I think we can all agree that chaos breeds unhappiness. Whenever you’re feeling disorganized, out of control, buried under clutter, or in total disarray, life just feels heavier. Now, it may seem like some people have been born with an “organized gene.” They effortlessly manage everything and anything with ease. And, they always have a clean home (of course). But even if you weren’t born with the ability to organize, you can learn this valuable skill. And it may make you much happier in the...July 17, 2018
Is there any greater comfort on a cold day than a nice cup of hot tea? It’s the perfect way to wind down, or while away the afternoon. The British believe that a “hot cuppa” can fix any situation, and much of their social life revolves around the drink. But what’s the difference between a traditional black tea and the herbal varieties that have become increasingly more popular? What is Herbal Tea? The defining feature of herbal tea is that it isn’t actually “real” tea. Tea comes from the tea...July 7, 2018
The rat race. The treadmill of life. The daily grind. Whatever you call it, it’s rarely a positive feeling – long hours, monotonous days that merge together, stress, anxiety, and that overwhelming feeling that nothing will ever change. Unfortunately, more and more people are feeling this way and it can be incredibly hard to break the grind. Especially if it feels like your very survival depends on your job. But it doesn’t stop there. Then there are all those responsibilities outside of work:...July 2, 2018
With its rising popularity, you’ve probably heard a little bit about the practice of meditation. You might’ve even considered trying it yourself, but were too intimidated to start. And while a fear of the unknown is completely reasonable, there’s absolutely no reason to shy away from meditation. It’s actually really easy to start on your own. And if you do, you might just find that you are not only more productive at work and at home, but you also have a much clearer mind and better focus throughout the day.
Here are some of the benefits of meditation, as well as 10 simple steps to starting a meditation habit.May 22, 2018
There’s a new fitness “buzzword” in the air, and this one takes us right back to the basics. It’s “functional fitness” – a kind of fitness designed to help improve daily life activities. Every day we use our muscles for things like climbing stairs, bending over to pick up children, and carrying heavy grocery bags to the car. Functional fitness is designed to make those tasks easier to perform – helping you keep your body injury-free. Which brings up the next point... Why is Functional Fitness...May 16, 2018
Do you find yourself too busy to ever relax? It seems like everyone has a crazy schedule in their everyday lives, and even zen masters can become frustrated. When you don’t have time to fit everything into your day, it seems impossible to also find time to relax your mind. But that’s where the Urban Monk Pedram Shojai comes in! You don’t need a 45 minute yoga practice or meditation session to relax and find your zen. To learn how to relax with mere minutes of Qi Gong or meditation and brief breathing exercises, continue reading on the Urban Monk blog.May 8, 2018
When was the last time you took a moment to think about all the good in your life? Life in the modern world can feel like a whirlwind of ups and downs, which is why it’s important that you take time to practice gratitude. Not only does gratitude create an open heart and allow for spiritual growth, it also has benefits on your body and mind. Gratitude can combat stress, improve your sleep, and believe it or not, make you want to exercise. It lets your mind unwind and helps you feel at peace and a sense of contentment with your life.
But how exactly can you practice gratitude? Learn how on the Urban Monk Nutrition blog, by the Urban Monk himself, Pedram Shojai.May 2, 2018
With the popularity of probiotics and probiotic foods, kefir has become a big probiotic point of interest. Kefir milk, made with kefir grains, has a sour taste and fizziness similar to kombucha, another popular probiotic drink. Health benefits of kefir are numerous and start with gut health, helping digestion and improving digestive health straight from the source. Kefir contains plenty of good bacteria, including the Lactobacillus strain, and is packed with other potent nutrients. Continue reading on the Urban Monk blog to learn more about kefir origins, exactly what is kefir (and why it’s the best thing you’ve never tried), kefir milk, how to make kefir on your own (the easy way), other probiotic foods to look out for, and even more.April 19, 2018
When’s the last time you misplaced your keys and thought, “Yikes! I’d better eat more blueberries!”? Never? Well, it might be time to start because, as you’ll soon see, eating certain brain-boosting foods can help give your brain the lift it needs. Now, experts recommend all sorts of ways to boost your cognitive function — like getting more exercise or doing crossword puzzles. And these are great recommendations. But when it comes to making sure your mind is “firing on all cylinders,” eating...March 10, 2018