Finding Comfort in Creative Projects

With both winter weather and new pandemic restrictions limiting our movements outside the home, indoor activities must take over. Prolonged separation from friends, work colleagues, and extended family can create stress and anxiety that needs somewhere to go, however. Exercise is a necessary stress reliever,...

Light Therapy for the Winter Blues

We don’t have to state the obvious and tell you that it’s dark in the Pacific Northwest much of the winter. If the lack of sunshine has you feeling blue, you might benefit from light therapy. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is common in northern latitudes....

Wellness Retreats Have Gone Virtual–and They Aren’t Bad!

This year has caused many of us to experience spikes in anxiety. Divisive politics, social unrest, rising unemployment, and the star of our show—the pandemic—has spurred stress. Exercise and self-care are smart approaches to mitigating anxiety and depression with or without the added pressures of 2020....

Teachers Are Stressed in Uncertain School Year

Teachers are struggling. That’s the top finding in a new survey of employed adults in Washington state by Premera Blue Cross. 42% of teachers said their mental health has declined since the COVID-19 emergency began that’s compared to 37.6% of the general Washington workforce. 36% of...

A Guide to Aromatherapy

Different smells elicit visceral experiences, like the scent of fresh homemade cookies being intrinsically connected to a sense of home. So what if there were scents that could mitigate stress? Or even help reduce physical pain?  Well according to Habitude Spa lead Kailey Smith, those benefits...

100 Things to Do Besides Read the News

A watched pot never boils and a watched TV can't call races any faster. Remember, it's the network's job to report the news 24 hours a day. It's not your job to watch or read the news 24 hours a day. In fact, excessive news consumption...