How to Have More Energy Naturally

Many of us feel sluggish or sleepy in the afternoon. You have several hours of work to complete and you go to the vending machine for a snack and get your latest cup of coffee. We’re hoping the sugar and caffeine will give us more energy and make us more alert. Often a hard day at work leaves many of us weary and tired. If you feel you need more energy in your life, you’re not alone. I’ve been reviewing the information available, looking for natural ways to add energy.

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6 Steps to Coping With A Chronic Condition

If we have an accident and break a bone or have an appendicitis attack, usually there is an end to the pain. Your bone heals or your body heals after surgery. That’s not true for high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, or other chronic conditions. Sometimes you have a medical problem that will not go away. Nobody expects or plans to be diagnosed with a long-term condition, but it’s a fact of life for many us. It’s an emotional and complicated time, and you’ll eventually need to start being proactive about it. You’ll need to learn about the condition and how to manage it and the resulting symptoms. While much of this is specific to the illness, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a few strategies that anyone can use. They’ll take a bit of work and some adjustment, but they can be useful for almost anybody to use.

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Choose Clothing For Happiness

The clothes you wear can have a big impact on your mood and confidence. According to Prof. Carolyn Mair PhD, a behavioral psychologist and author of The Psychology of Fashion, “When we feel good in what we are wearing, we tend to be more confident.” When you feel good in what you’re wearing, it shows. But when you’re uncomfortable or self-conscious in your clothing, it can hold you back. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right outfit for any given occasion. When you find clothing that makes you feel comfortable and supported, it’ll show in your demeanor and attitude.

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Create a Home That Supports Wellness

We are approaching the end of the year, a perfect time to re-evaluate and renew our lives and homes. Today I want to talk about stress. The holiday season which brings great joy also can bring great stress.  Many of us have so much responsibility, and often we feel overburdened.  We want it all – great home, family time, work, and personal growth.  Of course we do, but can we have it all at once?

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Winter Flavors & Dishes

We’re in late fall and winter officially arrives December 21st. As the temperatures drop, our bodies crave a warming, comforting meal. Traditionally, certain flavors like in spices and herbs are traditionally used to welcome fall and to make cozy meals during the coldest season. Today let’s looks at special flavors and think about new dishes to add to our menu. Here are seven winter ideas you need this year. Not only do they add great flavor, but many also add healthy benefits. We can all use that.

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How To Stay Healthy Working From Home

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working from home even if it’s only part-time. But working long hours in a small space might make you feel unmotivated, unlike in a typical office where you can talk to other people to break up the monotony. While working from home has many perks, it is not without its difficulties.  Working at home can be a difficult adjustment that could impact  work productivity as well as health and wellness.   While you have the best intentions to stay fit and healthy,  make your physical, mental, and emotional health a priority with healthy home work habits.  

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6 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

When the world was hit with COVID back in 2020, we learned this virus is almost exclusively transmitted through the air indoors. Cleaner indoor air has other benefits besides reducing COVID risk. Influenza and other respiratory viruses also spread through the air and cause a huge amount of illness. Plus, studies have shown that poor ventilation has all kinds of other health effects, like “sick building syndrome”.

We spend 90 percent of our lives indoors, and we rarely think about air quality in our homes. It’s fall in North America and Europe. For energy conservation, most of us have made improvements to prevent air leaks in our homes this winter.  Furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, and cleaning products in homes and offices can emit a variety of toxic compounds. While you can take steps to minimize them, one of  the most prevalent chemicals in your home isn’t easy to get rid of. Formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound that’s emitted in low levels by a variety of household building products and furniture, may cause cancer in humans and has been known to trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions when present in high levels.   Indoor air pollution can also be caused by pollen, bacteria, and molds, as well as outdoor air contaminants like car exhaust . All of these are made worse in small or poorly ventilated spaces. What are the things that we need to do to improve the air quality in our homes?

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How To Eat Healthy This Winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder

In many northern areas, as the days grow shorter, the sky becomes gray. When I was an adolescent in east Tennessee, I said I hated empty trees in winter. I didn’t know it then, but the gray days of winter made me melancholy. One of my earliest posts here on the blog was about the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I am sensitive to the loss of sunlight. Gray skies and empty trees are my image of winter when my energy diminishes. If you experience that sensitivity, go back and read my post. Check out the reference book in the symptoms and actions you can take to feel better. Personally, I found full spectrum light helped me. I moved to Miami from middle Tennessee in my 20’s. I didn’t know about SAD but I had more energy and was happier. Later reading  Winter Blues by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal I understood the problem and possible solutions. This perennial best seller can help you evaluate your own seasonality and seek relief. 

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