Mind-Body Health

Features and tips devoted to helping you maintain balance, honor your spirit, and avoid stress.

A Retreat Renews

Hotel spa experiences cater to women stress reduction and overall wellness. By Diana Price  You have done the research. You have made a plan. Tickets are purchased and rooms are booked. You are on your way. Vacation starts now. In this scenario, what is your goal for what happens next? If your vision has you […]

Seeing is Believing

Have a goal? Need a change? Let an inspiration board guide the way. By Maryann Hammers  Barbara Savin, a clinical hypnotherapist and meditation instructor, has made a career out of helping people achieve their goals. She frequently tells her cli­ents, “Whatever you focus on, that is what you bring into your life.” Inspiration boards—collages of […]

Growth Through Change

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM I remember years ago my father said to me, “The only thing constant in life is change.” We change with each breath we take and with every moment we live. In fact, your body is not the same as it was when you started reading this article; you […]

Glued to Your Phone? Three Good Reasons to Step Away.

By Maryann Hammers Justine Beauregard and her husband were sitting on the couch, watching television. Quality time together, right? Justine thought so — until her husband glanced at her, clearly annoyed. “Are you planning on spending time with me, or will you be on your phone all night?” he asked. “[My phone use] was putting […]

For Optimal Health, Savor Your Life

By Michael Finkelstein, MD Whether we suffer from common ail­ments like in­somnia, high cholesterol, and allergies or chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and fibromy­algia, our health challenges interfere with our ability to enjoy our lives. The specifics of our respective health challenges affect our lives in differ­ent ways and to different extents. For this […]

Empathy: The Molecule That Binds Us in a Relationship

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM Merriam-Webster defines empathy as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experi­encing the feelings, thoughts, and experi­ence of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully com­municated in an objectively explicit manner; also: the capacity for […]

Love Your Pet? Science Tells Us Your Animal Companion Can Really Boost Health

Having a pet isn’t for everyone, but if you are an animal lover, you may be able to look to your furry (or feathered or scaled) friends for stress relieve.

You Go, Girls!

Itching to get out of Dodge? Want to combine fun and fitness while expanding your horizons, boosting your ego, and finding new friends? Make your next vacation a women’s adventure. By Maryann Hammers Elizabeth Chirles wanted waves. And she wasn’t finding them in Washington, DC. After relocating from San Diego, Elizabeth, an elementary school counselor […]

Volunteer To Boost Your Health And Well-Being

It feels good to do good—to offer your time, skills, and effort for a cause you believe in or a person in need. It also turns out that volunteering truly is good for you, and there’s even research to prove it. Healthcare company Unit­edHealth Group’s 2013 Health and Volunteering Study, “Doing Good Is Good for […]

Be Here Now

Learn to be emotionally present to life’s challenges. By Jennifer L. Kunst, PhD There is a wish in all of us to be able to get around troubles in life rather than go through them. If only we could skip from the beginning to the end without having to go through the middle. If only […]

Stress May Impair Recovery from Exercise

If you’re wondering why your workouts are leaving you feeling extra sore and tired, look no further than your stress levels. Recent research has found that chronic stress may actually impair the body’s ability to recover from exercise.

Use Your Head To Soothe Your Body

Stuck in a rut? Overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed? You may be able to pull yourself out of a funk, reduce stress, and feel more centered with a simple mind-body technique called visualization. Think of visualization as a virtual vacation. By imagining—or visualizing— a safe, pleasant, calm place, you can whisk away worries. “It could be […]

Getaways for Good

Spend a few hours volunteering for meaningful vacation memories.

Stress Can Have Serious Consequences

We live in a culture that treats busy like a badge of honor and stress as a fact of life. Stress might be commonplace, but it shouldn’t be the norm—and it turns out it could have lasting consequences.

Coping with Emotional Overeating

Let’s be honest: most of us have reached for a favorite treat during a rough day. And, really, if a tasty pick-me-up now and then puts the smile back on your face, it’s a great remedy. But if you are addressing your blue mood with more than a small treat and find yourself eating to […]