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Unlocking Mental Health—Gardening

Unlocking Mental Health—Gardening

Saturday, 21 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
A recent study on gardening—done by the universities of Westminster and Essex—has shown that people who spend as little as 30 minutes per week outside gardening have a healthier mental state than people who do not spend any time gardening. The study says that gardening lowers fatigue, tension and depression while also boosting self-esteem. It also says that those who garden tend to have a lower BMI (body mass index) than those who do not garden. So, gardening is something that affects physical and mental health! This study intrigued me,…
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A Girl and Her Father

Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Malala Yousafzai is a well-known name all over the world. She is a fifteen-year-old girl who was nearly assassinated and who has won the Nobel Peace Prize. All because she believes in something that some people believe she shouldn’t. There is a documentary about Malala, and her family, that came out November 6th in the UK. It is called He Named Me Malala, which refers to the deep and loving relationship that Malala has with her father, who essentially raised her to have the opportunities to make changes in the…
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Soup au Pistou

Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00  by Charity C.
Try this cozy recipe, perfect for the autumn season. With the days drawing dark sooner, and the weather getting colder, it is easy for depression to seep in. Comfort and nourish yourself during the colder and darker months with lovely meals like this to keep your spirits high, your mood positive and your belly full. Ingredients: Soup 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 anchovy fillets 2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise, washed well, and drained (about 4 cups) 2 small celery stalks, cut into…
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
There are many methods for relaxation—deep breathing, autogenic training, and calming exercises such as stretching to name a few. And there is a—rather obvious—trend in relaxation techniques: nearly all of them center in some way on the act of contemplation. It seems that the best way to relax, is to focus on calming both the mind and the body. You can’t have a calm mind and a restless body, or vice versa. But what is contemplation, really? When I think of it, I see a monk in a robe sitting…
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Sore Throat Solutions

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
If you happened to have a telescope you could look through and see me right now, you’d watch me drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water right out of the bottle about the size of a medium-sized soda bottle. It’s my latest attempt to trick myself into drinking it a few times of day. When I get thirsty, I grab it from the fridge. Everyone else has their beverages in there, so why shouldn’t I? But why apple cider vinegar, you may be wondering. Somehow, I lost the book I…
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The Reality of Sexual Assault

Saturday, 14 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Sexual assault is not a term that is easily brought up in conversation. No one talks casually to another person about it. No one mentions how they were once sexually assaulted, or how they witnessed a sexual assault. No one wants to bring it up in public, or really even in private. That’s why so many people suffer in silence, with the knowledge that it does indeed happen—but they are not willing to talk about it. I’ve written recently about Taylor Swift, and her admission to having had anxiety in…
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Broccolini Flounder Bake

Saturday, 14 November 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Call it intuitive eating, but even with all the altruistic notions I’ve had about avoiding eating anything with a face, I have also known that eating fish at least once in a while was like giving my body a gift. I even knew it as a vegetarian, 14 years ago, before the birth of my first child when my carnivorous tendencies of yesteryear suddenly resurfaced (likely because I was deficient in certain key nutrients). Now, as a staunch flexitarian and a confirmed intuitive eater, I eat what I feel I…
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Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Saturday, 14 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Yesterday I watched a video that showed up on my Facebook newsfeed. Nowadays, my newsfeed is so saturated with videos and pictures and ads that I hardly even bother to click on them anymore, but this video looked interesting enough for me to take the few minutes out of my day to watch it. The video is from #CoverTheAthlete, and it starts off with an interviewer going around a bunch of different kinds of male sports teams, asking what seems like ridiculous questions, such as, “If you could date anyone…
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World Kindness Day

Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
World Kindness Day is officially celebrated on Nov. 13, and was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition observed in many countries. For me, in my little corner of the world, Kindness Day is every day. Whether it’s letting someone cut me in line at Trader Joe’s when they only have three items and I have a cart that’s spilling over, to jeopardizing the condition of my brakes to stop short in the middle of the street (which can be very dangerous) to let someone jaywalk, I…
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How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00  by Charity C.
It’s 6:00 o’clock on a Tuesday and you realize you have no idea what to make for dinner for your hungry family. You decide on a recipe, and bam—you are out of flour… or oil, or eggs, or something essential. We all have those days when menu planning gets overlooked; grocery shopping gets pushed aside. I’ve been there more times than I care to share; I think I have something, and then at the last minute, I realize I don’t and the entire meal goes out the window (unless you…
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National Pomegranate Month

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
When I first discovered nature’s Sweet Tarts, I was about 9 and it took only seconds to declare the pomegranate as my favorite fruit---above cherries or watermelon or plums, which I also loved, but just a tiny bit less. The stains on my fingers and the seeds inside each bulb, which I chewed and swallowed and didn’t necessarily love but tolerated, were two very minor aspects of making peace with the fact that nothing is perfect. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the divine little gelatinous red…
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More Than Cute

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
There is a recent trend on social media which uses the hashtag #MoreThanCute. I came across it as I was flipping through my homefeed on Instagram a few mornings ago, and was interested enough to take a look. I saw tons of little girls dressed up in costumes that did not seem usual for little girls. Some were little Batwomen, some were dressed as astronauts, some were wearing ARMY paraphernalia, and some were doctors. The hashtag was referring to the idea that little girls are not just put on this…
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Mental Health Wellness Week

Monday, 09 November 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Mental Health Wellness Week, the national public campaign on mental wellness, is slated for Nov. 8-14, and each year, it’s designed to promote mental health wellness and the benefits to both the mind and body. Communities are encouraged to sponsor programs surrounding the theme and get people involved so they may have the information that could possibly help friends or loved ones suffering from mental illness. Created in 1984 by Freedom From Fear, a national non-profit mental health advocacy organization, Mental Health Wellness Week is meant to inspire awareness. There…
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Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Sunday, 08 November 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Now that my teenagers have gone back to school, our household’s need for vitamin C has doubled. Maybe even tripled, considering it’s only the second month of school and already we’ve got bronchitis. Now that summer is over, our thirst for fruit has died down a bit, which means adding fruit to each meal is a great way to make up for the fruit-snacking we are more likely to do during the heat of the summer. This recipe contains pineapple, a great source for vitamin C as well as manganese,…
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Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
When we think of the term “anxiety” we generally think of the extremes of anxiety—such as people who stay inside because they are anxious about the outdoors, and people who have anxiety attacks every day of their lives. But in reality, anxiety is something that plagues more people than one might believe. According to the ADAA, anxiety troubles more than 40 million adult Americans. But only 1/3 of those 40 million are receiving treatment for it. Anxiety is something that is very treatable, and can be taken under control if…
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