Strategies to Ease the Day: Mini-relaxations

One of the most common things I hear from people when we are talking about reducing stress is (something like): “Meditation and relaxation might be great, but I don’t have time to do that during the day.” Work is too busy, or you have no privacy, or  you are with the kids all day.  I get it. But building mindfulness and relaxation into your life can be done with tiny moments of practice. They are especially effective if you do them often. These practices take about as much time (or less) as it
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Trouble Sleeping? Mindfulness May Help

A recent article in Time.com interviews Dr. David S Black about why mindfulness may be one of the best (and easiest) ways to get better sleep. Black is a researcher at the University of Southern California and the Founding Director of the American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA). In the article, Black discusses his recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study examined the effectiveness of two sleep interventions with men and women who were experiencing poor sleep.  The study participants were randomly assigned to either 6-weeks of sleep
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Practicing Gratitude in the New Year

Many of us are in the habit of making New Years resolutions. It feels good-there is a sense of optimism or even relief when thinking about how we are going to make our lives better. However, research suggests that these resolutions–even the most heartfelt ones–rarely lead to long-lasting changes in our behavior. Diets don’t stick and gym memberships go unused. By February the resolution may be totally forgotten, and we are back to baseline.  Now, I am all for behavior change and know that humans are quite capable of it.
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