Are Cravings Sabotaging Your New Year’s Resolution?

It's the new year, and a quick survey of the resolutions Americans make every year shows that losing weight is one of -- if not the -- most popular. Maybe it's because, by New Year's Day, the stress of the holiday season, family get-togethers, and trying to meet everyone's expectations has led to too many … Continue reading Are Cravings Sabotaging Your New Year’s Resolution?

No Batteries — or Electronics of Any Sort — Required

It turns out there is an iPhone app to help people deal with their fear of flying. This app is based on Virgin Atlantic's Flying Without Fear course. The app has a video of what to expect on a flight, answers common questions, teaches relaxation exercises, and sends daily reminders to practice those exercises. You … Continue reading No Batteries — or Electronics of Any Sort — Required

Exercise and the Stressed Brain

I've been recommending exercise to stressed out clients (and depressed clients, for that matter) for years. Those in the know suggest that you get aerobic exercise -- i.e., exercise that raises your heart rate enough that it is a little difficult to talk, like running or dancing -- for half an hour, three times a … Continue reading Exercise and the Stressed Brain

Family and Friends — To Keep or Not to Keep

On Thanksgiving, the LA Times ran an article by two professors -- one from Harvard Medical School, the other from UC San Diego -- touting the importance of keeping everyone in your social network of friends and family, even those who are demanding or get you angry. As evidence, the professors point out that, while … Continue reading Family and Friends — To Keep or Not to Keep

Food and Family Stress

I read an article on food and family stress in the New York Times last week. It was full of stories of families fighting over food at the holidays: a mother berating an overweight daughter for eating too much; a grandmother criticizing a grandson for eating too little; a father trying to keep everyone from … Continue reading Food and Family Stress

Deep Breathing for Stress: Not for Asthmatics

Earlier this week the New York Times ran an article entitled "A Breathing Technique Offers Help For People With Asthma." Since deep, diaphragmatic breathing exercises are one of my favorite, and easy, ways to help people release stress, I was very interested. I figured that, since diaphragmatic breathing was so effective at relaxing people, the … Continue reading Deep Breathing for Stress: Not for Asthmatics

Plan Now to Limit Holiday Stress

Happy Halloween! The ghosts and goblins (jedi and fairies mostly this year, actually) are parading past my door now, reminding me that the holiday season has arrived! Turkey dinners with all the trimmings, trips to see Santa, office parties, holidays of all persuasions spent with family. For some, November through December is a magical season. … Continue reading Plan Now to Limit Holiday Stress

Sleeping Despite Stress

"Jack" (whose name I've changed for confidentiality reasons), a solo attorney, has been working on a big case for over a year. He's up against one of the big law firms in his city, and the stress from feeling ganged up on has been building as the trial got closer. Last week Jack told me … Continue reading Sleeping Despite Stress