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Stress Busting Foods

November 21st, 2022|

Focus on adding foods rich in magnesium, B vitamins (especially B-12!), zinc and antioxidants to your diet. These nutrients help to support your body’s ability to breeze through stressful situations, or recuperate after excessive periods of stress.

How to Manage Holiday Stress

November 16th, 2022|

When stress is in full swing, it is much more challenging to stop and recuperate. Try to stop stress before it becomes a problem. With these tools in your stress management kit, you'll have peace of mind all year long! Tools for Managing Stress Meditate Breathe deeply Reach out Check in Decompress Laugh out loud, literally! Crank up the tunes Get moving Acknowledge your feelings Be realistic [...]

Let’s Talk Holiday Stress

November 7th, 2022|

Stress: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Physiological Effects of Stress: Heart disease High blood pressure Digestive problems like diarrhea, ulcers, IBS, and more Anxiety or depression Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or fatigue Decreased mental clarity Decreased immune function Increased risk for addiction, obesity, diabetes, and more Physiological Effects of Stress: [...]

How To Meditate

November 3rd, 2022|

There are many different ways to practice meditation in order to achieve a calm mind. As the mind begins to quiet, our relationship with the world around us begins to change and deepen, creating space for us to process and navigate through life more effectively. There is no cookie cutter approach to meditation. The director of the neuroscience lab at University of Wisconsin, Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., told The New York Times “In Buddhist tradition, the word ‘meditation’ is equivalent to a word [...]

How to Plan a Healthy Halloween

October 24th, 2022|

Are you looking for a Healthy Halloween snack for an upcoming potluck or party? Here's a simple recipe from Laura's kitchen that can significantly lower your sugar intake this October. Let’s play a little game called “can you guess which treat is the healthy indulgence?” One of the Caramel Apples shown above has 93 grams of sugar. The other has 19. Ingredients: Sugar-Free Caramels Apples Chopped Nuts (optional) Waxed Paper Directions: Dr. Laura used Smart Sweets caramels but any sugar-free caramel [...]

The Art of Meditation

October 18th, 2022|

Meditation is the art or practice of calming and steadying the mind to induce a state of peace, elevated awareness, mindfulness, and presence. Meditation has roots in many different religious and spiritual practices, but over the years, it has evolved into something anyone can experience and benefit from, regardless of spiritual or religious affiliation. There are many different ways to incorporate meditation into your life to help calm the constant, steady chatter of the mind. As the mind begins to quiet, our relationship with our world begins [...]

The Art of Tea

October 3rd, 2022|

Tea: The most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water. An aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over the cured leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Camellia Sinensis: An evergreen shrub or tree native to Asia. Leaves and buds of this plant are used to make tea. Different processing methods produce different types of tea. What's in a name? Did you know, herbal teas are not technically classified as tea? Only the steeped leaves and buds of [...]

Pillar 5: Financial Wellness

September 23rd, 2022|

I am not a financial expert, and for me, numbers never were my strong suit. I always look to the pros to help me when it comes to questions about my financial goals. Invest in an Accountability Partner It is extremely empowering and helpful to have an accountability partner for the areas that we are less practiced at. Investing in your wellness is an investment in your future, whether it is hiring a finance professional for support or investing in support [...]

Pillar 4: Spiritual Wellness

September 19th, 2022|

Spiritual wellness doesn't necessarily mean going to church or being a part of a religion. A spiritual practice is about connecting with experiences and people that leave us feeling deeply nourished. This could be drinking in a beautiful natural landscape, savoring a musical number, creating a meditation practice, or praying. Are you just getting started on your spiritual journey? Here are a few places you can begin exploring. Find a place that feels safe, relaxing, and comfortable where you can sit [...]

The Healing Power of Light

September 13th, 2022|

Light therapy, or phototherapy, is exposure to specific wavelengths of light designed to elicit a therapeutic response. From emotional disorders such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or depression, to sleep disorders like insomnia, to treating skin, muscle, and joint conditions, phototherapy can be used to treat a broad spectrum of disease and dysfunction in the human body.

Pillar 3: Emotional Wellness

September 6th, 2022|

Emotional wellness, which includes social wellness, is key for healthy relationships with ourselves and others. When we learn how to allow ourselves to feel and express the full range of normal emotions, including the not-so-pleasant ones, we have a better emotional balance. Connect with loved ones. Studies have shown that we need compassionate human contact throughout our day in order to maintain optimal health. As adults, we have learned to adapt to less touch in our lives, but we suffer the [...]

Pillar 2: Mental Wellness

August 25th, 2022|

Mental wellness includes caring for our intellectual health. This could be reading a book, learning a new skill, or doing a puzzle. Activities that keep our minds engaged and growing will keep us more engaged and balanced in our lives. Laugh! When they said laughter is the best medicine, they weren’t joking around. There are many physical and emotional benefits to laughter, including stimulating your heart, lungs, muscles, and brain, giving your immune system a boost, and releasing depression and pain-fighting [...]

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