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Friday Vibes 04.21.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I honor my spirit and trust my vibes. Maven: Kathrine Switzer became a women's rights hero when she completed the all-male Boston marathon back in 1967. She just ran it again 50 years later. Read the inspirational story here. #girlpower  Major: Goat Yoga is majorly trending but it’s not just about cuteness, it’s a form of animal therapy that can help reduce anxiety, stress, and improve cardiovascular health. Would you Goat Yoga? Market: Shannon Kirsten’s illustrations are all things beautiful. Download her April calendar desktop background to add some elegance to your computer or phone. 

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Friday Vibes 04.21.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Stress Management

Better health? Better sleep? Better you? It all starts with stress management. Who hasn’t experienced a sleepless night due to stress? Or come down with a cold after a tough week at work? Or just been plain grumpy because of it? Stress, if left unchecked, can have detrimental effects on our health, so it’s important to think about strategies for stress management to get a handle on it. I went from one really stressful job (as a correctional officer) to another really stressful job (as an entrepreneur with 60+ employees). So, I’ve seen stress from both sides: uncontrollable stress that is affected by your surroundings and controllable stress where the buck stops with you. While they both seem difficult to manage, they are absolutely manageable, and managing stress is vital to creating your Best Day Ever. Stress reduction leads to all kinds of benefits, from getting sick less often to sleeping better to being more focused and positive. These benefits spill into your life in the form of better health, better relationships, and better moods. I don’t want stress to get in the way of all the good things in my life or any of the things I still want to accomplish, so I take action when I see stress creeping into my life. My top four stress relieving activities are: 1) Actively connecting with nature – Moving my body in nature or taking a hike or walk really helps to get me out of my headspace and into a place of stillness. It’s like a walking meditation. Bonus: moving your limbs helps move your lymph system, which helps to release toxins from the body. Win-win! 2) Talking to a friend – Some people have paid therapists (and I’m a fan of that practice) and some people have a close-knit group of friends. When I worked as a correctional officer, I had long talks with friends over luxurious coffee brunches on the weekends, and now that I’m a working mom, it’s hurried text messages and talks after the kids go to bed. It doesn’t matter how you do it, so long as you verbalize your feelings to help process what’s stressing you out and then finding a way to move beyond it. 3) Finding a spiritual practice – For some, this is church. For others, this is meditation. However it happens, connecting to a bigger universe, discovering your role in it, and trusting that there is good out there is a psychological safety net to fall back on in times of stress. 4) Relaxing into a hobby – For me, my hobby has always been soap making. When I was a frustrated correctional officer, soap making was there for me, and then I turned it into a job. My hobby is still soap making but I’ve expanded my repertoire – you’ll often find me making lip balms, bath fizzies and other toiletries on the weekend. And now, I do it with my kiddos! You probably already have a few coping strategies of your own, whether or not you realize it. Take a minute to jot down what those strategies are, decide if you need to add some new ones, then be sure to use those strategies whenever you start to feel stressed. Sourceshttp://www.successfulaging.ca/programs/stress/11.htmlhttp://jhn.sagepub.com/content/24/4/245.short 

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Stress Management

Better health? Better sleep? Better you? It all starts with stress management. Who hasn’t experie...

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Friday Vibes 04.14.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra:  I choose to be happy because it’s good for my health. Mood: This infographic is for the die-hard fans and followers of Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  From Visually. Major: Could your favorite chocolate, wine, and deli meat be causing your migraines? Read the study here. Media: Can you guess America’s drug of choice? Hint: It’s not regulated, highly addictive, widely endorsed by our culture, and it’s probably in your house right now. Read the eye-opening article on sugar here.

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Friday Vibes 04.14.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Ouch! Our Mobile Devices are a Pain in the Neck

Text neck. Text claw. Selfie elbow. Selfie elbow? Yes, selfie elbow. Selfie elbow is the newest repetitive stress injury we have heaped upon ourselves by overusing our electronic devices.  Similar to tennis elbow, selfie elbow is essentially strain caused from overuse. When extending your arm at awkward angles to grab that perfect snap of yourself, you’re putting undue stress on the joint. Do it over and over again and you have a repetitive stress injury. Symptoms include pain, loss of strength and decreased range of motion. Text neck is not just related to texting and smartphone use, but also gaming, using a tablet, or any other electronic device that has us looking downward for a prolonged amount of time. Symptoms of text neck include upper back and neck pain or muscle spasms, and that continued downward gaze can lead to a pinched nerve that radiates pain down the arm and into the hand.  The forward head posture could also cause our chest to collapse, which may lead to loss of lung capacity. It also has been linked to gastrointestinal problems. Text claw is a related affliction that typically manifests as thumb pain, and can even lead to tendinitis. Using your smartphone, tablet or laptop trackpad causes this sore, inflamed feeling in not just the thumb but the entire hand and forearm. No one knows the full extent to which we as modern, mobile people will be affected by using our devices. What happens to our bodies after texting for 30 years remains to be seen, but experts suspect it will lead to early onset of arthritis and spinal degeneration. The takeaway here? Be smart about how much you’re using your mobile devices. Try using your devices as ergonomically as possible, don’t forget stretch breaks, and remember to unplug now and again. Linkshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/07/05/selfie-elbow-is-the-latest-in-a-long-line-of-tech-related-injuries/http://www.spine-health.com/blog/modern-spine-ailment-text-neckhttp://text-neck.com/http://www.medicaldaily.com/what-text-claw-and-why-its-not-same-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-yet-273564

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Ouch! Our Mobile Devices are a Pain in the Neck

Text neck. Text claw. Selfie elbow. Selfie elbow? Yes, selfie elbow. Selfie elbow is the newest r...

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Friday Vibes 04.07.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I AM. These are two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality. Major: Looking to build on the healthy habits you've already started for yourself in 2017? Or did you fall off your awesome track and need a little nudge cutting sugar and breaking up with wine again? I get it. We've all been there. And the truth is, we do better keeping our promises to ourselves when we have a group and accountability buddies to do it with. Join us in creating new habits to last not just all of 2017 but a lifetime. The reset starts April 17th and goes until May 29th. Mood: Pantone's spring color palette is so good this season. Swooning over the combination of pale dogwood and hazelnut. Munch: Er, sip? Get the skinny on juicing and get started with a few classic recipes from the Wholefully blog. 

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Friday Vibes 04.07.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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