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You’ve probably heard that nature is good for you, but did you know there’s real science to back it up? A study from Stanford University found that 90 minutes in nature decreased activity in the areas of the brain associated with depression and anxiety. Furthermore, people living in urban areas are 20% more likely to develop anxiety disorders and 40% more likely to develop mood disorders. But don’t despair just because you live in the city, spending even just fifteen minutes in the park can significantly improve your mental health. So whenever you get the chance to get outside, take it.... Read More
Stress is all around us and can be experienced at any time. Here are some simple coping mechanisms that I’ve packaged as the ‘4 R’s to Stress Management’ to help you deal with moments of unrest.#1 —Recognize
Understand the stress and the other signs involved so you can begin to reduce the intensity.#2 —Relax
Bring the body into a more calm state, through the use of your breathing and how you hold your muscles.#3—Reassure
Using the same words and thoughts to yourself that you offer to others when they’re experiencing something difficult.#4—Relate assertively
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Many of us Pacific Northwesterners consider summer time to be the best time to live here. With our sunny skies, blue waters, blooming gardens, and no end of opportunity no matter your preferred activity, it can be hard to imagine feeling anything other than joyful.
Unfortunately, unlike our kids, health conditions don’t always take the summer off, nor do our day to day stresses, and no matter how nice it might seem outdoors, many of you might be experiencing emotions or moods that don’t seem to fit with what you see outside your window. When it’s a feeling that you can’t seem to... Read More
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