Relax – It’s Good For You

relax - it's good for you!Everyone knows that too much stress is bad for your health. Still, many of us leave little room to relax in our busy lives. Relaxation and stress management are required for good health and need to become part of the daily routine. Relaxation allows for improved digestion, detoxification, body repair and restocking the body’s reserves. Research continues to support the beneficial effects that come from relaxation: reducing anxiety, managing pain, decreasing symptoms associated with various health conditions, and overall disease prevention. Continue reading “Relax – It’s Good For You”

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10 Ways to Promote Self Care

practice self careSelf care is important for overall health. By taking time to take care of ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally, we can feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle our goals. This has probably never been more true than during this pandemic, as COVID-19 has increased feelings of stress and anxiety in many people.

A recently published review summarized some of the adverse psychological effects of quarantine, including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion and anger. Continue reading “10 Ways to Promote Self Care”

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Relaxing With Essential Oils

essential oilsEssential oils are a form of plants, herbs, flowers, etc., that have undergone an extraction process by steam or water distillation, cold pressing, use of solvents, or other means, to remove the highly concentrated oil.  Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically and emotionally. They can provide relief from depression, anxiety and nervousness. They can support sleep and calm or relax your body. Essential oils that are used for stress work by interacting with your limbic system. Your limbic system is the part of your brain that regulates your nervous system and emotions. Continue reading “Relaxing With Essential Oils”

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4 Tips for Taking Time for Yourself

winter walkThis time of year can be festive and fun, but it can also take a toll on mental health. The stresses of life can really take the joy out of what should be a time for family and friends, and gratefulness. Here are four tips that can help you feel calmer and less stressed.

1. Take a time out: When things are getting crazy and you feel like a ticking time bomb, take a step back and take some time for yourself. If you’re not sure what would bring you the most relaxation, here are a few ideas: drawing, journaling, taking a long, hot bath, or get carving out time for contemplation and reflection. Continue reading “4 Tips for Taking Time for Yourself”

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Travel Essentials this Summer

Traveling should be relaxing and enjoyable. Unfortunately, it can also be hard on your body. Recycled air on flights exposes you to cold and flu germs and jet lag can make you lose valuable days of vacation time. And, eating foods that you are not used to can also cause digestive distress. Being prepared before you travel can make the difference between a miserable trip and a memorable one.

Here are some supplements that will make your life a little better while you travel. Continue reading “Travel Essentials this Summer”

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