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10 Exercises to Ground Yourself in the Present

Our lives are busier than ever. With technology everywhere we go, it's easy to be constantly multitasking—reading documents on your tablet while you wait to pick up the kids from carpool, or sending emails from your smartphone while you jog on the treadmill. While being constantly connected is convenient, it has its downsides. Leading consistently busy lives is not only stressful, but it removes you from the present moment.

One helpful way to experience and enjoy more of your life is by practicing mindfulness. Not sure how to start being mindful? A great way is to practice. The following 10 exercises can help you ground yourself in the present and make your life both more manageable and more gratifying.

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Topics: Mind & Body, health, mindfulness, stress

Stop Acting Your Age

Occasional fashion disasters notwithstanding, we take pride in our originality. Nonetheless, we find that an old adage still rings true once in a while, and “you’re only as old as you think you are” is a phrase we find ourselves throwing around on a daily basis. Our bodies and minds are on a feedback loop—if you give in to feeling old then your body is quickly going to follow suit. But if you adopt the “50 is the new 40” (even better, 30!) way of thinking, then you’re likely to find your physique complying.

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Topics: aging, Mind & Body, Maintaining the Spark, health

Mother's Day Our Way

We were just talking this morning about how, when our kids were really young, all we secretly wanted for Mother’s Day was to get a break from them. Instead, we got a lot of beautiful family time and another screaming headache for which we had to grin and look grateful. And we were grateful for our families, of course, but wouldn’t have minded a little recognition for all the things we were in addition to mothers.

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Topics: new motherhood, Mind & Body, kids, stress

Menopause 101: Your Guide to Owning Your Post-Menopausal Sex Life

 Embrace Your Changing Body

When you hit menopause, it can seem like you're living in a stranger's body. New sensations, new challenges, new feelings and new realities can take hold. Because of this, many women view menopause as a frightening experience.

Our culture is one of the main culprits in this negativity, often touting menopause as the end of a woman's “enjoyable” life as she’s known it—the point when her sex drive, beauty, capability and health all take a nose dive. When messages like this are so pervasive in popular culture and media, it's not surprising that many women who are nearing or experiencing menopause feel bad about their bodies and their relationships.

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Topics: sex, aging, Mind & Body, menopause, Sex & Relationships

Exercise for Better Sex: Why It Works

Exercise, Endorphins and Excitement

Have you lost that lovin’ feeling?

As we age, give birth and enter menopause, our hormone levels can shift, which can lower our sex drive. Up to three-quarters of women between the ages of 45 and 58—still young by today’s standards—note a drop in their libido because of shifts in estrogen and testosterone levels. Reduced estrogen also causes fewer endorphins (the “happy hormones”) to be released in our bodies.

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Topics: Mind & Body, Sex & Relationships

10 Symptoms of Menopause and How to Treat Them

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Topics: sex, couples, aging, improving your marriage, relationship, Mind & Body, libido, menopause, health, desire, insomnia, sexual dissatisfaction, hot flashes, sexual heatlh, intimacy

4 Ways Your Relationship Gets Better Once the Kids are grown

When I was a new mom, I dreaded the first time that my daughter said she hated me. I was sure it would break my heart and strip all of my maternal confidence away. Inevitably, it happened. She was coloring on a wall (as young kids do) and I told her to stop. In her little 4-year-old voice, she looked me dead in the eye and said it: I hate you.

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Topics: better marriage, communication, couples, aging, relationship, communication tools, Mind & Body, Sex & Relationships, kids, health, mindfulness, exercisce, family, intimacy

5 Ways to Keep Your Cool During a Hot Flash

“I just love hot flashes!” —said no woman who has ever gone through menopause. Though the intensity and duration of hot flashes vary among women, some women need help managing the symptoms. There are many ways to help alleviate some of the discomfort of menopause, dealing with hot flashes in the heat of the moment (too soon? Sorry about that!) can be a challenge.

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Topics: aging, Mind & Body, menopause, health, mindfulness, hot flashes

How to Go on a Sexy Weekend Retreat

Sure, you’ve done the family Disney trip and the Grand Canyon, but when was the last time you and your partner snuck away for a sexy weekend retreat for just the two of you? It doesn't have to be expensive, and you don’t need more than a weekend. It’s about setting aside time to be in your bodies together.

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Topics: Modern Woman's Guide, better marriage, couples, improving your marriage, romance, relationship, Mind & Body, marriage, Sex & Relationships, Maintaining the Spark, Fiera Experts

A New Approach to Breakfast

As a child of the 70s, I grew up eating all manner of processed, virtually nutrition-free foods that parents everywhere were led to believe constituted “breakfast.” Convenience foods were new and embraced with gusto. As a mother, it makes perfect sense to me now that my parents didn’t question the nutritive content of a bowl of sugar cereal—it was easy.

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Topics: aging, Mind & Body, health, nutrition
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