Self-care

The beauty and health ideals for women have changed significantly in recent decades. Losing weight is no longer the main priority for a woman’s fitness routine or lifestyle. We are seeing more marketing campaigns and Instagram influencers praising the muscular bodies of female athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Sometimes UTIs are out of your hands, but there are many factors that are in your control. Here are 7 small changes that can help you avoid the whole ordeal. UTIs can really throw a wrench in everything. The fiery pain is torture enough, but then when you factor in the visit to the doctor’s office and the wait for a prescription, it’s enough to drive you mad. Sometimes UTIs are out of your hands, but there are many factors that are in your control. Here are 7 small changes that can help you avoid the whole ordeal.

Lack of sleep is one of the many challenges women face during pregnancy, particularly because of the changing hormone levels and the need to provide infant care. In fact, 66 to 94 percent of pregnant women report disturbances in sleep, according to research published in the Obstetric Medicine Journal (1). Sleep problems can have serious consequences for expecting mothers. Here are a few reasons why pregnant women should pay more attention to their sleeping patterns.

With our busy and often stressful lives it is important to our health and our happiness that we try our best to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and aware of what is happening around us without becoming overwhelmed and anxious (1). This is something that we all do naturally, but sometimes life gets too hectic and we become less aware of our surroundings or we let our surroundings overwhelm us. Studies show that when you practice mindfulness and you train your brain to focus directly on what you’re experiencing and feeling, you are actually physically restructuring your brain! (1)

We may not think of it, but water can have a large impact on our overall and day-to-day health. As I’m sure you may know, it is important to hydrate regularly in order to preserve adequate mental and physical functions. Many of us do not pay attention to how much water we are drinking and how this can be affecting how we feel and what is happening inside of our bodies. In fact, very few epidemiological studies have even been done on fluid and water intake (1).

Post by Parsley Health  Research and anecdotal evidence has shown that stress is the greatest threat to pregnancy, but also the prenatal period, the postpartum period, menarche and menopause.  It’s much more prevalent than the Zika virus or fetal alcohol syndrome. More importantly, stress is ubiquitous. No one is entirely free of it. And, like any toxin, it’s potency is directly related to the dose.  

By Julie Sacks, Meditation Teacher & Well-being Entrepreneur It’s that time of year when we all think about setting our intentions for the year ahead. Wouldn’t it be great if we could commit to just one life changing habit that would naturally help all our other goals fall into place? Well, I believe that one habit is meditation. If meditation were a pill, we would all take it. It has no downside, only an upside. There are numerous benefits, such as better sleep, stress management, slowing down the aging process and increased energy and productivity – just to name a few. The countless benefits of meditation have been well documented by many credible sources, including Harvard Medical School, UCLA, NYT’s and CNN.

Self-care is a crucial part of life. It can make the difference between feeling cool, calm, and collected or wanting to pull your hair out every time something else gets added to your to-do list. During the holidays, this is truer than ever. Though the holiday season can bring a lot of joy, many Americans feel that they are more stressed at this time of year. Instead of accepting being stressed as part of life create some small (but significant!) self-care habits. Remember, stress can even affect your pelvic floor! We’re not just talking about getting your nails done or spending 20 minutes meditating every morning (though these are greats ways to practice self-care). The kind of self-care we like to practice during the holidays is more about allowing your whole life to be centered around your own well-being. Why? Because you can’t take care of others if you don’t feel your best. Here are 6 self-care tips that will make this the best holiday season ever.