Self Improvement

Self Improvement

  • Stress Ages Your Bones
    Healthy Living,  Self Improvement

    Chronic Stress Ages Your Bones and What You Can Do About It

    When you think of the most common problems faced by people as they age in terms of health, you might bring up the fact that they often have weak or brittle bones. This is true, but this isn’t a problem exclusive to older people. In fact, stress ages your bones, giving you some of the same problems that might be experienced by senior citizens, and does irreversible damage to many of your bones and joints. The main culprit here is cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that gets released when you’re stressed. It’s meant to help you in the event of a short-term stressful situation, and it can do that. However,…

  • Trying to Lose Weight
    Healthy Eating,  Self Improvement,  Sugar,  Weight

    Common Mistakes When Trying to Lose Weight

    Weight loss is a journey and can present different challenges for different people. Here are a few of the common mistakes many of us make when trying to lose weight.   Focusing only on the scale This tends to vary from person to person, but for many, focusing on the scale is one of the worst mistakes you can make when trying to lose weight. It can be discouraging as true weight loss demands time and patience. For others, it’s motivational, and checking in on a daily or weekly basis can help you stay on track. It’s important to understand the different factors that can influence your weight. These factors…

  • Gaining Weight Unintentionally
    Self Improvement,  Sugar,  Weight

    Gaining Weight Unintentionally? Here are some reasons why…

    It is possible for you to be gaining weight unintentionally, and it can be really frustrating when you can’t understand why you’re gaining the weight. There are several factors that may be causing this. One or more of those factors that may surprise you. Research has shown the surprising fact that lack of sleep or of good quality sleep plays a part in causing you to gain weight while food choices remain the leading cause. Here are some of the most likely reasons you are gaining weight unintentionally.   Consuming too many highly processed foods. Plain yogurt, frozen fruit, and oats are just a few of the healthy foods that…

  • Healthy Productivity and Personal Growth
    Depression,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Self Improvement

    Healthy Productivity and Personal Growth

     “In order to be knowledgeable in these changing times, we must pursue a constant program of self-improvement, a never-ending journey into new fields of knowledge and learning.” – Og Mandino Healthy productivity and personal growth can take many forms. These forms and focuses will change during our lives depending upon goals we set and challenges we experience along the way. Paramount for me, on more than one occasion, personal growth showed up in the form of healthy eating; first when I was twenty-eight years old and then again in 2012. When I wanted to write a post on healthy productivity and personal growth, I decided to invite a few friends…

  • Keep Self-Talk Positive
    Depression,  Self Improvement

    Don’t be Mean to You! 5 Tips for Keeping Your Self-Talk Positive

    There are things we do (or should do) every day without thinking. We need to be brushing our teeth and drinking enough water. We know it’s in our best interest to eat healthfully and make time to exercise. If we’re really on task, we might also be doing something to expand our minds or work toward a specific goal. We should also make every effort to keep self-talk positive. Consider this: of everything in your day, what would you say is the single most important thing you do? Chances have you answered something to do with sleeping properly or taking care of your physical health. Believe it or not, there’s…

  • working from home
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Self Improvement,  Weight

    Health & Wellness When Working From Home

    Positive effects can include having more control over your schedule. This can include reclaiming time for exercise because you don’t have to endure a long, stressful commute. When you don’t have to fight traffic every work day, you can use that time to move more. Just taking an early morning walk gets your blood flowing, clears your head and sets you up for a productive day. Another positive effect can be a reduction in overall stress. Certainly a commute comes into play, but too often we hear about office politics and gossip. If you’re not the one gossiping, being out of this dynamic can be foster a serious improvement in…

  • Coffee, Depression and Parkinson's
    Clean Eating,  Depression,  Self Improvement

    Beat Anxiety

    Would you like to beat anxiety ?  Let’s face it. A certain amount of anxiety is a normal part of life. Extreme anxiety or feeling anxious for no reason can be devastating though. If you experience insomnia, tiredness, headaches, inability to calm yourself down or reason with yourself and/or a number of other maladies, you may be a candidate for some natural remedies to help you get your life back. There is some good news though! Be sure to read to the bottom of the post where I reveal a surprising discovery I recently made that’s helping my stress level. The following natural remedies to help you beat anxiety: Passionflower –…

  • Healthy Living,  Self Improvement

    Improve Memory Function

    Can you Improve Memory Function Once You Have Started to Lose it? It’s understandable to think that once you begin to lose your memory, you might not be able to improve memory function. However, in most cases there are practices or solutions for dealing with memory lapses, and you can actually improve your memory. You may want to consult your health care professional to receive an accurate diagnosis and a recommended treatment. A doctor may be able to determine the cause of your memory loss. Memory loss can be reversed, depending on the cause. A few of the types that can often be reversed are caused by depression, thyroid problems,…

  • Self Improvement

    Inflammation and Positive Mindset

    These days my head swirls with thoughts that are scattered and sometime chaotic; full of fear and full of hope. Some days are better than others, and frankly, some hours are better than others. The words inflammation and positive mindset keep coming up for me. I fear for younger relatives over whom I hold no sway who are taking chances, feeling like they are invincible and putting themselves and others at great risk. History has taught us that every “bad” period is not bad and a disaster for everyone. Some people find their way during these times and thrive; I am determined to be among them. How about you? Are…

  • Depression,  Self Improvement

    Are You Ready for the New Normal?

    Are you ready for the new normal? I’m not going to wait for everything to be back to normal. The old normal is gone, and in its place will be a new normal filled with challenges as well as tremendous opportunity for those willing to embrace it. The world has shifted dramatically in a speed of light sort of time. For the past five years, I’ve been learning and writing so I could share the changes I’ve been able to manifest in my own life with as many others as possible. That time has come, and I’m ready, are you? While this is very serious and often frightening, we still…