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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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How Pine Essential Oils Could be the Key to Arthritis Support

How Pine Essential Oils Could be the Key to Arthritis Support

Arthritis means inflammation of the joints.  It is a debilitating disease that results in swelling, stiffness, and pain due to the destruction of cartilage, bone, and/or synovial fluid around the joints.  Causes of arthritis are varied, and can be due to wear and tear, infections, autoimmune conditions, or other conditions.  There are different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

We often think that arthritis is a symptom of us getting older, but arthritis can strike at any time. I have known people in their 20s who suffer from arthritis, although it is more typical to see arthritis in older adults.

Arthritis is not believed to be curable, and treatment is typically focused on alleviating symptoms.

Essential oils from the pine family or the Pineaceae family, can provide great support for arthritis.  I will tell you about these oils, but first start by sharing some information about joint development and health.

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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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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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Our BMI Can Tell Many Stories

Our BMI Can Tell Many Stories

BMI or Body Mass Index was developed in 1871, and was implemented to help determine if an adult’s weight was appropriate for their height (Mahan, Escott-Stump, & Raymond, 2012; Schlenker & Roth, 2011).

Although BMI does not directly measure body fat, it has a high correlation with the amount of fat in the body. Usually, the higher the BMI, the more fat the person carries. However, BMI does not account for higher weight due to an increase in muscle mass as opposed to fat, so this correlation is not always accurate (Mahan et al., 2012; Schlenker & Roth, 2011).

A person’s BMI can be an indication of several factors, including under-nutrition, over-nutrition, and obesity, and these may tell us clues about our health. In this week’s article I will tell you about these factors. I will, however, start with telling you more about BMI.

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Why Nature Makes Us Better People

Why Nature Makes Us Better People

As our lives grow more sedentary, we are spending less and less time outdoors. Screens of all types dominate our attention, and we spend so much time focused on a piece of technology or a gadget that we often do not realize how quickly time goes by. How often have we spent time on social media, only to realize we have just dedicated the last hour to following other people’s posts?

And, while there is nothing wrong with that, the result is that we do not spend much time outdoors. In fact, polls have shown that 93% of Americans live a majority of their lives indoors (Loewe, 2017).

Yet, we all know that being outdoors is reinvigorating. If we need to clear our heads we head outside. If we need to refresh a space, we open the windows. If we need to feel alive, we go to a park. When we spend too much time indoors we feel stuffy and stale, and search for a breath of fresh air.

There is a reason for that. Several people have researched the importance of being in nature. This is what they say.

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3 Lessons from a 39-Mile Walk

3 Lessons from a 39-Mile Walk

A week ago, a friend and I participated in the Avon39 Walk in New York City. The idea of participating in this 39-mile walk had been mulling in my head for a few years, but I did not think I had it in me to walk those many miles, even if it was split over two days. The first day consisted of a 26-mile walk, and the second day a 13-mile walk.

Last year another friend participated in the same walk in Santa Barbara, and I thought it would have been a good opportunity for me to join. But, there was too much going on in my life at the time, and I couldn’t make it work.

Then, at the end of 2016 I got a bad case of pneumonia. I was hospitalized for a few weeks, and took a good six months to recover. When I went to my last appointment with the pulmonary doctor, she expressed how surprised she was that my lungs had healed. She thought I would have chronic and recurring respiratory issues, such as asthma. Thankfully, I didn’t.

I took it as a sign. Getting over that illness gave me the final motivation to participate in the Avon39 walk. It took time and preparation, and required the right set of circumstances, which I will share with you.

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