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Mindfulness for Bipolar

Mindfulness for Bipolar

Many prominent psychologists and counselors are employing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MiCBT) as a practical approach for their clients. In particular, therapists are using this technique more and more for bipolar disorder.

This should not be limited to therapists and professionals in the mental health field. There’s no reason why anyone who is afflicted by bipolar disorder can’t apply mindfulness and reduce its symptoms within the comfort of their own home.

Mindfulness focuses on the here and now using our senses to become present in the moment. Many times during the day we experience the same mundane tasks and our brain unknowingly goes to autopilot.

Picture your drive home from work. Every single day. The same route. Passing by the same streets and houses and buildings. You’ve got the radio on the same station, as always, and your mind is off somewhere in the distance. By the time you get home you have no real recollection of the drive or how you got from point A to point B, but you did. On autopilot.

And during that drive you probably spaced out and thought about a ton of things. Perhaps you revisited an unpleasant conversation with your boss and thought about all the things you wish you would have said. Or you could have been scrambling your brain trying to figure out what to cook for dinner as you forgot to lay out something this morning. Whatever the case, you weren’t in the moment.

Mindfulness helps us control where are thoughts go and how to reel them back in when they slip back into autopilot. It helps us to become aware of sensations and thoughts and emotions occurring right now.

Mindfulness for bipolar specifically helps stop:

  • The “Autopilot” cycle.
  • Worrying about the future.
  • Reliving the past.
  • Regretting decisions long past.
  • Obsessive thinking.

Bipolar, as you are probably aware, has peaks and valleys of complex moods. These can be similar to anxiety and depression symptoms. However, in bipolar these moods are much more prominent and can even encompass delusional thinking. The depressive symptoms can be extreme and boundless, often including thoughts of suicidal ideation.

To get control of these moods would be life-changing for those dealing with bipolar disorder.

Potential benefits of mindfulness for bipolar:

  • Improved attention and focus.
  • Decreased worry and rumination.
  • Less emotional reactivity.
  • Greater self-compassion.
  • Better stress management.

This isn’t an easy way out or a fix-all solution to every symptom. Employing mindfulness takes times to develop the techniques unique to your situation, to your particular set of needs. It’s a daily practice, not something you can just pick up and try out whenever you have a break and need a little bit more help.

But the great news is, it does work. Maybe it won’t eliminate all of your symptoms or stop an episode of mania from happening, but if the mood could be even a little less intense and frightening, mindfulness is worth it.

Getting started with mindfulness practices is much like anything else, you jump in and find what fits for your lifestyle. The first and easiest step is to find the anchor that works best for you.

Common Mindfulness Meditation Anchors

  • Breathing – counting inhalations/exhalations
  • Body sensation – paying close attention to how your body is feeling right this second, wherever you are, how your feet feel, legs, arms, neck, face… everything. Are you sore? Energized? Exhausted? Hot or cold?
  • Mantra – a set or words or phrase on repeat either out loud or in your head.
  • Movement – a meditation walk or some stretching exercises, or even yoga.

The point of the anchor is having something you can mentally grab hold of and create an unbreakable focus. If your mind moves and slips into autopilot, gently pull yourself back to your anchor. It’s going to happen, again and again.

The goal is to be in control of your mindfulness experience. Accept what’s going on in the present moment even if it’s uncomfortable and realize it’s fleeting. It will pass. You’ll give yourself less attachment to the storm brewing because of the bipolar and be able to focus more on working through the sensations and mindful decision making.

It takes time to develop a good mindfulness for bipolar routine, and lots of practice. The outcome is worth the time spent. Not only will you feel better about your bipolar symptoms and moods, but mindfulness will spill over into your everyday life offering an overall peace and confidence.

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Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression

Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression for many can be disheartening, terrifying, and even debilitating. The symptoms of anxiety can strike at any moment it seems and are usually related to a future event that may or may not happen, but the thought of it happening alone is quite enough to start the downward spiral.

Depression seems to be a slower beast in onset, takes a little longer to combat and commonly closes in on past events and things and/or situations we regret. In any event, mindfulness for anxiety and depression can significantly reduce the symptoms and potentially slow down the frequency of invasive thought patterns in general.

Mindfulness is all about being in the moment, accepting the moment, and then moving past the moment. Mindfulness helps a person pay closer attention to their internal and external surroundings any given moment. The very act of focusing on what is happening and how it is affecting them as it happens, leaves the conscious mind with less time and space for the anxieties of what may or may not happen, or for dwelling on things in the past.

In it’s most basic form, mindfulness for anxiety and depression is about training your brain to accept what’s happening without complicating the matter by adding forecast or re-hashed imagery. These imaginings and ruminations inevitably will exhaust your mind and body, delay recovery and invite more frequent outbreaks.

Practical Applications of Mindfulness

Picture the first thing you do when you get up in the morning. Okay, after you hit the snooze four times and thrown the covers back over your head. You’ve probably already started worrying about all the things you’ve got to accomplish today, and if you don’t get them done, you’ve failed. Anxiety starts nearly from the moment you open your eyes.

Mindfulness for anxiety helps us accept the anxiety we’ve dished out to ourselves, and then move past it. Okay, yes, we’ve got a lot on the to-do list, but if we aren’t able to get it all done, there’s always tomorrow. The world won’t end. You aren’t a failure. You’ve already got a frown on your face and your brow is furrowed, heart rate is escalating, and you haven’t even gotten your hindquarters out of bed yet.

Instead, focus on how good it feels to get that first big morning stretch and how amazing and cool and fresh the carpet feels between your toes. Keep going, with positive, mindful thoughts. Be aware of what’s going on internally and externally, remember? In this moment. Stay in this moment. Don’t allow anxiety to suck away your time like an aimless vacuum. Acknowledge it, accept it, and be mindful in the thoughts after that moment. It takes practice, but it’s worth it!

Mindfulness for depression is a different story, yet similar in tactic. The object is to be purposeful in thought, right? Be mindful. So when you get home in the evening and realize you were only able to check of four of the 10 items on your list of chores for the day, it might be a trigger for depression. You’ve failed, yet again. You can’t get anything right. How will you ever get that list accomplished. One day at a time, that’s how! Just like every other human being!

When you feel depression rearing its ugly head, the first step is always to accept it. Be real with it. Depression is about things in the past, and unless you are a time traveler you can’t change the past. So once you’ve acknowledged that you are in fact depressed about something, get back to the present moment, as quickly as possible.

Practice giving your attention to breathing; shorter breaths in, longer breaths out. Think mindfully about what is happening in this very moment, inside and outside of your body, in place of allowing the depression to monopolize your thought process.

Give mindfulness for anxiety and depression and try. You’ll be surprised with the results! Like most things in life, it’s going to take some practice. Be patient with yourself as you figure out the best methods of mindfulness to help combat your particular levels of anxiety and depression, too.
Charles R. Swindoll said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Being aware of your minute to minute existence will help you learn to control your reactions, which will greatly help in overcoming the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Mindfulness for ADHD

One can argue mindfulness for ADHD is a bunch of hooey just as easily as they can deny ADHD even exists, but when Dr. Lidia Zylowska and her team blew the minds of disbelievers with a 2008 study, many doubters had to reassess their position. Over recent years mindfulness has caused quite a stir in just about every life aspect, but mindfulness in ADHD deserves a special look. Here’s why!

In Dr. Zylowska’s 2008 study “Mindfulness Meditation Training in Adults and Adolescents”, 78% of participants who practiced mindfulness awareness reported a reduction in ADHD symptoms. That is an incredible statistic!

Mindfulness Avoids Regretful Ruminations

First, let’s go over the mindfulness concept as a whole. This approach, which uses meditation as one of its tools, encourages an individual to pay special attention to here-and-now moments without judgement. In practice, this means avoid thinking back and pondering what could have been, and don’t freak out over the future, just be here. Right now.

That’s not to say mindfulness is suggesting we ignore past or future events in total, but dwelling on them will rob us of time, and time is something we can never get back. There is certainly no problem with learning from mistakes if it leads to a better outcome.

However, there is no value in bemoaning what could have been, or holding on to bitterness and regret. This is especially so where events or actions where beyond our control, whether they were enacted by others, Acts of God, or natural events. Beware of “if only” statements.

To employ mindfulness to its best advantage, if non-productive past and future thoughts intrude, allow the thought, replace it, and move on. With purpose.

Mindfulness for ADHD, as one could imagine, is a dream come true for many. There are parents refusing to medicate children for fear of side-effects, and adults trying to find a natural way to cope with ADHD to avoid being addicted or dependent on yet another prescription. Stimulants are the first prescribed line defense for ADHD, and yet they don’t work for everyone. Sure, Omega-3 and Omega-6 are great, but is that going to fully fix the problem? Probably not in most cases. Managing ADHD symptoms is challenging at best.

The researchers in Dr. Zylowska’s study knew what they were doing. You can’t put ADHD participants on a rigid schedule and expect them to stick to it. They made special adaptations to the study so it would be successful:

  1. Started with shorter mindful meditation practices and gradually increased.
  2. Incorporated visual imagery as ADHD folks are typically very visual learners.
  3. Helped combat ADHD negative self-talk.
  4. Emphasized mindful awareness with right-here-right-now, non-judgmental practices.

Distraction and focus. Those are the key components of both ADHD and mindfulness, oddly enough. Although they are working at opposite ends of the spectrum and fighting for different causes, so to speak, they both primarily juggle the same tenpins.

In mindfulness for ADHD the idea is to push your thoughts back to the present moment and regain focus on the task at hand. ADHD sufferers are constantly challenged by intrusive thoughts pulling their attention in one direction or another and they often lose sight of what is happening right now.

Beginning another task, completely unrelated to the first task, is par for the course in ADHD patients. By the days’ end they’ve got multiple unfinished tasks, have spoken a plethora of self-deprecating comments, and are left feeling discouraged and defeated.

We all have goals, right? That’s the object in our day-to-day life efforts, and long-term, to obtain or attain our goals. However, not everyone has the ability to keep their nose to the grindstone and hammer out results one after the other.
Mindfulness with ADHD helps strengthen attention span, it helps manage emotional surges and it helps in achieving goals. Of course, the person with ADHD will be resistant to focusing and consider this approach quite a workout. Studies, including the milestone one mentioned above, have proven that with time, patience and practice, the ability to immediately redirect themselves can become second nature.

When focus is mindful and redirected back to the present, tasks get done. When tasks get done, jobs are kept and paychecks keep coming. Homework gets done and GPAs stay good. Chores are finished before parents get home and nobody gets grounded. Laundry gets done, folded and even put away!

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when distraction gets beat down by focus through the use of mindfulness by those suffering with ADHD. It may mean little to those who aren’t directly affected, but to someone with ADHD, or maybe even more so, the parent of a child with ADHD, this gives incredible hope for dealing with the condition.

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Start Your Day Off Right with Morning Pages

Morning Pages

Your morning routine is perhaps the most important part of your day, as it sets the
tone and gets you ready for what’s next. One popular trend that has helped people
from all walks of life improve their morning routines is morning pages. These morning
pages are a form of daily journaling that you do right after you wake up.

Although daily journaling in general is good for you, morning pages are especially
beneficial, and there’s a reason so many successful people swear by them. This
guide will cover everything you need to know about morning pages, from how you
can get started with them to their many benefits.

Coming up, you will learn:

  • How Morning Pages Work
  • The Benefits of Journaling in the Morning
  • Ideas for Getting Started
  • How to Be Successful with Them

Keep reading to learn more about morning pages.

How Morning Pages Work

The way morning pages work is simple enough. While any form of journaling in the
morning would work, the most widely known method of doing morning pages has the
following requirements:

  • You must do your morning pages immediately upon waking up.
  • You write until you’ve completed three pages in your notebook, which is about 750
    words.
  • Morning pages must be handwritten.
  • You can write about whatever comes to mind. For the first half-page or page, you
    may find that you’re filling the page with blasé observations, but if you stick with it,
    you will likely end up with some gems in the rest of your writing. It’s all about being
    patient and committed.
  • While how long morning pages take depends on how quickly you write, people
    typically complete theirs within about half an hour. You’ll likely find that you get
    through yours a bit faster when you get used to writing them.

Although you don’t need to follow the requirements above, as morning pages can be
whatever you want them to be, there are reasons for those requirements.

It’s best to do your morning pages right away when you wake up because at that
time, your mind will be too tired to second-guess or censor anything. You’ll be able to
put down more honest thoughts from the inner depths of your mind.

The three-page requirement is because that’s a good amount to produce in-depth
writing. If you stopped after one page, you’d only be scratching the surface with your
journaling.

As far as the requirement about handwriting your morning pages, there are a few
reasons for this. Many people feel that the act of putting pen or pencil to paper
results in a stronger connection between what themselves and what they’re writing.
Computers, on the other hand, can stifle creativity.

It’s also much easier to jump into your morning pages when you wake up if you’re just
grabbing a journal, not turning on your computer and loading your word processing
program of choice.

That being said, if you prefer using a computer for your morning pages, you can do
so. There are even sites specifically for that purpose.

Since morning pages are intended to be private, it’s best not to let anyone else read
yours. This makes it easier to write honestly, because you don’t need to worry about
being judged for what you write. In fact, you may not even want to reread yours later.

The Benefits of Journaling Daily with Morning Pages

Morning pages are a great way to encourage you to not only journal daily, but get a
lot of use out of them. While there are many forms of journaling, none of which are
wrong, journaling in the morning is often great for stream of consciousness, bullet
journaling, and planning out your day.

Take a look at the many benefits of morning pages.

It’s Your Own Private Form of Therapy

Since you’re the only one who sees your morning pages, they give you the perfect
opportunity write about your thoughts and feelings. With how busy life can get, it’s far
too easy to bury your emotions, which can make you unhappy in the long run.
Sometimes just focusing on how you feel and what’s bothering you can make a world
of difference.

Maybe journaling will help you better understand where your partner is coming from
when you two argue and how the two of you can communicate better. Or perhaps
when you break down something that stressed you out the previous day, you’ll
discover why it bothered you and steps you can take to solve the problem.

You’re Free to Express Whatever You’d Like

Your morning pages are your own world, and you can do whatever you want with
them. While writing about how you feel is a popular choice, that’s far from the only
topic you can cover. You could use your morning pages to map out goals for the next
few weeks and months, or take a more long-term view of what you want to
accomplish in life. You could use your morning pages to write your own short stories.

There’s no limit to what you write. If you want to go past three pages, that’s an option,
as well.

It Stimulates Your Creativity

It’s not easy to be creative. There’s a misconception out there that artists and other
creative types are simply born that way, but in reality, you need to put in the work to
develop your creativity. The two most important factors in being creative are devoting
time to it and having the right setup. Fortunately, those are two areas where morning
pages can help.

One of the most common reasons people fail at creating anything is because they’re
constantly waiting for inspiration to strike instead of simply setting aside time and
working at it. If you expect it to just happen, it never will. When you do your morning
pages, you’re making a commitment to put in the work.

The other roadblock to creativity is your setup. When you’re typing ideas into a
computer program, there’s a disconnect between you and what you’re creating, and
you can immediately edit anything you don’t like before you’ve even fleshed it out.
The same isn’t true when you’re using a pen and paper. The ideas flow much better
this way, especially when you’re just waking up.

Keep in mind also that stimulating creativity isn’t only useful for artists. If you’re an
entrepreneur, your morning pages could be where you come up with great new
business ideas.

You Clear Your Head

Morning pages are great for reducing anxiety and helping you be in the present
moment. How do they help with that? They allow you to clear all those little thoughts
and stressors from your mind so that they aren’t weighing you down the rest of the
day.

Everyone knows how overwhelming it is to have a variety of thoughts flooding your
mind as you try to focus on what you need to accomplish that day. By putting those
thoughts to paper in the morning, you set yourself up for a more focused and
productive day.

It Helps You Value Your Time More

The interesting thing about morning pages is that even though you’re adding a 30-
minute task to your daily routine, you’ll likely actually find yourself making better use
of your time. One reason is that you’ll have fewer distractions that take you off track,
but just as important is that you’ll have a conscious desire to make the most of every
moment.

When you see how much those 30 minutes of writing can improve your life, you’ll
want to use the rest of your time just as wisely. That means less procrastination and
killing time on mindless tasks. You’ll move through life far more efficiently.

Ideas for Your Morning Pages

Even though there are some recommendations on how you approach your morning
pages, there really is no right or wrong way to do them. This is your personal mental
playground. However, if you’re unsure how to start writing your morning pages, here
are some ideas that could help.

Dig into What’s on Your Mind

This is a popular choice for morning pages, as it’s great for clearing your head and
ridding yourself of stress. You’re essentially playing your own therapist here by
analyzing how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling that way.

The key here is to keep asking yourself “why” as you write about how you feel. The
first paragraph or two may just be a surface-level look at things, but you’ll make more
progress as you break down your thoughts further.

Let’s say you wake up feeling worried. In your writing, you can pinpoint exactly what’s
causing that worry and how you’re going to handle it. If you hadn’t done your morning
pages, you may have spent your whole day stressed.

Write a Plan of Attack for the Day

Your morning pages are the perfect place to write what you’re going to do that day,
including everything from the mundane tasks to bigger goals. By writing all these in
the morning, you’re less likely to forget anything.

One trick for improving your life when you plan out your day is to visualize everything
as you go, and make sure you have a positive mindset about it.

For example, instead of just writing that you’ll be meeting with your project manager
at work, write that you’re going to have a fantastic meeting with them where you’ll
confidently explain how the latest project is coming along. Often all it takes is belief
that things will go well, and positive results will follow.

Have a Brainstorming Session

If you’re trying to get those creative juices flowing, you could use your morning pages
to brainstorm new ideas. Sometimes you’ll find that ideas come naturally even as
you’re writing about other things. You could be writing about a recent annoyance,
which then gives you an idea for a new product.

It can also be helpful to dedicate entire mornings of journaling to brainstorming,
though. Your morning pages give you a place to work through ideas, even ideas that
may seem silly at first. Remember that not every idea is going to be brilliant, but you
should still give them all a chance.

Combining Different Ideas

As you decide how you’re going to approach your morning pages, consider
combining different ideas and giving them each a portion of your writing. You could
spend your first page and a half on getting your thoughts down and clearing your
head, and then use the next page and a half on what you’re going to do that day or
week.

Or, you can just dive in and see where your writing takes you. It’s fine to start your
morning pages talking about how tired you are and how much you’d rather be
sleeping. The stream-of-consciousness approach tends to work very well for morning
pages, and you may be surprised with what you come up with.

Finding Success with Your Morning Pages

To be successful with writing morning pages, you need to turn it into a habit. Start by
carving out 30 minutes in your morning routine, even if that means waking up earlier.
If you figure you’ll just fit your morning pages in, odds are that start skipping them
because you don’t have the time.

Make a commitment to writing your morning pages for 30 days in a row. Here’s why –
it can take time to see the results of your new morning routine. You’re selling yourself
short if you stop after five days because you haven’t noticed a difference. When you
set 30 days as your first goal, it gives you enough time to see the results in action
and make morning pages a habit.

Morning pages are one of the easiest and best ways to lead a better life. All it takes
is a notebook, a pen or pencil, and about 30 minutes of your time to make yourself
happier and healthier.

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How to Activate Your Chakras

Chakras

There are many different methods you can use to activate your chakras. Learn how to activate your chakras. As you discover how they work and steps to open them up, you can improve your mental health and wellbeing. We all have a personal spiritual journey we can take to open our chakras. Today, I’d like to introduce you to a variety of methods that may work the best for you. If you like music, meditating or doing yoga, you can discover how to activate your chakras.

What it Means to Open Your Chakras

When we talk about opening up our chakras, we mean to unblock them. The chakras can get blocked by negative events that happen in our lives. When you focus on unblocking them, you are allowing the energy to come through.

Any time the chakras get a little blocked, we can notice it throughout our daily lives and even in our bodies. We may feel unbalanced, not grounded, and unfocused. It is easy for our chakras to get blocked in our modern world, which makes it hard to realize what is going on. Taking the time to open the chakras can bring a sense of energy and rejuvenation to the whole body. Opening up the chakras can give us the freedom to live life like never before.

Techniques to Open the Chakras

You can use several techniques to open up the chakras and get them in good working shape. Some of the best practices include:

Learning What Each Chakra and Color Represents

As you discover what each chakra means, you can recognize which ones need activation. By learning the main insights from each chakra, you can also cleanse them every day. Start by learning the names of each chakra and what each of them means.

1st Chakra – Root – Center of grounding, safety, feeling at home in the world.

2nd Chakra – Sacral – Center of creativity, passion, intimacy, balance in relationships, and joy.

3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus – Center of self, confidence, energy, freedom to be yourself, and ego.

4th Chakra – Heart – Center of compassion, emotional development, love, and truth.

5th Chakra – Throat – Center of true expression, our voice, words, and expressing our needs.

6th Chakra – 3rd Eye – Center of our intuition, connection with the world, ability to see and be seen, and psychic abilities.

7th Chakra – Crown – Center of our higher selves, connection with spirituality, insight and awakening, and world consciousness.

In addition to learning what each Chakra represents, also learn the colors of them. Color can help you open up each chakra. If you’ve ever looked at a color and felt a connection with a feeling, that was your chakra desiring to awaken. As you visualize the chakra, make sure to also visualize the color. You can make the color brighter as you connect with it to help in opening your chakras.

Play with Sound

Have you ever listened to a song that seemed to form a connection with you? A song that made you feel a calmness or helped you feel grounded? Songs can help in opening your chakras. If the music makes you want to move around, it may be speaking to your sacral chakra. If you feel more grounded, the song is speaking to your root chakra. If it makes you feel like singing, that is your throat chakra it is speaking to. Something as simple as a song can help activate and open up your chakras with very little work. Try listening to songs that can help you open your chakras.

Chakra Meditation

You can reach a new level with your chakras as you perform a chakra meditation. This is a very simple meditation you can do for about 5-15 minutes each day.

  1. As you sit in meditation, imagine each chakra.
  2. Imagine each chakra and its location one by one.
  3. Tune into the energy of each chakra. Do you feel the energy is high? Or low?
  4. Tune into the color of each chakra. Try to visualize it in your mind’s eye. As you do, notice whether the color is dull or vibrant.
  5. Imagine turning up the dial of energy on each chakra that has low energy. Then notice each chakra’s color getting brighter.
  6. You can also imagine each chakra spinning and cleansing each chakra with water to purify it.

If you are pressed for time, you can ask each chakra, “What do I need today?” Allow for a little pause so the answer can come to you. This simple exercise can be enough to balance the chakras and make you feel good.

Yoga

Specific postures are designed to help open up the seven energy centers. You may be able to do this with one or two poses. Engage in a few postures before you start the day to release some of the tension and open the chakras up.

You can also use sound in yoga to open your chakras. Chanting “om” and other chants help to open the centers.

Open up your chakras as naturally as possible. Try these techniques or find one that works best for you.

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How to Unblock Your Chakras

Chakras

Your chakras are important energy centers for the whole body. Having them open allows energy to flow freely through the body and can make you feel fantastic. Once a chakra, or more than one chakra, closes up, though, it can lead to a lot of issues, from communicating to difficulty feeling love, the chakras are so important. Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to open and unblock your chakras.

How to Know If Your Chakras are Blocked?

The best way to know that your chakras are blocked is if something seems wrong in your life. Whether you feel low on energy, have trouble communicating with others, telling the truth, or like something else is off in your life, this is a sign that your chakras are blocked.

Ways to Unblock Your Root Chakra

If you feel ungrounded and like everything around you is unbalanced, this is a sign that it is time to unblock your root chakra. Some of the steps you can use to unblock this chakra include:

  • Burn essential oils and incense
  • Repeat positive affirmations a few times a day.
  • Practice stabilizing postures.
  • Reconnect with the early through methods like meditation.

Ways to Unblock Your Sacral Chakra

Your creativity and sexual desires can suffer when your sacral chakra is blocked and not doing well. A few things that you can do to help unblock your sacral chakra include:

  • Acknowledge that your body needs some personal love.
  • Connect with your water. Drink enough H20 and even go swimming.
  • Eat foods that center you, including sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, mangos, carrots, and pumpkin.
  • Let your creativity shine.

Ways to Unblock Your Power Center        

If you want to bring out your power center, it is essential to work on this chakra. Learning how to heal from the past is one of the most effective methods, though stones, essential oils, and incense will work well.

Ways to Unblock Your Heart Chakra

Opening up your heart chakra will help you get along well with other people, ensuring that you feel empathy and love for yourself and others. Some steps that you can use to unblock this chakra include:

  • Affirmations about love
  • Healing stones
  • Positivity towards love
  • Incense and essential oils.

Ways to Unblock Your Throat Chakra             

Balancing your throat chakra will help you communicate and get along better with others. Some of the simple things you can do to open this chakra include:

  • Add more of the color blue to your life.
  • Do some neck stretches.
  • Use throat chakra stones
  • Focus on breathing and meditation

Ways to Unblock Your Third Eye

You may struggle connecting to your intuition and other parts of the spiritual realm. Learning how to speak positive affirmations, eating foods that are good for you and keep you healthy, and trying some meditation and yoga poses without a lot of interruptions can help.

Ways to Unblock Your Crown Chakra

When the crown chakra is off, you may feel adrift and like you do not have any spiritual connection at all. It can also show up with a lack in overall motivation or excitement. Some ways to help heal this chakra include:

  • Use clear quartz jewelry to open it up.
  • Try some meditation and emotional regulation techniques.
  • Add in herbal teas, violet foods, and ginger.

It is vital to keep your chakras open as much as possible. Keeping energy flowing through your chakras is the best way to keep your overall health and spiritual well-being intact, promoting overall health that you can’t enjoy when the chakras are blocked.  


Printable Chakra Planner & Daily Journal


The Chakra Planner & Daily Journal provides ample space to plan out any month of the year. Undated planner features Chakra symbol design and two-page daily spreads. Plan out and record goals, daily schedule AM and PM, meals, water intake, gratitude, To-Do list, Chakra care, notes and affirmations. Daily Journal for you to write your thoughts, brainstorm etc. Colorful pages coordinate with all 7 chakras.

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The 7 Defining Characteristics to Know About the Chakras

Chakras

There are a total of seven chakras, and they each have their unique characteristics. The chakras represent the body’s seven main energy centers. For this reason, it is common to hear people speak about a need to unblock their chakras. The belief is that when one opens up their chakras, it allows them to experience the energy that runs through their body freely. Opening up the chakras can also help bring a state of harmony between the spirit, the body, and the mind. The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for wheel, and many people envision them as wheels of flowing energy that brings about positivity.

1.) Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is also known as the Muladhara. It is positioned at your spine’s base. This chakra is associated with the element of earth and is supported by the Warrior I yoga pose.

Root Chakra Characteristics:

  • This chakra helps with the feet, bones, legs, adrenal glands, and the large intestine.
  • Associated with the color red.
  • The chakra controls issues such as money and other financial issues.
  • An open Root Chakra helps the individual to feel confident in their ability to take on challenges.

2.) Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is also known as the Swadhisthana. It is located about two inches below your navel on the lower part of your abdomen. The Sacral Chakra is associated with the element of water and is supported by the Bound Angle yoga pose. 

Sacral Chakra Characteristics:

  • The Sacral Chakra is connected to us in how we relate to our various emotions.
  • It is also connected to how we relate to the emotions of other people.
  • This is also the chakra that governs sexual energy and creative matters.
  • When the chakra is blocked, people often feel a lack of control.
  • Associated with the color orange.
  • Connected to bodily functions with the bladder, kidneys, reproductive system, and circulatory system.

3.) Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra is also known by the name Manipura. Its location is the upper abdomen in the area of the stomach. This chakra is known to be connected to a person’s ability to control their life and act confidently. Its associated yoga pose is the Boat Pose, and it is related to the element of fire.

Solar Plexus Chakra Characteristics:

  • Controls feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Associated with the color yellow.
  • Tied to body functions such as the muscles, adrenals, digestive system, and the pancreas.
  • Those who are deficient in their Solar Plexus Chakra’s openness will often feel insecure and be indecisive.

4.) Heart Chakra

The name also known as the Heart Chakra of Anahata. It is found just above the heart and in the chest’s center. The Camel Pose is the yoga pose associated with the Heart Chakra, and its associated element is that of air.

Heart Chakra Characteristics:

  • Associated with the color green.
  • The Heart Chakra is connected to body functions such as the thymus gland, the lungs, the heart, and the arms.
  • It is the chakra that controls inner peace and feelings such as joy and love.

5.) Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra also goes by the name Vishuddha. This chakra is associated with the element of ether, and the recommended yoga pose is the Fish Pose. As the name suggests, the Throat Chakra is located in the throat.

Throat Chakra Characteristics:

  • Associated body functions include the arms, thyroid, hands, neck, and the parathyroid glands.
  • The chakra is associated with the color Turquoise.
  • This is the chakra that controls one’s ability to express themselves and to communicate.

6.) Third-Eye Chakra

 The Third-Eye Chakra is located between your eyes. It is also known as the Ajna. The element of light is associated with the Third-Eye Chakra, and the Child’s Pose is the recommended yoga pose.

Third-Eye Chakra Characteristics:

  • The Third-Eye Chakra controls things such as wisdom, imagination, and intuition.
  • When the chakra is open, your intuitive skills open up as well.
  • The chakra is associated with the color dark purple.

7.) Crown Chakra

The Sahasrara, or Crown Chakra is located at the top of your head. It controls your connection to spirituality and beauty. The recommended yoga pose is the Headstand, and its element is consciousness. 

Crown Chakra Characteristics:

  • The chakra is associated with the color violet/white.
  • It is associated with body functions tied to the cerebral cortex, the pituitary, and the central nervous system.
  • The chakra represents a connection to the ultimate truth and a sense of awareness.


Printable Chakra Planner & Daily Journal

The Chakra Planner & Daily Journal provides ample space to plan out any month of the year. Undated planner features Chakra symbol design and two-page daily spreads. Plan out and record goals, daily schedule AM and PM, meals, water intake, gratitude, To-Do list, Chakra care, notes and affirmations. Daily Journal for you to write your thoughts, brainstorm etc. Colorful pages coordinate with all 7 chakras.

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Ways to Heal Through the Chakras

Chakras

Your chakras are important energy centers through the body. When they are open and working well, you will feel amazing. You can enjoy a good connection with yourself, others, and the world around you. When the chakras are clogged, or not working correctly, you may feel lethargic, have trouble regulating your emotions, and more. It is vital to cleanse and heal your chakras as soon as you notice a problem. We will take a look at some simple methods you can use to provide healing for your chakras.

Why Cleanse Your Chakras?

If you have felt less vital or energetic or struggle with emotional funk, you may have a stuck chakra. Opening up and cleansing the chakras will help you feel more energetic. The longer you wait to clean your chakras when they get stuck, the more inner turmoil you will bring on yourself.

By cleansing your Chakras, you rebalance them. You can awaken them to operate at a peak level of mental awareness and consciousness. Opening your Chakras is good for your mind, body, and soul wellness.

How to Balance and Align Your Chakras

There are several ways that you can balance your chakras. It can be as simple as meditating or adding yoga to your routine. Some of the different methods you can try include:

Working with Crystals to Balance Your Chakras

Crystals can effectively balance your chakras too. Chakra stones are healing stones that help support a strong connection between the mind and body. They make balancing chakras easier because they are the same colors that represent the chakras. Some of the best crystals to use for each chakra include:

  • Red for the root chakra
  • Orange for the sacral chakra
  • Yellow for the solar plexus chakra
  • Green for the heart chakra
  • Blue for the neck chakra
  • Indigo for the third eye chakra
  • White for the crown chakra.

Using Meditation to Balance Your Chakras

One effective method to use when balancing your chakras is meditation. The best type for the chakras, in particular, is transcendental meditation. Two approaches work well. The first approach will deal with you figuring out what causes your inner imbalance. The aim here is to figure out what inner conflict is going on so you can improve it. Ask yourself what causes you sorrow or how the imbalance occurred to start with.

The second kind of meditation is to focus on the different spiritual influences in your surroundings. This type of mediation is good for relaxing the body and isolating your emotions and feelings. When doing this, you can better focus on how you interact with the outside world.

Using Essential Oils to Balance Your Chakras

Essential oils can have a positive effect on your chakras. These are like the chakra stones where a specific oil is best for the chakra. Some of the options you can use include:

  • Tiger grass and geranium for the crown chakra
  • Lavender, sage, and spruce for the third eye chakra
  • Lemongrass and chamomile for the throat chakra
  • Basil and rose for the heart chakra.
  • Lemon and peppermint for the solar plexus chakra
  • Orange, clove, and creeping juniper for the sacral chakra
  • Patchouli and angelica for the root chakra.

While it does take some work to re-align the chakras, there are several methods you can use to cleanse them. Try one of the ways above, and you will be amazed at how great you feel.

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What are the 7 Chakras?

Chakras

When it comes to keeping your body healthy and happy, the chakras are essential. These chakras are considered the primary energy centers of the body. Many times when we hear about these energy centers, we talk about unblocking them. When all the chakras are open, the energy that runs through them provides harmony between our body, mind, and spirit.

Seven main chakras are located in the body. When even one of these is blocked and not working well, it can make us feel off balance. The seven main chakras, and what they stand for, include:

The Root Chakra

The first chakra is known as the root chakra. It is found at the base of our spine and is our foundation. When balanced, it provides us with the feeling of being grounded and part of the world. When the root chakra is open, we can feel confident in ourselves. If your self-confidence is lacking, then the root chakra may be blocked. Those with a strong root chakra can withstand any challenge and stand on their own two feet. If it is blocked, we may feel unstable and threatened in our world.

The Sacral Chakra

Moving up the body, we can work with the second chakra, known as the sacral chakra. This is a good chakra to work on because it helps us relate to our emotions and understand the emotions of others. It encourages good relationships. This helps us not to lose our cool all the time while being empathetic to others. This is also a good chakra to use for our sexual energy and creativity. When this chakra is blocked, we likely feel a lack of energy in our lives. Opening up the sacral chakra can make it easier to regulate your emotions and choose which ones are important to use and when.

The Power Center Chakra

The power center chakra, also known as the solar plexus chakra, is the one that helps us to feel confident and in complete control over our lives. A good way to remember this chakra is to think back to the last time there was a pit in your stomach, or if you felt like you had butterflies there. When you have those experiences, it is the power center chakra at work. If this chakra is blocked, you may feel shame and self-doubt in your decisions. Yet, when this one is open, you can express your true self without doubt or worry about what others think.

The Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is the bridge between the upper chakras and the lower chakras. As you can guess from the name, this is a chakra that will influence how we can give love to others and how we receive love for ourselves. When your heart chakra is blocked, it is hard to open up to other people in your life. You may be able to give love to others, but it is difficult to accept love from others, and this is a problem too. When the heart chakra is open, you may experience deep empathy and compassion in your life. There is so much more to the heart chakra than love, although this is an important part of this chakra.

The Throat Chakra

Then there is the throat chakra. This is an important chakra to keep open because it gives a voice to the heart chakra, our thoughts, and feelings. It controls how well we can communicate with others, bringing in our power. When it functions well, the throat chakra is a great one to help us express ourselves clearly and in a true fashion. If this is blocked, it may be hard to speak your truth or be shy.

The 3rd Eye Chakra

As we make it up the body a little more, we will start to look at some of the chakras that help us communicate and be one with the divine. The third eye chakra is an example of how this works. This one will control our ability to see the big picture and connect up with our own intuition. This is like the eye of the soul. It handles registering any information that is beyond this plain. If you follow your intuition and it is often right, this signifies that the third eye chakra is working well. For example, it is hard to have intuition and visions if your third eye chakra is not open.

The Crown Chakra

And now we reach the final chakra, the crown chakra. This is the highest chakra, sitting right on the crown of our head. When it is open, this one represents our ability to be connected with the spiritual world. When you open up this chakra, and many people struggle with this one, you can reach a higher consciousness than before. This one will take some time and attention, but opening it up can help you be more attuned to your higher self. It also connects you to the spiritual realm and world consciousness.

Keep Chakras Balanced

It is crucial to keep all the chakras open and doing well. If any of them are blocked, it can mean that something is unbalanced in your life. The longer it stays blocked, the harder the other chakras have to work. And this can cause more disharmony in your life. The same problem can happen when a chakra is open too much. It is essential to open the chakras without letting in too much energy to each one.

Your chakras are important energy centers that help you to live a healthy and balanced life. When even one is closed, it can cause confusion and issues in your life. But when you learn how to balance them, you can allow the energy to flow through your whole body.

Printable Chakra Planner & Daily Journal

The Chakra Planner & Daily Journal provides ample space to plan out any month of the year. Undated planner features Chakra symbol design and two-page daily spreads. Plan out and record goals, daily schedule AM and PM, meals, water intake, gratitude, To-Do list, Chakra care, notes and affirmations. Daily Journal for you to write your thoughts, brainstorm etc. Colorful pages coordinate with all 7 chakras.