How to Appreciate Your Body (During COVID-19 and Always) – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Imagine if we obsessed about the things we loved about ourselves.” ~Unknown I used to have a plaque with this quote prominently displayed in my waiting room. Sadly, it’s somehow gotten misplaced over the years. What I remember most about the plaque was how it engaged, or disengaged, the people who noticed it. Did they mention the quote when they came into my office? Pointedly ignore it? Let me know that self-love is what they want for themselves? Or express…

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Does Your Thyroid Need Attention? These Are the Symptoms – Lifestyle Article

The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped organ located on the front of the throat. Roughly two inches wide, this small gland is responsible for balancing our metabolism and is essential to everyday health. When this teensy tiny organ isn’t functioning correctly however, it can have major consequences on emotions, energy, sleep, appetite and so much more. Furthermore, thyroid disorders are exceedingly common among women. Women are eight times (!) more likely to develop thyroid disease than our male counterparts.…

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Trauma Can Make Us Sick: How I Found a Key to Healing – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Our bodies contain our histories—every chapter, line, and verse of every event and relationship in our lives.” ~Caroline Myss I could hear my teacher talking, but I wasn’t listening. Staring at the math homework in front of me, I couldn’t get the sound of my heartbeat out of my head. Two times two equals, thump thump, equals thump thump, four. The more I focused on my heartbeat, the louder it became. I could even feel beating in my chest. Noticing…

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Chill Out With These 6 Calming Yoga Moves – Lifestyle Article

Ed. note: this post was originally published in October 2016. With the anxiety and fear we are feeling surrounding the coronavirus, we wanted to bring it out of the archives, as it has helpful tips and trick on how to breathe easier, and reach a state of calm. Ommmm. Our society today often asks us to do more and do it faster. This sustained sense of urgency and stimulation can shift our nervous system into overdrive and lock us into…

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The 3 Best Lower Ab Exercises to Tone Up for Bikini Season – Lifestyle Article

Lower abdominals are one of the hardest areas to target on a female body. We’ve come up with three of our favorite moves that work your abs and focus on the transverse abdominals. Our secret at MOD Fitness for abdominals is to think about the mind/abdominal connection while controlling the movement. Breathing is an important part of our cues and motivation through a challenging set. You will strengthen your back, improve your posture and balance, and slim your waistline with…

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Prayer Walk: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

The Prayer Walk is a physical prayer. If you’re new to physical, body-oriented prayers, an introduction is in order. Our perception of the world and our bodies change with each other, even if we don’t know it. Our bodies react to stressful situations by increasing heart rate and breath, and sweating, even though we’re not doing any physical activity. We tend to unconsciously stand taller with better posture when we’re feeling confident, maybe in new clothes or after nailing a…

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What I Read This Month: December 2019 – Self Improvement Article

For more than two years now, every Monday morning, I’ve posted a photo1 on my Facebook Page of the books I finished during the week, with the tag #GretchenRubinReads.  I get a big kick out of this weekly habit—it’s a way to shine a spotlight on all the terrific books that I’ve read. As I write about in my book Better Than Before, for most of my life, my habit was to finish any book that I started. Finally, I realized…

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Contemplation Exercise: Here I Am Prayer – Spiritual Article

Contemplation is the stillness we need to be aware of God’s presence. Jesuit theologian Walter Burghart calls it “the long, loving look at the Real.” It is long because our relationship with God (like our relationships with people) takes time. We must devote ample time to this Person we love. It is loving because we need to shed our judgments and fears and open ourselves to love just as we are. It is a look because we must face it.…

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Prayer of the Heart: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

Let’s sit down and listen to our heart. Western culture tends to reward quick-thinking, fast, type-A people — but the constant distractions in our environment can make it hard to hear that one small voice we associate with God. Hearing that voice requires setting aside some time to focus, which helps us build our relationship with the Spirit, quiet our minds, shed our judgments and fears, and open ourselves to love just the way we are. We are constantly being…

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The Body Clock Reset: How to Optimize Your Circadian Rhythm and Get Better Sleep Naturally – Lifestyle Article

The Body Clock Reset: How to Optimize Your Circadian Rhythm and Get Better Sleep Naturally BY SATCHIN PANDA, Ph.D. Share: We want to get the most out of our daytime activities and nighttime rest. The goal is twofold: First, we want to adjust our activities to the optimal times of the day that are most in sync with our clocks. We want to eat when we metabolize foods the most efficiently, we want to be active when our brain and body…

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The Ideal Meal: 3 Simple Dietary Principles to Help You Create Lifelong Health and Wellness – Lifestyle Article

The Ideal Meal: 3 Simple Dietary Principles to Help You Create Lifelong Health and Wellness BY AUBREY MARCUS photo: brooke lark Share: It’s become a cliché for important people to have the same lunch every day, a way to reduce their decision load. What kind of awesome day rings in the halfway point without the spice of variety? No more. It’s called a lunch break, so let’s break with the ordinary. Lunch is an opportunity to reframe and restart your day. It’s…

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How to Replace Body-Hate with Self-Compassion – Happiness Article

“Loving yourself is the greatest revolution.” ~Unknown I’ve spent most of my life struggling with my weight and trying desperately to fit the idealistic image of beauty that our culture celebrates. As a young teen, I was obsessed with magazines and all their secrets to be prettier and have a better butt and get your crush to notice you. I see now how desperate I was at such a young age to feel beautiful. Nothing seemed to work, though, as…

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The Miracle Mushroom: The 10 Most Impressive Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane For Brain and Body – Lifestyle Article

The Miracle Mushroom: The 10 Most Impressive Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane For Brain and Body BY NOAH BERMAN & JUSTIN FAERMAN Share: Most of us would love to be smarter, happier and healthier. And while there are many things needed to accomplish that, the research emerging around the highly medicinal Lion’s Mane mushroom is showing that it actually could be a big part of the puzzle. Revered in many ancient cultures and used medicinally for thousands of years, this…

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What Do You Really Need Today? – Happiness Article

“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer About a month ago I came back to my daily meditation practice after realizing I’d been pushing myself too hard, and I was amazed at how easy it was to sit, get into that groove, and just be. I expected to sit for ten minutes, but on this day, my…

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How to Get Pregnant Even When You’ve Tried Everything: The Top 15 Reasons for Unexplained Infertility and What to Do to Fix Them Fast – Lifestyle Article

How to Get Pregnant Even When You’ve Tried Everything: The Top 15 Reasons for Unexplained Infertility and What to Do to Fix Them Fast BY A’NDREA REITER photo: kaylee garrett Share: External Factors: The Outside Influences that Mess with Your Fertility Are you wondering how to get pregnant with unexplained infertility? Let’s talk about the fifteen external factors that could be affecting your fertility. These are outside factors that might not immediately seem related to your fertility but can be huge…

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