It is not surprising that many are feeling overwhelmed by recent events: COVID-19, protests, violence and riots, natural disasters, quarantine and physical distancing, job uncertainty, homeschooling and working from home… and the list goes on and on. No need to spell them all out for you. You’re living through this, too. When reading that list … Continue reading How to cope when the world feels like total chaos
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m afraid I’ll binge on that,” “I’m a stress eater,” or “I’m a boredom eater?” Many people view themselves as “emotional” eaters and think they just need more self-control. However, what if it isn’t about control or restraint, but instead an unmet need? What does emotional eating … Continue reading Emotional eating: Why do we turn to food to cope with our feelings?
Did you know that increased levels of stress can cause your body to release certain hormones? These hormones can temporarily raise your blood pressure by narrowing the size of your arteries and causing your heart to beat faster. Though stress alone has not been linked to long-term blood pressure elevation, reacting to stress in unhealthy ways … Continue reading Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?
Most of the time, a visit to the doctor’s office begins with a temperature check, a step onto the scale and an assessment of your blood pressure. But outside of your regular doctor’s visits, how often do you think about these key indicators of your health? As you seek to stay well at home — … Continue reading Monitoring your blood pressure at home
Working from home certainly has its perks but it can also come with a few drawbacks, like poor posture, muscle pain and increased stress. Fortunately, these are all things that a little massage therapy can successfully address. The following self-massage techniques can be performed at home to enhance your physical and mental well-being. The only … Continue reading 9 self-massage exercises to relieve work-from-home stiffness
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 … Continue reading Weighing in on weighted blankets: Do they really help anxiety?
If you’re feeling heightened levels of anxiety or fear because of the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you’re not alone. It’s only natural to be stressed during times of uncertainty. But with these coping mechanisms, you can take care of yourself and your loved ones and look forward with confidence. Recognize that anxiety during … Continue reading How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19)
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 … Continue reading Stressed about money? 5 steps to financial wellness
We have all heard that term “self-care,” but what does it really mean? The truth is, the practice of self-care means lots of different things to lots of different people. Regardless of what self-care looks like to you, there is no doubt that you need it. We all do. But when life is hectic and … Continue reading “Too busy” for self-care? Not so fast
One of my favorite questions to ask people is, “What is your hobby?” The responses vary from, “what is a hobby?” to “playing on my phone,” to blank stares, to “who has time for a hobby?” With the never-ending tasks, errands, emails and messages, it can seem daunting to add something else to your weekly … Continue reading 5 reasons you should pick up a new hobby