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Five Self-care Strategies during Grief - After the Election and Beyond

Five Self-care Strategies during Grief - After the Election and Beyond

This past week has been especially hard on our country. Whether or not you were happy with the results of the election, I think that we can all agree that it has been a time of great emotional turbulence.

For many, it is a time of grief. Indeed, internet searches on the topic "stages of grief" have gone up exponentially in the last few days, as you can see from this graph:

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Is Workplace Stress Sabotaging your Wellness?

Is Workplace Stress Sabotaging your Wellness?

We're hearing a lot about bullying these days - not just in schools and the twittersphere - but in our workplaces too. It turns out, this toxic behavior is much more common than we might think.

In fact, research has found that 75% of workers are affected by bullying at some point in their careers - either as a target or a witness. If you add in other kinds of counterproductive behavior -- like rudeness and incivility — the number would be even higher. Businesses are increasingly paying attention to what bullying and incivility cost them.

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25 Quotes about Gratitude

25 Quotes about Gratitude

Gratitude has been getting a lot of attention in the world of positive psychology and neuroscience. It turns out that the simple wisdom of counting your blessings has a profound impact on the brain and the body.

Just the act of seeking things for which to be grateful has a positive impact. As we shift our mental energy towards gratitude, it changes the patterns in our brain, stimulating neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine and strengthening the neural pathways that will allow us to feel more gratitude in the future.

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Three Simple Ways to Keep STRESS from Ruining Your Metabolism

Three Simple Ways to Keep STRESS from Ruining Your Metabolism

The research is clear — chronic stress damages our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

One of the most interesting lines of study, including research that was released just this week, reveal how feelings of stress, anxiety or depression are linked to inflammation and metabolic changes in the body. To put it simply, those thoughts and feelings trigger reactions in the body that increase inflammation, raise blood sugar, and turn energy into fat. It appears that our high stress culture is making us fatter and sicker!

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Sending Your Body Healthy Messages

Sending Your Body Healthy Messages

We send our body messages every day.

I'm not talking about those messages we generate when we look in the mirror and assess what we see — although those are certainly important to consider.

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Five Habits of the Unstoppable Wellness Investor

Five Habits of the Unstoppable Wellness Investor

Have you ever considered the similarities between health and wealth?

Both are renewable resources that can be cultivated through proactive investments.

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Four Ways to Access the Healing Power of Laughter

Four Ways to Access the Healing Power of Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine. You've heard that before, right?

As you may know, this is not just a wise folk saying. While it may not be the best medicine, scientific evidence continues to confirm that humor and laughter are great for our well-being for a number of reasons.

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How to Conquer Your Cravings

How to Conquer Your Cravings

My cat has strange cravings. Elastic hairbands. She just can't get enough of them.

We've seen "evidence" that she has eaten them before, and we've done our best to keep them away from her (I'm convinced she can open drawers!). But this week, her bizarre addiction got her into trouble, and she wound up in surgery to remove twelve - yes, TWELVE - of them from her stomach.

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How to be Well-Aligned

How to be Well-Aligned

If you've ever had a car with an alignment problem, you know that it can make for a bumpy ride.If not addressed, the misalignment will also cause unnecessary wear and tear on your tires.

Our life journeys also go smoother if we are in alignment. Misalignment between the big questions in our lives can provoke stress, and the unnecessary wear and tear that it brings.

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Six Ways to Tame the Toxins in Your Life

Six Ways to Tame the Toxins in Your Life

We live in an amazing, beautiful world at a time when scientific and technological breakthroughs are creating new possibilities for innovation and quality of life.

Unfortunately, we are also living at a time when we are being challenged by an increasing burden of toxins around us and within us - all of which can have serious effects to our health.

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Three Ways to Maintain Your Motivation

Three Ways to Maintain Your Motivation

It's the end of the January. The energy of the holidays are long over, and the heady optimism of a new year may be fading. So now is a great time to check in with yourself. Are you still on track?

Whatever dream you envisioned when the calendar page turned - yes, THAT one - does it still seem vivid and possible?

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Five Ways to Use Good Vibrations for Health and Well-Being

Five Ways to Use Good Vibrations for Health and Well-Being

Traditional western medicine operates based on assumptions based in biology and our current pharmaceutical treatments are rooted in chemistry. Practitioners from this tradition have been somewhat slow to embrace the emerging field of energy medicine which is perhaps better understood from the perspective of physics.

Nonetheless, there is compelling evidence that our experiences of resonance and vibration - whether through practicing an ancient technique like Qi Gong or participation in a group sing-along - can have profound impacts on our health and well-being.

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How to Find Your Focus

How to Find Your Focus

It's a brand new year and all around us is conversation about New Year's Resolutions. Some people make them and some people don't - but lots of people have opinions about them!

Regardless of whether or not you make a formal New Year's Resolution, each new year brings a certain energy with it and begs us to answer the question: What am I going to do with this brand new year?

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How to Boost Your Body's Healing Power

How to Boost Your Body's Healing Power

Until recently, many people thought that their risk for chronic disease was mostly determined by the genes that they inherited. Recent scientific discoveries have revealed, though, that we have a lot more control over our health status than we thought. It turns out that what is in our DNA is only part of the story. The study of "epigenetics" is teaching us about some of the factors that determine how our DNA expresses itself - and whether certain genes get turned on or off.

Our bodies have any amazing ability to heal themselves, and the lifestyle choices that we make each day can boost or diminish this power. One of the ways these choices affect our health is through a pathway called Nrf2 Activation. In a nutshell, when this pathway is activated by our lifestyle choices, it affects over 500 "survival genes" which stimulate processes that decrease oxidative stress and inflammation, produce more mitochondria (the energy-generating components of our cells) and increase cellular detoxification.

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Three Ways to Find Calm in a Busy World

Three Ways to Find Calm in a Busy World

The holiday season is drawing near. Does it feel like your life is speeding up?

There is no doubt that we live in an increasingly busy world. More speeding up is not what most of us need!

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How to Get What You Need

How to Get What You Need

As I sit to write this, I can hear that old Rolling Stones song going through my head — "You can't always get what you want...But if you try sometimes, you just might find — you get what you need."

This week's message was inspired by several friends who, after hearing the story about my ER visit (now eight weeks ago) asked me to share more information about how I was able to advocate for myself in that situation. It's a great question.

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Bright Ideas for Better Sleep

Bright Ideas for Better Sleep

Getting enough good quality sleep is a cornerstone of maintaining good health and resilience. The list of benefits that we get from sleep is long and growing longer all the time. Yet, sleep deprivation is a very real and persistent problem in our modern culture.

Even when we try to get sleep, it sometimes eludes us. While that can stem from a variety of reasons, a very important one is how our circadian rhythm is affected by natural and artifical light.

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How to Get Unstuck

How to Get Unstuck

Most of us feel "stuck" at one time or another — either individually or collectively. It can feel pretty frustrating.

Although being stuck is challenging, it also presents opportunties (don't most challenges?)

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Three Simple Ways to Bring More Calm Into Your Day

Three Simple Ways to Bring More Calm Into Your Day

Life can be busy, even when you're on sabbatical! Over the last month, I've been exploring different ways to recalibrate my energy and increase my resiliency.

In a nutshell, this means avoiding unnecessary stress (that stimulates the sympathetic or "fight or flight" response), and intentionally engaging in practices that bring calm, steady energy (that stimulates the parasympathetic or "rest and digest" response).

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How to be More Resilient

How to be More Resilient

The road to greater well-being is rarely a straight path. Often our journeys take us up, down, and around. Sometimes it may even feel like we are going backwards! Parts of this last week felt like that for me.

No matter how much we plan, we don't know what Life has in store for us. While that can be unsettling, the good news is that there are lots of tools and practices that can help us weather the stress of unpredictability.

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