Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly socially isolated world, is essential to our health.  It is so important that all doctors should be asking their patients about their community and support system during every annual health visit. Social connection does not require being physically present with people. Social connection is someone’s subjective experience of feeling understood and feeling a connection to others. We know that friendship (and it’s quality, not quantity) and social connection lead ...

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Stress of Remembering

Stress of Remembering

 

Alicia Maher, MD

Stress. It’s something we’ve all heard plenty about. But today I want to talk about a particular type of stress, the stress of remembering. This is particularly a struggle for those with ADHD, but can be an issue for others as well.

This can be remembering what to pack for a trip or bring to work or to surf. Without a system for remembering, those who struggle to remember can live life constantly feeling like they are forgetting ...

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Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

 

By Dr. Swati Desai

I remember getting really angry when I was doing my Akasha Cleanse and it required me not to have my morning cup of coffee. It is hard to let go of habits even when they are unwanted. It could be habits around food, alcohol, smoking, or some patterns of strong reactions which we regret later. We know we want to change them and yet we fall into the same hole again and again. How do we ...

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Courage is Good For Your Health

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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A Brief Introduction to Mindful Self Compassion

A growing body of evidence is demonstrating that one simple practice called “Mindful Self Compassion” helps to address the most common pain points of the human experience in today’s world. Almost all of which are rooted in one underlying emotion: FEAR.

Watch as Akasha Center’s Dr. Swati Desai introduces us to the concept by providing easy to relate to examples, and how MSC can be used to prepare us for anything:

Do you find yourself being very ...

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Ready for Everything? Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Ready for Everything? Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION

  • Do you find yourself ruminating over negative things, finding faults in you, and not enjoying the moment?
  • Do you have a critical voice installed in you that does not quiet down?
  • Do you find yourself afraid of failing and not taking risks even when you know they would take you closer to what you want?
  • Do you find yourself wanting to be special that nothing feels right if you are not?
  • Do you find yourself putting others ahead of you and not always ...
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The Psychological Cost of Academic Success

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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Physical Relaxation- Recognize and Rebalance

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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Don’t Call Me Smart

Don’t Call Me Smart

With schools focus on grades, test scores, and GPA’s, asking parents to avoid calling their child “Smart” can come as a surprise. Jo Boaler, the professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival and discussed the idea of retiring the “s word”:

At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and ...

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6 Health Benefits from Being in Nature

6 Health Benefits from Being in Nature

With the new school year upon us, our free time is shifting away from outdoor trips. Before filling up all of your time with after school activities, sports practice, and play dates, make sure to save some time for getting out of town and into nature.

Research has shown multiple health benefits resulting from time spent in nature:

Being in nature makes you feel more alive.

A 2010 study from the University of Rochester found that spending time outdoors not only makes you happier, ...

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