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Archives for March, 2012

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Tame Your Stress Response in 90 Seconds

People know that exercise can improve physical health. Exercise is regularly recommended by medical professionals to prevent and combat diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

But exercise is also a great outlet for stress.  When you’re stressed, it’s important to remember that your body’s stress response originally developed during times when survival depended upon your ability to quickly and physically respond to dangers, such as attacking animals or warring tribes.

Because of this,...
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Stop Feeling Miserable Now!

Usually, when you are feeling miserable, you have good reason. Events in life, such as unexpected circumstances, loss, relationships turning out badly, finding that circumstances are worse than you expected and being separated from loved ones can cause anguish. At times, it can feel like you barely pick yourself up from one emotional crisis when the next hits.

As much as we’d like to avoid these painful situations, they are a part...
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Improve Your Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being: 8 Easy, Everyday Tips

Today is the first day of spring.  Although there are fluctuations, in many parts of the country, in many areas, the temperatures have been spring-like.

When you work inside, have a long commute or lead a busy lifestyle, you may find that you spend little time outside.  Instead of soaking up the sun's rays, you may spend your days primarily exposed to artificial lighting, indoor noise pollution and a controlled climate.  And rather than sitting...
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A Mental Shift: 5 Strategies to Get Unstuck From Negative Thinking

Each of us makes sense of the world through our past experiences, internal expectations and beliefs. We think about the events that occur in our lives and interpret their meaning based on our history, past learning and our own personal tendencies.  Sometimes our thoughts about our lives serve us well.  They help us maintain our moral compass, weather adversity, form strong relationships and find happiness.

But sometimes we get stuck in negative thoughts...
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Are You Pressured for Time?

Do you find that you have little free time?  In a recent survey of women, Real Simple Magazine found that one-half of American women don’t have enough free time and what little free time we do have is constantly interrupted.  Does this sound familiar to you?

Children, parents, partners and chores all seem to infringe on what little free time women have today.  Not to say that we don’t love and cherish those...
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The Now Effect

I had the pleasure, this week, of reading a new book on mindfulness.  Focused on participating in the present, right now, this book described how we can be more connected to our lives simply by paying attention.  It sounds so simple: pay attention right now. And maybe it sounds like it’s not that big a deal.

What difference does it make if you are aware of your actions as you pour milk into...
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