Wellness Wednesdays – 7/19/17
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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Walking Meditation: A Perfect Summer Activity
by Gail Lachs of Windsoul Studio
Summer is a season of activities and vacations that get many of us out into nature. It is a perfect time to embrace the relaxing practice of walking meditation. This mindfulness practice gives one the opportunity to reduce stress while fully appreciating the beauty of nature around us. Start in a place outside where you can walk safely. Begin with 5 to 10 deep breaths before taking your first step.
As you breathe, draw all of your awareness to the feel of your body and your presence in the moment. Count 25 steps and then stop to take in the view around you. Observe all of the colors, the sounds and the textures that surround you, exploring the smallest details that you may not have noticed before. Walk 25 more steps and repeat. At each stop, you may opt to pick up a stone, a shell or another piece of nature as a keepsake of that moment and a daily reminder of the beauty of the Earth.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Megan’s House – A Residential Treatment Home for Women
by Scott Shurtleff
There’s a plaque above MaryBeth Murphy’s desk that reads: “You cannot control the direction of the wind but you can adjust your sails.” This adage isn’t just personal wisdom; it is a guiding principle in her life and in the lives of those under her watch. Murphy is the program director at Megan’s House, Lowell’s newest residential treatment facility for women. She works to keep the young women who live there from being swept away by addiction… (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
“Clean Meat” is Closer Than You Think
David Scharfenberg, writing for The Boston Globe, says that — as a vegetarian — he’s very much looking forward to the arrival of readily-available “clean meat,” or “lab-grown” meat, which is made without the need to harm an animal in the process. Such a thing is not only possible, but right around the corner, with several startups convinced they’ll have the stuff market-ready in just a few years. (via The Boston Globe)
When the Kids Are Not Alright … Try a Little ‘Meditation for Real Life’
David Gelles’ “Meditation for Real Life,” found in The New York Times, offers practical ways to stay mindful through the stresses of everyday life. Recently, Gelles focused in on the stressful job of parenting, and how folks with quarreling kiddies can see their way through the storm of sibling rivalry. Just a few examples:
– Remind yourself that conflict among siblings is normal, and even healthy.
– Take a deep breath and encourage your kids to do the same.
– Practice empathy. Try to understand why the kids are upset.
– Gratitude can be a powerful tool. No matter how annoying your kids are being right now, don’t forget what a precious gift they are. (via The New York Times)
The Type of Exercise Best for Brain Health
Ozioma Okonkwo, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, conducted a study the effects of exercise on the brain. His findings: people who do aerobic exercise have a lower risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and increased brain volume in the areas that deal with reasoning and executive function. “We’ve done a series of studies showing that increased aerobic capacity boosts brain structure, function and cognition,” says Okonkwo. “Other people have found exercise can improve mood.” (via TIME)
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Windsoul Studio is holding a Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga class at Mascuppic Lake from 9 to 10:30 a.m. What makes this different type of yoga so special, according to the studio? “The paddleboard makes a perfect yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine.” Tyngsborough, Mass. | WindsoulStudio.com
Lawrence General Hospital is holding their annual Community Cares Golf Tournament at Indian Ridge Country Club. Proceeds from the event support Lawrence General’s patient services and interpreter services programs. The event includes golf fees, cart, lunch, prizes, and dinner. Andover, Mass. | LawrenceGeneral.org
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Healthy Living Expo at Holy Family Hospital. Join them for a free community barbecue, visit with wellness vendors and learn more about health, fitness, nutrition, financial wellness, emotional wellness and living green. Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillChamber.com