When life gets you down, people almost always instinctively respond by telling you to stay positive. But the question is, why? Does being a glass-half-full versus glass-half-empty kind of person really make that much of a difference? The answer, in short, is yes.
“What things do I do that when I do them, you know I love you?”
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Friendships come and go, ebb and flow, and, as we age, some can disappear altogether. While technology does make staying in touch (however loosely) easier, digital friendships can’t fully replace old-school, face-to-face time. While real friendships may require a little more effort, their benefits to physical and emotional health are legion
Most of us grew up in some iteration of a community. Within it, there was usually an assortment of friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives, who for years remained relatively stable presences in our lives. However, when we head out on our own far from home, that sense of community often falls away. Disconnection can follow with our insular, digitally-saturated lifestyles
Self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, yet often the first thing that gets neglected. The reality is that we need to put the same amount of care and diligence into our mental health as we do our physical health.
Trauma is any event or experience that overwhelms the brain’s ability to cope, and shapes our beliefs or behaviors going forward. It is anything that causes an individual deep, lasting distress during and/or after the event has taken place.
Move over, Prozac- anxiety is the new depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18% of the U.S. adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder. This number doesn’t account for people who experience distressing levels of anxiety but don’t meet criteria for a diagnosable disorder. Most of us have experienced anxiety throughout our lives, and it can be argued that between improvements in technology and the advent of social media, anxiety and stress levels are surging at higher rates then previously seen-especially for young people.
The month of February evokes thoughts of couples, roses, chocolate, date nights, and romance. We want to impress, spoil, and dote on loved ones. During this time it’s important to remember that real love starts within. I see February as a time for self-reflection, growth, and change—a time to connect with who we are, who we want to be, and feeling comfortable in our own skin. This inner work is what illuminates our outer beauty.
Those people who do attempt to surrender to the flow or larger picture seem to move through life differently, with a sense of confidence and less worry. Now, we aren't saying that this way of thought is easy, nor is it a snap and all life's issues are resolved – but there is something to be said about a sense of ease one begins to master when they are able to shift their focus to the now, verses the what now. Learn how with holistic lifestylist, Mariah K. Lyons.
When it comes to the end of one year and the start of another, I always like to take some time to reflect on the lessons learned and think about the tweaks I need (and want) to make going forward. Having never been a big fan of the ‘resolutions’ mentality, but certainly a fan of change and improvement, my personal, annual upgrade list is taking shape. So, what’s on my to-do list this year? Less resolution, and more evolution, with an emphasis on the idea of not only being well, but staying well – and focusing the behaviors that encourage wellness in all aspects of life.
The holidays season is a much anticipated time when exciting family trips, vacations, and gatherings can cause as much stress as they do joy and excitement. In terms of our health, they are also chock-full of temptations. “I shall not drink a sip of alcohol” changes over the course of the season’s festivities to, “I’ll have just one sip”, and then to – “One glass won’t hurt.” The goal should be sustainability, not deprivation or guilt. Make this year different with our insight for healthy holiday maintenance.