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To The Trees

To The Trees

Plants and trees are known to decrease carbon dioxide levels indoors. Other benefits of having live plants in the house include naturally increasing humidity, decreasing dust accumulation and they can also assist in reducing indoor pollutants, like nitrogen dioxide, benzene and hexane, along with other volatile organic compounds. Having greenery around can also reduce stress levels and is an easy way to incorporate nature indoors. One example of a home that worked trees around the property into a central focus of a renovation project is called the Sycamore House. From Aaron Neubert Architects, this 1950′s Californian home had plans for an… read more

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

There have been numerous research studies conducted revolving around the health benefits of chocolate. And many of them have pointed to some pretty good reasons to occasionally indulge in the go-to favorite of many. A few years ago, results from research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that a group of surveyed chocolate eaters who reported that they consumed more levels of chocolate had on average a lower body mass index. Another study concluded that dark chocolate rich in polyphenol can actually enhance sensitivity to insulin and may offset some of the issues that stem from fats in… read more

Stress And The Body

The Effects of Stress On The Body

Stress doesn’t always announce itself. Though we all know what it’s like to occasionally feel stressed out, ongoing stress can actually store in the body and present itself in an array of symptoms. An inability to concentrate, recurrent headaches and insomnia can all be signs of stress, but sometimes they are not recognized as stress induced. Letting symptoms repeatedly continue without intervention can lead to other issues, like heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health problems. This infographic from HeartMath provides a summary of how stress can irritate the body: Many health studies have looked into how stress affects… read more

Interior Design For The Mind

Interior Design For The Mind

Designers see interior spaces as a whole, though there are fragments that make up the complete design. Psychology understands that many aspects of living can affect the entire mental state and human emotions. When these 2 fields combine, spaces can be smartly designed to facilitate a desired feeling and enhanced mood, creating an alluring and functional place. Good interior designers know this and will listen and spend time with their clients in order to get a feel for what they want to accomplish in an area. In an article, Frames of Mind, the importance of emotional intelligence in interior design… read more

The Need to Rewind The Clock

Taking Back Time

We shouldn’t have to remind ourselves to be balanced, but unfortunately as imperfect creatures who too often get lost in the daily grind, we need to prompt ourselves to be better adjusted. Though the act of actually telling yourself to be more balanced may seem counterproductive, it is necessary that we realize stress triggers take up time and channel our focus in negative ways. As important as the many things around us are, it is also essential to take a moment to self-sustain. Not getting enough rest, heavy schedules and too much work to do can have detrimental effect on health… read more

The Beauty of Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is a simple technique which facilitates the return to a child-like state of presence, inner peace and stability. In the Western world, where walking around stressed and anxious is completely normal and the resulting health problems are rampant, Meditation, the ancient and timeless practice of deep conscious relaxation, is gaining popularity like never before. Meditation v Medication While prescription medicines like anti-depressants can be of enormous relief to sufferers of stress-related disorders in the short term; they do not treat the source of the imbalances and are therefore impermanent. This is why many doctors say clinical depression is incurable,… read more