Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

A simple relaxation exercise that helps to calm the brain and body, reduce stress, and is useful for falling asleep is called progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR. This easy practice consists of tightening one muscle group at a time, then releasing that tension and relaxing.  I found that, when combined...

Cognitive Dissonance

There is a theory in psychology called cognitive dissonance where a conflict occurs within a person due to two or more modes of thought. Cognitive dissonance arises when behaviors don’t match beliefs. And this often leads to unwarranted stress.  For example, I know that oreos are not good. Well, they...

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is the surgeon general of California (the first appointed to that position) and the author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. She is a pediatrician with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of stress management, particularly in children. She...

The Importance of Gratitude

Did you know gratitude is associated with the following benefits: Better relationships, better sleep, greater physical health, mental health, empathy, self-esteem, mental strength and resilience! So, by simply practicing gratitude a little bit each day, you can improve your health and well-being and you can achieve these benefits. And it...

Mirror Neurons

There is a neurological reason behind the idea that you should surround yourself with people you want to emulate. Or if you want to improve something, like your health and well-being, you should consume health improving content, particularly videos. It's because we have specialized brain cells that help us to...