Brigitte's Blog

Dry brushing self-care tip

Several years ago, I created a list of “ten self-care tips” to help inspire others be healthier. I thought it was important to share this again. You can download it here – [download id=”5773″] Tip #7 is about dry brushing. There are a lot of dry brush options out there

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Being cathartic

Can being cathartic have a positive affect on your health? A simple answer is yes. Catharsis is a Greek word and it basically allows you to achieve a “state of moral and spiritual renewal.”  It refers to an experience a person can have of releasing emotional tension and feeling refreshed after. Mark Simon

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Your private garden

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ~Audrey Hepburn Metaphors are helpful because they assist in explaining the unknown in terms of something known. A garden reference is a helpful metaphor of humanity. When I think of a garden, it makes me visualize beautiful flowers or growing vegetables to

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This is what can happen when you crave chocolate

What day is it?  Our county started shelter-at-home on March, Friday the 13th. For real. It’s been 8 weeks since that day as of this writing. My last post was about how reading, writing and being outside can help with creativity. Being outside is one of my favorite things to do. Nature can

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At the Helm

Being outside is one of my favorite things to do. It can be hiking, running, boating, or a simple walk outside. Nature can be healing, inspiring and motivating. Writing is something beneficial for me as well. It’s something I’ve enjoyed doing most of my life and learned the creativity involved can motivate and help

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Getting yogi with you

Over the years, I’ve incorporated certain yoga poses as part of a daily routine. In the morning it helps me wake up; and in the evening it relaxes me and helps me fall asleep. During this shelter-at-home situation for Covid-19, studying yoga more has become important to me. One of

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Social distancing

Social distancing sounds so much better than being quarantined. Take this time, if you can, and focus on a hobby or personal development or how you can help others. I decided to ad-lib a verbal update on our situation rather than just write about it.     How are you

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Resilience is your middle name

We are all dealing with something, or have dealt with something, that challenged us because of change. There is a lot of change happening constantly and we don’t pay attention unless it could affect us in some way. We inherently don’t like change much either. Change can make you feel

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Self-care is a real thing

We all know that taking care of yourself is important and is a topic I’ve touched on many times.  Designing a Healthy Lifestyle is one my popular articles. Why do we need to be reminded about this? It’s because we tend to put too much on our schedule and don’t

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Improve your mental health through better sleep

Another great guest-post by Jennifer Scott    Nothing is better than feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, many of us are quite familiar with sleep deprivation and its harmful effects. The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School states sleep is crucial to our health, but it’s

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Problems are opportunities

A lot of times we get stuck when solving a problem because of our limiting thoughts or the way we frame the situation in our mind. Sometimes we just ignore the problem. That’s an easy solution, right? Photo credit Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash   Each of us deal with problems

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Surprising sources of anxiety and how to deal with them

As part of my health advocacy, the one topic that I focus a lot on is how to deal with chronic stress.  Anxiety is often connected to chronic stress and appreciate Jennifer Scott sharing her perspective. Jennifer researched sources of anxiety and has provided helpful content below.  She’s dealt with anxiety and depression most of her life,

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Would you get a tattoo?

Having a tattoo is associated with toughness. Tattoos have been around forever and there are tattoo parlors/shops in every community now. Some people are comfortable about them and some aren’t.  And surprisingly, more than 30% of Americans are tattooed today. There are a lot of conflicting opinions about tattoos …

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Life with dogs – 2.0

Dogs come in so many shapes and forms. And we all have different reasons to even have a pet. I can’t imagine what my days would be like without dogs. My very first memories, and favorite memories, usually include one of my dogs. We have a great connection and dogs

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Mind your own body

There seems to be a lot of ‘wellness’ fatigue going around. I feel it myself sometimes. Here’s an interesting opinion article in the New York Times, Smash the Wellness Industry. The author wrote what just about every woman has felt about food and their bodies at some point of their life. She believes that the

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Nature is therapy

Do you enjoy nature? My love for hiking and being outside in general started as a young girl. Our father took us on walks in the woods a lot in the spring and summer; he was a deer hunter and was scoping the landscape for the best deer stand positions

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It matters to this one

Most of you know that I’m a big animal lover. Dogs have always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. And so far in my adult life, we have had 8 dogs and 7 were rescues. Did you know that over 250,000 shelter animals are

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Are you resting enough?

We all understand that time is our most precious resource. This is one of the reasons as humans we try to cram as much as possible into each day, to include multi-tasking, and avoid resting. Some claim to be masters at getting stuff done. But this constant pressure can affect

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Finding a way to live

“Finding a way to live” can be summarized by acceptance of your situation, adapting and finding the inner strength to find a way forward. As a follow-up to my last two posts, some headway is being made. The first is regarding the book Expecting the Good: Inspiration from a Badass with a

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When it’s your turn

My background has been in the graphic arts industry for 25+ years and have helped countless publishers, non-profits, authors, and corporations (big and small) with their publications and media solutions. My focus now is with solutions consulting and health advocacy, and incorporating some effort for my content. This blog has

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Choosing Hope

A recent visit to the Georgia State Capitol last week was a reminder of the importance of choosing hope. I went as an advocate on behalf of the Cancer Action Network, part of the American Cancer Society. Our goal was to speak with our state legislatures while they were in

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10 Top Health and Wellness Trends for 2019

A holistic approach is the thing now. Everyone wants to be focused on the best way to improve their health and wellness. That is a good thing. There is not “one best way” and is why different wellness approaches are trending at the moment, especially a holistic aspect. The definition

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Hip-Hop Peloton is a Thing

Live while you’re living. One of my recent posts referenced how we should mix-it-up with exercise, cross training benefits (even when you’re 50+). Doing the same thing over and over – repetitive – can overwork certain aspects of our body and cause an injury. As a runner, I mix in

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