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Crystals for Meditation

The healing power of crystals can reduce stress, open your heart and protect you from negative energy. In addition, they can help you sleep better on your buckwheat pillow, recall dreams and protect you from nightmares (check out our blog post here for crystals for better sleep).     Crystals are used for many purposes because of the uplifting, positive, and calming vibrations they give off. Amy Mercree, author of The Mood Book: Crystals, Oils, and Rituals to Elevate your Spirit, told Oprah Magazine that each crystal’s vibrations are different. These vibrations arise from the extraordinary way in which their molecules and atoms interact.     The atoms and molecules that make up our body are always vibrating, just like crystals. By using...

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14 Mood Boosting Foods

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat,” but what does it really mean? The proverbial expression suggests that in order to be healthy, you need to eat healthy foods. This is a widely accepted fact, and we know that to have more energy, reduce our risk of disease and prevent illness, we need to have a balanced diet.     To maintain our physical health, we need to take healthy actions. Getting 8 hours of sleep on our buckwheat pillow, taking a multivitamin, and engaging in regular exercise will keep up in shape and feeling good.     What is lesser known is that food affects our mental health. The foods you eat can impact your mood, and...

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Is Coffee Bad For You?

There is nothing I love more than my first cup of coffee in the morning. Although I once used to chug it quickly before running out the door, I now take the time to sit down and enjoy it. I wake up after a great sleep on my millet pillow and Tencel sheet set, walk to the kitchen and start brewing a pot. I even upgraded my setup with a professional coffee grinder and a digital scale to make the perfect cup. Coffee is so much more than caffeine (although I can’t deny its role!). It’s a vital part of my “mindful morning.”   There are millions of people just like me. In fact, you, too, may be one of the 150 million people in...

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The Benefits of Dry Brushing and How To Do It

There are countless home remedies and beauty treatments that promise to make your skin softer, reduce wrinkles, prevent aging and help you glow! There are also thousands of different face masks, creams, serums, and cleansers that attempt to do the same. Though some deliver, the benefits are only skin deep. They won’t improve your health or improve circulation.      Sleep is an exception, as it helps you both look and feel better. When you consistently get 8 hours a night on your buckwheat pillow and a bamboo pillowcase, you can improve the look of skin while simultaneously boosting mental and physical health. If this is news to you, read our blog on how sleep can affect aging.      In addition to sleep,...

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6 Easy Meal Prepping Tips

As the saying goes, “failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” This adage could apply to almost anything but is especially true for diets. A healthy diet can be challenging to maintain on the fly and is especially difficult if you are trying to lose weight.       You can make lifestyle adjustments that will help you lose weight, and it doesn’t involve counting calories. For example, being well-rested and consistently getting 8 hours a night on your millet pillow can help you maintain a healthy weight (read more on how sleepless nights can lead to weight gain here). Having a balanced diet and meeting your nutritional needs, as well as meal prepping, can also help!   Picture this. You...

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How Much Water Should You Really Drink

Every day people end up in the hospital after experiencing serve confusion, dizziness, weakness, and fainting. These symptoms can be frightening, especially when you don’t know what’s causing them. After experiencing these symptoms you may call an ambulance and see a doctor. It’s a scary experience and you may be surprised to hear it was all brought on by dehydration.    Dehydration is fairly common, especially in older adults, as many people don’t drink as much water as they should be.  As we age, we start to lose our sense of thirst, and drinking water needs to become a more conscious decision. When this lack of thirst is combined with medications like diuretics, and declining memory it can be dangerous!     Dehydration...

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Walk Your Way To Better Health - The Benefits of Walking

Are you feeling stressed? Go for a walk! Feel a bit sleepy? A walk will energize you! Are you trying to lose weight? Go for walks during your lunch hour! It can seem like a walk is the answer to anything! And if you’ve received this token advice before, you may have rolled your eyes. Because it seems as if a walk in the “jack of all trades,” it can take away its credibility, and people can dismiss the benefits of walking.   If you think walking is a waste of time, you are sorely mistaken! Exercise has a long list of benefits to improve your physical and mental well-being, and it doesn’t need to be intense or complicated. Regular...

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Managing Your Physical and Mental Health Over The Holidays

For some, the holidays are a joyous occasion they look forward to each year. Gifts, dinners, baking, decorating, shopping, and carols brighten their days. This is often celebrated in the Hallmark Christmas movies and specials you see on TV.      And yet, at the same time, the holidays can be a difficult time for others. Though it isn’t talked about as much, the holidays can be filled with stress, anxiety, and depression. For these individuals, it is the time of year they dread most. These feelings shouldn't be dismissed. The toll the holidays can have on one’s physical and mental health can have lasting effects and makes it very difficult to get through.    Life’s pressures are heightened during...

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What is "SAD" and Ways You Can Fight it

You may brush it off as the “winter blues,” but the feeling of depression, moodiness, and depleted energy that plagues you during the winter months can negatively impact your quality of life.     Seasonal affective disorder, commonly known as SAD, is a form of depression that comes around the same time of year. As the name suggests, SAD is impacted by the change in seasons, typically in the fall and winter, and can last into the spring and early summer. The Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) identifies it as “major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern.”   Seasonal affective disorder that begins in the late fall or early winter is called winter-pattern SAD or winter depression and is the most...

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The Best Mattress For Sleep: 8 Common Mattress Types Explored

You don’t realize how many different types of mattresses there are until you walk through a mattress store. You’ll find row after row with several different types and various levels of firmness. Some are made from memory foam, others innerspring, and some with a little bit of both.   If you're looking for a new mattress, you need to know what’s out there and the pros and cons of each. Consider this blog your mattress guide. We’ll cover all the must-know details on the 8 most common mattress types so that you can pick the perfect mattress for you!    Innerspring   This is often what most people think of when they think of a mattress. Innerspring mattresses have been a...

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Earworms Can Disrupt Your Sleep

There are so many things that can disrupt your sleep! A stressful day at work, an after-dinner coffee, a bad pillow, or an earworm can rob you of the sleep you deserve. If you aren’t familiar with the term earworm, the title of this blog post may have your skin crawling. It isn’t the creepy crawler you may be picturing, but it can be just as unpleasant. An earworm is a term used to describe the phenomenon of a song or phrase stuck inside your head that repeats on loop.    You’ve likely experienced it at one point. Maybe it’s one line of a song, the intro to your toddlers' favorite TV show, or a trending phrase on TikTok. It can...

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The Connection Between Sleep and Mental Health

Countries worldwide are in the grips of a mental health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, around 450 million people are struggling with mental illness. It is the leading cause of disability, and no one is immune.   Mental illness can look very different, and each person’s experience will be unique to them. It is a health condition characterized by changes in thinking, behavior, and emotion, causing distress and problems at work, with family, or in society. The symptoms experienced depend on the disorder and factors contributing to an individual’s mental state. For example, some may abuse drugs and alcohol, feel sad or down, experience sleep troubles, have mood swings or trouble sleeping.     All symptoms and experiences with...

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