4 Reasons Your Brain Needs a Vacation

By Colleen Canney for Live Right Live Well 4 Reasons Your Brain Needs a Vacation Sure, taking time away from your job puts pressure on your work and your wallet. And as Americans, we seem to be particularly susceptible to a work-at-all-costs mindset: A study conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that nearly half of U.S. employees don’t take all of their vacation days. But consider this the next time you’re thinking of counting beans on a Saturday: Recent research shows that vacations -- even a day trip to...

Yoga in the Office – Melt Away Tension & Irritation

Are you stuck in front of a computer all day, spending most of your day sitting in a chair, or running hectically from one meeting to the next? It’s amazing the difference a few inconspicuous yoga poses will make in your day! And you don’t have to twist into a pretzel and have your colleagues give you strange looks – there a plenty of simple yet effective yoga moves you can do to ease tension, melt away stress and irritation.

Headstands & Pretzels for Creatives

Have you ever heard that twisting up into a pretzel or standing on your head is great for inspiration and unleashing the river of creativity within? Well, it’s true – though I suppose it’s not quite necessary (though a fun party trick) to contort your body like an 80-pound, zero-body-fat-contortionist to get the benefits.  Just a few yoga poses will do the trick. Headstand anyone? Turning upside down not only does wonders for (and really surprises) your circulatory system, but has a bunch of other super benefits:

Chop Wood, Carry Water in the Real World

This is guest post by Joan Klostermann-Ketels of Being of Sound Spirit One of the great challenges to being out in nature – for me anyway – is to get in synch with it. To do that I must first shake my incessant need to DO. In the back of my mind and the pit of my stomach is a gnawing sense that I might be using this time in a more productive way. I should be balancing my checkbook, working on a sales proposal, calling somebody about a meeting or fixing the roof. Of course nothing could be farther from the truth.

Chocolate for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner :)

Yes, you read correctly……!  And yes, I’m exaggerating a little (unfortunately).  But by now you must have heard about all this new research touting the health benefits of chocolate.  Sadly that doesn’t mean you should start adding chocolate to every meal or substitute a Snickers bar for your cereal in the morning. Also – it’s the type of chocolate that matters (and most of it is fit for the garbage can).  Take a look at the different types and especially, which ones you should avoid every time.