Saturday, June 18, 2016

How to Wake Up Happy

It's easy to wake up happy when things are going right in your life, but if life is getting to be a struggle, it can take a bit more effort.

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How to Wake Up Happy

By: Laure Justice

Make it easy to wake up happy by creating positive surroundings.

  • Put something pretty like flowers or pictures of something/someone you like seeing by your bed so the first thing you see is positive. 
  • Clean clutter out of your bedroom so you don't roll out of bed and trip on the laundry or find yourself surrounded by chaos. (Clutter creates stress.)
  • Make your bedroom into a haven of things that bring you peace.
Put yourself in a positive mindset before you go to sleep.
  • Make your last thoughts of the day about the good things in your life.
  • If nothing about your life feels positive, think about your goals or dreams, but not in the sense of longing for things because that enhances their absence.
  • Give yourself the freedom to believe you are on the path to everything you want - because you are - if you choose to be.
Before you roll out of bed, reaffirm the positive thoughts you enjoyed right before bed.
  • If you woke up cranky, and we've all been there, turn it around before your feet even hit the floor.
  • It's a new day, even if yesterday or the past thousand yesterdays sucked, today is a fresh day, you get to choose how you feel about and deal with each moment of the day.
  • Look in the mirror, smile at yourself, and say something nice to yourself - about anything, even if you feel silly doing it. 
I used to wake up feeling overwhelmed and depressed every day - and I mean EVERY day. It took a lot of work and a lot of goal-setting, and a LOT of self-motivation to reach a  different place emotionally - and do you know what? It's nicer here on the positive side, and if any of the tiny things I did to get here can help someone else... Well, let's just say I sure hope they inspire someone, somewhere, to feel happier and more positive.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Keep Your Personal Strength and Power Alive

Keep Your Personal Strength and Power Alive
By: Laurie Miller

Personal Strength image courtesy of Pixabay

Initially after a health crisis hits, after the shock of the diagnosis and the meetings with your doctors, hope and desire to overcome the illness is strong. Your loved ones and friends are supportive and positive. Hope is a powerful thing and is necessary in managing to maintain a positive outlook.

Personal strength - physical, mental and emotional - allows you to handle the rocky road and the ups and downs that are inevitably part of a health crisis. Personal strength comes from many sources and your belief system (spiritual, religious, or about life in general) plays an important role. Mental and emotional strength, in particular, come from the messages you send yourself and the choices you make. If your upbringing included messages like "you can do anything you set your mind to" or "you are capable of creating your positive outcomes," those messages become the solid base of that gives you strength.

Your experiences in life such as moving past a bad situation or making a major change to improve your well-being build even more personal strength as you realize that you can indeed heal from traumatic and difficult experiences. As they say, "time heals all" and this is so true, especially if you actively work on healing and moving past traumas, disappointments, and failures.

On the other hand, it is easy during a health crisis to take on a "poor me" attitude or feel like a victim. Some of this is normal, but too much weakens your personal strength and personal power. When you find yourself in this negative state, notice it, feel it, experience it, explore it . . . and then release it. "Poor me" may seem protective as it enables you to stay stuck and not really deal with the emotions that come with health crisis such as fear or make necessary but difficult changes. However, in the long term this attitude only serves to bring you down and lessen your quality of life.

Physical strength can be built back after chemotherapy, radiation, or other medical treatments. Give your body good foods, nutrients, and supplements to strengthen it. Drink plenty of water and exercise within your capacity to enhance physical stamina and strength. When you feel physically strong, mental and emotional strength follow and likewise when you are emotionally and mentally strong and resilient, you have more physical resources.

So, if you are in a space where you need strength, take a deep breath and feel a surge of oxygen entering your body and giving you life force energy. Do it again and you will feel even better, lighter, and more comfortable. When I find myself feeling down, I say, "Hello down (or sadness or fear or whatever the emotion may be). I am aware of you." Staying stuck in that negative place feels icky so I make a conscious decision to shift my mental, emotional, physical state and it works! I feel better, I smile, and I thrive!

Taking your mind away from the details of the health crisis to pleasure, fantasy, and enjoyable stimuli also helps shift you out of a negative state and build your strength. It is important to engage in activities that enhance your quality of life such as reading, attending movies and concerts, and getting plenty of laughter. Set aside the health crisis and all the decisions, questions, and concerns for a period of time. Listen to music, a hypnosis CD, or something else that brings you pleasure and relaxation. When you do this your body relaxes, your emotions calm, and your mind quiets. This restores the inner strength and personal power that keeps you going, keeps you positive, and keeps you motivated to live well even in the midst of a health challenge.

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Laurie Miller is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with more than 30 years of experience helping people achieve health and happiness. Laurie can use her training and her experience with illness to help you. Read her articles for free at and purchase her prerecorded hypnosis sessions at
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Breast Cancer Unmasked!

Breast Cancer Unmasked!

By: Eunice Chege
Breast Cancer ribbon image courtesy of Pixabay

Breast Cancer

This is a cancer that develops from breast tissue, and it's one of the most common cancers affecting females. Most women who get it are over 40 years old, this is a ration of 8 to 10. Younger women and men also get breast cancer in rare case. If it's treated early enough, breast cancer is curable and can be prevented from spreading to other parts of the body.

In this article, I will feature on breast cancer in women.


The month of October is worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's dedicated to raise consciousness about the thousands of women who are diagnosed with the disease every year. The pink ribbon and the colour pink in general, is an international symbol for breast cancer month. Pink is considered feminine and the roles that come with this gender like being beautiful, caring, good and being cooperative.

Signs and Symptoms to look out for:

1. Lump in the breast.
2. Fluid coming from the nipple.
3. Dimpling of the skin around the breast.
4. A change in breast shape.
5. A red scaly patch of skin.
6. Swollen lymph nodes, around the breast.
7. Shortness of breath.


No one knows the exact cause of breast cancer. Medics rarely know why some women develop breast cancer while others don't. Most women who have breast cancer will never be able to tell the exact cause. One thing for sure breast cancer is always caused by damage to a cell's DNA.

Risks factors

Some of these risks can be changed and for some we can do little about as we have absolutely no control over them.

1. A female whose female relatives have had breast cancer is two to three times more likely to develop the disease. This is because the disease is hereditary.
2. Advancing in age. As we saw earlier the big percentage of cancer patients lies from 40 years of age onwards.
3. Lack of childbearing or lack of breastfeeding.
4. Great exposure to estrogen hormone. Estrogen makes cells to divide, the more the cells divide, they become abnormal, thus becoming cancerous.
Estrogen exposure is greatly affected by the age a lady starts and stops menstruating, the average length of her menstrual cycle, and her age at first childbirth. Her risk for breast cancer is increased if she starts menstruating before age 12, has her first child after age 30, or stops menstruating after age the age of 50 years and above. Also, if she has her menstrual cycle shorter or longer than the average 24-28 days.
5. Radiation exposure. If you get radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult, your risk of breast cancer is increased.
6. Diet. Research has shown that women with high fat intake diets are more prone to getting the disease.
7. Lack of physical activity.
8. The ladies that smoke and drink alcohol increase the risk of developing this cancer.
9. Chances of getting breast cancer are increased if you've had breast cancer in one breast before.

Do self-examination of the breast always to check for the above symptoms. If you see anything suspicious see your doctor immediately.
Do mammography tests every two years for early detection.

Although screening for breast cancer cannot prevent you from getting breast cancer, it can help find it early when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.

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