Are holiday traditions, parties, volunteer commitments, and shopping turning you into the frenzied ringmaster of a runaway circus train? For your sanity and health, put the brakes on the holiday rush. Here’s how. 1. Cancel some of the sideshows. Leave a few activities off the program this year. Ellie Griffin, a vitality coach, says this is […]
Category: Self improvement
Light Up Your Brain
10 Activities That Power Up Your Brain and Keep You Sharp Regularly putting your brain through its mental paces is a brilliant habit, no matter your age. Little things that you do on the daily can positively impact your brain health and, thus, influence your entire quality of life. Neuropsychologist Katherine Reiter, PhD, from Cleveland […]
How to Stop Overthinking Everything
Why haven’t they responded yet?I sat on my bed hunched over my laptop, hitting the refresh button on my email inbox over and over. I was waiting to hear back from a potential employer about an internship opportunity, and my anxiety was gnawing at me more and more each time I refreshed my inbox. Many […]
Can You Change How You Feel?
Have you ever struggled to express or understand your emotions? If so, you are not alone. There are numerous factors that can make it difficult to express emotions. For many, family culture or societal expectations have conditioned us to suppress strong emotions. Meanwhile, others have never learned the language necessary to accurately describe emotions. Sometimes […]
Stop the Stress Cycle
We’re living in the age of anxiety. People now report being more worried about stress and anxiety than any other heath concern, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sounds like it’s time to find a way out of the overwhelming stress spiral. Imagine this: You’re at the doctor’s office for an annual checkup. Excitedly, you […]
5 Lessons We Can Learn From Children
“Please use your inside voice.” “Eat your broccoli.” “It’s time to go to bed.” “Wear your jacket.” As a parent, you’ve probably said these kinds of statements hundreds of times to your child. Adults are always telling kids how to behave. But there are times when kids do things better than we grown-ups do. Here […]
How Money Problems Become Health Problems
Research has found that the risk factors for financial trouble also serve as risk factors for physical health problems. It shouldn’t come as a surprise: If you’re always worried about money, it’s going to take a toll on your body, mind, and spirit.
Tiny Diet Tweaks That Make a Big Difference
Why not abandon extreme dieting and focus instead on small, incremental improvements to your routine—“tweaks” that improve health but don’t feel overwhelming?
How the Cleanliness (or Messiness) of Your Home Affects Your Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health
In one 2010 study of 30 spousal couples, wives who described their homes as “unfinished” or “cluttered” reported more depressed moods and experienced shifts in levels of cortisol production, which have proven detrimental to long-term health.
Three Roadblocks to Your Fitness Goals
ure, right now you may be busy with the holiday whirlwind, but New Year’s Day is right around the corner—and with it, New Year’s resolutions. The start of a new year is the perfect (and popular) time to set fitness and health goals—whether that’s eating better, exercising more often, or losing those extra pounds. But […]