Why Your Life is Healthier with a Pet

While owning a pet can be a big responsibility, there are some significant health benefits to opening your home to a furry, feathered or fishy friend. This is likely old news to you if you’re already a pet owner, but if you’re on the fence on whether you should adopt a pet, here’s how your life could be healthier with one.

Pets Help You Stay Active

This is a big one for dog owners, as dogs require daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. Dogs not only need to get out to use the bathroom but walks around the neighbourhood or in parks keeps their bodies in shape and their minds sharp. When you join them on a walk, the same is true for you – you’re also burning calories and raising your heart rate.

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Sometimes after a walk your dog can get a little, how do you say it, stinky. When it’s time for a bath, consider a sulphate-free gentle Dog Shampoo.

Owning a Pet Has Proven Health Benefits

There are positive benefits to owning a pet beyond an excuse to take a walk. Research has shown that owning a pet helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Watching your pet at play or just spending time with them helps you feel calmer and less stressed. The sensation of petting your dog or cat can reduce levels of cortisol – a stress hormone – while raising levels of serotonin – the chemical in our brain that helps us feel good. Isn’t that awesome?

Pets Offer Companionship and Can Make You More Social

It’s often said that pets offer unconditional love; as long as you don’t mistreat them, they’ll forge an unbreakable connection with you. In fact, both cats and dogs are legally defined as “companion animals” – which speaks to how much they can enrich our lives. They really are our best friends.
Owning a pet also offers opportunities to get out and be social. They give you additional points of contact for conversations and create opportunity to build connections with other pet owners. You have a lot of things in common, anyway! Whether you’re exchanging training advice or sharing happy moments, your experiences with your pets offer new ways to connect with others – which is big boost to your emotional health.

Pets Teach Us to Be Better People

Pets Teach Us to Be Better People

It must be said that pets are a big responsibility becausetheir well-being depends on the level of care and attention you can give to them. That kind of responsibility can give your life meaning and purpose. The daily routine of caring for a pet may feel like a chore at times, but it allows you to create structure and stability.
This is even more important with children. Having pets in the house with children can seem like a hassle, but it’s far outweighed by how much your children will learn about caring for others, picking up after themselves, living up to expectations, and having empathy for other living things.
While cats and dogs are the most popular types of pets, any domesticated animal from birds and lizards to horses and rabbits, can increase our emotional, mental, and physical health. Share your life and your love, and you’ll reap the rewards.
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Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Spending New Year’s Eve with your children…or any kids for that matter…can be a lot more fun than going to your typical dress-up party. Kids have such natural enthusiasm for anything fun and it’s contagious! Plus, staying up late for kids is a really big deal—you’ll get to share in their excitement at being a key part of the New Year’s celebration. After all, there’s nothing better than being around happy children! Here are some ways to get the party started!
  • Make a piñata ball the looks like the glittery ball that drops at midnight. Make this on New Year’s Eve day to increase their excitement. Be sure to decorate it with sparkles, beads, anything to make it stand out. At midnight, let the kids bang it open. Sure will be a lot less noisy than banging pots and pans in the street, which was the old-fashioned way to ring in the New Year.
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  • Forget the bar. Set up a fun ice cream station with different flavors ice cream and all sorts of toppings. Decorate the table with a paper tablecloth and New Year’s Eve napkins and plastic utensils. Put a New Year’s Eve centerpiece in the middle. Keep the ice cream in the fridge until 11 pm, then “open” the ice cream station with a flourish of tooting horns. This will be your pre-midnight countdown “appetizers.”
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  • Play dress up! Pull out your high heels and old party dresses. Bring out some ties and suit jackets for the boys. Pull out your lipstick if you dare! You can even go to a party store and buy top hats, feather boas and child-size sparkling clothes. Make sure you take lots of pictures! If you’re up for it, rent a Polaroid, take snapshots and tape the photos up on a New Year’s Eve wall.
  • If you’re up for it, let your children have a slumber party too! Fabricate a tent out of old sheets. For once, let them run around the house and scream. But be sure to keep it an at manageable level. Remember, this is all about celebrating and having fun.
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  • Balloon pop may be loud but it sure is fun. If you have older kids, tie a balloon around each one’s ankle and then let them loose around the house as they try to pop each other’s balloons. The last one with an unpopped balloon wins. If you have younger kids, blow up balloons and let everyone run around trying to pop as many as they can in a specific time period. So no one feels left out, reward everyone at the end with a piece of cake or some sort of dessert.
  • If your children are older, have a board game marathon, with prizes for those who win milestones in the game. Think glow sticks, noisemakers for prizes. Have everyone wear a New Year’s Eve hat while they play.
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  • Be sure to watch the ball drop at midnight. Give each child a small plastic cup of sparkling cider to celebrate. Do the countdown starting at 30 seconds. When the ball drops, make sure everyone kisses everyone. Jump up and down. Act like a kid yourself! You’ll never have more fun!
You can turn 2019 around to give you a sunny outlook. Here’s 7 things you can do to make the New Year great!

Start The New Year Less Stressed-You Can Do It!

Admittedly 2018 was a stressful year—the political climate, natural disasters and terrorism. While we can’t escape what’s going on in our outside environment, we can take care of our own inside world—our soul. You can turn 2019 around to give you a sunny outlook. Here’s 7 things you can do to make the New Year great!
Make Some Short-term goals!
Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions…and then breaks them pretty quickly. We don’t want you to do that. Instead, set two or three goals that you can accomplish. Write them down by hand (that’s been proven to make more of an impact than typing) and then write what you need to do to achieve each goal, even it’s as simple as reconnecting with a few people. Text them, email them, call them? Be specific about what you need to do. You’ll feel soooo good when you can check off one of your goals!

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Do a Spring Cleaning in January!
And do we mean cleaning! Turn everything upside down and get your residence sparkling and shiny clean. Purge, purge, purge! Donate what you haven’t worn in a year and other outdated items, even homegoods. This will, in turn, simplify your life. Then take some sage and get rid of any airborne bacteria. Amazing, a truly clean abode will make you feel really good about yourself.
While You’re At It, Do a Digital Cleanse Too!
Tackle that laptop with a vengenance! Too many emails coming in can truly be overwhelming so put a stop to it. Delete all those emails you’re not going to read anyway. Unsubscribe from newsletters and store announcements that you never read or go to. Then, declutter your email inbox. Organise your email inbox with folders and then move emails into the right ones. An organised computer will give you more peace of mind than you ever thought possible. And yes, a bottle of wine during this process will definitely make it go easier! That’s a tip from those who know!

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Focus on Yourself
What do you need to make yourself feel good? A long bath? A day at a spa? A hair makeover? Do what it takes to refresh yourself. And make sure your health is in tip-top shape. Schedule those doctor visits you’ve been putting off. Do you need to get that tooth crown? Would you feel better if you talked to a therapist? The Festive time is a great time to really throw yourself into yourself so you start the new work year on top of the world.
Stop Projecting the What If’s
We all do it. What if I don’t get a raise? What if I don’t get that job? What if someone steals the delivery box with my new iPhone XS Max that I already paid for? The list of “what if’s” can go on and on. Halt! We’ve all heard about the self-fulfilling prophecy. Well, it’s true. Mentally rearrange your brain. If you think differently and more positively, you will create new mental pathways1 where positive thoughts will accumulate.
It’s Time—Get Rid of Toxic Relationships
If you involved in a relationship that today we call toxic, you’re going to be in a dysfunctional situation. And that will cause stress, like you don’t already know it. Take a hard look at your “close” friends and ask yourself if you give more than you receive? Are you always available to them but they aren’t for you? Do they subtly constantly call upon your good will without returning a favor? Mentally unhealthy relationships wear on you. Disengage yourself from them. That doesn’t mean you have to unfriend them on Facebook, which can send a troubling signal. Just stop getting notifications from them. They’ll fade away.

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Contemplate About Your Highlights from 2018
You’re great, you know that, right? You achieved a lot of super accomplishments in the past year but you were in such a rush, you didn’t take time to really reflect on what they said about yourself. Do that now. Think back over each past month and really ponder what you did and how much you grew and how you became more self-aware and authentic. These traits really count in life and you deserve to know in your heart how much you count!

1 Creating new neural pathways. True Vitality. http://www.truevitality.com.au/articles/creating-new-neural-pathways-2/. Accessed 12/5/2018.

Success boils down to some strategic habits. If you want a successful life, check out these habits that most goal digging women follow…to great success!

10 Habits For Successful Goal Digging!

We hear the word success and we each think of something different. But ultimately, success boils down to some strategic habits. Setting your own goals and then making sure you reach them, however you can, doesn’t happen overnight. You need to be devoted, dedicated and continually persevere. If you want a successful life, learn from others. Check out these habits that most goal digging women follow…to great success!
Develop A Distinct Personal Identity or Brand1
What do you want people to think of when they first meet you? What do you offer to others? What do you want your legacy to be? Just like companies do, develop a brand for yourself and then promote it where those that matter to you will see it: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook…even at conferences or meetings!2 You want to hear people say the same thing when they talk about you…and this will get them talking!

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Establish Goals
Successful women not only have goals, small and big. Meeting the small goals helps motivate goal diggers to work towards the bigger ones. The key is to follow through on them! As this becomes a habit, set bigger goals and a process for achieving them.
Make Sure Goals Are Part of a Plan
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” This famous quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer and pioneering aviator, couldn’t be more on point. A successful woman has a vision for herself and develops an action plan to achieve that vision. Then she regularly evaluates her progress, modifies her actions if necessary…and sets more goals.

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Push Yourself
Take on new goals intellectually, physically or mentally. Then reach even higher. Always try to go the next step and achieve more.3 This is definitely what goal diggers do. They dig and dig…and keep on digging.
Prioritise Each Day
Success doesn’t come without work. Each day should have scheduled actions that get you to your goals. Goal diggers always know what their day next day will involve. And they always make sure to save time for destressing and relaxing.4
Keep On Learning
It’s a well-known axiom that knowledge is power. Ask any successful woman how she stays at the top of her game and she’ll tell you that she keeps educating herself…on business, on world affairs, on health, on her skills level…anything that is important to her success. Research, read and, above all, ask questions. You can never ask too many!
Be a Savvy Money Manager
It goes without saying that staying on top of your financial picture is critical to your success. A secure financial situation is a tremendous part of your success…and your life. This doesn’t mean earning a six-digit income; it means living within your means and managing your cash flow properly so you don’t find yourself in on-and-off dire circumstances.
Make De-Stressing Part of Your Life
Keeping stress under control is crucial to achieving success. Whatever helps you alleviate stress is what you should do regularly, whether it is meditation, going to the gym, yoga, journaling or even cooking. Making sure your stress doesn’t overtake you is integral to being a successful woman.5

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Don’t Compete With Other Women
Successful women know that other women can help them achieve their success. A female support group lifts everyone up, can help you brainstorm new ideas and be there for your when the going gets tough.
Always Pay It Forward
The notion that ruthlessness is required to succeed has gone the way of the dial phone. A truly successful woman smiles, give back, helps others without expectation of something in return and is, above all, kind.
Are you a goal digger? Could you be one? Try it and see how wonderful it is to achieve your dreams!

1 Bisharat, J. Habits of Highly Successful Women in the Future of Work. Updated Oct 09, 2013 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaleh-bisharat/7-habits-of-highly-succesful-women_b_3713126.html
2 Ibid.
3 Habits of Successful Women. Project Hot Mess https://projecthotmess.com/11-habits-of-successful-women/
4 Behaviors Successful Women Display Without Realizing It. https://www.powerofpositivity.com/successful-women-habits/
5 Ibid.

How To Survive The Festive Season And Maintain Your Sanity!

How To Survive The Festive Season And Maintain Your Sanity!

For most of us, this is a special time of year when we link up with friends and family, attend parties (or rather, endless parties!), share food and drinks (maybe too much at times! There goes that waist!) and exchange gifts.
Unfortunately, some of this excitement can create undue stress. Is this the right dress? What if they don’t like the present, I brought them?

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See, the festive season always causes changes in our regular routine of eating, exercise and sleeping. Forgoing your regular health habits will simply worsen your ability to get through this busy season. So keep exercising, eat the best you can and really be sure to get enough sleep. Here are some tips to help you survive the festive season with a smile!

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  • Don’t eat sparsely the day of the party Instead, eat early and eat often. Keep your metabolism burning all day rather than slowing it down during periods of “mini-starvation.” Your metabolism will work faster and more efficiently.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before the party. This will help you resist hors d’oeuvres. Save your calories for the main meal.
  • Use a smaller plate. Psychologically it makes you look like you have more food so you cut down on the amount you eat.
  • Monitor how much alcohol you drink. Alcohol lessens your inhibitions around food. When drinking, stay hydrated. Do the 1:1 trick—one drink, followed by one drink of water, repeat. If you drink lots of H2O throughout the night, it’s a good bet you won’t wake up with a terrible hangover.

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  • Keep up your regular physical activity during this season and especially get in a good workout on party day. You’ll be so glad you did.
  • Don’t overlook sleep. It’s a fact. Your body needs time to rest.
When the Season Becomes Too Much
No matter what you do, sometimes the festive season overload you. If that happens, take time out and care for yourself.

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  • Treat yourself to some alone time to rejuvenate your spirit. Get a mani/pedi, a facial or a massage. Take a yoga class. Or splurge and do a full spa day! You’ll feel so much better.
  • Call up a friend who lives far away. Conversation with an old friend is always enjoyable.
  • Try to spend a minimum of five minutes a day to quietly sit, meditate, relieve stress and use your breath to calm your body and mind. Or even watch some TV or read a good book to distract yourself.

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Another thing you can do to calm down a hectic schedule is to shop early! Change your last-minute, night-before shopping habits and get to the stores (or online) now for anyone you need to buy a gift for. You’ll avoid really harried crowds and be way better off for having your presents wrapped and ready to go!
If you follow these tips, we guarantee this is one festive season you’ll really enjoy!

Employee Edit: Who Loves What at MONAT!

Many times people ask us who work at MONAT what we like, especially because we have so many, many products to choose from. So we thought we’d show you exactly what some of our employees in this company use and why. Maybe you can take away some useful tips!

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Ros Simmons, Managing Director UK & EU
(Milton Keynes, UK Head Office)
“I love the Blow Out Cream! It’s just amazing, and makes my hair go 3 days without the need for washing or restyling!”

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Kevin Darley, UK Finance Director (Milton Keynes, UK Head Office)
“My favourite product is the MONAT Black 2-in-1 because it saves precious morning minutes as you don’t have to condition as well as wash.”

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Luis Valencia, Social Media Support Representative
(Miami, US Head Office)
“I cannot live without the MONAT BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. Why? Well they’re simply awesome. I love the 2-in-1 because it is strong enough to clean my hair and gentle enough for everyday use. The Restore Leave-In Conditioner is part of my daily routine because it makes my hair looking and smelling great all day!”

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Marisol Diamond, Project Manager/Creative Dept. (Miami, US Head Office)
“I really like REJUVABEADS® because I can use it on my hair before I blow dry it and it makes my ends look nice rather than frayed and split. I also like it because I can use a little bit to tame my flyaways. And, I use it on one of my kid’s hair when I do a pony tail on her. I am conditioning her hair while it is also helping me tame her curls to pull them back.”

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Claire Green, Director Of Operations (Milton Keynes, UK Head Office)
REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive – I love it’s versatility, I actually use it more as a skin therapy than for my hair, I love a few drops added to my night cream for some overnight replenishment.”

The Holidays Are So Over So Let’s Get Back To Healthy Living!

The holidays? So 10 days ago! Now it’s time to get yourself feeling the best you can, both mentally and physically. Yes, a recipe for healthy living takes a bit of work but the rewards really are priceless. By creating a lifestyle that centers on health from the inside out, it becomes an ingrained routine and much easier to stick with…so you’ll feel and look great!

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The first thing you can do to help you is drink a lot of water! It will help cleanse your system and get you turned around in the right direction. Remember—64 ounces a day or half your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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Second…and don’t groan…you need to exercise three to four days a week. Find something other than the boring treadmill that is different and that you like, such as kickboxing, TRX straps (invented by a former U.S. Navy Seal – here’s a primer) or hot yoga. Group classes make it easier and more fun to stick with a regimen because you end up not wanting to let your classmates down if you ditch a class. Plus, you get much needed support! Bonus! When you’re in shape, you will feel like you can leap off tall buildings! (Okay, sounds fun but don’t!)
Next, really take care your diet. Really. Dr. Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board member, advises to eat a balanced diet: hydrate yourself and eat nutrient-dense foods (with the greatest amount and variety of nutrients) and minimally processed foods. This will help you look good from the inside out, as if you’re glowing! Here’s a great article, “Add more nutrient-dense foods to your diet” from Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School that will get you on the right path. And we can all use some help there!

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In fact, eat like you’re on vacation. A dinner of broiled fish and fresh vegetables looks the same anywhere. Take time to enjoy what you eat. In fact, pretend you’re overlooking the sea and try eating the Mediterranean way, with heart-healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants in foods like hummus, olive oil and feta. The Mediterranean diet has been proven to not only keep you slim but help lower your risk for heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.1 If you want to get started on a healthier way of eating, here’s a great overview – 10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean.
Finally, if you really want to put the holidays behind you and get back on a healthier way of living, make sure you get good sleep, adds Dr. Agin, member of MONAT’s Scientific Board. This is something the body must have to recover, heal and function at its best! So healthy year here we come!

1 Mayo Clinic Staff, Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan. Nutrition and Healthy Eating. Mayoclinic.org. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

Fly New Year’s Eve Solo With a Spa Night!

Fly New Year’s Eve Solo With a Spa Night!

If you find yourself alone this New Year’s Eve, don’t sweat it. Not every New Year’s Eve needs to be wild dancing, blowing horns and partying until you’re sick, with all of New Year’s Day spent recovering. Consider this New Year’s Eve as one mellow holiday from the holidays and reflect on 2017 with an at-home spa night. Think about it: one whole night devoted to you! You’ll feel fantastic, sleep great and wake up to 2018 with a fresh outlook.

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Set the Mood
Light some scented candles and be sure to place some in the bathroom! Play your favorite mood music on your Bluetooth speaker. Make some fruit-infused water to sip (it’s easy – mix sliced lemons and fresh mint leaves in a bowl and chill. Then strain and drink!) Go the extra mile and prepare a fruit and cheese plate to nibble on during your relaxing night. Best treat of all? Have fresh, clean sheets waiting for you on your bed when it’s time to hit the hay.

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Start with a Facial Masque
Clean your face first with your favorite cleanser. Then, to prep your skin before the face masque, pour boiling hot water in a bowl and bend over it to let the steam open your pores. For a masque, you can use a store-bought product…or make one of your own. Here’s a link to Pinterest for a few ideas. Rub the masque mixture on with gentle circling motions, let your skin soak it up for 15-30 minutes and then wash away with warm water and a final splash of cold water to close your pores.
Finish by applying a hydrating oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive , a replenishing treatment with Abyssinian oil and a blend of 13 unique molecular ingredients. This nourishing oil offers anti-inflammatory properties and improves texture and tone, leaving your skin silky soft.

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Next: A Body Scrub
Prepare your body by first gently dry brushing your skin. It’s a great way to help loosen dead skin cells, stimulate the skin and increase circulation. To learn more, check out this article, 5 Reasons Why You Should Dry Brush Your Skin.
For a body scrub, you can use a store-bought product or make your own by mixing one cup of sea salt with ½ cup of lavender oil so the mixture feels like wet sand. Spread the scrub on your body using small, circular motions. This will exfoliate dry dead skin, leaving you with a natural and healthy glow! Rinse off in the shower or sink into a warm bath filled with bubbles!

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Give Your Hair a Treat
Admit it. You hair takes a lot of abuse. Not detangling properly when it’s wet, hot styling tools, sharp-edged hair clips, brushing it rapidly when you’re in a hurry…all this contributes to damaged hair and split ends. Give your hair the maxed out beauty treatment on your spa night. After washing with a great shampoo, like Renew Shampoo, which has no harsh chemicals or sulfates in it, put a super moisturizing masque on your hair. Try MONAT’s Only for You Super Moisture Mask to repair and hydrate your hair. Since you’re staying in, let it air dry naturally for some total hair R&R!
Indulge Your Fingers and Toes
If you feel up to it, you can also give yourself a manicure and a pedicure. Pick out fun colors to greet the New Year. Take it slow – there’s no rush. At the least, rub balm around your nailbeds and on the heels of your feet to soften them up.

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And Finally…
Throughout the night, don’t forget to sip your infused water or some tea and have some treats (even chocolate, if you prefer). After your spa, if you want to hit your pillow facedown early, do it! If you want to binge-watch a Netflix series, do that instead.
Remember, this night is all about you!
Happy New Year, beautiful.
How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

For many of us, the holidays are a special time of year when we connect with friends and family, attend gatherings, share food and drinks, and exchange gifts.
But all of this excitement can easily create a lot of stress and anxiety. I ate too much! Am I wearing the right dress? Is this the right present? It can be challenging to remember the true meaning of the holiday season—being present in the moment with peace and love.
“I think the biggest obstacles people face during the holidays are the pace and the many different influences that create changes to a ‘normal’ schedule,” says Brent Agin, M.D., MONAT Scientific Board Member. “I personally survive the holidays by keeping my focus. Although my schedule undoubtedly changes, I do not let it interfere with my key health habits that keep me feeling good. If I want to eat some delicious foods that are not in my normal diet I make sure I exercise to earn and burn!
“The holidays are always stressful with both good and bad stress,” Dr. Agin continues, “so dropping your health habits will just worsen your body’s response to these stresses. Staying as close to your regimen as possible is the best way to get through this time looking and feeling your best.”
Tips for Making It Through!
  • This is important! Don’t skip meals on the big party day. Instead, eat early and eat often. Keep the fire of your metabolism burning all day rather than slowing it down during periods of “mini-starvation.” Your metabolism will work faster and more efficiently.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before the party. This cuts your appetite and will help you resist hors d’oeuvres and save your calories for the main meal. And let’s face it: a hungry girl is a hangry one.
  • Use a smaller plate to help you cut down on the total amount you eat. And don’t go back for seconds!
  • Watch your alcohol which makes you uninhibited around food. If you drink at parties, stay hydrated during the event. As we like to say, go one for one. Drinking plenty of agua at the bar will likely reduce the chance of waking up with a hangover. Trust us on this one.
  • Focus on family and friends, not food. Shift your attention to what really matters rather than making a dive for the buffet.
  • Keep up your regular physical activity schedule and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of a party or event. NO excuses! You’ll thank yourself later.
  • Don’t overlook sleep. As Dr. Agin says, “Sleep is tough during the holidays but try to keep on a good regimen when can.” Your body needs time to recuperate.

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When the Days Are Overwhelming
No matter what you do, sometimes the holidays are all just too much. If that happens, just do you.

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  • Treat yourself to some alone time to rejuvenate your spirit. Perhaps read a great book, get a mani/pedi, take a yoga class or get a massage.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member who lives too far away to travel to. You’ll both get a positive benefit from the connection!
  • Carve out at least five minutes a day to sit quietly, meditate, relieve stress and use your breath to calm your body and mind. Namaste!

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Remember that love and sharing are the best parts of the holidays. Focus your efforts toward maintaining a healthy mind and body so you can really appreciate the festivities.
5 Ways Friendship Improves Health!

5 Ways Friendship Improves Health!

Did You Know Friendship Improves Health?

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So often you hear people say about their friends, “She’s like a sister to me” or “I don’t know what I’d do without him.” There are more than good reasons people say this about their friends…there’s science to back it up. Having a strong social network of good friends really does help improve your health and keep you living longer. That’s all the more reason to celebrate your friends on National Friendship Day, which is right around the corner on August 6. The bonds you have with your friends are good for you!

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Friends Improve Our Overall Health

Research shows that people as young as teenagers to elders in their 90s have healthier lives and lower blood pressure than those with less friends.1 Solid friendships can help us overcome stress and get through all the obstacles that life hits us with – job loss, break-ups, divorce, health scares, you name it. A friend’s support really makes the difference.

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Friends Help Us Keep Our Wits About Us
Studies show that people with extended social ties are far less likely to develop dementia in older years as opposed to people with fewer friends.2, 3 Why? Because lively conversations with good friends draw upon different parts of our brain to keep our minds sharp and focused.

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Friends Keep Us Physically Healthy

Like osmosis, friends can soak up other friends’ habits, like exercising and eating well, according to study published in Science (December 2011).4 If your friend wants to stop for a smoothie instead of a fast food joint, you’ll likely go along with her. And how many times do you see friends taking power walks together? It’s true. Friendship improves health!

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Friends Can Help Us Live Longer

People who have strong social relationships are less likely to die prematurely than people who are isolated.5 A 2010 meta-analysis6 showed that the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. These studies also found that the strength of people’s social relationships, from number of friends to integration into the community, were all linked to decreased mortality. So make friends and work to keep them!

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Friends Keep Us Calm and Improve Our Mood

If you need a rock to lean on, lean on your friends. A 2011 study7 showed that spending time with your friends can alleviate your stress. And, your social relationships also have a good influence on your overall mood. Making new friends lifts your spirits due to the he release of the “feel good” hormone oxytocin in your body. And of course, who can make you feel better than a good BFF—it’s like putting a warm blanket around your soul.

So the next time you feel like being alone, remember that friendship improves health and pick up the phone and go out for coffee with a friend instead!

 

As Aristotle once said,
a friend is “a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

 

1 Lockhart, E. 6 Ways Friendship Improves Our Health, April 27th, 2016, activebeat, http://www.activebeat.co/your-health/6-ways-friendship-improves-our-health/6/
2 Lockhart, E. 6 Ways Friendship Improves Our Health, April 27th, 2016, activebeat, http://www.activebeat.co/your-health/6-ways-friendship-improves-our-health/6/
3 Pappas, S. 7 Ways Friendships Are Great for Your Health. Jan. 8, 2016. LIVE SCIENCE.
https://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html
4 Brownstein, J. Healthy Habits Are Most Contagious Among Similar Friends. Dec. 1, 2011. Live Science. https://www.livescience.com/17265-healthy-habits-contagious-similar-friends.html
5 Holmes, L. 5 Ways Your Friends Make You Happier, Healthier And An All-Around Better Person. Healthy Living. 07/09/2014 HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benefits-of-friends_n_5568005.html
6 Pappas, S. 7 Ways Friendships Are Great for Your Health. Jan. 8, 2016. LIVE SCIENCE.
https://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html
7 Holmes, L. 5 Ways Your Friends Make You Happier, Healthier And An All-Around Better Person. Healthy Living. 07/09/2014 HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benefits-of-friends_n_5568005.html

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