20 Funny Tweets You’ll Relate to When You’re Stressed AF

Are you stressed out right now? If you’re like the rest of us, the answer is probably “oh God, yes.” Experts say we’re more stressed out than ever before. Between work woes, financial fears, comment wars, and the pressure of keeping up with the Instagram Joneses who seem so #blessed, life in the 21st century just never slows down. No wonder so many of us are stressed AF.
 
They say that laughter is the best medicine. So if you’re super stressed out, you need to see these 20 funny tweets that basically explain what your life is like right now.

1. When you think about everything that’s stressing you out.

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2. Nailed it.

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3. When you’re stressed, it’s important to savor the little things in life, like your morning coffee.

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4. Even better, switch to tea. Tea has so many healing properties.

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5. Make sure you have the tools you need to cope in times of stress.

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6. Pro tip: leave yourself encouraging notes to stay positive throughout the day.

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7. Getting enough sleep is an important part of stress management.

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8. Maybe take up a new sport to keep your stress levels down.

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9. Or try meditation. That’s supposed to be easy, right?

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10. It all makes so much sense now. Please pass the ice cream!

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11. Okay, stress eating isn’t ideal. But at least you’re not this snake.

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12. The worst part about stress is that it sometimes leads to even more stress.

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13. And then your brain pretty much just breaks.

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14. When you’re ready to snap and someone tries to add to your stress.

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15. Starting a stressful week like:

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16. And then ending that stressful week like:

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17. Chances are, you need all three of these.

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18. Who’s up for a road trip and some light legal paperwork?

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19. This is some really solid advice.

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20. Okay, so times might be tough right now. But if Britney could make it through 2007, you can make it through your hard times, too!

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All jokes aside, stress really does have serious consequences for your mental and physical health, including an increased risk of depression, obesity, and heart disease. If you’re stressed out right now, here are some great ways to unwind!

How do you beat stress? Give us your tips in the comments.

Image credit: KC Green

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Hilarious Tips on How to Be More Addicted to Your Phone (VIDEO)

Do you feel like you’re constantly, obsessively checking your phone? Every time you get a notification from one of the many apps you have, do you compulsively reach for your phone because you just “have” to check who sent a message or what is happening?
 
If you answered yes, then there’s a big chance you’re addicted to your phone. It’s becoming a problem for many people today, but not for spiritual guru JP Sears. In this hilarious video, JP’s sarcasm is once again on point as he talks about how you can and should check your phone more, because “when you’re encountering something wonderful, it can’t bring you joy unless you hold your phone between you and it…to transfer it to your social media.”
 
So go ahead, grab your phone and cling onto it for dear life. As JP says, “there’s a whole world inside your phone. Don’t let it pass you by.” Enjoy!

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5 Beginner-Friendly Yoga Poses that Effectively Relieve Stress

Summer is (almost) over, and many of us are looking at a busy period of work, studies and responsibilities. Even just thinking about them is enough to get us a little stressed out! Luckily, there are plenty of easy, relaxing and calming yoga poses to counterbalance the busy periods. These poses will calm your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the fight or flight reaction), and get you from a feeling of stress into a feeling of calm in no time.
 
Keeping stress at bay has many useful benefits: you will sleep better, your digestion will work optimally and you will be in a brighter mood in general. Try these great beginner-friendly poses that will have you feeling relaxed in no time!

1. Balasana – Child’s Pose

Credit: Meagan McCrary

Credit: Meagan McCrary

Child’s pose is a great pose to start with. It will allow you to relax your body while turning your gaze inward. Take a few moments in this pose, breathing in deeply, allowing all the weight of the world to wash off you. This simple pose is not only relaxing and soothing, it gives a gentle stretch on the hips, thighs and ankles too, while elongating the back.

Modifications to try: Bring your knees further apart, this will give you more space for your belly. Stretch your arms from side to side to give your back a more intense stretch, or fold your arms and place your forehead on your hands. You can also use a block under your forehead. Place a bolster under your torso for more support and comfort for the upper body.

2. Viparita Karani – Legs Up the Wall

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This easy pose is a great stress reliever, your feet (and your body) will thank you for this. Since it is a mild inversion, it will drain lymphatic fluids from your legs, reducing swelling in the feet, ankles, and knees. At the same time it increases the circulation in the upper body and brings back the balance after spending a long time on your feet. Simply sit close to a wall, bring your buttocks as close to the wall as possible, and lift your legs up.

Modifications to try: With any discomfort on the lower back, bring your sitting bones a bit further from the wall. Make sure your knees are not locking. You can also place a blanket or a bolster underneath your hips to increase the inversion. If you have enough space on the wall, drop your legs to a V shape to stretch the inner thighs as well.

3. Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclined Bound Angle Pose

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This pose will give you a deep sensation of calm and it will relax your entire body. While providing a hip opening and a stretch for the inner thighs, this pose will also give you a gentle heart opening. Staying anywhere from 5-15 minutes will calm your central nervous system and increase your blood circulation.

Modifications to try: Try a bolster under your back (lengthwise), you can even place some blocks under your bolster to be able to sit a bit higher. If you feel any discomfort in the knees, you can place blocks under your knees for support. You could also try this on the wall, right after Viparita Karani. Just bring the soles of your feet together and lower your feet closer to your hips.

4. Jathara Parivartanasana – Revolved Abdomen Pose

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Twists release tension in the spine and they restore the balance in the nervous system. The Revolved abdomen pose is simple, and it will give you great benefits in relieving stress, anxiety, it helps with fatigue and headaches. This pose also provides a good opening and stretch for your shoulders, upper back and neck, it stretches the back muscles and gluts and massages the inner organs.

Modifications to try: If you feel discomfort in the shoulders or tingling in the arms, keep your arms closer to your body. Placing your knees closer to your chest will intensify the twist in the upper back. Moving your knees further down will move the twist to the lumbar area. Experiment what feels best for your body. With back injuries, move very carefully in the guidance of a yoga instructor, or avoid the pose altogether.

5. Savasana – Corpse Pose

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It can be challenging to do nothing, especially when we feel stressed. But this is exactly why Savasana is an important pose to include in your practice. At first glance it may seem like nothing at all – just laying on the mat, but the trick is in its sweet nothingness, space, the allowing and the release that it gives us. Try to end your practice every time with at least five minutes of Savasana.

Modifications to try: Get comfy! Place a pillow or a bolster under your knees, cover yourself with a blanket, place a bolster on your belly for weight, cover your eyes with a small towel—anything to pamper yourself and to allow yourself the maximum relaxation.

Stress and anxiety is stored in the muscles, and the more we can relax the body, the clearer message the mind will get that everything is actually pretty OK. Try these easy, beginner-friendly yoga poses that effectively relieve stress whenever you feel you need some calming down, and enjoy the benefits!

What is your favorite yoga pose for stress relief?

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11 Yoga Poses You Can Do While Watching Game of Thrones

This season of Game of Thrones (GoT) has been a roller coaster of emotions. A fascinating whirlwind of intrigue, chaos, destruction, and romance through Westeros and beyond the wall. Every episode is packed with in-your-face action, layers of subtle detail, and beautifully crafted cinematography and acting.
 
These yoga poses are specifically curated to help you balance, center, and release tension from your body, the north body remembers, while ensuring you can still focus on watching GoT. Winter yoga is coming.
 
Before the show and facing the Night King and his army, build some heat in the body with three to five rounds of Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A) and three to five rounds of Surya Namaskar B (Sun Salutation B). During this warm-up, take time to connect to your intention for the practice. Yoga is connecting to the self, and this practice will have the added challenge of your attention being pulled to outside forces, aka all the drama of Westeros.
 
This challenge can be for your benefit. You will likely experience a wide range of emotions in roughly an hour, take time during this practice to not only watch GoT but also notice what stirs within you when things happen on the screen. For example, if watching the final moments of Season 7 Episode 6 made your heart ache, notice that and become a witness to that experience. In this way, you can make the process of practicing yoga while watching GoT intentional and informative.

1-2. Strike a Warrior or Two

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The opening few minutes of every episode generally give a summary of what previously happened that is informative for this episode, as well as give time for the opening credits and accompanying GoT theme song. This is the perfect time center, balance, and prepare for the upcoming, most likely heart wrenching and dramatic episode.

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This is the time to channel all the great warriors like Brienne of Tarth, Yara Greyjoy, and Jamie Lannister for Virabhadrasana I and II (Warrior Pose 1 & 2).

3. Flying Dragon Pose

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Inspired by the mother of dragons, Flying Dragon Pose is a spine-strengthening, IT band-stretching, expansive asana that evokes power and nobility.

4. Modified Grasshopper Pose

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Like Littlefinger and Varys, grasshoppers are skilled at jumping from danger and wield powerful influence in their legs. Also like grasshoppers, both men seem to have ears unusual places, grasshoppers have ears in their bellies and Littlefinger and Varys seem to have ears (and spies) everywhere. Modified grasshopper pose continues to stretch the IT band, provide a gentle spinal twist, and allow for maximum GoT viewing.

5. Radiant Heart with the Option of Figure Four Legs

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Like the passionate and radiant House Martell, this gentle backbend with the pelvis in a purposeful anterior tilt opens the heart to radiate sun and life. Resting with both feet on the floor is a powerful stretch and staying here for a few minutes will help you channel all the spine strength and confidence of the sand snakes.

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Taking a Figure Four Legs is a great way to make this asana work the spine and the hips.

6. Double Pigeon Pose with the Option of Eagle Arms

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This pose forms alliances between the hips (South) and the shoulders (North), an influential combo, so watch out White Walkers. Inspired by the hopeful and naïve wish that the North and South will unite to fight tightness the White Walkers.

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Garudasana (Eagle Pose) arms also pays tribute to House Arryn, may grounding in the hips in Pigeon pose help Littlefinger and Robin find some stability in GoT.

7. Cow Face Pose

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Like the Unsullied, cows are loyal, stoic, and hardworking with deep layers of concealed emotion. Grey worm pose would also fit but as a whole Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) is easier to practice while watching GoT. A deep hip stretch and shoulder stretch. To protect the knees and ankles, this pose is best practiced on blocks and blankets for anyone with tight hips.

8. Deer Pose with Stag Variation

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Bharadvajasana + Deer Pose = Game of Thrones inspired Stag Pose. Finally, Gendry is back and we can practice our newly forged Stag Pose to honor House Baratheon.

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Imagine sitting on the Iron Throne in this pose, spine long, chin up and looking regal AG (As Gendry!).

9. Boat Pose with the Option of Charging Legs

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While in tactic, opinions, and generally all things we would differ, Euron and I could agree that he holds a tough and commanding Iron Fleet. Channel that muscle in Navasana (Boat Pose). For extra core work, add charging legs to the mix with one leg reaching forward at a time. It is important that the spine stays strong and lengthened when the legs move.

10. Hero Pose Variation

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Practice a variation of Virasana (Hero Pose). Focus on Dany when practicing with the left leg back, fostering yin energy from the left side. Focus on Jon when practicing with the right leg back, fostering yang energy from the right side.

11. Lion Pose

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Finally, to release tension from the body, practice Simhasana (Lion Pose). If the night has been especially stressful, think about cute baby lion photos as you exhale in Lion Pose. Option to have the legs in full lotus or knees wide.

This sequence was created to be lighthearted and fun, with the hope that you make it your own. Feel free to add other poses. For example, you channel Bran with a raven inspired Bakasana (Crow Pose), House Stark with a wolf pup-inspired Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose), or be inspired to practice Malasana (Yogi Squat) with a fiery flare like Melisandre.

Cut out different poses, for instance nix Navasana (Boat Pose) if you would rather not support House Greyjoy. Have fun and feel free to add GoT-inspired yoga pose suggestions below!

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This Young Actress Made a Beautiful Mindfulness Video for Teens (VIDEO)

You’ve probably seen her in the 2017 movie adaptation of the YA book, Everything, Everything or as Rue in The Hunger Games. But Amandla Stenberg is not your typical young Hollywood star—she’s also a self-proclaimed intersectional feminist, and is outspoken about her socio-political views on social media, making her an inspiration to “woke” teens everywhere.
 
And when Teen Vogue featured her on their cover, they gave her the freedom to direct a video piece to go with their cover. She chose to create a mindfulness video for teens to help them cope with anxiety—scored, directed, and edited by Amandla herself. As she puts it,
 
“Because of the immense anxieties my generation is exposed to, mental illnesses have become shockingly pervasive amongst us. We are experiencing exacerbated levels of severe anxiety, depression and dissociation. In order to be better equipped to heal, organize, and carry the responsibility of solving this social upheaval, it is crucial we focus our energy on our mental health and the ability to exist in the present moment. It’s hard to witness everything happening without some sort of grounding practice. I hope this video can be a calming resource.”
 
The video is easy to follow, her voice is soothing, the music is amazing, and it can definitely help teens feel more grounded and present, even if just for a few moments. Share it with teens (and adults!) you know who would love the video!

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How to Love Yourself From the Outside In

While in college, I vacillated between not caring what I looked like, to being vain and caring way too much. My inside and outside didn’t match, and not only were they mismatched—they were at odds. While I appreciated the specialness of who I was on the inside, I sometimes lost my relationship with my outside.
 
I had a front row seat to watching this relationship evolve. The reality of being human is that we see other people from the outside first (the whole “judge a book by its cover”). Our dust jacket isn’t a bad thing, unless we make it a problem. And I made it a problem.

Navigating My Relationship With My Body

I thought I wasn’t thin enough, so I withheld food. I over used food. I spent copious amounts of time and energy on my outward appearance. I was a sort of unconfident narcissist. I ping ponged between loving what I looked like to not feeling good enough. It consumed extraordinary amounts of energy.

Then it happened. I was in an accident. This traumatic event changed my attitude. I stopped bullying myself into needing my inside to feel superior to my outside. I made peace with my internal and external self, which led me to realize that loving what we look like is a very important part of our spiritual evolution.

If you are evolved on the inside but treat your external appearance with disdain, then there is an imbalance. It is the inverse of what happens when we only focus on what we look like and ignore loving who we are internally.

3 Key Things To Promote Loving Yourself

1. Look at yourself in the Mirror.

I don’t mean just to check out your hair or outfit, but sit down in front of a mirror and hold your own gaze for 30 seconds, then rest. Then try 1 minute, then 2 minutes. Really see yourself and how beautiful (or handsome) you are on the outside. Instead of using energy avoiding ourselves, we should make peace with seeing clearly what we look like.

2. Get Naked.

Make it a ritual to spend some time each day living in what Martha Graham calls “our most important garment.” Loving what we look like is a radical form of Self-acceptance. Instead of covering that up or shrinking away from your body, open your eyes to literally being comfortable in your own skin.

3. Embrace your uniqueness.

Do it for you. Loving what we look like means that we embrace our heritage and all that has created us. As Maya Angelou writes, “You alone are enough; you have nothing to prove to anybody.” Loving your external appearance means you believe yourself to be enough. By doing that, you give others permission to love themselves too.

Today, embrace the full spectrum of loving yourself unconditionally and find the balance between inside and outside. Here are 17 things you can do to love yourself more.

  1. Give yourself permission to Say “No”.
  2. Say to yourself: “I matter. I am allowed to say no to others and yes to myself. My wants and needs are just as important as anybody else.”
  3. Stand up for yourself.
  4. Take time-outs. Allow yourself to rest before you get tired.
  5. Be present.
  6. Make time for fun.
  7. Ask for help when you need it.
  8. Meditate.
  9. Jettison negative people from your life.
  10. Be honest with yourself.
  11. Stop comparing yourself to others.
  12. Practice gratitude.
  13. Set up self-care appointments.
  14. Take great care of your body.
  15. Heal your digital dharma by reducing time on line.
  16. Surround yourself with people who treat you with kindness and respect.
  17. Allow yourself to feel what you feel.
  18. Start every day by saying “I love myself.”

Love is active. Loving oneself requires you break the habit of withholding love based on conditions you place upon yourself, which are often unrealistic in the first place. It ultimately means changing the inner monologue to one of “I love you” instead of critical self-talk.

Self-love is the result of self-acceptance. This means to stop judging yourself for how you feel or what you did but instead love yourself through the darker emotions. We should love ourselves the most when we feel the worst, not the other way around.

Be nurturing towards yourself by imagining yourself as a small child. Learn to love yourself as that child inside your adult body that is always there. It will change your life. Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

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