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Best Hobbies for Stress Relief After a Busy Day at Work

In Family by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Stress is something we all experience. With our increasingly busy culture and demands of everyday life, it’s important to set aside time to manage stress. While we usually think of the weekends as a time to wind down and relax, it’s important to make relaxation a part of your everyday routine, especially after a busy day at work. And having a stress-relieving hobby is a great way to do this! While there are many hobbies to choose from, the hobbies gathered below are those that help relieve stress and can also be done right from the comfort of your home. Try these hobbies for stress relief that are easy to do at home after a busy day at work.   Hobbies for Stress …

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Avoid These Common (and Costly) Mistakes at the Grocery Store

In Family by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Isn’t it ironic how the simplest task suddenly becomes a stress-inducing or completely overwhelming mountain to climb when we haven’t made a plan? Take grocery shopping for instance. It really shouldn’t be that hard, right? But what usually happens is we wind up at the store and load up the shopping cart with all of the items we “think” we need for the week, and a few extras for good measure. If you’ve forgotten your shopping list, this is definitely a setup for another trip back to buy items that you forgot.  These are simple mistakes at the grocery store, but could lead to overspending or simply wasting time. And forgetting your shopping list is just one minor example of …

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Smart and Easy Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market

In Family by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Whenever I think about shopping for healthy foods or products for my home, one of the first places that comes to mind is Whole Foods Market. After all, the health store giant offers just about every product for organic-eating, eco-friendly loving, health conscious shoppers. But is it possible to save at Whole Foods Market?  When I initially started shopping at Whole Foods, I had grown so accustomed to astonishing checkout totals that it just became the norm for me. But then I discovered ways to save money on my grocery bill at Whole Foods Market. This was a game changer.   But if you’re like most, you may still hold onto the idea that shopping at Whole Foods is expensive and …

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How to Encourage Your Kids to Develop Healthy Eating Habits for Life

In Family, Food, Healthy Eating by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Eating well is one of those things that’s sometimes easier said than done. We all have a busy schedule; there’s no shortage of work at the office. And juggling school, family or other activities can sometime feel just exhausting. You want to encourage your kids to develop healthy eating habits despite being a busy family. But as we and our kids go through our busy days, healthy eating priorities may get lost in the mix of daily demands. After all, there’s easy-access convenience foods lurking on virtually every corner.  When you’re a busy parent with an active family it may seem like a major challenge to get dinner on the table every night. And sometimes it’s just not the healthiest option but at …

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Common But False Beliefs About Stress

In Family, Health by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Are you stressed? If you are then you are with the majority. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Holistic Health Coach, I’ve supported hundreds of clients over the years. When I ask, “what is your biggest concern at this time?” the majority of my clients indicate an answer related to stress. Whether the stress is from relationships, health issues, work, or other sources – everyone has stress. But unfortunately there are a lot of false beliefs about stress too. Virtually everyone will experience stress on a regular basis, sometimes daily. Stress can show up when you’re experiencing any type of change to your usual norm including medical problems, relationship discord, difficulties at work and any other number of events. But …

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No More Resolutions: Iron-clad Strategies to Conquer Your Goals This Year

In Family, Featured, Lifestyle by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Another year has officially ended and we are now looking forward to the year ahead. Have you thought about what you want to accomplish this year, or quarter? If you’re like the nearly nearly 50% of Americans making a New Year’s resolution, then you may also join the less than 10% of those who actually achieve those resolutions. With these statistics in mind, turn your resolutions around to conquer your goals this year. Here are some smart and simple tips to keep in mind as you work setting and conquering your goals. How to Conquer Your Goals This Year Have faith; believe it to achieve it The motivational author Napoleon Hill wrote “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can …

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Slideshow: How to End the Year on a Happy and Healthy Note

In Family, Slideshows by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

While the holiday season can be exciting, it can also cause a lot of stress and overwhelm. The list of activities from shopping, traveling and parties to entertaining, cooking, and baking is endless. And rather than end the year on a happy and healthy note, by this time we are just feeling drained and ready to move on to the next chapter.  Has the holiday season left you feeling less-than-relaxed? Are you stressed? We often send wishes to our loved ones for a “Happy, Healthy New Year.” But let’s not only send these wishes to others. Start practicing this in your everyday life right now as you wrap up the holiday season and prepare for the coming year. Here are …

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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Ideas for a Healthier Kitchen

In Family, Lifestyle by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC18 Comments

The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to support your health and the health of those you love. Abandon frivolous gift-giving this year and make a health-conscious gesture instead. We’ve put together this guide with healthy holiday gifts to give your holiday shopping a healthy makeover. Whether you add these to your own wish list, or purchase them for a loved one, opting for  healthy holiday gifts this year will help boost your motivation and make it easier for you and your family to stay on track with healthy eating while working on health and wellness goals in the new year and beyond. Healthy Holiday Gifts for a Healthier Kitchen Here are some carefully curated ideas to kick off your healthy …

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Embrace Minimalism to Lower Stress During the Holidays

In Family, Lifestyle by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

The holiday season can be exciting. It’s a time for giving thanks and creating new memories with family and friends. But do you normally wind up feeling tense, overwhelmed or exhausted at this time of year? If you said yes, you are with the majority. Be prepared this year. Instead of letting the season wear you out, embrace minimalism to lower stress during the holidays. Watch this video for simple ways you can reduce the chaos and enjoy the pleasures of the season by focusing on the things that matter most. Embrace Minimalism to Lower Stress During the Holidays  

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The Parent’s Guide to Maintaining Sanity While Working From Home This Summer

In Family, Popular, Work, Working From Home by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC6 Comments

Will you be working from home during the summer this year? If you’re a parent who works or runs a business from home you might still be scrambling to pull together your family’s summer game plan.  While sending the kiddos off for a few weeks of camp is an option the reality is summer care and camp can get pricey!  And shouldn’t the kids have a break from all that school year “structure” during the lazy days of summer anyway?  As a mom who runs a private practice and online business from home, summer season always gets a little tricky. The lure of the warm summer sun and barbecue fun is quite tempting, but work-at-home parents know there’s no break. You have no built-up leave time or PTO from an employer.  The show must go …