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I Like My Life! July 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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Betty-BoopBecause I’m good enough . . .

I’m cute enough . . .

And dog-gone-it . . .

I LIKE MY LIFE!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Got Stress? July 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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Summer 022aWant to lose weight?

Sleep better?

Think faster?

Boost your resistance to colds?

Read on!

Cortisol levels greatly impact us as we move through our days.

When stress hits, cortisol levels spike ~ encouraging us to reach for that last donut to provide quick energy for the “fight or flight” response.

Of course, these days stress rarely arises because we are running for our lives from a Sabre Tooth Tiger. Instead of getting burned off, the excess calories just move in and take up residence in our mid-sections.

Many of us have chronically high cortisol levels ~ which results in sleep problems, a depressed immune response, abnormalities in blood sugar, and abdominal weight gain.

What’s the antidote?  Relaxation . . . and regular exercise . . . like walking.

There are lots of tried and true methods to lowering stress and cortisol levels, including:

Meditation * Music * Laughter * Gratitude * Sipping Black Tea (poolside?)* Chewing Gum * Exercise * Getting enough sleep * Massage * Present Moment Awareness * Volunteering * Nature walks * Spiritual Practices

More information: Beat Your Stress Hormone ~ How managing cortisol can help you think faster, slim down, and even prevent a cold ~ Elizabeth Svoboda

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