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How to Unwind After Work

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

UnwindFor too many of us, the workplace offers an undue amount of stress – and then we make matters worse by bringing that burden home with us at night. A few basic steps, however, can assure a much more relaxing end to your workdays. Try our tips for leaving your worries behind at the office:

Review work status. Before you leave the office, spend a few minutes reviewing what you’ve accomplished for the day, review your upcoming schedule, and determine any must-dos for the next day. This helps free your mind to relax in the evening hours.

Leave job responsibilities at the office. Believe it or not, the world will go on if you step away from (more…)

Be Productive on a Rainy Day: 8 Ideas

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Rainy Day Spring is just around the corner! That means warming temperatures, a greening landscape…and some rain in the forecast. While gray and drizzly conditions might tempt you to curl up for a movie marathon or spend the afternoon engrossed in a novel, it can also be satisfying to use that time for more productive endeavors. Here are 8 ideas for being productive (while still having a bit of fun) on a rainy day:

Make that call. From your old college roommate to your great-aunt, chances are there’s someone out there who you’ve been meaning to call. What better excuse than a rainy day to have a leisurely phone conversation with someone you care about? (more…)

Rise and Shine for Daylight Savings

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Daylight savings timeThis Saturday night at bedtime, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour as the United States prepares to “spring forward” for daylight savings time. While this change gives us an extra hour of daylight to enjoy in the evening, it also means losing an hour of sleep that first night. Rather than fret about lost shuteye, however, consider it an opportunity to reboot your morning routine. Here are just a few ideas for getting off to a great start every morning:

Leave the curtains open. Leaving the curtains or blinds at least partially open can help you awaken with the help of sunlight – the way nature intended!

Stretch. If an all-out yoga session is more than you (more…)

Dr. Seuss: 5 Life Lessons

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

030117-01The wacky, wonderful Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. Each year on his birthday, we celebrate Dr. Seuss Day and the magic and wonder of this brilliant author and artist who has touched generations of children. Come to think of it, we think his lessons apply not just to kids, but to people of all ages. Here are five pearls of wisdom to take away from the writings of Dr. Seuss:

Life Lesson #1: Try the unfamiliar.

“You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may.”

— Green Eggs and Ham (more…)

Top 5 Foods to Feed your Heart and Skin

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Feed your HeartFebruary is a time for matters of the heart – and we don’t just mean Valentine’s Day. It’s officially American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to educate yourself about the components of a heart-healthy lifestyle, including regular checkups with your healthcare provider, an active lifestyle, and healthy diet.

Speaking of diet, here at Actifirm we’re always interested in foods that contribute to skin health and beauty. As with so many things that are good for our health, it turns out that many foods that are great for your heart can also do amazing things for your skin. Here are just five:

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Random Acts of Kindness: 15 Ways to Spread the Love

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Random Acts of KindnessWith Valentine’s Day behind us, why not finish out the week in a spirit of love? As it turns out, there’s an official way to do so – this week, February 12-18, is Random Acts of Kindness Week.

We all know that showing kindness benefits the recipients of our actions, but these selfless acts can also help the person behind the good deed. Research shows that performing acts of kindness can elevate mood and even help us live longer. Plus, kindness is contagious – perform a kind act for a neighbor, and before you know it your entire block will be in on the act!

Need inspiration? Here are 15 ideas for random acts of kindness to get you started: (more…)

Girls’ Night: More Important Than You Think

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Girl's NightNeed a good excuse for a good, old-fashioned girls’ night? Look no further than your health! Having strong bonds with friends and family can not only make your happier, those relationships can also have a positive impact on your health and wellness.

Research shows that people with a solid network of friends live longer, have healthier brains, get less colds, and may even have better survival rates for heart conditions and cancers of the ovary or breast. One study found that over a 10-year period, elderly people with a circle of friends lived 20 percent longer on average.

So what’s a girl to do? We propose a girls’ night! If a wild night on the town isn’t your thing, however, don’t despair. (more…)

Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Wear RedThink only guys need to worry about heart disease? Think again! Heart disease impacts both men and women. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer among females – accountable for 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s why the American Heart Association (AHA) started its Go Red for Women initiative – to raise awareness about heart disease in women, as well as educate women about risk factors and preventative steps they can take.

Friday, February 3 is National Wear Red Day. You can show your support for the cause by dressing in red, and encouraging others to wear red as well. If you’d like to take it a step further, consider fundraising as an individual or group – it’s easy to set up an account here. (more…)

Chinese New Year: 6 Facts

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Chinese New YearGung Hay Fat Choy! That’s Happy Chinese New Year to you. For 2017, Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 28, and is a time to celebrate the hard work of the previous year, relax with family, and hope for a prosperous upcoming year. Here are 6 facts you may not know about China’s biggest holiday celebration of the year:

Chinese New Year isn’t only Chinese. It’s a celebration of the Lunar New Year, which is observed across Asia. In fact, it is a major holiday for 20% of  the world’s population. Countries including China, Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam have one to four days designated as public holiday.  (more…)

Citrus: 5 Healthy Benefits

Posted on: January 18th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

CitrusIt must be nature’s way of giving us a sunny outlook – with winter in full force, we’re given a bounty of citrus this time of year. These antioxidant-loaded gems are in peak season right now, and with myriad health benefits, there’s no time like the present to indulge in citrus. Consider these 5 benefits of including more citrus in your diet:

Reduced Risk of Stroke. A study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke followed around 70,000 women for 14 years, tracking their flavanone consumption – a form of antioxidant flavonoids found in oranges, grapefruits, and their juices. Those who consumed the most had a nearly 20% reduced risk of (more…)