As COVID-19 continues to be an ever-present concern, we are on the cusp of another more familiar virus that will soon be vying for our attention — influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over the past five years, an average of 32.6 million Americans a year had symptoms related to … Continue reading Why getting a flu shot is especially important this year
Picture this: you’re in the middle of a meditation. You close your eyes and think, “Breathe in, focus on your breath. Breathe out…” As you exhale your mind wanders to, “Oh no! I forgot to get the cilantro at the grocery for that recipe. Wait, I’m supposed to be breathing. But this recipe will be … Continue reading A simple guide to mindfulness for beginners
Sudden life changes — like let’s say, for example, a pandemic — can have profound effects on our daily routine. With an upended routine can come changes in behaviors that lead to the formation of habits, both good and not so good. Perhaps during quarantine, you have found you are exercising more (go you!) … Continue reading Pandemic habits: The good, the bad, the changeable!
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 … Continue reading Why is laughter contagious? Plus 7 ways to lighten up your day
In the 1970’s, Dr. Herbert Freudenberger coined the term “burnout” to describe the consequences of severe stress, exhaustion and combined physical symptoms. As COVID-19 has made its impact on a biological scale, the social implications are also becoming evident. Workplace re-entry is becoming more common and my patients often inquire about ways to deal with employment burnout. … Continue reading Feeling burned out? Try these 4 strategies to re-charge your workday
In recent months, the COVID-19 outbreak has given rise to a troubling trend: a sudden plummet in cancer diagnoses. On the surface, fewer cancer diagnoses may sound like good news, but the underlying truth is anything but positive. Fewer cancer diagnoses doesn’t mean fewer people are getting cancer — it simply means fewer cancers are … Continue reading What to consider before postponing your cancer screening
Today, more than 95 million American adults are living with total cholesterol levels above the healthy range. 29 million of those are at high risk for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We often hear about high cholesterol, but what is it? How does it happen and what makes it … Continue reading High cholesterol: Should you be worried?
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 … Continue reading Feeling lonely? How to foster social connection during hard times
Although some aspects of life have come to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, your health should not be one of them. Delaying going to the doctor can put your health in jeopardy. Routine doctor’s appointments and screenings are meant to be just that — routine. They’re scheduled regularly for a reason. Keeping up … Continue reading What to expect at your in-person doctor’s visit
This is hard. I get it. There are so many unknowns and fears of catching COVID-19, but you cannot let this stop you from taking care of yourself with routine primary care. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this virus, whether you’ll get it and what will happen if you do. But we do … Continue reading Why you should still go to the doctor during COVID-19