“Picture yourself lying on a sunny beach, listening to the sounds of the ocean…”
If someone has suggested this to you or if you’ve actually tried it, then you’re
familiar with a technique called visual imagery. But there’s much more to this mindful,
creative practice than a tongue in cheek suggestion. Trying it just might improve your emotional and physical health.
Back in the day, we’d all spend time writing things by hand. Many people as young kids or even adults would keep a journal, but as the digital age has stretched on, we’re taking pen to paper less and less. While in many ways this change is certainly convenient, there are things we’re missing by not taking the time to record our thoughts, goals, gratitude and aspirations by hand. We’ll help you get started, but first, let’s go through some of the benefits!
Whether short-lived situational stress or a full-on disorder,
anxiety greatly impacts quality of life—and who wants
each day ruled by a messy mind and knotted chest? No one.
But sadly, anxiety disorders are the most common mental
illness in the United States, affecting about 40 million adults.
Honestly, there is no quick fix, but there are some natural alternatives you can use to find comfort and balance.
Everyone is a work-in-progress; always figuring out how to live better,
love more and grow happier. That’s what life is all about!
As adults, we often have to break some deeply engrained behaviors
we acquired over the years—wouldn’t it have been easier if you had avoided some
negative habits from the start?
Of course! One of the best gifts you can give your children is to show and
teach them healthy behaviors, starting at a young age.
The habits we build as children follow us through our entire lives—good or bad—which is why it’s
absolutely critical to instill healthy behaviors at a young age.
Read this list of healthy habits and pick the ones you’d like to work on with your family;
hang this post on your fridge or bathroom mirror to keep it in sight and on your mind.
Summer is drawing to a close—all parents know what this means: it’s time to get ready for back-to-school madness.
The weeks before the first bell are filled with shopping for clothes
and supplies, coordinating after-school babysitters or drop-off/pickup schedules and prepping
kids for the next step of their education. Sounds overwhelming, right?
It's easy to get in a rut in any season, and summer is no different! Are you doing the same things every day? Go to work – check. Eat dinner – check. Watch TV – check. It's time to mix it up a bit.
Relationships are one of the most, if not the most, important parts of life. Developing, maintaining and
working on those crucial relationships—especially the relationship with your partner—should be a lifelong endeavor. They affect your happiness, stress levels and health. So what can you do to ensure you’re
creating healthy relationships in your life? Quite a bit.
Do you make quality
time with your family and friends a priority? We’re not talking about required annual holiday visits with distant relatives that can sometimes drive
you nuts; we mean those people with whom you share the closest connections and tightest bonds. If you’re like most people, nurturing those types of
relationships often falls by the wayside, but it shouldn’t. Find ways to share regular social time with family and friends, it actually makes you healthier
in many different ways.
Childhood—a time of exploration, learning and laughter. Although we’d like to think these are the characteristics that define American childhood, unfortunately there’s another that’s becoming more and more prominent—stress. It may be a product of over-scheduled lives, academic pressures, weight problems or other issues, but the impact of stress is serious on our children, tweens and teens.