Monthly Archives: October 2010

Stress and Clutter

Living the simpler life. We are seeing this more often, yet many are feeling overwhelmed by their busy lives. Clutter can be one thing that adds to the feeling of stress. “Where are my keys? Where are the kids papers to sign?” This weekend, take a couple of hours and pick one area of your house to tackle, such as one pile of clothes, one counter of clutter, etc. Clearing out the clutter, one section at a time, helps clear out the stress.

 

Mindful Eating-Less Calories

Adding extra calories to your meals can sneak in by the way you serve them. If you serve family- style meals, you are more likely to take 2nd (or 3rd) helpings, maybe only small spoonfuls at a time. If you place your serving on your plate in the kitchen before you sit down (and don’t go back for extras), you’ll consume┬áless food. But, keep the salad on the table for extra servings, just be mindful of the dressing

 

Stress Relief and Yoga

Stress can affect your body in many ways. According to a Yale University study, the most stressed women had bigger waistlines, probably due to excess cortisol. It has long been known that bigger waists predisposes us to cardiac disease and diabetes. One way to decrease your cortisol level is an hour of yoga. If you haven’t tried it, start with a beginner’s class or DVD and relax and enjoy!

 

Stress and Massage

What can you do for yourself that lowers levels of stress hormones, eases sore muscles and stiff joints, can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, helps manage chronic pain and enhances immune function? Go for a professional massage! For anyone who has experienced massage, the health benefits alone are excellent, but the total relaxation is hard to describe. Treat yourself or ask for a gift certificate. You are worth it!

 

Eat Less by Candlelight

Some interesting facts that may help you to eat less, from the research of Dr. Brian Wansink from Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. Bright lights boost your appetite, causing you to eat more quickly, not registering fullness and therefore causing intake of larger portions. Some suggestions are dimmer switch that you can turn down during meals, or my favorite, eat by candlelight.

 

Stress and Guided Imagery

The weekend is coming and for many it is a time to recharge for the next week. But it can turn into 2 days of whirlwind activity and we return to work on Monday still exhausted. Have you tried guided imagery to relax? Do you have a “happy place” to go to when you need down time? Guided imagery is active visualization that does take practice to achieve the best results, but works not only for stress, but for pain.

 

Green Tea Boost

Green tea is a great way to start your day on a cool morning, adding healthy antioxidants called catechins. A study at Purdue University indicates that adding citrus juice, such as lemon or orange juice to green tea, increases the absorption of the catechins by up to 80%. The health benefits of green tea have just been boosted!