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Abdominal Breathing

Saturday, 23 July 2016 00:00  by Stephanie C.
I have always believed that a strong core, coincides with a strong, healthy mind. Developing a breathing practice was my approach to developing a stronger abdominal center. I have, luckily, been breathing for a long time! In my bodywork studies, the breath is celebrated as our life force; it is the constant that we can count on in our ‘day to day’ here on earth. Why not get really good at it? That’s my theory anyway. Practicing regular diaphragmatic or deep belly breathing has many health benefits, and is an…

Never Too Late

Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00  by Jessica K.
I'm 35, almost 36 years old... Yeah that's right ladies, I have no qualms about saying my age, and I just learned I have a knack for painting, especially with pallet knives and abstract. I had no clue. Yeah, I know I'm crafty and tend to delve into whatever sparks my interest at the time and walk away from it once I get pretty good at it. I guess you could say I get bored of it or I've mastered it as much as I know I'm capable of doing.…

Watermelon. Mmm . . . .

Thursday, 21 July 2016 00:00  by Josh C.
So, summer is officially here. What does that mean? School is out for the kids. Let’s fire up the grill. You better remember your sunscreen before heading to the pool. The days are longer and the stars seem brighter. I could go on forever, but these things do not compare to the absolute most wonderful piece of enjoyment this time of year brings us. I, of course, could only be referring to one thing, God’s very own personal gift to our taste buds…(drum roll please)…the watermelon. Watermelon is nature’s way…
For those dealing with grief and trauma sometimes even watching the news can be a trigger. Recently it is almost impossible to escape the trauma and tragedies occurring around the country. If you turn on your TV, open your Facebook, or listen to the radio you cannot escape the coverage of recent horrific tragedies. I am not advocating ignorance, but suggesting mindful acknowledgement and healthful awareness of your own needs as well. When I was first focusing on my wellness journey and recovering from PTSD I had to create rules…

National Best Friend Day

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
This past week was National Best Friend Day. Celebrities and social media users everywhere took to the Internet with the hashtag #nationalbestfriendday to post pictures and memories of their best friends. I have many close friends and quite a few who have reached the joint status of “Best Friend.” Through recovery and the journey to wellness, healthy friendships take new meaning. When we become intentional about our actions and what we surround ourselves with, we too have to be intentional and mindful of our friendships. Sometimes this means getting rid…

Food. Not Good. Not Bad.

Sunday, 17 July 2016 00:00  by Jessica B.
For as long as I can remember, I have subconsciously divided foods into 2 categories: “good” and “bad.” With so many fad diets that have continued to run rampant over the last couple of decades, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to decipher what and how to eat! In order to be in balance both physically and mentally, it is my belief that you’ve got to start by declassifying foods as good and bad, and instead focus on the nutrient level of the foods you consume. Mental health is…

The Orlando Aftermath

Sunday, 17 July 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
As of June 27th, 15 days since the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Orlando Sentinel states, “the majority of more than 50 patients admitted to local hospitals have been discharged. Of the initial 35 patients admitted to ORMC (Orlando Regional Medical Center), seven are still hospitalized: five are stable, one is in guarded condition, and one has remained in critical condition.” Florida Hospital’s website stated on June 28, 2016 at 8:33 a.m., “The last patient from the Pulse nightclub shooting treated by Florida Hospital has now been released.” Initially there were…

Dealing with Death

Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00  by Alicia O.
The day that my ex-husband was admitted to the ICU started just like any other day. Little did I know that this would be a day that would forever change not only the lives of my boys, but mine as well. My son relayed the information to me that his father, who had a longstanding prescription addiction, was in the ICU. He had overdosed, and it was bad. I was angry at first “how could he do this to the boys”? It crossed my mind that it may have not…
Addiction strikes in all sorts of ways. What is usually most devastating is that it is a repetitive habit or substance that may be triggered or tied closely to a social event. Drinking alcohol and going to bars is now synonymous, but what if there was a social nightlife “bar” without the temptations of drugs or alcohol? There is a new sober bar, The Other Side, which provides an opportunity for those in recovery to have the social benefits of a neighborhood bar, without the temptation to drink or use…

Making Exercise a Habit

Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
When you hear the word “exercise” what thoughts and emotions come up for you? For many, what comes up is dread, anxiety, guilt, and fear. Not exactly things that inspire a get-up-and-go attitude. At least not for long. Have you ever heard of “joyful movement”? This is positive physical activity without dread and guilt. But I know for some, even “joyful movement” feels like too much of a stretch. (For example, no one will ever sell me on the idea of “joyful dental care” even if I know I’ll feel…

Know Your Dairy & Eggs

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
For health reasons, it’s best to limit dairy and find your protein and calcium in other plant sources, such as almonds, dark leafy greens, or seeds…but I love my dairy (I feel like I need a little cheese in my life here and there just for my own mental health). I just try to splurge infrequently and use sparingly. I never buy non-fat or low-fat (I know it’s what most dietitians would recommend, but full-fat carries more nutrients). I believe the best nutrition comes from natural, full-fat, raw, non-homogenized milk…
A traveling New York based businesswoman recently spoke to BBC about how to live life while in a constant state of travel. Barbara Fiala travels several months out of the year. Even if you are a homebody, using her tips and suggestions can help you get the most out of your day. When we are dealing with recovery, addiction or mental illness related, we feel like we are in a constant state of transition or travel. Changing our minds and habits can sometimes feel like moving constantly. It takes an…
In the news recently there have been several instances of domestic violence, abuse, and stalkers preying on women. Actresses in relationships, performers and crazed fans, students and their peers; it is difficult to watch the news sometimes because of all of the traumatic events happening to women. It can be unsettling and difficult to know how to react when alleged crimes and cases of abuse are brought to the public eye. It is important to know that if you have experienced or are experiencing abuse or trauma, you are not…

Frittata with Zucchini

Saturday, 09 July 2016 00:00  by Mitzi N.
Gardening is such wonderful therapy. Late spring has come and gone and the vegetables, like zucchini, have been planted. Over the next month or so, the growing vegetables are nurtured and stress melts away, quietly watering and removing any weeds. Now in late June, the garden is full of yellow flowers, bees enjoy the pollen and harvesting the vegetables can begin. One quick and easy way to not only showcase vibrant green zucchini, but the flower as well, is in this frittata recipe below. Ingredients: 6 large eggs 2 tablespoons…

We Only Have One Body

Saturday, 09 July 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
“My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed.” –Daisy Ridley We only have one body, let’s take care of it. This was…
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