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Addiction Busters: Precise Actions to Help You Conquer Your Addiction

Do you struggle with an addiction every day? Is an addiction consuming your life and destroying your relationships? Are you tired of the pain and suffering, and ready to experience the peace and success you deserve?

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to conquer your addiction. You can experience freedom and replace self-doubt with confidence. The changes that can lead you to the freedom you deserve may be challenging, but they are simple. Whether your dependence is psychological or biological, your success and freedom may be closer than you think. 

Try these strategies to help you conquer your addiction:

1. Make the decision. The most important step in conquering your addiction is making the decision that you want to be free. Envision all the reasons you want to let go of your addiction. How will your loved ones benefit from these changes? How will your health be affected? To add more power to this process, write it all...

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Heart-Healthy Habits You Don’t Want to Live Without

Lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of developing serious heart conditions by more than 90%. That’s true even if you already have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. 

If you want to protect your health but you’re still struggling to make major adjustments, you’re not alone. Many studies show that most adults have trouble making that kind of commitment. For example, less than 2% of Americans meet the targets recommended by the American Heart Association. 

On the bright side, even following through on one or two new tips can make a dramatic difference. Take a look at these heart healthy practices and find the ones that work for you. 

Heart Healthy Diet and Exercise Tips 

1. Eat more vegetables. Eating vegetables just three times a week can lower your risk of heart failure by more than 25%. For an even better outcome, aim for at least 5 servings a day. 

2. Focus...

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How to End Anxiety Through Meditation

When it comes to using meditation to manage anxiety, multiple studies have reached the same conclusion. Mindfulness can help you to stop worrying.

Almost 7 million Americans experience Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and many more have occasional bouts of fretfulness due to pressures at work or home. While you can’t remove the stress from daily life, there are steps you can take to feel more at ease. Try these natural remedies.

Anxiety-Related Benefits of Meditation

Researchers have been studying how meditation affects a wide variety of health issues. Last year, the American Medical Association reported that meditation appears to be most effective in addressing anxiety, depression, and pain management.

1. Focus on now. Most anxiety tends to be centered on rehashing the past or anticipating the future. Meditation encourages you to engage fully with the present moment. Your attention switches from useless regrets and fears...

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How to Effectively Listen to Your Body's Needs

Listening to your body's needs is vital to attaining and maintaining the health you deserve. Sometimes, you can push your body too far without even realizing it. When you learn to listen to your body's cues, however, you can live a happier and calmer life.

Getting in Touch with Yourself

You might think that you're already in touch with yourself, but ensure that you're in touch with all of yourself.

Sometimes you might be tempted to live all in the mind and it's no wonder! There are constant stresses and demands from you every day that sap you of your mental energy. However, it's critical to listen to your entire body.

If you feel fatigued or frustrated, your body is trying to tell you something valuable. Pay attention and heed the information. Slow down when your body demands rest. If you fail to do so, you risk greater physical harm. Your body will get the rest it needs one way or another, so do it the easy - and healthy -...

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Top Tips to Stay Healthy During the Winter

How do you stay healthy during the winter? Just because we live in the time of COVID doesn't mean that the cold and flu have gone dormant. The long, winter months and short days can increase your risk of getting sick. However, there are many things you can do to stay healthy, even when it’s cold outside and many around you have the flu.

Try these ideas to maintain your health in the winter:

1. Continue to exercise. It’s common to avoid exercising in the winter. When it’s too cold, it may be tempting to stay home under the covers. Instead of hiding from the elements, find unique ways to stay active.

  • Exercise can boost your immune system and keep you healthy during these cold months. Movement will also improve your mood, give you energy, and help you sleep.
  • Try exercising indoors if the winter weather is harsh, or go to a gym near you that's taking all necessary COVID precautions. 
  • Another...
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Improve Your Life Through Fitness

Exercise is a great way to live a healthier lifestyle. A more nutritious diet can go a long way, but being active and staying in shape can take you even further. As enjoyable as the couch potato lifestyle is, fitness can improve your life in a multitude of ways.

Physical Benefits

Fitness will, obviously, improve your body physically. As you exercise, your body will develop tone and muscle, and it will also burn off fat. You'll enjoy better overall health as your body gets the extra oxygen it needs from physical activity and begins to function the way it was designed - all the way down to the cellular level.

Working out can also give you more energy. The first few days, you'll probably feel tired immediately after the workout. But you'll soon start to notice that you're pumped up and more eager to go out and do something instead of plopping down on the couch.

Being fit may extend your lifespan by preventing heart conditions and...

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8 Ways to Enhance Your Brain Right Now

As you age, your brain ages just like every other part of your body. While a loss of your long jumping abilities might be a little depressing, it’s far more depressing to lose your mental functions. The best defense is a good offense. There are many things you can do to enhance your brain’s abilities. 

The further you can increase your mental capacities, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy good brain health and functioning. There’s no time like today to get started. Pick a few of these strategies and begin enhancing your brain today! 

You can enhance your brain in simple and enjoyable ways, like these: 

1. Sleep! Nothing does more for your memory, motor skills, and cognitive skills in general than a good night of sleep. Strive for at least seven hours of sleep each night. Go to bed at a regular time and keep your room dark and quiet. 

2. Experiment with your diet. Your diet...

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GOOD NIGHT: Developing a Healthy Bedtime Routine

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Would you give anything to be able to sleep soundly - even once? As a nation, we pop sleeping pills regularly. But you don’t have to! A major contributor to enjoying a good night’s sleep is to have an effective bedtime routine.

Chances are that you already have a bedtime routine. However, certain tasks prior to bed will help you sleep, while others won’t. The key word here is, “effective,” meaning that your habits work to help you sleep.

Consider these suggestions to help you construct a bedtime routine that helps you fall asleep more easily and enjoy a deeper sleep:

1. Exercise. Most people sleep better when they’ve exercised during the day. Because exercise tenses the muscles throughout your body, you’re better able to relax them later. As long as your doctor approves, try a little regular exercise.

  • A 20-minute jog, a 30-minute walk in your neighborhood, or even a bike ride will...
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Excellent Tips To Get Back Into Shape After Thanksgiving

It's here again - the time of year when all your diet and fitness regimens are put aside for the sake of enjoying food, fun, and fellowship with your loved ones.

After all the celebration and enjoyment is done, however, you'd be surprised how quickly all the hard work you put in to stay in shape goes down the drain. You'll probably smile and be convinced that it was all worth it, but now it's time to get back in shape.

Take advantage of these tried, tested, and proven tips to get back on track:

1. Increase water intake. You can't overlook the wonderful benefits of water to your body. Not only does it hydrate, but when consumed  in recommended portions, it serves to flush the body and helps you eliminate any leftover toxins and free radicals from all those fat-heavy, calorie-dense Thanksgiving fares.

  • If you have a hard time drinking plain water, convert it into a more pleasant beverage by making flavored green tea, or squeezing...
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How to Make Time for Physical Health During the Holiday Season

During the holiday season, physical health often takes a back seat. We're so busy with family and friends that we neglect our normal routine. That can leave you feeling run down, lethargic, and uninspired. The holidays are a time of good cheer and celebration. The good news is you can experience that joy and still manage to take care of your physical health.

Choose to make your physical health a priority during the holidays. Take the initiative because you're worth it, and your enjoyment of the holidays depends on it. A commitment to your health will lead you to find the time, and the time spent will provide enough energy and self-confidence to get you through the stressful parts of your holiday season.

Get the exercise that your body is used to and that it craves, so you can stay feeling alive. In the midst of all the holiday shopping, get-togethers with friends, and obligations, your workout must be a priority for you to succeed....

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