Our last blog post touted the benefits of taking a nap and gave suggestions for how long your power nap should last. While a quick 15 minute siesta can do great things for your body and mind, making it happen in the real world sometimes takes a little creative thinking. Here are some ideas for making your ultimate daytime nap happen, even when it seems impossible. Continue reading
“Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces.”
~ Winston Churchill from his book The Gathering Storm
In a prior post called How to Sleep Like A Hero, we touted the power found in a good night’s sleep. Turns out you can harness a little piece of that power mid-day and reap great rewards.
If high-octane coffee, chocolate bars and 5-hour energy shots have become part of your mid-day routine; power napping may be your new broccoli. There is a perception that naps are for senior citizens, slackers, sick people and little kids but this is simply not true. Others have discovered the power of napping and perhaps you should too. Continue reading
You know it when it happens yet you’re powerless to stop it: you walk into the grocery store for three things and walk out an hour later, $200 lighter and with a cart full of stuff you don’t really need.
It happens in grocery stores near you every day. You’ve just been Jedi-mind tricked into buying more by retail magicians. Continue reading
Are you a smoker but wish you weren’t? We’ve talked a lot about goals this year. If one of your goals is to put an end to your smoking addiction, you’ve probably wondered if there is a better way to quit: quickly or slowly? Turns out science has been wondering the same thing and has some valuable insight for you. . . Continue reading
As you take down your 2015 puppies and kittens calendar to put up something new and equally adorable for 2016, January feels like a good time to start fresh. So begins a new year, a new month, a new day. We pack away the holidays and plan to “get back on track.”
A few weeks ago roughly forty-five percent of Americans made resolutions vowing to do things like exercise more, lose weight, eat more vegetables, pay off debt, etc.
As a point of reference, only one third of Americans will watch the Super Bowl.
That’s a lot of resolve, however, of those making resolutions, only 8% will be successful.
Why do resolutions tend to fail? It’s in their (lack of) structure. Continue reading
Imagine a gorgeous holiday feast is sitting right in front of you. A juicy ham. Your aunt’s world-famous deviled eggs. More tasty pies than you can count. Drooling yet? Even the best of us would have a difficult time controlling ourselves under such conditions. It is okay to enjoy yourself during a Christmas feast, but you need to be mindful of these four mistakes if you want to prevent holiday weight gain. Continue reading
Well, it’s officially December. As the temperatures start to drop and we get closer to December 21st, days shorten, daylight gets scarce and so does our motivation to exercise. While you may have been on a roll with your exercise routine during the warmer spring, summer and fall months, many exercise routines get pushed to the side once the busy-ness of the holidays and the cold short days of winter slip in.
Instead of hibernating this winter season, challenge yourself to stay active and continue to get outside. Why you might ask? There are many reasons: Continue reading
Did your Halloween sugar hangover look more like a celebration of Dia de Muertes (Day of the Dead)? Are you on a continual sugar crash that makes you a little cranky, tired and looking for your next sugar fix?
Welcome to the Season of the Sugar Rush. Continue reading
Imagine you are in a roller coaster perched at the edge of the first big drop. You sit back in your seat and feel the harness strapped securely around you. All you can see before you is blue sky. Sitting in your imaginary coaster car, look around. What do you see? While some people have their eyes squeezed shut as they white knuckle the bar in front, others have their hands in the air grinning like a dog with a juicy bone.
How about you? Is your stomach in knots? Are your muscles clenched? Can you hear your pulse racing in your head? Have you broken into a cold sweat? What is your level of stress? Continue reading