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Healthy Coping Mechanisms to Manage Stress

There’s no doubt a lot is going on in the world, and it’s having an impact on our mental health. Stress levels are high as we face increasing levels of fear, grief, guilt, and frustration. On a global level, we have collectively dealt with new challenges and circumstances in addition to the stresses we all have at home. Our family, work, money, friends, and health can become sources of stress as well those topics making headlines.    When we are stressed, we look for ways to cope. We instinctively want to feel better – even if just for a few moments. This is where coping mechanisms come in. Coping mechanisms are strategies we use when dealing with trauma or stress...

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How to Create a Montessori Bedroom

If you are expecting your first child or perhaps updating your nursery, you may be looking for inspiration online. Kid’s bedroom décor and children’s bedroom layouts are hot topics, sometimes even an area of contention. There are parents and educators who believe a bedroom should be bright and busting with the latest technology and others who prefer neutrals, simplicity and products made from natural materials. Although it may be a better aesthetic for some, there are often greater philosophical and psychological considerations that go into kids' bedrooms.   One of the most infamous kid's bedroom styles is the Montessori bedroom. Before we dive into what this type of bedroom looks like, it is important to understand the philosophy behind it. Montessori is a...

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8 Potential Causes of Brain Fog

We have all experienced days or weeks where we don’t feel as sharp. We may forget things more, have trouble with recall, lack mental clarity, and can’t concentrate or focus at work. When it's bad, you can feel like a zombie just trying to cut through the fog to function. This experience is often referred to as brain fog.       Brain fog is not a medical condition itself but is often a symptom of a medical condition. It is a type of mental fatigue or cognitive dysfunction that can make studying, working, or completing daily tasks challenging. It can be very troubling and negatively affect mood as well. According to Sabrina Romanoff, PsyD, “ultimately, brain fog can impact the...

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Farting in your Sleep: What it Means and How To Prevent It

Snoring isn’t the only sound that can keep you up and disturb your partner. Belching and flatulence can become more frequent during the night and disrupt your sleep as well as those around you!     If you’ve noticed you or your partner is extra gassy at night, you are not alone. Although it can feel embarrassing, it is very common and often a normal part of digestion. That said, when nighttime gas becomes extreme, it can feel awkward, uncomfortable and disrupt sleep.   My first experience with nighttime burping was on a college camping trip with friends. I was snuggled in my sleeping bag and laying peacefully on my camping pillow when I heard the steady flow of belching coming from a...

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The Ins and Outs of Sunscreen

Sun worshippers who once baked in the sun with tanning oil are often the ones we hear from now, preaching the importance of sunscreen. We can hear stories of premature aging, visible sunspots, and skin cancer.     In the United States, it is estimated that 5.4 million people are diagnosed with basal and squamous cell skin cancers. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) states that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S, with 1 in 5 Americans developing skin cancer during their lifetime. Fortunately, the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, are highly preventable and treatable.   Our relationship with the sun is complex. We need the sun to live, but...

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Living a More Sustainable Life

Our beautiful planet may often feel abundant, and in some ways, it is; however, we all must understand that the Earth produces a finite number of resources. We don’t have an endless amount of water, energy, or food. Unfortunately, the world currently consumes resources faster than the planet can produce. This unsustainable rate of consumption is driving environmental degradation.     The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that everything we need to survive depends on the environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions in which humans can survive, while simultaneously preserving the environment for future generations.   In 1969 the United States committed to sustainability with The National Environment Policy Act of 1969. This national policy committed “to create and maintain...

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