1. Stress-relief and self-esteem A Dutch study asked two groups to complete a stressful task. Afterwards, one group gardened for 30 minutes, while the other group read indoors. Not only did the gardening group report better moods than the reading group, they also had measurably lower cortisol levels. Cortisol, “the stress hormone”, may influence more than just mood: chronically elevated cortisol levels have been linked to everything from immune function to obesity to memory a
We're 1/3 of the way through Sexual Assault Awareness Month; what are you doing to take care of yourself? Awareness is hard work. Thinking about your role in supporting survivors and changing cultural norms is not nearly as fun as sharing videos of cats wearing socks. This is heavy stuff and it is vital to our collective health that we take steps to replenish our strength. I was carefully crafting some deep thoughts for you about self care. But then I learned about PuppYoga.