018 | Managing caregiver stress during a loved one’s hospital trip

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If you are in a caregiver role, this episode has tips and ideas to help you manage stress. This is a solo episode with content that stems from my own experiences. I share methods for managing stress that I use while in the caregiver role with my mom. These are ideas you can adopt if […]

015 | Farrier Brad Bixler Shares About Managing Work Life on the Road Plus Interesting Travel Adventures

Photo of Brad Bixler, farrier, in Episode 15 of Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris

Spend time on our Dawn of Promise Farm, as I conduct an impromptu interview with our farrier, Brad Bixler. In addition to being a farrier (trims and shoes horses), Brad is also a journeyman pipefitter and adventurer who travels the world. This conversation out in the pony shed with my horse, Madison, over our shoulder, is […]

HF12 | Relax While Horseback Riding With Vickie and Her Connemara, Madison

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In Episode 12 of the podcast, you get to go on a horseback ride with me and my Connemara pony, (who is actually horse size). His name is Kerrymor Madison. The Edirol recorder I like to record many of my episodes with is quite portable and fit nicely in the pocket of my vest, so […]

HF5 | Tractor Cab Conversation With Roger Miller About Auto Steer and GPS | Lucille Maris Shares a WWII Story About the Clausings

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I took my Roland Edirol H09 recorder with me as I climbed into the cab of a John Deere to interview Roger Miller as he works ground to prepare it for planting in north central Indiana. You’ll feel like you’re in the tractor cab too as you hear the engine running and the variety of beeps […]

HF4 | Take a Hike With Vickie and Her Llama, Heartsong | Enjoy the Peacefulness of the Farm at Sunset

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HF4 | Take a Hike With Vickie and Her Llama, Heartsong | Enjoy the Peacefulness of the Farm at Sunset Moving your body is a terrific method to reduce stress. Hiking along the trails on the farm is one way that I find relief from stress after a busy day. I often take one of the llamas […]

HF3 | Health Counselor Mary Mitchell Talks About Easy, Healthy Eating Choices For Your Busy Lifestyle | Lucille Maris Shares a WWII Story About Saying Goodbye

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HF3 | Health Counselor Mary Mitchell Talks About Easy, Healthy Eating Choices For Your Busy Lifestyle | Lucille Maris Shares a WWII Story About Saying Goodbye Mary Mitchell, health counselor, shares wisdom for your health in this interview. While the conversation was conducted in early 2013, it has been repurposed for Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris […]

HF1 | Healthy Living: Lucille Maris Shares Tips From Her 92 Years

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Gluten-Free Eating; Living Simply during WWII Special guest on this first episode of Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris, is my mom, Lucille Maris. She shares her secrets to keeping fit and healthy at age 91 ½ years. Lucille talks about eating healthy from the time she grew up in the 1920s to her diet of meals […]

4 Healthy Snacking Tips | Have Your Snack Plan Ready Before the Cravings Hit

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4 Healthy Snacking Tips By Coach Vickie Maris Eating a healthy snack in between meals is one way to keep your metabolism going and to decrease your cravings. I have been working to turn any “nervous eating” or “stress eating” that I do at my desk at work into healthy snacking. I’m hoping that a […]

This One Time at Accordion Camp … | Find a Way to Unplug From Life Stress | Rest Your Brain

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Editor’s Note:  I don‘t know about you, but it seems like life just keeps getting faster paced and more stressful. The pace at work, the demands from our roles as spouses, parents, children, employees, sports enthusiasts and more, are calling for big measures in stress relief. One of my reactions has been to exercise on a daily […]

Retrain your brain to deal with stress | Positive effects exercise can have on your brain

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Editor’s Note:  In this article, I want to provide you with a few links to resources to help you deal with the stress in your life. I also hope to help you make the important connection between exercise and reducing stress. It’s one of the topics I often address in my podcast, Heartsong Fit With […]