Pajama Daze

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A psychologist’s toolkit for coping with holiday conflict and anxiety

Every holiday season, families and friends convene to share affection, kindness and experience. In the ideal holiday atmosphere, one often depicted in commercials and media, such get-togethers are places of warmth, appreciation and general happiness.<p>If you find yourself in such a family, count …

Anxiety

Post-holiday blues can teach you to celebrate reality

The holiday season is an emotional time for everyone, whether you love family gatherings or hate them, follow tradition slavishly or jettison it altogether. It’s difficult to stay cool in the midst of a shopping, eating, drinking, and gifting frenzy, and to avoid the blues when regular life resumes …

Emotions

Winter foot-care tips that’ll lead to a next-level spring pedicure

Summer is the time when people typically turn their attention to their feet (likely because it’s sandal season, and they’re on full display). But …

Beauty

100 of the Best Ways to Get Organized

These simple solutions will get your life in order ASAP.<p>The meals, the kids, the housework, the job…the only way to stay sane is to get organized. …

Hacking

These are the 6 germiest places in your home—here’s how to deal

Your germaphobic heart undoubtedly skips a beat at the thought of subway poles, port-a-potties at 5K races, and airplane blankets. Some of the …

University of Arizona

How Laughter Can Help People with Multiple Sclerosis

Laughing may be a way to a healthier lifestyle for people with neurological diseases.<p>That was the premise of a recent study that took place in Israel.<p>…

Multiple Sclerosis

30 Easy Ways To Eat Healthier On A Budget

Because it really shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg.<p><i>Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Frugal Living

How to Make the Grain Bowl of Your Lunchtime Dreams

These days, it seems like <b>Instagram-ready grain bowls</b> are popping up everywhere at spots like Egg Shop in NYC and Baker Miller in Chicago. Still searching for the tricks needed to get your lunchtime grain bowl to taste as great as the one at your favorite little luncheonette? Search no more.<p>The …

Healthy Recipes

How To Make Your Own Delightfully Flavorful Sauerkraut At Home This Winter

All you need to make a great fermented cabbage dish is a little salt and some patience.<p>Chances are, the words "<b>fermented foods</b>" don't exactly make …

A whole week’s worth of good-for-your-gut dinners from Candice Kumai

<i>This year, famed plant-based and classically trained chef Candice Kumai is kicking off Well+Good’s (Re)New Year program with five weeks of</i> …

Smoothies

A five-minute mindfulness exercise that's ideal for skeptics and grumps

The world really wants us to count our blessings. News articles and blog posts tout the many benefits of gratitude, from improved health to better sleep and happier moods. Entrepreneurs and business behemoths like Oprah Winfrey swear by gratitude journals as a solution to stress and the secret to …

Happiness

3 tips for creating a meditation space in your home that you will actually use

Similar to how cute activewear can inspire you to work out more, having an inviting meditation space can lead to more time spent meditating. Your …

Why It's Time to Replace "Letting Go" with "Letting Be"—& How to Start

When I was growing up, my father was not an easy person to be around. He was the guy who’d drive 100 miles per hour on Main Street, cutting people …

THIS mysterious condition affects millions more than MS - but you probably don't know it

UNREST/ GETTYChronic fatigue syndrome: Unrest explores a very misunderstood condition<p>Chronic fatigue syndrome - or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and …

Where we've failed to live up to the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

<b>(CNN) —</b> Twenty-seven years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. I still remember standing in the Rose Garden watching President George H.W. Bush sign the bill into law.<p>Today, as a result, people with …

Northrop Grumman

Multiple Sclerosis – Learning to Live a Full and Productive Life

When the doctor diagnosed you with multiple sclerosis it is likely your instant reaction was one of dread and fear. While perceptions of those with …

Multiple Sclerosis

Self care: Are chronic illness warriors good at looking after themselves?

Are you a chronic illness warrior?<p>By that, I mean, are you the kind of person who:<p>If you answered yes to some of these then read on:<p>We certainly need …

Sickboy podcast tackles chronic illness with laughter

One of the first things you'll notice about 29-year-old <b>Jeremie Saunders</b> is his cough. It's a regular part of who he is. But what resonates is his …

Visiting Family With a Chronic Illness During Cold & Flu Season

How to Avoid Making Friends & Relatives Sick<p>Cold and flu season comes around every year during the fall and winter months. Although the exact timing …

Public Health

Making Holiday Travel Manageable When You Have a Chronic Illness

Record numbers of Americans are planning to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday this year. And many will also take to the roads and skies to travel …

Having a chronic illness doesn’t mean I can’t have a life

Having a chronic illness doesn’t mean I can’t have a life.<p>Two years ago I had an operation to have my large bowel removed after a nasty bout of …

I'm A Doctor With Chronic Illness. Here Are 12 Things I Wish People Knew.

<i>“</i>I'm a Doctor With Chronic Illness. Here Are 12 Things I Wish People Knew." was published on The Mighty.<p>Written by Amy Stenehjem, M.D.<p><i>I’ve written this article to help educate those who want to learn about</i> chronic illness. It is written from my perspective, that of a doctor who treated patients …

Chronic Pain

How I came to terms with my chronic illness diagnosis

I have had my fair share, some may say more than than my fair share, of chronic illness diagnoses.<p>One of the hardest to come to terms with has been …

How to get through the Christmas party season when you have a chronic illness

We’re midway through December, and party season is fast approaching.<p>But while most of us are getting our glittery outfits sorted, our festive nails …

CDC Recognition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Paves the Way for a Cure

Until recently, chronic fatigue was widely known as a hyperbolic description of the exhaustion that accompanies everyday life, or an indication of an …

Why Auto-Immune Conditions are Often Mistaken for Depression

Liz was a happy and healthy teacher who loved her job but also looked forward to retirement in another five years. And then, she wasn’t feeling so …

Autoimmune Diseases

17 Celebrities Living With Psoriasis

From fashion moguls to news anchors, these big names won't let an autoimmune disease get in the way of their success.<p>Psoriasis is an uncomfortable …

Autoimmune Diseases

How Patients With Chronic Disease Become 'Patient Entrepreneurs'

You probably haven’t heard of the medical “patient entrepreneurs,” an innovative group initiated and organized by New York-based Lyfebulb, which featured them at the Swedish American Life Science Summit conference in Stockholm in August. The “patient entrepreneur” project helps people afflicted …

Harvard Medical School

Depressed with a chronic disease? Consider alternative therapies

Scientists are finding more evidence that commonly prescribed antidepressants aren't effective in people battling both depression and a chronic …