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7 Healthy Summer Habits to Start Practicing Today

Simple and Effective Tips for Summer Self-Care and Wellness

Summer is here, my friends! Time to dust off your sun hats and restock your sunscreen supply. Whether you plan on spending time on the beach or in the city, summer’s long, sunny days and warmer weather offer a variety of beautiful new opportunities for relaxation and self-care ideas.

Many health benefits can be found in a consistent, daily self-care routine. Taking care of our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is essential to achieving overall wellness and life balance. While self-care can and should be practiced all year long, today I want to emphasize the wonderful habits for you to incorporate into your summer self-care and warm weather wellness activities.

7 tips to help you maintain your health and wellness this summer

Stay hydrated.

Hydration is crucial in maintaining your health ALWAYS. Warmer temperatures force your body to work harder to stay cool, resulting in an increased fluid loss. To prevent this, always stay hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

Add some flavor to your water.

Except water, our taste buds usually crave for some flavor too. Replace soda drinks with some water infused with a fruit or a herb. My go to is lemon-ginger-mint infused water, both sparkling and still are absolutely delicious! Take a look for more infused water ideas here.

Wear that sunscreen. Always.

Although sun can be your friend in helping you produce vitamin D, sunburns are your enemy! Protect your skin from premature ageing and skin cancer by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Also, look for 30+ SPF.

Use all the advantages of a farmer’s market.

Get to know your local farmer’s market. Summer is a beautiful season for all the different kinds of fruits and veggies! So many color and flavor in one place, and every week something new is coming in. What’s not to love?

Be more mindful about your eating.

Gain control over your eating habits, restore your attention and slow down. Make eating an intentional act, instead of a mindless one. This means actually noticing your bites, the flavours you taste, how your body feels while eating. In addition to that, take advantage of all the seasonal fruits and veggies available. Summer is my favorite season and one of the main reasons is all that colourful food that is available. Peaches, watermelons, cherries, berries, you name it. All that taste, oh my!

Workout in the morning.

If you don’t already, think about working out in the morning. Get up a little earlier so you don’t rush through your morning routine. It’s still not that warm so you can enjoy your workout more and you’ll feel so much more energised throughout the day. Did I mention the positive mood boost you’ll get out of it?

Related topic: 4 reasons to include yoga into your morning routine

Spend more time in nature.

Go for a hike, ride your bike by a lake, have a picnic in the park. Be mindful of the temperatures (avoid middle of day, very hot days, etc.) and wear bright clothes. Once you’ve taken care of that, just enjoy your nature time, let that amazing energy in and just be. The amazing benefits for your mind, body and soul of spending time in nature are just numerous.


Lastly, remember to smile and enjoy the little things. Stop to smell that flower. Watch that sunset. Dance. Laugh your ass off. Hope you have a great summer loves!

As always with love,

Common Unicorn

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Everyday Habits That Drain Your Energy

10 Energy-Draining Activities to Avoid

We are a result of our habits, whether they are good, or bad. Whether we notice them, or not. By recognizing which unhealthy habits might be draining your energy and are bad for you, you can improve your well-being by replacing them with healthier ones and by focusing on a more healthy lifestyle. Making simple, yet powerful changes in your everyday routine can drastically improve your overall wellness and quality of life, so why not give it a go?

Here are some daily habits that can be adding to your low energy levels you might want to avoid.

Inconsistent and insufficient sleep

Research shows that sleep is essential at any age. Sleep powers the mind, restores the body, and fortifies virtually every system in the body. To get most of the benefits from sleeping, make sure you’re sleeping patterns are consistent and that you get enough of sleep each night.

Poor diet

Your diet plays an important role in keeping your energy levels high and stable throughout the day. Try smaller and more frequent meals and focus on a more balanced diet. By limiting the intake of refined sugar and starches you can avoid quick boosts that fade quickly and leave you depleted and craving more.

Dehydration

Your energy levels can be affected by your hydration status, so be sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. To remind myself, I like to keep a bottle of water on my desk, next to me. This way the bottle is a reminder I should have a sip. If this doesn’t help, you can try setting a couple of reminders on your phone or laptop throughout the day – when you hear the ‘ding’, it’s time for a sip!

Drinking alcohol

Drinking alcohol before going to bed can affect your overall sleep quality, which can result in shorter sleep duration and more sleep disruptions. Instead of having some wine in the evening, try replacing it with a soothing herbal tea – unwind in a healthier way and prepare yourself for some good night sleep.

Overthinking and constantly worrying

If something is out of your hands, excessive worrying about it does you absolutely no good, it just drains your energy which could’ve been used on something productive. Going over the things you could have done differently, said something differently in a past argument, imagining worst-case scenarios in life can be tiresome. Overthinking is different from problem solving and it is not productive. If you’re not sure whether you are an overthinker, you can check this read. If you conclude that overthinking is taking a toll on your well-being, you can practice doing it less – check out these tips that can help you move in the right direction

Related topic:
10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Well-being

Energy vampires

While some people bring lightness and comfort to your life, there are also those who leave you feeling stressed out and emotionally exhausted. The popular term for those types of people – energy vampires. It is important to realize who around you is only draining your energy and leaving you with nothing but the bad stuff. When you detect who that is, it is okay to walk away. You might struggle, feel guilty, impolite. However, your well-being should come first, and in time you will find a way to move forward, leaving them behind.

Related topic:
4 Ways To Handle Intrusive People – Setting Your Boundaries Today

Lacking physical activity

According to experts, the less energy you expend, the less energy you will produce. Turns out that the way to beat fatigue and boost your energy levels is to exercise more, not less. So move your body, go for a lunchtime walk, try different workouts, and find the one that suits you best. Spend weekends in nature, hike, ride bikes. Energize your body by moving it more.

Related topic:
4 Reasons to Include Yoga in Your Morning Routine

Not letting go of anger and resentment

Anger and resentment are generally tied to ‘living in the past’, and they can be extremely counterproductive to your energy. Let go of the things that are behind you and focus more on the present. If you are struggling with living in the past and handling negative thoughts, mindfulness meditation can be a great tool to achieve that.

Always checking your phone 

Excessive time on your phone can take a toll on your energy levels. Set time intervals where you will put your phone away from you. Also, use it less in the evening, as it can affect the quality of your sleep. I also like to incorporate one day in a week where I disconnect completely and recharge – sometimes it is particularly hard to do so, but the benefits on the overall well-being are greater than the cost (which is essentially none).

Taking things personally all the time

It is an exhausting way to go through life. Taking things LESS personally can save you a lot of energy and give you more time to focus on other things which deserve your attention. When we take things personally we are giving certain individuals more power over us than they deserve or should ever be allowed to have – find out here ways to stop taking things personally.


If you found these tips helpful, I recommend looking into this topic as well:

8 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Help Reduce Everyday Stress

With love,

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4 Ways to Develop a Spiritual Yoga Practice

Yoga for Spiritual Growth | How To Create a More Spiritual Practice

There are so many physical benefits of yoga, that even with just those, yoga is a valuable practice. However, taking a step further and embracing yoga fully really is an amazing experience and a wonderful new way to enjoy this supreme practice. When we approach our health in a holistic way, we can see beyond just physical aspects, and deepen the mind, body, and soul connection, growing and healing all three aspects simultaneously. The practice of yoga is rooted in spirituality, it teaches you patience, focus, the practice of loving kindness, and much more.

To put it bluntly, it is a shame to practice yoga and to not embrace the spiritual benefits and the dimensions of the mind-body connections it has to offer. Personally, it took me some time to see this. However, now my practices have deeper meaning, I am mindful of each asana, and I feel the full mind-body connection. Here is how I do it:

Yoga and Spirituality – 4 Beautiful Ways to Make Your Yoga Practice More Spiritual

Aromatherapy and essential oils

Using essential oils for therapeutic benefits in aromatherapy can make a positive impact on your well-being as long as it is used in a safe way. There are a lot of ways you can use essential oils and enjoy their amazing scent and therapeutic effects, however be sure to take certain precautions before using them.

In my case, before each practice, I choose a blend of essential oils and spread them using a diffuser. The scent sets a more calm and mindful tone for me to start with my practice.

Give each practice a higher meaning by dedicating it to someone or something

Now that I’ve diffused some essential oils, I get on my mat, and just before starting the practice, I dedicate that practice to someone (or to some cause) that I care for. This way, my practice has a higher meaning, and through each asana, when things get hard and I notice a little voice inside me starting to complain, I remind myself of why I am doing it, and what is the higher meaning of that practice.

Notice when your mind starts to wander and gently bring it back to the present

Mind-wandering is something we all have in common. All we can really do is notice when it happens, and bring ourselves back to the present. At least a couple of times throughout the practice I notice my mind being somewhere else, working hard on some problem in the future, or reminiscing over something in the past. When that happens, I remind myself of the importance of staying present, and slowly (and gently) bring myself back – to the breath and the position I am currently in. This way while you practice yoga, you are also practicing mindfulness – keeping yourself grounded and in the present moment, improving your overall well-being.

Don’t skip or shorten Savasana – embrace that last asana to the fullest

It might look easy, but Savasana (the relaxation pose) is actually one of the most difficult asanas. It is also a very important one. Work on gradually entering a truly relaxed state, while remaining conscious and alert. Being aware of your body while also relaxing it can help you notice and understand certain tensions in your body and mind, making it possible to release them.


A good yoga practice is one that offers you peace and clarity of the body, mind, and spirit, within and outside the practice. Embracing the spiritual side of yoga offers you ways on how to attain a peaceful mind, while gradually working on improving the posture.

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If you enjoyed this read, you can also check out why you should include yoga into your morning routine.

Namaste my loves,

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10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Well-being

Simple Tips To Boost Your Mental Health

It is easy to get caught up with work, the news, social media, and many other things that are competing for our attention. An important part of our well-being is our mental health, which can additionally be affected during extensive and multiple lockdowns during the pandemic. How to improve and maintain our mental health should be on our priority list, but still we often neglect it.

Building a routine that supports your psychological well-being can create an amazing environment for your general wellness and personal growth. Here is a list of some simple and straightforward activities you can easily incorporate into your normal routine and feel all the advantages.

How To Improve Your Mental Health

1. Start the day with gratitude and self compassion

Either by taking a mental note or writing in your journal, start the day with acknowledging at least one thing you are grateful for, and one thing you love about yourself. You might find this hard at first, but there are a lot of things to be grateful for, as well as there are a lot of things you can love about yourself. Practicing this daily can help you shift your mindset towards a more positive state, encouraging you to stay more present and feel content.

2. Move your body

Findings from research indicate that exercise is associated with improvements in mental health including boosts in mood and self-esteem. But even research aside, you alone can tell that you actually feel better after a hike, a bike ride, or a yoga practice. Whichever you find the most exciting, get your body moving and make it a habit – both your body and mind will thank you.

3. Maintain social connections

Humans are social creatures with emotional needs for companionship and positive connections. We’re not meant for isolation and solitude. Connect with friends, family, loved ones, either in person, or through a video call. Face-to-face connections are like food for our emotional mind. 

4. Read

Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and get lost in it. Diving into a good book can calm the mind and relax the body, as simple as that.

5. Disconnect to reconnect

Go off the grid – move your phone away from you for a day (when it is possible of course) and disconnect from constant alerts, notifications, and distractions. Spend that time to reconnect with someone or even to reconnect with yourself – enjoy your me-time.

6. Deep breathing and meditation

Keep yourself grounded and in the present moment by taking a few deep breaths or by practicing mindfulness with a guided meditation. The benefits of practicing mindfulness are numerous. You can also read about my own experience in using mindfulness meditations to relieve anxiety and to deal with cravings.

7. Go for a walk outside

Especially if it is sunny outside, use that walk in the sunshine as a double mood booster. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

8. Do something nice for someone

Perform a random act of kindness. Volunteer to help someone else. Whichever you choose, doing something to help someone, putting a smile on their face, is a great way to feel better about yourself!

9. Get enough sleep

Sleep is essential to your energy levels and productivity throughout the day – make sure you get enough of it.

10. Replace unhealthy habits to unwind with healthy ones

Replace the unhealthy habits you use to unwind (like alcohol or smoking) with healthy ones. Replace that evening glass of wine with a soothing herbal tea – you will sleep better and feel better in the morning. Check out here other ways to unwind in the evening without alcohol.

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Mental wellness is achieved with good emotional, psychological, and social well-being

All in all, make sure you’re taking time to focus on your mental health activities, build steady healthy habits around your day, and most importantly – be kind to yourself, no matter what 🙂

Keep in mind that these activities do not serve as a solution for mental issues, they are helpful tools for maintaining a good mental health. If you are struggling, seek help from your physician or a professional and / or call your local hotline if necessary.

If you enjoyed this read, I recommend you look into more self-improvement ideas – check out these steps to take to awaken the badass inside you (a sassy spiritual awakening list). For more tips on embracing sobriety, I recommend reading my reasons to quit drinking, or to put it differently, the things you’ll be missing out on when you quit booze for good.

With love and compassion,

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6 Amazing Ideas for Decluttering Your Mind, Body and Soul, A Holistic Approach To Spring Cleaning - a girl on a field

Spring Cleaning Tips in 2021 | How To Declutter Your Life

6 Amazing Ideas for Decluttering Your Mind, Body and Soul | A Holistic Approach To Spring Cleaning

Warmer weather and nature coming back to life awakens something in us too. A lot of us start preparing for spring cleaning our home, making little checklists and what not. We jump to organizing our closets, detailed home cleaning, etc. What if this year we did it differently? Last 12 months have been somewhat different, the pandemic and several lockdowns put us in situations most of us were not prepared for. So after such a strange year, why not approach decluttering and cleaning in a different way too? Instead of just reorganizing the closet, getting rid of the stuff we don’t need, how about we do the same for ourselves, our mind, body, and soul? How about we get rid of what our body doesn’t need, reorganize the content that our mind is subject to, and freshen up our soul? Most of us feel at least a bit better after a little bit of home reorganizing, imagine how we could feel if we did it more holistically? What could be all the wonderful benefits of decluttering your life, reducing the everyday stress, and clearing your mind?

If at this point what I’m saying makes absolutely no sense to you, don’t worry. Here is a list of what can be done to spring clean and declutter your mind, body, and soul (a full on holistic approach). This does not mean you either try everything or nothing at all – check it out and be the judge of what works for you and what doesn’t – that’s the whole point anyways 🙂

6 Ways To Declutter Your Life

How to clear your mind

Positive effects of clearing your mind are numerous. I already talked a lot about how mindfulness meditation can be a great tool in clearing your mind and making you more present. Whether you wish to clear your mind for work, to study, and for better sleep, these tips can help you achieve that.

1. Social media. Examine the content you are exposing yourself to. Unfollow those who bring you down, make you feel bad about yourself. Bring more positivity and healthy messages to your social media feed. Free your mind of unnecessary noise and reorganize the content it is exposed to so it supports your mental well-being in a healthy way.

2. Time away from phone. How many times a day do you reach for your phone, open some app, then later you don’t even remember what it was? All that is just additional noise for your mind. Throughout the day, set a couple of ‘focus’ time periods, where you’ll work, read, or something else you want your full focus on, moving your phone and any other distractions away from you – disconnect so you can reconnect with the work you wish to focus on.

Cleanse your body

3. Nourishing foods. Introduce to your diet more whole foods that fuel, not drain your body and energy. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme and it shouldn’t be forced, just bring more awareness to what you are bringing into your body – the food you eat affects the way you feel, how much energy you have, your sleep, etc. Without any special diets, you can enhance your body’s natural detoxification system, find out here 9 simple ways to rejuvenate your body’s detoxification system.

4. Detoxifying rituals. Teas, essential oils, bath tubs,… It’s your pick! Whichever it is, enjoy while you nourish your body (and soul). Although everyday habits like getting enough sleep, drinking water, eating whole foods, etc. are what really matters, pampering ourselves with these detoxifying rituals can enhance what we’re already doing for the body, and ground us even more. So why not enjoy diffusing some essential oils while relaxing in a warm bubble bath?

How to declutter your soul and nourish your spiritual life

5. Be kind to yourself. Soul detox starts with the way you treat yourself. Cleansing of the soul will be a hard task if you will yourself up with negative talk daily. The first step to declutter your soul is to be aware of how you talk to yourself. Notice the tone, the words you use. When you detect negativity, with pure self-compassion shift your mindset to being kind to yourself. Even to the part that was mean. There is no point other than to love yourself completely and fully. You can even hug yourself – just wrap your arms around you. Show yourself the love and compassion which you give to the others you love.

6. Nature time. The entire nature is slowly waking up, coming to life. Enjoy that process first hand! Take that energy back with you, let it be the fuel for your soul. Enjoy a walk in the park, have a picnic, ride your bike. Whatever you prefer, just take in that amazing fresh energy.


Which ones would you choose? What would you also add to the list? Let me know!

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7 Amazing Tips For Creating a Consistent and Daily Self-Care Routine

Developing a Self-Care Plan You Will Actually Stick To | Mind, Body & Soul

When you think of self-care ideas, what is it that first comes to mind? Is it #selfcaresunday, taking long bubble baths and putting on face masks? We reduced self-care practice to one day a week and to activities of pampering our skin and having an excuse to drink wine in a bath tub. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a day devoted to pampering yourself, but self-care is so much more than that. Self-care is about day-to-day tasks and small rituals that together add up to huge improvements to your wellbeing and general health – physical, emotional and spiritual. Self-care is about taking care of your whole self – your body, but also your mental health. It is about finding healthy ways to deal with stress and negative emotions.

Developing a consistent self-care routine isn’t about reaching a destination, rather enjoying the journey. When we don’t take good care of ourselves, it affects all aspects of our lives – we might feel tired, agitated, like we are always running places, lost in our thoughts, unsatisfied with life in general. It might seem hard to set aside time to take care of ourselves each day, but if we don’t, our well-being will eventually suffer.

The beginning of the self-care journey is the hardest, but there is a trick to making it easier. When you incorporate small and effective day-to-day activities into your life, eventually they become a part of your daily routine, a habit, and you simply do them, without giving them much thought (like whether you have time or willpower to do them). They become something you look forward to – your mind, body and soul feel grateful for it. It stops feeling like a luxury and starts to be a necessity – as it truly is. Wondering where to start in self-care? Keep reading then!

The Essential Guide To Practicing Self-Care Daily | Suitable For Beginners

Whether you already have developed a certain daily routine of taking care of yourself, or you are an absolute beginner, here are 7 self-care basics for mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being:

Practice journaling

You can choose your own preferred way of journaling – whether it is a morning gratitude journal (where you write down 3 things you are grateful for every morning), or a reflective journal (every night you write down the things that put a smile on your face that day), or even both.

Consciously being grateful and looking for what brings you joy is an amazing practice of self love. Check out here all the different benefits of praciting journaling.

I use a journaling app that is pretty simple and intuitive, find out here which one is it.

Morning stretch or workout

Before reaching for the phone, start your day with movement. Whether you prefer something with some cardio or just a morning stretch, moving your body when you get up energizes you and sets you up for a better mood throughout the day.

Mindfulness breathing

Mindfulness meditation is my absolute favourite tool in dealing with stress, when feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or when in need of some mind decluttering. Our mind works non-stop and we can often get lost in thought, overwhelmed by emotions those thoughts can bring – and all of this with us barely noticing it. Take a couple of mindful breaths throughout the day. Bring your focus back to the present, on what’s happening right now. Examine how your body feels. When your thoughts take you somewhere else, notice that without judgement, and come back to the present. Notice how you feel after practicing this – I bet you’ll feel better.

Step up your skincare game

Everyday stress and our modern way of living can take a toll on our skin. Nourish it and show it love. It’s not just about your skin looking better, it is about you feeling better by caring for yourself. Wash and clean your face every morning and before bed. Find the skin-care routine that works for you and invest in good skin-care products. Also remember it is not about having a bunch of different products, but the right ones (and applying them in the right order).

Go for a lunchtime walk

Clear your head, get away from the work noise, and boost your energy and concentration throughout the day. This one is mind and body type of self-care, and it is so simple, yet so powerful.

If it is sunny, that is just an additional bonus. You’ll never see me skip a lunchtime walk if it is sunny, it is such an amazing mood booster!

Make time to read

Set aside time for reading each day. It can be just a couple of minutes when you have little time to spare, but stay consistent. As time goes by, you will start to cherish those minutes. Regular reading is an amazing self-improvement technique. Find books that will help you grow and evolve, but also enjoy a simple fiction novel – for the soul. Whatever works for you really.

Have a cup of soothing herbal tea in the evening

I LOVE this one so much. It is a great way to unwind in the evening and get ready for a good night sleep – all you have to be careful of is that you choose a herbal blend that is for relaxing (and not waking up). Whether you drink it curled up with a good book, watching tv, or simply relaxing by the window, you’ll be enjoying some wonderful me-time.


Before There Was Self-Care, There Was Self-Love

Before diving into a self-care routine, the most important thing is to show yourself love and compassion. Embrace self-love, and taking care of yourself comes after that naturally. Be kind to yourself. Take it slow and progress from wherever you are. If some days you forget something or you’re just not in the mood – don’t beat yourself up. Day by day, it’ll come naturally and you will enjoy pampering yourself more and more.

Let me know what you think of the list – would you add or remove something? Do you find this list helpful? How does your routine so far look? What do you want to work on?

If you enjoyed this read, then you’ll love these 7 tips to help you maintain your health and wellness this summer.

With love,

Common Unicorn

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4 Reasons To Include Yoga In Your Morning Routine

Reasons to practice yoga in the morning

Our lives get so busy that we sometimes forget to stop and take a breath. Whether you have an elaborate morning routine, or no routine at all, a simple yoga stretch with a few mindful breaths to start your day can do wonders. Benefits of practicing yoga every morning are numerous. The beginning is always the trickiest, so be sure you find poses and practices that suit you best first thing in the morning. There are plenty of basic yoga stretches that you can do in the comfort of your own home, so be sure to check them out!

My morning routine was not built in a day. It started with a stressful waking up and running around the apartment to get ready for work, rushing to catch the tram. Step by step, I started to include different elements to start the day off better. How we set the tone for ourselves in the morning really is important for the rest of the day.

A very important element of my morning routine is a 10-20 minute yoga practice. At first, my body found stretching, bending and lengthening first thing in the morning to be challenging. Slowly but surely, my body started to appreciate it, even love it. What did the trick to enjoy the practice itself was how I felt (my body and my mind) after the practice.

4 Awesome Benefits of a Morning Yoga Practice

Starting the day with some me time

Waking up and not immediately rushing to get ready, to do a task, but first taking some time just for myself, my mind and my body. Even when I have a super busy day, especially then, I feel grateful and thank myself for first finding the time for myself.

Having more focus for the day

Doing the practice helps me ground myself, stay present, declutter the mind, and to approach the day with more mindfulness.

Improving posture, strength and flexibility

Physical benefits are also numerous. Yoga can help you improve muscle tone, build core strength. It can make you stronger and more flexible, and your posture can improve. Even within a couple of weeks of regular practice, I started noticing some of these improvements.

Energized body and reduced stress levels

I’m usually really sleepy and tense at the same time first thing in the morning. Yoga helps me with both – softens the muscles, the body, while energizing it at the same time.

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Related topic:

4 Ways to Develop a Spiritual Yoga Practice

In the end, we choose our own time and workout that best serve us – it is all about listening to our own body and what it needs.

Hope you have a great day, namaste!

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How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Anxiety and Cravings

How I apply what I learned from guided mindfulness meditations to relieve anxiety and deal with cravings

Mindfulness meditation is the process of training your mind to focus, redirect your thoughts, and bring yourself to the present. As my favourite mindfulness meditation guide Sam Harris said: The practice of mindfulness is extraordinarily simple to describe, but it is in no sense easy. If you know nothing about mindfulness meditation, I suggest his page / book / app as a place to start – that’s how I did it anyways. 🙂

It is Sunday around noon, I have just returned from yoga practice and I am feeling amazing. The sun is shining, I am sipping on a fresh cup of coffee, and I have the whole afternoon to enjoy my process of typing my thoughts out loud. It seems so easy to be happy. This, however, is not always the case, right? Sometimes something bad happens and I need time to process it, or out of nowhere I start feeling anxious, even panicky. What now? How did that same girl that was feeling absolutely perfect is now feeling like shit, and sometimes without any apparent reason? This shifts in mood and emotional stages, especially the ones without an apparent reason, I took really REALLY hard, and by doing that, I’d even prolong the negative state.

I am an anxious person and I experience (all) emotions very deeply, I feel so much. It can be hard sometimes to deal with it all at once. A couple of months ago I started practicing mindfulness meditation, and I’ve been pretty steady with it. I still feel negative emotions, I still have thoughts I sometimes don’t even understand, and I still get very anxious. What is different now is that I have a tool – mindfulness helps me become aware of the sensations that happen in those moments. It helps me dissect them and see them for what they really are. I am still a beginner in mindfulness meditation so the best I can give you is my own experience and how it helps.

Using mindfulness for Anxiety Relief

When I’m experiencing sudden anxiety, I become more mindful of how my body feels, where do I feel it the most. Part by part I observe my breath, the pulsating in my hands, sweaty feeling on my palms and feet. I become aware of my thoughts. How they come on go. I don’t try to influence them, nor do I identify myself with them – realizing I am not my thoughts, I just let them come and go, and just like that, they are no longer here. By doing that, I don’t avoid completely the anxiety, but I don’t amplify it and it passes much sooner.

How to Overcome Cravings with Mindfulness

When I get sudden cravings for a glass of wine (or really anything with alcohol), I observe how this craving manifests physically. Realizing that the physical part of the craving (for me) is almost non-existing and that the craving is simply a product of my thought (the thought that is conditioned by the false idea that alcohol will calm me, unwind me, help me cope), I then shift my focus to becoming more aware of my emotional state, my thoughts. Usually, it means something else was on my mind, something was bothering me, or I needed some unwinding or something like that – I don’t just dismiss that emotion, I try to understand it, and then I cope in a healthy way (a cup of tea, stretching, a bubble bath, talking to someone, etc.).

Every body and every mind is different – these are just my experiences with it. If they spoke to you in some way, there are loads of apps with amazing guided mindfulness meditations. All you need is to just start and be patient with yourself – approach it with nothing but self-compassion 🙂

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5 Steps To Wake Up The Badass Inside You

5 steps I took to awaken the badass that was already in me

Being regularly undermined rarely doesn’t leave a mark on a person. It definitely did a number on me. Whether it was a family member telling me (from quite an early age) I needed a man to put me in place, because I was way too opinionated and assertive for a woman, or a guy at work daily trying to diminish my value by calling me ‘little girl’, instead of my name. After more than two decades of such regular undermining, I didn’t question them much – I believed them. I second-guessed my every single step. I would analyze my tone and what I was saying to not sound too assertive or commanding. I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for longer than I care to admit because I thought that was normal – somebody had to put me in my place, remember? It is a vicious cycle; the more you let them, the more they put you down. It takes a lot of strength to fight it, break the cycle, but it is possible. And once you beat them, beat all that undermining, underestimating of yourself, you are freaking invincible.

Everyone has their own path and their own demons, so there is no unique approach. I can only share my journey and hope it will inspire you to awaken that badass inside of you who doesn’t take other people’s shit and that marches to the beat of their own drum. So without further ado, here’s what I did:

I reversed my approach

Instead of always considering what others said to be the truth and second-guessing my every single thought, I started second-guessing what others said and started believing in myself.

I started saying no

I was so lousy with boundaries, in a way that others could really push me around. Once I changed that, some people left and took their toxicity with them.

I reassured myself daily

I haven’t converted overnight to this confident superwoman. As a matter of fact, I still haven’t. Everyday I remind myself of my own worth, remind myself of how strong I am and how I only lose my strength by second-guessing it.

I started taking it as a compliment

Once I changed the way I interpreted the undermining comments, it was much easier to just shake them off. Before, a comment like ‘you are way to opinionated and assertive’ or ‘you should focus on starting to build a family, not a career’ used to feel so belittling (which it still is, don’t get me wrong). I now see those comments as personal applauds for how provocatively successful I am.

I became more vocal about supporting others on their own quests for greatness

Not that before I wasn’t cheering for others, I just wasn’t that upfront or vocal about it (and I am sorry for that). Loudly cheering and supporting others really is an awesome feeling, an amazing deed, and a catalyst for your own greatness.


And there you have it. Every little step altogether resulted in a great new energy of, to put it bluntly, being a BADASS. And badasses do amazing stuff.

If you enjoyed this read, check out 10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Well-being.

Related topic:

How To Deal With Invasive and Nosy People

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5 Things You Are Missing Out On When You Stop Drinking

What To Expect When Quitting Alcohol For Good

As a self-proclaimed and newly formed advocate for sobriety, I’ve decided to make a list of the things I’ve noticed that I have missed out on ever since I ended my long-term and toxic relationship with alcohol (pun intended).

If you’re considering sobriety or you are in the early stages and need some additional tools to help you out, check out my post about 4 apps you can use to help you out in early sobriety.

If you ever wondered what would happen and what would you potentially be missing out on if you stopped drinking booze for good, this article is for you. So let’s dive right into it – here are the things I’ve been missing out on (but didn’t really miss) ever since I went alcohol-free:

Hangovers and hangxiety

As someone who struggles with anxiety and who used to have severe pain attacks, hangover anxiety was pretty awful. As much as I don’t miss the physical distress of having a hangover (headaches, nausea, dizziness, name it), the emotional one was even worse sometimes.

Feelings of embarrassment and shame the day after

I would remember some dumb stuff I’d said the night before and would just feel so embarrassed the day after. It was the little things – like I’d remember I really opened up to someone I barely knew or I’d be way to honest about my opinions with someone I didn’t care for sharing them.

Hanging out with people whose company you don’t actually enjoy

Okay, this one was a hard one to admit. I mean, that you’d hung out in bars with people whose company you didn’t even enjoy that much just for the couple of beers you’d drink together isn’t something you’d like to learn about yourself. But, nevertheless, it is the truth – and if you consider yourself a moderate drinker or you used to be one, there’s a good chance you have at least once experienced this (and that is okay – once we accept that part of us, we learn to avoid that behaviour and be better versions of ourselves).

Feeling bloated and swollen

I don’t know how common this one is, but it was a relief to get rid of it.

Restless sleep

Sure, after a couple of drinks I’d fall asleep (pass out) in a matter of seconds, but I usually wouldn’t sleep well for the rest of the night and would wake up tired, as if I slept half less than I actually did.


I could name some more, but these are the ones that first come to mind when I hear the words ‘you’re missing out’ or ‘then what do you do for fun if you don’t drink’. When I drank, I feared I would be missing out on the fun if I quit, but now I see that is not even close to the truth. Getting rid of the booze came down to just throwing out the bad stuff – and honestly it was the best decision I ever made.

What are the things you fear you’d be missing out on? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to address them in a future post. You’d be giving me great insight and I’d love to share my perspective. If you’re a fellow sobriety enthusiast or you’re sober curious (all of which are great shifts toward a better life), what are the things you’d add to my list? Let me know as well. I’d love to chat!

If you like this read, look into the 3 Things I Learned About Myself After Quitting Alcohol.

Until next time,

Common Unicorn

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