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Juniata Valley Family

Mindfulness can be useful in coping with anxiety

The effects of COVID-19 have rippled out far beyond the illness it causes. It has impacted the economy and changed our daily lives, ushering in new anxieties and increasing depressive thoughts. Anxiety disorders and depression are both illnesses a portion of the population deal with on a ...

After a stressful day, unwind with a hot bath

It is terrifying to look at the big picture sometimes, isn’t it? So, instead let us take it day by day, moment by moment, breath by breath. You most definitely have heard it a thousand times: “All you have is now,” and that is true. But sometimes it is also all you need to get ...

­Finding stillness through moments of chaos

What do self care and rice have in common? A few minutes of rest. Let me explain. Everyone is handling the pandemic differently. Our family has been staying at home as much as we can. We’ve been fortunate to remain healthy, but being home all the time has its own challenges. One of them ...

Set a new health goal — be kind to yourself

Many of us rush into the heart of winter with a flurry of big health goals, like losing a certain number of pounds and hitting the gym more often. These are admirable aspirations. But it’s also important to engage in more forgiving types of self-care — especially as the days shorten and ...

New mom balances quality time and chores

Two weeks ago, I steam-cleaned half of our bedroom carpet. That’s how it goes these days. “These days” being the 10 months since our daughter was born. Prior to becoming a parent, I’d get in deep-clean mode and spend an entire weekend scrubbing the house from top to bottom. I’ve ...

Clean your office for a healthier work space

When we bid farewell to winter and warmly welcome spring, we use it as an opportunity to clean our homes for the new season — it creates the sense of a fresh start when the flowers start blooming. But it’s not just your home that can benefit from a good cleaning — if you work the ...

Medical detox is an important part of recovery

Choosing to get off drugs or alcohol is a difficult choice, but it could be the most important step in your recovery. Medically-assisted detox is an option for many who are dealing with substance misuse. It uses medication to gradually step you down from substances, allowing chemicals to leave ...

Spring evokes memories of baseball, family bonds

Spring holds a lot of meaning for many people. The weather gets nicer, temperatures start going up and people become more active. With all of those things said, it also brings back America’s past time, baseball. We are just a few weeks away from Opening Day for Major League Baseball and ...

When should I call the doctor about back pain?

Back pain affects about 80 percent of people at some point in their lives. With numerous possible causes, it’s important to communicate your symptoms with your doctor to pinpoint the source and treat it effectively. Did you know there are 24 movable bones in your spine? Stacked on top of ...

Sunshine key to curb seasonal depression

This quarterly publication’s theme for this time around is Think Spring. Those words get one’s mind churning about flowers, warmer weather, spring cleaning, new life, and all that is coming back from the depths of winter freeze. I am choosing to take parents another direction with this ...