Unhealthy habits can be tough to shake, and we beat ourselves up for lacking willpower. So let's take it back to a core question: What can you envision? Or, in other words, what do you want to be different about your health and life? Some of us approach this from a place of pro-activity. But most of us don't consider this question unless we have to change something in response to illness … [Read more...] about Stuck in Unhealthy Habits? What Can You Envision?
Self-care takes different forms, depending on the situation and person. Lighting a candle. Enjoying a slow coffee and breathing deeply. Taking a walk. Spending time with a friend. Choosing healthy foods. Each of those has its place. But when life feels like it's spiraling out of control, self-care may be the first thing to go. How do we stop that from happening, to make ourselves more … [Read more...] about Is it Self-Care, or Is it Stewardship?
Spirituality and faith, although highly personal and often private, play a significant role in the health of many people. That's why it's an area of focus on the Wheel of Health. Spirituality is at the core of a person's being. In what do you find purpose and meaning? In what do you find strength? Where do you find comfort, and hope? Nearly half of Americans describe themselves as … [Read more...] about Step 27: Deepen Your Spirituality for Better Health
Stress eating can hit at any time. Faced with a challenge, or boredom, or discomfort, we find ourselves pawing in the pantry or digging in the fridge. And then we eat whatever might give us temporary pleasure, not because we're physically hungry. Most often, we reach for the high carbohydrate, high fat, high sugar foods. That's because when we're stressed, high levels from the hormone … [Read more...] about Step 26: Walk Away from Stress Eating
Stress is a normal reaction that people feel as they encounter changes and difficulties in life. And anxiety can be a reaction to the stress. But chronic stress can lead to anxiety disorders, the most common mental-health illness affecting people in the U.S. And it can lead to other serious health conditions, too. So how can we manage stress and anxiety in proven ways? Approaches to Manage … [Read more...] about Step 23: Reduce Stress and Anxiety
What's on your bookshelf? Whether you're a lover of paper or electronic books, here are some wellness must-haves worth reading and then keeping on your bookshelf. Note: None of these that I'm listing is a new book. While I love to read, I'm slow. And I often don't buy off the bookshelf that highlights current best-sellers or new releases. Each one should be available from your public library, … [Read more...] about Step 16: Add to Your Wellness Bookshelf