Best Self Magazine6 min. leídosScience
Beyond the Physical, Cycling Produces Many Surprising Mental Health Benefits as Well
— The connection between mental health and physical activity is undeniable. A study on this connection, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2011 to 2015 with over a million adult participants, showed that people who exerc
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Using your Intuition to Navigate Your Spiritual Growth
— I was once one of those novice lightworkers who looked at spirituality and saw only rainbows, unicorns, and magic. When I started to follow others living these so-called spiritual lives I thought, “I want some of that!” At the time, I had no idea w
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A Walk On The Wild Side: Nature as Therapy
— I’m a wife and a mom. I buy groceries, give hugs, cook meals, plan adventures, scrub floors, and wash dishes. I’m also a writer and I homeschool my teenagers, and for the past two and a half years I’ve been trying to work remotely full-time, travel
Best Self Magazine4 min. leídosPsychology
How To Thrive In Times Of Change
— Most of the world sees the COVID-19 pandemic as a crisis. For most people, the focus has primarily been on the turmoil. Loss of jobs. Concerns about money. Fear with health care. Amidst this widespread uncertainty about the future and when and how
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A Mindful Approach to Restoring Your Balance in Body, Mind and Spirit
— From our first steps, each memorable moment of our lives leads us to find our balance. As parents, we watch with bated breath as our child takes their first wobbly steps and then we applaud and carry on as though they just landed on the moon. We re
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Good vs. Evil in the Workplace and Beyond…and What You Can Do
— “I could help him, but I’m not going to.” This is what a colleague said to me years ago about a coworker who was clearly spinning out of control and about to crash professionally. Let’s just think about that idea for a moment: I am able to help, bu
Best Self Magazine3 min. leídosPsychology
7 Ways To Boost Your Self-Confidence
— Do you consider yourself confident? Given how self-confidence impacts how you look at things, as well as your overall mood and well-being, this is definitely an aspect of your life worth exploring. If you’re not feeling confident, it can feel diffi
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Meditation is Your Best Productivity Tool
— Ten years into my dream job as an English instructor, I started to experience the worst nightmare known to any teacher: Burnout. I can’t say when exactly it started or even why; I just know that I underwent a downward spiral of where I was lacking
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Diabetes: Why It’s Often Undiagnosed, Symptoms to Look for and What You Can Do
— Imagine having one of the most common chronic diseases in the nation without being aware of it. As it stands, that’s the reality for 1 in 5 of the 34 million Americans with diabetes. As a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., diabetes
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A Cure For The Virus Of Racism
— The prevalence of racial prejudice has been like a viral infection in the physical structure of American society, but like with any virus, there is a cure. The time for the cure is NOW. The first step to cure any disease is the acknowledgment that
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Health-Boosting, Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors
— Staying healthy is important at any age, but it’s especially important as you get older. Fortunately, keeping fit and active doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated thanks to the variety of low-impact options to keep seniors healthy without too
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Art Is Our Teacher: Let’s Learn From Rather than Destroy the Art which Reflects Our Past
— The assailant’s aim was clear: To wipe out the old man’s existence like a besieging army sacking a city. Front to back, back to front, the old man tottered as he clung to the cool, smooth platform while his attackers tugged and thrashed at his stur
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How Good Are You Willing To Let Life Get? Daily Messages From A Spirit Animal
— I was seated facing the majestic Apu Pachatusan, a mountain of immense spiritual power in the sacred valley of Peru. Assisted by a local shaman, our small group worked with masterful plant medicines to heal. In the first ceremony, beneath the inten
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What Are You Really Crying About?
— “I love to cry — as long as it’s not about my life.” It was a simple statement, a line I’ve said a thousand times before. But when your dad is a shrink — like mine — you never know where a conversation might take you.  A few months ago I was visiti
Best Self Magazine5 min. leídosPsychology
Kids, Quarantine & Devices: Managing Screen Time During COVID and Beyond
— The Hard Work of Managing Kids’ Devices During a Quarantine (and in General) One afternoon, about a year and a half ago, I was looking at my bookshelf and noticed 6 parenting books I had purchased within the previous 12 months, but never read. Out
Best Self Magazine2 min. leídosFood & Wine
Soup’s On! Musings On Life & A Recipe For Summer Black Bean Soup With Cucumber Yogurt
— Here in the Catskills where I live, it’s finally warming up outside and I am filled with a vacillating mixture of hope, anxiety, joy, fear — and love all at the same time. When I find myself too far at the edge of one or all of those feelings, I do
Best Self Magazine5 min. leídosPsychology
The Rights And Responsibilities Of White Privilege In A Time Of Racism
— “Evil cracker! Evil cracker! Evil cracker!” The words came hurling at me as I was leaving a store in St. Louis Park with my dementia-cursed mother who still has enough defiance and chutzpah to refuse a cane to assist her labored walking. “Huh? Are
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Tired of Just Doing? Embrace Inaction as an Opportunity to Realign Your Goals
— Monday morning, and I am dragging my feet across the floor, sluggish and resentful. This is not me! I love to work… I love nothing more than finding clarity for what needs to be done and smashing it out and feeling accomplished and proud of how eff
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Gratitude: The Gateway To Transformation
— As difficult as it may be, you have to look for things to be grateful for in the negative situation. In the winter of 2002, I was a depressed, broke, mature, fat woman, with no job and a husband who had just committed suicide. Not exactly a scenari
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Swimming for Strength, Injury Recovery, Positivity and Overall Health
— An increasing number of Americans are immersing themselves in the wonderful world of swimming. Current data suggests over 27.5 million people enjoy swimming as their form of fitness. Is it time for you to stop watching from the edge of the pool?  I
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Green Smoothie Recipes To Strengthen Your Immune System
— While we’re all isolating at home this year, it can be all too easy to overeat out of boredom or to subsist on a diet of microwaved dinners. But if you want to stay healthy, you still need your fruits, vegetables and antioxidants. Green smoothies h
Best Self Magazine4 min. leídosSelf-Improvement
Prepare For Your Future With Mindfulness Practices and Positive Habits
— As the world around us seems to be changing by the second, it can feel challenging to remain present and active in our day-to-day lives. Our sense of self is deeply rooted in our actions, beliefs, and patterns which might be a bit altered at this t
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Finding Solace in Silence
— We live in a world of constant noise. From young children to the elderly, if it is not the TV or music, we are listening to a podcast or watching a video. I used to convince myself that I needed ‘white noise’ to be productive. I told myself that I
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Pandemic Paradox: The Crisis Is A Blessing
— A crisis, like a global pandemic, arises because Nature is trying to teach us a lesson. A crisis is a situation created through an inability to live in accordance with natural law — the laws of Nature governing the Universe. The crisis is the signa
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Why and How to Balance Your Hormones for Better Health
— Hormones are very important to the health and well-being for both women and men, but even though they are responsible for how we function on a moment to moment basis, they are often misunderstood and overlooked. When one hormone is out of balance,
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The Art of Receiving: The Greatest Act of Generosity
— When I recently offered to help a friend struggling with money during the pandemic, I realized just how tough it can be for some of us to receive from others. Not only did my friend politely decline my offer, but she also made sure I got the messag
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The Mental and Emotional Causes of COVID-19
— There seems to be no end to news of horrific suffering around the world as the corona pandemic hits us hard. Our nervous and immune systems are impacted as we worry about contracting COVID-19 and possibly dying from it. Feeling trapped and disconne
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Living What Matters: Reflections, Prose and 52 Prompts for Self-Inquiry
— Since books arrive like children, after months of labor, the timing of their arrival is well beyond us. And so, in the midst of this profound, painful, and transformative time, my new book, The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters is arriv
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Following The Doodle: An Artist’s Journey Of Reclaiming A Long-Forgotten Passion
— As far back as I can remember, I have been obsessed with doodling. In fact, I doodled all the time. Any blank surface was an open invitation to scribble, create and daydream — unchartered territory. Paper napkins were a big favorite, and a paper re
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Breaking Free From The Debt Cycle
— Have you ever felt absolutely overwhelmed by the burden of debt? You are not alone.  Debt is a pervasively significant stressor with household debt in the U.S. recently reaching record levels surpassing $14 trillion.  And while managing and reducin
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