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Why We All Need Green In Our Lives

Why We All Need Green In Our Lives

(CNN) It’s the color of the Emerald Isle, the hue of sickness and envy, and a shade associated with grotesque monsters. And its most universal interpretation conjures imagery of nature, a vibrant symbol of the environmental movement and healthy living. Green, the mixture of blue and yellow, can be seen everywhere and in countless shades. In fact, the human eye sees green better than any color in the spectrum. This, along with many other facts about this earthly color, makes…

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Take Time Out For Yourself This Christmas

Take Time Out For Yourself This Christmas

A mental health charity is urging people to give themselves the gift of time and kindness this Christmas.  The message, from Washington Mind, comes with only days to go until the big day, and the pressure of trying to make it perfect could mean some people are well on the way to reaching their breaking point. It is so important to give yourself permission to take time out. Jacqui Reeves  People are being encouraged to take a step back and…

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Start Reaping The Benefits Of Being Happy With These Steps

Start Reaping The Benefits Of Being Happy With These Steps

Research tells us that only 1 in 3 people label themselves “happy.” Happiness seems elusive for many. There is simply too much sadness, stress, pressure and difficulty in relationships for you to be “happy.” Most people are waiting for their happy day to come: “I will win the lottery.” “I will get that new job.” “I will move to a warmer climate.” “I will get rid of this jerk.” The pot of gold is just sitting there waiting, and you…

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What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t

What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t

When asked the question: “Do you take care of yourself?” most of us will answer yes — we’d even think, “What kind of question is this? Of course I care about myself.” When asked, “In what ways do you take care of yourself?” — well, that’s where the tricky part begins. What is self-care? Self-care is any activity that we deliberately do in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Although it’s a simple idea in…

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Managing Your Emotions Can Save Your Heart

Managing Your Emotions Can Save Your Heart

We often think of the heart and brain as being completely separate from each other. After all, your heart and brain are located in different regions of your body, and cardiology and neurology are separate disciplines. Yet these organs are intimately connected, and when your emotions adversely affect your brain, your heart is affected as well. The negative impact of emotions when your heart is already vulnerable There are two kinds of stress that impact your brain. Helpful stress (also…

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The New Way to Combat Stress at School and Work

The New Way to Combat Stress at School and Work

By Gina Shaw        WebMD Health News         Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH Sept. 24, 2015 – In the cavernous gymnasium at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, dozens of third, fourth, and fifth-graders sit on yoga mats – legs crossed, eyes closed, palms loosely open and facing upward on their knees. At the front of the room, a young man guides them through a series of breathing exercises, yoga poses, and meditation….

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A 5-Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Stress

A 5-Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Stress

In yoga, we try to balance the flows of energy and awareness as we raise prana, or breath. Pranayama (“conscious breathing”) creates this balance by linking the body with the mind. Pranayama is the inhale, the exhale, and the suspension of the inhale and exhale. Performed correctly and gradually is to be freed from all disease. In essence, without the breath, yoga would be no different than our traditional Western forms of exercise. The breath is the tool that unites…

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10 Ways To Manage Your Stress

10 Ways To Manage Your Stress

In today’s world, stress is almost inevitable. We feel stressed from different factors such as work, family, and lifestyle, and it affects us physically and emotionally. Stress isn’t always bad; it’s often necessary for productivity and for survival. However, when we’re constantly stressed and don’t know how to manage it, it can negatively affect our health. Stress is known to be one of the main root causes of disease. It contributes to nutritional deficiencies, digestive issues, weight changes, eczema, allergies,…

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20 Ways Changing Your Space Can Change Your Life

20 Ways Changing Your Space Can Change Your Life

BY DANA CLAUDAT      FEBRUARY 25, 2015 Without space, where would we exist? Space is THAT important to life. Not only is space vital, but we see and feel its importance even when we don’t know exactly how to articulate it. You know the places you avoid. We all know when something is “off” or “not right” or feels “haunted,” even if we don’t know why or how to fix it. We’re inextricably tied to space and the energy…

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9 Ways To Avoid Killer Stress

9 Ways To Avoid Killer Stress

BY MARGARET PAUL   AUGUST 7, 2014  Since stress is a killer, it’s vitally important to practice the following healthy ways of avoiding stress in your life, and of managing stress in loving ways. Stress activates the fight or flight mechanism, where the blood that’s normally in your brain, organs and immune system is directed into the arms and legs, readying you to fight or flee. Chronic stress keeps the body in this state, which eventually has a major effect…

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