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  • Making That Car Trip With Kids Less Stressful

    Jun 04, 2018
    A hot summer day and a long drive to a favorite vacation spot may not seem all that terrible, but toss in a back seat filled with one or more impatient and bored children and it can be a very unpleasant experience. Here are some suggestions on ways to make such travel more entertaining and much less painful for parents.
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  • Now, What Was It I Wanted To Remember To Tell You?

    Jun 04, 2018
    Most of us tend to notice that as we age we also tend to be a bit more forgetful. It may be harder to remember names, or appointments, or at least it seems that way as we find we're paying more attention to, and worrying more about, our less-than-perfect memory. But maybe there are some things we can do to help combat the problem.
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  • Your Diet, Your Physical Fitness and Your Mental Health? | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    Consistently eat a poor diet and you're most likely going to look bad and feel bad. That's probably not news to most people. But how much your food choices affect your mental health may not be something of which you're really aware. While it's easy to understand how eating several donuts a day may be swelling that waistline, it may not be as easy to see how it is affecting your mental health, even contributing to something as serious as depression.
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  • Take Your Stress For A Walk In The Woods | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    One of the most common mental health issues that we face today is simple stress. In most of our lives there can be any number of things that leave us feeling anxious and stressed. While there may not be any magic way to make that stress all just disappear, there are things we can do, including being more physically active, that can help counter that daily stress.
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  • Time To Stop Making "No Time For Exercise" Excuses | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    Looking for better mental health? A good starting point is to begin working toward better physical health and for most of us that means getting ourselves into better shape. The busy lifestyle most of us have can make it easy to find excuses rather than find time to get some exercise. But learning to stop making excuses about exercise can have you looking and feeling better, being healthier and yes, having better mental health as well.
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  • Stress Eating And Your Waistline | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    If we let ourselves get out of shape and a bit overweight, most of us have lots of good excuses as to why it happened. Yes, we're busy, don't have time for the gym, have to eat out too often... the list can be long and varied. But one factor that's often overlooked is stress eating. Recognizing how stress in your life can affect you physically, especially your waistline, can help take you to better health.
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  • Let's Get Your Mind Back In Shape | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    Many of us don't make much of a connection between our physical fitness and our mental health, but the experts tell us we should. Our physical health and fitness can play a big part in making us feel better about ourselves. Just as we can schedule activities to make ourselves more physically fit, we can also take positive actions to improve our mental fitness as well.
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  • Laughing Your Way To Better Health | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    "Want to hear a funny joke?" That's a question that many of us don't hear enough. Things that make us smile and laugh are actually important ingredients in a healthy live. Laughing not only makes us feel happy while it's happening, it also turns out it has longer-lasting positive psychological and physiological effects. Here are some ideas to get more "funny" into your life.
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  • When Is It Time For A New Job?

    May 02, 2018
    It's a common occurrence to suffer from job burnout when someone has been doing the same sort of work year after year. You might feel unmotivated, or that your work simply isn't providing much of a challenge or using your talents and abilities in a good way. There can be a number of signs that indicate it might be time to reevaluate your current career.
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  • Staying Active For Better Mental Health

    Apr 18, 2018
    Most of us tend to think that our physical well-being and our mental health are two separate things. In reality, how well we are doing physically can have a big impact on a variety of mental health issues. While we all may recognize that regular exercise can build muscles and get us in better shape, it's just as important to realize that staying active can do a great deal to improve mental health.
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