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  • Stress Series: A Natural Approach to Dealing with Depression

    by Paula Gallagher | August 26, 2014

    depressionIn this installment of our series on stress, we are going to look at how stress affects depression, and how a natural approach to dealing with depression can be beneficial.

    Depression is very serious, and in no way is the following information meant to be diagnostic, or encourage self-medicating. If you think you are dealing with depression of any kind, please consult with a professional to discuss your options.  

    Stress is a factor in many illnesses. In fact, it is estimated that 75-90% of visits to the doctor are related to stress – either acutely or because of chronic problems associated with stress. It is also believed that nearly 75% of the diseases prevalent in Western society are related to the stress mechanisms of the body.

    Chronic exposure to stress results in chronic engagement of the fight-or-flight mechanism (increased blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar, blood shunted away from the digestive system, increase in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine). Studies show that physiological and psychological consequences of acute/chronic stress can persist well past the cessation of a stressful event.

    The body is designed to adapt to stressors to help maintain equilibrium and healthy functioning. The stress response influences many biological and biochemical processes that begin in the brain and spread through nearly all body systems including the adrenals, thyroid, neurotransmitter systems, digestive system, and cardiovascular system. But everyone has an individual "load" that they can manage, which is why stress can express itself in a variety of symptoms throughout the body.  Read more

  • Feeling Good About Yourself: How a Delicious Life Can Be a Piece of Cake

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | August 25, 2014

    heart cakesIf you’ve ever baked a cake, you know that if you put in fresh, delicious ingredients in the appropriate amounts at the appropriate time, you often create something delicious. You also know that while other ingredients may be available to you and within easy reach (like mustard, pepper, garlic or vinegar, for example) they simply don’t belong in your cake so you purposely and consciously choose to leave them out, right? Feeling good about yourself can be a similar process.

    You’re completely aware that wrong ingredients will ruin your cake and you wouldn’t expect a positive result, because it’s all very logical and rational when it comes to baking, isn’t it? So here’s my question:

    If you desire to create a “delicious” life, why add ingredients that you know don’t work... and leave out the ingredients you know would make your life... a piece of cake?

    So many things impact your “cake,” from the food you eat, to the people you spend time with. Even the thoughts you think are important to having a delicious life. Here’s my list of seven important ingredients that can make having a delicious life a piece of cake:  Read more

  • Get Ready for 'Back to School' With These 5 Blogs

    by Paula Gallagher | August 19, 2014

    back to school joeI am 2 weeks away from sending my oldest back to school. It always seems like a bit of a last-minute scramble to get him (and me) prepared for the school year. Here are five blogs that will help make the transition from easy summer living to a more structured routine, a little smoother.

    1. Five Tips For Back-to-School Health
    Inevitably kids get sick. Diet, sleep and hygiene all play roles in keeping your kids healthy.

    2. Back to School... For Moms
    The Mojo Coach, Debi Silber, reminds us that there are lot of things that moms – and dads – can do to help make back-to-school easier for everyone.

    3. Sunday Radio Show: Some Homeopathic Solutions for Back-to-School
    Listen as host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Christophe Merville discuss homeopathic solutions for stress, sleeplessness, and sports injuries as children head back to school.

    4. Do Your Kids Have Lice?
    A gross yet all too common reality for many parents and their kids. Learn how to get rid of those nasty pests naturally.

    5. Healthy Snacks For Kids
    Great snack ideas to help  support attention, focus and concentration between meals.

  • Why Stress is Dangerous: Types, Causes and Risks

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | August 18, 2014

    stressThere are two types of stress and most of us have experienced one or both, at times. There are many causes and more risks involved than you may realize, but the good news is that not all stress is dangerous and there are ways to lessen your stress and enjoy better health.

    Acute Stress: Momentary help in times of danger

    Acute stress is the term for what occurs when your body senses danger and adapts to the threat by making physical changes, enabling you to avoid greater potential harm. This protective mechanism, crucial to your safety and designed to protect you, causes your body to secrete chemicals and stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, in response to your thoughts and prepares your body for “fight or flight.”

    For example, let’s say you’re crossing a street to meet your friend at the local coffee shop and notice a car quickly approaching. You see the car and understand the risks, which causes you to feel fear and anxiety (learned behaviors that we only feel when we decide something is dangerous or anxiety provoking). Your body adapts to this stress by secreting chemicals and hormones, sending messages to your heart, lungs and organs to prepare them to handle the crisis.

    • Your heart rate increases
    • Blood flow is diverted to muscles allowing for quick movement
    • Pupils dilate and more oxygen flows through your lungs for an extra burst of energy

    These changes allow you to react quickly, enabling you to jump onto the curb to safety. Within a short period of time, your body calms down and things return to normal, allowing you to continue on to the meeting with your friend over your favorite cup of coffee.  Read more

  • Unhealthy Negative Relationships: Why Positive Thinkers Feel Better, Live Longer

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | August 12, 2014

    HappyTell me who you spend your time with and I’ll tell you how you feel. What? No…really, I can and here’s why:

    We often take on the feelings, behaviors and attitudes of those we spend time with, like the co-worker or friend who’s always complaining and speaking negatively about her body, job, relationships – and basically, her life! Do you know why she looks forward to spending time with you? Because it’s her opportunity to vent about it all and find relief. Afterwards, she feels better, much lighter, freer and ready to get on with her day, but how do you feel?

    I’m guessing that you probably feel drained, deflated and uninspired. Although your intention was to be a good friend and listener, once you became involved emotionally in your friends negativity, you were brought right down with her, right?

    Negative relationships affect your health and happiness

    Now, what about the friend who is lighthearted and enthusiastic, embracing life with eagerness and zest. Just thinking about the time you spend together brings a smile to your face because it’s always fun, relaxing and enjoyable. The relationship is easy, which makes it easy to be excited about the rest of your day. When you hang out with this person, you’re able to:  Read more

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