Veronica Arreola’s schedule seemed to sneak up on her. Her job at the University of Illinois at Chicago required long hours, and she did some pro bono freelance writing for a local nonprofit. Weekday mornings, she drove her 6-year-old daughter to school and picked her up after work. She also fit in errands, housework, and social obligations. It felt manageable—but just barely. She was constantly running behind schedule.
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.
As a holistic psychiatrist, I would love for my patients to forage for wild greens in an old-growth forest and meditate an hour a day. But I practice in New York City, so most of my patients push back on that plan and say they can dedicate about 90 seconds per day toward wellness. To help out, I’ve identified a few life “hacks” that pack the most bang for your buck. Give some of these a try, and you’ll be feeling better with minimal effort.
It’s time to move.
It doesn’t matter if you are reading this from your bed or your chair or from the line outside of your favorite lunch spot.
The time is now, because any time, really, is the time to move.
There’s nothing like the smell of a coastal redwood forest. The scent of sun-warmed bark mixed with notes of pine and slightly salted air is unmistakably Northern California.
I’m taking in the aromas at a former shooting range that’s been turned into a haven for old typewriters at Camp Grounded, a digital-detox retreat in Anderson Valley outside of Navarro, Calif. As I do target practice with my fingers on a vintage keyboard, the pinging sound between line breaks reminds me of BBs hitting aluminum cans.
This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, which means you’ll have an entire day dedicated to love. Love can be expressed and experienced in so many ways, and often we forget to give ourselves the loving kindness we need, want and deserve. So go ahead, treat yo’ self with some of these healthy, nourishing and loving activities.
When I work with clients, they often think that the most important things to focus on when cultivating greater health are diet and exercise. While these are incredibly important for optimal health, stress reduction is just as important and often falls to the wayside. Meditation is one of the best tools out there to promote a relaxation response in the body and soothe your parasympathetic nervous system. Here are my top tips for developing a regular meditation practice.
Change. Why is it that the changes we promise to make on New Year’s Day are so easily broken just a few days later? Why is it that sticking with new, healthy habits can seem like such a challenge? One reason might be that we’re not actually enjoying the process of making those changes. But what if they were fun? What if these healthy changes were more like treats that filled us with good feelings instead of resentment or cravings for old, not-so-healthy habits? With this in mind – the idea that changes that feel fun are the ones that’ll stick – I’ve put together a ‘pleasurable plan’ for 2016.
If you need an extra reminder to how your gut and microbiome are directly connected to how the brain and mind functions, read these most popular articles from 2015.
Winter is here! Today is the winter solstice, which signals winter’s official start date and the shortest day of the year. If you are starting to feel the winter blues and know it will only come on stronger post the holiday season, here are some instant healthy mood boosters and ways to conquer the winter blues.
Between the shopping and the parties, plus work and everyday life, there’s no question that the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. In addition to following Dr. Lipman’s tips to de-stress this holiday season, here are a few more holiday sanity savers so you rest like the best and take time for yourself.