“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.
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?
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.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, for many people it is, but for some, it’s not. The days get darker earlier and earlier; holiday stress buildup can get overwhelming; it’s more of a challenge to get out and get active. As it turns out, it might not just be “the winter blues.”
Whether they’re lined up against the shelves at the local bookstore or smattered brightly across your Facebook feed, you’ve probably seen them—adult coloring books. Exactly what it sounds like, these books are similar to the ones you might remember from childhood, except now a little more complex in design and form to appeal to an adult audience. For the last year, they’ve been getting a lot of press, topping many a best-seller list; and the coloring phenomenon has been the source of much criticism and praise. So… what’s the deal? Could adult coloring be beneficial to you?
Ask (most) anyone what they want out of life and you’ll likely hear “to be happy.” When people talk about attaining happiness, it always sounds like something you’ll find one day—if and when everything aligns just right. You know what we’re talking about: