Health & Wellness

Woman meditating trying to relieve caregiver stress.
Caregiver Stress? 10 Ways to Unwind

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

Taking on the responsibility of a caregiver requires a great amount of time, energy, and patience. Unfortunately, hectic schedules and endless priorities often make it difficult for caregivers to create balance in their own lives. This often results in caregivers de-prioritizing their own needs which can be detrimental to their own health. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the best thing you can do as a caregiver is to stay physically and emotionally strong. Finding positive ways to deal with caregiver stress is essential to help maintain a healthy, productive life.

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What are the Benefits of Walking?

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

It’s seems simple. Walking. You took your first steps as an infant – and it’s been a primary mode of movement for your whole life. It’s like breathing. Sometimes you don’t think much about walking – but it’s one of the best things you can do for your physical and emotional well-being. Walking could be the key to your health and your ability to juggle all the responsibilities. If you’ve been wondering, “What are the benefits of walking,” or just need a little motivation to get started, here are some reasons to step out!

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A couple explores ways to eat healthy by making a home-cooked meal.
5 Ways to Eat Healthy during National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition is more than a list of do’s and don’ts or a dietary plan. Nutrition is about the daily choices we make to nourish ourselves with food and beverages that strengthen our bodies, replenish energy, and ultimately lift our spirits. Eating healthy is about making little choices and simple changes throughout our day that give us the building blocks we need to face various challenges and uphold our responsibilities. Eating well boosts our energy, brings focus to our days, and makes us feel better overall. It also mitigates long-term illnesses, improves your immune system, keeps your heart healthy, and more. The benefits of eating well are endless so now’s the time to dive right in! Here are five ways to eat healthy during National Nutrition Month and all year long.

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A girl jumps in the air after learning how to boost energy naturally.
How to Boost Energy: 6 Easy Steps

If you had just one wish or a fairy godmother to grant you a bit of help, would you ask for more energy? A little more time in the day and the motivation to get more done? What if you could reclaim just an hour or two in the day? Or even just a moment to yourself? What if you had the zest to hop through your to-do list without crashing at the end of the day? We don’t have a magic wand and we can’t turn your pumpkin into a carriage, but we do have a few easy steps for how to boost energy. Start taking these simple steps and you might start to feel like your own fairy godmother.

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5 Things to Know During Heart Health Month

Over 50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February to be American Heart Month. The tradition of Heart Health Month has continued on as we raise awareness about the various risk factors, symptoms, treatments, and most importantly lifestyles that contribute to either heart disease or heart health. Whether you are just starting to think about the importance of heart health or are in need of more information to live a healthy lifestyle, here are five things you should know this Heart Health Month.

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6 Helpful Tips on How To Create Healthy Meal Plans

During this busy time of year it can be difficult to create healthy meal plans. Running from one errand and appointment to the next can be distracting and exhausting and it is easy to turn to fast food options. However, staying healthy and being productive is largely dependent upon eating healthy meals consistently. When you are caring for yourself and serving as a primary caregiver for your family, healthy meals are often your responsibility. Here are some tips to consider as you incorporate meal planning into your schedule.

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Caregiver stress is no joke.
Caregiver Stress is No Joke

Contributed by Sherri Snelling

While some people will start the month by playing a funny joke on a friend or co-worker, the beginning of April, which marks National Stress Awareness Month, makes me think about the stress that plagues those who are caring for an older loved one. And, believe me, caregiver stress is no joking matter.

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