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Posts Tagged ‘stress’



by Dr. Angela Darragh, ND

Meditation is a timeless practice that has been valued in multiple cultures. Accordingly, there are a wide variety of styles that sometimes incorporate a religious emphasis or a physical practice like yoga. Ultimately, the universal goal in meditation is simplicity of thought. This has been shown to decrease stress, promote healing and enhance quality of life and productivity.

Constant mind wandering on issues that aren’t currently happening is correlated with unhappiness and impeded performance. Consequently, being fully in the present moment, as emphasized in mindfulness meditation, increases happiness and productivity. In this practice the aim is to calmly observe your thoughts and emotions in a disengaged way. Recognize your train of thought, but let it pass by rather than board the train.

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September 15, 2014 6:30 am

By Dr. Daniel Pacheco Meditation and Mindfulness Ease Anxiety for Men

Did you know that observing nature can make men feel calmer and reduce the symptoms of stress? Try this mindful observation: Pick something natural in your environment—a flower, a tree or a cloud—and focus on watching it for a minute. The goal is to be present in the moment and see the world the way it is. In reality, we have only the present moment, but it often becomes cluttered with thoughts of the future or the past, creating a hectic, stressful environment and impacting our health.

When it comes to men’s ability to deal with stress, there is still much work to be done. While we have made many technological advances in our society, effectively dealing with strong emotions and feelings has not progressed as successfully.

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June 10, 2014 6:30 am



“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.” — Jim Rohn

Busy schedules and outside responsibilities can make it difficult for any family to spend time together. Today, almost 60 percent of families have two income earners working outside the home, and as families struggle with the daily demands of work and school, appointments and practices, finding quality time to be with family is harder than ever.

With the pull of technology, everyone including the kids seem to be “plugged in,” and it takes even more effort to pry the gadgets out of the hands and resist one more Facebook post. Here are things you, and the family, can do to find balance, reconnect and find time for each other.

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February 18, 2013 6:30 am


During the holidays, many of us experience a perplexing array of emotions. We may feel simultaneous joy and anxiety about spending extended time with loved ones. Our hearts may be filled with love as well as mingled feelings of sorrow, loss, or longing. Sacred traditions and holiday rituals can inspire us ─ or leave us feeling like there’s too much to do.

If you find yourself feeling out of sorts, the following suggestions can help you restore your balance, soothe your stress, and expand your experience of joy. Read more

December 17, 2012 10:06 am

Happy holidays to all! Ah, December, I do miss you. I love this time of year, not just because of the holidays and the festive attitudes, but also because of the opportunity to wear layers, to make s’mores and drink hot cocoa, and to go crazy with the holiday lights.

This month we are focused on reducing stress, fighting holiday weight gain, and having fun. I encourage you to read the article from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing that discusses reducing your stress at family events — good advice to take with you. On the weight gain, contributing author Barbi Walker talks about how too much sugar can decrease your brain function, and how to be mindful of all of the holiday sweets at work — use our tips to manage calories when faced with delicious temptations. For the fun section, I sat down with celebrity chef Brian Malarkey of the newly opened Searsucker in Scottsdale — the first expansion of the wildly popular restaurant concepts based in San Diego. (Others include Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone —  names inspired by fabric styles worn at the Kentucky Derby on opening day.) This guy has so much positive energy and awesome vibe that it was hard not to high-five him during the interview. His Executive Chef Steven “Chops” Smith was just as amped to bring his patrons some delicious food and create an environment where you can come-eat-stay-and hang out with friends. It’s a must-do. Read more

December 4, 2012 9:17 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. Read more

December 5, 2011 2:21 pm



Photo courtesy of Weil Lifestyle LLC

Inflammation can occur in any part of the body, from our sinuses, muscles and skin to our internal organs. In many cases there is no need for concern, but recurring inflammation can begin to break down the immune system, leading to many serious diseases.

According to an NPR interview with Dr. Peter Libby, Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “The immune and inflammatory response is very important in our usual defenses against invaders and repair of injury, but it can get turned against us when it’s deployed inappropriately or [when inflammation continues].” Read more

November 2, 2011 9:25 am