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Hey you, go outside.

Light has a huge influence on your circadian system (that thing that helps set sleep patterns and hormone levels!) Unfortunately you only get a fraction of the light you need while indoors. This can result in stress build up and trouble sleeping when night rolls around. We recommend that you spend 10+ minutes within the first half of your day outdoors in natural light. Added benefits of spending time outdoors:  Research has shown that the color green makes exercise feel easier. Don't take your local greenbelts for granted! (Ref: University of Essex) Spending time outside can enhance your creative thinking (Ref: Journal of Experimental Psychology) It's true, the scent of rain, jasmine, rose and other botanicals have been shown to reduce anxiety.  Choose your approach. Go Outside: Anywhere that is safe (...and where you...

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The power of music...

We face a lot of noise on a daily basis. Putting time aside to curate a music library or playlist will empower you by introducing an element of control into your life. Leave 10+ minutes for music today! Choose your approach. Randomize: Try listening to a radio station like Pandora or letting YouTube run. Randomness in music has been linked to increases in dopamine. That may be just what you need if you are seeking an enhanced listening experience or mood shift.Tried and True: Create a go-to playlist. These playlists will reflect your identity and help you to get to know yourself more. Playlists are also excellent for studying, meditating and working out. Chance to Win Sunyata Oils: Tag a pic of what you are listening...

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A simple way to get to know yourself...

It's so simple that it gets overlooked! GRATITUDE  People who practice gratitude, with others and via journaling, reap many mental and physical rewards like:   Reduced toxic emotions (Ref: Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D)  Better sleep (Ref: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 2011) Strengthened relationships (Ref: 2014 Emotion study) Choose your approach. Journal: We recommend saving 10 minutes at the beginning or end of your day to write down 5 things you're grateful for. There is no thought too trivial or mundane or grand. BONUS: record something about yourself that your are grateful for.Say Thank You: Embrace every opportunity to say thank you today. Be aware of coworkers, pets, and family members. Gratitude is a great way to project positive energy to others.  Note: Comparing gratitude lists over time can help you recognize what...

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