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20 Nov

If you’ve never tried it, I recommend kicking off Thanksgiving week by keeping a gratitude journal – noting times during the day when you feel grateful for something, however fleetingly. . .

13 Nov

We don’t want people to stop copying info from Health Journeys.  By all means, have at it. Just do it legally….

06 Nov

Hello again.  

Jonathan and I couldn’t be more delighted to introduce you to our new business development and sales guy, Steve Downey. . .

01 Nov

Okay, so ‘tis the season to be disheartened – at least for maybe about 20% of the population, most of whom live in Northern climes and are affected by the loss of available sunlight.   About 6% of them are hit with an intense version of SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. . .

23 Oct

We know yoga improves balance, muscle tone, joint flexibility, ability to relax and be mindful. But it also appears to be associated with improved cognitive function. 

16 Oct

It’s the start of wintertime blues or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), when there’s less daylight and sunlight available.  
Here are 10 natural, simple things you can do to improve your mood, attitude and energy. Try them and see:

  1. Make a point of getting outside as much as possible – during lunch break, in between appointments, first thing in the morning… whenever you can amp up your dose of daylight.
  2. Walk outside whenever possible - the more briskly, the better. If you must work out indoors, try to do it by a window.
  3. Keep your window shades and curtains open in your house and work space, to whatever extent you reasonably can.
  4. Get full spectrum light bulbs all over your place – wherever you spend a lot of time.
  5. Take Vitamin D… at least 1,000 IU. Maybe 2,000.
  6. Consider investing in a light box. They used to cost a fortune.  Nowadays you can get a decent one for under $100.  Check out the consumer ratings and pick one that has scores of people giving it a rating between 4-5 stars.   
  7. Make yourself get out of bed in the morning and open the shades, even if it’s the last thing on earth you feel like doing.  Sleeping late can make this worse.
  8. You’ll probably be craving carbs. Resist the starches and sugars (you’ll get a fast uplift from them and then come crashing down) and instead give your body the proteins and fats it needs to energize you and balance your mood.
  9. Listen to guided imagery, meditation and breath exercises for depression.  Our Health Journeys imagery for Depression  can be a big help; as can Traci Stein’s Self-Esteem Pack. Amy Weintraub’s Breathe to Beat the Blues, is another terrific resource.
  10. Ask for help if, in spite of your best self-corrective efforts to get yourself back on course, the blues persist or worsen.
02 Oct

A pilot study in the American Journal of Maternal & Child Nursing investigated whether guided imagery could help a kid undergoing MRI . . .

25 Sep

            “The Only Thing that is Constant is Change”—Heraclitus
The leaves are changing colors, the weather is changing, our attitudes, moods and cells are changing. . . 

18 Sep

            My friend Doug told his doctor about his disappointment with their last visit, when this physician never looked him in the eye….

18 Sep

            If someone tells you that visualizing minimal damage to your house will make you feel better during a hurricane, don't believe it...