Lifestyle

Why Mood is Affected by Less Sunlight & What to do About it

Even though spring is on the way, we are still dealing with our shorter, darker winter days. More darkness. Less sunlight.  Although I don’t mind winter, the turning inward, the quiet, the darkness, around this time every year my body and mood start responding to the long winter. Even if my introvert self likes the season, my body is ready for the sun. Ready to…

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Be Flexible and Be Willing to Let Go

I had a fun and fabulous time recording some videos to help celebrate the publication of Overcoming Overwhelm for my publisher, Sounds True. Instead of flying out to their studio in Colorado (that would have been a lot of fun, but also a lot of missed patient time), we agreed that I’d do the filming locally—with videographer extraordinaire Ian from Vertica Productions, and they’d do…

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Why Strength Training is Better than Cardio

You’ve heard it time and time again: “Exercise is good for you!” “You have to exercise to stay healthy.” And although any exercise is better than no exercise, it is becoming more and more clear every day that strength training is more beneficial with a greater range of benefits than cardio. What is strength training? Strength training, also known as resistance training is using some…

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Take Back Control of How You Feel at the Holidays

Around the holidays, we so often feel responsibility to do things and go place and be around people we would rather not. The answer isn’t hiding in your house (which, to be honest, is my default) but is carefully vetting what you say yes to, and making sure that you get firm and clear in your boundaries around what (and who) you are willing to…

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My Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Stress

I was walking out to my car yesterday and saw a RAV4 with reindeer antlers. I was so confused. Why would someone put antlers on their car? If this is a holiday thing why would that happen now? Didn’t we just get through the hot mess of “candy, candy everywhere” otherwise known as Halloween? But really…the holiday season is already here for many of us…

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Overcoming Overwhelm Pre-order Time!

As you may know, my new book, Overcoming Overwhelm will officially be released by Sounds True publishing on January 1, 2019. Part of me is excited to write this and the other part feels extraordinarily vulnerable as I officially introduce the book to the world. It’s been such a long haul with so many ups and downs. But in the end it doesn’t matter how…

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Ch…ch…ch…changes. It’s YOUR choice.

It can be challenging to do all the things we feel we should be doing and changing to create better health, greater resilience, and peace of mind. The reality is that it’s impossible to do them all. So what can you do? In my book Overcoming Overwhelm:Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out I go through a process with my readers to get clear about…

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Salt—How Bad Is It Really?

Salt has gotten a really bad rap over the years. It is known to cause high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. But is it really as bad as it is made out to be? How can something we require in our diets be so bad for us? Our nervous systems and muscles require adequate amounts of salt to function properly. Not…

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Are Protein Bars Healthy? Sometimes

Protein bars are all the rage these days. Some of my patients even eat them instead of meals. We’re busy, right? And it’s so easy! It’s, of course, better to eat a whole, real food instead of something processed, but sometimes you’re in a rush. That’s life. And intuitively it makes sense that something called a “protein bar” would likely be a good choice—especially if…

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How many hours of sleep is enough? | Ask Dr. Samantha

You really want to get enough sleep, as sleep is the single most important thing for keeping your energy up and your body in balance! What other questions do you have about sleep? Ask me your questions for future videos here! Find more about this topic using the search sidebar or topic menu.

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