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What Are We Really Celebrating Today? (St. Patrick's Day)

articles spirit history Mar 16, 2020

With March 17th right around the corner, people around the globe are gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades, Shamrocks, and all things green. So, what is Saint Patrick's day? Thought of internationally as a sort of Irish day, you might be surprised to know that the holiday's namesake is himself, not an Irishman. 

In reality, St. Patrick came from either Scotland or Wales. While he can't claim Irish ancestry, he was a force that changed the spiritual truth of Ireland and its people forever. Get ready to find out what else you didn't know about the universally loved St. Patrick's Day Traditions.

St. Patrick's Day Facts

  • St. Patrick Wasn't Irish:  As mentioned above, the man of the hour was not Irish. Though sources vary in his place of birth, we do know that Patrick initially found himself in Ireland as a slave. At the age of 16, he was captured during a raid and ended up in Northern Ireland, eventually ending up in Slemish Mountain in County Atrim, where his...
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Tips to Know You are Overworked and Why It Is Unhealthy

When your car starts making grinding sounds, a light or two flickers, you see that the gas tank is empty, or you hear the tire pop, it usually means that you have already ignored a few issues leading up to this moment.

If you are taking care of your car, it will take care of you for years to come. The same goes for your body and your mind. 

One of the prominent issues of our time is the problem of overworking. While working is a part of life, constant and consistent overworking can be detrimental to your overall health and wellbeing both in the immediate now and in the distant future.

What Is the Meaning of “Overworked” or “Overworking?”

In layman’s terms, overworking means that you are working more than you can handle. You could be putting in more hours at one or more jobs than is sustainable, taking on more physical/mental labor than is healthy for your body, or overburdening yourself with your day job and after-work responsibilities, like taking...

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The Relationship Between Collagen and Sleep

Having a morning routine for your skin is only a part of what you should do to ensure that you have healthy skin. A significant factor when it comes to attaining young and healthy skin is by ensuring that you get enough good quality sleep each night. Beauty rest is real, and it is something that you should reward yourself with after a full day of hard work. 

When we sleep, our body continues to work by repairing the damages, including rejuvenating the skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, it’s going to be obvious. You’ll have more fine lines and wrinkles, paler skin, swollen eyes, dark undereye circles, and hanging eyelids. That’s why it is crucial to get a full eight hours of sleep every night that you can. 

While we’re sleeping, the blood flow to our skin increases. The skin rebuilds the collagen as well as repairs the damages from being exposed to ultraviolet radiation. In doing so, age spots and wrinkles are reduced whenever we sleep well...

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Build Emotional Intelligence With These Five Techniques

Building your emotional intelligence is essential to ensure that you attain personal as well as professional success. Working with emotional intelligence is a vital skill, especially in the workplace. It’s not just today’s trend on what makes people more effective in their work. 

Many companies hold proof that the emotional competence of employees significantly affects the organization’s bottom line. People who have high emotional awareness are more productive and contribute more to the company or their business. 

Understanding Emotional Intelligence

Before we discuss the five techniques to build emotional intelligence, let’s first delve into what it is and the importance of emotional intelligence to attain success. First, it’s essential to acknowledge that we have differences in our personalities, needs, wants, and the ways that we show our emotions. To navigate through all of our emotions’ complexities require cleverness and...

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4 Health Benefits of Spontaneity

There are times when we feel so bored to the point that we no longer know what to do. For spontaneous people, this is never a problem. They always have an activity in mind. Every free moment is an opportunity to discover something new and exciting

Do you ever wish that you were more spontaneous? You may think that spontaneity requires one to be confident and self-assured. But anyone can be spontaneous. It’s only a matter of thinking and believing that anything is possible. 

Those who choose to be spontaneous don’t allow themselves to be stuck. They don’t let stress, boredom, frustration, or disappointment to pull them down. The mindset they have is that there’s always something to do. There’s still a chance to make things better.

Spontaneous people rarely ever experience getting bored, disappointed, or frustrated. There are so many ways that having an instinctive reaction can be advantageous for us in terms of our mood as well as our...

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How to Heal a Broken Heart

Maybe you’re in a situation right now where you tell yourself, “I am heartbroken.” While you may think that this love breakup is the worst of its kind, take comfort in the fact that all of us experience this kind of hurt at least once in our lives. Perhaps you’re going through your first heartbreak, or you’re in the midst of a troublesome divorce. The end of a relationship is painful.

Your distress, anguish, and other intense emotions are natural. You just lost someone you’ve felt deep feelings for, and you may think that your world is never going to be the same. But know that you will bounce back. You may not believe it right now, but this pain will help you become a stronger individual. Take this time to focus on yourself. And to help you heal your broken heart, here are some steps to get you started. 

Feel the emotions but don’t dwell

Suppressed emotions have their way of popping out somewhere along the way. You may think that by...

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The Basics on How to Interpret Your Dreams

articles Mar 13, 2020

"What do my dreams mean?" It is a question that has enamored humans since very ancient times. In times past, a medicine man or woman in a village or tribe, a person elected to care for the tribe's link to the otherworld, would hear and interpret the meaning of dreams. The mystical and metaphoric nature of dreams invites us to question them for deeper meaning. Unfortunately, in our modern times, we usually have no such person. Yet our fascination with the mystery of our dreams remains.

Dream dictionaries continue to be popular, laden with hundreds or thousands of symbol interpretations. Are these dictionaries accurate, or are we grabbing at mist? Can someone else outside the dreamer himself provide top dream meanings? As we will see, the interpretation of dreams is a mostly experimental and creative venture. However, by exploring the science of dreams, dream-recall techniques, and some standard and respected interpretation methods, perhaps we will shed some light on our sleep-induced...

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Why Is Self Care Important?

articles Mar 12, 2020

What do you think of when you hear the term 'self-care?' Do you imagine a candle-lit scene complete with essential oils, dreamy music, and a bubble bath? Or do you think of a self-care day, playing hooky from work, and lounging on the couch with Netflix? 

The phrase 'self-care' has become nearly as ubiquitous as it is challenging to make time to do. Yet the importance of self-care cannot be overstated as it is through the practices of self-love that you preserve the vitality, focus, and effectiveness of your goodself.  

Self-care doesn't have to entail luxury, though- it can be as simple as saying 'no' when you need to, prioritizing tasks, or making your internal dialogue kinder.

What is the Importance of Self-Care?

Many times our resistance to self-care comes back to our beliefs about it. If we believe that self-care necessitates a self-pitying attitude or indulgence, we may tend to avoid it. Yet self-pity and indulgence have little to do with day-to-day self-care...

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5 Must-Know Tips for Meditating at Work

articles lifestyle Mar 12, 2020

It's three-fifteen PM, you're at your desk at work, and the afternoon slump hits you. 

Gravity is begging your head to lay down for just a five-minute nap, but you can't. What do you do to cope? You can't leave until five; you have some emails and a project to tackle before you're free. You could run to the snack machine for a crinkly bag of chips, sneak some mindless Instagram scrolling, or...meditate?

As eccentric as it may seem, bringing meditation practice into the workplace is gaining traction as an antidote for workplace stress and stress-related illness. And it may even ramp up productivity, studies show

Meditating at work for Health and Productivity

It's no secret these days that stress carries severe implications for our health. The National Institutes of Health point out that while short-term experiences of stress are natural and have their place in survival and biological function, long-term or chronic stress can eat away at our health over time in several...

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7 Signs Your Third Eye is Opening

articles Mar 11, 2020

Tingling sensations between the brows? Seeing repetitive numbers everywhere? Feeling an unexplainable urge to adopt a healthier diet? If you're experiencing any of these, they could be third-eye opening symptoms.  

The third-eye is synonymous with the Ajna Chakra. This energy center sits in the near center of the head slightly above the eyebrow level. Since ancient times, cultures across the globe have included icons of the Ajna Chakra to imply an ability to 'see' and sense beyond the traditional five senses. Our third eye, when properly activated, taps us into our intuition and to information that might otherwise escape our perception.

Here are seven third-eye opening symptoms you should be aware of:

1) Increase in dream intensity:  Because your Ajna Chakra deals with perception and intuition, it's no surprise that your dreams become more memorable when you are opening your third eye. If you've been practicing third-eye meditation, have you noticed that your dream...

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