Category: Balancing Life’s Challenges

5 Tips to Reduce Thanksgiving Stress

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.

Healthy Life Lessons from A Kid

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.

What Motivates You? The Key to Mind-Body Connection

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.

9 Ways to Beat Back-to-School Stress

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.

6 Tips For Managing Anxiety Without Drugs

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!

Why The Power of Kindness Is Good For Everyone

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 Upside of Downtime

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.

7 Ways to Embrace the Art of Optimism

Optimism – it does both your mind and body good. In fact, numerous studies indicate that optimists generally enjoy healthier hearts, brains, immunity and tend to live longer than their less upbeat counterparts. In short, if we all took a page from the Pharell Williams songbook and worked on getting “Happy,” our health would reap a number of benefits.

Fearless Health

Worrying excessively about our well-being can do us more harm than good. Here’s how to keep your health concerns in perspective.

Most nights of the week, my family and I sit down to colorful, plant-powered dinners. But every so often, I tuck into a grilled bratwurst and a tall beer instead. And I savor them.

Ironically, it was my breast-cancer diagnosis five years ago that inspired me to relish such occasional indulgences rather than wondering whether they would kill me.

How To Get Your Loved Ones Healthy

I coach many different types of patients in my own practice and here at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. Helping loved ones get healthy is the most challenging. Why is it so hard for us to accept advice from those who have our best interest at heart? Often people use food and certain habits to deal with underlying emotions. The truth is you can’t get anyone to do anything they don’t want to. The desire and readiness have to come from within. Here are five ways to help get them inspired.