The Benefits of Positive Visualization

The Benefits of Positive Visualization

We often find ourselves lost in thought during the day, reliving memories and wondering about our lives. These are called daydreams. Although daydreams are magical and comforting, they don't help us meet our goals. There's a method that's a bit like daydreaming that can help us better ourselves. It's called positive visualization. What is Positive Visualization? Positive visualization is a “mental rehearsal” in your mind. It’s a focused daydream about doing the steps you need to take to achieve your goals.  Very often, our minds tend to amplify the obstacles in or path. We then hone in on those obstacles...

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Taking Control of the Wheel

Taking Control of the Wheel

According to the  AAA Foundation for Traffic, Americans drive a total of 2.45 trillion miles on the road and, on average, spend a total of 290 hours on the road. That’s a lot to be driving! All this time on the road can take its toll on our mental health.  We drive our children to school, and we drive ourselves to work. We drive to the grocery store, and we drive out to dinner. There’s soccer games, spin classes, visiting grandma – the list is endless. What can a person do to avoid feeling frayed from traffic? Here are some...

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Five Medication-Free Ways to Get Your ZZZs.

Five Medication-Free Ways to Get Your ZZZs.

What is Insomnia? If you’re finding yourself staring at the clock, watching the morning creep closer and closer with no sleep under your belt, know that you’re not alone. The inability to fall asleep or remain asleep is called insomnia. According to The American Institute of Stress, insomnia affects 3 million Americans. Unfortunately, stress and insomnia can occur together with one making the other worse and vice versa. This loop creates a vicious cycle. What Can Happen if You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?  Sleep is an essential function that the body needs to recuperate, heal, and maintain energy. While we...

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3 Ways to Decrease Stress and Improve Heart Health

3 Ways to Decrease Stress and Improve Heart Health

American Heart Month February is the month of hearts—both literally and figuratively. It’s the month of chocolates, roses, and cardiovascular health. February is when the nation celebrates American Heart Month to raise awareness about how vital heart health is. Unlike the other muscles in our body, the heart is continuously in motion, working hard to push blood through our veins and arteries. It never gets to rest. Perhaps because it’s always working, we don’t notice it much. We go about, sure in the belief that it will always be able to do the job until it can’t.   American Heart...

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5 Tips to Overcome Working Mom Stress

5 Tips to Overcome Working Mom Stress

If Instagram were any indication you’d think being a working mom was about perfectly coiffed kids and meal prepped lunches with artfully arranged food. Social media shows us perfectly curated photos of motherhood. It’s vital that we understand how far those photos are from the truth. Being a mother is full of beautiful highs and deep lows. It’s about the biggest love and the hardest frustrations. Add work to the mix, along with chores and bills and a marriage, and working mom stress can build up. The American Psychological Association (APA) notes that women are much more likely than men...

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