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Boundries with Electronics

Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:39:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

With the electronic gadgets available today, you can stay connected 24/7, but should you? Yes, you can reach out to anyone in the world and conduct business at any time of the day with a few keystrokes on your phone, but is there a cost? 

Experts say……yes there is!

One of the first to speak out about setting boundaries with technology was Ariana Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global and author of Thrive and Sleep Revolution. Huffington, by all accounts, was a very successful woman who seemingly had it all. But after she passed out a few years ago, which included a bloody fall on her cheek and eye, Huffington realized that her relentless, workaholic lifestyle was partially to blame.


Huffington’s fall was caused by exhaustion and lack of sleep, so she began to make changes in her life. In addition to getting more hours of restful sleep, she began to set boundaries with her phone as a way to recapture her quality of life.


To keep you from literally having to get hit in the head from your overuse of technology, here are some tips that will help you use, but not be abused, by today’s electronic gadgets.


1) Control it, instead of letting it control you.

About 15 years ago, more people began getting their work emails on their personal phone. Suddenly, there was no “leaving it at the office,” because the office was everywhere your phone was. Many began sleeping with their phone to be available 24/7 and many began the habit of checking their phone as they awoke.


They were controlled by their technology. They were also at the beck and call of anyone trying to get their attention, a habit that’s easy to slip into and leaves you feeling overwhelmed and unproductive.


At that time, there were also a few that saw the ability to get emails on your phone as an opportunity, rather than a curse of the times. Instead of seeing it as a restraint, they felt it provided the kind of freedom they never had. They saw that it could be used for productivity, not just for reactivity. For example, they could now leave work early to take a child to the doctor and still be able to respond to the boss’s important email. They were in control of the tool, not the other way around.


2) Set boundaries with your devices.

When you go to sleep, put your phone in another room on silent, and don’t check it until you’re ready to start your day on your terms. Generally speaking, it’s best to stop checking your phone an hour before bedtime and one hour after getting up in the morning. This puts you in control, not the device.


Do you spend mindless hours playing games on your phone or tablet? Do hours go by while you’re catching up with Facebook? Ask yourself how much of your time you want to spend on your devices and set good limits. Remember, every minute you spend engaging with online distractions is a minute you could be spending interacting with an actual person. And studies show that there is no substitute for actual human contact which increases healthy bonding hormones like oxytocin which is associated with lower blood pressure and less cellular inflammation.

3)Take a technology break.

In Las Vegas in July 2018, Bruno Mars surprised concertgoers by taking away access to their cell phones during his show. As you handed your ticket to the ticket collector, he or she provided you with a case for your cell phone that had a magnetic seal, which could only be opened after Mars’s performance.


At first, people didn’t know what to do! They were so uncomfortable without their “security blanket.” They couldn’t take a picture, call, or text anyone. All that was left was to engage with others in the crowd.


Slowly but surely, people began to talk and laugh and share experiences with their neighbors. And when Mars took the stage, all eyes were on him. No one was filming or blowing up Twitter. Instead everyone was singing and dancing.

Could you attend a concert without touching your phone? It would be difficult and uncomfortable for many people, at least at first. Can you take a break from technology at least for a few hours? It might be challenging at first, but like Bruno’s audience, you’ll enjoy being present, without 

distractions and interruptions, more than you might expect.


Technology is here to stay, so it makes sense to figure out how to make the best of it instead of letting it get the best of you.

How do you set boundaries with technology?


What other boundaries do you set that help you achieve balance

in today’s busy world?


What tips can you offer to someone attached to their phone 24/7?

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Significance of Self Care on Health

Sunday, May 5, 2019 11:18:15 AM America/Los_Angeles

It’s no surprise..... that as women...... we naturally burden ourselves with the well-being and needs of others...... before those of our own. We often have an innate sense of nurturance and compassion towards our loved ones, whether they be our children, partners, or elderly parents.

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Following your intution

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:38:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

How often have you had a distinct feeling about something, but couldn’t seem to put your finger on where it was coming from? Perhaps it was the moment when you realized your significant other was the ‘one’- 

or the feeling you had that led you to purchase your first home- or maybe even the sense you got that something was ‘off’ with a friend?

These are all instances of Intuition.

According to The British Journal of Psychology, intuition is what happens when the brain draws on past experiences and external cues to make a decision in the present moment. This process occurs rapidly, mostly at an unconscious level- yet has powerful influence in our lives.

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Mind and Body

Monday, April 1, 2019 9:02:35 PM America/Los_Angeles

Research increasingly demonstrates that the interrelationship between the body and mind is important, particularly in viewing the body as a whole, integrative system where all parts are necessary in maintaining good health. To be healthy is to feel our best emotionally and physically – which requires nourishing both our body and mind – further 

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Why so many relationships break down in middle age

Monday, February 18, 2019 4:13:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

Between the changes that occur naturally in your body and the transition that involves moving beyond the intense years of childrearing, it can feel like everything is changing at midlife. You may notice that some of 

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Sex, Stress, and Lasting Health

Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:01:46 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

Five ways to lose weight during menopause
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The Amazing Health Benefits of P. M.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:14:29 PM America/Los_Angeles

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Boundaries

Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:11:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Stress is so commonplace, people just accept it as normal. We work, take care of our families, run errands, and try to fit in exercise, friends, cleaning… the list goes on and on. Sound familiar? We have no doubt that it does.

We don’t have to tell you about the physiological toll that stress takes on you. Not only can it have a huge impact on your physical and emotional health, but it can greatly affect your productivity, relationships, and overall quality of life, as well.

 

In fact, chronic stress has been linked to headaches, stomach issues, high blood pressure, and other heart problems, as well as insomnia and restless sleep. It also weakens your immunity, making it harder for your body to fight off illness and disease. And on an emotional level, chronic stress can cause depression and anxiety.

Five ways to lose weight during menopause

The holidays can be a whirlwind of activity. With the presents to buy, parties to attend, and family members coming to visit, you may feel like you're on a see-saw - one minute you're up, the next you're overwhelmed and overcommitted. So how can you enjoy this season of light with less stress and more joy?

Healthy Boundaries!

If someone stands to close to you, you move away instinctively. But if your sister asks you to bake three pies for a holiday dinner, you might have a hard time saying No. Without healthy boundaries, though, the holiday season will leave you drained. So here are some suggestions for keeping healthy boundaries during the holiday season.

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5 Ways to lose weight during Menopause

Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:08:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Weight gain is a chief complaint among women in perimenopause. Specifically, increased abdominal fat and metabolic changes are indicated. In conjunction with fatigue, mood fluctuations, and hot flashes, this can be particularly frustrating. Reductions in hormone levels largely account for this, as well as less than optimal nutritional and lifestyle factors.

A famous medical researcher, Margaret R. Ritchie, PhD, recently observed that the link among food, medicine, and health goes as far back as 460 BC. Hippocrates, considered to be the Father of Medicine, revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece with an approach to healing that promoted the role of plants in managing health.

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2,500 years later, that link to health is more valid than ever. A new book,
The Amazing Health Benefits of the Wonder Herb Pueraria Mirifica, by Richard A. Passwater, PhD, a well respected research bio chemist since 1959, is bringing new attention to this marvelous herb. (The book is available on our site, and is a great read.)

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The Real Law of Attraction

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9:36:48 AM America/Los_Angeles

Getting Older

and the LAW OF ATTRACTION

If you're like many people, you wonder what your health will be like as you get old. Will you feel ageless, embrace every transition, and continue to live a full, healthy life? Or do you expect to slow down, have chronic medical issues, and lose the vibrancy you once had?

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