Posts in the ‘Stress management’ Category

The Significance of a Simple Smile

Guest post by Mary Lamp, BA Exercise Science, Eastern Michigan University dietetics undergraduate How often do you crack a smile? The average person smiles 20 times a day. Those who are more bubbly than average smile 40 to 50 times a day. Smiling—even if you fake it—can improve your mood and reduce stress. Research from

What We’re Meant to Be

The books I’ve been reading are trying to tell me something. I’m listening. First it was Quiet which helped me understand that a predisposition to introversion has many merits and that it’s perfectly OK to be “the quiet type.” Now it’s Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani which helped me understand what my purpose

Drink Water to De-Stress

My husband and I spent three hours kayaking the Grand River yesterday. We paddled against the current for two hours; then floated back downstream. It was quite relaxing. Being on the water—but in this case, thankfully not in the water—got me thinking about water’s stress relieving properties. What is it about water that’s so relaxing? Is

How to Treat a Tree

Trees do so much for us: Provide shade and fruit, purify the air, produce phytoncides, reduce erosion, offer branches for climbing and swinging . . . and much more. In return, it’s important to treat trees right. One particular practice–using mulch correctly– “could save the lives of millions of trees,” says garden designer Florence Boogaerts in

How to take charge of your life

The mind is an incredibly powerful force – some of it untapped. For instance, many of us don’t use our imaginations to help improve skills such as public speaking or sports; help improve health; or consider better ways of doing things such as how to react to events. According to research, if we did, we

Yoga may bestow yet another health benefit

  If you’ve resisted trying yoga thus far, you may want to reconsider and roll out a sticky mat – the only piece of equipment that’s required. More and more research suggests that practicing yoga on a regular basis has mental and physical health benefits. To date, studies suggest that yoga may help:   Improve

Life Unplugged

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011   Life Unplugged   Rushing and multitasking is the M.O. for many of us these days. We’re hot-wired into our smart phones, iPods, laptops and more. I marvel at my daughter as she surfs the net on her laptop, texts on her cell phone, and watches TV out of the corner

The Short Form of Meditation

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011   The Short Form of Meditation   For many people, the thought of meditation is intriguing, however, finding the time to practice meditation every day may be a barrier—or even a deal breaker. That’s why it’s wonderful to know that there is a “short form” of meditation. The short form is

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2010   Take a Walk on the Wild Side   I’ve been thinking a lot lately about rivers, lakes and woods. They’re not just idle daydreams: My musings are meaningful. In the woods and by the water is where I need to be—permanently. Pining for the woods has a lot to do

Playing Dead

MONDAY, MAY 31, 2010   Playing Dead   My favorite part of yoga class is the relaxation at the end. While the instructor dims the lights, we lie on our backs on our yoga mats, cover up with a blanket or coat to stay warm, and close our eyes. We position our bodies in Savasana (shah-VAHS-anna), the

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