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Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

Vitamin E

Written by Charity C.
What is vitamin E and what does it do? Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin essential to the human body. “Vitamin E” is actually a blanket term that includes eight different forms of the nutrient. The most studied is the alpha-tocopherol form, which seems to be the most utilized and beneficial form for the body, although scientists are curious about the health benefits of the other forms as well. Vitamin E’s main function in the body is cellular function and protection. Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant, protecting cells from…
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Extreme Self-Care: 4 Ways to Re-use Coffee Grounds

Written by Emily S.
August is National Coffee Month! Roughly 83 percent of Americans take pleasure in the warm aroma and bold flavor of a cup of coffee. Even if you are one of the minority of non-coffee drinkers, you can still celebrate the remaining days of National Coffee Month and nurture your emotional and mental health by adding it to your self-care routine! Hair: The texture of coffee grinds can improve your hair’s shine and remove build-up from months and even years of product buildup. This works best for dark hair, as coffee…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

4 Reasons To Give A Compliment

Written by Emily S.
Think of a time where you received a compliment from someone completely unwarranted and unexpected. It probably ignited a spark of happiness inside of you and boosted your confidence for the day. It may have even completely turned a gloomy day around. Compliments are little gems in a world that can seem so preoccupied. Not only does receiving a compliment boost your mood, but a kind word can have positive influence on the giver as well. Here are 4 reasons to share words of admiration with someone today: Compliments establish…
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Written by Emily S.
There is the old adage, “when it rain, it pours.” Every one of us goes through those moments in life where it is one storm after another and we get our feet on the ground only to quickly get knocked down again. Frustrations of ongoing health problems, financial pressures or relationship strains can leave us feeling as though we just can’t catch a break and can trigger increased anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, this way of thinking is an easy habit for many to fall into when we are not mindful…
Delicious greens, tasty turkey and sweet grilled peaches with homemade blueberry vinaigrette; this isn’t just a simple side salad, but a meal all on its own. It’s the perfect way to enjoy warm weather as we wind down from the summer months. This salad not only nourishes your taste buds and maintains your physical health, but it’s also provides tremendous nourishment to your mental health. The variety of mixed greens, fruit, turkey and seeds makes for a rich combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can fight against depression and…
Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

Art Is Therapy

Written by Erin L.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Picasso According to the Oxford Dictionary, art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Human beings are constantly expressing themselves and creating new things with their imaginations. As a result, art is all around us. You delight in its marvels on a daily basis whether you are conscious of it or not. There is a growing body of evidence showing the impact of one’s environment on health and wellbeing. Simple environmental interventions like visual…
Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00

Waking Up Refreshed and Renewed

Written by Emily S.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -Anonymous The road to recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues starts anew every day. Every sunrise brings a renewal of your strength, skills, hope and courage to successfully work towards maintaining emotional and mental stability. Here are some quick tips to start your day off right: Open the window: Heavy curtains and a pitch-black room are a nice sleep stimulant, but can hinder our will to get up in the morning. Sleeping with an open window helps…
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