According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Statistics suggest approximately 18% of adults – nearly 1 in 5 individuals – have experienced some form of clinical anxiety at some point in their adult life. What is Anxiety? Perhaps one of the […]
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life… I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and […]
The natural community has given a lot of hype to Himalayan salt lamps over the past couple of years. Citing benefits including air purification and mood enhancement, proponents of these lamps have touted them as a necessity in the “green” home. If you haven’t heard of salt lamps, they are basically solid pillars of Himalayan […]
Do you ever feel as though you go through the same motions every day? I know I do. At the same time each morning, my alarm goes off and the routine begins. Shower, make-up (applied in the same order), breakfast (the same foods as the day before), pack a lunch (leftovers from the night before), and […]
I am currently reading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Doing so has challenged me to think a lot about gratefulness and how thanksgiving strengthens our relationship with God and helps us open our spiritual eyes to the art of seeing the beauty that is all around us. This has been a nice reminder […]
My husband and I recently attended a wedding held on the top of a hill near a lake. The ceremony was beautiful and the campfire reception was similarly heartwarming. Weddings are the best, because everyone is so happy when celebrating love. Nothing could have ruined the evening, but one not-so-awesome aspect of this particular ceremony was the […]
Self-care is the act of caring for oneself, especially when life is particularly stressful or tiring. Often, we think of self-care as something that could take an entire evening (and it can), but self-care can be done anywhere and for any length of time. Below are some ideas to get you started. Pick, choose, and […]
Rio de Janeiro and the 31st Olympiad have been occupying snippets of my free time lately. My favorite games? Since the 1996 Dream Team (and the first Olympics I can remember watching), Women’s Gymnastics. What athletes! While the uneven bars or floor exercise are my usual go-tos; this year, the balance beam has me especially captivated. With […]
According to alternative health literature, essential oils are the next most important items to have in your medicine cabinet after coconut oil, probiotics, and apple cider vinegar. While humanity will never find the magic bullet to collectively cure all the earth’s ailments, essential oils have shown themselves effective for various purposes both anecdotally (my family and […]
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