Random Acts of Kindness

sandrachile-686986-unsplashWe’ve all heard such phrases as “paying it forward” and “do unto others”, but it turns out there’s actually a substantial amount of scientific backing behind the principle of doing good for others. We all know that doing good feels good, but there are also a multitude of other benefits that profit not only others, but ourselves as well.

According to research, ...

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Mental Wellness

estee-janssens-396889-unsplashMany of us are setting new goals at this time of year to take better care of ourselves. I want to catch the wave of this annual enthusiasm and encourage readers to set a goal to take better care of your mental health. While people often think about eating healthier, starting a fitness routine, or quitting an unhealthy habit, they ...

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Just Breathe: Deep Breathing Technique

Feeling stressed? Just breathe! Try this 3 second triangle deep breathing guide to slow down your mind and body and bring a sense of calm to your day. Using shapes or images to assist with deep breathing practices is a great way to practice mindfulness! Breathe in through the nose for 3 seconds, hold that breathe for 3 seconds and then breathe out the nose or mouth for 3 seconds. Continue this exercise for 5-8 rounds.

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3 Fun & Easy Holiday Crafts

Chocolate Bar Snowmensnowmen

Great for a holiday party or thank you gift!

You will need:

  • Hershey Chocolate Bars
  • White paper
  • Markers/ Crayons
  • Ribbon

How to make Chocolate Bar Snowmen:

  1. Cut each piece of printer paper in half.
  2. Wrap each candy bar like a present.
  3. Tie a piece of ribbon around the candy bar closer to the top than the bottom (this is the snowman’s scarf)
  4. Draw a carrot nose on each “snowman”.
  5. Draw on ...
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15 Quick Tips for Beating Holiday Stress

holiday stressThe holidays really are the best of times and the worst of times. Our tidings of comfort and joy can so easily be devoured by the insatiable stress to do it all, be it all, and buy it all. Despite its devastating consequences, stress is often something that is overlooked and ignored, especially during the holiday season. Stress not only increases your ...

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The Power of an Hour: The Effects of Daylight Savings Time

It’s that time of the year again, daylight savings time. If you’re still irked about losing that hour of sleep last March, when most of the country went on Daylight savings time, here’s some good news… This month you get it back! Daylight savings time will officially end at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 4th, so if you haven’t heard already, you need to set your clocks back (“fall back”) one sanah-suvarna-161883-unsplashhour.

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Flu Prevention 101


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Fall brings cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and football games. It also means another flu season is upon us. Last year’s was rough. The CDC classified 2017-2018 a high severity season with high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness, high influenza-related hospitalization rates, and widespread influenza activity across the United States for an extended period. The CDC estimates ...

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Dark Horse: Signs of Problem Gambling

It’s summer time, and if you have lived in the Capital Region for any period of time, you know that for many of us, summer means Track Season in Saratoga! For many, gambling is fun, no morejonathan-petersson-607955-unsplash than a pleasant social activity, especially when it’s racing season and Saratoga comes alive. New casinos are competing to have the best gambling venues, ...

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Meditation 101

Part 1: What is meditation and how do I start?simon-migaj-421505-unsplash

Have you ever been interested in meditation but you are just not sure where to start? We have been hearing more and more about mindfulness and meditation and the positive effects practicing these skills can have on our health and well-being. Let’s start with a look at what meditation actually is ...

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