To put it mildly, we live in an anxiety-triggering era which can do a number on your mental and physical health. With life in an almost constant state of rapid, and occasionally head-spinning change, it can be a challenge for even the mentally healthiest among us to keep anxiety at bay. Doom and gloom flooding the news, social media and our everyday conversations, saturating our psyches 24/7, small wonder people are on edge these days. The good news is that while anxiety may be almost impossible to completely avoid, there are a number of toxin-and-drug-free non-addictive ways to tame the beast. Here are a few of my favorite healthy approaches to help take it down a few notches.
It’s as if your body and brain are telling you somewhat explicitly that they need some ‘TLSea’ – and they are: research shows that folks who live in close proximity to coastal waters report substantially better health, both mentally and physically, than their land-locked counterparts. The good news though is that even just a visit to, or a view of, a ‘blue space,’ be it any body of water, can have a positive impact on mental health, particularly on depression – so indulge in this natural treatment brought to you by Mother Earth.
Parenting. As any mother or father can tell you, it’s not easy. Rewarding, for sure, often joyous, but it’s still a job that can sometimes feel overwhelmingly challenging. (Remember the terrible two’s? The teen years?) But, when all those years of parenting give rise to the next generation and you become a grandparent, delight becomes the default. As a very proud grandfather, it is pure joy to watch my young grandson grow physically, mentally, emotionally is a thing of beauty. And, seeing how much he loves having Janice and me spend time with him, fills us with love and gratitude as we nurture this very special, life-long relationship.
Over the last few months, you may have been hearing quite a bit about ‘forever chemicals,’ or PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances), which encompass roughly 4700+ man-made chemicals that don’t break down in our bodies or in nature and, no surprise, have the power to wreak havoc on our health. As more of the dangers associated with PFAS have come to light, safe to say the concern about these nasty toxins has radiated far beyond the wellness community to ordinary concerned citizens, which recently has resulted in almost half of the states in the U.S. enacting over 100 laws to ban or restrict the use of PFAS to help curb the chemical assault.
When you come right down to it, the major part of living a healthy life boils down to developing good habits and weaning yourself off the bad ones. When you’ve got a routine that incorporates the essentials and dispenses with, for instance, regular desserts or alcohol or hours of streaming and bingeing as your unconscious default, you’re in business. This doesn’t count as a revelation – good habits are good for you, bad habits are bad. But, it's the next step, the “how,” that isn’t so obvious – what are the best ways to internalize those healthy habits and rid yourself of the compunction to do the unhealthy things?