Gift giving can be stressful and difficult. Compounded with everything else going on at this time of year, sometimes finding the right gift for a teacher, mail person, baby sitter or other friend or relative gets put off to the last minute. If you are struggling with what to get that special someone, Village Green Apothecary has gift ideas for you that are natural and unique.
For the Tea Lover
With names like Get Happy and Get Relaxed, and flavors like Orange Ginger Mint, teas from Republic of Tea are a tasty and warm gift to give. Continue reading “Gift Ideas for Everyone”
School is out and for many that means a more relaxed sleep schedule. However, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you should let your kids stay up as late as they want. Recent research has found that consistent bedtimes result in better health for most people. And if you are like me, putting my kids to bed later does not result in a later wake-up time. Even reducing sleep by 1 hour per night can affect your child’s cognition and ability to pay attention. Sleep is a vital part of your child’s healthy growth and development. It’s even been shown to improve children’s peer acceptance, social skills and engagement, and emotional intuition. Continue reading “5 Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep… For Your Kids”
Between hockey tournaments, sick kids, soccer games, work, holiday get-togethers and renovations (why did we decide to start these in December?!), there just doesn’t seem to be enough energy to get everything done. And stress levels are high!
The holidays should be a time for friends and family and good will, but it has been estimated that about three-quarters of all visits to primary care physicians during this time of year are for stress-related problems. The result of chronic stress to our bodies is disastrous. You can work to reduce the impact of holiday stress by eating right and practicing a few easy stress-management tools. Continue reading “Hold the Holiday Stress”
It’s crunch time! Working, baking, shopping and meeting family obligations are what the next 2 weeks has in store for me (plus throw in a 4-day hockey tournament for good measure). The key is to slow down, even for 10 minutes, and enjoy the quiet moments that really matter in the end. At Village Green, we hope that you all have a peaceful, happy and hopefully restful holiday season.
In the meantime, here are some past blogs that might help make the season more enjoyable.
5 Tips to Cut Down on Holiday Waste: During the holidays, Americans use about 4 million tons of wrapping paper and gift bags and that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of waste. Continue reading “5 Blogs to Help With the Holidays”
The holidays are supposed to be festive, fun and a time for family and friends. Yet for many, this season is the most stressful time of the year. Planning meals, vacations, buying presents, and everything else can wear the mind and body down.
Practicing these simple suggestions can help us deal with this potentially difficult time and stay stress free during the holidays.
• Practice 10 minutes of deep breathing each day.
• Plan some time alone. Read a good book. Go for a nature walk. Color! Research has found positive effects with the use of mindfulness therapy on stress factors in the body. Continue reading “Staying Stress Free During the Holidays”