Coffee lover. Nature addict. Health and wellness freelance writer at TheContentBarista.com. I write about things that make us happier, healthier humans.

Need to relieve stress? Mother Nature has your back.

River and path in a forest to show nature helps you relieve stress.
River and path in a forest to show nature helps you relieve stress.

“In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks.”

John Muir, Naturalist (1838–1914)

Got to give it to the man — he was right.

And research is proving just how forward-thinking that quote actually is.

It’s true for most of us that when we get out to hike, play sports, walk the dogs or bask in the sun we’re not thinking about our health. We’re thinking it’s fun!

But a growing body of scientific research is proving nature is good for our health and wellness, too — including relieving stress.

Stress can be crafty and disguise itself in…


How to start when it just doesn’t seem important right now

Woman working out at home with her dog.
Woman working out at home with her dog.

I don’t know about you but the results of being home all day during social distancing and stay-at-home are starting to show.

Mostly on my hips.

I know I’m not the only one. IG is teeming with #quarantine15 and #corona15 pics.

And that’s because indulging in comfort food is easy.

Our world has been turned upside down and we are reeling. And dealing with these events has been downright scary. Nothing else seems as important.

But doesn’t it make sense to use this time doing something good for our bodies, too — like working out?

As gyms and fitness studios…


The strategies I learned (from scary experience!) for staying happy and safe on the trail — and getting the proven benefits of hiking.

Four people with backpacks share a laugh while walking through a wooded area.
Four people with backpacks share a laugh while walking through a wooded area.

Hiking helped me with relieving the pain of constant anxiety. It helped me with stress relief in a way that was fun and made me view physical activity as something to enjoy, rather than as a chore. Day hikes—longer than a casual walk, but not overnight—have become my favorite way to cope.

Not only is getting out in nature and exploring a new trail fun, but it’s good for your health, too, including relieving stress.

I know this from experience. I’ve enjoyed day hiking for more than 20 years and it helped me manage my stress at a time when…


Woman by ocean with arms open wide conveying the feeling of freedom.
Woman by ocean with arms open wide conveying the feeling of freedom.

Good riddance, 2020!

If you’re like most people, you’re ready to put 2020 behind you. Fraught with economic decline, political divisiveness, racial tension, and a pandemic, it’s no wonder.

But some things — like brain fog — are harder left behind than others.

Brain Fog — what it is

“The term “brain fog” poetically describes one or more cognitive symptoms, including lack of mental clarity, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and lack of focus,” says Dr. Diana Concannon, PsyD, licensed psychologist.

Concannon, Dean of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University, explains, “Brain fog…is also a common side effect of chronic stress, which is one…


Confession: This is not the article I had intended to write

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Confession: This is not the article I had intended to write.

My article was going to be a straight-forward health and wellness “listicle” of ways to boost your immune system.

For the last few days I’ve been brushing up on my knowledge of the immune system, activities and foods that help boost it and finding science-backed research so when I share the article you’d know I was telling the truth.

But I find myself distracted.

Here I am learning how garlic and honey help the body defend itself against…

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