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You Only Have One Heart … Treat It Kindly!

February 2, 2017 • By

VH-hearthealth-tee-graphic-exampleFebruary: the month devoted to matters of the heart: Love and … health. Yes, heart health. We all know that Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th, but did you know that February is also National Heart Health Month, dedicated to both raising awareness of heart disease and raising money for heart health research? Proclamation 3566 was formally dedicated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Join us on Friday, February 3rd, National Wear Red Day.  All around the nation, including here at Velvet Heart, women (and men) are wearing RED to support Women’s Heart Health. Learn more here ….

velvet-heart-goes-redand when you shop VELVET HEART on-line we will donate 10% of all full price orders during the month of February to the “GO RED FOR WOMEN” campaign, and purchases over $150 will receive a FREE “Live Each Day with a Strong Heart” tee! VH Heart Strong Tee

Learn the FACTS:

  • FACT: Heart disease strikes women regardless of ages or socio-economic class. For this we need only remember the recent death of Carrie Fisher , due to heart disease less than two months ago. carrie fisher heart hollywood blvd

Give yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year. Commit to “Live each day with a strong heart” by taking just a few simple steps:

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  • Step 3: Eat Right: Click here for tips from celebrity chefs for heart-healthy cooking.

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  • Step 4: Laugh each and every day!  The expression “laughter is the best medicine” is nothing to laugh about! It’s true! Research shows that there is a decrease in stress hormones, a reduction in artery inflammation and an increase in HDL, or the “good” cholesterol when we laugh. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, cardiologist and director of women and heart disease at the New York City Lenox Hill Hospital said,  “Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better,” said Dr. Steinbaum, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. An added bonus: the positive effects of a good chuckle have been found to last 24 hours. Now that’s the kind of medicine we love!

Health & Well-Being, Life's Challenges, Resolutions

I Resolve to (try to) Keep My Resolutions!

January 9, 2017 • By

Start on January 1

Okay … we’re two weeks into the New Year ! Are your resolutions still holding? Well, if not, don’t kick yourself. It appears that only 8% of those who make promises to themselves actually keep them! So how do they do it? Why do some succeed while so many of us fail?

Studies show (yes, there are actually studies done on the “keeping of resolutions”) there are four steps to success:

  1. Keep it Simple
  2. Make it Tangible
  3. Make it Obvious
  4. Keep Believing You Can Do It

KEEP IT SIMPLE: Set small, reasonable goals that can be achieved one step at a time. This time honored “kiss” will remind you:

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MAKE IT TANGIBLE: Your goal/s should be based on rational targets. Not “I’ll lose weight,” but rather “I’ll lose 10 pounds.” Not “I’m going to write my book,” but rather break a larger goal into steps: Step 1: “I’m going to prepare the outline for my book” … and when you reach your first goal, set Step 2: “I’m going to write the introduction or chapter one,” etc. According to John Norcross, Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Scranton, “We say if you can’t measure it, it’s not a very good resolution because vague goals beget vague resolutions.”

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MAKE IT OBVIOUS: Post a chart of your progress as a daily reminder. Or, like blogger Julia in the movie, JULIE AND JULIA and the original blog: Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, make your pledge public. Use social media and let friends and family know your goal … they can help you keep on track. We all need support from time-to-time and your BFF may be that perfect someone who can keep you from slipping.

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KEEP BELIEVING YOU CAN DO IT: Have faith in yourself! Willpower can carry you through … but here’s something you should know about willpower. Psychological studies show that willpower, a “mind-body reaction to choice,” can get depleted. Fatigue can set it. “A growing body of research shows that resisting repeated temptations takes a mental toll. Some experts liken willpower to a muscle that can get fatigued from overuse.” On the positive side, willpower is a renewable resourse. You can essentially “re-boot” it.  Essentially, if you believe you have the strength to reach your goal, you will. I’m reminded of a quote I learned as a child:  “If you will it, it is no dream.”

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Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2017, and success in keeping your resolutions!