My head hurts! Is it a migraine or just a normal headache?

Do you often find yourself having trouble deciphering if the pain you’re feeling is just a bad headache or a migraine? Don’t worry — you aren’t alone. Headaches and migraines can be difficult to distinguish, even for practiced healthcare providers.  Being a family medicine physician and migraine sufferer myself, I’ve seen the full spectrum of … Continue reading My head hurts! Is it a migraine or just a normal headache?

All about adaptogens: Do these healing herbs really work?

Adaptogen products are everywhere in the food and supplement market right now. Curious about what these supplements are and if they are worth the hype? Let’s find out! What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are defined as herbs or roots that possibly act like a “stress vaccine” in the human body. Ultimately, they’re proposed to reduce chronic stress … Continue reading All about adaptogens: Do these healing herbs really work?

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 … Continue reading The complicated relationship between insomnia, depression and anxiety

How to cope when the world feels like total chaos

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

Emotional eating: Why do we turn to food to cope with our feelings?

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?

Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?

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?

9 self-massage exercises to relieve work-from-home stiffness

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

How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19)

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)