How to Gain Self-Control in 4 Steps

We all struggle with self-control at times. Resisting an urge to act on an impulse or deciding to not follow through on a craving is tough. When we’re hungry, it’s easier to reach for the most convenient or tastiest snack instead of the healthier option. When we’re tired, it’s easy to give up on tasks and procrastinate instead of powering through to accomplish a task. When our willpower is depleted, self-control is out of reach. Read more

How to Breathe While Running to Boost Endurance

Confession: It wasn’t until about five years ago that I ran my first mile.

It happened one day while walking Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail in Austin, Texas. A fast walk turned into a jog, which turned into a slow run.

One mile turned into four. Running gave me a rush of endorphins and sense of accomplishment. I loved feeling the exhaustion in my legs: it made me feel energized and clear-headed. I was hooked. Read more

How a Positive Attitude Affects Your Health

If you’re already on the path to a fit and healthy lifestyle, you know the importance of proper nutrition. You know the effects that eating clean and whole foods can have on your appearance, energy levels, endurance and overall feeling of well-being. You do a good job of nurturing your body, but are you aware of the importance of nurturing your mind, too?

A positive attitude isn’t just critical to your mood, it’s essential to your overall health. Read more

Complete Wellness? Activity Is Only Part of the Picture

When we talk about complete wellness or health, most of us immediately imagine a young, triathlon-racing, never-sick individual who lives to build muscle and goes to sleep at 10:00pm every day. But there’s so much more to better health than physical health. So the question arises, what does complete wellness look like? Read more

Shift Work Sleep Disorder: How to Identify and Treat It

Working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week has become common. Medical staff, call center agents, government workers and various other jobs require workers to be on hand at all times, which means someone has to work night and rotating shifts.

While this schedule has become commonplace for many people, it is not without dangers and health impacts. Many people have a hard time sleeping during the day or getting sufficient sleep when their schedules change so frequently.

Those who have sleep problems due to shift work suffer from Shift Work Sleep Disorder, and it can be a major problem. Read on to learn about this disorder and what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of our on-demand work culture. Read more

Meditation for Sleep: 6 Videos for a Restful Night

Sleep is an incredibly important part of life. When you’re able to get a good night’s sleep, you feel refreshed during the day and can meet your responsibilities with ease. However, if you spend your nights tossing and turning, you’ll likely go through your day in a haze. More than that, you’ve got to make sure you’re getting restful sleep, not just closing your eyes.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t take time to establish a healthy bedtime routine.

Thousands of people across the world use guided meditation to help them get to sleep at night. Read more

How a Body Scan Meditation Can Help With Mindfulness

Breathing meditations like Vipassana meditation are a great way to calm down and become relaxed. But your breath isn’t the only thing that you can focus on for mindfulness-based stress reduction. Focusing on your body and your body parts during a body scan meditation is a great way to pull your mind into the present moment and calm down. It is easy to learn and can help you connect in a spiritual and intimate way to your body. Read more

How to Breathe Better for Focus & Calm

With distractions coming at us from every direction on a daily basis, it’s no wonder why many of us have difficulty staying focused and getting things accomplished efficiently. That’s when stress really kicks in and we forget even the most basic, important tasks like proper breathing. Unfortunately, stressful situations are usually when we should focus on our breathing methods and use our breath to help us focus and relieve stress. Bad breathing habits are a detriment to everyday performance.

Luckily, we can learn how to breathe better, not just when stress hits, but every day. Read more

4 Ways to Address Relationship Anxiety

When your relationship with your significant other is suffering, it can sour other parts of your life. If you’re fighting with your family, it can become easy to lose your temper at work. If you’re fighting with a friend, your free time can feel lonely.

Healthy relationships require honest communication, respect and a lot of effort. For those who suffer from relationship anxiety, maintaining a relationship can be even more of a challenge. Read more

How to Treat Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

In a world of working nine to five, it’s easy to take sleeping through the night and waking up early in the day for granted. It can be a hard world for those that don’t fit the mold: people like night owls, new parents and Netflix binge-watchers. And for some other individuals, the inability to sleep through at night and be awake for most of the day is due to a medical issue called Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD).

For these people, their sleep cycle is completely shifted from the standard sleep pattern. Without treatment, people suffering from Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder can have significantly decreased the quality of life. Read more