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Friday, 18 April 2014 04:00

Stress-Busting Activities

Written by Emily S.
April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day! Reducing stress is important to overall mental, physical and even emotional health. High levels of stress affect the body’s ability to fight off simple colds, and can generate high blood pressure and stomach ulcers. Symptoms of stress also reflect in mental and emotional well-being. Depression, irritability, substance abuse and anxiety can all be triggered by a high-stress lifestyle. From medication to contemplation, stress can be managed through a variety of ways. Now that winter is over and the weather is pleasant, we can…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:27

It Works If You Use It; It Doesn’t If You Don’t

Written by An Alumna
The above statement was made by a friend of mine who is a dental hygienist. She was recommending a particular toothpaste to a friend of ours who is having an issue with sensitive teeth. I wasn’t directly involved in their conversation, but my attention was piqued when I heard her say, “It works if you use it; it doesn’t if you don’t.” I don’t have an issue with sensitive teeth, but how applicable this statement is to living the life of recovery. Every day at Brookhaven Retreat includes the teaching…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:56

A Little More

Written by Diana C.
Tax day is upon us, which has most people reflecting on their net salary for the year. “If we just had a little more money,” said, well, everyone I have ever known. Most people, myself included, are great at fooling themselves into thinking that just a wee bit more money would solve their problems. After all, we really need a bigger so and so, and we of course could use more whatchamacallit. No matter how much we have, we think we need just at tad bit more to be comfortable.…
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:26

Turning the Mind

Written by Emily S.
What are habits? A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. How are they formed? Think about the formation of habits like this: when you encounter a certain type of situation for the first time, your brain is working hard throughout the entire experience to try and find its way. This can cause stress and anxiety that leads to poor decision-making. When we don’t allow ourselves to slow down and process what is taking place we tend to crumble under the pressure…
Monday, 14 April 2014 02:08

Cauliflower Power

Written by Charity B.
This nutty-flavored vegetable is full of nutrients like vitamin C, B vitamins and vitamin K, as well as powerful phytonutrients that give it beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Health in Color Cauliflower comes in a variety of colors besides white. Try orange and green cauliflower for some heart-healthy, cell-protecting beta-carotene. Or maybe some purple cauliflower for memory-improving anthocyanins. Protection from Breast Cancer Cauliflower contains compounds called glucosinolates that preliminary research indicates may help lower harmful estrogens involved in breast cancer development. In 2005, a study was undertaken in which cauliflower…
Sunday, 13 April 2014 04:04

Mexican Pot Roast Tacos

Written by Emily S.
Tacos are easy and versatile, making them a go-to for many family dinners. From taco salads to taco soups, it is not hard to find some form of this Tex-Mex recipe that can excite anyone’s taste buds. Here is a delicious, stress-free take on the staple dinner that provides a whole new excitement to Taco Tuesday. Ingredients: 2 pounds beef shoulder Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, smashed 1 tbs ancho chile powder 1 large onion, sliced 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1 tbs…
Saturday, 12 April 2014 03:43

Self-Care: Homemade Lip Balm

Written by Emily S.
Many people think of winter as time to brace yourself for chapped lips, but the truth is sneezing and blowing your nose can not only leave your nose raw and red, but also inflame your lips. A good lip balm is a necessity all year long and especially during spring allergies. Some dermatologists even believe that ingredients in brand name lip balms contain elements that actually cause increased dryness. Your best bet for soothing those chapped lips is to make your own lip balm! Plus, self-care is invaluable to maintaining…
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