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Stress-Less School Mornings

If you're like most parents, trying to get everyone up, dressed, fed, and out the door on time can be chaotic. Your morning sets the tone for your entire day. If things starts off stressful and you already feel behind, it can feel impossible to catch up. There are, however, a number of ways you can make mornings go a little bit smoother. Here are our best tips for creating a stress-free start to the school day. Here are our tips for smoother, less stressful mornings: Prepare the night before.A great morning starts the evening before. Doing a few minutes of prep at night helps keep morning stress down. If your kids are old enough, they can be involved in a lot of this! Check tomorrow's schedule and weather. Set out...

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Health resolutions you can KEEP!

The new year is here, which means most of us are making a list of resolutions. Unfortunately, studies show that most New Year's resolutions only last about three weeks before we settle back into our old habits. There are many reasons people don't stick to their resolutions, from setting too many of them to getting discouraged by small failures. When it comes to health goals in particular, setting overly ambitious and restrictive goals is one major cause of failure. Don't worry, it's not all bad news! Small, incremental lifestyle changes can be the difference between success and failure. Committing to moderate, realistic goals and making small changes every day will set you on the path to better health! Here are some great, attainable goals you...

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Combating Depression Naturally: part 2

So you've tried all of the tips for combating depression naturally from our first blog post, but you're still struggling... now what? We have found these supplements to be incredibly beneficial at treating depression symptoms in our clients without the negative side effects associated with pharmaceutical anti-depressants.  B VITAMINS Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate may be linked to depression. We recommend the methylated form of these vitamins, and the difference between methylated vitamins and non-methylated vitamins is a whole blog post in itself... lets just say that most human beings don't have the ability to...

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Combating Depression Naturally: Part 1

'Tis the season to be jolly! We find ourselves right smack dab in the middle of the holidays this week, a time of year known for family gatherings, service to our fellow human beings, and... depression? Many people report an increase in stress and depression during the holidays, despite the fact that as a society, we see the holidays as a time of joy.The constitution of the World Health Organization states that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Here at Vickie Sorensen's NATURE WORKS, we believe that mental health is an important and often overlooked part of a well-rounded health regimen. Numerous studies have shown that...

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Integrative medicine for mental health

The use of antidepressant drugs has skyrocketed in recent years, often for off-label maladies. Doctors are now prescribing anti-depressants for everything from ADHD and eating disorders to hot flashes and irritable bowel syndrome. Working to improve mental health can be a confusing and complex journey, and we believe that journey is best made with a licensed mental health therapist. Numerous studies over the years have proven over and over that therapy or even meditation can make a much more significant difference for those suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health disorders than medication.   But what if another part of the answer to minor depression and anxiety really is as simple as turmeric, probiotics, or essential fatty acids? This brilliant talk from holistic psychiatrist Kelly...

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