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Archives: March 2015

Simple Ways to Empower Yourself

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Our lives are busy, busy, busy these days. Most of us are juggling home and work responsibilities in addition to remembering to care for ourselves. If we have children, then our amount of free time shrinks even further. Sure, daily life can be overwhelming, but remembering to take time for yourself can be the key to both lowering stress and improving your overall quality of life.

Although a weeklong vacation on a tropical beach sounds like an ideal way to recharge, there are faster, easier ways to carve out time for yourself that are healthy, practical, and that put control of your life back in your hands. Finding ways to take time for yourself can create ripples in your life that change it for the better:

  • Eating well, and maybe even visiting one of Phoenix’s farmers markets to pick up some fresh local produce and expand your food horizons. A nice walk outside and new vegetables to try! What’s not to love?
  • Reading a good book. Simple? Yes. But when was the last time you read for pure enjoyment that didn’t involve a link on Facebook, a news article, or a friend’s status update?
  • Create a to-do list. Write down all of the important things you need to do and enjoy the feeling of crossing them off one by one!

Dr. Burns shares another tip for self-empowerment in the this Huffington Post article.

Staying Healthy in Cold and Flu Season

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Cold & Flu SymptomsThere are some years when it feels as if you or your family recover from one illness just in time to catch another one. It is exhausting and no fun for anyone! Although Spring is officially here, that doesn’t mean cold and flu season is over. Staying ahead of colds and flu means planning ahead and not giving them a chance to take hold. Here’s how:

  • Get enough rest – go to sleep a little earlier or sleep in a little bit later. Your body needs rest to stave off illness. If you feel yourself catching a cold, be sure to get extra rest so your body can recover. It can be tempting to “push through it,” but you’ll only make it worse.
  • Healthy foods – be sure you are eating a variety of colorful foods so you can benefit from nature’s vitamins and natural health benefits.
  • Wash your hands frequently – don’t let germs and viruses stick around! Wash your hands regularly and remind your children to do the same.
  • Exercise – keep your immune system engaged and healthy by getting regular exercise.

In this article, Dr. Burns shares her secret for staying healthy during the winter months.