Stuck in a Depression Hole? Dig Yourself Out!

If you feel like you are stuck in a hole of depression, try there are many things we can do ourselves to dig our way out. Of course, recipe there are a number of things we can do, viagra related to good self-care, which will help keep depression at bay. The three most important being: Sleep, Good Nutrition and Exercise (Click on each of the preceding for advice on how to make the most of your personal wellness plan!)

That being said, one of the BEST strategies (for me, at least) is that when I am feeling down, blue or just uncomfortable with feelings, thoughts, or even just getting ahead the moment, the present or the day is to be in service to others.

What does this mean? And more importantly, how do we go about doing this? My definition of “being in service” generally means “helping others through acts.” It’s a great way to “get out of your head” and do something for someone else, who may (or may not) need help or support!

If you have some time to plan, consider one (or more!) of the following:

Do you know a frazzled new mother? Offer to watch the baby so she can get a nap and take a long, luxurious shower.

Do you know a single parent who needs some “me time?” Offer to babysit for a few nights so they can get out.

Offer whatever your strengths are, be it cooking, cleaning, organizing, balancing books etc., to someone who could use the help!

However, If you want to do something today, consider one (or more!) of the following:

Cook and package a freezable meal for a friend or family member. They will appreciate it when they have a long, hard day and are just too tired to cook.

Write a letter to someone that you love, tell them why you are thankful for them in your life!

Jot down (on pretty paper!) a meaningful quote and hand it to someone.

The more you do for others, the greater the rewards are for you. Give it a try. I PROMISE you will feel better!

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The Top Foods for Healthy Skin!

With thanks to Jessica Reimer, healing a Senior Marketing Manager at USANA Health Sciences…

Since holiday eating is on everyone’s mind, troche I figured this month’s Inside Beauty is the perfect time to talk about feeding your skin. There are some pretty tasty options out there that are miracle workers when it comes to a healthy, diagnosis glowing complexion. This holiday season try incorporating these yummy foods into your festive feasts.

Almonds + Dark Chocolate

Talk about a match made in heaven! These two not only taste delicious together, they also are a free-radical fighting duo.

Almonds are crunchy, satisfying and packed full of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a known antioxidant and can be very beneficial for repairing damaged cells, helping your skin look and feel amazing.

A delicious partner, dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants, called flavonoids, which gobble up free radicals to protect your skin from visible damage. Combine these two for a tasty and useful snack.

Tomatoes

Delicious red, juicy tomatoes are known for their high amounts of Lycopene, a carotenoid recognized for its antioxidant power. Studies have shown that consuming tomatoes or tomato paste on a regular basis can help reduce the appearance of sunburn.

Similar studies also show a boost in collagen attributed to the large amounts of lycopene in tomatoes which helps fight the look of aging. Freshly sliced, cooked, or pureed, tomatoes are your skin’s best friend.

Sweet Potatoes

How sweet it is — sweet potatoes are a wonderful source for Vitamin C, a known wrinkle-fighter, as well as beta-carotene. Vitamin C has long proven its effectiveness in protecting our skin from visible damage caused by the sun.

Vitamin C, a natural skin-lightener, also plays in a role in keeping a clear, even-toned complexion. Sweet potatoes are a perfect addition for holiday meals. Mash them or bake them for a yummy side dish to compliment any feast.

Salmon

Salmon is a fresh, mild-tasting fish that also happens to be a miracle food for skin. Add rich luster to your skin with omega-3 fatty acids by lightly sautéing the fish in olive oil on low to medium heat.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential healthy fats that help nourish the skin and regulate oil production for a beautiful glow.

Remember to Supplement

It’s important to note that a diet rich in these foods can help you look and feel better, but supplements will provide you with guaranteed amounts of vital nutrients. Try the MyHealthPak Beauty Edition for a synergistic blend of nutrients known to help your complexion.

Well there’s the scoop!

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The Cure is…

Hi Friends!

Please take a look at a revolutionary film that I found particuarly inspiring!

x-Alison

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It is time for us look beyond the band-aid approach of medicine in our Western culture and deeper into the unlimited healing capacity of the human body.

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Looking Good! Skin Care & Make-Up Tips During Menopause

…”I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls”… -Audrey Hepburn

We know that the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and sweating, can ruin or really cripple our accustomed-to make-up and beauty routine’s. However, instead of cringing at the thought of altering or even overhauling our skin care or make-up habits, let’s embrace it! I find it exciting to try new (and possibly better) products and ways of doing things!

Instead of our go-to lipstick, try a lip stain. It is exactly what it sounds like, a “stain.” I love lip stains, because they provide a long lasting, dash of color to our lips that can be used under a balm to keep our lips looking smooth and supple. Also, a stain will stay on during even intense hot flashes and you will still look amazing and fresh!

Speaking of stains, they can also be found for cheeks (cheek stain), rather than rouge or blushers. Apply these sparingly, and experiment before you head out for your day. They are more potent with color, and if you are used to using powdered rouge, you’ll be happy to find that they are also long lasting, therefore eliminating the need for re-applying throughout the day.

Be on the lookout for a water-proof and/or sweat-proof mascara too! These formulas also come in smudge proof, and with a touch of an eyelash curler, will have your eyes looking bright and open! (And we can forget about smatterings of dark color under our eyes at the end of our day!)

Sweat-proof foundations are great as well, I recommend applying with a slightly damp makeup sponge in order to get a light, sheer coverage. Remember, less is more.

Some of my favorite places to shop for makeup online are www.sephora.com , and many great user reviews can be found at www.amazon.com . I also use an amazing, paraben free skin care line by Sense (Please contact me directly for more details and the best prices here)
And while I truly believe that beauty begins on the inside, taking the time to put on our make-up and take care of our facial skin will help us to feel more confident, and boosts our self-esteem. I love to get “girly” and feel pretty, and you should allow yourself to feel that way too!

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
Audrey Hepburn

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Proper Hydration & Health

Why is hydration so important? Our bodies depend on water for survival. Every single cell and organ (and that includes our skin!) needs water. Dehydration can lead to headaches, health sleepiness and lightheadedness. For example, salve have you ever noticed a correlation between dry skin and dehydration? When you urinate, is the color dark? Are you sweating more because of menopause? Do you feel sluggish thought the day? We need water to look and feel our best. If you having trouble getting enough water throughout the day, here are a few tips to get you started:

 

 

  1. Carry a reusable bottle of water with you throughout the day. Keep it filled and drink from it before you feel thirsty- if you feel thirsty, you are already headed towards dehydration.
  2. Begin and end your day with a full glass of water.
  3. Schedule your hydration- aim to drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour of the day.
  4. If you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first, often our bodies mix up our signals and tell us we are hungry when we are actually thirsty!
  5. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime to your water for flavor.
  6. Drink water at restaurants- it’s good for you and free!

Above all, remember that we should never wait until we are feeling symptoms of dehydration before we act. This can be more difficult to recognize as we age. We need to actively prevent dehydration by practicing good habits. Self-care is one of the best and most kind things we can do for ourselves!

If you are interested in taking action to move your health to the next level, please apply for a complimentary Health Breakthrough Strategy Session by filling out the contact form here (Please note – it doesn’t matter where you are in the world for you to benefit, as long as you have an internet connection or phone line).

 

 

Mental Health & Menopause

Do you ever feel like your mind is unraveling before your eyes? It’s as if our menopausal symptoms grabbed a hold of our brains and said “well, link I have affected nearly every aspect of your body, let’s go for the mind now!” (Insert evil “mu-haha” laugh here). Mental health and mood disorders are a touchy subject for a lot of women, and a little laughter is always a good ice-breaker.

It’s true that many women who are already suffering from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and Bi-Polar Disorder (among others) will often feel an exacerbation of symptoms due to changes  in hormone levels in Menopause. If that’s you, it’s probably a good time to see your Doctor and review your personal Mental Health Plan. It’s also a good time to try and incorporate some of the relaxation and stress relieving techniques we have been talking about here (if you aren’t already!)

On the other hand, if you haven’t experienced a major mood disorder and/or mental health issue prior to menopause, now is the time to speak up and seek help. For some, three of the most difficult words to say, are “I need help.” Remember our mind-body connection? One cannot function properly without the other being healthy. If you are experiencing a low, depressed mood, overall feelings of anxiety or panic attacks or chronic insomnia it’s time to practice good self-care and get help.

As always, please keep in mind that we are our own health advocates! Just by being here and reading this you are taking a step in the right direction. Be kind to yourself, and be well.

You can read more about Menopause and Mood Disorders HERE.

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Methods to Meditate On

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, see and choose the path that leads to wisdom ~ Buddha

The last few weeks we discussed sleep, diet, and yoga; all of which are important to whole body health. However, meditation is another form of self care that nurtures our minds and therefore helps us to be healthier and happier! A regular practice of meditation helps calm anxiety, improves our sleep, and increases our ability to concentrate.

It seems there is a widespread misunderstanding about meditation. I suspect that the stereotype involves a complicated sitting-yoga-esque pose, while our eyes are closed and we hum. This couldn’t be further from the truth! I admit, some people might meditate in this way, however meditation is highly personal and individualized and no two experiences or methods are the same!

During meditation, the goal is to empty our minds of “chatter,” while focusing on a phrase (also known as a “mantra”) a prayer, or an image. If you are a beginner, here are some tips to get started:

  1. Make mediation an every day habit. Remember our “21 days to a habit” rule? If you can commit to 21 days of mediation, chances are you will stick with it!
  2. Focus on your breathing. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose, exhaling or “pushing” the breath out through your mouth.
  3. Start small. Try to focus on your chosen object, mantra, or prayer for 1 full minute. Remember that meditation is an active process; you will need to re-direct your attention several times in order to stay focused.
  4. Don’t give up! Practice makes progress!

You might also want to experiment with lighting (total darkness or total light), indoors versus outdoors meditation, lighting candles or using aromatherapy to help calm your mind. Whatever you choose, do what feels right to you!

 

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Restful Sleep: Healthy Sleep Habits

When you think of sleep, story do you cringe? Are you going to bed exhausted, find and waking up not feeling any better? Are you becoming more forgetful during the day, yawning, and wishing you could take a nap? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to make some changes in your bedtime routine!

Our brains need at the very MINIMUM 5 solid hours of sleep to “re-set,” keeping in mind this is the BARE minimum, and as busy, professional women we benefit greatly from at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Aim to exercise at least 4 hours before bedtime to promote optimal sleep.
  2. Do not go to bed hungry or thirsty, stay hydrated throughout the day and have a small, light snack before bed if you feel you need it.
  3. Turn off the television: Television sound and light actually stimulates brain activity, aim to turn the television off at least 30 minutes before retiring and engage in a restful activity such as meditation.
  4. Set a schedule: Getting up and going to bed at the same time every day and night helps to regulate out of whack sleep patterns.

I also recommend a warm, soothing bath or shower followed by a cup of chamomile or valerian root tea. A melatonin supplement might be helpful as well (Please contact me here if you would like more information on Melatonin). Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycles, however sometimes stress, poor diet and other factors deplete our Melatonin stores. You can naturally boost your melatonin stores by wearing an eye mask to bed and ensuring the bedroom is dark and cool.

Above all else, be consistent and don’t give up! It takes on average 21 days to form a new habit, be good to you and make sleep one of those!

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Thankful for Thanksgiving: Healthy habits start here!

(Today’s blog comes from author Jennifer Hulett, based in the United States, Southern California. I hope you enjoy!)

In November, we reflect and count our blessings. Health is something I am especially grateful for, and I hope you are too! However, if you are here because you are looking for pathways to better health, you are certainly in the right place! As we contemplate our Thanksgiving Feast this season, we can actually create a wonderful starting point for better health…

Keeping this in mind, why not kick off your healthy eating habits WITH Thanksgiving meal? Unheard of, right? Many people often think of this particular meal with fears of gaining weight, being bloated and sleepy; however it doesn’t have to be that way! Many of you may have your holiday menu set, however I’ve found some fabulous recipes for Roasted Turkey, as well as for Heritage Turkey Breeds, (which is typically much leaner!) We can also plan for more whole fruits and vegetables in our meal (think pureed cranberries and freshly steamed green beans!) and stay away from fat and “bad carb” – laden “traditional” dishes such as gravies and stuffing (or, practice moderation!) and excessive alcohol consumption.

Food aside, and most importantly, gathering around the table with our loved ones is a perfect opportunity to shift our collective focus towards what we have, instead of our lack of, or that which divides us. If we commit to practicing gratitude, love and kindness, the rest will follow naturally.

How are you planning on spending your holiday? Will you adopt new, habits? Will you focus on what you have, rather than what you think you ought to have?

If you are interested in taking action to move your health to the next level, please apply for a complimentary  Health Breakthrough Strategy Session by filling out the contact form here (Please note – it doesn’t matter where you are in the world for you to benefit, as long as you have an internet connection or phone line).

Gratitude, Attitude, Action.

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” – French Proverb

November gifts us with beautiful colors- think of the deep orange, sovaldi sale bright yellows and dark browns of the leaves. The weather becomes comfortably light, capsule cool and crisp. There is a slight whisper of frosty winter swirls, check however the air smells fresh and brings heartfelt swellings of hope. This time of year also brings a strong shift in my being; emotionally and spiritually. I feel more creative, productive and energised. It happens to be fitting that November is a wonderful month to practice being in a state of gratitude! The question is how does one begin?

While I have humbly learned that acceptance and gratitude are key to my emotional well-being, this recognition did not happen overnight. Through mentoring and meditation, I discovered that  self-knowledge has little benefit to us unless we take action. When we take THE action, we have taken the first steps in our emotional growth.  This month, I challenge you to…

…Stay in Gratitude! Each day, write down three things you are thankful or grateful for. The challenge is you MUST write them down. Consider purchasing a small notebook dedicated to this project only. Date each page, and list three things, person, places, feelings or “ANYTHINGS” that you are grateful for.  They don’t even have to be different each day. For example, I am grateful and thankful for my children, food in my refrigerator, a warm coat and a soft bed… Are you getting the idea?

…Adopt the Attitude! Gratitude is a POWERFUL emotion capable of transforming personalities and in turn, lives. The next time you start to have uncomfortable feelings about a person, place or situation try to focus on the positive aspects. For example, turn “This line at the store is too long, the checker is too slow, the people in front of me have too many items!” into “I am thankful I have money in my pocket to buy the things I need.”  A person who is continually grateful and thankful tends to be happier and healthier. Allow your new attitude of gratitude to shine through.

…Put it into action! Give back freely, encourage and be in service to others! One of the most amazing gifts we have to give is our time and attention. Give it away!

And remember that if nothing changes, nothing changes. Make your life count.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie