• Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Hi, readers. We've got a unique topic for you today! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

    You've probably often heard the phrase "You are what you eat" but what about "You are what you think"? There is in fact a direct link between our thoughts and how we feel. If you think back, you will probably find a number of instances where you have experienced this firsthand. If you are nervous about something, you may have worked yourself into trembling hands or an upset stomach. If you are feeling consistently down, you may have spontaneously gotten a cold. If you are watching a scary movie, your heart may have started pounding and your palms sweating. From healing.about.com, the medical origin for this is in your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that converts your emotions to an actual physical response. This part of the brain also controls your appetite, blood sugar, body temperature, adrenal and pituitary glands, heart, lung, digestive, and circulatory systems. It's no wonder that your emotions can wreak havoc on your body!

  • The Secret

  • The good news is that you can be in charge of your body. Science tells us that we can boost our immune system, fight infections, and be happier simply by changing our thinking. It's the amazing mind-body connection. So on to positive visualization. The basis of this technique is thinking about and believing in whatever is healing for you. The first step is to mentally relax yourself in a quiet environment. Next, you either think or say what it is that you want to heal, or how it is that you want to feel, or an outcome that you want to achieve. Then you imagine yourself in this same situation as if it has already taken place. This may sound like wacky advice, but it has helped and healed many people. Give it a try! You have nothing to lose. It doesn't have to be on a large scale. You can visualize a great presentation or a fantastic workday. You can even visualize a happy, stress-free day. The options are endless. Just know that you can start using your creative mind to your advantage.


  • Have you heard of The Secret? This wildly popular book is all about the power of the mind and how it can help you to build health and success throughout your life. It's a great, quick read!

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photos courtesy of sandanyi.com and wikipedia.org




  • Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Happy Wednesday, readers! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

    It's easy to bundle up and stay indoors at this time of year. If you are like me, the freezing air and ominous clouds are likely draw you to a movie on the couch rather than a hike in the great outdoors. While curling up on the couch is a fun thing to look forward to in the Winter, be sure to make an effort to get out in the sunshine at least once a day.

  • benefits of sun

  • The sun has been given a bad rap for causing wrinkles, burns, and cancer, but what you may not know is that it offers health benefits ranging from cancer prevention to lowering cholesterol to fighting depression. Take a look at this list of sunshine benefits that I found via onlineradiologytechniciansschools.com. I think you will be amazed at this long list:

    1. Reduce the chance of MS
    2. Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    3. Prevent high blood pressure
    4. Reduce cancer risk
    5. Increase change of cancer survival
    6. Help prevent bone disease
    7. Prevent some muscle pain
    8. Reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis
    9. Prevent flu
    10. Reduce severity of cataracts
    11. Boost the immune system
    12. Lower cholesterol
    13. Lower resting pulse rate of the heart
    14. Add resistance power to skin
    15. Increase metabolism
    16. Better liver function
    17. Improve digestion
    18. Enhanced kidney function
    19. Stronger skeleton
    20. More physical exercise
    21. Reduce stress
    22. Reduce anxiety
    23. Fight depression
    24. Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
    25. Better relationships

    Whew!!

    Not sure how to fit this into your busy schedule? How about eating your lunch outside, taking a brisk walk, reading a book on your patio, sitting outside on your coffee date, or taking your kids to the park? The possibilities are endless!

    Due to the harmful effects of the sun, the key is to limit your exposure. 10-15 minutes a day is all you need to soak up the necessary Vitamin D and these great benefits. And of course, be sure to wear sunscreen if you are out for more than 10 minutes.

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photo courtesy of organicsoul.com



  • Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Feeling a little dry and crackly this week? Keep reading to find out some easy changes you can make to soothe your dry skin. You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

    This week, I can't seem to escape my dry skin. No matter how much lotion I slather on, I still find myself red and itchy. It's driving me crazy. At this time of the year, I have to make an extra effort to take care of my skin, as it doesn't seem to be silky smooth naturally :)

    Here are a few tips I've come across on WebMD to help keep your skin's natural moisture:

    * Taker cooler, shorter showers. Hot water can wash away the skin's natural oils.
    * Pat your body dry instead of rubbing it.
    * Use a mild skin cleanser instead of soap .
    * Apply moisturizer when your skin is damp, not dry. This keeps moisture trapped in the skin.
    * Get a mild moisturizer with no perfume or alcohol. Don't be afraid of the thick stuff.
    * Turn the thermostat down a bit. Dry heat causes further moisture loss.
    * Use a humidifier in your bedroom.
    * Bundle up in hats, scarves, gloves and tall socks when outside. Cold air dries out skin.

  • dry skin

  • I have tried quite a few different lotions and here are some of my faves:

    Eucerin - This is a thicker lotion that soaks in immediately and leaves my skin feeling very refreshed. I use it all over as a body lotion. My favorite type is the Original Moisturizing Lotion in a pump.

    Avon Silicone Glove - A lifesaver for hands. Only this lotion can rescue my hands from winter cracking (or after a marathon dishwashing session!)

    Laura Mercier Moisturizer - My favorite face moisturizer. Non-greasy, lightweight, and makes my face silky smooth.

    Burt's Bees Cocoa & Cupuacu Butters Body Lotion - My natural lotion choice during pregnancy. Good for those who prefer natural products.

    Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream - The corresponding natural facial moisturizer.

    What are your favorites? I would love to find some new, great options!

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photo courtesy of beautyde.com/



  • Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Happy December readers! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

    I feel like all of the sudden it's freezing outside! Maybe it's just my busy schedule that made Fall blow by, but seriously, it's already December! I was out shopping on the weekend with the beautiful blue sky and sunshine but as nighttime hit, I found myself out without a jacket and was freezing!

    When you let your extremities get cold, it affects your entire body temperature. So, it's best to bundle those hands, feet, and your head! I don't know why, but I frequently find myself out without a jacket. I have a secret weapon that slips into my purse that is just perfect for situations like these - hand warmers! They come in many varieties but here are a few of the best rated:

  • hand warmers

  • HeadMax HotHands- These disposable hand warmers come in a pair and are air activated when the package is opened. They reach their max temperature in about 10-20 minutes and last up to 10 hours.

  • hand warmers

  • HotSnapsZ Reusable Warmers- These warmers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and provide instant heat. They are activated by clicking a button and can be used over and over again.

  • hand warmers

  • Zippo Handwarmer- This warmers include a protective bag and slips easily into a pocket, gloves, or pants. Lighter fluid allows this version to burn hot and for up to 10 hours (per fill).

    All of these hand warmers are available from Amazon.com. Give them a try. You will be amazed at how toasty they get!

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photos courtesy of Amazon.com



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • As part of book club next year, we will be reading The Happiness Project. I have already read the book and have incorporated many new thoughts into my daily life that make me happier. The January topic is vitality and having more energy. One way to accomplish this is being better organized, which in turn makes you feel more prepared and ready. This can even apply to normal daily life....such as getting the Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving, which I often fail to do. One year I think I put the tree up on December 21st. This is so disappointing to me as I love the holidays. Cory has just resigned himself to the fact that once the tree is up, the lights are always on at night. I love looking at the twinkling lights.

    Knowing that the house is decorated for the holidays, and enjoying looking at the tree for an entire month, makes me happier. All it took was for me to set aside the Sunday after Thanksgiving to get it done. I put aside all other "to do" items on my list (of never-ending items) and just got it done. And now I get to enjoy it every night and smile.

  • being organized makes me happier

  • Photo taken with my iPhone.


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