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How Depression and Stress Raise Heart Attack Risks

May 23, 2017

Have you ever drowned your sorrows or your anxiety in a big bowl of chocolate ice cream? When you're feeling anxious or depressed, it's easy to open the fridge and reach for a heaping helping of comfort food. The trouble is that thinking about your heart health is vital, even when you're not feeling your best. Of course, this is often easier said than done, but it's a life and death matter because of heart disease the number one killer in America. People who are depressed or anxious don't always make healthy choices because these feelings can be overwhelming. Your mental health exerts an...Continue Reading

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6 Tips for Training Yourself to Get Up an Hour Earlier

May 12, 2017

As impossible as it may seem, you really can train yourself to be an early riser! Yes, it is possible to drag your tired body out of bed. You may not love the training process, but you will appreciate being able to control the direction and tone for your entire day. By waking up early, you'll be able to banish the rush and chaos of your morning routine. You'll also gain some time to work on things you are normally too tired to do at the end of the day. Not convinced? Here are six tips for training yourself to get up an hour earlier. Early to Bed, Early to Rise If you go to bed earlier, you'll...Continue Reading

Taking care of yourself today will lead to a better tomorrow

5 Things You Should Do in Your 30s to Make Life Better in Your 50s

April 18, 2017

With so much excitement in your twenties, many don't stop to consider that in the blink of an eye, you'll be turning fifty. It's easy to forget when you're younger, but it's also easy to wake up at the ripe old age of 5-0 and wonder just where have all those years gone? To make the most of these later years, it's important to begin taking care of yourself today. Get Rid of Bad Habits Weighing You Down If you smoke or indulge in eating junk food, now is the time to give up those bad habits. Don't wait for a health scare to motivate you to make changes. The changes you make now will build the...Continue Reading

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Reducing Stress has Immediate and Long-Term Effects

February 1, 2017

What is stress? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is the brain's response to any demand, usually triggered by change. This stress-causing change can be a positive or negative, real or perceived, long-term or short-term, major or minor, harmful or harmless. Not all stress is bad- stress; responses that follow dangerous situations can save your life by heightening your senses and trigger a "fight-or-flight" response to threats. However, chronic stress can cause that same "fight-or-flight" response to be triggered within the body for a lengthy period of time and...Continue Reading

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Can Too Much Exercise Be Bad for You?

January 31, 2017

Everyone knows exercise is necessary to have a truly healthy lifestyle, but is it possible to get too much of a good thing? While exercise yields a wealth of health benefits, pushing yourself too long or too hard may increase your risk of injury or have other adverse effects. But how do you know when you’re pushing yourself too hard? There is a fine line between an intense workout and overdoing it. Here are five signs that your workout routine may be over the top and you should consider reigning things in a bit: Exercise Leaves You Exhausted When you work out, it's normal to feel tired during...Continue Reading

Strategies for Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions

7 Surefire Strategies for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 27, 2016

As the year winds down, you’re likely making a list of things you'd like to change in the coming year. This is a common goal for many people. Unfortunately, it's also common for people to make New Year's Resolutions and fail to follow through. This year can be different though. This year can be the year that you finally take the bull by the horns and make lasting changes. Here are seven surefire strategies for sticking to your New Year's resolutions: 1. Choose Realistic New Year's Resolutions Setting unrealistic goals for your resolutions is setting yourself up for failure. For example, if...Continue Reading

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Five Common Holiday Stresses and Hope to Cope with Them

December 2, 2016

The holidays can be demanding for many reasons, but if you're prone to anxiety and depression they can be downright overwhelming. Look for these common holiday complaints in your life and consider using these tips to help.Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

August 24, 2016

The holidays can be a great time for family, friends and fun. But it can also be a stressful time for many people. These are 6 easy tips to decrease your stress level during the holidays – or any time – and will help you to have a better, happier holiday season. * Before starting any type of exercise consult your physician 1. Get Moving! Exercise releases endorphins, which are the feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain. Regular exercise relaxes has many benefits for your body's health – mentally, emotionally and physically. Even taking a short walk before or after meals can help you. If...Continue Reading

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