What Every Woman Should Have at Her Wedding

What Every Woman Should Have at Her WeddingWhat does every woman want? To look in the mirror and like what she sees. She wants her skin to look smooth and supple, and her face to look radiant. This is especially true on her wedding day.

She wants the process to be as smooth, quick, and trouble-free as possible. The last thing a woman wants to stress about on her wedding day is her appearance!

As we enter the fall season, it’s important to recognize that different beauty regimens come into play. The care that a woman’s skin needs during the frigid winter months is quite different from the care that it needs during the hot summer. Therefore, a bride-to-be must plan accordingly, ahead of her wedding date. In what season will her wedding take place, and what skincare regimen will she be following at that time?

Fiafini has a solution to this problem. It’s called Naturally `SASĒ Skincare. Based on the principle of “Simple is More,” it’s a 4-in-1 system that comes in a single bottle, with one application. It comprises moisturizer, serum, eye cream and neck cream. Instead of engaging in 4 separate beauty regimens that may or may not complement each other – or worse, actually sabotage each other – to say nothing of the time consumed, a bride-to-be can apply this system quickly and efficiently, in one step.

And she can do so without worrying about having a negative on either herself or the environment. All ingredients in the Naturally `SASĒ Skincare system have been thoroughly researched, and established to be safe and effective, and in compliance with environmental standards.

There’s also a convenient Travelux travel set that is perfect for the honeymoon. The travel sizes can fit in a cosmetic bag, and can be taken aboard a plane, or tucked away nicely in a suitcase.

With this sort of convenience, what does a bride have to worry about? Certainly not her appearance.

By the way, all you brides-to-be, don’t forget that you are what you eat; that plays an important part in how you look, as well. Make sure that superfoods are part of your diet. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes, and kale. Also, drink plenty of water.

Sometimes, however, there’s no substitute for a session at your favorite beauty salon. So don’t be afraid to pamper yourself. And don’t feel guilty about it, either.

Hey, it’s your wedding day. Make it a day to remember.

New Year: Use your mind for change in 2015

New Year: Use your mind for change in 2015Why do people try and fail at setting New Year’s resolutions year after year?
The answer is, most us are unable to access the innate power of the mind that we all have to create the change we want in our lives, says Joey Klein, a word-renowned personal development expert, martial arts champion and author of the new book, The Inner Matrix: A Guide to Transforming Your Life and Awakening Your Spirit.

Why do so many people buy gym memberships after the holidays only to quit after a few days or weeks? It’s because most of us lack the mental discipline to successfully complete our New Year’s resolutions, Joey, who is the creator of Conscious Transformation™ – an internal development system that allows people access the vast untapped power of the mind to create desired outcomes in their lives.

The answer to break out of that pattern and create the change we want in 2015 lies in mindful meditation – and its ability to rewire our brains.

The National Institutes of Health has funded more than 120 studies on meditation at many of the United States’ most prestigious universities and teaching hospitals, and as Joey notes: “The research uniformly supports meditation as a powerful tool for brain health and overall well-being on the mental, emotional, and physical levels. It is hard to think of another area of science where the outcomes of such a large and diverse number of studies have been so positive and compelling.”

Tips to achieve goals in the New Year

  • Start with a modest time commitment: Research shows that a small amount of daily meditation, just 15 to 20 minutes a day, actually alters the size of portions of the brain, the blood flow in the brain, and what parts of the brain are active in any given situation -–¬¬ all changes for the better. “To begin discovering the imprints in the mind, just sit with the mind for 20 minutes a day,” Joey says. “During that time, do not play music, focus on your breath, meditate, or use any techniques to try to quiet the mind. Instead, just sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, and give the mind permission to think whatever it wishes.”
  • Stressful thoughts? No worries: People often find stressful thoughts come flooding in when they first try to meditate. The key is not to try to suppress them but let them unfold, Joey says. “When you have a thought, acknowledge it: That is my mind thinking a thought. The thought is not good or bad, positive or negative; it simply is an expression of energy created by my mind….Do not judge or become attached to what shows up in the mind; just be an observer of the mind’s internal function.”
  • Sit up straight and breathe! “When meditating, always sit with the spine straight, either on the floor or in a chair, close the eyes, and breathe in and out through the nose,” Joey says. “In this practice, your attention is on the breath. As you begin to breathe, focus on your center. Your center is located approximately two inches below the belly button and an inch back toward the spine. Gently inhale through the nose, drawing the breath into your lower abdomen while imagining a small golden sun in that space. Imagining a sun or a star in your center gives your mind something to focus on. Then just continue breathing a circular breath—breathing with as brief a pause at the top of the inhale or the bottom of the exhale as possible.”
  • Pick a set time each day: “As you engage in certain activities in your daily life, your brain connects these circumstances with certain ways of being in the world,” Joey says. “Knowing this, you can structure your mindfulness practice so the brain’s love of pattern is at work for you. Routinely practicing in the same place and at the same time of day is just one small way that we can use the fact that the brain likes pattern to support our transformative work.”

“After you get proficient at this practice, you can then begin the process of creating your thoughts,” Joey says. “The goal of this meditation practice is to take the new awareness and tools developed there and apply them in your daily life.”

Here is to releasing the power of the mind for positive change in 2015!

Loosen Up to Lose Pounds: Relaxation benefits

relaxation and weight lossAs school starts back up and we start to put away our flip flops and beach towels, a more hectic fall pace unfortunately awaits. However, a few relaxation tips, you might be able to ease back into your routine a bit easier and have the added benefit of weight loss!

“Relaxation itself can have miraculous healing abilities and help you lose weight and keep it off for life…..physically, mentally & emotionally,” according to Dr. Brian Alman.

According to a Huffington Post article titled Calm Your Mind, Relax Your Body and Lose Weight, “Stress is often a major cause of weight gain and relaxation can ease your path to healthy weight loss. One way stress impacts body weight is behavioral. You just may eat more when you’re stressed, looking for quick comfort in food.”

Everybody may tell you that you need to relax more and you may already know that you do stress eating, emotional eating and have either a lot of bad habits, dependencies or may be addicted to over-eating and foods that are not going to help you lose weight and keep it off, Dr. Alman adds.

“One of the most effective ways to manage stress is also one of the simplest: Just breathe,” states the Women’s Health article titled Lose Pounds by Lightening Up. “You hear this a lot in yoga class, but you don’t need a mat to practice it. Simply set a timer for eight minutes and find a comfortable seated position. Now begin. Inhale for a slow count of eight, hold, and then exhale for a count of eight. The first few times you try this, your mind will likely wander. Be patient—even the most serene gurus on the planet have this problem sometimes.”

Dr. Alman outlines a guided breathing technique to help you remember to relax as you continue your journey of losing weight and keeping it off.

“Yes – you need to be reminded of it and that’s why we have to practice relaxation and remind ourselves to be relaxed,” he believes. “Focus on your breathing right now. Close your eyes, if you can, and this is called having ‘soft eyes’.”

With your eyes comfortably closed or open – whichever is more practical for you right now – simply accept your breathing however it is. “There is no way you can do this wrong and there is nothing you need to do right,” he adds.

Very much like when you look up at the stars at night, you accept them as they are, Dr. Alman explains. “You don’t try to re-arrange them, change them or fix them in any way.”

You are learning how to do this with your breathing. “Right now, in this very moment, accept your breathing however it is…nose or mouth? Big or little? Fast or slow? It really doesn’t matter.”

Dr. Alman correlates accepting breath patterns to being able to accept your body as it is. “This is just the beginning of a whole new way of using your breathing as a bridge to losing weight and keeping it off for life.”

The Women’s Health Magazine article continues “Our basic inability to relax is the reason most diets fail. When we’re stressed, we’re much more vulnerable. Maybe we eat emotionally. Or maybe because of a stressful life change—even a positive one, like having a child—we get so busy that exercise becomes a remote memory.”

Stress, like a roll of fat above your waistband, isn’t easy to shed, as stated in the Women’s Health article “But by learning a few key ways to slow down, put yourself first, and yes, relax, you can get both under control for good.”

Summer Stress? Tips to Remove and Relax

-couple-sitting-on-beach-sandAs summer is here, did it arrive bringing a sense of relaxation and ocean breezes or did it roll in like a summer storm with added stress to ensure the perfect summer is planned? Stress has become accepted in our daily lives from work, school, relationships, money, illness and more; but in what decades ago summer break represented a time to relax, do all of the summer camps, playdates and continued work stress continue to mount?

“Now, stress in not always a bad thing. Sometimes it can actually help us concentrate, focus, and do our best in difficult situations,” according to Dr. Brian Alman in his article titled “The Cause of Stress”. “But the normal stress of daily life builds up and causes us serious problems when we push down or repress our perfectly normal feelings about the tough times we’re going through.”

Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle. ~Bill Phillips

Think about that for a moment, he adds. “Stress overwhelms us and becomes harmful—becomes distress—only when we ignore, fight against, bury, or smother our feelings. Who knew?”

Dr. Alman lists a few effects of stress. “The effects of stress in your life are best thought of as your unique signals of stress,” he advises. “When severe, these signals can interfere with your life and ruin your health.” Following are some of the most common signals:

  • The cognitive (thinking) signals often include loss of memory, quick (“snap”) judgments, poor decision-making, and trouble concentrating.
  • The emotional signals include moodiness, irritability, sadness, loneliness, worry, anxiety.
  • The physical signals include body aches, a racing heart, nausea, constipation, excessive weight-gain, and the loss of sex drive.
  • The behavioral signals include poor sleep , over-eating, isolation from people, over-use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and neglect of responsibilities.

There are practical things we as adults can do to beat stress. Here are Dr. Alman’s tips:

  1. Breath through your stress
  2. Exercise stress out of your body
  3. Relax away your stress
  4. Talk it out
  5. Keep a journal to express your stress

Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. ~Judith Hanson Lasater

However, even if you achieve a summer easy breezy attitude and state of mind, there are the children. Yes, they too can experience stress even in the summer. Here are a few ways to combat stress this summer geared toward the kids, according to the Huffington Post article titled “5 Summer Stress Busters for Your Kids”.

  1. Make sure that your young kids and teens have structured summer plans with a balance of activities and some down time
  2. Neither make your vacations too long nor too short.
  3. Monitor your teens driving.
  4. Help your kids transition for those two weeks, one month etc. with your ex, if applicable.
  5. Beat Boredom.

This summer, take time to take in a sunrise and a sunset – capture your memories and relax!

Meditation: Key to Healthy Eating and Lasting Change

<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-1405" src="https://fiafini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Meditation-Key-to-Healthy-Eating-and-Lasting-Change.jpg" alt="Meditation: Key to Healthy Eating and Lasting Change" width="525" height="525" srcset="https://fiafini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Meditation-Key-to-Healthy-Eating-and-Lasting-Change.jpg 525w, https://fiafini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Meditation-Key-to-Healthy-Eating-and-Lasting-Change-150×150.jpg 150w, https://fiafini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Meditation-Key-to-Healthy-Eating-and-Lasting-Change-300×300.jpg 300w, https://fiafini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Meditation-Key-to-Healthy-Eating-and-Lasting-Change-170×170.jpg 170w, https://fiafini 20 mg cialis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Meditation-Key-to-Healthy-Eating-and-Lasting-Change-400×400.jpg 400w” sizes=”(max-width: 525px) 100vw, 525px” />People use meditation to reduce stress, think clearly and boost business success, but did you know it can also help curb emotional eating? Whether you’re one of the 35% of Americans who are clinically obese or simply trying to lose a few pounds, losing weight and getting fit can seem like a constant struggle. Even when we do manage to lose weight, 67 percent of us gain it back, plus more.

Joey Klein, author of The Inner Matrix: A Guide to Transforming Your Life and Awakening Your Spirit, shares how meditation techniques can help people permanently change longstanding patterns for better health and fitness. Meditation is one tool that can help people get off the rollercoaster of dieting and overeating.

Here are some of Joey’s tips for how to “eat mindfully” to break the diet/weight gain cycle:

Before eating:

  • Tune in to emotions: Before eating, identify how you feel emotionally. Be aware of the food you desire from this emotional state. Whether you are feeling sad, angry, or anxious, take 90 seconds to acknowledge the emotion that you are feeling.
  • Tune in physically: Ask what your level of hunger is. Is there a particular craving in this moment? Make sure any such craving is not from a level of addiction but instead is a healthy communication from the body.

While eating:

  • Tune in to the body again: Ask what affect is this food having how I feel physically? Does my body feel nourished and vibrant? Also check in on your hunger level again.
  • Stop eating before you are completely full (aim for two-thirds full): “If you quit eating at this point, then the body has plenty of energy to properly digest the food, and you will not be tired after you eat.”

An hour after eating:

  • Check in again with your emotions and physical sensations: Ask how your food choice has affected your overall physical, mental, and emotional state.
  • Look for patterns: If you see negative patterns, try eliminating those foods from your diet and take note of how you feel. Signs that certain foods may not be serving include congestion, fatigue, pain, swelling, foggy mind, and low emotional states. Signs that foods are supporting the body include a clear mind, high emotional state, and abundant energy.

“By developing awareness in this manner, we can see what foods benefit our health and consciousness and what foods are detrimental to our well-being,” Joey says. “Once we have such awareness, we can make conscious choices to eat only what is in service to our highest well-being.”

13 Tips to Manage Stress

13-tips-to-manage-stressHave you eased into 2015 like a lamb or are you running through each day like a raging bull? Is stress a culprit to how you manage each day? Stress is something that is important to learn to manage for the sheer importance of health. In fact, you can increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical health. While some stress is unavoidable, some stress factors can be eliminated or you might be able to alter what is the cause.

According to an article on WebMD.com titled “13 Tips to Ease Stress”, “the key is to stop stress before it stops you. It’s simpler than you might think: Solve stressful problems when you can. And when you can’t, connect with other people, and get active.”

The article states that “stress that continues without relief can lead to headaches, an upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, problems with sleeping, depression, panic attacks, or other forms of anxiety and worry.”

Don’t fret over the incoming bills, hectic schedules, relationship issues, career responsibilities as these come with life; but, you do have more control over stress than you might realize. The key is managing stress.

In an article on HelpGuide.org about stress management, it states “Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.”

There are many unhealthy ways people engage in to manage their stress including smoking, drinking excessively, overeating, sleeping too much, withdrawing from friends and more. However, here are 13 tips from WebMD.com to reduce daily stress in a healthy way.

  1. Ask yourself what you can do about the sources of your stress. Think through the pros and cons. Take action where you can.
  2. Keep a positive, realistic attitude. Accept that although you can’t control certain things, you’re in charge of how you respond.
  3. Stand up for yourself in a polite way. Share your feelings, opinions, or beliefs, instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  4. Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Try breathing exercises, meditation, prayer, yoga, or tai chi.
  5. Exercise regularly. You’ll feel better and be more prepared to handle problems.
  6. Eat healthy. Avoid too much sugar. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. When you’re stressed, you’ll probably want less-nutritious comfort foods, but if you overdo them, they’ll add to your problems.
  7. Try to manage your time wisely.
  8. Say no, where you can, to things that would add more stress to your life.
  9. Make time for hobbies and interests.
  10. Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  11. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to help against stress. Ease up on caffeine, too.
  12. Spend time with people you love.
  13. Talk with a counselor or take a stress management class for more help.

Take a Moment to Breathe

Take a Moment to BreatheThe Halloween decorations are barely down and we are already bombarded with pre-Black Friday sales and other holiday planning activities, from the kids’ school Thanksgiving event to the Elf’s arrival countdown. It is a good time of year to practice yogic breaths and meditation to relieve the everyday stress and the added stress of the holidays.

In an article titled in Les Novelles Esthétiques & Spa, yogi EuGene Grant provides two simple breathing techniques that actually benefits our skin. The article states “Few of us think about inhaling and exhaling as we go about our busy days, yet proper breathing is key to glowing, healthy, beautiful skin.”

He outlines the techniques to the Yogic Breath and the Square Breath. In the first type, sit in a chair and breathe in slowly through your nose as the stomach expands out like a balloon. Exhale, allowing the naval to fall toward the spine. Grant suggests placing hands on stomach to aid in the proper movement. “This will feel strange as most of us have become accustomed to only breathing into our chests – which can lead to stress, anxiety and insomnia,” he writes in the article. “Yet, this simple breath can regulate digestion, give the organs a vital massage for detoxification and revitalize skin.”

He continues with the Square Breath technique, which he believes slows down the aging process, lowers blood pressure and centers the mind. “This breath is done by inhaling, holding, exhaling and holding the breath for equal amounts of time buy 5mg cialis online.” To slow down the breath cycle, sit in a chair and inhale through the nose or mouth at a count of five, while exhaling on a count of five.

“These two simple breathing techniques will have oxygen revitalize cells, relax and detox muscles, all while promoting healthy, vibrant skin, eyes and hair,” he continues in the article.

We need to breathe more slowly and deeply to help prevent premature aging and to avoid a poor immune system. Quick shallow breathing results in oxygen starvation. In contrast, deep breathing results in rejuvenation of the skin and the skin become smoother and a reduction of facial wrinkles occurs. With a basic, correct breath, healthier skin awaits! So, take a moment and breathe deep.