How Summer Heat Affects Our Mood

How Summer Heat Affects Our Mood

The Weather Influences Our Mood The weather can affect our mental health in more ways than we realize. We’re all aware of the winter doldrums, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). During the winter, some people feel depressed and moody. Although thought to be caused by the lack of sun during colder seasons, SAD can also occur in the summertime.  It’s not hard to imagine how the summer heat can change our mood. Being sweaty and uncomfortable can make anyone cranky. Sitting in a hot car, doing yard work under the sun, and humid summer evenings can raise blood...

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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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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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3 Signs You Have Chronic Stress (And How You Can Deal with It)

3 Signs You Have Chronic Stress (And How You Can Deal with It)

Stress. Everyone deals with it. Whether it’s due to increasing responsibilities at work, a death of a loved one, or a big life transition, stress is almost inevitable during some time of your life. But it’s when stress starts to stick around daily that it begins to affect your health, physically and mentally. But even if you think that your stress is only affecting you, it can also cause problems for the people around you and the relationships you have. Here are the three main ways that chronic stress can manifest in your life: Mentally Do you find yourself feeling...

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