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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Writing down your goals and accomplishments can keep you accountable. Get a journal with an inspiring phrase or colors you like and a special pen. This way you can look back and review how far you’ve come. It can also be beneficial to tell a friend what you are up to so he or she can encourage and support your journey or even tag along so you have a buddy to report to and share with.


Self-improvement is not just limited to the physical. It is equally important to take good care of your mental health. A recent news report said in 2017 an estimated 600,000 Kentuckians have a mental illness that causes them distress and difficulties in their daily lives. Even worse is the fact that fewer than half of these people seek treatment. Start by valuing yourself and treating yourself kindly. Find strategies to manage stress and surround yourself with positive people. Take time to practice meditation, yoga, deep relaxation or prayer. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to engage in self-discovery. Have an attitude of gratitude and try to come up with at least one thing each day for which you are thankful. Making a conscious effort to learn something new every day can help you feel good as well. And be sure to give yourself a treat now and then. Mental Health America says a couple of pieces of dark chocolate every few days can help improve alertness and mental skills.

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family. You can judge your progress based on how you feel and also how you look: Take a photo of yourself now and compare it to one you take after two to three months of following a balanced diet and exercising. Remember, it takes time to see worthwhile results.


It can help to have incentives. If you don’t like to exercise, cue up some new favorite songs to play as you bike or run to make the time more enjoyable. Consider purchasing new workout gear so you feel good and make a fashion statement in the process. You don’t need to buy a gym membership to stay active. The key is to keep moving whether it’s by gardening, vacuuming, taking the stairs, walking the dog or parking your car farther away from your destination. The World Health Organization recommends adults between ages 18 and 64 years do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity or an equivalent combination of both throughout the week.

GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Of course you’ll want to discuss the positive lifestyle changes you intend to make with your physician so he or she can give you a stamp of approval.