Self-care is one of the most important things we can do, and it is also one of the easiest things to forget to do or put aside in favor of tending to others or when responding to challenges. Yet compassionate self-care is vitally important to our health. It is not difficult. It just involves small habits that, when done regularly, can greatly enhance our body, mind, and spirit. When we care effectively for ourselves, we benefit and so do others in our life.… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Food, Nutrition, and Health
All human societies have had to adapt to challenges created by climate change. No matter where people live, how they earn a living, what they eat, or how they access food and water, human health and well-being has been intricately connected to climate. The connection between protecting the natural environment and safeguarding human health has been recognized for a long time.
While shifts in climate have occurred throughout history, these changes have occurred very slowly and gradually, allowing humans and other life on earth to adapt.… Read more »
Food is fundamental to all life. It is basic to survival, meets security needs, can be used as a gift or reward, involves pride in preparation, and food can help us express our creativity through its innovative use and new recipes.
Besides being nutritious, food plays many different roles in our lives. Food is used to support religious and spiritual traditions, rituals, and ceremonies. For many of us, the type of foods we eat is dependent on where we live and what is available at any particular time.… Read more »
During the holiday season, we strive to remain calm and serene and happy only to face many demands. Shopping, family visits, meals and food planning, parties, and all the preparation that goes with these demands can make us feel stressed versus serene. How can you reduce your stress? Try these helpful hints.
- Take care of your body. This is the time to do all the things you know are good for you—getting enough sleep; taking it easy on the sugar, alcohol, and caffeine; getting regular exercise; eating healthy foods; taking time to breathe; laughing.
Every week we hear about new health information. What are the best “superfoods” to eat? How does plastic affect our health? Is using a microwave good for our health or bad? How much exercise should we be getting? Keeping up with all the latest information can be stressful. We think it is time to stop, take a breath, relax, and know that good health is not supposed to be hard. It is really about taking the time to focus on a few simple practices that can make you feel rested, whole, happy, and filled with positive energy.… Read more »
Workers in the United States tend to log more and longer hours, and continue working much later in life, than most people in industrialized nations. Combine this with some of the shortest vacation time in the world, and these workers often suffer from burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that leads to a progressive spiral of diminished health. This can become a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it feeling fatigued, hopeless, resentful, and more prone to obesity, insomnia, anxiety, and workplace errors.… Read more »
Are you overwhelmed by workplace stress? You are not alone. For most us, the workplace is ever changing and a major source of daily stress. Economic upheavals, downsizing, layoff worries, mergers, and bankruptcies have cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs while millions more wonder how long they will be employed. The economic and personal health effects of workplace stress are at epidemic levels, making it one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century.
The nature of work today is changing at whirlwind speed.… Read more »
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 »