Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Healthy living refers to a lifestyle in which individuals make the best choices to make themselves fit mentally, physically and spiritually each and every day.

Articles About Healthy Living

Sex, Drugs, & Senior Behavioral Health Challenges

Aging is as natural as sunlight. Still, during 99% of human history, most humans did not live past the age of forty due to primitive technologies, sciences and medicines. Today, aging past 65 may is no longer a novel act. According to the Hamilton Project, more than...

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Ode to My Younger Self

At 72, I look back on my life and here are 13 things I might tell my younger self: You will make mistakes. These are guideposts for new beginnings. Be gentle with your soul. Life and death are inextricably tied. Thus is an okay phenomena. Do not be fearful. You will...

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Feeling Frazzled: 6 Sure-Fire Ways to Beat Stress

When I realized April was National Stress Awareness Month and that my taxes are due soon and I’m traveling, I started feeling stressed, frazzled and hassled. Then I thought what a wonderful opportunity to share what I do to keep myself centered and beating my stress....

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Feeling Down? Try Some Puppy Love

With National Puppy Day in March, I think it’s a good time to reflect on the many ways a puppy and dogs can provide emotional support and unconditional positive regard. According to the National Puppy Day website, it is “a special day to celebrate the magic and...

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National Hugging Day: How A Hug Makes the Difference

Have you ever had a lousy day? The kind where cat videos and goofy memes can’t even turn that frown upside down? Maybe try a hug - a big bear hug with a good friend. Hugs have the power to release “feel good” hormones, relieve stress and even help protect from...

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How Do You Listen

With 2018 in full swing, we are wise to ask and reflect upon how well we listen to one another. As an addiction, behavioral health care expert, clinician and thought leader, I believe it is imperative that we take time to listen to our colleagues, family, friends and...

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On Being Present in 2018

As I approach the New Year, I have discovered that once again that one’s walk and one’s talk are inextricably tied together, and being present for those you love and care about takes precedence over all. As many of you who follow my posts know, my husband and I...

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Additional Resources For Healthy Living

Stop Checking Your Freaking Phone

The Sweet Spot
Christine Carter PhD

Mindfulness and the 12 Steps 
Therese Jacobs-Stewart

Mindfulness for Beginners
John Kabat Zinn PhD

Wherever You Go, There You Are
John Kabat Zinn PhD

The Road Less Traveled
Scott Peck

One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the 12 Steps
Kevin Griffin

Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior among Adults: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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