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Sleep Masks: A Natural Way to Sleep Better

Kayla McMahon October 7, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]S[/su_dropcap]leep is a vital aspect of overall wellness, yet many people don’t see sleep as a top priority. Go Ask Alice!, the online health column of Columbia University, reports that not getting enough quality sleep is linked to “daytime sleepiness, depressed mood, impaired concentration and memory and a weakened immune system.” So, how can we improve our quality of sleep? A step in…

Take the Mindfulness Approach to Easing Chronic Low Back Pain

Kayla McMahon October 14, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]A[/su_dropcap]re you tired of taking pain medication to get rid of that pesky lower back pain? Have you tried almost everything to make the pain go away? Well, it’s time to kiss chronic low back pain good-bye and say hello to mindfulness. Researchers at Group Health Research Institute recently conducted a study to explore alternatives to pain medication in treating low back…

Meditation is the New Detention

Kayla McMahon October 21, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]W[/su_dropcap]hen we think of children, “calm” and “relaxed” are not the first adjectives that come to mind. The children of Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, however, are proving us all wrong. The Baltimore school recently began an after-school program called Holistic Me, where students practice yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation activities. Instead of punishing students with detention, students are sent to the Mindful Moment…

The Key to a Relaxing Commute: Meditation

Kayla McMahon October 28, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]I[/su_dropcap]t’s 8 a.m. on a Monday. The subway is crowded, you forgot to grab breakfast, and the person next to you is clearly invading your personal space. You’re two seconds away from giving this person a piece of your mind when suddenly, you pause. Instead of unleashing your raging thoughts, you silently wish well to the personal…

Is Stress Stealing the Benefits of Your Healthy Diet?

Kayla McMahon November 4, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]S[/su_dropcap]tress. A word we are all too familiar with and a feeling that we encounter too often. The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as, “the brain’s response to any demand,” and while not all stress is bad, not all stress is good either. It is no surprise that stress can cause serious health problems, but did you know that…

Miranda Kerr Opens Up About Using Meditation to Overcome Depression

Kayla McMahon November 11, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]I[/su_dropcap]t’s not easy to talk about mental health issues, but recently, model Miranda Kerr opened up about her experience with depression. Kerr was married to actor Orlando Bloom for three years before the two separated in 2013; after the split, Kerr “fell into a really bad depression.” The Mayo Clinic defines depression as “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.” A variety of factors can trigger depression…

5 Ways to Manage Your Post-Election Stress

Kayla McMahon November 18, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]R[/su_dropcap]egardless of which candidate you voted for in the 2016 presidential election, you are most likely experiencing some form of stress caused by this year’s election. According to an online survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 52 percent of Americans reported the 2016 election as being a significant source of stress. The results showed that it didn’t matter if people were registered as a Democrat or Republican – all were experiencing…

Gratitude: The Healthy Attitude

Kayla McMahon November 28, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]M[/su_dropcap]any see the holiday season as a perfect time to pause and reflect on all that we are thankful for. Expressing gratitude for a loving family, a warm meal and a happy home are common around this time of year, but why must thankfulness be only a seasonal act? Why not express gratitude every day of the year? A recent Harvard University study found that…

The Holiday Season is Not Always Jolly

Kayla McMahon December 2, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]H[/su_dropcap]appy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for spending time with family, eating Grandma’s honey-baked ham and giving gifts to loved ones. Oh, and stressing yourself out. It’s no secret that while the holiday season brings joy, it inevitably drags along an abundance of stress, anxiety and depression. At a time when you’re supposed to be feeling cheerful, negative emotions may stem from a variety of demands – shopping,…

Billions of Dollars Lost to Sleep Deprivation

Kayla McMahon December 9, 2016 0 comments 0

We can sleep when we’re dead…right? Not so much. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims insufficient sleep to be a public health epidemic, as 1 in 3 American adults do not get enough sleep. Adults aged 18-60 years require at least 7 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain optimal health, but many adults fail to do so. This leads to an increased…

New Study Finds Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure

Kayla McMahon December 21, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]A[/su_dropcap]re you one of the many Americans who struggle to keep their high blood pressure under control? If so, don’t lose hope just yet. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 75 million American adults have high blood pressure – that’s 1 in every 3 American adults. Anyone can develop high blood pressure and it greatly…

Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Kayla McMahon December 30, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]I[/su_dropcap]nhale. Exhale. Each breath is an automatic function of the body. Our breathing rate, however, fluctuates as we become stressed, relaxed, excited and so on. When we feel stressed, our breathing pattern is short and shallow, which can cause hyperventilation. This can exacerbate the physical symptoms of stress and prolong feelings of anxiety. However, we have the…

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