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Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

DIY Family Recipe Book

Written by Emily S.
Creating a gift that is personal and from the heart is not only appreciated by our loved ones, but it brings wonderful mental health benefits including feelings of gratitude and an increased self-esteem, and therefore a reduction in depression and anxiety. Homemade gifts are also an excellent opportunity to take a break from work and shopping and spend some “me time” focusing our creative energy on something we enjoy. The holidays are usually a time spent with close family eating delicious food using recipes that have lasted a century or…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

4 Ways To Cope With Holiday Stress

Written by Emily S.
The holidays can be a time of joy, togetherness and unfortunately increased stress. From last minute “to dos”, back-to-back get-togethers and excess financial strain; this peaceful time is often more anxiety ridden than enjoyable. However, even those who have failed to plan out their busy December in advance can find some peace of mind during the last minute scramble by following these four mental health tips: Scale back or ask for help: Some women feel the need to have their home spotless and decorated to even the tiniest of detail,…
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

Twelve Days of Cinnamon

Written by Charity B.
Tis’ the season for this aromatic holiday spice. Cinnamon is warm, cozy and comforting. It brings memories of spiced cider and yummy sweets during the holiday season. It’s also a potent medicinal spice with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Studies indicate it may help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and even calm the mind, reducing anxiety and improving mental health. A 2013 study reports that cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory properties may help relieve symptoms of depression by fighting bacteria in the gut that cause increased inflammation. This spice is not only good for…
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Rock On!

Written by Lori R.
I love rocks. Always have. From the time I was a little girl I have been collecting or using rocks in my daily life in one way or another. When I was little I used to make a stew of rocks, grass and sticks and call it Goulish Goulash and let it bake in the sun. My brother and I used to build towers of rocks at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, TN. In later years he and my son would take the four-wheeler into the woods behind my…
Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Red Curry-Crusted Grouper With Rainbow Vegetable Salad

Written by Emily S.
Grouper is a mild flavor fish with a firm texture that can be quite the delight to enjoy. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids levels, a nutrient that has often been shown effective in treating depression and even some symptoms of bipolar disorder if taken along with essential medications. Enjoy this warm curry spiced fish on top of a cool vegetable salad for a beautiful and nutritious dinner. Grouper Ingredients: 2 tsp red curry paste 1 lb grouper, cut into 4 4-oz portions Vegetable Salad Ingredients: ½ cup julienned…
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00

On Practicing Gratitude

Written by Erin L.
When obstacles get in the way of us moving forward, or if we are feeling stuck, frustrated, alone or afraid, it’s difficult to step back to see positive forces at work in our lives and the toll it takes on our mental health. However, these are the best times to seek out reasons to be grateful. Of course, it is not necessary to be grateful for what has us stuck. No, we should be appreciating what exists to help propel us forward. Practicing gratitude can change our perspective and help…
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

Nowzad Dogs

Written by Emily S.
The 8th annual CNN Hero Awards were broadcast Sunday, December 7th. This tribute honored the top 10 people across the globe who make extraordinary pursuits to change the world we live in. From conservation efforts to protect African lions, soccer fans building better lives for underprivileged children, to helping kids battle cancer through martial arts, the honorees have all made significant changes in the lives of those in their communities and even those a world away. However, the 2014 prestigious Hero of the Year award was endowed Sunday upon former…
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