Just recently, I fell down a flight of stairs and injured myself (no broken hips, thankfully). However, what I did not realize was how much the fall and the injuries were affecting my stress levels and my blood pressure!
The holidays: travel, family, hotels, different beds, guests, food, black Friday, shopping, irregular schedules, desires, compulsions, etc …
With Thanksgiving just days away, many of us are starting to think about preparations. This year, your typical thanksgiving plans may look a bit different, as it will for almost everyone. With the increased risk of passing COVID-19, comes increased awareness and precautions when it comes to keeping our loved ones healthy. Our gatherings this year may be smaller, including a few zoom calls to connect the family. If a virtual gathering is in store, don't despair because the holiday can still be enjoyed, just in a new creative way.
Oh, what a year, especially when it comes to health! At some point this year, we have all had to take a moment to think about our health, whether we wanted to or not. Some of us may question what health even means anymore. If you’re reading this, most likely you care deeply not only about your health, but your family’s, too.
In the beginning of 2020, we may have made a New Year’s resolution to slow down our lives, but then BOOM! The spring hit with craziness where our lives suddenly halted, our world halted for that matter. The halt doesn’t necessarily mean a slow down for many of us. Maybe for some, we’re still running full speed through each day, week and suddenly another month has passed. Our lives are busier than ever. For some maybe you have been able to slow down, which has allowed time for you and your family to come together, enjoying the season. Regardless, for most of us there’s room to slow down our lives even more, whether it be in a particular area of life such as with our family, in our career, or in commitments, etc. By slowing down, we can become more intentional, living at peace where we can reflect on what really matters most to us in this wonderful life we have.
Life is meant for enjoyment. We are made to thrive, not just survive. How often do we think this way? How often we are caught up in the to-do’s, daily events and projects? Maybe it’s time to realign and start asking ourselves some deeper questions:
While gluten free may be a hot topic in the world of diets and health, there lies much confusion about gluten itself and what it means to have a gluten allergy vs intolerance vs celiac disease. Should we really be following a gluten-free diet if we don’t have celiac? Is wheat even good for you? SO much confusion and controversy! Ask one health expert what their opinion is and most times, they will have a completely opposite view of another “expert”.
Did you know the use of ear candles encourages relaxation which can lead to an overall healthy lifestyle? I’m sure many of you haven’t used ear candles before, but I can promise you the holistic practice can work wonders. Truly. Let’s see how as I share with you the value and benefits to using ear candles and how they might be right for you!
Exercise. You need to exercise! This is what our society tells us, often leading us to feel guilty if we don’t. Yes, while keeping our bodies healthy and active is very important, we don’t have to force ourselves to the gym for endless hours or start training for marathons which could ultimately be more detrimental than beneficial if we don’t do our research before training. However, for many people they enjoy going to the gym and running. That’s wonderful and I encourage you to keep it up!