A word from our midwife:
As the days finally start to become cooler, we heave a sigh, relaxing into a lovely fall as we remember the fun of summer. Fall is the time of Farmer’s Markets, final harvesting, wearing sweaters and watching our beautiful mountains start to change in preparation for the winter.
We also must change to be ready for cooler weather and more time indoors. For many of us school makes our lives more predictable, but we must make time for fun and spontaneity in the fall as well.
Remember to spend time for yourself every week. What do you want to do? Take a class? Volunteer? Walk the park every day? Learn a new craft? Give yourself time to pursue interests every week – make sure your partner does as well. Meet new people and keep your life exciting.
Remember, if you have a partner, spend time every week on a “date”. Dates are for enjoying each other’s company and learning more about each other. The “rules” for dates are:
1. You may not talk about your children (including any that are upcoming).
2. You may not talk about work.
3. You may not talk about money.
This will bring us back to the reason that we fell in love in the first place. Spend time exploring your partners interests and you will find more to love about each other.
Spend time finding fall activities that you would love, like city festivals, city parks, local canyons, leaf watching, corn mazes and pumpkin hunts. Wind up a lovely summer and get ready to enjoy a colorful fall.
Join The Birth Center in celebrating all of our families at our Giant Birthday Bash!
At Fairmont Park
1049 E Sugarmount Dr.
Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm
Refreshments, face painting. live music, henna art, a playground. photo booth & Magician Doug Roy!!
Lyn Christian of Soul Salt
For hundreds of years it’s been believed that emotions and heart sensations as well as gut instincts are inferior to rational thinking. Good old Rene’ Descartes set that up for us in the early 1600’s. Dubbed as the “Father of Western Philosophy,” this mathematician/philosopher is famous for saying Cogito ergo sum (I think; therefore I am.).
Today, science shows the value and wisdom of connecting with the other neural systems within our bodies. Let me share samples of what some researchers are saying about these scientific breakthroughs:
“Emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking.” —Antonio R. Damasio, Professor of Neurology and author of Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain
5 Easy Ways To Detox Your Life Just In Time For Fall
Anne Dorsey, Nutrition & Wellness Contributor
Voted "Best Nutritionist in Utah" by City Weekly
There’s a reason that Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” is a hit—it seriously works! Cleaning up your physical space clears your mental head space, too. Research shows that messy, disorganized living spaces can increase anxiety levels and decrease productivity. Not good!
You can do a really deep clean a là Kondo—which involves going through all of your belongings, setting aside the things that give you true “joy,” and getting rid of the rest—or if you’d prefer, do a literal clean. Use this all-natural DIY cleaning solution below to give your home the organic treatment it deserves. It works on tile, laminate, and marble, and smells incredible!
¾ cup of water
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
½ teaspoon liquid castile soap
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spritz the affected area and wipe clean with recycled paper towel or microfiber cloth.
September is a wonderful time to revisit the goals you set for yourself in the beginning of the year. It might have been a while since you last checked them, and I’ll bet that you’re pleasantly surprised when you see how much you’re done already!
If you’re not any closer to the goals that you created for yourself, it’s time to get focused and decide if they’re still important to you. Here’s the thing: It’s OK if your goals have changed and evolved—that means you have, too. Just be sure to write a new set of goals out to give yourself something to work towards.
We get an average of 120 emails a day—but only open about 30 percent of them. That’s a lot of spam. And it’s messing with your productivity. Researchers say that every time we step away from a task to check or answer email, it takes at least 15 minutes to get back into an efficient workflow. Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe from those messages that you constantly find yourself deleting. You can also try different services like unroll.me or list-unsubscribe.com to help you get rid of the stuff you don’t need quickly and easily.
Summer is coming to a close. It’s a notoriously lazy time of year—lounging, relaxing, and three-day-weekends are plentiful. All of this R&R is certainly nice, but can make even the most disciplined person throw their routine out the window.
Take stock of where you’re spending your time on a daily basis. You can write it in a spreadsheet, or an hourly calendar, to start documenting how much time you spend on everything you do in your life, including work, self-care, commuting, reading, exercising and cooking. Once you figure out how much time you’re spending on specific tasks, it’s up to you to decide if you’re using your time wisely and adjust accordingly.
The autumn produce you’ll find at the farmers’ market is magnificent—pumpkin, squash, and herbs are so bountiful. Exploring seasonal fruits and veggies is the perfect way to reset and cleanse your diet. Try eating light, plant-based meals for a week, or even using an elimination diet to crowd out cravings.
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