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Mental Health

Why is laughter contagious? Plus 7 ways to lighten up your day

Have you ever bonded with someone you don’t know over something funny? Or perhaps become closer with someone after a few good laughs?  Let’s dive into what makes laughter so contagious — and so important in our day-to-day lives and relationships. The contagious effect of laughter Research has shown that the critical laughter trigger for …

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The complicated relationship between insomnia, depression and anxiety

Do you find yourself having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not feeling rested when you wake up? Let us dig into some of the reasons why you may not be getting your best night’s sleep. You might be surprised to learn that your sleep is intimately connected to your mental health — especially to …

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Feeling burned out? Try these 4 strategies to re-charge your workday

In the 1970’s, Dr. Herbert Freudenberger coined the term “burnout” to describe the consequences of severe stress, exhaustion and combined physical symptoms. Fast forward several decades and today, burnout is a bigger problem than ever before. My patients often inquire about ways to deal with employee burnout. I emphasize the “Four C’s.” If you’re feeling burned …

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How to practice self-care through self-compassion

Compassion. Such a powerful word. In my opinion, it’s one of the most important traits a person can have. It can be as simple as smiling at someone you don’t know or as multi-layered as taking action for a cause you are passionate about.  Here’s the problem: Many of us spend so much energy directing …

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Feeling lonely? How to foster social connection during hard times

We live in unprecedented times. Social distancing guidelines have made it more difficult for loved ones to interact, co-workers to collaborate and friends to gather together. For some, this may lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation. New challenges emerge as we look for ways to stay connected while staying safe. While you may understand …

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Weighing in on weighted blankets: Do they really help anxiety?

Is anxiety keeping you up at night? How often do you lie awake in bed, unable to turn off the gears in your brain? Whether it’s tomorrow’s to-do list, that conversation you wish had gone differently today or mounting financial stress, feelings of anxiety can chip away at those much needed 7 to 9 hours …

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Stressed about money? 5 steps to financial wellness

It likely comes as no surprise that finances are the biggest source of stress for Americans. Financial stress affects nearly everyone, regardless of social economic status. I often ask my patients experiencing symptoms of anxiety, “What stressors are involved in your life?” Answers include: losing a job, serious or chronic illness, death of spouse or …

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