Guest blog by Emma Seppälä.
We’ve heard that meditation can help with so many things, from focus to sleep. But it also has another tremendously valuable added benefit: it improves our relationships. You may wonder how a seated and isolated activity—after all, even if you’re meditating in a group, you’re not talking to anyone—can help improve your social skills and relationship prowess, but research shows it does. Here’s how.
Next time you feel tension in your neck, or your mind is busy circling an internal to-do list, stop. Despite the inclination to push through, it’s more rewarding (and productive) to pause.
One in four Americans experience a great deal of stress. It isn’t just unpleasant to bear, stress can affect everything from your health, relationships, and work life. The near-constant distractions and obligations posed by a 24/7 culture only contribute to a sense of everyday strain.
It’s the holiday season. A wonderful time of year that somehow gets stressful and chaotic with all of the things to do, events to host as well as attend, and relationships to celebrate through gifts and time spent together.
Maintaining balance and letting go of the stress of the season is a practice of its own. Fortunately, with a little mindfulness, planning, and compassion, you can embrace the season feeling more refreshed, grateful, and happy.
When was the last time you felt really stuck? You couldn’t seem to get out a funk, let alone out of your sweatpants?
Yoga is such a great tool for our everyday life and when used wisely it can also assist in many of the modern day maladies that keep us from knowing the joy that is abound.
It’s the holiday season … a time of dark, cold mornings, short days and busy nights, tending to the hustle and bustle of getting things done for various holiday celebrations, all the while gorging ourselves on delicious — but often calorie-laden — holiday foods. The average day passes quickly, and you usually find yourself collapsing into bed at the end of it feeling completely exhausted.
So how can reducing stress help you lose weight?
It starts with the hormone cortisol, which has become synonymous with stress. You may have heard or seen an advertisement for yet another magic weight loss pill or potion that reduces cortisol in your body to help lose weight. But how does cortisol really affect our body’s ability to store fat? And how can we reduce the amount of cortisol in our bodies without resorting to weight loss pills?
Acne rates are rising — contradicting the belief that this condition is caused by genes.
Eight million people see the dermatologist every year for acne, and millions more rely on infomercial products hawked by celebrities or over-the-counter products that total $100 million in sales every year. Clearly, this problem, like so many chronic diseases in the 21st century, is increasing. Why?
Ah, summer — longer days, a less structured lifestyle … NOT. If you’re stressed out by your kids’ summer activities, friends, meals, constant messes and late night hours (I have three teens; I can relate!), you know it’s easy to feel you can’t fit in workouts on top of everything else. But study after study has shown that regular exercise is one of the best things you can do when you’re stressed.