Eating, Sleeping and the Nutrition Connection

eat-sleep-healthy-300x198It has long been known that proper sleep and nutrition play a critical role in our mental health. What is often overlooked however, is the strong link between these two features of a healthy lifestyle. Yet, amounting evidence has shown that individuals who are able to get at least seven to eight hours of restful sleep, are more likely to consume a balanced diet and less likely to become overweight.

But there ...

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Understanding Stress: What’s Happening and Making a Change

Understanding StressStress is a medical term for a wide range of strong external stimuli, both physiological and psychological, which can cause a physiological response called the general adaptation syndrome. General adaptation syndrome, or GAS, is simply a term used to describe the body’s short-term and long-term reactions to stress.

Stressors can include physical stressors such as starvation, being hit by a car, or suffering through severe weather. Additionally, people can suffer such ...

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Quit! And Let The Healing Begin

breakfreeEveryone knows that quitting smoking is better for your health. Benefits such as more energy, greater stamina, cleaner and whiter teeth, and of course, the cost savings are all pretty obvious. Maybe your friends and coworkers haven’t mentioned that cigarette smoke and odor sticks to your body and clothing like the plague, and it isn’t pleasant. But there are lessor known benefits too ...

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True Resolve

ResolveTo be resolute means to be purposeful, determined, and unwavering in your intent and action. It implies commitment in the truest sense – dedicated and obligated. The phrase, “hell or high-water” comes to mind. In the course of our lives we often make commitments. Yet it seems that often, commitment takes a second seat to convenience, comfort and routine. Without true resolve, the ...

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The Best Made Plans for a Happy Holiday

635525448577172765ZenChristmasFor most people, the holiday season is a time of reflection, tradition, and joy. For some, the holiday season brings ever rising levels of panic, stress and even depression. Since we are all experiencing very similar situations – visits from family, additional financial strain, traffic, shopping, work deadlines, travel and even the distractions of nostalgia – why is there such a broad range ...

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The Being of Wellness

WellnessWellness means different things to different people. Most people would agree however that wellness, or well-being, encompasses more than just our physical health. It includes the health of our mind and spirit as well as our bodies. Further, when health professionals talk about wellness, they’re referring to how these separate components of health interact and affect the others.

The connection between stress, for example, and the physical impact of stress on our ...

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Get More Sleep!

SleepSleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems ...

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Health to the Music!

You see them at the gym; you see them in the park, you see them along the streets: people deep into some form of exercise and in their own world thanks to the ear-buds they’re wearing. Since the introduction of aerobic dance in the early 70’s, music seems to have become not only a basic element of many people’s personal exercise routines, but an essential part of things ...

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Distraction for Feeling Better

Nature has taught us many lessons and it continues to do so. Nature deals with stress by decreasing high pressure to low pressure. This phenomenon can be observed in some of nature’s most impressive forces like volcanic eruptions and disastrous hurricanes, down to those at the microscopic level like cellular osmosis. Through osmosis, for example, a concentrated solution is diluted – similarly distraction is a powerful diluter of overwhelming and sometimes dysfunctional thoughts and feelings.

Most of ...

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A Good Night’s Sleep for a Body’s Good

While everyone in today’s society realizes that we should all be doing things to contribute to our own personal health and wellness, many people overlook some of the most obvious things each of us can do. Many factors, it is true, go into both health and wellness, among them the genes we inherited, where we live, and what we do for a living. But one of the most basic elements of health –getting the proper amount ...

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