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.
Category: Balancing Life’s Challenges
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.
No matter what holiday you celebrate or even if you don’t, the month of December can still be a challenging one for most people. Too much to do in too little time is a recipe for ratcheted-up stress levels.
So how to beat holiday stress – or at least prevent it from gaining the upper hand? By making a healthy holiday habits list, and trying to do at least two or three of them from now thru New Years Day and beyond.
It’s that time of year again when holiday shopping is in full swing and finding the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift is top priority. Whether some of these items have been on the holiday shopping list before or are brand new, here at Be Well, we present you with our roundup of our favorite holiday gifts for the healthy-minded–physically and spiritually.
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.
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.