Walk Your Stress Away

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Walking, our natural means of getting from one place to another, provides health and fitness benefits. If you’re looking for a way to relieve stress and improve your health, walking at least 30 minutes a day is one of easiest ways to accomplish these goals.

Walking is great because you can do it alone or with others, and you won’t need special equipment. You just need a good pair of walking shoes, and you might enjoy using a pedometer to track your activity level.… Read more »

Aromatherapy–Scent and Stress

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Are you looking for ways to relax and reduce the effects of stress? We are all faced with stress at some point in our lives, and controlling it is crucial to our overall health and well-being. Stress has a powerful effect on our bodies and our minds and has been linked to most serious diseases, including heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. While it is not always easy to avoid stress, there are some simple ways to help you cope with it.… Read more »

The Healing Power of Journaling

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“It is only when one writes about the most inti­mate and seem­ingly idio­syn­cratic details that one touches others.”  Susan Griffin

Journaling is an ancient tradition. For centuries, people have kept personal records or logs of important information about everything from lunar eclipses, famines, and changes in world leaders to personal information about the challenges and joys of life in many different settings. Journaling is a creative, fulfilling, insightful, and therapeutic exercise. By writing about an experience, we help make it our own, we explore its meaning, and we ultimately can release it.

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Stress and Nutrition: What’s the Connection?

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How often do you come home from a hectic day at work that left you no time for lunch? After an equally stressful commute, you walk in the door feeling famished. You know it’s too early for dinner but your nerves are shot and you just can’t wait. “I just need a quick fix,” you think, as you dash into the pantry. “Hmmm….that candy bar looks good. And hey, those chips look yummy!” Rationalizing that you’ll feel less stressed, and you’ll eat better the next time, and you’ll work out at the gym for an extra 15 minutes tomorrow, you wolf down whatever you see.… Read more »

Healthy Aging: An Integrative Perspective

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No matter how old you are, you’re never too young to start thinking about healthy aging. Americans today have the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives than ever before. This opportunity can bring adventure, excitement, and optimism to your later years.

Integrative methods of health care, excellent nutrition, physical activity, spiritual growth, social activity, lifelong learning, leisure pursuits, second and third careers, and volunteerism are some of the important factors in making sure the second half of your life will be healthy and fulfilling.… Read more »

Health and Humor

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Imagine a prescription that reads: “Take two doses of Lily Tomlin, followed by one dose of Charlie Chaplin, and rinse with an episode of I Love Lucy. Repeat as necessary and call me in the morning.” That is exactly what political journalist Norman Cousins decided to prescribe for himself during his treatment for a life-threatening disease.

Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, whose book was the basis of the Hollywood movie Patch Adams,also extols the health benefits of humor. He wrote, “Health is based on happiness — from hugging and clowning around to finding joy in family and friends, satisfaction in work and ecstasy in nature and the arts.”

Humor is a universal experience.… Read more »