The Four-month-long Downhill Spiral Has Begun

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You may see that title and think, “What spiral would that be?” It’s about the food. Holiday to holiday. Meal to meal. Treat to treat. Although you might think “holiday eating” covers that stretch of time from Christmas to New Year’s, in reality, for most of us, it begins so much earlier and ends so… Read more »

Take a Bite out of Stress

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Imagine the scene…   You have just received the 5th project on your desk with a deadline marked “urgent.” You’re rushing to catch a plane, and you hit a traffic jam. Your kids are leaving their toys everywhere right after you’ve cleaned up. Your parent has just had a health scare. You’ve just had (another)… Read more »

Debunk these 5 myths to jump-start your meditation practice

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“I SHOULD be meditating,” Lauren announced after we discussed ways to relieve stress in her chaotic life. That comment sounded very familiar. Meditation, for many of us, seems like a lofty, health-positive, mental health-positive goal, but one generally relegated to the “someday” list—that is, “Maybe I’ll try it on Monday…or the Monday after that.” If… Read more »

When It Comes to Aging, Size Really Matters

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Lisa was increasingly tired and worn out from trying to keep up with her busy children and a hectic work schedule. She couldn’t resist eating sugary foods and collapsed into being a “couch potato” when she got home after sitting at her desk for hours at a time. Stress ruled her life, and she had… Read more »

Headaches: Getting to the “point”

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All morning, you’ve felt it coming on. You’ve tried to work around it, but gradually that hint of low-level discomfort has increased until you’ve got a splitting headache. Or do you? Maybe rather than “splitting,” you would describe your headache as “slight but persistent” or “like a band, squeezing.” Let’s look a little closer: Where… Read more »

Letting Go and Moving On

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The winding up of a thousand year-end details, the gradual transition into the coldest part of the winter, the ebb and flow of activity as we move from noisy, social holiday events to rest and quiet in our own spaces and minds…the spectrum we roam at this time of year can be a bit of… Read more »

Stop! Avoid these 5 Holiday Traps

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Are you thinking that the last few weeks of the year must, inevitably, be the most exhausting and energy draining on the calendar? (I sometimes feel that way.) What often sets December apart are all the holiday details. Shopping for gifts, party commitments, visiting loved ones, and special activities of all kinds can seem like… Read more »

How to Turn a Worrier into a Warrior

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Heard in the office this week: Who is going to win the election? What will happen after the other disgusting/deplorable person loses? What if my brother brings his girlfriend who no one likes to Thanksgiving? Suppose I can’t stop eating and gain 5 pounds? What if the snow or rain causes airline delays? What if… Read more »

Sorry I’m Late, But…

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I’m so sorry, really. I just got stuck (in traffic, with the kids, with a call… Fill in your own mostly real excuse). Sound all too familiar? Do you have a friend or family member who can’t seem to show up at the appointed place at the confirmed time—or perhaps is it YOU who’s frequently… Read more »