from anxiety to serenity

This content should not replace medical advice, please seek advice from a medical professional if your symptoms are causing you serious coping problems. 

The Lotus flower in the above image is a flower that is native to many Asian countries.  It is beautiful and incredible.  It grows in the muddiest of waters and can be rather neglected, yet still in the midst of the mud it grows and spreads and opens to reveal the most beautiful flower.  

No matter what you are going through right now, and no matter what you have been through, you have the potential to flower too, you are a beautiful human being and should never lose sight of this throughout the challenges you face.


Aim for Serenity....

The word anxiety can add to your anxiety.  It sounds anxious, it feels anxious and even saying the word can make you feel distressed. 

What does the word serenity feel like on your tongue?

How does it feel to think about the word serenity?

What do you imagine? allow yourself to think about this word and become comfortable with it.  Say it over and over a few times and feel how it sits on your tongue.

It's a calming, soothing kind of word and we encourage you to swap it for the "A" word. 

Instead of saying "I'm feeling anxious" say "I'm needing some serenity".  

It might be small but serenity is achieved in small steps forward.  Step 1 is to change your sentences to make use of the word serenity.
Every success requires effort, it is the key to the solutions in our life.  When you put in the effort you get the results.  The tips in this post will not bring about the change in life unless they are followed, and not just once.  The harder the journey is for you, the more effort is required to put into practice these tools.  

The very real challenge is that the effort isn't easy, often the very things that you need to be doing are the things that you don't feel like doing. The challenge is to set the goals and put in the effort so that you can see the results transform in your life.

Nature is a wonderful therapy to aid in finding serenity

In Japan there is a technique called "forest bathing" that is all about finding serenity in a forest walk.  

For us in NZ surrounded by water and with lakes and rivers in every direction we have the ability to use water for our serenity source.

There is a very real and scientific connection between time at a large body of water and feeling happy and calm.  Whether you choose the ocean, a lake or a river there is an exchange that happens between the positive ions in your body and the negative ions that are given off from the water.  It isn't a woo woo kind of mystery, it's an actual and real transition.  

Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to bring us closer to serenity.

Serotonin is the happy Hormone.  It's the one that is going to help achieve your goal.
You can improve your chances of Serenity by eating foods that are high in Serotonin.  These are easy choices to add into your regular weekly diet that will help you bring your closer to your goal of being calm and serene.

1. Salmon

Salmon is a rich source of tryptophan, which is important for producing serotonin. In addition to helping increase serotonin levels, it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for the skin, heart, and bones.

Salmon also contains Vitamin D, which is important for healthy bones and to aid in serotonin production.

2. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are natural sources of tryptophan and protein, as well as an adequate salmon replacement for those who prefer a vegetarian diet.

Almost any variety of nuts or seeds is a great choice for snacking or adding to a meal, and many whole grain breads are now available with them baked within.

3. Turkey and Poultry

Turkey and poultry are also full of tryptophan and good sources of protein.

4. Eggs

Eggs are packed with protein and a favourite staple of athletes and bodybuilders.

Be aware of the way eggs are prepared though, to get the full health benefit. Boiled and poached eggs are the healthiest ways to cook them without adding any fat like when they are fried.

5. Tofu and Soy

Tofu is made of soy, and it is full of tryptophan. Soymilks have become popular in recent years, and soy products are a popular way for vegans and vegetarians to get tryptophan without eating meat.

6. Milk and Cheese

Cheese and milk are excellent sources of tryptophan and as an added bonus they are rich in calcium for healthy bones and teeth.

To stay on the healthy side, choose milk and cheese that are low in fat to receive all the benefits without gaining weight.

7. Pineapple

Pineapple contains plenty of tryptophan to boost serotonin in the brain.

Additionally, pineapple is full of bromelain, which is another fantastic protein everyone should consume regularly because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Keeping a gratitude journal can help you....

There is a lot of research around at the moment that is focused on the positive impact of having a gratitude practice in your life.  If you want more information you will find it online by googling gratitude journals + impact on life.

Our challenge to you is to purchase a journal and simply write down 3 things every day that you can find to be thankful for.  You might struggle with this for the first few days, but if you keep at it there will be an impressive collection of moments that you will start to store that will be reminders to you of the little things that can happen in a day that we have to be thankful for.

To give you an example, here is a list of what I'm grateful for just in my day today
  1. I'm grateful that I could stay at a friends house last night and chat to her in the evening, reconnecting.
  2. I'm grateful that I could go to my job today which I absolutely love 
  3. I'm grateful that I could get home even though the roads were closed in my community due to high winds
The image below is a visual relating to the benefits of a gratitude practice.
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