If you’re a military spouse, you already know how challenging life can be. And if you’re a mother, your primary focus is usually your children’s well-being: are they doing well in school, are they participating in the right activities… are they getting enough social interaction? The checklist for your children is endless, however, have you stopped to check in on yourself?
There’s nothing better than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that was grown on a local farm in your city, is there? Shopping at farmer’s markets is fun. It’s almost sensory overload, all of the gorgeous colors, fresh produce, artisanal food products… and you’re getting fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or another country. And shopping at farmers markets also support your local farmers and keeps the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood.
Martial Arts have been popular in the US for a very long time. But did you know, besides the benefits of cardio exercise and learning self-defense and discipline, there are forms of martial arts that are great for reducing stress? One of the best martial arts for your mind, body and soul is Tai Chi.
In 2014, Jacksonville’s Daily News wrote an article about Greg Matos, a clinical psychologist who began a weekly meditation group at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune’s Chapel. Though Matos is a practicing Buddhist, meditation can be useful to anyone, and you need not be a Buddhist or any particular religious denomination to enjoy the benefits.
Locating places to practice yoga East of Swansboro and on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast may seem daunting at first, however, it’s pretty easy to find a class or two at almost every local gym and fitness center. But for the diehard yoga practitioners, it’s slim pickings.
Whether you’re traveling by air for business or pleasure, getting packed, standing in line and the large amounts of people in airports can be stressful. You have only to search online for tried and true ways to minimize stress while traveling, like eat healthy while traveling, make sure to hydrate, maintain your exercise plan and get in lots of walking. And while these are all great ideas, finding a few moments to meditate or simply mentally check out of the hustle and bustle can do wonders for travel-related stress.
Jacksonville is a small town, mostly made up of US Marines and their families. And you’d probably think you’d have to travel to Wilmington to find a decent yoga studio. However, your assumption would be incorrect. While the number of yoga studios in this area is small, you can find several studios and very passionate teachers.