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Publisher's Letter for June 2021

May 25, 2021 09:51PM ● By Dana Boulanger
Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
                                            —Dalai Lama

Our June issue is focused on men’s health. Dudes, I want to encourage you to make healthier choices—now. What healthy choices? You know, like eating more fruits, vegetables and lean protein; drinking more water; exercising regularly; and establishing good weekly routines of self-care, such as mindfulness. I encourage you to take charge of your wellness and be the best version of you. (Kudos to men who are already rocking it!) I personally have some important men I love having in my life, and of course I want them to be happy, healthy and vibrant so we can enjoy life together.
    
So drop and give me 40—a great goal for men in and around their 40s—and then keep doing it. Why? Because a new study from Harvard concluded that active, 40ish men who were able to do 40 pushups had a 96 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years than men who could do fewer than 10 pushups. Physical activity, a proper diet and managing emotional stress are all important to long-term wellness. Read more in our feature article on page 22, “Integrative Health for Men: Natural Approaches for Robust Vitality.”
   
Now more than ever, we need to be mindful about our health and wellness. We’ve all been challenged, stressed and forced to make many changes in our daily lives because of Covid-19, and as more and more restrictions are being lifted, we’ll be asked to change yet again. Many of us have been in survival mode, having experienced major losses in our lives: of loved ones, coworkers, friends, jobs, businesses, income and the ability to travel freely, both here in New York and in many other states and countries. We have all been through a lot. I’ve spoken to several health professionals who told me that a vast number of people are currently experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. For some of us, this next shift in our lives will be extremely stressful; after having had to adjust to months and months of isolation, there will be new obstacles and fears and possibly low spirits and loss of hope due to more forced change, which can be really challenging. Healthy lifestyle choices and new routines can help us all deal, and they’re especially important for people with depression. Our article “Beat the Blues Naturally: Drug-Free Ways to Treat Depression,” on page 26, has great suggestions for small lifestyle shifts we can make to feel more vibrant, hopeful and empowered, many of which I incorporated into my life years ago. It was actually just this past year, during the NY Pause, that I discovered the joy of my morning miles; connecting with nature daily inspires and ignites me.
   
Summer is fast approaching, with warmer, longer days. New events and classes are popping up all the time, so please check our news briefs and monthly calendars for local happenings (yes, some will still be virtual). And visit our website, WakeupNaturally.com, for even more happenings posted to our online calendar. While you’re there, sign up for our monthly email to stay informed. Then head outside: Now is a great time to check out the many miles of hiking and biking trails in our area, as well as the numerous parks and nature preserves.
   
Finally, I would like to honor all the dads who’ve cared for us and been there for us. May your hearts glow with pride and joy.

My best,
Dana

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