Anxiety and Stress

“Some people seem to find it easier to cope in life, have you ever wondered why? I found myself doing just this. My findings were surprising. Research led by Harvard University, the University of Oregon and the University of Texas revealed that very effective leaders all share a similar mindset but, not just this, they also share similar hormone levels. The more powerful the leader, the higher the levels of testosterone.


This simply means that those with higher levels of testosterone are naturally primed to be more assertive, relaxed and confident. They will be less reactive to stressors and be able to handle the bombardment of pressure quite well. In addition, there’s one physical cue which impacts both hormones and that’s body language. So, if you can improve your body language, you will naturally increase testosterone while decreasing cortisone levels and this means, less stress but more confidence.


This leads me directly into power body poses.
Power poses are intriguing. Amy Cuddy is a researcher based at Harvard University and she and her team have identified that different body positions equate to high power or low power poses. High power poses tend to be open and relaxed while low power poses will be closed off and guarded.

“They studied the impact of these poses in a research study on 42 students. Saliva was taken from each of them and cortisone levels and testosterone levels were then measured. Afterwards, each person was asked to sit in either high power or low power poses for approximately 2 minutes. After which, an additional sample saliva was taken and cortisone and testosterone levels were measured yet again.

The results were stunning. High power poses serve to increase testosterone by approximately 20% and they found that cortisone levels decreased by 25%. When you consider the ability to exude confidence and cope with daily pressures, this is significant.
Try this well-known and versatile power pose so you can see what I mean. Its nickname is ‘The Wonder Woman’ pose and, you simply stand tall, with chest out and hands on the hips. It’s certainly a power stance and irrespective of its name, it is just as important to men as it is to women. Try it now and then see how you feel afterwards.”

“I mentioned before that our body language speaks volumes about us. If you are a little worried as to those secretive body language communications, try to build in some body language checks each day and insert a higher power pose into your routine each morning for approximately 2 or 3 minutes.
When you do so, close your eyes, breathing in deeply for a count of 3, you can hold the breath for just a second and then, breathe out fully for a count of 5. If this is difficult, you can reduce the count – say for 2, 1 and 4 counts. You can also combine breathing exercises with power poses for maximum benefits. I use power poses with meditation at the start of my day and I feel great afterwards.

As you are only investing a couple of minutes, you will have time for it.
Body language is important but it’s not everything. One thing for sure is that confidence affects both your mind and body. Your personality and emotional state of mind will no doubt affect your levels of confidence but improving your body language by taking up one of the power poses, will certainly increase physical presence and make you feel so much better.
You can use these power poses quickly and efficiently in every situation.

Think about a difficult presentation in front of your boss or colleagues. Imagine you are waiting to be called in and you start to feel nervous and your hands are sweating. Find a quiet space and take a moment to adjust your posture. Put your hands on your hips, keep your chin up, have your chest out and visualize the pose. If you can just do this for a couple of minutes before you attend your meeting or your interview, your testosterone levels will increase as will your confidence. You will also naturally and quickly lower your stress levels.”

The Goddess Bibles

A Memoir By Laura Zukerman

Our Mind and Body Are Connected the As If Method

Our mind and body are connected. It’s true. Although many people think that they are separate, they actually hold great influence over each other. When you work on one aspect of self, you impact the other. Let me explain this. Have you ever felt really nervous? I know I have. Your mind may race, and your nerves jangle and these thoughts and feelings manifest on a physical level too. Have you ever experienced that dry mouth and headache when you were nervous and worried about what was to come?


It’s important to understand the mind and body connection. Let’s say you are waiting to be interviewed for a job and you become so nervous and are worried about your abilities. Let’s face it. It’s easy to be plagued by qualms and to start running a negative script in your mind. But think back to that experience, I bet it wasn’t just your mind that was affected but your body too. You may have felt a little nauseous while your tummy did somersaults and maybe, you even started sweating a bit. This proves that your thoughts and your emotions affect you on a physical level.

“If you feel stressed or have unresolved issues, they will only play havoc with your mind and body. If thoughts are negative, you really must identify and resolve them as it could lead to unhealthy behaviors and, you may even find you become unwell or ill. Of course, I am not implying that every single illness or accident that occurs is because of your mindset, but believe me, it plays a significant role. If you can understand this, you will be able to take greater control of your life.


Try thinking of your life as a big jigsaw puzzle, this really worked for me. I looked at each aspect of my life, breaking key elements into smaller pieces. I did this and learned that each part of my life had a significant role to play. When one part didn’t function well, it affected everything else. You cannot ignore the importance of your thoughts and feelings and how they manifest within the physical body.


Repressed memories may suddenly manifest into thoughts. When this happens, these are powerful and can have a far-reaching effect. It is important to deal with repressed emotions and seriously, having awareness gives you an advantage.

“When I was trying out As If, I took the time to think about my learned behaviors, those gleaned through parental advice or, through witnessing behaviors. I also looked at my personal experiences. I did this because when events occur, we react by way of information and experiences, these become reference points for our actions. If you can change these behaviors or experiences, if you can use As If to make your response to any situation more positive, boy, will you notice a significant difference. Simply, it becomes a reference point for your mind.
As If can be used at any time and in any place.


Let’s consider that you have some seriously challenging situations ahead of you. You may feel unconfident and doubtful and in some cases, perhaps that dreaded job interview, you may even be filled with dread. If you can tap into the ‘As If’ system and start to act as if you are confident, your thoughts will naturally become more positive. You’ll visualize strong images of how you want to think and act.
Once you start to feel more confident, your actions become instinctive and learned.”

“You’ll learn to understand your thoughts and be in control, readily identifying the inner two-way communication and making it work for you. Let’s be clear here. Your mind is powerful, and once you tame your thoughts and use your mind in the best way possible, you’ll improve your life.”

“When you are alert and ready for anything in life, your posture is also likely to be good. When you are less than alert or feeling down, you are likely to adopt poor posture. Try adjusting your posture, do it right now, sit up straight and pull those shoulders back. I bet you start to feel better immediately.


There have been many experiments into body language and so this is not me just saying it. Psychologists discovered that emotions may also have a strong connection with specific body postures. During these experiments, people were asked to generate a strong negative emotion – let’s use fear as an example and to place their body in a position that for them, depicted fear. When they had done so, they were asked to remain in this position but to also try to generate happiness, they found it much harder to do so. So, this links body posture to emotions.
It’s impossible to not get stressed from time to time.

We all know that life is stressful at times, but, the lesson of the day is that it’s how you deal with it that is the most important. Have you ever noticed that some people do not seem to react to daily stressors? They just deal with it… right? Think about a time when you have felt highly stressed and perhaps the outcome was not so good. Afterwards, we often have to deal with regret or, kick ourselves when we respond badly, but our responses are fueled by our learned behaviors, our thoughts and feelings. When using body language, breathing techniques and As If, we can change our actions.


If you had to face a similarly difficult situation next time, and used the ‘as if’ process, you would be able to outwardly project very different emotions, feelings and actions and, nip any damaging thoughts in the bud.”

The Goddess Bibles

A Memoir By Laura Zukerman

Your Self Esteem and You

img_2428Know that if you do not know that your boundaries are different from others, then your self esteem might be at stake. You stand on the foundation of your boundaries. It supports your decisions, your willingness to do things, and all of your relationships, including the one you have with You.

Differentiation is the willingness to act different from your “tribe” members. That being said, the way you think, feel, act, all has to be different. You are not a follower, you are yourself. You must have boundaries and you must have healthy boundaries. Healthy boundaries are your personal indicator that you are differentiating yourself.

How did you learn that you were you? That wonderful, playful, spontaneous, joyful, creative and energetic person that you are or were as a child. You were not a mini version of someone else, you were not being compared to someone else and you were not unique in a way that others cultivated or insisted upon it.

You wanted to flourish based on your own thoughts and your own feelings and perceptions. Whatever you must have experienced , you must have considered it to be normal, because it was all that you knew. You are free to see things now as they really are.

Perhaps, you were raised in a family, that has rigid boundaries. This was the case if people barely felt how they actually feel. They focused more on what others thought of themselves. This type of family dynamic will say that they are close when they are far from it.

Perhaps you were raised in a family with chaotic or diffused boundaries. In this type of environment, decisions are based on feelings and not facts. Even when the facts would or could have been helpful for the family dynamic.  This high of intensity means that children at a young age do not tend to think, feel and act for themselves.

Perhaps you were abandoned, threatened with abandonment.  You may have been neglected somehow. Perhaps, you were not comfortable with reassurance when you needed it. You might have felt overwhelmed. You deserved to be comforted , reassured and often reminded how precious you were at a young age. You might have had a hard time finding who you were if you felt this way very young, feeling not wanted.

Now, forgive yourself.

Laura Zukerman

Owner and Founder At The Goddess Bibles A Memoir By Laura Zukerman

Becoming Your Inner Goddess

Goddess on Fire

 

 

 

Improving Your Mental Health With the Right Food and Sleep

What’s key to understand here is that it’s not just our thoughts that lead to these changes, just as important is our biology and lifestyle. Our bodies and minds are in a tightly linked cycle of activity.

For instance, when you eat, there is an increase in serotonin. Why? Because foods especially carbs , contain an amino acid called tryptophan. When blood sugar increases, the body responds by releasing insulin. This triggers the glucose from the blood to be used for activity or stored as fat. However, tryptophan does not get absorbed as such. This remains in the blood stream. This then gets circulated into the brain which then becomes serotonin. This is because tryptophan is a precursor or building block for serotonin.

This is why our moods tend to increase when we have eaten, this then results in the release of ghrelin to signal that one is getting fuller, to prevent you from over eating.

Later on , that serotonin converts into melatonin the sleep hormone. That melatonin reduces activity in the brain and this then triggers the release of other inhibitory neurotransmitters like GABA.

Did you know that darkness also is a release of melatonin? Meanwhile, the longer you begin to stay awake, adenosine, another inhibitory transmitter; builds up in the brain. This is partly what gives us brain fog, because is is by product of the energy process used in brain cells.

What all this means is that after a long day and a very big meal, you are sure to be getting more tired and find it harder to wake up and do something. That’s not you being lazy or disinterested, that’s the biology of your brain.

Now, let’s say we want to wake ourselves back up, what do we do? Sunlight triggers the release of cortisol, which along with nitric oxide will help to wake us up. This is another reason why we should avoid looking at phone screens when we are getting ready for bed. Jumping in a cold shower would definitely wake you up! This stimulates the release of epinephrine, norepinephrine, testosterone and more! This will wake you up and make you much more focused. It is the adrenaline that causes the hairs to stand up on your body.

Loud noises can create enough shock to wake you up, and so to can hunger. When we are hungry we have low serotonin in our brains 🧠. This increases cortisol , the stress hormone. That’s why we get anxious when we’re hungry and why some people get hangry.

Also useful is to know that you can use your body to calm stress. You can even eliminate panic attacks. That’s because our sympathetic nervous system, which controls our fight our flight response as well as our opposites rest and digest response; is tightly linked with breathing and heart rate. When you breathe quickly it makes you more stressed and increases your heart rate.

Breathing deeply is one of the best ways to calm anxiety. If you breathe more deeply and more heavily, this helps to encourage a much calmer response and puts you more in the rest and digest state.

What’s most important of all though is your mental energy, that you are in the right shape and have the right diet for yourself. This will transform the performance of your brain, by drastically increasing the ability to create neurotransmitters as needed. Also, by increasing the amount of energy your brain receives.

One way to do this is to consider using some form of a multivitamin tablet. This should contain vitamins like B12 and B6. These are used to supply the brain with energy, as well as to create a large number of neurotransmitters. Also used in the creation of neurotransmitters and hormones are vitamin D , vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and more. If you make sure you are receiving these in your diet, then you will find it easy to feel the switch from being highly focused to relaxed and creative and you will find the brain lasts longer before getting tired.

Also particularly important is choline, which is a precursor for acetylcholine found in eggs. This can help improve your sensory perception, your alertness and your memory all at the same time. Amino acids found in protein are also critical for a wide range of neurotransmitters.

Other nutrients that are very important are those that improve the energy and function of the brain. Any vasodilators for instance, such as garlic, will help get more oxygen and blood to the brain, helping you to stay alert longer. Creatinine is a body building supplement , also found in red meats and that is great for reducing adenosine, and also increasing mental energy. Studies show that this alone could be enough to boost your IQ.

Omega 3 fatty acids boosts and improves cell membrane permeability. This means that neurons are better able to communicate with one another. Exercising regularly will help you to increase more neural connections in your brain, creating your ability to learn. This then creates heightened plasticity. This is a brain derived neurotrophic factor. This will also create less stress in your body and increase your body’s energy efficiency.

In short, it is highly important to eat a nutrient based diet. Also to train hard if you want to perform at your best. Get more nutrients and substances , avoid junk food, and empty calories which spike your blood sugar levels. Sleep well, run and lift weights. As you do this your brain will instantly become hardier, more efficient and less groggy on the whole. All your performance and productivity will grow to reflect these eminent changes!

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Laura Zukerman

Becoming Your Inner Goddess

Goddess on Fire 🔥

Inner Peace & Tranquility / The Chakras and What They Do. From Top To Bottom

 

As you probably know energy affects you more than you realize. Science has proven that everything in our universe is made of the same energy. But, How does it apply to me? Remember a time when you spoke to someone or encountered something or someone who was angry , stressed, anxious, or in a bad mood? what happened after? Chances are you began to feel it, maybe in your stomach, your heart or your head. It affected you somehow, it does not begin to stop there.

Sometimes you will begin to carry that energy throughout your day, and it ends up affecting everything you do. It will also begin to affect everyone you encounter. You bring it from one direction to the next, you might bring it home. It has a ripple effect and that it just one tiny example. Know that even a complete stranger can affect your life through just energy alone.

There is also a lucky and unlucky phenomenon where if you have ever had a lucky day, one where everything went right. One after another? Almost as if the stars were lined up and conspiring in your favor?

Have you ever had a bad day, where everything just went wrong and it just kept on piling up. All you wanted was to curl into a ball and hide from the world? It is not a coincidence that when these things begin to happen they are controlled by your energy circuits.

Your energy is more power than your thoughts and your emotions. The invisible thing that controls your mood is your energy. It controls everything. It is the one thing that most people do not focus on because they do not see it with their naked eye! Have you ever heard the saying (“Out of Sight, Out of Mind”)

When your energy and person vibration is high, most obstacles and challenges do not even appear , you begin to skip them. The ones that do appear, you are just able to handle them- maybe magically?

When your energy and personal vibration is low- then the pandoras box of negativity, fear, and unwanted scenarios come flooding into your life- and even the “smallest things” tend to bother you!

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Going through dark times is terrible, you need to know how to get rid of these limiting beliefs, emotions and actions that are dragging you down.  Within minutes you can become aware of mastering your energy fields. Your logical mind begins catching up with your negative thinking and thats what makes you aware of this and you feel much better afterward, However; you must be aware!!

When Everything flows, When chosen the right vibration and energy for myself for others, miracles being to happen several times a day! If you are dealing with this and you ask for signs, you will end up receiving the higher frequencies of self love and abundance. Sometimes when your in the right frequencies , what you desire the most finds its way to you effortlessly.

You have the physical body and you also have the energetic body and its a complex system. The energetic system is vast and extremely complex. Here are some of the basic  ones to remember for now. In our physical body we have physical organs. You have energetic organs which are known as chakras. Chakras affect you more than you know. They affect your emotions, mood, experiences, health and well being finances and relationships.

For physical bodies there are energetic toxins. Energetic toxins can come through internally or externally. We have physical skin, we also have energetic skin. Energetic skin would be the aura. Aura, depending on how sensitive you are, absorbs what it comes in contact with , just like our skin would.

We then have physical senses= 8 spiritual & energetic senses. This is like our five senses. ( sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.) Our energetic senses help us make sense and decipher the invisible energy. Most of the biggest pain and struggle people experience is because they do not know how to take care of their energetic bodies.

Every painful and traumatic experience you have ever had since you were a child had a tremendous impact on you and its still affecting you and holding you back. It is a compounding affect. When you have energy that is stuck, your problems will keep reoccurring over and over again , and you wont be able to fully move forward regardless of how hard you are trying. If you have energy blocks in your system, there is an energetic blue print, to keep you from moving forward.

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Heres how it occurs, the painful experience will happen and the energy from that initially gets stored in your energetic body. Then the initial energy that was stored in your body from these painful experiences eventually turn into energetic patterns.

These energetic patterns keep you stuck, and cause you to keep re-experiencing the same problem over and over and over again. Unless you are able to remove the deeply – rooted energetic blocks that are stuck in your body. ( Sometimes on a deep cellular level ), You will be stuck where you are, and you wont be able to fully move forward.

Energy can get trapped, in auric fields, from day to day living, in chakras- from your own pain or from trauma others inflict upon you. In the actual organs, from internal to external sources. In karmic and energetic timelines. In DNA and Cellular levels – passed on from ancestors and generational trauma.

Lets use chakras as an example, its one of the hidden energetic systems that flows within our bodies and affects everything in our lives from our careers to relationships to inner peace.

Your crown chakra – has to do with spirituality, intuition, and purpose of work. So, if you are having issues in that area, theres most likely energetic toxins and blocks in your crown chakra.

Your third eye chakra- has to do with absorbing peoples energy, and tuning. Being able to tune into the energetic world. If you are sensitive to other peoples energies, theres most likely energetic toxins and blocks in your third eye chakra.

Your throat chakra has to do with speaking, your truth and confidence, and communication. So, if you are having communication issues, theres most likely energetic toxins and blocks in your throat chakra.

Your heart chakra- has to do with love and self love. If you have a hard time loving yourself, or you keep attracting toxic people into your life, theres most likely energetic toxins and blocks in your heart chakra.

Your solar plexus chakra- also called the power center, has to do with wisdom, self esteem, self worth and personal power. If you have a hard time standing up for yourself, or standing in your power , theres most likely energetic toxins and blocks in your solar plexus chakra.

Your root chakra- has to do with career, being grounded, and material abundance. If you have issues with money, abundance or staying grounded, theres most likely energetic toxins and blocks in your root chakra.

Laura Zukerman

Owner and Founder At The Goddess Bibles A Memoir By Laura Zukerman

Becoming Your Inner Goddess

Goddess On Fire

 

Understanding Your Brain and Some Basic Psychology


Who are you? What makes you , you? The answer is your brain to the most extremes. Your brain in turn is made up of billions of neurons. These are small cells that have tendril like extensions reaching out and into the different corners of your skull.

These neurons can be created , destroyed or changed due to any experiences that we encounter. They represent all kinds of things such as memories, sight, smells, thoughts and the commandments to move our bodies.

When an electrical impulse moves through a neuron, this means it is firing and thus we experience whatever correlates with that firing. If you open up someone’s skull and use an electrode to stimulate individual neurons, then one might make someone see a point of red light, one might make someone move their arm, and another might make them remember their mother.

These neurons are all interconnected and the more often two neurons Fire at once, the more connected they become. Thus, when one neuron fires, it is likely that others around it will fire depending upon the strength of the firing. This is called the action potential.

Some clusters of neurons from the major brain structures, like the occipital lobe, motor cortex or the hippocampus; are responsible for particular behaviors. Other neurons reach from one end of the brain all the way to the other end of the brain.



Already you can see your brain is not entirely under your control. If you see something specific this will cause certain neurons to fire based on your memories and understanding of that object. But, it also might cause surrounding neurons to fire, depending on the associations you have formed during this lifetime.

When certain neurons Fire, they cause particular emotions. Thats because neurons communicate across synapses. Small neurons between the end of one neuron ( the axon which is the tail) and the dendrites like arms of another.

At the end of each axon , is the synaptic knob. This is filled with chemicals called neurotransmitters, held inside neuro- vesicles. When the synapse fires, it causes these neurotransmitters to be released and that then alters the behaviors of the transmission and the surrounding cells.

Some neurotransmitters are excitatory, and make other neurons more likely to fire. Others are inhibitory and make them less likely to fire and become more suppressed.

Neurotransmitters are linked closely with hormones as well. Some hormones act like neurotransmitters while some neurotransmitters act like hormones. Essentially, hormones are longer lasting and generally produced in the body. While, neurotransmitters have shorter lasting effects and are produced in the brain. Even the hormones produced in the body though, are largely triggered by the pituitary glands. This is located in the brain.

An example is a lion , and your brain will sit up and take notice owing to the associations you begin forming with that image. Relevant neurons will fire, and because those neurons are coded with danger, they will release a number of neurotransmitters that will release dopamine and cortisol that will increase activity and say that something important is happening.

This increased activity , causes more of the brain to light up and areas around the hypothalamus will then begin to trigger activity to the pituitary glands. Producing adrenocorticotrophic hormones. The adrenal gland will also be triggered at this point, releasing the hormone epinephrine. This is essentially a form of adrenaline. This is then the set of changes that it causes in the sympathetic nervous system:

The triggers of psychological changes include:

The acceleration of the heart and lungs

Vasoconstriction- the thinning of the blood vessels

Dilation of the blood vessels leading to the muscles

Dilation of the pupils

Inhibition of erection

Sense of dread and anxiety

Tunnel vision

Pain reduction

Thickening of the blood to encourage clotting after injury

Shaking

Contraction of the muscles

Suppression of digestion and immune function

Essentially, the body now directs all blood, oxygen , nutrients and resources to the muscles and the brain. In order to aid in combat or other physical activities. There are many complex interactions of chemicals and hormones going on inside your body all of the time.

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Laura Zukerman

Owner and Founder At The Goddess Bibles A Memoir By Laura Zukerman

Becoming Your Inner Goddess

Goddess on Fire 🔥

Fear and how to deal with it , recognize you control your responses

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Fear begins with a thought 💭. Whatever we think repeatedly becomes a part of us. The scripture says “As he thinks in his heart, he shall become.” If you allow fearful thoughts to come into your heart and mind, you will have those fearful thoughts. They will begin to control how you act.

It is true that as an example, if you are so interested in something that it is all you think about, most likely it will become your overall life aka career and hobby. Or at least one of your main hobbies. You could be great at a lot of things, however; this is losing the point of how we overcome fear, and how to deal with it. We need to guard our minds, choosing carefully which thoughts we accept and reject.

In the trials of life, you decide what your responses will be , no one else can do that for you. When you panic you have two choices either to calm down or to have an anxiety attack. Now, to panic means you are overcome by sudden fear. However, you are not able to overcome this, you overcame it already, because you are a strong courageous individual.

Instead you stay the course, you meet fear face to face. This is because you can’t conquer what you can not control and or confrontational innuendoes.

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Identify the fears that are left in your mind and say that they are no longer allowed to be there any longer. You can now choose today to stop living in fear!

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Laura Zukerman

Owner and Founder At The Goddess Bibles A Memoir By Laura Zukerman

Becoming Your Inner Goddess

Goddess on Fire 🔥