Co-existing in my mind are both a bully and a friend. And it can depend on the day or hour which one takes up more of the real estate there. My bully can be loud, latching onto a negative thought I have about myself, repeating it, amplifying it. But after becoming aware of just how much power I was giving that bully, I've worked instead on nurturing the friend. We can quiet the … [Read more...] about How to Quiet the Bully in Your Mind
Though it looks and feels like spring around here this week, before launching fully into that season, I'm reflecting on what I learned in winter 2018 - December, January, and February. So, here are 7 things I learned - in no particular order. 1. A multi-cooker can change your kitchen life. I received one of these one-pot wonders for Christmas, and it is so fun and easy to whip up a healthy … [Read more...] about What I Learned in Winter
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?
Sometimes, especially if we have others to care for, we can let our attention on ourselves slip. When's the last time you met with your healthcare provider? Is it time to catch up on your preventive screenings and diagnostic tests? Achieving our best health depends on making healthy lifestyle choices - what we eat and drink, how we move and sleep, how we handle stress. But we also need to … [Read more...] about Catch Up on Preventive and Diagnostic Tests
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 How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Life gets crazy sometimes, and our intention to eat more healthy meals goes by the wayside. And so it becomes easy to just grab fast food, takeout Chinese, or something processed and already made from the grocery store. But then maybe we feel guilty. Our need for quick and easy has overpowered our need for healthy and good-for-us. And we're out of ideas. Maybe we need some … [Read more...] about Step 20: Find Resources for Healthy, Easy Meals