7 Signs You’re Burning Out

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In the age of seemingly unattainable wellness and constant connectivity, with people loading their schedule with 5am workouts, 12-16 hour workdays, healthy cooking, moderate coffee consumption, and a plethora of other high standards for performance, we are experiencing burnout rates higher than ever. Even more unfortunate, is the fact that women, who have fought so hard to achieve a competitive

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5 Tips for Sticking with Your Goals

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Have you ever noticed that we Westerners are obsessed with setting goals? If you’re not making six-figures, you should be. If your scale is tipping over 115 lbs, you better hit that gym more. You need to skip lunch today to save for that incredible handbag you saw in Bloomingdales. We as a society are constantly comparing and judging ourselves

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3 Tips to Squash Negative Thought Patterns

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Negativity breeds stress, and stress is at the root of so many illnesses. It also leads to depleted willpower, which can further have us thinking even more negative thoughts about ourselves. (It can be a vicious cycle, or a “vicious psycho,” as my friend’s kid sister would say… well into adulthood I might add.) Our thoughts often get lost in unproductive

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Our Epic Review of Casper: Buy One

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June 2016: My daughter recently bought a Casper California King and a pillow. When I visited a week or so ago, she told me I needed to get one. I said: “No, I need to buy a vacuum, an air filter, the IRS audited me…” …and I tried her Casper for a few minutes, with the key decision makers besides me (Theodore and

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Cause I’m Happy… The Happiness Prescription

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Here’s a great video on the importance of happiness! In prescribing happiness, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is not talking about indulgence and hedonism. He is talking about fulfillment, purpose, connectedness, and love. Happy people have decreased cortisol (the “stress hormone”), stronger immune systems, more favorable heart rates and blood  pressures, lower inflammatory markers. You don’t have to be Homer Simpson

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Life’s “Second Act”

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Looking for novel wellness inspiration? Well, my dear readers, you need not look further than Netflix. In particular, set your eyes and ears towards It’s Always Sunny, Season 7, Epsiode 1, Frank’s Pretty Woman. In this episode, Dee realizes she is about to enter the “second act” of her life, and sets her mind to helping Roxy (Frank’s love interest) make

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

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Ever try to do a “focused attention” meditation and all you could focus on was how gosh darn uncomfortable you were? Though step one of meditation is often times to sit in a comfortable seated position, this can be hard to do when yoga blocks, bolsters and yoga mats can be uncomfortable. Steph and Kristi over at Sittin Pretty Still,

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Now Try This: Office Selfcare

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Imagine, you’ve just boarded an airplane for the trip of a lifetime, you’re head is 1,000 miles ahead, dreaming of what your adventure will look like as soon as you land when you are suddenly ripped back to reality by a flight attendant. She is standing in the aisle demanding attention and providing an overview of emergency procedures; exits at

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What is a Microbiome & Why Should I Care?

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What is it? The word microbiome is describing the assortment of microbes and/or microorganisms that inhabit any given environment, essentially a contextual ecosystem of critters. Currently there is a great deal of content being created in the health and wellness sphere in relation to the human microbiome, which is full of symbiotic, commensal and pathogenic bacteria, as well as fungi

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What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness?

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Ever wonder what the difference is between mindfulness and meditation? Let’s start with the word that Wikipedia can’t even pick one modern definition for: meditation. Though the word meditation does take on different meanings in different contexts (religious vs secular vs spiritual) and I appreciate that, the Oxford Living Dictionary offers a straightforward and pretty encompassing definition that will do just fine: “Focus one’s mind for a

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