meditation aids physical and mental health, while the Wim Hof method has some proven benefits like reduced inflammation.
- Time together benefits the whole family’s mental and emotional health.
Sometimes our routines have to change, and that’s okay. Says Miranda: “Becoming a mother is what dramatically changed my morning routine as I had to learn to get things done while they were sleeping.” Are you flexible with your routines?