Every year, at about this time, I can’t help but notice that the closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more uptight and anxious many people become. For some, it’s the stress of preparing the big turkey dinner, for others it’s the thought of traveling long distances during the heaviest travel period of the year, and then there’s the stress of the upcoming holiday season that kicks off moments after the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared.
Category: Mind & Spirit
I believe that there is no separation of body, mind and emotions. Thoughts, feelings, attitudes and belief systems all affect your physical well being in the same way that a dysfunction in your body can affect your mental well being.
Keeping healthy means therefore not only your physical health but also your mental and spiritual health. Finding meaning and a sense of purpose in life is an important part of your prescription for wellness.
One of my guiding principles in life is based on the notion of Ubuntu, an African word meaning what us makes us human is the humanity we show each other. Ubuntu is a belief in the universal bond of sharing that unites all humanity. It is a concept that is similar to what we know as compassion – compassion for ourselves, our family, our community, the global community and the earth.
In this section you will find posts on Ubuntu, stress reduction, relaxation, meditation and spiritual well-being.
Breathing is, fortunately, second nature. We draw breath hundreds of times a day and around the clock without a second thought. However, when we get flustered, breath becomes short and shallow – and stress has nowhere to go but up! In that flustered state, it’s easy to forget to be in the moment and, as they say, “just breathe.”
There are so many clichés about how becoming a parent changes you – all the things we can learn from our children and how wonderful it is to see the world through fresh eyes. And yet as cheesy as it may sound, most of them hold pretty true. Of course it comes in good company with sleep deprivation, exhaustion, lack of any ‘me’ time and whole new world of worries – but yes, it is indeed all worth it. As my son’s about to turn two, it seems only appropriate to reflect on some of the things I’ve observed and learned from him already.
As a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a friend, a business owner, an avid runner, and someone who prides himself on showing up everyday in every way, I work hard to stay motivated, committed, and engaged. You have to—otherwise, you just exist. And for me, that’s simply not enough.
The end-of-summer, back-to-school season can be almost as stressful as the frantic December holiday season. With the pace of life switching from endless summer days to jam-packed, over-scheduled autumnal ones almost overnight, September can be a real head-spinner for both kids and parents.
As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in New York City, I see a lot of anxiety. A lot. And I’m disheartened to see so many of my patients on loads of psychiatric medications that are not necessarily helping and may even be causing harm. Meanwhile, these highly medicated folks are still suffering from anxiety!
Treating other people well isn’t just good for your karma. It’s good for your health and vitality, too. Psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, author of Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection, studies how “micro-moments” of connection with others, like sharing a smile or expressing concern, improve emotional resilience, boost the immune system, and reduce susceptibility to depression and anxiety.
The scientific case for doing nothing more often — and its surprising rewards.
In the mid-1980s, physician and author Victoria Sweet, MD, was doing her internal-medicine residency at San Francisco’s Kaiser hospital. She worked 110 hours a week, getting time off only every fourth night, after a 34-hour shift. It was then that Sweet discovered the necessity of a little idleness.
“You don’t need to be a Buddhist monk to reap the benefits of mindfulness,” says Andy Puddicombe, founder ofGetSomeHeadSpace.com. He says mini meditation breaks throughout the day can clear your mind and help you feel less stress and more control. Commit yourself to giving it a shot tomorrow. Here’s how.
Tired of hunched shoulders, a sore back, and tight hips? These six moves are a great cure for the common computer slouch.
There’s a monster in your home and it’s undermining your health. It’s in your car, and at the office, too. And at every restaurant or movie theater you visit.