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Coping

Seven Days of Not Complaining

In the last week I've noticed something about myself that was a little concerning.  Life has been happening, and it's been a little more chaotic than usual. Instead of taking it in stride, I've been a lot!  I am not a chronic complainer.  As a matter of fact, I usually find myself not only finding my silver lining, but finding it for others as well.  This week, I've just been frustrated.

When I...
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General

Celebrate Everything!!!

My daughter truly fascinates me.  Over the last few days I have been watching her and learning a lot.  It's amazing what you can learn from a  one-year-old.

She celebrates everything.  When she throws something away she smiles, when she finishes her food she claps and even when she managed to put a cookie in the XBox, she did a little dance.   She celebrates every accomplishment whether it's big or small, and why shouldn't...
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Coping

Expect the Unexpected

This week was filled with unexpected events.  It started with a trip to urgent care after my daughter felt the appropriate place for a green bean was in her ear.  It was followed by unexpected illnesses, crises at work, and another trip to urgent care after my daughter’s face lost a war with a mosquito lurking in our car on the ride home.

As we all know,“life happens,” and this week...
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Coping

Lemonade With No Sugar: Making the Best out of any Situation

What would you do if you absolutely had to make lemonade with no sugar?  I thought about this earlier this week.  Personally, I’d start by making sure I had some lemons.  Then I’d consider all things sweet that could mimic the taste of sugar.  I’m pretty sure I’d come up with something close, even if it wasn’t “lemonade.”

I know this is a random thought and a random way to start a blog,...
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Coping

Relaxing for Emotional Health

My last two blog posts explored exercising and eating well for emotional health.  Now that we've covered eating and exercising, this blog will explore relaxing for emotional health.

Relaxation is your body's way of rejuvenating. Relaxing allows time for your mind and body to repair.  It has also been shown that relaxing improves your mood and improves brain function and memory.

I have found the importance of relaxation in my own life.  I've...
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emotional health

Eating Healthy for Emotional Health

My last blog included information exploring the benefits of exercising for emotional health.  This blog will explore the benefits of eating well for emotional health.

Nearly two years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to be under the care of a wonderful naturopathic doctor.  After years of trying conventional medicine to provide some relief from endometriosis pain, I decided to give the natural way a shot.  My doctor placed...
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General

Exercise for Emotional Health

Over the next few weeks, I will be randomly blogging about ways to improve emotional health.  Our emotional health is equally important as our physical health, but we tend to neglect it.  People who are in good emotional health are better equipped to handle the stresses of day to day living. They are also better at handling their behaviors and emotions.  Improving our emotional health can be a very...
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Courage

To Have The Courage of Babies

Yesterday I sat in awe, watching the adventures of my soon-to-be one year old daughter.  I sat back and reflected on how much she has grown in the last year and how independent she’s become.

It began with her morning feeding. I watched her feed herself and become frustrated with my efforts to help. That afternoon, we played with her blocks and as I’d build a tower, she’d knock it down and reconstruct it to...
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Coping

Live, Laugh, Laugh… and Laugh Again

Most of us have heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  What if I were to tell you some laughter each day keeps the pain away?

Research has shown that laughter is healthy.  Laughter has been proven to have numerous physical and emotional benefits such as: improving mood, alleviating stress, improved oxygen to the brain, reduction in physical pain and relaxing the body.

I find that laughter is one of...
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