Hot Button

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What’s your “hot button”? That’s the thing that someone can say or do that triggers the old part your human brain making you feel unsafe, as though your were personally being attacked. Your reaction is immediate. Notice the word: “re-action”. It’s something that you’ve done many times before, rather than using the thinking and reasoning […]

Stress Antidote

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Your reaction to stress can actually be worse for you that the original stressor. Feeling stressed out is an emotional response to an event or a thought that ends up affecting your biochemistry. Chronic or even serial stress (one thing after another) can make you physically ill, and indeed stress has been implicated in being […]

Chronic Pain Relief Without Medication

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Chronic pain in your lower back, shoulders, head can make your life miserable. Perhaps you’ve tried Tylenol, Nsaids or other pain relieving medication? There are many bad side effects that come along with the temporary relief that you are feelings from chronic pain. Pain is exacerbated by the tension we hold when we experience pain. […]

Heartbroken

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We use words to describe our emotions as if they reside in our hearts. We have heartfelt feelings, we speak from the heart, we’re heartbroken, we love with all our hearts. Why is it that no matter what culture you come from, the heart is identified as the home of our emotions? It’s because it’s true. […]

Good Stress?

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You always hear about how stress is bad for you; it can make you sick, fat and even kill you. That’s true: but only when stress is chronic, or you suffer one stress after another without relief. There is another type of stress- short term; and that can actually help your physical body, and even […]

Christmas Holiday and Stress

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  Christmas is a happy time of year, but it also brings extra responsibilities and really highlights your time and money constraints. For many people this is a time of great stress. Holidays are a time for parties, extra activities, trying to figure out what the perfect gift is for people on your shopping list, […]

How Yoga Alleviated My Stress and Body Pain

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Although I was always active: I walked, played tennis, roller skated, biked, hiked and loved sports. I considered myself a Type A exerciser. I had to sweat and get out of breath to consider that I had really worked out. During those many years, I also had chronic pain in my hips. The pain would […]

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is the day when our nation celebrates gratitude. And what better way is there to celebrate, than being with your friends eating delicious food? Gratitude is the antidote to stress, sadness and negativity. Does a fish know it’s wet? When you think about it, in order to experience gratitude, there must have been times […]

Music for Stress Relief

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Listening to music can have an instantaneous effect on your mood. Music that you loved during different times in your life can also bring you right back to the event. Growing up in New York in the 1960’s, music was very different from what it is now. Radio stations serviced a local audience, and weren’t […]

Is Anger Eating Your Heart Out?

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You’ve heard many expression that equate your emotions with parts of your body. Recent research supports what we “knew in our hearts”:  there is a measurable effect of your emotions on your health. Emotional management therefore, is a necessity if you want to improve or maintain physical health! What emotion is most damaging to your […]