The sun was setting on a full day, from a conference that had filled my mind yet prevented me from getting in my usual morning exercise, to a lengthy appointment and numerous conversations that all together had worn me down. As I began my drive home, I noticed my irritation when my cell phone buzzed three more times to announce incoming texts and another phone call. I started to replay the … [Read more...] about Being Aware – and Taking Care – of Our Own Needs
If you're looking for a summer read, may I offer a few ideas that go beyond the genre known informally as "romance novel to read while sitting on the beach?" Not that there's anything wrong with that genre! If that's what you enjoy and what you need right now to decompress, go for it. And in that case, bookmark this for later when you're wanting something else. But if you're ready for … [Read more...] about 5 Books that Could Boost Your Health This Summer
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 religious and … [Read more...] about 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 Walk Away from Stress Eating