Beat the Statistics: Be the 8%

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Beat the Statistics: Be the 8%

 

By Sari Eitches, MD

Only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some tips to tip the odds of success in your favor.

  1. Make it social. Join an online group of people with similar goals. Join a local fitness or walking group. Make a standing date with a friend to hike and brunch on Sunday mornings or go to yoga and meditation on Thursday evenings. When we tie our ...
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Placebo Effect: How the mind (and body) responds to what we think

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Placebo Effect: How the mind (and body) responds to what we think

 

By. Dr. Alicia Maher

Have you ever flinched at the sight of blood? Or yawned when you see someone else do so? Our brains are reacting to things even when we aren’t conscious of it. Sometimes, this reaction is as powerful as medication, such as what occurs with the placebo response. In every study of medication versus placebo, there will be some people who respond to the inert substance of the placebo, the same as the group getting the active ...

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The Joy of Routine

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The Joy of Routine

 

By Dr. Maggie Ney

I love the unstructured days of Summer – lazy mornings with my girls, no lunches to pack, no rushing to afternoon activities, and long warm nights. These days can be full of impromptu fun activities as well as chaos. But as Fall approaches, I actually look forward to the routine and predictability that inevitably settles in after kids go back to school.

We often hear how routine is so important for children. A child’s nervous system needs ...

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3 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

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3 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and, chances are, you are more stressed than usual. Be it difficult family dynamics, arduous travel plans, or simply changing your iron clad routine, the holiday season has a unique way in winding us up.

Alicia R. Maher MD, board certified diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, states that scientifically, when we disrupt our normal lives, we rely more on the “reactive” parts of the brain, and it’s a very overwhelming state ...

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