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Five Tips to De-stress Your Life on the Go

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It’s official: summertime is gone and the living is no longer so easy. With school, work, after-school activities and the holidays looming just around the corner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the things life tends to throw at us this time of year. In order to conquer the daily grind and be the hero of the holidays, consider these 5 tips to de-stress your life.

  1. Identify the source of your stress. It’s easy to identify major life events that cause stress; a big move, divorce, change or loss of jobs are all things that typically cause stress. It’s the daily stressors that can be a bit trickier to pinpoint. That’s why being honest and realistic with yourself about your thoughts and feelings is a good way to identify the real reasons we freak out. The American Psychological Association recommends keeping a to-do list, journaling or even just verbalizing your feelings in the moment can go a long way in the fight against stress. It can also be a step toward getting the help you need, whether it’s your spouse helping with the grocery shopping or empowering your kids to decide for themselves what to wear the night before, instead of the morning of.
  1. Unplug and power down. A recent University of Kansas study revealed that excessive smartphone use can lead to stress and anxiety. Our brains are incredible structures. They process so much information, store a lifetime’s worth of memories and through ‘neuroplasticity’ actually change their structure throughout our lives so we can continue to learn and remember things into our advanced years. But brains also need downtime to process the ever-increasing amount of sensory information with which we bombard them. If we are constantly engaging at school and work, then hopping on Facebook and continuing to engage with whatever people are sharing and posting, the brain isn’t getting that break it needs. That also means we’re not involved in activities we find relaxing and fun, less time engaging with the kids and connecting with our loved ones. Power down the tablet, put the laptop to sleep, and silence your smartphone. You’ll be glad you did.
  1. Get Physical. Physical affection releases oxytocin, a hormone that reduces pain and causes a calming sensation. Whether it’s holding hands with your little one, having a sexy night in with that special someone, or even cuddling up with the dog, giving and receiving affection is a good way to break up stress and anxiety for everyone in the family.
  1. Get Out. There are a whole bunch of ways getting outside reduces stress. For starters, becoming one with Mother Nature promotes exercise, increases brain function and is an excellent way to get some Vitamin D. The smell of many flowers found outside, including jasmine, lilacs and roses, have been proven to decrease stress and increase relaxation. The scent of fresh pine has even been shown to lower depression and anxiety. Not to mention that much of the United States is transitioning into fall colors right about now, so scoop up the kids, peel your husband away from football and take a day to immerse yourself in nature!
  1. Just Say No. It can seem as though our plates are always piled high with obligations and commitments which is why cutting stress can be as easy as simply saying no, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is important to remember that other people’s priorities are not your priorities; only you can determine what your priorities are. Politely declining to make yourself available to others on occasion, can free up your schedule to do the things that are really important.

These are just a few way ways you can cut down on the stress of the season and keep everyone in the family sane all the way through to the New Year.

Love on the Go: Intimacy Kits Made Easy

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Love on the Go features an innovative way to help bring intimacy into couples lives. As a distinguished clinical psychologist, Dr. Sharon saw over time that many couples struggle with intimacy in their relationship. “I saw a real need in my patients lives, and I wanted to come up with a creative and convenient way to help them bring intimacy and happiness back into their relationships,” Dr. Sharon. This passion and care for others lead her to create the Love on the Go intimacy kits and all of the products in the Products on the Go® line.

“We’ve all been there before,” said Dr. Sharon. “We have to buy every item individually, and sometimes at different stores for one moment of intimacy. That can be embarrassing for many people, and sometimes just the effort can dampen the mood.” Love on the Go has prepackaged intimacy items making it easy, convenient, and discreet. These kits include all-natural products, trusted brands, and eco-friendly packaging. “I know how important intimacy is, and Love on the Go makes it easy for you to get to that place.”

“Not only did I want the kits to be convenient, I wanted them to be designed with care.” Dr. Sharon’s as a family and couple therapist is seen in the “Up all Night” kit. Inside the discreet black packaging is a set of sexy playtime cards that Dr. Sharon personally wrote. “I’ve seen sexy cards before, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for. This lead me to write my own set of cards, to ensure they were perfect.” Another distinguishing item in the kit is the 100% Natural Watermelon Massage Oil. “Scent is often the most over looked sense when working with intimacy. I chose watermelon because of its fresh lively scent, and it’s kissable!” said Dr. Sharon. “I also included silk rose pedals, and even a blind fold, to make sure a couple would have everything they needed for an intimate night.”

Hot in Here is a second kit, that was created for a simpler, but just as intimate night with your partner,” said Dr. Sharon. Highlighted in the “Hot in Here” kit is the natural personal lubricant. “I wanted a lubricant that would allow you to focus on the connection with your partner, without the worry of harsh chemicals being in the last place you want them to be,” said Dr. Sharon.

“My dream for Love of the Go is to allow couples to get back to a place of deeper love and connection with each other,” said Dr. Sharon. Love on the Go collection is just one of the many brands within Products on the Go® that is passionate about making people’s lives happier, and easier. 

 

Stressed Life on the Go: Overworked and Underloved

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Dr. Sharon Buchalter, CEO and Founder of Products on the Go®, has made it her life’s work to bring more happiness and less stress to people’s lives. This week Products on the Go dives into the issues of busy lives, and what effect these issues can have on intimacy.

We hear it all the time “Americans are always stressed and overworked,” but do you ever stop to realize how true this statement is? In a study conducted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University they found Americans are more stressed and more unhappy than our counterparts in other countries. What’s more, Americans are also fatter and sicker than people in any of the other first world countries. It may be hard to believe this is. Think about it we have any information at our finger tips, we can travel the world in a moment’s notice, and everything is made to be quick and easy. However, the heartbreaking reality is stress is all around us, and it has a very real impact on the most important part of our lives.

This enormous amount of stress and unwanted illness placed on us has damaging effects in every part of our lives. You might not realize it, but one area that can really suffer is intimacy with our partners. With daily pressures, you might go through an entire day and realize you haven’t looked your partner in the eyes once. Intimacy is vital in maintaining a healthy relationship. In a Psychology Today article Dr. Barton Goldsmith, author of Emotional Fitness or Intimacy, wrote “without [intimacy], your ability to take on the world can be greatly compromised.” Intimacy has the power to significantly change the way we think, and feel. Intimacy doesn’t just mean heading to the bedroom with your partner either, it is connecting with the one you love on a deeper level than solely physical. The greatest intimate moments usually aren’t the ones in the bedroom. It’s the ones outside of it, like watching the sunset with your partner’s arms wrapped around your waist.

If stress has caused a lack of intimacy in your relationship, it can seem difficult to get back to that understanding and safe place. Building intimacy doesn’t need to be some grand gesture. It can simply mean kissing your partner before they head out the door to work, or holding their hand while walking through the grocery store. Intimacy also involves being kind, and generous to your loved one. Opening the car door, or picking up their favorite beer for you both to share while sitting on the patio are wonderful actions that build intimacy. Little expressions of love, and caring go a long way in bringing intimacy back into your relationship.

Don’t let stress steal one more day of your relationship. In a quote from Professor Brene Brown, who has done TED Talks on vulnerability, “connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” So take a moment to hug your partner and tell them your favorites things about them, and take the first steps in rebuilding that connection. Intimacy is powerful, bring it back into your relationship and kick stress out.