The Therapeutic Value of Spending Time in Nature

The Therapeutic Value of Spending Time in Nature By Steven Sanders As a reader of Celestial Prescriptions, you are likely already aware of the benefits of spending time in nature. Author and journalist Richard Louv has developed the notion that our society suffers from what he calls “nature deficit disorder,” due to the lack of time we spend out in nature. Without much delving in to this idea, you probably see this in your own life, and in the lives {Read More}

My Story~Prescription for Addiction (On video!)

I’ve been awol for awhile now. Miranda got married in May and I spent about 9 months planning the wedding. I’ll show you some pictures in an upcoming blog post ūüôā I’m so proud of Miranda and Jamie and all they’ve accomplished. But it definitely takes a village! We also spent quite a bit of time traveling this summer and I’ll be sure and send some pics from our trip as well. But in this post I’m getting back to {Read More}

Habit vs. Addiction and the God-Sized Hole in Your Heart

  We are creatures of habit. And we LOVE our creature comforts. You know, those things that make us feel warm and fuzzy, cozy…give us a sense of well-being. Things that make us feel like everything is going to be okay. And for the most part, they’re not a problem. BUT…you knew it was coming…BUT Satan knows our weaknesses and insecurities. He knows how to use our creature comforts against us. And when those comforts become habits, we are in {Read More}

“Change your thoughts and you change your world”~Norman Vincent Peale

  One of the first non-fiction books I ever read was¬†The Power of Positive Thinking¬†by Norman Vincent Peale. I was in my first year of college at Clemson University, and I was hopelessly homesick. My mom put everything into my hands she could to help me through that first semester at Clemson, and that book was part of the package. It’s a shame wisdom comes with age, but I’m sure it’s all part of God’s plan. That’s one of those {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Laughter really is the best medicine

¬† With winter approaching, many people are affected by seasonal affective disorder and fight the wintertime blues. Since my busy life has made it difficult for me to post lately, I thought I’d repost my series of practical tips to get those happy hormones in your brain working to create a happier you this winter. Enjoy! As a pharmacist, a patient, and a child of God who’s had to be “parented” quite a lot over the last eight years, I {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Be careful little ears what you hear

Summer months are lazy months. Kids are home from school and all they want to do is sleep late and then when they finally do get out of bed, they plop down on the sofa to television. And I fall right into the trap with them! Especially if there’s housework to be done. Procrastination is often my adversary.¬† When I start feeling like a sloth… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† {Read More}

Addiction may be stalking closer than you think…

I wanted to share this poem again today. This poem has been a very popular blog post for me, and I didn’t know who wrote it until today. From what I’ve found, a 21-year old woman wrote it by the name of Ashley Van Davis who lost her life to crystal meth. It was found in the top drawer of her dresser after she died. She may have written it about crystal meth, but it applies to any addictive substance. {Read More}

The Great Depression, the Road to Freedom

I’ve often said that anyone who has not experienced true depression cannot really understand it.¬† About four years ago, while still in the midst of my depression, someone recommended The Shack by William P. Young. As soon as I realized the youngest daughter in the story disappears, I put down the book. Marlee was five at the time and it was more than I could bear to read. But since God lifted my depression, I picked it back up and {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~The Power of Touch

I’m back to my posts on how we can use the five senses God gave us to fight depression and made us happier. Today it’s the power of touch.¬† The touch of Jesus is illustrated through story after story in the Bible.¬† The story from the prescriptions verse above where he touched the leper and healed him. The story of Peter when he stepped out of the boat to walk on water. When he took his eyes off Jesus, he {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Choosing to See Truth

As a pharmacist who became the patient for seven years, I gained quite the understanding on depression. If you’ve never experienced it, I’m rejoicing with you! It’s not a place you want to go. If you have experienced it…well, I’m right there with you.¬† In the gloomy pit of despair and hopelessness that is depression, desperation is born. The desire to be out of that pit is overwhelming. We will do anything to get out.¬† Prozac, one of the most {Read More}

Tips to a Happer You in 2012~When life gives you lemons, sniff them!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles¬† and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller God gave us five senses‚ÄĒhearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell. All of these senses send direct messages to our brains. Consider the information given by the Social Issues Research Center on the subject of fragrance and emotion:¬† The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Stretch Your Way to Happy

When Marlee was just a toddler, she would stretch endlessly. When I would go to get her up in the mornings, she would stall saying, “Hang on, I’m not finished stretching yet.” And she would stretch to one side, then the other, procrastinating because she didn’t want to get out of bed.¬† But she always got up in the best of moods!¬† Stretching does so much for our mind and body. When I get up in the morning, I try {Read More}

Tips to a Happier you in 2012~The Sweet Truth

What are the most common conditions for which we would consider a change in our diet? ‚Äʬ†¬† High blood pressure?¬† ‚Äʬ†¬† Obesity? ‚Äʬ†¬† Diabetes? ‚Äʬ†¬† ¬† Those are the no-brainers. But what about your brain? Do you think about the food we eat being connected to our brain?¬† Let me give you an example from personal experience:¬† When I was finishing pharmacy school, I did a clinical rotation at Greenville Memorial Hospital in the Cancer Treatment Center. I had to {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Music Therapy

Everyone is affected by music. In one form or another, it’s all around us.¬† In the Bible, David wrote the entire book of Psalm dedicated to singing to the Lord. David had a heart for God, but if you read the stories of David in scripture, you also know he was just another sinful human being saved by the grace of God.¬† Music has been used for years as therapy for depression, stroke victims, and accident victims‚ÄĒvirtually anyone, whose brain {Read More}