IndigoBlue Magazine October 2021

IndigoBlue Magazine offers content on health, wellness, and personal growth & development from authors sharing their personal perspectives and expertise. Since so many of us are feeling disconnected, the magazine offers an opportunity to feel more connected by seeing our experience through the experience of others. Learn tips and solutions to support your health, mental health, and overall well-being.

United States
Imagine Communications, LLC.
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note–october 2021 issue

As we enter a new season, we mark the shift externally and internally. We can clear away the lazy days of summer and make way for the crisp freshness of autumn. This can help us get motivated and stop procrastinating. Or help us clear away repressed emotions that hold us back. The newness of the season is a great time for a fresh start, a new mindset, and a commitment to healthier habits. We hope you find the tips and solutions you need to improve your life. We remain committed to helping our readers achieve their goals, maintain their health and wellness, and establish lasting, healthy relationships. CONTRIBUTORS: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Laura Boyle, MPH, MIPP Writers Rupendra Brahambhatt Lauren Littlewood Kristen Lutjen Kritika Narula Dhanishta Shah Production and Design Jennifer Strass Photography Canva…

6 min
the paradox of change: accepting and letting go

As the cool, crisp air carries the scent of pumpkin spice, I’m filled with the spirit of my favorite quote of the season, “The trees are about to show you how beautiful letting go can be.” I love this, even though some experiences with letting go (or even the mere thought of it) have brought out the ugly in me. Letting go can be beautiful. And it can also be so many other things. Autumn is the time when nature is letting go and simplifying, in preparation for winter. Its energies are rooted in acknowledging how a situation is and letting go of what no longer serves it. My mindfulness teacher John G. Sullivan poses that autumn personified can be seen as a diplomat or wise counselor. With a widened perspective,…

4 min
penning legacies: sharing our wisdom with others

When you think about journaling you normally assume it’s just for yourself. Personal journals contain an unfiltered, stream-of-consciousness style of writing. Andalothasbeenwritten about the mental health benefits of regular journaling. Legacy journaling, however, is a specific form of journaling, where the writer crafts entries for a specified audience, mainly close family and friends. Legacy journaling documents your life (shared moments, experiences, family interactions and other connections, values, shared heritage, stories, recipes, etc.) with the intention of passing on that unique perspective to future generations. A legacy journal is different from a regular personal diary since the intention is to share your experiences and thoughts with intended future readers, who are often younger members of your family or community. It is also different from drafting memoirs because it is not intended to…

4 min
overcoming procrastination and achieving mental discipline

You may have heard about the story about the hare and the tortoise who decide to race, and surprisingly, the tortoise wins. The hare loses at the end, not only because he was overconfident in winning but also because he decided to postpone his victory. He assumed that he would win against the tortoise—even at the last minute. And that is what many of us have been doing with our lives. We delay or postpone our projects, meetings, exercise routines, family picnics, dinners, sleep, and so much more that eventually, some of us often end up feeling like the hare who lost despite being faster. This habit of leaving things for some other time is called procrastination. This may seem like a part of normal human behavior, and it is also true…

4 min
screaming your heart out: how can scream therapy help with emotional regulation?

Do you feel better and lighter after you’ve let out a heartfelt scream? You’re not alone. Every time I let out a grunt sitting in my therapy session, my therapist shakes her head in an approving nod. He’s pleased that my emotions — even nasty ones like anger — have an outlet. Letting out your internal turmoil is, as far as coping mechanisms go, a healthy exercise. Going by the cultural mores, one may find screaming unacceptable: it creates a “scene” in public, it is considered disruptive to equilibrium, and it goes against the instinct to maintain peace. However, releasing emotions out loud by screaming can actually help restore internal equilibrium, according to experts. “Screaming offers a dopamine hit, like the one released during exercise, and it works by moderating and relieving…

3 min
top 5 tips for starting a plant-based diet

When starting a new diet, we often find ourselves going through the gloom and doom stage. “I’ll never eat this again!” We set permanence to our new diet and then set ourselves up for failure. Going from a standard American diet to a plant-based diet is a jump. But don’t worry, we are here to help. We know that a plant-based diet has been proven to improve your health, especially your heart health. And research shows that you are at a reduced risk for some cancers and type 2 diabetes. Some people choose a plant-based diet for ethical reasons, due to the cruel practice in industrial animal agriculture towards animals, slaughterhouse workers, and farmers. Many choose a plant-based diet for the environment because animal agriculture is arguably the largest cause…