HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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community service or volunteer projects. Athletics help students develop individual skills while being a part of team. They also learn good sportsmanship while laying the groundwork for health and fitness. Fine arts programs encourage participants to explore and develop their own artistic interests and abilities through music, visual arts, theater, dance and more.


For high schoolers, college students and adults embarking on a new learning adventure or activity, prioritizing is the key to finding balance. A strong time-management plan will enhance your success and help you discern the activities you must do and those you want to do with as little stress as possible and maximum enjoyment. Focus on the things you want to do and rank them by how important they are to you. Reflect on these options. What do you want to gain from the experience? What are your goals for participating in that particular activity? Some activities are designed to help you socialize. Some will help you learn. Some will be physical. And some will help you relax. Ranking and reflecting will help you prioritize: You’ll either find a way to manage your wants or you may realize your time only allows for a couple of things right now.


It’s possible to have a balanced schedule that incorporates all your responsibilities and feeds and nourishes you. But it will take equal doses of planning, time management, prioritizing and being realistic to achieve that goal.

BALANCING ACT: HOW TO MANAGE WORK, STUDIES AND PLAY AT ANY AGE

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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For school-aged children, the key is choosing extracurricular activities that work for them without stressing them. The benefits of these activities are obvious, but an overload of activities can be detrimental. It’s too much when afterschool activities start interfering with a child’s life, and in the case of intensive commitments such as sports or theater, one activity can at times be too much, says Dr. Jerry Bubrick, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute (www.childmind.org). His simple gauge for how much is too much is when one or more of the following are interfered with: homework, eight hours of sleep, participation in family activities and hanging out with friends.


You can help your child decide which activities he wants to pursue. Look for opportunities for character development, life lessons and a way for the child to develop their own set of universal values. Monitor to see if your child develops self-discipline, accepts hard work and knows about teamwork. Anything that helps your child learn more about themselves – their strengths and weaknesses, their likes and dislikes – and establishes a standard framework to foster success later in life is the gold standard. Common school-related activities include athletics, fine arts, academic competitions, coding, robotics, chess, outdoor programs and

Daily routines can sometimes feel draining. Some people are working and studying; others work and have school-aged children and their extracurricular activities to keep up with; and still others may be just doing their best to work and handle home and errands. Many people wish to incorporate hobbies or more relaxation and social time into their daily routines. Those with children may wonder how to guide them to effectively manage their time – how much might be too much or too little to take advantage of their curiosity and energy?


Striking the balance will look different for everyone, depending on their age, lifestyle and what they are trying to add – or subtract – from their schedules. Strengthening skillsets at any age should be done if time allows. Important ones to consider are: