Stress

One Change

Change is hard. For some people making changes is hard. For others maintaining changes is hard. And no matter how many times you read “it takes x days to make a new habit” or “fake it ‘til you make it” the reality is that our brains will fight us tooth and nail when we try to do something different because that’s what brains do. Believe…

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What To Do If You Get Off Track

I saw a patient a while back who went on a new medication that changed everything. We’d been working together for a year or so and she really, really wanted to see if she could get her health sorted without taking any prescription medications. It doesn’t matter what she had going on, or what medication was on the table because this story isn’t about the condition, or…

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Rethinking Your Relationship with Stress

One of my favorite things to do with patients is to illustrate concepts with drawings (I actually do this across the desk and draw upside down which makes it even more fun…but I’m a dork like that!) For allergy patients I draw a nose sniffing a flower and then how the body responds with a cellular reaction, ultimately leading to a runny nose and sinus inflammation.…

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Adrenal Fatigue: Is it a thing?

About adrenal fatigue:  We have known for many years that the chronic production of adrenaline can lead to long-term problems including premature aging, attention issues, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. The chronic production of cortisol can cause immune dysregulation, weight gain—particularly around your belly, digestive symptoms, depression, headaches, and reproductive issues. Over time there is a risk that your body will lose the ability to respond…

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Can depression be treated holistically? | Ask Dr. Samantha Video

There is hope and holistic ways to manage depression. Depression is real and serious. Let’s start by pointing out that depression can be a downward spiral and we all too often wait to ask for help until we’re too far down in the depths of depression. While some people will always need anti-depressants, there are other factors to consider and that is different from a…

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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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A Life of Alignment

Following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out. It’s available for pre-order at your favorite bookseller—you can find direct links here on my website! If you don’t have the health you want, the energy you want, the peace of mind you want, the life you want, getting crystal clear about your core values is the first step to creating…

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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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