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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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8 Ways to Start Simplifying Life Today

In Health, 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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How to Stop Seasonal Allergies From Slowing You Down

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

With the change of season, you’re either enjoying the outdoors or running from it. For many, this time of year brings on allergy symptoms like non-stop sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, or a runny nose if you’re allergic to ragweed or other types of pollen.  Whether your allergies are so severe that you feel unproductive, limited from doing your normal routines like exercising, or simply unable to enjoy the great outdoors, one thing is true – they’re just no fun when they show up. Stop seasonal allergies from slowing you down by taking a few simple steps. What can you do to stop seasonal allergies? Thankfully, there are many ways to combat fall allergies. The most obvious, of course, is to avoid 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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Setting Healthy Weight Loss Goals for This Year and Beyond

In Fitness, Health by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC1 Comment

Did you gain weight over the recent Holidays? Or maybe the pounds have just been steadily increasing over time, and the extra weight just won’t budge no matter what you try? We know that all that holiday “hustling and bustling” can throw your stress level out of whack? And if you are experiencing any of these, you are not alone.  The holidays are filled with fun, festivities, and family – but they can also leave their mark on your waistline if you’re not careful. You probably already know that year after year, people resolve to lose weight. Setting healthy weight loss goals is a common resolution, but the problem is that many of these resolutions are quickly abandoned. So, year …

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Creating a Fitness Plan for the Whole Family

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

You’re probably aware that as a nation, we’ve become more and more sedentary over time. And you may have a fitness routine that you stick to (most of the time anyway) to stay healthy. But have you ever thought about creating a fitness plan for the whole family?  If I asked you whether being fit is a good thing, I’m guessing you’d say yes. If I asked you whether you and the members of your family are all fit, I don’t know what you’d answer. Maybe you wonder yourself whether you need to work on fitness goals for the family! The first step is to decide what being fit means to you and your family. If you agree with experts, …

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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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Make Time for Self-care During the Busy Holiday Season

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

During the holiday season, it’s easy for your physical health to be put on the back burner.  After all, we get pretty busy with family and friends that we often get off our normal routines.  You may end up being left feeling run down, with lack of energy, and unmotivated.  The holidays are a time of celebration and good cheer. The good news is you can experience that joy and still manage to practice self-care during the busy holiday season. Practice Self-care During the Busy Holiday Season Make self-care a priority during the holidays. Put your physical health as a priority during the holidays.  Making a commitment to your health will allow you to keep stick to a self care regimen. …

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3 Post-Thanksgiving Day “Recovery” Tips to Get You Back on Track

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

Thanksgiving is over.  Yesterday you took in a parade, expressed your gratitude, and perhaps watched a game or two.  And if I had to guess, I’d say you may have overdulged in the traditional holiday “feast” of turkey, dressing, desserts, and drinks.  Your plate probably wasn’t the picture of a “healthy plate.”  You probably ate a bit more (or a LOT more) than you would on a normal day.  If you loaded up on “goodies” yesterday, missed a workout or meditation, and stuffed yourself silly, you may not be feeling so hot today.  Not to mention you may have lost out on sleep with travelling or preparing for the big day. So how do you get back on track after …