5 Signs You Need to See a Therapist

COVID, recession, unemployment, protests, and an upcoming election — 2020 has set out to stress out even the most stable minded among us. Even those full of optimism cannot help but become depressed or anxious during one or more of these circumstances and need help beyond what a trusted friend or loved one can provide.

So many of us right now may be asking ourselves — “Am I in need of a therapist?” How can we tell when it is time to find a professional to help us process the things we are going through? To walk us through some of the signs we should be observing, we have Dr. Sanam Hafeez, who is an NYC-based licensed clinical psychologist with a faculty appointment at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College. Dr. Hafeez is also the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services. Continue reading

Best Ideas for Home Workout Equipment

If you found yourself around the house more often in 2020 as a result of the global pandemic, you might find yourself getting restless or wanting to try new things. Maybe fitness if your game. You don’t necessarily have to leave your home in order to be in great shape. Some of the most iconic bodies throughout history have been achieved via body weight/resistance band exercises.

In fact, there are a bunch of advantages of home training over a gym. First, you don’t have to pay every month for a membership. Secondly, you can workout whenever you want, even at night if you are not too loud. In addition, you don’t have to overcome long distances to get to a gym. It is right in front of you, and you can start working out immediately when you’re in the right mood. Continue reading

Moroccan Baked Chickpeas Recipe

Are you finding yourself mindlessly snacking away now that you’re home all the time? In the best of times, an apple and peanut butter, a bowl of fruit or hummus and vegetables are great snack ideas. But what about something more exciting that’s still healthy AND easy to make?

Nichole Dandrea at Purely Planted has come up with 15 healthy and plant-based, nutrition-packed snacks that are tasty, fulfilling and nourishing including the one below. Check out her recipe below then click over to her website for more ideas. Continue reading

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Bites Recipe

Are you finding yourself mindlessly snacking away now that you’re home all the time? In the best of times, an apple and peanut butter, a bowl of fruit or hummus and vegetables are great snack ideas. But what about something more exciting that’s still healthy AND easy to make?

Nichole Dandrea at Purely Planted has come up with 15 healthy and plant-based, nutrition-packed snacks that are tasty, fulfilling and nourishing including the one below. Check out her recipe below then click over to her website for more ideas. Continue reading

5 Hydration Tips While You're At Home

Proper hydration is one of the key components to living a healthy lifestyle. When stuck at home during isolation, it can be easy to let this slip. With the current quarantine in place many are being forced to switch to at home workouts affecting their usual routine. A break in the routine can cause a rift in what were normally good habits. Now more than ever it is imperative to maintain a healthy lifestyle to limit any potential health risks. Continue reading

Best At-Home Exercises for Sciatica or Lower Back Problems

Working from home has changed our workspace and workstations. The result is more than likely a rise in musculoskeletal pain, more specifically lower back and sciatic pains. The limited access to physical therapists and doctors can compound to leave you feeling helpless. But don’t worry, with just a few minutes and the following exercises, we can help limit that pain and possibly kiss it good bye! Continue reading

3 Life-Changing Morning Routines

Now, more than ever, we need to cultivate a healthy body for strong immunity, a positive mindset to cope with uncertainty, and a peaceful soul to trust that we are going to be okay.

Working from home has become the norm. For many, it’s no work at all. Either way, we are spending more time at home with family, taking longer walks with our pets (a good thing for them and us!) and trying to fill the days with activities for the kids. Our schedules have been derailed, to say the least. We went from a structured schedule with a set time to wake up, start our day, walk the dog, and send the kids to school, to chaos in the world and at home—a change that practically happened overnight. If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone. Lack of structure and routine can be unsettling and feel like helter-skelter. Long days at home can also mean snacking throughout the day, eating at times when you may not feel hungry and random times to prepare and eat meals. Continue reading

5 Yoga Moves to Help Alleviate Stress

Yoga coach Gwen Lawrence, author of Body Sculpting with Yoga and Teaching Power Yoga for Sports, shows us five yoga poses designed to keep sane in the toughest of situations.

To enable you to keep your life, your anxiety, and workouts on track, she focuses on ways to alleviate your stress and stay life ready with yoga. This uncertain time of social distancing and self-isolation can cause loneliness, anxiety and stress levels to skyrocket which can plague you and make it even more challenging. How long will this situation last? Will my loved ones stay healthy? Even stepping up to home-school your children without proper training puts the mind and body at risk. Continue reading

Best Exercises to Do at Home and Outside the Gym

Most people don’t realize that it is very easy to exercise at home or outside the gym with very little equipment. Hollis Lance Liebman, author of Outdoor Physique, uses the planes of motion and bodyweight exercises for a total body workout which you can easily complete nearly anywhere.

Below are 9 exercises which you can easily do outside the gym. All of the movements can be performed either indoors or outdoors, for nearly any age, sex and/or level. While you can do these by themselves, to get a complete body workout, it’s best to do these together in circuits and then combine the circuits. By grouping these exercises together, it will work most of the major muscle groups in the body. Continue reading

Pork Tinga Slow Cooker Tacos Recipe

If you’re looking for something new for dinner or a Cinco de Mayo treat, check out this delicious recipe from Taco! Taco! Taco! by Sara Haas. It’s also a great recipe to make ahead of time for a week’s worth of meals.

 

Pork Tinga Slow Cooker Tacos
Servings: 6 to 8 (Makes About 4 Cups Cooked Pork)

Once, I went to a local Mexican restaurant that served a chicken tinga taco, and it made me SO HAPPY. Of course I had to come home and immediately try to recreate it. I came pretty darn close with this one. Instead of chicken, I swapped in pork for a fun twist. And I like to keep the toppings simple because the sauce it cooks in tastes so good! Continue reading