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by Wellness Editor As reported by the University of Maryland Medical Center, back pain is the second leading cause for doctor visits, with up to 80% of adults in the United States suffering from this type of pain. Inflammation is a common cause for back pain. While inflammation is a natural response to disease or injury in the body, making small changes to your daily diet can help reduce this inflammatory response..... 5/1/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC May is Women’s Health month, a time when preventative care is highlighted. As a young breast cancer survivor, I’m grateful for how medical screening saved my life. As a psychotherapist who specializes in medical trauma, I know that being proactive about health is often easier said than done. Anxiety and dread about medical screening can prevent people from getting the testing they need. This is particularly... 4/27/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Jenn Ryan Many of us are swayed by advertising. Commercials that show happy cows in a pasture, a package of beef that says “free-range” or “grass-fed”or “organically-raised:” it seems easy to make the right choices at the supermarket. We as consumers are convinced we know how to tell good food from bad food, best practices from worst practices, and healthy nutrition from the stuff that just mimics it. But is... 4/25/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Loretta Breuning Too much wellness can be a real problem. If you always feel like you haven’t done enough, you create stress that burdens your body. You undermine the well-being you seek if you constantly berate your diet and exercise choices. You are better off celebrating your healthy lifestyle choices instead.“But I haven’t done enough!” you may say. This conundrum is real. Goals stimulate the joy of dopamine as... 4/16/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Avery Neal, PhD These days most of us are stressed to the max. Our overcrowded schedules and fast-paced lives leave us in a perpetual state of frenzy, even our sleep compromised by operating in this chronically stressed state. Currently,anxiety is the number one mental health concern in our country, impacting over 40 million Americans. Despite its prevalence, many of us are never taught the basic skills necessary... 4/15/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Jen Johnson We have all done it at one time or another – in a difficult moment when we already feel emotional pain, we send a second arrow of suffering toward ourselves with critical self-talk. We say things to ourselves that we would never say to someone else, and on some level, we feel we deserve it.Our harsh words may vary, but the themes are often similar—“What was I thinking?”?” “I’m so stupid” “What is wrong... 4/13/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Sherrie Campbell Life is forever challenging for us all. We carry pains and life’s lessons all the way through. None of us are exempt from these sharper edges. We are here to grow. The signature purpose and intention behind life’s sharper edges is to provide us that very opportunity. What might seem like and enemy will likely turn out to be the only possible thing that could have caused us enough discomfort to finally... 4/12/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Karen Schuder, EdD, MDiv, MAM Perspective influences everything. How we see and respond to the world around us determines the quality of life for ourselves and others. We can inspire or discourage. Despite our ability to choose perspective, we sometimes get stuck in attitudes negatively affecting life. Vera and Vi were great examples of the difference between choosing a positive attitude or getting stuck in a rut.Vera and Vi were... 4/11/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Jill Sodini Choosing Quality Instead of QuantityWhen I was working for a health insurance company early in my career, there was a period of time when we used the tag line “live longer better.” I thought this was great because there were endless amounts of studies that said by adopting healthier habits lifespan could be increased or risk of death could be decreased by certain percentages. I later came to realize... 3/31/2024 4:00:00 AM
by Nicole Lance How do I take care of my own wellness while I’m literally managing what feels like everything else? As an entrepreneur, partner, parent, and human being living in the 21st century, this seems like a perpetual equation that is nearly impossible to solve for. As opposed to the linear strategy and rigid discipline that had brought me so much success elsewhere, I found my answer in what I now lovingly... 3/16/2024 4:00:00 AM
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