Stress

Why Are We So Stressed Out? Stress usually occurs when we are feeling overwhelmed by problems. It causes us to constantly worry about problems that we feel are not resolvable. For instance, we tend to focus on what we do not have, which causes us to overlook what we do have. The one thing that has always stuck with me was the phrase “Do not worry about what you cannot change; only worry about what you can change, and change it.” If you are feeling stressed out over a problem or situation, you have the ability to change it. If
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Lessons From the Blue Zone for Longevity and Happiness

Blue zones describe areas in the world where most inhabitants live to be 100 years and older. There are five blue zones in the world: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece. In addition to being centenarians, people who live in blue zones have drastically lower occurrences of heart disease, dementia, cancer and depression.  These people live long, healthy lives enjoying optimal health until their deaths. What is the secret to their overall health success? Five life-style criteria have been identified in blue zone communities: 1. Family relationships (one’s tribe) are identified as the most
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Nutritional Support in Your Recovery from Anxiety

A healthy diet, adequate sleep, and daily exercise are the building blocks of good health and well-being for everyone but are especially important in recovering from anxiety. Good nutrition is essential in supporting your new understanding about managing your anxiety symptoms and taking action to make changes in your life to reduce stress and anxiety. Eating well to manage anxiety is not very different from a generally good diet: eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good fats, and lean protein (with or without dairy products, depending on your ability to tolerate them) while cutting down on refined
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Nutritional Support in Your Recovery from Anxiety

A healthy diet, adequate sleep, and daily exercise are the building blocks of good health and well-being for everyone but are especially important in recovering from anxiety. Good nutrition is essential in supporting your new understanding about managing your anxiety symptoms and taking action to make changes in your life to reduce stress and anxiety. Eating well to manage anxiety is not very different from a generally good diet: eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good fats, and lean protein (with or without dairy products, depending on your ability to tolerate them) while cutting down on refined
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Managing Stress

Ways to Handle Stress We all experience stress from time to time whether it is from our jobs or just things that are going on in our daily lives. Stress is a state of mental tension that causes a person to worry that can lead to the development of anxiety. Unfortunately, some people are not able to handle stress. When stress is not handled appropriately, it usually leads to very severe symptoms that interfere with your life. These symptoms can become so debilitating that you may have to seek professional help to manage it. I am usually able to relieve
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Drugs/Alcohol Recovery Involves the Entire Family

Everyone in a family is impacted in some way if one family member has drug/alcohol problems. No matter how close or distant family relationships are, chemical dependency can disrupt a family’s balance and cause dysfunction.  The entire family can assist with the recovery process and help stabilize the families function. Families tend to worry, stress, fear, distrust, become angry and disappointed about their loved one’s chemical dependency problems. Some may try to cover-up the chaos, conflict, accidents, and distress caused by the addiction. Oftentimes, family members unintentionally make it easier for the addict to use drugs/alcohol. This behavior is called
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What is the Paleo diet?

There is a  clear connection between what we eat, how we feel and how well our bodies, brains and minds function. Nutritious whole foods including grass fed beef, free range organic poultry, clean fish (without metal contamination), a variety of organic fruits and vegetables devoid of additives and preservatives is the gold standard. Yet, even within these parameters, many diet variations exist. Recently, a fad diet called the Paleo diet has resurfaced and garnered much attention. The diet was originated by a physician named Walter Voegtlin who published the diet in 1972 and was more recently popularized by Loren Cordain
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Finding Happiness

Happiness. Everybody wants it, many seek it, few find it. What will make you happy? A better job?  More money? Less arguing with your spouse? The approval of others?  A bigger house? Maybe all of these things would make you happy, but it’s more likely that none of these things will foster true happiness.  Once we reach that next step or achieve the next goal we bask in the glory of it for a while and then it’s onto the next thing. We’ve managed to convince ourselves that we won’t be truly happy until we get that next great thing.
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Finding the Right Motivation

“Reach for your goals!”  “Go for it!”  “You can do it!”  We all know the mantra’s that we tell ourselves over and over again as we work towards a goal- whether it is finishing a paper, a class, graduating, working out, losing weight, buying a car, or getting a new job. The list can be endless.  But what happens once we achieve that longed for goal?  Then what? Often times, people are left with a sense of emptiness, a lack of purpose or direction. They no longer are working towards reaching that carrot they have been chasing. What happens when
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How music can help reduce stress and improve daily functioning

In the battle against stress and anxiety, there are a number of great tricks and skills that can be used to help us feel safer and more comfortable.  While many may immediately come to mind (breathing, exercise, a good night’s sleep, etc.), the use of music as a de-stressor is one that we often overlook.  While we may go out of our way to search for things that make us feel better, music is a tool that is very easily accessible and has the power to aid in relaxing both our mind and our body. A large amount of research
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