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How to De-stress with Deep Breathing Meditation

Stress is our body’s way of reacting to challenging or threatening situations. The feeling of stress occurs when the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) fires signals to release stress hormones, which increase our heart rate and blood pressure. This is known as our “fight or flight” response. Prolonged exposure to stress has been shown to have […]

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How to Use Yoga to Cope With Stress

We are exposed to many stressors today. The busy schedules we put ourselves in, as well as family obligations and minor inconveniences, can leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed. When we encounter a situation that we see as stressful, our central nervous system reacts and triggers glands within the endocrine system to release stress hormones, […]

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Want to Reduce Stress? Get Up and Get Moving!

Stress is a part of life. It is impossible to achieve a “stress-free” life. “Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily… according to the most recent ADAA survey on stress and anxiety disorders.” (Physical Activity Reduces Stress) However, stress can be managed by with better health […]

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How to Utilize Effective Listening and Improve Communication

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Les Parrot, and his wife Leslie, a marriage and family therapist, developed a complete marriage program for today’s couple. In their book, “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts,” they discuss the myths of marriage and how to deal with common relationship issues, such as communication and conflict resolution. The book even discusses […]

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How to Overcome the Power of Fear

Guest Post by: Marcia Brandhorst Fear! What is fear? Merriam-Webster defines fear as, “An unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” “An anxious concern”, “Reason for alarm” and my favorite, “Profound reverence and awe.” It can be debilitating and can feel as impending doom for so many. Franklin D. Roosevelt once […]

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How to Reach Your Goals by Staying Positive

Did you know that most people give up on their resolutions by the second week in February? This doesn’t come as a shock, though. Our days are packed with errands and deadlines. How does one stay motivated to stick to their resolutions with all the hustle and bustle of every day life? Take some advice […]

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6 Simple Changes Anyone Can Make This Year

Guest blog post by: Victoria Ansell Happy New Year to everyone! Holiday festivities and New Year celebrations have ended. A new year calls for new change. Whether your holiday season was joyous and special or a little sad, remember that we are constantly moving forward, and the start of a new year is upon us. […]

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A Guide to Surviving the Holiday Season

Guest Post by Victoria Ansell The holidays are a complicated mix between family, celebration, stress, deadlines and traveling. It is getting colder and crisper. Dead leaves litter the ground and it’s dark at 4:30. I don’t know about you, but the cold drains my energy! I feel like I don’t get as much done and […]

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How To Save Your Marriage (Before It Starts)

As a certified Premarital SYMBIS instructor, couples ask me for advice on how to save or help a struggling marriage. My advice is to set a firm foundation BEFORE the wedding day. Another important factor to consider is how our family of origin influences our marital relationship (whether we like it or not). The good […]

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Relaxation Technique – Imagery

What is it? Think about some of your favorite and least favorite places. If you think about the place hard enough – if you really try to think about what it’s like – you may begin to have feelings you associate with that location. Our brain has the ability to create emotional reactions based entirely […]