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March 7, 2017

We all understand the temptation of hitting the snooze button just one more time. Unfortunately, the luxurious feeling of just 5 more minutes in your warm, cozy bed is extremely fleeting…

Waking up at the last minute: you’re rushed, you have to get out of the door, you have no control, and you speed through showering and getting dressed. You start your day stressed and rushed and now your entire day feels stressed and rushed.

For many years, my days started exactly that way. About a year ago, I read a book by Hal Elrod titled The Miracle Morning. The author created a habitual morning practice titled life S.A.V.E.R.S.

The Miracle Morning consists of 6 habits: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribe.

While Hal suggests practicing all habits for about 10 minutes each, thus creating an hour-long morning routine, this can be ad...

January 2, 2017

Improving physical health can benefit mental well-being

As the year ends, we start looking forward to making resolutions that improve our physical health. The most common New Year’s resolution is, of course, the universal “get healthy and stay fit.”

Although 60 percent of us make resolutions upon ringing in the New Year, only about 8 percent are successful. Perhaps it's time to reframe our resolutions so that we have a fighting chance of seeing them through.

Although the most common resolution is to lose weight, the behaviors associated with weight loss (such as eating more fruits and vegetables and increasing physical activity) help improve mental health as well.

A growing body of research suggests there is an important relationship between the body and mind – and that being physically healthy can have the added benefit of improving mental well-bein...

December 19, 2016

Earl Grollman wrote, “Each person’s grief journey is as unique as a fingerprint or snowflake.” This quote speaks to the idea that there is no right way or wrong way to grieve, because people grieve differently.

Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time. But the holiday season can magnify your sense of loss and mourning. Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one.

During the holiday season, symptoms of grief that have previously dissipated may suddenly return, and it can seem as though one is actively grieving again. This experience is known as “anniversary grief.” Although anniversary reactions can occur for many years following a loved one’s death, they are usually felt most deeply during the first holiday season.

It is important to know that the return of grief...

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