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Stressed? Get Calm in Seconds with These Breathing Tricks

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Have you ever noticed how high-stress situations at work activate your fight or flight response? To prepare for combat or run from a threat, you take rapid shallow breaths and your body releases the hormone cortisol, telling the liver to stimulate glucose production and send sugar into the blood. That oxygen hit and sugar increase provides an...

Top 10 Teas: A User’s Guide

Your guide to healthy teas

I am not exaggerating when I say tea can solve all your problems. To prove it, I’ve divided my top 10 teas into categories so you know how to best use them. And even if there are a couple of things tea cannot eradicate, few rituals provide more comfort than a cup of tea.

Keep Calm and Just Breathe

How to practice equal breathing to reduce stress

For many of us, stress is a daily part of life. While we sometimes can’t cut out the source of the stress, we can work on controlling it and calming ourselves down. And one of the simplest ways to do so is also something you’re doing right now: breathing. Breathing exercises have been credited with all kinds of health benefits, from...

How Stress Affects the Heart

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Since February is American Heart Month, we’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association to bring you heart-healthy tips all month long! Our last post in this series featured Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy. Getting – and staying – healthy takes a combination of good habits, like exercising, eating well, and getting enough...

Habits for a Healthier Heart

Habits for a Healthy Heart

Since February is American Heart Month, we’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association to bring you heart-healthy tips all month long! Our last post in this series featured Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy. When it comes to our everyday lives, there’s a lot of minor decision-making that happens that doesn’t seem like a...

8 Ways to Combat Holiday Stress

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We’re deep into the holiday season, and we’re willing to bet some of you are feeling the heat. Maybe that heat only comes from the fireplace for some, but for many the holidays are also a time for plenty of added stress, with the added duties of travel, cooking large meals, holiday shopping (and holiday crowds!), and maybe even having...

5 Beneficial Reasons to Run

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For many people running is the ultimate “zen” activity. People who run often talk about the ways that their minds drift — allowing them to “de-clutter” thoughts while honing in on the things that really matter. Almost every runner will say they “just feel better” after a run compared to how they felt going...