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4 Worthwhile Books on Wellness

4 Worthwhile Books on Wellness

A couple of weeks ago I provided a list of five books that could transform you.  Those books were about self-development.

This time I have decided to give you a list of four books on wellness that are worth your while.

Each book provides a plan or insight to improve health and wellbeing, and although each book presents different approaches, there are similarities.  They all involve some type of shift to habits and practices that involve more care- care for our health, ourselves, our communities, our tribe, our planet or other.

Read all four books on this list and take the parts that resonate from each.  Or go through my descriptions below and select the healing approach that you most identify with.

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Happiness Measures- The Nordic Way

Happiness Measures- The Nordic Way

May is Mental Health month, and I thought it appropriate to touch on the topic of happiness.  Finland was awarded 2018’s top World Happiness Country by The United Nations.  The UN released its annual report ranking 156 countries, and it’s notable that Finland has either won or been within the top 10 spots for the last few years (Khan & Blau, 2018).

In fact, the top 10 spots usually include Scandinavian & Nordic countries.  In addition to Finland, in the 2018 report included Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden. The only non-Scandinavian countries in the top 10 spots were Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, and New Zealand (Helliwell, Layard, & Sachs, 2018).

What do these countries have that is so unique, and that ranks them so high on the happiness scale?  Apart from being Nordic, what do they have in common?  I wrote about Sweden’s concept of Lagom and how they strive for balance, but I wanted to look at this in more depth. Here is what I found.

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Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

I was recently contacted by a Content Marketing Firm asking if I would be interested in sharing the attached infographic, created by The Jacobson Group, on ways to reduce stress at work.  I have written about stress and its damaging effects, provided suggestions on ways to reduce stress through aromatherapy and herbs, and I have covered different ways in which we can manage stress including self-care, being in nature, and dealing with negative thoughts, among others.

But, I have not written about stress at work, and how to manage it.  Given that most of us spent most of our daily lives at work, this is essential to any stress management approach.

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5 Quick & Effective Ways to Care for Ourselves

5 Quick & Effective Ways to Care for Ourselves

We are a mere week into the New Year, and I would assume most of us are back at work and in the midst of our daily routine. As we take steps towards our 2018 resolutions, we should not forget about ourselves. Self-care is an essential part of our wellbeing, not only to help us stay healthy, but also to help us stay calm and balanced.

Stress is inescapable, and thus finding ways to manage it and reduce it is vital to ensuring we have long and healthy lives. I have written about the damage stress can create, so I won’t get into it here. Instead, I’ll provide 5 quick and effective ways we can use to better care for ourselves.

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Heal Your Life

Heal Your Life

A few weeks ago an e-mail popped into my inbox regarding a book called Heal Your Life. It claimed to be similar or in some ways related to Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body, which I wrote about in a previous article. It turns out that the author, Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, had known Louise Hay and even became friends with her, but the subject of the book was very different. Where Heal Your Body dealt with the mental causes of the different ailments we have, this book, Heal Your Life is about healing through specific steps.

I was of course drawn to the subject matter. Healing and wellness are a passion, so I’m always drawn to different approaches for achieving health.

This book is different because it deals with faith. Faith is something that can make some people uncomfortable. This book deals with faith in general, and not any one religion in particular. It is simply about having a belief in a Higher Power.

But, do not let that deter you. Each chapter in the book describes one of 25 ways in which we can call on different aspects of our lives to help us heal ourselves, which may be particularly useful during tough times. Although many of the steps have to do with faith, most of them do not.

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How to Cope with Loneliness

How to Cope with Loneliness

A couple of weeks ago I read an article called “The Loneliness Epidemic” that stated “loneliness may be more hazardous to health than obesity” (Preidt, 2017). It went on to say that over 42 million American aged 45 and older suffered from chronic loneliness. As a society, we are becoming more socially isolated, particularly as we age. And, it isn’t always out of choice.

But sometimes it is. I also read an article about another man who chose to live on an island alone for 28 years, and thrived (Khan 2017).

This led me to look further into the topic of loneliness. Why do some of thrive in lonely environment and others perish?

Defining Loneliness

Most of us perceive the concept of loneliness as being isolated, whether by living in a remote location or living alone. But, this is not the case. People can feel loneliness even when they live surrounded by others. Others can live alone and not feel lonely, as with the man on the island.

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How Chakras Can Improve Your Health

How Chakras Can Improve Your Health

Chakras are used in various types of healing. The first mention of chakra, which is a Sanskrit word that means wheel or circle, was in ancient Vedic texts thousands of years ago. Chakras are included in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and other religious and philosophical texts, with different theories pointing to a different number of chakras in the body. Most Western interpretations of chakras are based on Hindu philosophy, which indicates 7 main locations in the body, and is what I use here.

Chakras are energetic centers located in the body’s midline. The energetic centers start in 7 different points, and extend out from the midline in circular form, forming wheels around the body. Each chakra is linked to a set of organs, and carries with it energetic influences that affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. When a chakra is out of balance, it causes illness, disease, or distress, and by bringing balance to it, health and stability are restored. I will explain how to balance each chakra.

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5 Practices to Support Your Wellness

5 Practices to Support Your Wellness

It occurred to me to share with you the practices I have been taking on to get myself back to health. These are all practices that can support your overall wellness, and they include gratitude, relaxation, meditation, exercise, and seeking support.  It is not necessary to follow all 5 practices. Each of them holds its own merit and starting with at least one will be a step in the right direction to support your wellness. But, the more of these practices that you incorporate, the stronger your path to wellness.

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4 Reasons You Should Be Meditating

4 Reasons You Should Be Meditating

Meditation is a mental exercise that involves concentrating on something in particular. Meditation comes in many forms, and regardless of the form, there are considerable benefits from meditation. Meditation supports learning, reduces stress and anxiety, helps in dealing with trauma and extreme anxiety, and improves health.

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