Stress has been called “the silent killer,” because it’s linked to chest pain and heart disease, but its other symptoms are unfortunately all too visible—weight gain, depression, and exhaustion, to name a few. The feeling of being overwhelmed is common to many of us, according to Susan B. Lord, MD, an integrative family physician who […]
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We all know that exercise can help keep our bodies strong and healthy, but can it affect brain function as well? A recent story on NPR highlights research that explores the benefits of physical exercise for mental wellness. Among the findings, scientists have discovered that exercise can contribute to everything from relieving depression to alleviating […]
By Renée Peterson Trudeau Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us. We felt overscheduled and overworked, and we rarely got the chance to unplug. We navigated big career and life […]
What if food was your friend, not the enemy? A source of nourishment and pleasure, rather than angst and self-loathing? For many women and girls, that’s hard to imagine. Recent studies show that 81 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat and 51 percent of 9- and 10-year-olds say they feel better on […]
When I was in high school, I thought that by the time I reached my 40s, my life would be set. I expected that my professional life and my love life would be clearly defined by this age, that I’d have a steady partner and a steady income. I was wrong. Fortunately, I don’t think […]