Eric Kuma

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How to Stop Worrying

<i>By John Swartzberg, M.D.</i><p>We've evolved to worry. From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense that we do need to worry about certain things, particularly those that represent imminent danger. We may see ourselves as straddling the top of the evolutionary ladder, but it wasn't all that long ago …

UC Berkeley

5 Things I Learned From a 50-Day Meditation Streak

<i>My 50-day meditation streak, happily quantified by the Calm app.</i><p><b>Like so many of us, I'm an overthinker.</b> My mind whirrs mercilessly, day and night. Therefore, for years I've been saying, "I really should start meditating." I "knew" it would benefit me, but the thought of trying to get rid of my …

Meditation

How to Eat, Train, Work, and Sleep Better: Life-Hacking Special

There has to be a better way. And there is—to eat, train, work, and sleep. It starts with asking the right questions of the world's top experts (we did that part) and ends with you making some simple changes to your daily habits. The result: a whole new level of performance, productivity, health, …

Exercise

Women Need More Sleep Than Men Because of Their "Complex" Brains

Consider this your excuse for hitting the snooze button.<p>Research has already proven that insomnia is more common in women than in men, and now it seems that women also need more sleep than men to function normally.<p>According to researchers at Loughborough University's Sleep Research Center in …

Three Ways To Fall Asleep in Only Ten Minutes Every Single Night

You're awake at 2:00am.<p>Again.<p>You're lying in bed. You just can't sleep.You toss and turn.<p>It's so frustrating.<p>You try to count sheep and relax your body.<p>But you just can't stop reviewing the minute details of useless crap. Like what your friend said to you earlier; was she being snarky or genuine? …

Yoga

Re-Evaluating Psychiatry

These days psychiatry gets a bit of a bad rap -- as psychiatrists we are relegated to the roll of pill pushers.<p>I know a lot of us do work that way, with a quickie conversation and then out comes the prescription pads, this role is often dictated by the insurance industry.<p>I would like to try and put …

Mental Health

An Astonishing Number Of Kids Have Psychological Disorders

Prioritizing mental well-being is crucial as you age, but alarming new research highlights just how important it is to monitor in kids.<p>Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed answers from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health and found that <b>one in</b> …

Mental Health

Insomnia Meets Mindfulness

Insomnia used to be a very real part of my life and my practice in mindfulness was what saved me and continues to from time to time.<p>How did I do it?<p>For most of us having trouble sleeping is a mind trap that over time gets conditioned into our bodies as a habit. The trauma of not sleeping is stored …

Mindfulness

Healthy Planet Essential for Global Health

When it comes to human health, it is time to rethink the notion of a balanced diet. We use an area the size of South America to grow our crops and an area the size of Africa for our livestock.<p>On this scale, it is no surprise food production is the single largest driver of environmental degradation …

Sustainability

20 Tiny Moments That Instantly Boost Your Happiness

It's time to tap into your everyday joy.<p>Big moments in life -- weddings, births, new jobs, graduations -- are special, but appreciating the smaller, daily occurrences can really maintain your happiness.<p>In honor of the International Day of Happiness, we've rounded up some tiny, joyful moments that …

Happiness

5 Science-Backed Strategies for More Happiness

<i>Kira M. Newman</i><p>Did you know that happiness has its own holiday?<p>Four years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness. It's easy to understand why they see happiness as something to celebrate: Happy people are healthier; they get sick …

Happiness

The Psychological Trick That Could Help You Reach Your Goals

Everyone from elite athletes to top business executives knows it's important to have goals. After all, goals are what turn dreams into actionable, achievable steps.<p>Whether you set out to lose weight, renovate your house, or complete a triathlon, defining a goal can boost your motivation, at least …

Goal Setting

What to Expect When You Lose a Loved One

Two years ago my husband died suddenly in an accident, leaving me alone and terrified of the journey ahead.<p>If I could give a letter to the girl who stood dripping with fear and sorrow on on the outset of the next two years of grief, I believe it would look something like this.<p>Lovely Melissa,<p>I know …

Mind

139 Days of Isolation: What It's Like Living With Tuberculosis

On Thursday, April 25th, 2013 I was informed that I had tested positive for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB), an infectious deadly lung disease that kills approximately 1.5 million people every year (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). The death rates in some countries around the …

Mental Health

How to Deal With Negative Emotions Responsibly

Human beings are incredibly emotional creatures. While it's impossible to deny or ignore this basic fact of what it means to be human, you can learn how to confront your emotions with wisdom and maturity. For personal and professional relationships to flourish, negative emotions should be handled …

Self-help

10 Ways to Celebrate Stress Awareness Day

Stress Awareness Day is April 16th this year. It's got me thinking of 10 ways we can create more awareness around stress.<p><b>1. Create a culture that promotes stress management.</b><p>This could be achieved by promoting activities like napping at work, getting 7-8 hours sleep a night, taking meditation …

Mindfulness

How I Knew This Was My Last Weight Loss Journey

I work with women who want to improve their health and are ready to release weight they’ve been hanging on to for years. When I first started my health coaching practice, I used to worry that a client would ask me a question I couldn’t answer. That day finally came.<p>One of my clients asked me, <b>“When</b> …

Fitness

Sally Larhette's GPS Guide For Feeling Secure

<i>Feeling stressed? You're not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the place! We all need a course-correcting tool -- A "GPS for the Soul" -- to help us find our way back to center. The guide below will give you the tools</i> …

Meditation

Why Doctors Should Be Paid More

With the upcoming presidential nominations on the horizon, one of the go-to topics for candidates has been health care. What's wrong with it. How we can fix it. Is it Obama's fault? But there is actually one key piece of the puzzle missing which actually can create a win-win situation. It's a very …

Health Care

Love on the Brain

Ever felt like you couldn't get that certain someone out of your mind and they continuously keep taking up so much of your time in thoughts? Are you obsessed with someone and they are all you can think about day and night because the thought of them makes you so excited? Does a certain someone give …

Relationships

Don't Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight!

<i>Robert Ritch, MD Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair Professor of Ophthalmology Surgeon Director Emeritus and Chief, Glaucoma Service New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai</i><p>If there were something simple you could do to save your sight, wouldn't you do it?<p>According to the National …

Medicine

How to Stop Being a Slave to Your Smartphone and Start Using It in a Conscious Way

<i>If humans remain unconscious, robots will become like humans and humans will become like robots. - Fabian Markl</i><p><b>Through smartphones, humans have become like dogs.</b><p>Pavlov was a scientist who had a dog, which he conditioned. Whenever he rang a bell, the dog expected food and its mouth started to …

Consciousness