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28Nov, 2016

Want to be happier and healthier? Practice gratitude

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Mind & Body, Stress|Comments Off on Want to be happier and healthier? Practice gratitude

You’ve probably seen it before—gratitude (being thankful) is the adrenaline of life.  Taking time to notice and reflect upon the things that you are thankful for can make you happier and improve sleep, help you feel more alive, and even strengthen your immune system. While gratitude might not be the “magic pill,” it’s pretty close.  “Developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life,” writes Amy Morin, a psychotherapist, and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.  A dozen or more studies confirm that. It’s a habit and practice you [...]

1Nov, 2016

Get a Boost from Doing Good

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body, Stress, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get a Boost from Doing Good

Most of us know that warm fuzzy feeling of doing good work, whether it is rounding up cans of food to feed the less fortunate, donating school supplies for needy kids or perhaps shoveling an elderly neighbor’s walk. But did you know that doing good for others also boosts your physical and mental health? It’s true! Studies have shown that giving to others can boost your immune system, lower stress, help you live longer and increase your happiness. In one study, people diagnosed with high blood pressure were given money and told to spend it in a short amount of time. [...]

5Oct, 2016

The Great Balancing Act

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body, Mindfulness|Comments Off on The Great Balancing Act

Welcome fall and all its beauty.  The gold and red leaves against a stunning Colorado blue sky, summon the feeling of change. With fall, we surrender the chaos of summer and settle into routine and finding a sense of balance.  This balance is demonstrated with the fall equinox, one of two days each year where the world experiences equal parts day and night, each 12 hours. The perfect balance. When our lives are in balance we can feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated. Who doesn’t want that!  Often, the pressures of work, relationships and life, pull us out of alignment where [...]

1Sep, 2016

5 Tips to Ease Kids’ Back-to-School Anxiety

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Kids, Parenting|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Ease Kids’ Back-to-School Anxiety

Time to go back to school! Many kids are energized by the possibilities of going back to school, but others may be anxious about the unknown. A new teacher, a new school or going to school for the first time can shake even the most resilient child. "One of our biggest fears as humans is the unknown, and starting a new school year involves a lot of unknowns," says Laura Markham, PhD. She is a clinical psychologist and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. There are steps you can take to make going back to [...]

29Jul, 2016

Looking at Your Living Space: When External Clutter Reflects your Internal Struggles and How to Overcome and Let Go

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Recovery, Stress|1 Comment

Summer is in full swing, flowers are in bloom, and as I look around my house, a shocking realization flows through me; my life is in disarray! People always talk about spring cleaning and decluttering as if it is some kind of ritual. But I’ve never really been the type to stop everything and deep clean once a year. I try very hard, like most I presume, to keep a tidy environment all year long, but this time it’s different. So what happened this year? I’ve been reflecting on this daily as I slowly tidy up, throw away trash and reorganize [...]

22Jul, 2016

Double Duty: 25 Tips for Caring for Both Mental and Physical health

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Double Duty: 25 Tips for Caring for Both Mental and Physical health

“Without mental health, there can be no true physical health.”– Dr. Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) It’s becoming increasingly more common to talk about mental health and physical health together. And, as Dr. Chisholm stated, you really can’t have one without the other. Both mental health and physical health make up a person’s overall wellness. (Technically, there are seven dimensions of wellness, but we’ll get to that another time.) Poor physical health can lead to increased risk of mental health problems. And vice versa – poor mental health can negatively impact your physical health, leading [...]