With small habit shifts, we can reset our brain's circadian clock operating in the background and affect our sleep cycles and energy levels. In fact, you've reset your internal clock unconsciously if you've traveled across time zones or stayed up late a few times to watch an important sporting game or attend an event. But that circadian clock is sensitive to other internal and external … [Read more...] about Can I Reset My Circadian Clock for Better Sleep?
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
When we get enough sleep, the benefits ripple outward, improving other areas of our health. Most adults need 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night, and children may need as many as 13 hours per night. But studies show that one-third of Americans fall short of those recommendations. And it increases our risk for chronic conditions: anxiety and depression increased pain lowered immune … [Read more...] about Get Enough Sleep for a Healthier You
Everyday technology can be used to help us improve our personal health. Yes, there's an app for that. Several apps, actually. And it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones are worthwhile to use. I haven't tried them all, but I do have several that work for me. The list below includes only ones that I use daily or very frequently to help me specify my goals and then track my … [Read more...] about Set Goals and Track Progress with Apps
It is not uncommon for many of us to "blow it" over a holiday weekend, but Stretchy-Pants Week doesn't have to turn into an entire month. Want to get back on track? Then take a look at the list below. Here are 5 ways to refocus and recover after a holiday: Stop beating yourself up about what you ate, drank, said, did, or didn't do. It's a new day. Stop replaying the narratives. Forgive … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get on Track after a Stretchy-Pants Week
What’s your plan of action when you feel a cold or other illness brewing? In our home, we take a multi-faceted approach to boost our immune system. First, we have a mantra that we’ve said for years. It sounds a little hokey, but we use it whenever one of us is feeling run down and susceptible to illness: I am healthy, and I will remain healthy. This mindset shift works as a code to ourselves. … [Read more...] about Got a Cold? Boost your Immune System this Winter