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Dec
21

Giving back feels good

One of the best ways to relieve yourself from the stresses in life is by giving to others. When you help others it takes the focus off of you and your problems and shifts the focus to the needs of others. Helping others brings about change in the community and a peace to you and someone in need. Below are 10 ways to volunteer and give the gift of yourself to others: 1.Walkathons- Walkathons are charity...
Dec
11

Ward off colds this winter

A study published this month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that a penchant for exercise may have a lot to do with making it to work on a daily basis. Dr. David Nieman, a professor in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University, says, “Exercise is probably the most power thing you can do to reduce your sick days this winter.” According to a news release from ASU,...
Nov
30

Stress free shopping

The days of driving to all the stores and dealing with the hectic crowds to get your holiday gifts are over. With the invention of the internet came an easier way to shop. Cyber Monday has become as popular as Black Friday. Cyber Monday is known as the Monday following Thanksgiving which allows online shoppers to get some great deals. I don't know about everyone else, but I really dislike shopping. You...
Oct
31

Spooky arm pain

Ever wake up to your arms going numb or feeling heavy? Sometimes it is just caused by sleeping on your arm and compressing it, but not always. This strange pain in the arms is can be caused by a shoulder muscle that has tightened up and triggers this response. The Scalene muscle  group has a "trigger point" where your neck meets the shoulder. It is called a trigger point because it is an area on the body...
Oct
30

Headache relief is in your hands

Relieving a painful headache can be very simple. Feeling better is in your hands, literally! There are a few pressure points you can utilize on your hands. There is a pressure point in the fleshy part between the thumb and index finger. This acupressure point is called The Adjoining Valley. To press this point, squeeze the center of the webbing toward the bone on your index finger.  After one minute,...
Sep
30

Drink tea to unwind

Most of the drinks we all have are designed to rev-up, psych-up and pep-up. Enough caffeine already! Try something that will calm you instead. Tea can help those relax from everyday stress. There are many different teas that can help. Three common kinds are: Passionflower tea, Chamomile and Peppermint tea. Passion flower is known to have multiple uses: it has been given to children to aid concentration in...
Aug
31

Exercise to beat stress

Many of us feel like we are overworked and overtired and we are over it! It seems difficult to squeeze in the time to schlep to the gym or take a walk before you start the work grind all over again, but just a few minutes every day can increase your circulation, help with pain and improve your attitude. The trick is to find ways to fit exercise in so it isn't another stressful thing to do. The best way...
Jul
31

Help for the insomniac

Why do we get sleepy at night time? It is because our bodies produce a sleep hormone called Melatonin. Melatonin is  made naturally by your body's pineal gland - a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of the brain. During the day the pineal is inactive. When the sun goes down and darkness occurs, the pineal is "turned on" and begins to actively produce melatonin, which is released into the blood....
Jul
28

Stress free cleaning

White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical. Here are  a few uses for using vinegar for stress free cleaning at home. Deodorize the garbage...
Jul
27

It’s not about them, it’s about you!

It's summer time which means it's....wedding season! You can tell by all the T.V programming: Bridezillas, Platinum Weddings, and Bride Wars to name a few. What many of these shows have in common is drama. I suppose that is what keeps the ratings up.  Despite all the yelling and tantrum throwing as seen on these programs, a wedding is a beautiful time for two people to show that they are committed to each...
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