Chocolate is a serious weakness of mine. It’s a little scary how a small square of that indulgent, rich deliciousness can change my entire mood. Turns out, I’m not crazy, there’s actually a physiological reason (I KNOW, I was relieved, too!), as recent studies have found that eating dark chocolate in moderate amounts reduces cortisol and catecholamines, the hormones related to stress and anxiety.
Getting back into the school-year groove is a mixed blessing. For both parents and children, the late summer and early fall typically means a return to a predictable routine. But it also often means jammed-packed schedules: after-school activities, keeping up grades and studying for critical exams. School days often lead to school daze, with added stress and pressures for all family members.
It’s no secret that stress can put you in a not-so-friendly mood. But next time you’re feeling frazzled, you may want to rely on an old childhood habit to help you calm down.
Quote of the day:
“Every day brings a choice: To practice stress or to practice peace.”
Feeling like you need to be somewhere other than where you are? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually?
Your emotional guidance system is always telling you where you need to be. It’s pretty simple. Actually, very simple. If you feel good, you’re where you need to be. That’s it, people! Stop analyzing. Please.
The really cool thing about your Spirit is that it will always tell you where you need to be in relation to who you are and why you’re where you are.
It will never mock you, like a GPS device. Read more →
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