Now that the travel, and obligations, and stress of the holidays are over, you can catch your breath and think about the New Year. What will you do for yourself this year that will support your goals for health and well-being?
Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, and it is also one of the easiest things to forget to do or put aside in favor of tending to others. Some say self-care “is like pouring water from a vessel.” You can only keep pouring the water if you’re refilling the vessel.… Read more »
Many people receive pets as a gift during the holidays. Maybe you saw a cute kitten during your holiday shopping spree or your child has wanted a puppy for months. Holiday movies, television programs, and advertisements seem to make it seem like the best time to give a pet is under the tree on Christmas morning. However, not all Christmas pets live up to the hype and bringing a new animal into the home during a chaotic holiday season can lead to just the opposite of a positive beginning for the pet and the family.… Read more »
One of the most profound healing techniques is free – and right under your nose! According to Andrew Weil, MD, one of the leaders in integrative medicine, learning how to breathe correctly is probably the most important practice you can use to support good health.
Breath control can provide many health benefits. It can:
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- Lower blood pressure;
- Reduce or eliminate heart arrhythmias;
- Relieve chronic indigestion;
- Increase blood circulation throughout your body;
- Improve immune function;
- Decrease anxiety;
- Improve sleep;
- Improve energy; and
- Improve your sense of well-being.
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 »
Do you struggle with monkey-mind (a mind that jumps from thought to thought like a monkey jumps from tree to tree)? The monkey mind is not content with being in the present moment, but rather is constantly distracted by the thoughts that pass through it. Is your brain unsettled, restless, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable? By practicing mindfulness meditation, neuroscientists have reported that after only eight weeks of mindfulness meditation, 30 minutes a day, you can not only calm your mind but your brain can create new brain cells (neurons) and connections between those neurons.… 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 »
What’s the secret to living to 100? How long are you likely to live? Living to be 100 was once a rare event, but that is changing. Today, centenarians are the fastest growing segment of our population, and science is slowly unraveling their secrets.
Health officials predict that by 2050, more than 800,000 Americans will be living into their second century of life. These new centenarians are not frail, ailing, or housebound. Most are mentally alert, relatively free of disabilities, and active members of society.… Read more »
Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way to relieve stress, live in harmony with nature, and enhance the well-being of mind and body. One reason for its growing popularity is that so many people live pressure-filled, fast-paced lives. As stress and pressure affect their mental and physical beings, and as they come to accept the connection between mind and body, more people are seeking holistic approaches to manage their stress.
Believed to have originated in India, yoga is considered an ancient form of active meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.… Read more »
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 »
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 »