Health

Grief is what we feel when we experience loss in our lives. For many of us, grief arises as a result of major, life-changing events. We all grieve when someone close to us dies. Many of us also experience feelings of loss or mourning when we lose a job, end a relationship, suffer from serious injury or illness, or suffer through other challenging or traumatic experiences. Oftentimes, big life changes, like moving to a new home or entering retirement, can also trigger feelings of bereavement.  Coping with grief can be one of life’s greatest challenges. While grieving, you may be... more ...
A guilt trip is a form of communication in which an individual uses guilt as a manipulation tactic, attempting to make a target feel guilty and thereby controlling their behavior. All of us have experienced guilt trips throughout the course of our lives. Some of us may even have a friend, family member, or lover who has guilt-tripped us frequently over time, leaving us feeling bitter and emotionally exhausted.Though those who initiate guilt trips are ultimately to blame for their behavior, we can all learn how to better cope with guilt-tripping. By recognizing when you’re the target of a... more ...
Around the world, prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. Misuse of prescription medications can lead to addiction and can result in serious consequences, as data from the last 15 years reveals. More individuals are being sent to the emergency room, and deaths from overdoses have risen dramatically.  Though many find it an uncomfortable topic, learning more about prescription drug abuse is one of the best ways to address the issue. By knowing which medications are most likely to be abused and the signs of misuse and addiction, you can better manage your own pill use, and keep a... more ...
Are you comfortable being emotionally vulnerable with those around you? Have you been in a relationship with someone who just couldn’t open up to you? Whether you’ve been on the giving or receiving end of such a dynamic, the chances are good that either you’ve struggled with your own lack of emotional availability, or have fought to connect with someone you’re close to. Being emotionally present can be difficult, particularly if you’ve been hurt in the past. With effort, however, it’s possible to work through these feelings, making you a better and more... more ...
Have you recently found yourself feeling mentally, physically, or spiritually drained? Do you feel tired, sick, or emotionally fatigued? If so, it’s possible that you haven’t engaged in enough self-care lately!Self-care practices are activities that we purposefully engage in for the sake of our health and wellness. Though self-care is a simple concept, it’s something that many of us neglect. We often spend too much time and energy focusing on task-oriented accomplishments, the well-being of our families, and more. By focusing on the external, however, we are neglecting our in... more ...
When it comes to daily habits, many of us focus on the ways in which we can improve our overall well-being. We strive to drink enough water, eat healthy foods, exercise, and sleep deeply. Unfortunately, many of us neglect one of the most important aspects of our health: having a peaceful mind.  Just as physical exercise trains the body to be better both in action and at rest, daily meditation trains the mind to function better throughout the day. A growing body of research now suggests that meditation benefits the body in a number of other ways, too, leading to lower blood pressure, ... more ...
As we age, making sure our bodies receive all of the nutrients they need becomes increasingly important. As we enter our 50s and beyond, changes in the body make it more difficult to hit our daily vitamin quotas.Though we would ideally have all of our nutritional needs met by our diets, pills and supplements are often valuable in ensuring our bodies are receiving a full spectrum of nutrients. Is your daily diet packed with vitamins and minerals, or is there some room for improvement? Consider making the following dietary changes and including the following supplements in your diet to keep... more ...
Anger is a natural emotional response to frustrating and upsetting situations. Though everyone experiences bursts of anger from time to time, chronic frustration and extreme rage can have long-term consequences for our mental and physical well-being.  Constantly experiencing high levels of stress and anger can make you more susceptible to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and insomnia. Anger can lead to poorer mental health as well, worsening anxiety and depression. A hot temper can also damage your interpersonal relationships, making it difficult to ma... more ...
In recent months, cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become a buzzword in the health and wellness community. If you’ve heard of CBD, you likely know that this compound comes from the cannabis (hemp) plant. Unlike the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid compound. If you can’t get high from CBD, why is everyone talking about it? Though the compound has not yet undergone extensive clinical testing, preliminary studies suggest that cannabidiol is useful in treating some types of seizures, and may be useful in managing... more ...
Dr. Brené Brown, arguably the world’s leading expert on vulnerability, defines being vulnerable as setting ourselves up for “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” In our everyday lives, as well as in romantic relationships, being vulnerable can be highly uncomfortable, if not downright terrifying! Brown, however, emphasizes the fact that vulnerability is at the core of many positive emotions, including love, courage, empathy, belonging, hope, and joy. If you’re feeling unhappy and disconnected from both yourself and others, there’s a good chance ... more ...