This week, Deepak Chopra and Oprah launched their 21 Day Meditation Challenge which was largely marketed through Facebook. The aim of the three week campaign is to allow subscribers (at no charge) to embark on a "journey to perfect health." Sure, that sounds great in theory, but is there any truth to it? Can this ancient practice actually improve your life? Let's take a look at all of the evidence so that you can draw your own conclusions. Improved Mental Health Amazingly, there ... Continue Reading
Meditation can lead to health benefits, an increased sense of well-being, and even better sleep.
Some tips for organizing, preparing, and easing back into back-to-school.
During the summer months, we tend to slip away from our routine and let things be a little more casual. The kids are out of school so there’s no need for structure around that rigid schedule and there’s no homework to look over. The freedom feels great but then, like most good things, it comes to a sudden end. Getting back to school and back into the swing of things can be tricky and stressful - but here are some tips for making it a smoother transition. Organize and Be ... Continue Reading
By simplifying your mornings, you can help minimize the stress felt by everyone in the family and make back to school a breeze.
The stressed out morning. We've all been there. Some of us find ourselves there more often than not. It's that time when you have more things to accomplish than time in which to do so. Sometimes the stress comes from waking up late. Sometimes it comes from trying to locate a missing favorite toy or homework. Sometimes the stress just swoops in out of the blue and causes complete chaos. However, the ultimate foe in keeping everyone upbeat and on time can be avoided. By simplifying ... Continue Reading
By practicing yoga, you can get flexible, become spiritual, and release stress.
Not everyone can bed like a pretzel, so why should you start practicing yoga? Stress: Yoga helps the “stress” factor. With the bombardment of stimulation from electronics, crowds, traffic, and the hustle and bustle of daily life, yoga provides us with much-needed down time. It teaches relaxation, relaxes the nervous system ,and offers us a quiet time to turn inward. Yoga is extremely restorative in helping release the build up of chronic tension that we get from too much time on ... Continue Reading
Divorce is one of the more stressful life changes you can go through. Here are seven easy tips to help you de-stress after divorce.
Are you feeling battered, bruised and like you were just run over by a mack truck? Either you just had a monster work out or got divorced. Stress after divorce puts a huge strain on the mind, body and soul. And, let’s face it, if you don’t take care of yourself now, no one else will. How do you de-stress after your relationship ends in divorce? Here are 7 surefire tips that will allow you to let go and breathe easier so you can parent, function and get through the trying times and on the ... Continue Reading
Ease the stress of planning and taking your next vacation.
As my sister and I prepare for taking a cruise vacation next year, I've discovered several ways to make traveling and vacations a little bit easier. Here are some ways to ease the stress of planning your next vacation. First of all, Plan In Advance I probably go a little overboard on this, but I am a planner. Whether it's the lodging, necessary funds, or even what outfits I need, I like to plan it all out well ahead of time. When our family travels, I have the hotel(s) reserved at least a ... Continue Reading
Seven tips for relieving stress and sleeping better.
Our technology-filled, multi-tasking lives can become very stressful. By the end of the day we are overwrought and sleepless. The less sleep we get, the higher our stress levels climb. Here are a few tips to help break the vicious cycle and sleep better with a sound, restful night. Strike a pose. Stress and sitting all day long can wreak havoc on muscles and leave us in knots. To ease the tension and clear your mind for bed, try some bedtime yoga positions like Child's Pose, a nice Forward ... Continue Reading
Learn new ways to de-stress from the holidays through getting outside, relaxing, and yoga.
Ever wonder how other moms make it through the holidays seemingly unscathed? They always look completely put together, they work full-time, and there are multiple kids afoot? Personally, we can all put up the “fake it till we make it” face. We may not be or feel put together, but, we know how to act it. Although, my good friends can see through my “happy face.” The truth of the matter is we all need to learn how to de-stress from the holidays, just so we can enjoy life. Giving ... Continue Reading
Instruction on proper breathing techniques and benefits to emotional and physical health through the holidays and beyond.
Time seems to accelerate in November and December each year. Thoughts turn to buying the perfect holiday gifts, planning parties and hosting out of town guests. The to-do list becomes endless and this is often where stress begins to escalate. If simplifying your routine and setting realistic goals seems impossible, try this one simple thing to deal with holiday stress and anxiety. Breathe Breath is the key to life. It’s also the one body function most taken for granted. We often ... Continue Reading