It’s that time again – just far enough past the holidays to soften the resolve you felt as you made that doomed New Year resolution to do better in 2017. We won’t preach on heart health; we’d rather inspire, and maybe incentivize you to take action TODAY.
- Love On a Pet Have you heard about Love on a Leash®? It’s a charitable organization with some 2,000 members working as Love on a Leash® therapy teams with their dogs, cats or rabbits. Therapy pets and their handlers visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools to provide emotional support. They put a smile on someone's face, make their day a little brighter, or bring back a cherished memory. Did you know that showing compassion is a natural antidepressant? Visit loveonaleash.org to learn more.
- Fresh Avocados—Love One Today® With just a few simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce the risk of heart disease. A recent news release from The American Heart Association announced a new recipe hub with meal ideas and cooking tips for keeping heart-healthy meal preparation simple, quick and affordable. The hub is hosted by “Fresh Avocados—Love One Today” and you can find it at the American Heart Association’s website: https://recipes.heart.org/
- Steep Yourself a Cup of Love There is something incredibly soothing about enjoying a cup of freshly brewed tea. Before you reach for a pill to relieve stress, consider this: herbal teas can help your body process stress, relax and heal from the depletion that can occur as a result of long-time stressors. Brew on this: did you know that a report in the 2010 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry found that people who use anti-anxiety medication are almost 40% more likely to die sooner than people who do not use them? While these drugs can be lifesaving in urgent situations, in most cases, there are natural alternatives to consider. [https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inner-source/201107/anxiety-drugs-worth-risking-your-life-0]