Courage is Good For Your Health

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Courage is Good For Your Health

 

Dr. Bren Boston

Courage makes us feel good. It allows us to have some control over how we react to our fears. Courage gives us the bravery to stand up to our fears, again and again, whether we conquer those fears or not. Perhaps then, we should appreciate that courage can also have a beneficial effect on our mental and physical health. Staying healthy can allow us to be more courageous.

Courage is one of those intangible powers inside all of ...

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3 Ways to Practice Patience

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3 Ways to Practice Patience

As our world becomes faster our attention span decreases and so does our ability to practice patience. And yes, it requires a great deal of practice.

Why is this important?

I came across this great article posted by the Huffington post on the reasons why one should practice patience as well as some great tips to help you get there:

As virtues go, patience is a quiet one.

It’s often exhibited behind closed doors, not on a public stage: A father ...

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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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The Psychological Cost of Academic Success

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The Psychological Cost of Academic Success

Work hard and go to school. For some, this motto is taken to heart, so much so that they fulfill the highest academic degree available, a doctorate degree.

Earning a PhD is hard work and includes the expected stress associated with a demanding workload, but studies are showing that the stress, lack of sleep, and high expectations are leading to concerning levels mental health challenges.

In a recent article titled “There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no ...

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Burnout Remedies

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Burnout Remedies

By David Laramie, PhD

If the recent traffic on the 10 is any indication, its seems that a whole lot of Angelenos are headed to work these days.  The sweet days of the summer slow down have receded and its back to the usual grind.  Therefore, it’s a good idea to pause and reflect on ways to approach the demands of work in deliberate and health promoting ways.  Without a gameplan, it is all too easy to lapse into the ...

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Why Working More Can Hurt Your Bottom Line

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Why Working More Can Hurt Your Bottom Line

In a culture focused on ‘more is better’ it is no surprise that many of us are overworked. This may be due to a demanding boss, our competitive nature, or the increased availability to tap into work at any given moment. Regardless of cause, it is clear that chronic overwork does not lead to more productivity, rather, it has a negative impact on health and the bottom line:

There’s a large body of research that suggests that regardless of our reasons for ...

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Physical Relaxation- Recognize and Rebalance

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Physical Relaxation- Recognize and Rebalance

By: Alicia Maher, MD

Ugh, stress!  What good is this stress response, anyway?

Not too long ago,  I was “blessed” with a surfing experience that reminded me of why we have the stress response.  The waves were small that day and I was in a remote spot near Los Angeles.  No one else was around.  I was enjoying having my choice of the little waves coming by, without anyone to compete with.

Suddenly I noticed that someone had joined me-  A 5 foot long ...

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How 12 simple environmental changes can help you sleep.

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How 12 simple environmental changes can help you sleep.

For many, sleep does not come easy. We are often stressed, over-worked and are running continuous to-do lists in our minds. More often then not, the 12 o’clock hours sneaks up on us and we begin counting the hours of sleep we could catch if we could just fall asleep right now.

A great deal of the problem is stress, but did you know that the our environment can also have an impact on our ability to fall asleep? Sleep environmentalist, ...

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Men: Are You Controlling Your Stress, or Is It Controlling You?

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Men: Are You Controlling Your Stress, or Is It Controlling You?

By Edison de Mello, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-authored by David Laramie, Ph.D.

You know that stress is supposed to be bad, but do you know what to do about it? To make this even more complicated, did you know that all stress is not bad and that it can even be helpful? A number of recent news stories have seemingly turned the conventional narrative on its head and suggested that we should ...

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Stress, Hormones and the Female Body

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Stress, Hormones and the Female Body

Every year I write an article on how to manage stress during the holiday season. While learning stress management tools are important, it is also important to appreciate how stress affects our body and our hormones. Stress produces a hormonal response. Whether the stress is induced by running into a tiger in the woods, as experienced by our ancestors hundreds of years ago; sitting in traffic; or trying to finish an article by its deadline, stress causes a hormonal cascade ...

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