What’s the state of health for your body? Your relationships? Your feelings? Your surroundings? Other areas? The Wellness Toolkits from the National Institutes of Health can help you find out. Use these for yourself and tell invite your congregants about them. (Photo: Joshua Smith, Creative Commons)
Circadian rhythms and stress
Scientists have long known about the connection between circadian rhythms and performance, but recent research finds that saving stressful meetings, appointments, and encounters for afternoon or early evening may be healthier for you. Learn more about how to harness your body’s natural rhythms to reduce your metabolic stress load and be a healthier, rested, and […]
Breathe your way to better health
How you breathe is critical to health and wellness. This article explains the science behind breathing and how it can promote wellness while also suggesting exercises that may help reduce inflammation, high blood pressure, digestive upset, and other conditions. (Photo: Shawn Rossi, Creative Commons)
Eat better to live longer and slim down
When it comes to living longer–and feeling healthier, happier and slimmer in the meantime–your fate has never been more firmly in your hands. Research indicates that no matter your genetic predispositions, you can take real steps toward reducing your risk of dying early (even down to turning off your fat genes) by tweaking your lifestyle and […]
52 Proven Stress Reducers
Let’s face it: We live in a very stressful era, when we are dealing with all sorts of problems, both personally and globally. Meantime, there never seems to be enough time and energy to get everything done. To help, here are “52 Proven Stress Reducers” from the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation. (Photo (c) Laszlolorik, Fotolia)
Clergy Learn that Self-care is Not Self-ish
Even with the best intentions and all the knowledge and advice in the world, clergy of all ages often find it difficult to take care of themselves. On the long list of items that must be done every day, they often put self-care last, with unhealthy results for ministry. But churches are increasingly working to encourage and equip their leaders to take better care of themselves.(Photo © Warren Goldswain, Fotolia.)
A New Benefit to Exercising!
On Tuesday I worked out at the gym, spending a little over an hour to stretch, complete an abdominal circuit, lift weights, and then do 30 minutes of hard cardio. Working out has been my twice-a-week routine for 13 years now. But this time was different. It was free! (Photo © Warren Goldswain – Fotolia)
Take Good Care of You!
Lectionary Reflection for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 22, 2012
Jesus encouraged his disciples to rest and care for themselves so that they could better care for others. How are we as individuals, leaders, and congregations encouraging good self-care stewardship practices? Read on for more information! (Photo by HaPe_Gera used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)
Wellness and a Broken Sea Shell?
20th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A, Oct. 10, 2010
What does a battered but beautiful sea shell have to do with faith and wellness? Is it possible to be healed, made whole in Christ, without pain and scars being removed? Read on to find out.