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How Self-Care Will Make Your Holidays Feel Better

Over 60% of people feel overwhelming pressure during the season. KEY POINTS According to one study, 38% of people say the holidays cause more stress, depression, and anxiety. Sleep is important because the brain needs it to function effectively, efficiently, and productively. Before overextending oneself, it is best to be aware that the effort may …

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6 Foods That Cause Inflammation

Inflammation can be good or bad depending on the situation. On one hand, it’s your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you’re injured or sick. It can help your body defend itself from illness and stimulate healing. On the other hand, chronic, sustained inflammation is linked to an increased risk of diseases like diabetes, heart …

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How to Actually Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Seven goals and strategies to minimize drama and have a good day. KEY POINTS People often have high hopes for how their family will behave during the holidays, but are often disappointed. It’s important to set reasonable expectations of holiday-time family visits because no one can control anyone else. Strategies to minimize family arguments and …

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The Secret Power of Thanksgiving

How to improve your life by being thankful.   Every night before I went to bed, my mother used to ask me to list the three things that I was most thankful for that day. The first time she asked me to do this, “Oh,” I thought, “this will be easy!” She said, “And remember, you …

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Immunity and the Mind: 7 Steps

What can both help your immune system and your mood? Your mind allows you to be aware of the world around you—it forms your perception of the world. Your mind and your thoughts help you decide whether the world is safe, or is a place of distress. As a result, perception helps you decide if …

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Nutrition and Mental Health: The Physiology of Well-Being

You are what you eat! This holds true in the most literal and specific senses. What you nourish yourself with not only affects whether you get heart disease or not, but also whether you feel good each day. Imagine that—you actually have a significant influence on your mental health day to day, despite your genetic …

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10 Steps to Make Yourself a Priority !

10 Steps to Make Yourself a Priority When is the last time you did something nice for yourself? Has it been months, possibly years? For you to love others, you must first love yourself. A way to increase your self-worth is to make yourself a priority. This may seem foreign to some people. Many of …

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6 Ways Music Can Reduce Your Stress

KEY POINTS Music interventions are very easy and inexpensive to integrate in both our daily lives and in medical settings. Research shows that listening to music can have a significant effect on alleviating anxiety and stress. Non-lyrical music with a slow tempo is one of the most effective music interventions for stress reduction. Listening to …

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How to Make a Self-Care Checklist That Actually Works for You

Life doesn’t always proceed smoothly, to put it mildly. When challenges you face prove difficult to handle, it can tax your emotional health, especially if your overall well-being already has some room for improvement. When you feel physically and emotionally well, it’s often easier to navigate stressors in healthy and productive ways. That’s what makes self-care — …

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The Gut-Brain Connection

How gut microbes can influence mental health and what you can do about it. Over the last decade, scientists have been learning about how the communities of microorganisms that live in our gut, called the gut microbiome, can influence human health and well-being. What is the microbiome? The human body is one big ecosystem, home to …

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