Mental Resiliance

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7 Tips for Staying Energized

Here are 7 safe, solid and proven tips to help you stay energized all through the day.

BTW – these don’t come from me, they are from patients who have read my book and then come up with their own ways to make healthy lifestyle behaviors work in their lives. Those that do the following things say they have energy all day - and they are losing weight, too!

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Living Longer on the Sunny Side of the Street

Optimists have lower death rates and are less likely to be hypertensive, diabetic or be smokers than pessimists. Wow! So maybe attitude IS everything!

An interesting study titled Psychological Traits and Total Mortality in the Women’s Health Initiative was presented in March 2009 at the American Psychosomatic Society’s 67th annual meeting by Dr. Hilary Tindle, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Tindle and her colleagues found optimistic postmenopausal women fared better over time than pessimists.

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Synch to Your Body’s Own Clock and to Mother Earth for Better Health

In March 2009, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published research done at the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Researchers studied 10 subjects – 5 men and 5 women – to see what happened to their cardiovascular and metabolic systems if their behavioral and circadian rhythms were disrupted.

If you want to know what effect being out of synch with your body’s own clock and the rhythms of the Earth has on your health, read this post.

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Unleashing Your Inner Olympian

I was talking to a diabetic patient of mine one day who was was worried about the an upcoming trip to Disney with his grand-daughter where he would have to do more walking than he was accustomed to. I asked him if he exercised. He held up his hand in a “stop right there” gesture and said, “Do not speak to me about exercise, I follow the religion of comfort and exercise is uncomfortable.” His statement left me completely speechless (and if you knew me you would appreciate how uncharacteristic that is).

This post is for all of you who have lost touch with your inner Olympian.

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6 Post-Thanksgiving Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

I hope you enjoyed a bountiful and magnificent feast yesterday and ate until you couldn’t hold another bite! I hope you were surrounded by people you love and who love you back. I hope there was more laughter than tears, more comfort than stress, and more to be thankful for than you thought there would be going into the holiday.

So, the winter holidays are now upon us. I have a few suggestions for you to digest along with your Thanksgiving dinner. I want you to have a healthy plan for the days and weeks ahead.

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Aging to Perfection: Part 2 - Wisdom

I don’t know about you, but if I am lucky enough to grow old, I hope I get there having aquired a little wisdom along the way. All I know so far is that wisdom has a price. Anything of real value does not come cheap and money can’t buy life’s richest gifts - they can only be earned. Here are some excerpts from an article about wisdom and the qualities of those who seem to possess it.

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Aging to Perfection: Part 1 - Maintaining Functional Capacity

My patients often say to me “It’s hell getting old.” My reply is always the same, “It beats the alternative!” Growing old is not for the faint of heart. This is the first of a two part post called Aging to Perfection. Part 1 is about how to maintain functional capacity and Part 2 is about wisdom.

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Improving Health with Balance or As the Pendulum Swings

If there is a seed from which all health and wellness grows it is balance. If there is root cause for most of the unhappiness and dis-ease we experience in our lives, it is lack of balance. A pendulum is a simple object possessing powerful forces of nature that you can use to bring your life into a more comfortable and healthy balance. Read on and I’ll explain how.

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Mental Health, Inner Peace: Are You in Your Right Mind?

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist (brain specialist) who suffered a massive stroke in 1996. After surviving brain surgery and 8 years of rehab, she says she decided to come back so she could share what she learned with the rest of us. It seems Dr. Taylor has pinpointed the exact location and established an enduring connection to the very seat of mental health, mental resilience and inner peace. And where IS this fountain of mental and spiritual of health? Ironically and poetically - it is in our right minds (brains). Here is an 19 minute video of a talk she gave at TED telling the story of what happened and what she learned.

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