Feeling uncertain, bored or need a break? Try Virtual Volunteering. Organizations need the help, and you'll reap the rewards as well. According to Harvard Health, "doing good" boosts happiness, reduces blood pressure, and releases feel-good brain chemicals., In addition to your favorite charity that could potentially use remote support, here are a few ways to virtually volunteer.
In our on-th-go world, healthy eating can often feel like it's adding stress. However, a diet heavy in pre- packaged foods, sugar and caffeine to keep us going increases the body's inflammatory response to stress, exacerbating the anxiety associated with a hectic life. Much has been written about this "Brain-Gut" connection. In other words, you truly "are what you eat", as the foods you eat influence how you feel. So what should you reach for as you run out the door? At the January Collective Wellness Community Event Dr. Beth Atlas gave several several suggestions of foods that can help manage anxiety and also improve overall health Those foods include "eating the rainbow", especially:
Beth has posted several nutritious recipes on her website, and her food is always a hit. Check them out!
Getting outside for 20 minutes, research shows, can lower stress hormones. So get moving! A family hike, bike ride or a simple walk is all it takes. In fact, children are 45% less likely to develop a mental health issue if they spend some time every day in "green spaces"
This is a great article from The New York Times Wellness section highlighting not only the well-known benefits of meditation, but also containing tips on how to get started meditating and what to do when your mind wanders. It's natural for the mind to wander-- that's how the human mind is designed. Don't judge yourself or become discouraged, just make a mental note of what distracted you and resume concentration on your breath and body.
Color affects your emotions. It can be uplifting, calming, energizing or even irritating, influencing how you feel in the space. The psychology of color is not well understood, but it can be applied to everyday life.
"Color affects your quality of life at home"
Whether it's a choice of a calming interior paint color in a bedroom, or a rich, dark color in the dining room -- thought to aid digestion -- "chromotherapy" is the practice of using certain colors to stimulate various emotions and to improve health.. Color is something that many architects and designers have long recognized as having psychological benefits. Interior paint is not just decorative--- it can affect your quality of life. Color affects the way you feel when you're at home. It is uplifting and improves your mood, and in turn, your quality of life at home" according to Roberta Freymann of lifestyle brand Roberta Roller Rabbit.
To apply Color Psychology (aka Chromo or Color Therapy) to your house, consider how the rooms are to be used and the type of environment you want to create. Because blues and greens are gentle on the retina, they are usually considered to be restful and are often recommended for high use areas. Cool colors, especially blues, are also often used in bedrooms to promote relaxation. Warm colors can increase alertness, and purple-- a combination of warm and cool colors-- has been associated with increased productivity. This makes it a useful aid in home offices. Ms. Freymann espouses bright paint colors, which she feels can boos productivity, creativity and positivity. Interestingly, companies have utilized color psychology research for years. Fast food restaurants are especially known for this, and several use red, yellow and orange in their branding because these colors are associated with increasing appetites. Needless to say, if you are calorie or health conscious, these colors would not be good candidates to use in your home kitchen!
A recent New York Times article shares further thoughts on how to use color effectively in your home.
Good luck and Be Well!
About the Author
While developing and marketing products in the Beauty industry I naturally became interested in things associated with beauty, both inside and out. As I learned about nutrition, exercise, meditation, yoga, toxin-free skincare, mindfulness, clean eating... (and the list goes on) it became clear how important they all are not only to beauty, but to a healthy, balanced, happy life. Volumes of information scattered across so many platforms felt overwhelming, and hard to use. Thus I decided to bring it all together in one place so it could be acted-on collectively. This idea became Collective Wellness. It is both an ever-growing collection of wellness information and a collective of people---a community that is learning, growing and sharing the wellness journey together. I hope you join us. Welcome to Collective Wellness!