Attachment Styles and How They Show Up in Our Relationships

thoughtful-3Welcome back to this blog series on rewiring the brain, neuroplasticity, resilience and more.

In the first of the series, we talked about the different ways our brain becomes conditioned and how we can begin to change it. In the second post, we talked about our protective “negativity bias” and the autonomic nervous system, which revs us up (the job of the sympathetic nervous system) or slows us down (the job of the parasympathetic nervous system).

In this post, we’ll dive in a little deeper into how our programming takes shape when we’re young. Continue reading “Attachment Styles and How They Show Up in Our Relationships”

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Being Friends With Yourself: Why Speaking Positively Brings Freedom

mirror-reflectionDo you shower your friends with compliments, praise and approval? You probably do, because you know that it makes them feel proud, valued and respected. You see and understand the benefit of speaking positively to your friends when you see the happiness it brings them. It feels good to bring this joy to others, right? So, why is it so hard to speak to yourself this way? Being friends with yourself brings many positive benefits, both to yourself and to others.

For many of us, negative self-talk is a way of life.

Without realizing it, many of us willingly put ourselves in a self-made prison. It’s bad enough that we feel negatively about ourselves, but what’s worse is that we keep these negative beliefs going as we continually share these negative thoughts with our co-workers, friends, spouses, and even our children.  Continue reading “Being Friends With Yourself: Why Speaking Positively Brings Freedom”

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Lengthen Your Life: Good Relationships Help You Live Longer

The results are in. Studies have found that people with fulfilling relationships live longer, healthier lives. They’re also more likely to have higher self-esteem, feel more valued, and take better care of themselves, promoting wellness, immunity and longevity. Social connections may even influence longevity “in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” Good relationships help you live longer.

In a 13-year study of 2,761 people over the age of 65, tracking all areas of activity, it was found that those who spent time in social activities “fared just as well as those who spent the time exercising.” How? Exercise releases endorphins; neurotransmitters which promote a feeling of well being. Strong ties, a sense of connection and support flood our bodies with endorphins in much the same way that exercise does. Also, positive, loving, nurturing and supportive relationships strengthen and boost the immune system, providing protection against illness and disease.  Continue reading “Lengthen Your Life: Good Relationships Help You Live Longer”

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How “Fit” is YOUR Lifestyle?

You know, to become fit, healthy and happy from the inside out requires not just a fit body, but a fit mind. That means all aspects of your life are fit, healthy and whole. So often we only work on becoming nutritionally “fit” or physically “fit,” but what about your stress level, your emotions, your relationships and your spirituality?

These are some of the lifestyle issues which keep us from optimal health, wellness and success. Think about how you handle your stress or the types of relationships you may have. Are they rewarding and enriching, or toxic and destructive? I’ve worked with many people who eat well and exercise, yet it was only when they improved their lifestyle issues, did they achieve radiant health, wellness, success and happiness. Continue reading “How “Fit” is YOUR Lifestyle?”

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    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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