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Herbs to Improve Breast Health

Natural health solutions are a great preventative measure and way to boost sustained health and wellness.  When it comes to breast health, the natural way is no exception.  For centuries specific herbs has been used to promote healthy breasts and to enhance the female form.  Many of them are still recommended today so we’re taking a closer look at herbs to improve breast health.

Herbs to Improve Breast HealthFennel:  This popular herb helps regulate female hormones, especially in women with amenorrhea or lack of a menstrual cycle.  It supports breast milk production and can help enlarge breasts as well.

Turmeric:  Curcumin is a rare antioxidant extract found primarily in turmeric that is tremendous for breast health.  The best way to reap the benefits of this herb is to add turmeric to foods or you can find curcumin in capsule form.

Watercress Leaf:  Shaped like a heart, this herb is super for your breasts and fertility.  It contains Vitamin E, folic acid and lucein that promotes healthy breast development.

Scutellaria Barbata:  Hard to pronounce, yes, but this herb in the mint family helps scavenge mutated cells that may cause breast cancer.  Scutellaria Barbata is rich in wogonin, a supercharged antioxidant that quashes free radicals.

Red Clover:  Red clover is called an “anti-cancer” herb by some because it contains phytoestrogens that may reduce and dissipate cancerous cells.  This herb is usually consumed in hot tea or as an infused chilled beverage.

Fenugreek:  Commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, Fenugreek is most widely known to increase breast milk production in lactating mothers.  It contains diosgenin, a compound that mimics estrogen and stimulates lactation, menstruation, fertility and breast enlargement.

Wild Yam:  This herb helps regulate female hormones, especially prior to and after menopause.  It can be consumed as a tea or in a powder supplement, or its paste can be massaged directly onto breasts.

Dandelion Root:  Research indicates that dandelion root helps new breast cells and breast tissue form.  This increases healthy cell production, which is critical for breast health and reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Saw Palmetto:  The phyto-nutrients in saw palmetto help strengthen breast tissue.  The herb is most commonly used for prostate health, but because it stimulates the thyroid, it also helps with female reproductive issues as well as breast health.

These herbs to improve breast health are the first step in strengthening your breasts and reducing risk of cancer and other breast problems.  Incorporate these into your daily diet for a lifetime of healthy breasts.

Why You Should Take a Walk Everyday: 30 Health Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes a Day – Part 1

As the weather warms and one beautiful day follows the next, take advantage of the opportunity to perk up your health.  Many experts agree that everyone should take a walk everyday to improve physical and mental health.  Walking has incredible full body benefits from your brain to your feet.  Over the next few weeks we’re examining 30 health benefits of walking for 30 minutes a day and why you should take a walk everyday.

1 – Walking has anti-aging effects.  One study showed that a group of subjects added seven years to their life-expectancy from walking, jogging, strength training or doing high intensity interval training as exercise.  Just 30 minutes a day seems pretty doable when you get another seven years out of life!

2 – Walking makes you smarter.  Yup, that’s right.  Cognition, academic performance and memory improvement are all associated with the benefits of walking everyday.  Next time you need a brain lift, go for a walk and step into a smarter you.

3 – Walking doesn’t require equipment.  Well, maybe you need a good pair of walking shoes but other than that, nothing is required except your own dedication.  Forget lugging around a bag of supplies when you can simply take yourself on a walk.

4 – You can walk anywhere.  Walking can be done anywhere at any time.  On a gorgeous day you can walk outside in your neighborhood or at a park.  On rainy or cold days you can walk on an indoor track, on a treadmill, in the mall or inside your own home.  There are no excuses because you can walk absolutely anywhere.

5 – Walking is easier to incorporate into your day than other exercise.  Depending on the weather, the intensity of your walk and your fitness level, walking may not require a major wardrobe change or an additional shower.  If you’re short on time and just need to get a quick workout in during your lunch break, try walking.

Why You Should Take a Walk Everyday6 – Walking can be social.  Unlike an exercise class or sports, you can be social while you are walking.  In fact, taking a walk with a friend is a great way to pass the time, catch up and enjoy your exercise.  You can probably still gab during intense walking too.

7 – Walking helps you get Vitamin D.  Outdoor walking allows your body to absorb essential Vitamin D from the sun.  Walking in just your sports bra or a tank top will help you get more exposure to the sun.  However, don’t forget your sunscreen.  You can still absorb Vitamin D with sunscreen on.

8 – Walking is good for your mental health – it makes you happier and relieves stress.  Walking actually has an impact on your nervous system, which controls your body’s stress levels and mood.  Walking with friends and walking outdoors further increases its effectiveness as a mood enhancer.

9 – Walking makes you more creative and a better problem solver.  Movement stimulates the brain to think more creatively, which gives you new perspective on how to tackle challenges and solve problems.  Also, “walking away” from a situation can be helpful to give yourself space to digest and adjust your thinking for more positive results.

10 – Walking allows you to multi-task while exercising.  You probably cannot read a book, check your email, listen to music or talk on the phone while swimming or playing tennis, but you can when you’re walking.  This helps justify the time you’re spending on this important health habit.  Also, walking to get somewhere you needed to go anyways is super efficient.

New Superfoods Part 3: Extraordinary Liquids

New Superfoods

New superfoods are all the rage but no one every said you couldn’t drink in their nutritious benefits.  In fact, some of the latest and greatest new superfoods are liquids.  So put down your fork and pick up a glass to try these hot (and cold) new superfoods:

Maple Water:  The pure sap of the maple tree is known as maple water.  Of course any type of water is hydrating but this one also contains important antioxidants and minerals to support full body health.  It is especially good for the thyroid and for balancing blood glucose levels.  Plus it is a sweet and delicious alternative to plain water that doesn’t contain refined sugars.

Coffee:  Coffee may not be a “new” drink but it is new to the superfoods list.  Coffee has high antioxidant value thanks to its content of flavonoids.  These powerful antioxidants are deft at protecting and repairing cells that naturally deteriorate over time and weaken due to environmental factors.  Studies show that coffee may also reduce risk of depression.  Beware of added sugar in coffee drinks.  Keep your coffee beverages light and consider ground coffee beans as a cooking seasoning or dessert ingredient as well.

Kefir:  With a consistency cross between milk and yogurt, kefir is fermented animal milk, typically from a cow.  Kefir is a terrific source of probiotics that combines yeast and lactic acids helping create healthy bacteria that is good for digestion and an overall properly functioning body.  It is naturally low in lactose and has a somewhat sour, pungent taste.  Most people add fruit or make a smoothie out of kefir due to its distinct flavor.

Cactus Water:  There’s a lot of hype about cactus water and for good reason.  It has over 20 types of supercharged antioxidants called betalains, in addition to essential vitamins, minerals and body-stabilizing electrolytes.  The natural flavor is said to be somewhat berry-like with a hint of watermelon and kiwi.  Due to its unique nutrient content, cactus water is super hydrating.  Pretty funny for a plant that doesn’t require much water to survive, huh?

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Bone Broth:  Your mom said soup was good for you, especially when you’re sick, and she was right!  Rather than buying a can or carton of stock broth, make your own bone broth by boiling water with chicken, pork or beef bones.  Bones are full of vitamins, minerals and protein, as well as collagen and elastin that will improve skin elasticity, hair and nails.  You can add veggies and seasoning to taste.

Discovering new foods is part of the spice of life.  We hope you’ve enjoyed our series on new superfoods.  From grains to greens, from broth to beans, and from fruit to fermentation, new superfoods offer amazing benefits for your entire body.  Keep an eye out for them as you continuously improve and diversify your diet.  Enjoy!

Supermarket Marketing Ploys to Avoid

Have you ever left the grocery store with much more than you went in to buy?  If the answer is yes, then supermarket marketing ploys probably got the best of you.  Some of them are very sneaky and hard to avoid.  Others you may recognize but fall prey to them anyways.  Today we’re exploring some common supermarket marketing ploys and how to avoid them.

The name of the game for supermarkets is getting you to spend more than you intended.  It’s not that you are buying items that you won’t use.  After all, you need food and supplies to make your household operate.  But paying more for certain items than necessary, buying more than you need at one time or getting a few additional things you hadn’t supermarket marketing ploysintended are part of the marketing strategy for grocery stores.  This often includes getting you to spend more time in the store by having interesting and obstructive displays, often at the front of the store, and selling bonus items beyond the basics.

One of the most common supermarket marketing ploys is placing the most expensive items at eye level.  This trick is most apparent on the cereal aisle where boxes of similar products are lined up, probably for most of the aisle.  As you’ll notice, the top name brand cereals are at eye level and above and below you may find other brands of almost the exact same product or a store brand version of it.  Your eye is drawn to the name brand – i.e. most expensive – boxes however you can usually get something just as good in the lesser known brand boxes.

Supermarkets also try to appeal to your senses.  As you are trying to focus on what you need to buy, the store may smell of freshly baked bread or rotisserie chickens making your mouth water and crave these or similar products.  You may not notice that the music is periodically interrupted by advertisements – a not-so-subtle way of getting you to contemplate buying another product.  Also, you may come across a few sample tasting stations at your local market.  When you’ve tasted something and like it, you are more inclined to buy it.

Beware of sales or sale-like phrasing too.  Grocery store sales may be somewhat deceiving, such as buy five of an item and get a discount.  This encourages you to buy more than you may actually need.  Also, flashy tags that look like sale claims may just be a gimmick.  Read carefully to determine if products are really on sale or are just being touted as a good price in general.  Coupons may use the same devices so think carefully about what you need.

Grocery stores are increasingly offering more and more products or services that aren’t food and household supplies.  This tactic keeps you in the store longer and gives them yet another up-sell advantage.  Buying lawn chairs, toy trucks or picking up a prescription will keep you spending time and money in the store.

Another popular supermarket marketing ploy trend is selling health.  Products that are labeled as healthy or that target a particular health need – gluten-free, lots of fiber, or low fat – may cost more.  However, it doesn’t mean alterative products don’t fit the same bill.  Also, watch out for single-serving products like 100-calorie packs or pre-made meals.  These often cost a lot more when you could easily portion out these amounts for yourself.  Beware of buying bulk as well.  Check prices to make sure packages with more of an item actually are less per unit than a smaller package.

Bringing your kids to the store may also hurt your wallet.  Kids are notorious for falling for supermarket marketing ploys.  After the 10th time of your children asking for a stuffed animal or cool superhero cup they see at the store, you may just give in to save your sanity.  Grocery stores are counting on it…all the way to the bank.

To avoid supermarket marketing ploys, follow these tips:

  • Make a list and stick to it.  If you walk in and randomly shop, you’re likely to spend more.
  • Try to get everything you need in one trip so you’re not shopping multiple times a week.  The more you go in, the more you’ll probably buy.
  • Don’t go down aisles if it doesn’t have something you need.
  • Read signs, tags and coupons carefully so you don’t get duped.
  • Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry as you’ll be tempted by more items you don’t need.
  • Check the price per unit.  Bulk isn’t always cheaper.
  • Avoid bringing your kids if possible.

New Superfoods Part 2: Fruits and Vegetables

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Today marks part 2 of our series on new superfoods.  We’re taking a look at lesser known fruits and vegetables that are phenomenal additions to your diet.  While most fruits and vegetables are nutritious, these new superfoods are particularly exceptional choices.

Moringa:  With nearly 100 phyto-nutrients, Moringa is a mighty superfood.  The leaves can be eaten raw or it can be consumed in powder, capsule, tea or liquid oil forms.  Moringa has been known to increase energy, support the cardiovascular system, boost mental clarity and emotional stability, and protect cells from the natural aging process.

Seaweed:  You’re probably used to seaweed in sushi but how about a seaweed salad?  This veggie from the sea has a ton of antioxidants and calcium that does a body good.

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Lucuma:  Native to South America, lucuma is a sweet fruit packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates.  From the outside it looks like an avocado and the inside is mango-like.  Lucuma is great for the immune system, boosts energy and also has an anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effect.

Baobab:  This fruit of the African baobab tree may be the latest smoothie ingredient to hit the market.  It has a smooth, sweet flavor and is rich in antioxidants, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It’s also a wonderful source of fiber.  Try it raw, mixed with yogurt or blended in drinks.

Jackfruit:  As the largest tree fruit in the world, jackfruits can weigh up to 100 pounds each.  The tropical superfruit contains lots of protein, iron, vitamin B and potassium.  It has hundreds of seeds and its appearance and texture is both leathery and spiny.  Jackfruit can be eaten raw, dried, roasted or turned into flour.

Fermented Vegetables:  Here’s a little known fact – when you pickle a vegetable, the fermentation process generates healthy probiotics that help the flora in your gut.  Not only will fermented veggies help digestion, they may boost your immune system as well. The more nutritious the vegetable, the more powerful it will be when pickled.

Banana Flour:  Sweet and nutty, banana flower is a gluten-free baking and cooking alternative made from green bananas.  It is highly absorbent so less is required for the same results as using other flours.  Banana flour is known to improve blood sugar levels and help support the colon.

Black Raspberries:  Different than blackberries, black raspberries are believed to have three times the antioxidants in raspberries.  We all know that berries contain phenomenal immune-boosting, disease-fighting properties.  Black raspberries just happen to be a little more supercharged than most.

We hope you enjoy these sweet and savory new superfoods.  Check out our last installment of our new superfoods series next week when we’ll be talking all about superfoods you can drink!

What Your Nails Say about your Health

what your nails say about your healthMost people don’t realize that their nails are a surprising indicator of the condition of their health.  While symptoms of illness, infection and disease don’t always show up on nails, they very often do.  Without noticing nail changes, many people are left unaware of the warning signs of something very serious happening in their bodies.  Today we’re examining what your nails say about your health.

 

Brittle and Cracked Nails may simply be due to changes in the weather like when the air becomes dry in wintertime.  Or it may be related to over-stimulating nails to certain cleaning chemicals, dishwashing soaps, nail polish remover or chlorine during swimming.  In some rare instances brittle, cracked nails are an indicator of a thyroid malfunction called hypothyroidism.

Blue-Tinted Nails are a sign of poor oxygenation in the body.  It may be caused by improper circulation, or a lung or heart condition.

Ridges in your Nails may be caused by several factors.  Horizontal ridges on multiple nails are usually a sign that the body is fighting a complex sickness and doesn’t have extra energy to produce strong nails.  They also may be due to potent drugs that are helping fight off serious illness.  Vertical lines, however, are generally part of the normal aging process.

Bitten Nails are not hard to figure out.  Usually when someone bites their nails it is a sign of anxiety or stress. Although biting nails is not good for you, the underlying reason why someone bites their nails is usually much worse.

Dark lines beneath Nails is a reason to see your doctor immediately.  These dark stripes are most commonly a form of melanoma or skin cancer.  Those with darker skin may notice more intense dark lines.

Yellowish Nails usually indicates a fungal infection in the nails.  That’s the best case scenario.  Occasionally yellow nails may be a sign of a bigger problem such as diabetes, a thyroid disorder or lung malfunctions.

Pale Nails are typically a symptom of malnutrition or anemia (lack of iron).  They can sometimes predict severe heart and liver conditions.  Extremely white nails are the biggest sign of liver problems including hepatitis.  But don’t confuse white spots with solid white nails.  White spots may simply be nail trauma and in rare cases it is due to calcium deficiency.

Rippled Nails most commonly means inflammation.  This may be caused by psoriasis, arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.

Were you surprised to find out what your nails say about your health?  Next time you see anything out of the ordinary on your nails, don’t dismiss it too soon.  Consider what it may be saying about your health.

New Superfoods Part 1: Seeds, Grains and Pulses

New Superfoods

With the expansive list of foods on our planet, it’s incredible to think that there are so many we have not tried.  Food is both a cultural and social experience and diversity in the diet is essential to a healthful lifestyle.  As more research emerges about foods around the world, new superfoods are periodically touted for their amazing nutritional value.

Today begins our three-part series on new superfoods.  We’ll explore phenomenal foods that you’ll probably see pop up in markets near you soon.  We’re starting with wholesome seeds, grains and pulses that can be used in a variety of ways to increase flavor, nutrition and excitement in your diet.

Teff:  This fine gluten-free cereal grain is terrific for eating plain or baking.  It’s common in Ethiopian food and is rich in protein, fiber and the antioxidant Vitamin C.  If you can’t find it raw, look for teff flour and try it in your next baking project.

New SuperfoodsSorghum:  Although you may have never heard of it, Sorghum is the fifth most popular grain in the world.  It is grown mostly in the warmer climates on earth and in the U.S. is primarily fed to livestock.  Like teff, sorghum is gluten-free and is versatile for baking, adding to soups and salads or eating straight-up.

Amaranth:  Quinoa has risen in popularity in past few years and amaranth may be on the same trajectory.  Like quinoa, it is a seedy grain that cooks quickly and is high in amino acids that are the building blocks of protein.  It makes a great side dish and can be flavored with a variety of spices.

Sacha Inchi:  This star-shaped nut-like seed is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber.  The raw seeds can be eaten as healthy treat. Recently Sacha Inchi oil has become a hot ingredient in many beauty products because it has age-defying effects.  The oil can also be used for cooking and preparing foods.

Pulses:  This is not just one food but a category of foods that includes lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas.  These foods are high in protein and fiber, making them terrific for lowering cholesterol, cleansing the body, stabilizing blood glucose levels and assisting in weight loss.  Get creative with your pulses.  Add them to salads and smoothies, or try purees or roasting them for an on-the-go snack.

Next time you’re bored with your go-to seeds, grains and pulses, look for these new superfoods at your grocery store.  Until they gain popularity they may only be available in specialty stores.  If you cannot find them in their whole, raw format, look for powdered versions that offer the same great health benefits.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more on new superfoods including fruits, vegetables and drinkable superfoods!

How to Write a Letter to your Mom for Mother’s Day

Expressing your love and gratitude for your mom may be something you do often, or you may be remiss in telling her how much you care.  While each mother-daughter relationship is unique, all moms enjoy feeling appreciated, especially on Mother’s Day.  That’s why it’s a perfect holiday to tell mom exactly how you feel about her.  Today we’re going to help you tap into your inner-scribe and go over how to write a letter to your mom for Mother’s Day.

Portrait of romantic young woman writing in a diary lying down over the grass. Relax outdoor time concept.

Why Write a Letter

Telling your mom your true feelings is wonderful and we highly encourage you to do it often.  But on special occasions like Mother’s Day, putting your thoughts and feelings on paper is something she can keep with her and revisit often.  Also, writing letters allows you time to thoughtfully express exactly what you want to say with time constraints, losing your train of thought or other distractions that may be an impediment during your Mother’s Day celebrations.  Whether you type it or hand-write it, your mother will surely love receiving a personal letter from you on Mother’s Day.

What to Say to Mom

Before you write a letter to your mom for Mother’s Day, spend a few minutes brainstorming what you want to express to her.  You probably want to start off by thanking her for all the wonderful ways she’s helped you and shaped your life.  From caring for your every need as an infant, to helping you through challenging times in your life, your mother has probably done a lot for you.  Make sure she knows how much you appreciate that unwavering love and support throughout your life.

In your letter, celebrate your mom’s wonderful qualities.  Is she kind, caring and compassionate?  Is she edgy, sarcastic and witty?  Is she smart, clever and resourceful?  Whoever she is, tell her that you love those terrific aspects of her.

Acknowledge what you’ve learned from your mother as well.  Mothers want to know that their influence has guided their children’s ideals, values and successes.  This shows her that her innate qualities and all the hard work she did in raising you were completely worth it because she molded the wonderful person that you have become.

Also, give specific examples of how she was a super mom to you.  This is a personal letter recognizing your intimate relationship with your mom.  If you wanted to praise her generically, you can buy a card.  But expressing your personal feelings should include examples from your personal interactions.

A Few Reminders

Not everyone is flowery and sentimental and that’s OK.  Chances are, your mom knows you well enough to know if you’re being authentic in your letter so don’t go overboard if that’s not true to who you are.

Also, your letter doesn’t have to be a novel.  A few paragraphs is all it takes to make mom feel incredibly special and loved on Mother’s Day.

Feel free to write letters to other mothers in your life too, not just your own mom.  This gift of all gifts is fabulous for grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends as well.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you write a letter to your mom for Mother’s Day.  We wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!

Celebrate Mom Friends

When you become a mother you join this amazing club of moms.  More than most other experiences in life, motherhood bonds women in incredible ways.  Celebrating joys and victories, overcoming struggles and challenges, navigating the various stages of your children’s lives – these are the moments that mom friends share.  So on the day of showing love and gratitude towards moms – Mother’s Day – don’t forget to celebrate mom friends too.

If you’re like most new moms, you’re making a lot of new friends through your kids.  Yes, your kids are sort of like “wing men,” so to speak because you’re “picking up” new mom friends as you experience the world with your children.  Moms often meet other mom friends with kids the same age through baby and toddler classes, school or daycare, neighborhood play groups or participating in other activities in your community.

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Sharing common experiences with moms that have children around the same age as yours is an important part of motherhood.  Women especially need emotional connections and to share what is happening in their lives along with their feelings about these experiences.  Because most women have this desire, leaning on other moms in a similar place in their lives is a way moms can meet this need.  Just like moms are comforting to their children, mom friends are comforting to other moms.

Mom friends are also wonderful problem-solvers because they can impart knowledge and wisdom about their own experiences in similar situations.  Even if their advice isn’t perfect for your own issues, at the very least moms can sympathize and commiserate with you because they’ve been there themselves.  And as all moms know, sometimes we don’t need someone to fix our problem as much as we need someone to listen and care about them as deeply as we do.

So this Mother’s Day, take time to celebrate mom friends.  If your day allows, spend time with your mom friends doing what you like to do.  Maybe you can slip out for a glass of wine, go shopping or catch a movie matinee.  Perhaps your entire families meet up for a picnic at the park or pool so the kids can be involved too.  Or if you can’t get together on Mother’s Day, try planning something before or after the holiday to celebrate mom friends.

While elaborate gifts aren’t necessary, consider doing a little something special for your mom friends.  Giving them a potted plant, a copy of your favorite book or baking their favorite dessert are terrific ways to show your mom friends you love them and appreciate their friendships.  If you have a group of mom friends you hang out with regularly, organize gift exchange so everyone gets one nice item as a Mother’s Day gift.

As you’re bonding over diaper blow-outs, leaky breasts, impossible tantrums, picky eaters and sleep deprivation, you are forming incredible friendships that are an invaluable part of motherhood.  Don’t forget to celebrate mom friends along with all of the other moms in your life this Mother’s Day.

How to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

enjoy life__1460039892_162.206.228.38Life is hectic…downright crazy sometimes.  Juggling all that life throws at you can be stressful and cause you to lose sight of yourself and things that are important to you.  With the dawning of a new season it’s time to stop and “smell the roses” this spring.  Today we’re offering tips on how to slow down and enjoy life.

 

Recognize your stress. Then stop and change the scenery.

No matter how we adjust our lives, there is probably always going to be something that stresses us out.  It’s a product of human nature and our modern desire for productivity. When you do find yourself rushing about, being short tempered, obsessing over details or otherwise feeling stressed, react immediately.  These feelings are perpetuated when we allow them to continue.  Instead, stop in your tracks, take a few deep breaths and redirect yourself.  You may need to ask yourself why you’re feeling the way you are.  Is what you’re upset about really that horrible?  If you’re late somewhere, is it the end of the world?  When you let the stress get the best of you, you can’t slow down and enjoy life.  But if you take a moment to calm down and revaluate, you’ll have a better shot at getting a whiff of what’s beautiful in life.

Be present.

If your mind is constantly wandering towards your schedule or to-do list, you probably are not enjoying the current moment.  When you have something important on your mind, write it down so you can get it off your chest, so to speak.  Then go back to what you were doing and try your best to focus on the present.  This will help you form better relationships, be more creative, be more productive and have more fun in life.

Turn off electronics.

Many times we’re not enjoying ourselves because we’re caught up in our electronics.  Periodically checking your mobile phone is one thing but being buried in it while you’re spending time with family or having lunch with your girlfriends will consume you.  Keep your phone, tablet and laptop away when you’re trying to enjoy people or an activity so you won’t be tempted or distracted.

Spend time outdoors.

Nature can be very relaxing and help us all reset.  Plus, it’s certainly a place where you can literally “smell the roses.”  Nature is inherently balanced, which has a soothing effect on us.  Find what is most peaceful to you about nature and take time to enjoy it often.  For some, that’s water, which may give you a sense of figurate weightlessness and causes you to move slower.

Eat slower.

We’ve all been guilty of gulping down food too fast sometimes.  Eating is a time to relax and enjoy nourishment.  While not possible in every circumstance, do try to embrace your meals by eating slower.  It will help you savor flavors, aid in digestion and give you an overall sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic day.

Lose your inhibitions and play.

The free-spiritedness of children is something we can all embrace.  Experts agree that even adults should play every now and then.  If you have children, let them be your guide into imaginary worlds, new games and creative play.  When it’s adults only time, find a hobby that allows you to let loose and play without being consumed by your daily tasks and responsibilities.

Do less and schedule time for nothingness.

We often don’t have time to slow down and enjoy life when our schedules are packed to the brim.  Learn how to say “no” when non-mandatory requests come up if it would cause your plate to be too full.  Also, mark off time on your calendar for nothingness.  This will allow you to be spontaneous and do whatever strikes you at that time.  Hopefully whatever you choose will involve smelling the roses.

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