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Five Self-care Strategies during Grief - After the Election and Beyond

Five Self-care Strategies during Grief - After the Election and Beyond

This past week has been especially hard on our country. Whether or not you were happy with the results of the election, I think that we can all agree that it has been a time of great emotional turbulence.

For many, it is a time of grief. Indeed, internet searches on the topic "stages of grief" have gone up exponentially in the last few days, as you can see from this graph:

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Six Keys to Being Well-Seasoned

Six Keys to Being Well-Seasoned

Have you noticed that many of us are sensitive when it comes to growing older? Some of us don't talk about how old we are, and we use politically-correct language when referring to those of us who have more life experience. We hear words like "old" or "elderly" less frequently — and opt for language that is less stigmatizing. One of my favorites is "seasoned"!

This sensitivity most likely boils down to fear. Most of us don't like the thought of aging. It's not that we don't want to grow older chronologically — who doesn't aspire to living to a ripe, old age?

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Three Simple Ways to Keep STRESS from Ruining Your Metabolism

Three Simple Ways to Keep STRESS from Ruining Your Metabolism

The research is clear — chronic stress damages our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

One of the most interesting lines of study, including research that was released just this week, reveal how feelings of stress, anxiety or depression are linked to inflammation and metabolic changes in the body. To put it simply, those thoughts and feelings trigger reactions in the body that increase inflammation, raise blood sugar, and turn energy into fat. It appears that our high stress culture is making us fatter and sicker!

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Simple Self-Care in an Imperfect World

Simple Self-Care in an Imperfect World

Life never goes according to the perfect storybook version in our heads, does it?

In fact, it is full of unexpected twists and turns, requiring constant adaptation.

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Unseen Forces that Steal Your Health - and What You Can Do About Them

Unseen Forces that Steal Your Health - and What You Can Do About Them

I'd like to respectfully disagree with George Pettie. He's the one credited with the modern proverb - "What you don't know can't hurt you." Back in 1576, he said it a little differently:"So long as I know it not, it hurteth mee not."

I tend to agree more with Sir Francis Bacon's assertion that "Knowledge is power." — especially when it comes to our well-being!

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