These days, television seems to be filled with programs about “hoarders” and those who are disoriented and buried in their clutter. Some individuals have even died as a result of their clutter.
How does that happen? We all tend to cling to the familiar, even when it’s not healthy for us. We cling to physical items (such as clothes, furniture, and trinkets) as well as relationships, jobs, and behaviors. Unfortunately, we cross the line from normal, healthy behavior into the realm of “hoarding” when the items become excessive and we’re unable to discard them.… Read more »
Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it …This will miraculously transform your whole life. —Eckhart Tolle
The practice of gratitude is a powerful force that can be a state of mind as well as a way of life. Being grateful for what you have, instead of worrying about what you lack, enables you to let go of negative thoughts and attitudes and to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Being grateful increases feelings of love, knowingness, and awareness.… Read more »
Is your hectic lifestyle getting you down? Your kids need help with homework, your husband can’t find his shirt, you have an unscheduled meeting at work, your dog needs a walk, and your friend needs your help—all at the same time! Do you ever wonder how you can get a minute to relax? If you are like most people, you might even have forgotten how to relax.
While a little stress can be helpful (sharpening your senses and your mind), too much stress can wreak havoc on your physical and emotional health.… Read more »
Each and every day, we face stressors. Events, people, circumstances, concerns, and a certain amount of stress are part of our normal daily lives. Some of us rise to the occasion and thrive in these situations. Others experience a combination of negative physical and psychological effects.
Why do we react differently to stressors? Despite much research on the topic, the answer is not clearly understood, but a key element is how we manage the stressors we face. Stress does not result from a specific event; rather, a person’s perception of the event causes stress.… Read more »
Caring for someone else can be rewarding and exhausting. Often, caregivers say, “My spouse is the one with cancer, but now I’m the one in the hospital!” The combination of loss, prolonged stress, and physical demands of caregiving, along with the biological changes that occur with age, can place caregivers at risk for significant health problems, as well as an earlier death.
If you are a caregiver, especially for someone with an ongoing disease or at the end of life, your role is likely to continually evolve as you meet your loved one’s changing needs.… Read more »
When was the last time you had a massage? If you’ve never tried massage, maybe it’s time to learn about its possible health benefits.
Massage therapy is one of the fastest-growing health care professions in the United States, offered not only in spas but in businesses, clinics, hospitals, and even airports. An overwhelming accumulation of scientific evidence supports the claim that massage therapy can be beneficial in healing injuries, treating certain chronic and acute conditions, dealing with the stress of daily life, and maintaining good health.… Read more »
If sound can be healing, and healing sounds help us improve our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, what is noise? How does noise differ from healing sounds and from music we don’t like? In addition to music, what noises are present in people’s homes and the everyday workspace of most health-care environments? Finally, what impact does noise have on health?
Our advancing civilization has gotten noisier over time. Human hearing evolved in a relatively quiet setting where very loud noises were the exception.… Read more »
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. —Helen Keller
Depression can make you feel sad, lose interest in activities that you’ve always enjoyed, withdraw from others, have difficulty concentrating, experience changes in appetite, feel hopeless about the future, and have little energy. Depression differs from normal feelings of sadness or grief and usually lasts longer.
Our ancestors got plenty of sunshine, were physically active, went to bed when it was dark, got up at dawn, usually ate a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and lived in small communities.… Read more »
The number of today’s health care facilities that are focusing on health and well-being rather than just sickness and disease is rapidly increasing. With an emphasis on healing, stress relief, access to nature, and beauty as part of an overall philosophy of wellness, these organizations are discovering what has been known for many years—nature heals. Overwhelming evidence and emerging research on natural elements and sustainability shows that access to nature influences the health outcomes and sense of well-being for patients as well as health care providers.… Read more »
Living to be 100 years old was once considered a rare occurrence, but with advancements in medicine and lifestyle changes, living to be 100 is not so improbable today.
In 1910, the average life expectancy was only about 48 years for men and 51 years for women. Menopause was hardly even experienced! How times have changed!
As a group, there are more centenarians worldwide than ever before, with the largest population found in America. Five places have been identified worldwide where people live the longest, healthiest lives.… Read more »