This morning I woke up with anxiety. Yes, every now and I still wake up uncertain about the day and wonder where my path will lead. However, now I know how to flip my thinking and realize how beautiful life is.
There’s no reason to worry- everything is happening in perfect and divine order.
This is a huge difference between my life today and my life before. I wasn’t the type of person to naturally smile through challenges, look for the positives when things got hard, and I definitely didn’t step outside of myself when I was stressed.
Today I’m able to live a high vibe life no matter what the circumstances.
As I stroll through the Public Garden on my way to lunch, I’m in awe of all the beauty around me. I watched children play among the ducklings, smiled at strangers, and hummed to my iTunes as I crossed over to Newbury Street.
It’s amazing how the simple pleasures can bring the most joy.
Maintaining a high vibration allows abundance to flow, both spiritually and monetarily. When you’re able to look at the good in the world around you and focus on your blessings, it attracts even more likeminded people, opportunities, and joy.
Even when the world seems dark, you have the chance to be the light.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all sleep like a cat?
If you’re like me, you’re prone to insomnia. With an overactive mind and creative brain, sometimes going to sleep (and staying asleep!) seems impossible.
You toss, you turn, and you feel extremely aggravated. That was me last night.
Although I’m excluding prescription pharmaceuticals from this (which I don’t take), I’ve tried everything, from Melatonin, Advil PM, guided meditations, solo meditation, tea, and music. Last night, even though I was extremely sleepy, I attempted a guided meditation- and it only made me irritated. The guide had me count from 100, telling me to think “I’m so rested” in between each number. I started to count, but he kept interrupting me! How am I supposed to count when you keep giving me more prompts? Just let me count!
Now, I’m not knocking guided meditations for sleep (because it can work for me at times), but I found a much better way to set my mind at ease and calm my body down:
If you haven’t heard of it, ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. Do you know that fuzzy feeling in your brain when someone talks softly, writes on a whiteboard, or makes tapping noises? That’s what ASMR is! I vividly remember an 8th grade teacher who used to set me into a trance when she would talk to the class. I also have always loved watching people draw. Watching Bob Ross paint and listening to him talk is another great example of ASMR (isn’t he the best?).
There’s a variety of ASMR videos available, from soft speaking to scratching. I’m a big fan of tapping, scratching, and soft noises opposed to voices, which only distract me.
My favorite ASMR YouTubers are ASMRSurge, Caroline ASMR, and ASMR Massage Psychetruth. The only thing that could calm me down last night was watching ASMRSurge’s “Zen Garden” video (shown above). My eyes began to get heavy, so I ended up closing them and simply listened to the sounds. Watching the sand movement, listening to the sounds, and watching the placement of crystals was simply divine!
It may take a little trial and error to find your “trigger,” but there’s definitely an ASMR YouTuber or sound for everyone. Whether you like listening to someone’s voice or enjoy the crinkling of a plastic bag (I love those), ASMR is certain to give your brain tingles, calm you down, and help you rest.
So, get your ASMR on and have a zen-full night sleep. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!
A few months ago I wrote about ways to raise your vibration, which is the frequency of your energy. The higher your vibration, the better your mind, body, and spirit will feel. A high vibration will result in a happier life, more peace, clarity, joy, and love.
When your vibration is high, it’s much easier to manifest the life you want and take control of your destiny.
But what if you’re lowering your vibration without even knowing it? The lower your vibration is, the less connected you are to your higher self. This results in negativity, selfishness, poor health, anxiety, and many other unfavorable factors. As I look back at my own past experiences, I realize how many things I once thought were fun and harmless were actually lowering my energy, hurting my health, and making me miserable. A low vibration is also damaging to your immune system, causing anxiety, depression, pain, illness, and disease.
Instead of relieving our stress, addictions actually lower our vibration and block our connection to our higher selves. For a moment, these addictions give us a synthetic sense of being in the present moment, when in reality, they’re pushing us further away from consciousness. Pharmaceuticals, alcohol, shopping, sex, and gambling are all examples of common addictions that give us fake or temporary highs.
For example, alcohol is called a “spirit” for a reason- it numbs our psychic senses and often turns us to the dark side. Rooted from the Arabic “al-kuhl,” meaning “body eating spirit,” alcohol can do much more bad than good. I started and stopped time and time again over a six year period, only to realize life is much better with a clear mind (not to mention body and spirit!). Sure, it can be extremely uncomfortable to experience all of your emotions, but with a strong spiritual foundation, these feelings are much easier to handle.
Electronics and Media
We can’t deny that we’re all reliant on our phones. Now, add laptops, iPads, Kindles, and television to the mix- how often are we completely tech-free? Although these devices have become a part of our everyday lives, they can be extremely damaging to our sleep cycles, mental health, eyes, and muscles. The energy of prolonged electronic use can not be healthy to our bodies, yet the affects of the content we’re consuming is an entirely different story.
The media is flooded with tragedy, fear mongering, negativity, and materialism- yet it’s prominent in our society. When did our culture, as a whole, forget the beauty of walking in nature, reading a physical book, or working on a craft? For me, it’s important to have a healthy balance. I suggest going a day or two without the media to see how you feel.
Junk Food and Processed Foods
It can be a challenge to avoid quick meals during our busy lives. While living in New York I often forgot to eat, so I’d pick up a piece of pizza, hot dog, or pretzel at a street stand. Oh, and who doesn’t love street meat?! Delicious, sure- but definitely not supportive to my health or energy level. I’m still very guilty of this, but I’ve been trying to plan better, buy healthy snacks, and eat meals consisting of mostly veggies.
Have you noticed how much better you feel when your diet is rich with fruits and vegetables? Eating raw or vegan is a wonderful way to increase your health and your vibration, but it’s not for everyone. As much as you can avoid junk and processed foods, the better off you will be.
When we look at physical things to satisfy us, we’re disconnecting from the spiritual world. Sure, this works for many people- but when is enough enough? A wise man once said, “mo money, mo problems,” and he was right. Cutting back on “things” has made me so much happier, less stressed, and more content with what I do have. Today, I look to spirituality, not spending, when I am feeling lost.
I have written a lot about my experience with completely changing my life back in 2016 when I left New York City. From fashion blogger to frugal, I had no idea that it would be the start of one of my greatest passions- minimalism. Although I had more clothes than I could account for, a big paycheck, and a fancy zip code, I was constantly depressed. I thought a boyfriend, a job, a new handbag, or a drink would fix things- but they never did.