Chances are most of us have personally known at least one person who has battled breast cancer. Yet, I never grow tired of survivor stories. Despite this, I find it difficult to ask them how they are doing and even more so find it difficult to write this blog. Cancer hits hard… so we need to fight harder. Whether we are personally dealing with cancer or are encouraging others dealing with a diagnosis or post-treatment survival, we must...more
It’s not something anyone ever wants to hear… a cancer diagnosis. It changes your life – your world perspective, your day-to-day routine, your future plans, your relationships, your work– everything! Common feelings during this experience can include anxiety, distress, and depression. It is critical to recognize this cancer diagnosis as a stressor, as this awareness can empower you to progress in your treatment with a sense of hope.more
Let’s not forget where we started; mental health is and always has been important to our total health and well-being. The pandemic and changing work environment has brought the topic to the forefront of many individuals and organization’s minds.more
August is often a month of transition for many people. Vacations are over, kids go back to school, the days begin to shorten while our extracurricular activities increase, and we typically spend more time indoors to combat the heat, the bugs, and the exhaustion of being busy. The “lazy days of summer” are coming to an end! All of this can impact our mental health and emotional well-being.more
Men’s Health Month aims to bring attention to four pillars created to help men (and their families) not only live good lives but to thrive now and in the future! The various medical, technological, and ecological advancements made in recent decades have improved our ability to prevent and fight disease, our overall health, and even our desire to live a longer life. The goal isn’t to just see a certain age anymore. It’s about the desire to...more
We hear all the time that increasing physical activity can significantly improve our mental health… and we’re not here to disagree! However, this month we’re discussing why it’s more important to incorporate planned exercise into your daily routine and evaluate how your emotional well-being transforms when you become increasingly active.
PLUS! Why not take the lessons we learn in the gym back into our daily routine? Building strength...more
A variety of situations may give cause for us to stay home and indoors, not just the spring season with allergies and unpredictable weather, but throughout the year with illness, weather extremes, significant injuries, etc. While having time at home to get things done is beneficial, sometimes even therapeutic, too much time spent unintentionally can lead to something called “cabin fever” – a constellation of symptoms that occurs during...more
Have you ever googled “quotes about pursuing happiness?” While there are many out there that may inspire you, there is not a single “answer” as to how one becomes happy. Afterall, happiness is not simply achieved. Happiness is about flourishing, living – it is a constant and consistent movement forward. Since the early 1960s, psychologists have been working to broadly and openly define and describe what they believe is a more well-rounded...more
What’s the first thing you think about when you consider setting a health goal? For many Americans, the first goal that comes to mind has to do with that number on the scale… and for good reason. Weight can be a clear indicator of one’s risk of illness and disease. The challenge here, however, is that it is not the number that increases the risk, rather the habits that contribute to an increased weight as well as the results of carrying...more
Go Go Go! So much of our world today encourages, almost rewards, a constant “on-the-go” lifestyle. Whether it’s going from one activity to the next or having an all-or-nothing attitude about working out, sports performance, etc., it is almost as if we are rewarded for never taking a break.
But! What if you performed better BECAUSE you took a break?
What if you performed at a higher level BECAUSE you took a break?
As we look at reducing the risk of chronic illness during the month of September, it’s important to note that addressing cardiovascular disease is essential. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing one person every 36 seconds (CDC, 2018). Pause and count to 36 seconds–that is an alarming number of people!
Interestingly enough, keeping our physical heart healthy isn’t just about the physical actions we...more
Building a Positive Mindset
A positive mindset can change both your physical and mental health in many different ways. This mindset can help build your physical health because you can reduce stress and mood which can help reduce your chance for disease. The “power of positive thinking” is a phrase you may have heard before; it is a great tool that everyone should utilize...more
- Try Something New!
- Unusual as it may be, the current condition of the United States isn’t something we should let deter us from staying well and healthy. If anything, we should take the time social distancing and staying home is freeing up in our schedule to learn more about ourselves. How do you spend quality time with yourself when you feel stressed about what’s going on...
You can survive without food and water for a short period of time lack of oxygen can result in brain damage or death in only 3-5 minutes. Breathing is necessary to take in oxygen and to remove waste products. But breathing fills more than a physical need. Breathing can focus, center and ground us in our everyday life thoughts, awareness, habits and behaviors. You breathe on auto pilot much of the time but you can also breathe with...more