Podcasts to Inspire Healthy Living

Did you know that podcasts are becoming more and more popular? In 2018, 48 million people listened to podcasts on a weekly basis. This figure is 6 million more than 2017. Compare this to NFL Sunday Night Football, one of the most-watched television programs, which has 20 million viewers.

Are you one of the 48 million people who listen to podcasts every week? We definitely count ourselves in that statistic — we love podcasts! From current events, to science or math, to arts; from thoughtful to hilarious; from informative to entertaining; there’s something for everyone to learn.

Below are a few of our favorite health podcasts. Are any of these your favorites, too?

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Color Can Heal Your Life! Podcast with Dr. Deanna Minich

In this podcast, Dr. Deanna Minich interviews experts in the field of functional medicine and health. Her variety topics include color therapy, nutrition, sound healing, migraines, community, and creativity. Her informative discussions focus on all the positives of healthy living and its far-reaching impacts on our lives, our loved ones, and our communities.

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Smart People Podcast

In the Smart People Podcast, interviewers Chris Stemp and Jon Rojas speak with experts about stress, the Wim Hof method, finances, family life, creative approaches to success, and more. As we know, health is about more that exercising and fitness — it’s about gratitude and peace with ourselves, our loved ones, and our lifestyles — and this podcast provides listeners with the tools to do exactly that.

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Run to the Top

Stephanie Atwood (and previously Sinéad Haughy) interview experts in running, health, and tech to learn the tips and tricks that are key to sustaining a positive running lifestyle. If you’re not a runner, don’t worry. There is much advice in this podcast that applies to all walks of life, whether athletically, healthily, or professionally.

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The Coach Jenny Show

The Coach Jenny Show is also running-based, but the interviews broaden to topics like the Appalachian Trail, cycling with e-bikes, hydration advice, nutrition, and even the egoscue method. If you’re encouraged by listening to stories of people who have thrived while facing difficult circumstances, this podcast is for you!

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The Melissa Ambrossini Show

Melissa Ambrossini is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in Australia and is the author of Mastering Your Mean Girl. Her self-help message is full of positivity, so if you’re having a rough day at work, tune in for an Australian accent and encouraging message. Her podcast includes conversations about gut health, visualization, EMF, trials, relationships, and mindsets. Let us know what you think!

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The Ultimate Health Podcast

Dr. Jesse Chappus (a chiropractor) and Marni Wasserman (a nutritionist) discuss the ultimate health topics with experts in the field. From nutrition to emotional health to spring cleaning, Jesse and Marni use their backgrounds and their interviewees’ experiences to bring health theories into the practical application of healthy living.

 

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Making Yourself a Priority During the Holidays

Welcome to our official summer! It’s a busy time of year, and with the holidays, school and work vacations, and fun days in the sunshine, it can feel like every weekend is another wedding, graduation, or holiday celebration. With all this excitement, it’s important to remember to make yourself – meaning your health – a priority.

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Get Enough Sleep

Fewer hours of darkness doesn’t mean you can thrive on less sleep. You may be able to survive on just six hours of good rest each night, but it won’t last long. Studies show that sleep helps your mental clarity, your memory, your creativity, your mood (depression rates increase as sleeping time decreases), and your physical health. Plan your days the best you can to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day – don’t hesitate to set an evening alarm for when it’s time to wind down – and make your bedroom a sleep oasis.

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Keep Moving

We’re about halfway through 2018, and for some of us, that means our fitness goals from January feel far away. Think creatively about the best way for you to exercise despite the heat and humidity. Maybe that means budgeting just $10 a month in a Planet Fitness membership to exercise in air conditioning. Perhaps you can rearrange your basement so you have a cooler space for exercising. In some cases, you may need to set your alarm earlier to exercise before the humidity makes your legs feel heavy. No matter what holiday is this weekend, making your fitness a priority will make you a better spouse, parent, sibling, and friend.

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Eat Healthy

Hosting or attending celebrations can feel overwhelming and discouraging if you’re gluten free, dairy free, or working on your overall nutrition. Even though the solution will take a little planning, it will be worth the effort: if you’re hosting, plan a meal that meets your standards, and ask your guests to bring affordable, easy sides or drinks that fit within your nutrition needs; if you’re a guest, offer to bring a dish or drink to ease the host’s workload and to have food that you can eat, too.

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Make It Simple

Regardless of the obstacles you face this summer, when it comes to celebrations, holidays, and vacations, simplicity is more important. If you eat a slice of cake and drink a glass of champagne at your best friend’s wedding, it’s okay. Focus on making a memory and enjoying the flavor instead of stressing about it. No matter how much you sleep, how much you exercise, or what you eat, stress and frustration will undo all of your work for a healthier life. Keep it simple, give thanks for the warm weather, and enjoy your summer!

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How to Increase Harmonious Passion in Your Life

When people have harmonious passion about something in their lives, this passion feels at harmony with the other parts of their lifestyles; when people have obsessive passion about something, this passion feels uncontrollable, conflicting, unstable, and negative.

Interestingly enough, even though obsessive passion may seem beneficial at times, it is actually harmful — and people with obsessive passion are much more likely to experience burnout. Harmonious passion works with the “flow” you want for your life, with you feeling fully present and immersed in the moment, which is a significant contributor to overall happiness and success. Sadly, obsessive passion cuts off “flow,” decreasing your overall happiness and success, no matter what that obsessive passion is about.

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Clearly it is better to have harmonious passion and not obsessive passion — obsessive passion is very rarely a positive influence — so how can you tell the difference? We all have a little harmonious and obsessive passion in our lives, but what if obsessive passion is taking over your life? How do you stop it?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • How’s your energy?
  • Do you feel positive and enthusiastic about your passion?
  • If your self is a percentage chart, how much of a percentage does your passion take?
  • Is your self image positive or negative?
  • Do you use words like “should” and “must,” or words like “want to” and “can’t wait to”?
  • Do you feel satisfied outside of pursuing what you’re passionate about?
  • Are you able to “flow” regularly, where you feel absorbed in your present task?

If your answers are mostly “no,” then you may have an obsessive passion.

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To realign any obsessive passion you may have with a harmonious passion, take a few action steps. Making room for more than a single goal, habit, career, or lifestyle is healthy for everyone involved — you and your loved ones.

Proactively Take Breaks

Make yourself stop engaging in what you’re passionate about. If you’re addicted to fitness, make yourself take one to two rest days each week, and fill that time with a different kind of activity. Have a movie night with your friends, take an art class, or visit a tourist attraction in your hometown.

Set Clear Boundaries

If you never set boundaries, obsessive passion overtakes your life to the point of upsetting you. If your obsessive passion over your diet causes you to binge eat sweets on a regular basis, remove the temptation by setting aside one night each week where you can eat a single dessert, whether it’s a cupcake or an ice cream cone. Having a balanced relationship with food is more important than a number on a scale!

Change Your Mind

To achieve harmonious passions, “fake it ‘til you make it.” Instead of thinking “should” and “must,” tell yourself you “want” to walk a 5k. It may feel hypocritical at first, but over time, your new mindset will feel natural.

Learn Something New

Allow yourself to take a break from what you’re obsessively passionate about to pursue something else. Dust off your violin skills, build a birdhouse, or call your friends more often. Having space for other outlets and interests will give you more peace of mind and also give you a refreshed perspective on creating harmonious passion for your initial goal.

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There are many examples of people who have shown extraordinary talent and could have given in to obsessive passion, but they didn’t, and they were better for it. Many professional athletes have an outlet that they use to balance out their practice time. Albert Einstein was known to play the violin when he needed a break from solving equations, and he would return, mentally refreshed. Yo-Yo Ma decided to postpone his career to learn more about the world around him, and even though he received a D+ in music history at Harvard, he is one of the best cellists in history for more than his talent but also for his character.

All areas of life can act as sounding boards and refueling stations for our greatest interests, and this includes a healthy lifestyle. Let’s replace our obsessive passions, whether they’re nutrition, fitness, goals, careers, or anything in between, to develop harmonious passions that improve ourselves and our places in the world.

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Symptoms and Solutions: Magnesium Deficiency

The human body is connected and complicated in ways that reach beyond common sense. It can be fascinating to see how one seemingly small vitamin or mineral affects the entire spectrum of health in a body. Our next series focuses on specific vitamins and minerals, symptoms of their deficiencies, and foods and supplements to resolve the related health problems.

Symptoms

The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are commonly found with other health problems, which means this deficiency can be challenging to accurately identify. Magnesium is crucial for balancing the body’s biochemistry, affecting the entire body. Lacking this mineral can result in several serious health conditions and diseases.

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Nerve And Muscle Issues

Imbalanced magnesium levels can change calcium and potassium levels, causing muscle spasms, tics, muscle cramps, anxiety, seizures, and irregular heart rhythms. As these problems accumulate, a person could develop insomnia, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, depression, and other health conditions. Modern scientists believe there is a connection between today’s chronic low magnesium and the chronic diseases we face today, like asthma, hypertension, and osteoporosis. Eventually, magnesium deficiency can cause the body to remove magnesium and calcium from the bones, adding even more health problems with damaged bones.

Neurological

Because of magnesium’s importance with nerves, people with magnesium deficiency can experience significant neurological problems. These include lethargy, behavioral disturbances, anxiety, irritability, poor memory, loss of cognitive function, loss of appetite, anorexia, seizures, vomiting, and nausea. In severe cases, it can also cause Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, epilepsy, and PMS.

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Structural

Structurally, magnesium deficiency ma cause muscle spasms, tics, hyperactive reflexes, weakness, tremors, difficulty swallowing, poor muscle coordination, vertigo, and involuntary eye movements.

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Digestion

Magnesium is crucial to digesting food properly. Without it, the body cannot absorb all the nutrients we eat. This causes hyperglycemia, heightened intracellular calcium, diabetes, and potassium and calcium deficiency.

Heart Health

Without the proper minerals, like magnesium, people can experience coronary spasms and rapid or irregular heartbeats. These health episodes can be frightening, and many times they’re confused with other conditions and illnesses.

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Solutions

There are several ways to resolve magnesium deficiency. One approach is to include more of the following foods in your diet. All of these are high in magnesium.

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Whole grains
  • Dried fruit
  • Bananas
  • Dried fruit
  • Dark chocolate

Please note that eating too much magnesium can cause diarrhea.

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Magnesium Deficiency Solutions at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

Sometimes changing your diet isn’t enough, and magnesium supplements are needed. For more information about solving magnesium deficiency and finding a supplement that’s right for you, make an appointment with our naturopathic doctor at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center.

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Symptoms and Solutions: Vitamin D Deficiency

The human body is connected and complicated in ways that reach beyond common sense. It can be fascinating to see how one seemingly small vitamin or mineral affects the entire spectrum of health in a body. Our next series focuses on specific vitamins and minerals, symptoms of their deficiencies, and foods and supplements to resolve the related health problems.

Symptoms

Vitamin D deficiency has several symptoms, including gut troubles (celiac, Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease), autoimmune diseases, seasonal depression, cancer, skin problems like psoriasis and eczema, weakened immune systems, and dementia.

Feeling “Blue”

There is a brain hormone, serotonin, that affects moods. This hormone increases with bright light (like during sunny summer months) and decreases in long-term darkness (like during gloomy winter months). People who have vitamin D deficiency are much more susceptible to depression than people who have health vitamin D levels.

Being Overweight, Obese, or Muscled

As a hormone-like, fat-soluble vitamin, the body uses fat to collect vitamin D. This means that people who are overweight or obese need more vitamin D than people who are slim; this also applies to people who have high body weights because of their muscle mass.

Aching Bones

Vitamin D deficiency can be related to osteoporosis because it can interrupt calcium storage in the collagen matrix of the skeleton. This causes aching bones, osteoporosis, and joint problems.

Sweating Heads

Years ago, doctors would ask mothers about their newborns having sweaty heads to determine whether the infants were vitamin D deficient. This is one of the first symptoms of a serious deficiency.

People who are most susceptible to vitamin D deficiency typically live in northern areas where there is little sunlight. Vulnerability increases with low fat diets, darker skin, weight loss medications, and steroids.

Solutions

There are several ways to take in more vitamin D. Be intentional about including more of the following in your lifestyle:

  • Sunlight
  • Fatty fish, like sardines, salmon, mackerel, and tuna
  • Raw milk
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • Caviar

There are also vitamin D supplements. Our favorite is Vitamin D3. It is made from lanolin, taken from wool fat from sheep.

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To learn more about vitamin D deficiency, symptoms, and solutions, schedule an appointment with our naturopathic doctor at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center.

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Whole Detox: A Whole-Health Perspective

For our next book blog, we’re focusing on Whole Detox by Dr. Deanna Minich. Minich’s background includes over 20 years of experience in functional medicine, nutrition, research, clinical practice, writing, product development, and teaching. Her work has been featured in more than fifteen scientific publications, and she has written five books. Internationally known, Minich uses her experience for her unique approach to seeing human health in all its aspects – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Minich’s groundbreaking approach unites nutrition, natural health, fitness, art, chakras, and science into a single method. In the book, she outlines her “whole detox” program that will last for 21 days. Each phase of the detox is broken down into chakras with the coordinating foods and fitness that chakra will need.

The basis of Minich’s research is that foods are different colors for a reason. Each natural color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white) in food signals that this food has phytonutrients to nourish the coordinating chakra (root, reproduction, work, love, truth…) and the matching health system (thyroid, digestion, reproductive organs, and more). The book is thoroughly researched, with colored charts and diagrams to make the detox easier to understand and follow. Minich sees health as being a whole picture, not just the foods we eat or the exercises we do; her detox program detoxes everything from our bodies – emotional baggage, physical toxins, and more.

For example, the first chakra is the root. In traditional eastern medicine, this chakra is colored red. To detox this energy source, Minich outlines a guide with red foods, fitness to promote a “rooted” feeling, journaling exercises for reflection, and more. People with imbalanced roots experience a host of problems, from feeling emotionally “unrooted” to adrenal burnout.

Minich outlines her program through seven systems: Root, Flow, Fire, Love, Truth, Insight, and Spirit.

  • A healthy Root makes a vigorous bodies.
  • A strong Flow allows us to express our emotions.
  • A vibrant Fire powers everyday life.
  • An understanding Love deepens our passions.
  • A solid Truth improves our authenticity.
  • A sense of Insight helps us trust our intuition.
  • A robust Spirit guides us to lead purposeful lives.

With the Whole Detox program, heal health problems, eliminate toxins, increase energy, discover purpose, pursue passions, and enhance relationships. Use Dr. Deanna Minich’s Whole Detox program to step beyond the bounds of nutrition, science, and fitness to fully integrate yourself into a whole person with the health you’ve always wanted.

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Understanding Your Blood Type: Nutrition, Exercise, and More

In our latest series, our goal is to highlight some of our favorite books that have changed our lifestyles for the better. These writers have encouraged us to put forward our best selves to improve our health, whether emotionally, mentally, or physically.

The next book we recommend is Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. Peter D’Adamo and Catherine Whitney. Using thorough research and common sense, D’Adamo states that “the secret to healthy, vigorous, and disease-free living might be as simple as knowing your blood type.” As opposed to the overall, general approach that some health professionals take to fitness and nutrition, D’Adamo believes that people should eat, exercise, and rest according to their blood types.

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We absorb nutrients, respond to stress, benefit from exercise, and need rest according to our blood types. Blood types manifest our internal chemistry, which can affect whether we’re sick, healthy, tired, emotional, or fit. Certain blood types are more vulnerable to various illnesses and deficiencies, and understanding these vulnerabilities enable people to prevent them from happening.

For sustaining the best health and weight for each blood type, D’Adamo outlines the most beneficial foods, vitamins, supplements, exercise, and more. He even includes whether certain blood types release stress more efficiently through meditation or intense aerobic exercise.

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For example, the book highlights research that shows O blood types benefit the most from intense aerobic exercise and extra meat for protein. In contrast, B blood types benefit more from yoga or mentally engaging exercises, and B blood types also find it easier to digest plant forms of protein compared to meat.

Have you read Eat Right 4 Your Type? How has it helped you improve your health?

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Use Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping to Take Your Health to the Next Level

In our latest series, our goal is to highlight some of our favorite books that have changed our lifestyles for the better. These writers have encouraged us to put forward our best selves to improve our health, whether emotionally, mentally, or physically.

The second book in our series is The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner. In this book, Ortner discusses the basics of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). By tapping on specific points in our bodies, we can reduce stress, face our fears, boost our self-esteem, release trauma, and improve relationships. The simplest way to explain EFT is to compare it to acupuncture – minus the needles; when we release energy trapped in our bodies by tapping on key meridian points (or energy channels), we can take our wellness to the next level.

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Reduce Stress And Increase Joy

Many people use EFT for a variety of reasons.

  • Mental Health: With tapping, we can release emotions that are trapped from traumas and stressors, like abuse, phobias, and more.
  • Emotional Health: All of us have experienced hurtful or empty relationships, but when we can put these feelings behind us to open ourselves to new, positive experiences, we can truly live.
  • Physical Health: Studies have shown that our mental and emotional health affects our physical health. By reducing stress, we can give our physical bodies the positive energy they need to heal.

When negative energy is trapped in our minds and emotions, we stand in our own way of healing our bodies. By letting go of the past and leaving it behind us, we can move into the future wholeheartedly.

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There is a cycle between our emotions and our physical bodies. When our emotions are stressed, our bodies respond to that stress; when our bodies are worn down, our emotions respond to the pain. This makes it crucial for us to take a whole-body approach to our wellness for thorough, complete healing.

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To learn more about EFT, we recommend reading The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner. To learn more about improving your overall health through other natural, holistic techniques, make an appointment with our naturopathic doctor and therapeutic massage therapist at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center.

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Perfectionism and Your Health: Letting Go of Perfection to Enjoy a Stress-Free Life

In our latest series, our goal is to highlight some of our favorite books that have changed our lifestyles for the better. These writers have encouraged us to put forward our best selves to improve our health, whether emotionally, mentally, or physically.

The first book in our series is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Through her countless hours of research, Brown studied what it means to live wholeheartedly – something she calls “vulnerability.” In her research, she saw that people living wholeheartedly would cast aside the habits that many of us use to show a false front of perfection – like severely judging others to deflect judgment from ourselves, or buying into busyness being a status symbol of our importance. This worthwhile read improves our lifestyles and health by showing us how to strengthen relationships, slow down our hectic lives, show gratitude, and become our better selves.

As if these aren’t enough reasons to love Brown’s work, there is a substantial amount of research that suggests perfectionism can be dangerous for our health. Perfectionism is linked to IBS, heart disease, obesity or anorexia, anxiety, depression, adrenal burnout, suicidal thoughts, and chronic pain syndromes, like fibromyalgia. and insomnia. In fact, some health leaders report that perfectionism could be just as unhealthy as smoking! Clearly there are significant links between perfectionism and your health.

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Setting high standards for ourselves in our professional and personal lives can be a good thing, but when perfectionists set impossible standards, they can create psychological stress that causes many health systems. We’ve already looked at the many ways that stress can harm our health. When our minds perceive a something as stressful (whether or not it actually is stressful!) our bodies trigger the typical stress response: increased adrenaline, altered hormones, shallow breathing, and more.

For perfectionists, when they see that they are, in fact, human, their minds see this as stress, and their bodies experience the classic stress response. Because perfectionists have the ongoing challenge of perfecting everyone – and everything – around them while convincing others that they are perfect, they create a lifestyle of stress that is ultimately harmful.

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Dr. Danielle Molnar, a psychologist at Brock University, Canada, has studied the health connections to perfectionism: “We’re always promoting perfectionism and its benefits of academic and professional achievement, but it’s such a strong factor for so many illnesses, including increased infection and early death, that I think it should be considered by doctors as part of a patient’s long-term health.”

Research shows that two out of every five people have perfectionist habits. Due to social media’s new pressure to showcase perfect lives, health experts are more concerned than ever that perfectionism could cause serious health consequences.

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A team of scientists at Canada’s York University have labeled three kinds of perfectionism.

  • Self-Oriented Perfectionists who demand that they meet their own impossibly high standards.
  • Other-Oriented Perfectionists who hold impossibly high standards for the people around them.
  • Socially Prescribed Perfectionists who think that others require them to be perfect.

The team published their research in 2006 to show that socially prescribed perfectionists experience the worst physical health; they made more doctor visits and asked for more sick days from work. The other kinds of perfectionists did not fare much better.

Even more alarming, further research from Trinity Western University in Canada suggested that perfectionism could increase our chances of premature death. The study involved 450 adults (either perfectionists or non-perfectionists) who were 65 years old or more. Perfectionists showed a 51% greater chance of premature death than their non-perfectionist counterparts.

Beyond the physical stress response, perfectionists typically don’t ask other people for help, isolating themselves by insisting on their independence and by denying any support from their friends and families. This is harmful because having a strong sense of community is a significant contributor to having a long, healthy life.

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Perfectionism and Your Health: Read Brown’s Work and Visit Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

To begin your recovery from perfectionism, we recommend beginning with The Gifts of Imperfection. The simple ideas of taking time to be creative each day and enjoying time with family should be taken seriously. By removing the barriers that we concrete between ourselves and others, we are able to eliminate perfectionism for a better future. Schedule an appointment to learn more about reducing stress through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and supplements with Nature’s Trail Wellness Center.

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How Stress Affects Eye Health

Welcome to our blog series about stress! We include research, health facts, and solutions to handling stress in each article.

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When stress affects our immune systems, weight loss goals, and heart health, we expect it. What we usually don’t expect is how stress affects our eye health. In today’s digital age, our favorite multitasking tools can cause something called “digital eye strain.” This condition, is growing more and more common among computer users.

A Modern Problem

When we use several digital devices, we develop digital eye strain: neck and back pain, headaches, and tired, irritated eyes. These symptoms can grow worse as days and weeks pass while we continue to use digital tools for both work and play.

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Experts attribute the pains of digital eye strain to technology: work follows us everywhere through our laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Because of this, we create makeshift workplaces on sofas and at coffee shop tables. These areas are not designed for the ergonomics that could help to relieve neck and back pain. But how is someone in our technology-run age supposed to avoid digital tools when they surround us on the streets, in our homes, and in our workplaces?

Three Practical Solutions

To stop the pains of digital eye strain without quitting work, some have found it helpful to set a timer that chimes every 30 seconds. (We recommend the 30/30 app available on iPhones and Androids!) When the timer chimes, it’s a reminder for us to look away from our screens. Look out the window or across the room and focus on a specific point while counting to 20 seconds. This brief reprieve helps our eye muscles and nerves to focus on something different, engaging new muscles and releasing the ones that spend too much time staring at a close-up screen.

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Another solution is to take time for creativity. When we avoid digital screens, even just for a little while, and we paint or sketch or exercise instead, we create a relaxed space for our entire selves – including our eyes. Refocusing our eye muscles on paper or the road instead of a bright screen rests our eyes.

Stress, Eye Health, and Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

For more information about relieving stress and improving your eye health, schedule an appointment with our naturopathic doctor at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center. We look forward to seeing you!

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