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Are You An Iguana or a Border Collie?

Discovering your stress recovery personality lowers stress! According to my research for my new book, Stress-Proof Your Life, job stress is at epidemic levels.  Most stress reduction strategies tend toward the quiet, contemplative activities.  These activities work well for some people, but for others… sitting quietly and concentrating on their breathing increases their stress because…

Indulge Your Valentine

Give your Valentine a heart healthy gift. Your Valentine’s heart yearns for indulgence. Give your Valentine… A Treat. Indulge your Valentine with the Wine and Chocolate Stress Remedy: Select a small amount of decadent chocolate to savor slowly such as such as the Valentines Day Selections from Woodhouse Chocolate. We received a selection at Christmas…

Your Heart Yearns for Indulgence

Indulgence isn’t selfish — it is essential! Women are great at managing other people’s stress, but are often lousy at managing our own. Perhaps it is because we feel guilty taking the time to indulge ourselves in even the most simple ways. There is always one more thing to be done: one more load of…

How Does Dehydration Trigger Heart Problems?

Being in a dry environment, such as on a plane, can cause dehydration and heart issues. According to Mellanie True Hills, CEO of StopAfib.org, a patient advocacy organization that hosts the number one arrhythmia site and one of the top five heart disease sites worldwide, “The significantly dry air on a plane wicks moisture out…

Is Burning The Midnight Oil Bad For The Heart?

A study released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism indicates people who go to sleep after midnight are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes than those who turn in earlier.  Even when both groups got the same amount of sleep, night owls faced a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease as…

10 Holiday Tips For Work, Home, And Health

Are You Stressed Yet? December is a month played in fast forward. No matter which holidays you celebrate (or don’t) the month is usually packed with work and home obligations which can leave you feeling strained, stressed, and anything but healthy.  Use these tips to create more space for real connection, work, and yourself this…

11 “Real” Tips for a Heart Healthy Thanksgiving

Okay, so let’s get real about Thanksgiving and trying to maintain your heart healthy habits.  Thanksgiving is a celebration built around food.  Which, in itself, isn’t a problem, but that celebration has morphed into a non-stop parade of overindulgence. That is a problem. A turkey dinner doesn’t have to derail your healthy eating habits.  Spending…

12 Ways to Embrace Your Heart

Happy Heart Month! Each February we focus on Women’s Heart Health – to build awareness, improve treatment, and end research disparities. Over the past ten years, we’ve done a pretty good job!  Most women recognize heart disease as the number one killer of women of all ages. Are you putting your heart as your #1…

Go Ahead. Drink That Coffee!

Your morning cup of coffee may do more than perk you up! Worried coffee might damage your health? It turns out a cup or two per day can have some health benefits including reducing your risk of stroke and cavities! EveryDayHealth.com published an article outlining 9 ways coffee can improve your health including reducing your…

Weathering the Stress Storm

Is it just me or does it seem like there is a stress storm going on?  To be fair, I live in Wisconsin and serve on our local school board.  With all of the turmoil over Governor Scott Walker’s budget, worries over collective bargaining rights, and trying to figure out how to do right by…

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