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Category: Thrive

A Surprising Solution for Stressful Thinking

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe all have versions of Mr. Stress running around on steroids in our heads.

For some of us it’s about fear, or anger, self-criticism, or sadness …. and for lots of us it’s anxiety. These gremlins can seem uncontrollable at times. And, at some point in our past it made sense for them to show up.

If you play around with a version of the above, and you’ll discover it can be a powerful solution for relieving the habitual stressful thoughts. Externalize that inner gremlin, give them a name and imagine what they look like. And then sit down to have a conversation.

What new job can you give YOUR most persistent gremlin?

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Terrific Healthy Living Tips for Seniors

Reading Time: 3 minutesAre you living a balanced, health-oriented lifestyle? While many older adults may think it’s too difficult to jump in at their age, it’s really never too late to get started. Here are some tips for seniors looking to ensure optimal health so they can make the most of every single day. 

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Detox With the Season: 5 Ways to Clear Stuck Emotions and Support Your Mental and Spiritual Health

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhile it’s vitally important to pay attention to this physical vessel of your body and to nourish it wisely, even more crucial is to tend to your emotional, spiritual and mental bodies. These need a little cleansing and detoxing from time to time as well!

I believe that any cleanse, fast or detox must always include practices that support your mind and spirit as well as your emotional health.

When you give some attention to clearing out the ‘gunk’ in your thoughts, your emotional patterns, while making it a point to nourish and replenish yourself spiritually, mentally and emotionally, it becomes so much easier to care for your body wisely.

It’s also natural for old buried emotions and uncomfortable feelings to rise to the surface when you are doing a detox or cleanse in your body. It’s the ideal time to process this and let it go forever!

Below are five ideas for detoxing the mental, emotional and spiritual.

But—even if you’re not doing any sort of physical detox at the moment, you’ll still receive great benefit if you make regular time in your life for these clearing practices.

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Detox with the Season: Simple, Nourishing Routines

Reading Time: 4 minutesAre you ready to renew and refresh your outsides and your insides for Spring?

In my last two posts on Confluence I wrote about how the changing of the seasons—especially the advent of spring or autumn—is an excellent time for a Detox. A Spring Cleanse if you will.

In Ayurvedic Medicine – which is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, developed more that 3,000 years ago in India—it is customary to detox for 2-6 weeks at the beginning of Spring and again at the beginning of Autumn. The Ayurvedic detox involves limiting your diet to specific foods, herbs and spices, and several other practices.

But cleansing and detoxing with the seasons is a practice that spans many cultures, and in modern times it can be particularly helpful after a winter spent consuming heavier foods, which is our natural tendency when it’s cold outside.

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Give Your Eyes a Rest

Reading Time: 2 minutesGood visual health should be a component of maintaining your overall health and well-being. While the frequency of visits to your eye doctor typically varies for individual needs, most healthy adults should receive a comprehensive eye exam every year or two, which is included in most vision insurance plans. Eye exams can detect vision problems and allow you to adjust with corrective lenses, if necessary. This visit can also allow you to discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing, including eye strain.

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Detoxing with the Season: Helpful Supplements and Herbal Teas

Reading Time: 6 minutesIf you’ve visited the supplement section of a natural foods store lately, you were likely confronted with a huge display featuring a dizzying array of products that promised to cleanse and detox your system.

One reason for this is—as I explained in last week’s post on seasonal detoxing—the changing of seasons to Spring or Fall is a traditional time to cleanse and detox the body to clean out sludge from the winter or summer parties.

And, the advent of Spring is a time when many people feel even more determined to start eating healthier and lose those extra pounds. Marketers know this and many companies run sales on detox and diet products at the beginning of Spring, just like they do at New Year’s Resolution time.

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Spring Into the Season Feeling Fresh and Renewed

Reading Time: 6 minutesSpring has officially sprung. At least in the northern hemisphere we entered the spring season on the Full Moon Spring Equinox last week, and now it’s time to think about spring cleaning.

Now, most people think about washing windows and turning mattresses when they hear the words “Spring Clean”, but I’m talking about a different sort of cleaning. Three different sorts actually, and they all relate to each other in some way or another. They are:

Physically cleaning and detoxing your body.

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The Magic of the Equinox

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere are many ways to celebrate this auspicious day, the point is in acknowledging how the changing seasons of nature affect our inner landscapes as human beings.

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3 Ways to Make Your Heart Healthier

Reading Time: 3 minutes“It’s never too late – or too early – to lower your risk for heart disease,” said Josephine Boyington, Ph.D., a nurse, licensed nutritionist and program director in the Division of Cardiovascular Health at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Why Your Favorite Fragrance May Not Be Your Friend

Reading Time: 5 minutesFragrance…. It sounds like such a benign word. We say, that flower has a lovely fragrance.

The truth is that many companies are using the word ‘fragrance’ as a catch-all term for a chemical cocktail that is now being shown to disrupt the function of important hormones, including thyroid and adrenals, causing all kinds of problems with your health and wellbeing.

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One Surprising Technique to Slow the Aging Process

Reading Time: 4 minutesFrequent dwelling on the past—even on positive memories—can actually accelerate the aging process!

Now, when I say ‘positive memories,’ I’m not talking about occasionally sharing some nostalgia with loved ones while viewing photos of a treasured vacation. I mean a regular and excessive habit of looking back on times when it seemed like things were better than they are now.

Yep—accelerates the aging process.

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