By: Miraval’s Anne Parker, Wellness Counselor

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Cell phones and tablets and laptops! Oh, My!

How can I live more mindfully and still deal with all the demands of technology?

This is a series of 3 blogs discussing the negative impacts of how we relate to technology. The first two discuss negative impacts on our personal well-being. The third discusses negative impacts on our relationships.

Spice up your spring menu with our Southwestern spin on everyone's favorite seafood dish. These are so decadent you won't believe they're only 240 calories!

By: Miraval’s Sheryl Brooks, Registered Nurse

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Here are 7 tips to help encourage healthy sleep!

  1. Your bedroom should be a personal haven that you look forward to curling up in each night.  Create it to be relaxed and inviting by choosing soft, soothing colors, clearing out clutter or anything else that doesn’t promote what bedrooms are made for.  Televisions, computers and laundry interrupt sleep and romance so don’t bring them in.
  2.  Your sleep hormone, melatonin is interrupted by light.  Keep your bedroom as dark as possible to promote sleep.  Consider room darkening shades, or wear a comfortable eye mask if you want that night light on.  If you r room is dark and you wake up easier when there is light consider an alarm clock that shines light to wake you or set a timer on your bedside lamp so it turns on a few minutes before your alarm goes off.  

By: Miraval’s Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

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Serious Saturn is in harmony with Mercury the planet of the mind and communication at the beginning of April. The first few days of the month are excellent for study and taking care of paperwork (like doing taxes)!  Getting organized and planning ahead is advised.  This will be easy for those Aries born near March 24th a Sagittarians born near November 26th.

 

By: Miraval’s Rebecca Wilkinson, Wellness Counselor, M.A.

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Most of us would never identify ourselves as artists—kindergarten may have been the last time we made art.  In fact, most of us would rather avoid ever calling to attention to our lack of artistic skill.

So why do art if we have no artistic talent?  The simplest answer is that art is a way of learning something about ourselves that we wouldn’t be able to find out any other way.  It gives us information that we didn’t have before.

For example, when people are at a crossroads in their lives, Art Therapists often use art to help them decide how they should proceed.   We suggest that they use color, line, and shape to draw the path they are on and we ask “What would be different if things were the best they could be?  How would you feel?  What and who would be in your life?“

By: Miraval’s Nancy Teeter, Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian

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Certainly, you’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Current studies support this axiom, and this nutritionist heartily recommends that you break your overnight fast with some healthy carbs, protein and fat.  Here are four reasons to start your day with a healthy breakfast. 

 

By: Miraval’s Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.

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Traveling? - Have fun, be present, stay well

Changing seasons often coincide with holiday breaks and the opportunity for travel.  Have you ever planned the perfect getaway,  expecting to energize, relax, have fun, and return home feeling better than when you left, but instead return with a cold you picked up somewhere along the way?  This time, be proactive and protect yourself from those nasty germs.  Here are some helpful tips for staying your healthiest while on the road.

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By Kim Kelder, Miraval's Skincare Specialist 

Miraval's Lead Aesthetician and Skincare Specialist, Kim Kelder, shares some must have skin care products for the spring!

CLARINS UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40

  • What it is: A SPF that protects the skin from the sun, environmental pollution, and free radicals.
  • What it is formulated to do: This sheer, oil-free formula offers triple protection. It shields the skin from sun damage, fights wrinkles and DNA damage, and delivers a dose of Clarins powerhouse antioxidant complex to fight wrinkle-causing free radical damage.
  • Ingredients: Cantaloupe Melon Extract: Contains an exceptional concentration of super oxide dismutase, an antioxidative enzyme that neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals on skin. 100% Mineral UVA/UVB Filters: Titanium Dioxide, guarantees high protection while respecting the skin. Plant Polymers: Create an invisible "veil" on the skin, letting it breathe without leaving white traces.

By: Miraval’s Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.

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Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 am this Sunday, March 8th.  Although it may be only a slight annoyance to reset clocks or appliances, that one hour change can wreak havoc for days as far as your body is concerned. 

As a nurse I have seen on the job accidents happen more frequently, productivity decline, and have read the research that shows an increase heart attacks when we lose that one hour of sleep that happens when we spring forward. 

Circadian rhythm is the predictable biological and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle-our master clock, basically.  Even with just that one hour shift in that rhythm we feel and function differently.  That difference is in part because our hormones are released differently and those hormones impact our appetite, how alert we are and how much inflammation is present in our bodies.  Such changes can make an existing medical condition, such as cardiac disease worse.

By: Miraval’s Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

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This month several major astrological events are worth mentioning.  Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance retrograde in favorable relationship to Uranus, the planet of progress is exact on March 3rd. The need to experience freedom and independent decisions can open new doors. This transit is often associated with sudden good luck and so it is an excellent time to take a chance. The ability to grasp new ideas and understand quickly changing situations makes this an excellent financial period. Projects or jobs begun under this influence are likely to be fortunate. You may have the opportunity to purchase a computer, car or new equipment. Chance meetings with influential people can bring excitement. This is often a turning point in which some are able to overcome limiting circumstances. But don't just sit back and wait for things for fall in your lap! This and especially fortunate time for those born August 6-7 and Aries born April 3-4.