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8 Ways to Start Simplifying Life Today

In Health, Popular 2, Well-being by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC1 Comment

Have you ever stopped and thought that you’re complicating your life beyond what it needs to be?  Our days are filled to the brim with one activity after the other. And sometimes it feel like there’s no free space in sight. We’re so adapted and addicted to being “busy” that we accept this as the standard of what is expected or even “normal.” But what if you could start simplifying life today? When our lives are jam-packed with a “To-Do” list that dictates our day-to-day, we can begin to lose sight of our purpose. The result? Stress, strained relationships, hormonal imbalance, and other negative consequences that damage to our health both emotionally and physically. Fortunately, the cycle can be broken. …

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Gratitude is a Key Ingredient for Good Health

In Health, Well-being by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Every day is an opportunity to express gratitude. But Thanksgiving especially is a time to pause and feel grateful for everything you have in your life. Gratitude is a way for you to focus on appreciating what you have rather than yearning for things that you believe may make you happier. Being grateful meals you focus on what you have instead of what is “missing.”  Gratitude is the cornerstone of health. When you can recognize and appreciate the simple things, it’s much easier to work towards healthy habits and even better health. When you’re stressed about your imperfect health and beating yourself up about not being good enough, you send your body into a stressed state, causing you to release the …

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Overcome Exhaustion With These 5 Tips for Better Sleep

In Health, Well-being by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC1 Comment

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you feel like staying under the covers for another 10 minutes, an hour, or perhaps the whole day?  If you’re like most, you might not be getting enough sleep every night. And maybe the entire family is missing out on the benefits of what a good night’s sleep can do for your body and mind. Here, I’ll share why quality sleep matters and some tips for better sleep that can help you get the zzzz’s that you and your family need. Why Quality Sleep Matters Being well-rested makes you more alert and feel better. And the many benefits of sleep surpass eliminating circles around the eyes. As a …

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The Effects of Stress May Be More Than You Think

In Health, Well-being by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

As busy parents, we know that stress is unavoidable. It can come upon us at various levels almost daily, or multiple times per day. And most of the time we don’t particularly like it. You may perceive stress as something to avoid, but the fact is that stress is a constant.  It is always present in one form or another and can’t be eliminated.  Unlike other health problems, the effects of stress may not produce obvious symptoms. But this insidious condition is constantly at play in our lives influencing our health and well-being in many ways. The sources of stress might include financial worries, demanding careers, family conflict, health issues, academic pressures or just everyday hassles.  These can all wear …

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12 Ways to De-stress and Have a Joyful Holiday Season

In Health, Well-being by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC7 Comments

Alas, the holidays have arrived. This time of year can be so joyful, even magical. Family gatherings. Cooking and baking family favorites. Seeing the glee in the kids’ eyes. It’s all so joyous. But there’s also a dark side to the holidays. The one that we often try to ignore – yet it creeps up on us unexpectedly year after year after year. The holidays can bring us some of the most memorable experiences of our lives; but it can also carry it’s own fair share of problems. Yes, I’m referring to the old familiar Holiday Stress. It lurks at every turn. Gift giving. Card sending. Carol singing. Hustling and bustling. It can leave you feeling plain exhausted and scattered …