Great Ways to Start Your Day

Great Ways to Start Your Day

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” ― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Mornings are terrible time to waste, because it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Here are great ways to start your day.

  • Wake up early and watch the sun rise 
    Nothing is better than waking up without hitting the snooze. Sweater weather and a warm blanket makes it a little hard for us to wake up before the sun rise. But when you give yourself a reason to be excited about, like witnessing a beautiful sunrise. It will be easier to motivate ourselves to wake up inspired.
  • A good stretch
    If you are at rest or in the position for a long time, our muscles become stiff. Every time we wake up, the first thing that our body craves for is a good stretch. Aside from the muscles of our body, why not give our facial muscles a stretch by smiling. It’s easy and simple but smiling do no simple thing in our mind. Smiling is also a good way to release endorphins that you need to be positive as you start your day.
  • Appreciate the sound of nature
    The moment you wake up do not turn on any music just yet. Embrace the opportunity to listen to the silence of the people around you. Wee hours are the quietest time of the day. Take a minute smelling the fresh air and listen to the birds singing.
  • Make your bed
    Making our bed in the morning gives our sense of accomplishment a boost. It’s a good start to be productive to tackle down another task and another. And also a clean space can improve our focus and helps us think more clearly early in the morning.
  • Hydrate
    In order for our body and mind to function well. We need to maintain the water level in our body which is about 70% of our system. Hydration is one of the important and easiest way to be fit & healthy. There are a lot of wonders that water can do for us. Such of these are weight loss, supple & moisturized skin, mood management, and can prevent us from craving too much food.
  • Meditate
    Mornings are perfect time for meditation. It can help us improve our concentration, lessen anxiety and sharpens our mind all throughout a stressful day.
  • Favorite drink Coffee
    A hot drink in the morning can help after-sleep grogginess a cure. If you are new being an early riser, treat yourself with your favorite drink whether it’s a chocolate drink, cocoa, coffee or even a smoothie, your choice. No one is stopping to make your morning as excited as possible.
  • Gratitude
    Start your day with a thankful heart. A daily list of gratitude every morning helps us acknowledge and appreciate simple things around us. If you see yourself complaining often, well, it’s time for you to get a pen and journal, list all the things that you are grateful about. Positive attitude is a habit.
  • Read inspirational books
    In the morning our brain is on its best state to fill in new information. Self-help books or inspirational books will get us going to start a fresh day motivated.
  • Run while listening to music
    Some people get really pump up during workout whenever they listen to music. Study showed that music cannot just help us pumped up during workout but can also cure post-workout muscle pain.
  • Eat your perfect kind of breakfast
    When we wake up early, usually our body gets tired easily. Make sure that you prepare and eat proper breakfast before going with the day or else you might fall back asleep again without giving your body the nutrient it needs. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day not just because it breaks the fasting period prior to night but also giving our body the proper fuel to kick off the day.

There are a lot more ways to make every morning more motivating. You just need to decide your priorities now and be a responsible evening person for a healthier morning.

About The Author

Yenyen is a multipod who is passionate about creative pursuit and wired to honor God through creative lifestyle. She 'sketch' and 'type' a lot for her blog. Every night she never go to sleep without putting "Oleia" on her hands.



Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.
– Henry Ford

The words you use can either give you hope or despair. Words are powerful than we think it is. It has the ability to swerve our path towards positivity that leads to success or to the abyss of doubts and regrets.

What you do and say is the clear reflection of your mental chatter or Self-Talk. A lot of believe that the voice inside our head can’t be control but the truth is we can. Our mental chatter can be affected by the words we feed in our heads, like the books we read, the lyrics of the music we listen to, the movies we watch, even the people we associate with and your habits.

Healthy self-talk can be achieved by pinning out first the negative thoughts that are swirling in your head and always occurring in your talks. And then replace it with a positive one. But sometimes when we get soaked with our emotions it’s really hard to remember what you just spit out. So here are negative phrases that you might be saying.

If you want to be successful in life STOP saying this words NOW:

“I’m NOT good enough”

These are the words of someone who has a low self-esteem. They tend to seek affirmation from others to gather their confidence.
They are in their competitive combat but driven by the opinion of others and jailed by insecurities.

The only bail for insecurity and lack of confidence is to always remind yourself that “you are enough”. You are a wonderful creature, you are made with a purpose and it is amazing. Believe that, and you will feel free and joyful with all you do.

“I CAN’T” “I can’t do it”

I tell you, you are just afraid of the future. You are clueless about what’s gonna happen ahead but your knees are shaking already. Two things are in my head as I stare at these words. It’s either you are about to commit a crime and might die or you are just afraid to fail. Either way, point out the truth. Be bold to face your fears

Learn to take a risk. Fear should not stop you from growing and doing something. If you are afraid, don’t be, cause later in life you will realize that failure is a good friend, teaching you things that should not be done twice. Failure is essential for growth.

“I will NEVER”

This words feels like it hit a wall. Putting an end to something you haven’t even try or give any chances will box you into the trap of pride and hatred. Do not let that happen forgive and give chances. Explore new things and give love, don’t let your own set standard hinder you from having true joy in your life.

“I HATE my Body”

This thought can only lead you to depression. Criticizing yourself in a shameful manner can have a huge impact on how you present yourself to others. Love the way you are no matter how big or skinny you are. If you want to improve yourself then better start now. Healthy mind and boy is priceless.


The sweetest success you can have is the success that comes from your determination. People seldom succeed at first hand. Many inventors like Thomas Edison, the man behind light failed 2,000 times and been criticize and fired from different jobs. These kinds of people did not give up. Again, they treat failure as a friend and gain wisdom from their past mistakes. If they can, we can do it too.

“I am a FAILURE”

Your failure, your mistakes do not define you. If you think you’ve given your best, maybe there’s still more inside you. Sometimes we just need to wait, practice, jump to many obstacles and even stumble before we finally achieve what we truly wanted to do.

There is no such thing as failure only lessons and going forward.

Don’t put hope to an end because it is a never-ending light to get us on our feet. Though sometimes cloud hides hope behind it but it doesn’t mean that it is gone. The storm will pass away. There is always hope. Don’t box your mind. Strive hard to think right.


About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

Can you Die Because of a Broken Heart?

Can you Die Because of a Broken Heart?

“When I saw my ex holding hands with a girl last week, I felt a sudden pain in my chest. It is just so unacceptable to know that the man I gave all my time and I loved with all my heart has already someone new. It really broke my heart. “

I hear a lot of times people with broken hearts become miserable and lonely. Some hardly find a way to move on and live with a broken heart for a period of time. But how does it really feel if you have a broken heart?

If you experienced a heartbreak, it takes a physical toll on your body. For example one may feel drained and sick. Crying and sobbing is common, but physical signs can also be obvious. When you’re suffering from a broken heart, it can be very difficult to quiet down your mind, shut it down and get some rest. These are the times you can hardly fall asleep, giving you tired, sleepless, puffy eyes. Anxiety and increased heart palpitations often go hand in hand with a broken heart as well. And in some extreme cases, a breakup could lead to heart attack-like symptoms.

Wow, heart attack-like symptoms?!

Broken Heart Syndrome is REAL.

Yes, it is known as “Broken heart syndrome”, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy— a temporary heart condition that looks and feels like a heart attack and is often brought on by stressful situations, like the death of a loved one or a breakup. It can strike even if you’re healthy.  It is also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy as it was first described in Japanese medical literature in the 1990s.

Broken heart syndrome may be misdiagnosed as a heart attack because the symptoms and test results are similar. In fact, tests show dramatic changes in rhythm and blood substances that are typical of a heart attack. But unlike a heart attack, there’s no evidence of blocked heart arteries in broken heart syndrome.

In broken heart syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the rest of your heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions. Researchers are just starting to learn the causes, and how to diagnose and treat it.

The bad news: Broken heart syndrome can lead to severe, short-term heart muscle failure.

The good news: Broken heart syndrome is usually treatable. Most people who experience it make a full recovery within weeks, and they’re at low risk for it happening again (although in rare cases in can be fatal).

Women (especially women who are over 50. This could be a result of lower estrogen levels, but doctors aren’t sure.) are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain — the reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event.

Broken heart syndrome is often preceded by an intense physical or emotional event. Some potential triggers of broken heart syndrome are:

  • News of an unexpected death of a loved one
  • Surgery
  • Serious illness
  • Money problems
  • Car accidents
  • Emotional memories
  • physical separation
  • betrayal or romantic rejection/break up
  • A frightening medical diagnosis
  • Having to perform publicly
  • Job loss
  • Divorce

It can even happen after a good shock, like winning the lottery or a surprise party.

It’s also possible that some drugs, rarely, may cause broken heart syndrome by causing a surge of stress hormones. Drugs that may contribute to broken heart syndrome include:

  • Epinephrine (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr.), which is used to treat severe allergic reactions or a severe asthma attack
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta), a medication given to treat nerve problems in people with diabetes, or as a treatment for depression
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor XR), which is a treatment for depression
  • Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl), a drug given to people whose thyroid glands don’t work properly

Symptoms to Look For

Broken heart syndrome symptoms can mimic a heart attack. The most common signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome are angina (chest pain) and shortness of breath. You can experience these things even if you have no history of heart disease.

Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) or cardiogenic shock also may occur with broken heart syndrome. Cardiogenic shock is a condition in which a suddenly weakened heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, and it can be fatal if it isn’t treated right away. (When people die from heart attacks, cardiogenic shock is the most common cause of death.)

Any long-lasting or persistent chest pain could be a sign of a heart attack, so it’s important to take it seriously and see your doctor if you experience chest pain.

What to do if you Have This Symptoms

Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than a big tub of ice cream and popcorn to help you move on from your ex. So the next time you experience a sudden pain in your heart when you see your ex with another girl, try to breath deeply and compose yourself, for you may be having this broken heart syndrome.

 Some recommendations from experts says thinking back on the activities that helped you de-stress in the past and doing more of them may help.  Meditation, deep breathing, yoga or even taking a break from social media to catch up with a friend or read a book can also relieve.

Unhealthy coping techniques like drinking or eating more can put your heart at risk, so try turning to ways that relieve or help combat stress. Recognizing and managing stress in your life the most natural and healthiest way is also important in helping to prevent broken heart syndrome.  A soulful massage from your favorite spa can surely ease your emotions. Using special oil like Oleia Topical oil can help alleviate these stresses and can help put you back on track.


About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.



Dieting is the practice of eating food in a regulated and supervised fashion to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight. In other words, it is conscious control or restriction of the diet. A restricted diet is often used by those who are overweight or obese, sometimes in combination with physical exercise, to reduce body weight. Some people follow a diet to gain weight (usually in the form of muscle). Diets can also be used to maintain a stable body weight and improve health. In particular, diets can be designed to prevent or treat diabetes. (Wikipedia)

In every part of the world there’s is an obsession of dieting and weight loss. Of all the How-Tos, books, videos and experts, why many still can’t lose any weight? why fad diets doesn’t seem to work at all?

Dieting is a Habit

Curious why you keep gaining your excreted pounds back? Dieting is not a one-time act or challenge to be fulfilled and go back to your old eating habits. When you start your diet plan make sure that you make it part of your life. Once you stop, you are more likely to gain weight faster than those who do not undergo any diet. And also yo-yo dieting can weaken your immune system. Make it part of your life, make it part of your daily habit.

When Deprive You Are Triggered

You are used to eating dessert after every meal. You eat gums whenever you are bored. You usually crave for carbs before menstrual period. Those eating habits that you’ve created will be a temptation once you undergo your diet plan. Ignoring your deprivation will only lead to depression, which causes unwanted cravings. Instead of depending on changes that you will do for your diet plan to try, choose to substitute those cravings to a healthy one. Just so you know, there are a lot of desserts that are nutritious and electable. See vegan desserts

Different Body Responses

Those litters of sweat you shed during morning and night workouts don’t seem to see any results at all. According to experts, there are minds who are likely to detect “working out” as kind of “stressor”. Meaning, during work out or heavy sweating, the body releases a hormone called cortisol which prevents calories from burning.

Environment and The People You are with

The space you live in and the people you associate with have a huge impact on the way you think. If you are living alone your worst enemy is yourself alone. You have the capability to control everything but when you go out with your friends, that’s another trigger for you to break the plan that you always wanted. People who still live with their family has a lot of triggers, imagine that all the people in your house are feasting and you’re on your late night fast. You will feel deprive and more likely to give in. In this kind of situation make sure that they know all your plan and dieting. Buy your own fridge, fill it with healthy food and never open the kitchen fridge.

You Feel Distracted and Tired

Be careful by how you do your diet, consult your nutritionist or your gym trainer about what food you should be feeding on. You might lose too much weight or the diet plan you are following is not hitting the right nutrition that your body needs. Wrong diet plan can disturb your whole system that might lead to weight gain or unhealthy weight loss. When you deprive yourself with the usual food that you are eating you might feel tired and distracted, sometimes those are initial responses of our body.

In dieting, it takes great discipline and mental willpower to achieve the weight that you always wanted.

Diet is a habitual nourishment. Make it a sure that you consistently do workout and eat healthily. It doesn’t matter how long you will do it. Be like Athlete for them to get the prize they don’t sort out athlete life from their personal life. They live their whole life as an athlete. They think like an athlete on what they regularly eat.

So, when you diet, don’t just challenge yourself for a moment. But change your whole lifestyle and make it a habit.

Remember, you can change your life by changing how you think.

It all starts in the mind.

About The Author

Yenyen is a multipod who is passionate about creative pursuit and wired to honor God through creative lifestyle. She 'sketch' and 'type' a lot for her blog. Every night she never go to sleep without putting "Oleia" on her hands.



Staying on top of the day can sometimes become overwhelming. Here are simple tips on having a productive day.


We all know that sleeping late makes us feel tired and restless the next day. So when we sleep early it will not just strengthen our immune system but will also increase our energy, which makes us more positive and productive the whole day.

If you are a night owl and still not convince to sleep early. Well, studies show that it is one of the most effective way to enhance our memory. Every time that our mind is at peace with a sound sleep it can increase our memory power for about 90 percent. We need an alert mind to be productive don’t we?


“Your environment is a reflection of your mind”

It’s true, a messy room is equivalent to a messy mind. Our environment has a huge impact to our state of mind. Whatever our eyes see affects us in many ways, so make sure that you are surrounded by tidy and inspiring place. Make a habit of cleaning your surroundings before going to bed. So nothing will break your peace once you open your eyes as you start a brand new day.


“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
― Benjamin Franklin

Planning ahead is being proactive and there’s no perfect time to do it but before you sleep. When the day is done, your mind is on reflecting mode. Grab that opportunity to plan and schedule your day for tomorrow. When you list all your tasks, sort them out by importance. Remember, keep your to-do list small so there will be high chances of accomplishing all of it. Focus on one task until it’s done and don’t multi-task, unless it’s a good music or your favorite coffee. Another thing, planning your day for tomorrow can help you sleep better. When our minds overthink the harder it is for us to sleep. So, brain dump through jotting down all that’s going on in your head and schedule all your tasks for tomorrow. With these, your mind will be at peace.


All successful people find wee hours the most productive time of the day. For the night owls, you’re probably gonna tell me that you’re at your grumpiest during the day. But believe it or not, it is. Let me list down some of the benefits of waking up early to your daily productivity.
Distraction free. There are only 10% people in the world are early risers. So expect that 80% of them are still asleep. That is why it’s the quietest time of the day.
Your mental capability and willpower is at its highest during the day.
Early risers are more likely to be optimistic. It means less psychological depression and anxiety.
Waking up early eliminates stressful rush
You’ll have more time to make breakfast and exercise which is very vital for your health.


Before you go out of your room make sure that your bed is organized. When you leave your space with clutter, it will drag your motivation down and it will make you feel lazy. When you start to declutter your bed, it will kick start your productivity for the whole day.


Visualization is one of the most effective way to get more things done. When you have a vivid imagination of what you want to do, you are more likely to accomplish it. Visualizing improves our focus on putting our ideas into action. It is also a powerful way to get you motivated.

About The Author

Yenyen is a multipod who is passionate about creative pursuit and wired to honor God through creative lifestyle. She 'sketch' and 'type' a lot for her blog. Every night she never go to sleep without putting "Oleia" on her hands.

What is Christmas all about?

What is Christmas all about?

December is that time of the year again when we hear a lot of joyful songs, see a lot of bright lanterns and when people spend a lot of time and money with parties, gifts and other similar occasions. The world know that December is the season of Christmas, but do we really know what Christmas is all about?

In last year’s article by Investopedia, it is mentioned that an average American will spend around $900 for buying gifts. Collect those, and you could have trillions that will be more than enough to feed a country. It’s really the season of giving, but is it the kind of giving that the world needs?

According to history and religion, Christmas is a time to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, Christianity’s savior and God. While it is not his actual birth date, it is when Christians commemorate this event since the early Christians used to mix pagan traditions and Christianize them so that people will forget it and celebrate the Christian tradition instead.

While Christmas may mean different things to different people, there seems to be a common cause tying it all together. But somehow, it was lost and forgotten, and it has been capitalized by businesses and has been a tradition of consumerism all over the world. But let’s get back and let me offer some things that may help us remember what Christmas is all about.

Christmas is the season for giving – Obviously, as stated above, giving seems to be the main aspect of this holiday season. However, I believe that it was a different kind of giving. It is giving to those who needs it, not to those who want it. It is where we give sacrificially, expecting nothing and it is a kind of giving that not only warms the giver’s heart, but it provides not satisfaction but for some cases life, to those who receives.

Christmas is the season of forgiving – Forgiveness is a rare commodity today. Christmas is a time to take forgiveness out of the pocket and start giving it to the people who’ve hurt us, whether they deserve it or not. The good thing about forgiving as well is that frees you more than the person you’ve forgiven. It’s because forgiveness releases us from mental anguish and it gives us the ability to love people.

Christmas is about love – Whether it’s a type of romantic, platonic or familial love – Christmas is about that type of love. Love is a powerful force that radiates the origin of the season, it’s where families gather, it’s where people remember an act of sacrifice even if they don’t deserve it and it’s when we love, purely and sacrificially.

Let’s celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! Let’s give, forgive and love!


About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.