Manage Zinio Subscriptions I’m an Empath, Are You?

I’m an Empath. Many of my friends are Empaths, as are most of my clients. Due to the line of work I’m in, I meet Empaths everywhere. At the wellness center where I have an office. At the professional trainings I attend. At group meditations and networking events.It’s not easy to be an Empath. Until I truly understood my energy, I struggled. I struggled with the belief I had to please everyone. I struggled with sensing too much about the world around me. I struggled with feeling the weight of the world. I struggled in large groups, and sought isolation.I’ve gradually, and successfully, learned to manage and protect my natural sensitivity, and I’ve realized how crucial it is to practice daily rituals and exercises in order to help myself stay balanced and strong.You might be an Empath too, if you:

Sense and ‘absorb’ others’ feelings

Have high sensitivity to touch, smell, energy, sight, noise, etc.

Are easily triggered or overwhelmed by negative news stories

Have been told you’re too sensitive

Feel like something is wrong with you

Have a tendency to shut down when too much is going on around you

Frequently feel exhausted

Easily get distracted

But wait, it’s not all bad news! Empaths are beautiful people, and when we recognize our true strengths, it’s easier to strengthen inner power.Empaths typically:

Are generous and giving.

Have big hearts

Are highly intuitive

Enjoy subtle beauty

Thrive in natural settings

Treasure authenticity

Are great listeners

Have a natural ability to heal

Experience relief when they connect with others who share their sense of sensitivity
Sensitivity is a gift. We add value and strength to our sensitivity by honoring it and nurturing it. In doing this, it’s crucial to detoxify and release all that doesn’t serve us. This includes: anxiety, self-doubt, negative self judgement, other peoples’ emotions and opinions, and any substances toxic to our system.Over the years I have learned to manage my energy in a way that allows me to thrive, instead of hide.Here are some of my favorite techniques:Daily Meditation — Daily meditation helps me connect with my inner power. By continually connecting with our inner power, authenticity is easier to express. Meditation helps to clarify what is ours, and what is not.Smudging – Using a sage smudge is helpful to clear negative energy in a room. I do this frequently in my home office.Energetic Shield – Empaths typically have an easy time visualizing what’s invisible to the naked eye. Visualizing an energetic shield of light or love to surround you as you move through your day can help you maintain a boundary to filter out negativity.Grounding – Grounding is crucial for everyone, especially Empaths. Sometimes, the struggles faced by an Empath will create a desire for avoidance, or dissociation from earthly troubles. However helpful it might be to drift into ‘la-la-land’ at times, it’s crucial to bring ourselves back to Earth. Grounding techniques include walking barefoot on the earth, EFT Tapping, and soaking your feet in a salt bath. You might also try a daily grounding meditation, during which you imagine roots stretching down from your spine and feet into the earth below.

Salt Bath — Ahhh. Nothing like a salt bath to soothe anxiety and detoxify the body-mind. Simple Epsom salts contain magnesium, which is both grounding and relaxing. If you have a bathtub, treat yourself to a salt bath one or more times a week. If you don’t have a bathtub, soak your feet instead.Yoga – Yoga is a powerful technique for detoxification, anxiety relief, grounding, chakra balancing, nervous system balancing, and more. Each of these benefits is crucial for the sensitive, empathic soul.Nature- Nature is grounding, healing, and soothing. It’s essential for maintaining balance. Delight in it in any way you can.Don’t hide from the world. Don’t hide your sensitivity. Treasure your gifts, and light up our world.In Courage,Marian

Planning for Long Weekends

WORK! WORK! WORK! We all are very much occupied from Monday to Friday while continuously working at our desk with full dedication. Do not spare time for ourselves even when we are at home, What all we do after such a long tiring work is to eat and take rest during weekends, subsequently prepare ourselves for another upcoming Monday with all the tiring work grind again for rest of the week.

Who doesn’t want a break from routine? Who doesn’t want a long weekend to enjoy with family/friends? Who does not want to rejuvenate so to face the tiring and routine lifestyle again in office?

Everyone wants a break from hectic routine. Everyone wants to have fun and relaxation without being tensed about work, meeting deadlines and stressed out due to the pressure of meeting expectations.

Pre Planning for Long Weekend Outing

But then again, while going for a long weekend, escaping from your daily routine comes with a price of planning and packing in advance.

Planning requires many things to be considered beforehand. What should I carry with me? What should I wear on the journey?

What kind of dress should I pack for the party, the dinner, and trip to explore the city?

There are many things, you have to plan to go for a long weekend outing.

Packing these kinds of stuff is not a difficult or tiring task; the difficult task is to decide.

It is to choose which garb to pack. Let us help you a little in this weary task.

Here are some ideas that you might want to consider for attires to be packed.

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” Travelling is something which we all love. But even during travel, we have to clinch what clothes we want to wear. As it is very much important for us to be comfortable even during travel. These are some of the garbs you might want to take a look to determine from.

Dress by default – You never want to dress up like a bum or a hobo to go on a journey. You won’t want to overdo your look, but you won’t even want to look like someone who just woke up from the bed.

Dress up comfortably- Dressing up comfortably is a must. You won’t want to wear your tight jeans for travelling. Wearing some trousers, joggers who have some room in them are ideal to wear for a journey. Wearing fitting t-shirts or shirts in which we feel tight is never comfortable to wear for an expedition. It would be best if you go with your loose tees to wear for a trip.

Use quality luggage – Luggage is a vital thing for your travel. You would always want a luggage which would keep your clothing safe, keep you organized and at last your luggage should be able to take thumping here and there and still protect your gadgets. Luggage should be easy to carry and light in weight.

Comfortable shoes – Wearing comfortable shoes is as crucial as wearing a comfortable attire. You can never expect to have a comfortable journey wearing your heels or wedges or even your many straps boots. Wearing sports shoes & sneakers is the best option to go with other than slippers/floaters. Both slippers and shoes would be very comfortable for you to wear and remove whenever you wish without doing much work.

Some travelling tips and tricks that’ll help you a lot -

Pack less: Do you really need six pairs of heels, an iron and 6 jeans? Travelling with the least luggage should be your goal. Take less and you’ll travel faster and easier if travelling by flight then even cheaper.
Learn a little: Learning a new language never hurts. So learn few words o the local language and have the courage to use them. Just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who try communicating to them in their own tongue.
Hoodie: Always pack a hoodie in your luggage. Hooded tops make excellent travel garments, just slip up your hood to retreat from the world of noise and light when you want to sleep.
Bring your earplugs: If silence is golden, then ear plugs are worth their weight in platinum. For a long trip, invest in some good noise cancelling headphones. They are worth every penny to tune out a noisy road, snoring man or chattering people.
Pack reading stuff: Always pack some stuff that you can read on your long journey, be it a paperback or Kindle. Kindle are made for long travels, no more carrying heavy paperbacks, increasing your luggage weight and have many books to read.
Roll your clothes while packing rather than folding them.
Carry Sun glasses & Sun Screens to take care of yourselves from intense sun beams
Carry little extra cash: Always carry cash, while travelling. Not too much as it can get stolen and you’ll always have ATM to take out some cash. Carrying some cash is required as what if the ATM you go to stopped working or doesn’t have cash. So have some cash with you that you can use when necessary.
Keep balm / Mosquito repellent: Balm not only soothes your sore muscles after a lot of travelling but also works as an insect repellent, mosquito repellent is other must have in the travel.
Wake up early: Rise before sunrise, it’s a magical time for clicking photos due to soft diffused light. Have the best attractions to yourself while avoiding crowds.
Don’t feel embarrassed: Even if you do something embarrassing, don’t feel embarrassed. Laugh at yourself with others. Don’t be afraid if things are screwed up. You will definitely look like a fool while travelling to new places. But it’s worth enjoying every moment.
Take a lot of photos: Great photos are ultimate souvenirs. You meet those people once so capture with your camera in a form of photo.
Back up: Keep a backup of your documents like passport, driver’s license, etc. backup your files and photos of your computer on an external hard drive and online with some storage in the cloud. You never know when your laptop, wallet or luggage might get stolen.
Get lost: Write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick up a direction and start walking. Explore the place on your own. You’ll get to see how people live and work in different regions, the actual part of the town with your own eyes rather than other tourist or someone else’s eyes.
Eat local food: Going to a new place and not eating their local food, that’s absurd. Go, eat and explore their taste and delicacies.
Break out of your comfort zone: Go on a solo trip. Break out of your comfort zone, meet new people, interact with them, learn from them and make some lifetime memories.