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We all know the basics of nutrition, excercise, sleep and stress management. The problem is that we often struggle to balance our own wellness and health with the challenges of every day life.
If you are interested in finding that balance, applying the knowledge so that you can lose weight or just live a healthier life, you need Precision Nutrition Coaching. No matter what challenges you face, PNC will help you to improve your life. Read all about them here.
BERARDI, John, Ph.D. Create the perfect meal with this simple 5-step guide. [Infographic] [Web:] Precision Nutrition: bit.ly/2fUuyF1
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Depression is a reality for many people, yet many still brush off the severity of this mental health issue. Once caught in the chains of depression, one cannot simply ‘get over it’. Personally I don’t think anyone can describe exactly how depression feels, what it does to your heart, you soul and your mind, not to mention your physical body.
For me it has always been like a well. A deep, dark well with slippery walls and a tiny light, high, unreachable above. You are trapped down in the dark with no way out and your sorrow drowns out everything else. Other sufferers may have a different idea about depression. Each one of us is, after all, different. One thing, though, when you are ‘down in the well’, you have NO energy or motivation to change your disposition. You want out, of course, but lack the strength.
This is why yoga seems like the holy grail for depression sufferers. The low impact, gentle poses takes little effort. There is no pressure to perform while you exercise your physical body. By focusing on your breathing, yoga turns your attention to something else than your depression and through meditation you may find the path that can lead to healing. Another benefit is that it can be done at home. You don’t need to go to yoga class until you feel ready to face the world again.
Richard Rosen shares a sequence of yoga poses that has been specifically developed to ease the symptoms of depression. These nine poses are very easy to master and even those of you who have never been in a yoga class will be able to understand the instructions. You can find the sequence here.
The secret is to start slow, do not push yourself too hard. Try to repeat your sequence at least three times a week. As your confidence grows, you can invite your partner or friend to join you and, eventually, you will feel well enough to go to a class, meet more people and become a whole person once again.
In our modern society, insomnia, like depression and stress, has become something that most people are familiar with. I am sure everyone has gone through a period of sleeplessness at one point or another of their lives.
Insomnia, though, is more than just sleeplessness, it is the inability of a person to fall asleep or stay asleep and can go on for long periods of time. Have a look at this definition, “According to guidelines from a physician group, insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.” [Sleep Foundation] Acute insomnia occurs when life circumstances cause stress. This type of insomnia is often short in duration and will resolve itself, often without medical intervention. Chronic insomnia is the inability of a person to sleep or fall asleep for a period of at 3 nights. This condition recurs over a period of at least 3 months.
As I said, modern society causes anxiety and stress, which in turn causes worry, worry that keeps us awake at night. But if you are struggling to cope with your insomnia, there may be another reason than day to day stress. Scientists recently discovered that there is a link between the presence of at least 7 genes and insomnia.
Gina Roberts-Grey writes: “Scientists say some people’s genes increase their stress-reactivity. And that increased stress response increases the likelihood of poor sleep and developing insomnia.” [sleepapnea.com] So if a close relative suffered from chronic insomnia, and you cannot catch some needed shut-eye, your genes may be to blame.
Professor Eus Van Someren, of Vrije University, Amsterdam, and his team found that one of the identified genes has previously been associated with restless leg syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS). They also found a strong genetic overlap with other traits such as anxiety disorders, depression and neuroticism [Mail Online].
Mail Online also reports that 1 out of 10 British citizens suffer from insomnia and the CDC states that 1 out of 3 US citizens have difficulty falling or staying asleep [Trendstatistics]. With these statistics in mind, professor van Someren says that his hope is that their research will lead to further study that can help with the development of better medication to treat insomnia [Mail Online].
If you are one of the millions of people feeling fuzzy-brained and schlepping through your days with bloodshot eyes, here are some tips that may help you get that rest you yearn for.
Dragonfire Nutrition says that the “quality of your sleep is closely related to the quality of your waking hours. Live happily and actively, and sleep will come more easily.”
They came up with ways that can help you calm down and ease into a restful sleep, without medication. Their tips can be introduced into your daily schedule without any effort and many of them are actually just plain common sense. Things like softening the mood with gentle music and low lighting, not eating a meal late at night, exercise, meditation techniques and more.
If you are tired (literally) of sitting wide eyed every single night while your family sleeps the sleep of the just, you will definitely benefit from these tips. Have a look and try them out today. You will not be disappointed.
Did you know that drinking water can actually help you lose weight? Yes, it’s true! And there you were in the pharmacy again, getting sold on expensive weight loss powders and nostrums, hoping against all odds that THIS one will be THE one. You never knew, did you? The secret to a slimmer you has been staring you in the face all your life.
A Health Blog says that women should consume about 91 oz. (2.7 liters) of water a day and men should consume about 125 oz. (3.7 liters), from beverages as well as food.
They continue to state that water can boost your energy, reduce your apetite and increase your metabolism.
Think I’m having you on? Read the article here and have a drink on me.
Are you constantly seeking a way to find happiness? In a world filled with darkness, depression and fear, I think EVERYONE is hoping to find some sort of ‘secret way’ that they can attain utter happiness and fulfillment.
I have often looked at other people, knowing very well that what we observe is rarely the truth, and found them to look absolutely, blissfully happy. I’ve often envied them this, as my life definitely is NOT always happy. One should constantly reminds oneself that life is like a picture book and every moment a snapshot. The smiling faces we always seem to see on social media is but a photo, a quick snap, taken at a moment when the subject was smiling or told to smile. The truth is, none of us are ever really happy. But the good news is, Aadil Palkhivala, through his unique yoga and meditation philosophy, can help you to finally find what you seek.
Look what he says in his article for Yoga Journal: “Happiness happens when we choose it over trying to be like everybody else, trying to have what others have. When we compare ourselves at all times to others, we feel constant discontent. Santosha (contentment) brings happiness. And contentment must come from a constant striving for happiness; happiness stops when we stop growing or stagnate. We are here to evolve.” [07/2017]
You can read the article here and even sign up for his six-week Master Class to align your asana and transform your life through yoga philosophy.
PALKHIVALA, Aadil. 07/2017. This Is How Meditation Can Focus Your Mind—& Help You Choose Happiness. [Web:] Yoga Journal: bit.ly/2v1dvXA [Date of Access:] July 27, 2017.
Have anyone ever heard of Reiki? What is Reiki exactly? Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
Find out how Reiki can benefit you spiritually, physically and mentally. Read full article here.