Living with Lyme Disease

As we move into the new year, let's get one thing straight. I'm living with Lyme Disease. There I said it. I'm opening up about it more as we move into 2018. Living with Lyme disease means something different for everyone but for me, it means making this year the year of healing. It means a lot of guest posting on here too.  Lol.  Because truthfully since I was diagnosed for the second time in May, my life began to unravel.  I didn't take the time to heal like I did last summer (where I really believe I conquered it) when I got bit the first time.  I didn't rest like before. I kept pushing my mind and my body.  All summer I went full force.  Fall rolled around I continued to do the same creating a schedule that would double my work hours.   And I crashed.  Hard. I thought I was … [Read more...]

5 Best Exercises For Stress Management

Unsplash- Eli Defaria What is stress? This is a question that does not need an answer everyone in the world is under stress whether it’s one kind or the other. Students face stress at school adults at home at work in relationships needless to say everywhere. While stress can prove to be beneficial and some people work best under pressure or stress, prolonged stress can have dire consequences. Insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure are all problems that arise due to stress and can later even be fatal.   Breathing Exercises According to an article published in the New York Times, controlled breathing can reduce stress. There is no special equipment required, and you don't have to go out of your way to do it  It can be done anywhere anytime.  It might seem minute, and a lot of … [Read more...]

5 Ways Running Can Improve Your Health

We know that running can improve your health but it was also sacred to me as a writer. It was a time I could let my thoughts wander and unravel.  Often whole ideas would come together as well as lines of dialogue.  The high afterward was perfect for tackling projects too.  I am sharing this guest post this week so you can see the benefits of running too. Running and walking both are some of the most popular outdoor physical activities which help to keep you in shape and fit without any extra efforts and expenses. Outdoor activities can be just as effective as working out in a gym. If you don’t believe then just try it out. It comes along with lots of health benefits. It gives you Better Knees Knees give you a full support system as one of the latest research mentioned that Running … [Read more...]

How to Look Great at The Gym- A Brief Guide

  Even though we’ve just left summer behind us, it doesn’t mean that we should let ourselves go. Cold months ahead of us will make it easier to stay in the comfort of our homes, which, in turn, means that we’ll put on weight more easily too. This is why it’s a good idea to get a gym membership and stay in shape. When you go to the gym, you don’t have to spend an hour getting ready, but you shouldn’t look like you’ve just gotten out of bed either. Here’s a brief guide on looking stylish at the gym. Stay clean Yes, you will get all sweaty and stinky after a workout, but that doesn’t mean that you should go to the gym smelling like you’ve spent a whole day in the sun and forgot to take a shower. You shouldn’t go too far with the deodorant, perfume, and cologne either … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Feel Good this Holiday Season

I'm just going to say it, the holiday season is upon us!  Let's not fuss and gripe about it being earlier and earlier each year. Instead, focus on the good and all the ways we can feel good this holiday season. Source: Alisa Anton, Unsplash.com You may have noticed that things have changed around here.  Less is more? I'm not sure when it comes to blogging but I do know that serious health issues have made it impossible for me to work and the guest posts have really racked up around here.  That's fine.  While I continue to heal and still figure out what exactly has me in full body pain and fatigue daily, I'm happy to let others share their voice. Share.  That's a great way to feel good.  Share your love. Share your blessings. Share your home and whatever you have.  I love to share my … [Read more...]

Liberate Your Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders

*Disclosure: This is a guest post.  Affiliate links may be used for compensation.  Opinions are 100% those of the guest contributor. Your upper back, neck and shoulder regions of the body can become stiff and sore when breastfeeding and carrying around a newborn or a toddler. In Iyengar Yoga, we have many ways to relieve this tension and restore full range movement from this, and other parts of the body. Below are a few simple shoulder rejuvenators that you can do with a yoga strap, tie, towel or exercise band. They do not require a lot of time and can be done anywhere.  Shoulder lubrication: Motion is lotion! Try doing large arm circles like you are swimming the backstroke and the crawl stroke to increase circulation and get your arms, ribs moving, and your shoulder … [Read more...]

Ask a Nutritionist: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

As soon as you pack your bags and start making plans for all the awesome places to visit during your travels, you realize: when the hell will you make enough time to cook, pack and munch on those healthy meals? Not to mention getting enough beauty sleep or making sure to drink enough water and not reaching for an extra cup of coffee to keep you alert for another round of sightseeing. Still, as impossible as it may sound at first, avid travelers can actually enjoy all the healthy lifestyle perks while on the go, without compromising their vast must-see lists and diminishing the experience. On the contrary – with a few professional tips to rely on, you can make the most of your adventures all the while maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan! 1.      Learn about your … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Stay Healthy Despite a Busy Schedule

*Disclosure:  This is a guest post provided by a guest contributor.  Opinions are 100% are that of the guest contributor.  Affiliate links may be used.   We all know that having a hectic schedule can negatively affect our ability to lead a healthy life. As a matter of fact, recent research has shown that people who don’t have a clear routine often have weight issues, suffer from inadequate sleep and are less likely to exercise than people who do have. According to a recent study conducted by the Department of Occupational Health from the University of Milan roughly 10% of people who don’t have a set routine in place – and particularly people who work shift work – end up with type-two diabetes. Furthermore, people without a set routine eat around 10% less vegetables and … [Read more...]

Don’t Fall Out of Your Fitness Routine

It is easy to fall out of a regular exercise plan. From lack of motivation to excuses such as the weather is bad, to pure avoidance—the are many reasons why you may not be meeting your fitness goals. There are so many benefits to exercising including improvements to your health and overall well-being. So, the sooner you commit to your fitness goals, the sooner you’ll see noticeable results. Here are a few ways in which you can stay on top of working out so that you can avoid this common problem and experience the healthy body that you deserve. #1 Be Internally Motivated In short, exercise for yourself! Do not let external factors such as what others think about you, negative comments, or social stereotypes infiltrate your ability (or inability) to exercise. Exercise is important. … [Read more...]

Safety Tips for Exercising Outdoors

The outdoors makes me happy, and, when working out, I typically aim for activities that take me out of the house. Indoors simply feels too restricting, too full of technology and distractions. Outside means freedom, sunshine and the fresh air…and so much space to explore. If I could, I would climb boulders and hike on the daily. But, unfortunately, I live in the ‘burbs. So seeking out prime hiking spots—and those fantastic rocks—means quite a trip. But there are still a few good hiking trails and walking paths not far from home. A daily dose of exercise is optimal for good health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that “adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of … [Read more...]