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Posts Tagged ‘breathing’

BY BARBI WALKER

The holidays are over and the stress that normally accompanies them is behind us too. But sometimes a little melancholy lingers, leaving us feeling the blahs. So if you find yourself feeling a little, I don’t know…meh about things, then we have just the right tips for boosting your mood.

This too shall pass
Boosting your mood starts with patience. Take a deep breath and remember it won’t last. The blues are a natural part of life, as the experts point out. “Everyone gets depressed,” says Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, M.D., a Paradise Valley psychiatrist and authority in the science of psychoneuroimmunology (mind, body, spirit medicine).  “Recognize it’s gonna pass and own what it is you are feeling.” By being realistic and accepting of yourself and your current mood, you can prevent making yourself feel worse, and shorten the time you feel down. Dr. Leslie Seppinni, a doctor of clinical psychology, agrees. “Take the moment for what it is—a moment.” So rather than rushing to conclusions about your blahs, sit back and relax with a cup of tea or a good book, and remind yourself that it’s temporary.

May 15, 2012 11:00 am

BY DAVID SIMON, M.D., Chopra Center co-founder

The holiday season is often a swirl of nonstop activity that can, if you let it, sweep you into a state of imbalance that leaves you feeling exhausted and susceptible to seasonal colds and flu. If you want to truly enjoy this special time of year, the best gift you can give yourself and your family is caring for yourself. Here are a few ways to nourish your mind-body balance this month—and throughout the coming year.

1.)     Do one thing at a time. 
Rather than cooking with a phone in one hand and the TV blaring in the background, give yourself the gift of focused attention. Let yourself experience the aromas, textures, colors, tastes, and sensory pleasures of preparing and eating your special holiday meals.

December 5, 2011 2:21 pm