Painful life events and struggles are inevitable. They are part of the human experience. However, the interpretation or meaning that you give these painful experiences, and how you choose to cope (or not) with your emotions, is what will ultimately dictate your experience. If you choose to numb your pain, you miss the wisdom and resilience it can offer you. But, if you do, know that there is nothing wrong with you. Ultimately, confronting your hurt (instead of numbing yourself to it) involves shifting the attitude that you choose to cultivate. While you cannot change the past, you can undoubtedly change your response to it.
From the moment we are born we long for touch. As the first of the five senses we develop, it plays a critical role in how we process sensations and stimuli into neural signals. When our bodies are deprived of that touch, a cascade of negative physiological and psychological effects take place in our bodies. This phenomenon, known as touch starvation, has become a significant issue for many as the global pandemic surges on — but practices such as Abhyanga can help even if you’re alone.
By Erica Zellner, MS, CNS
We’re incorporating technology into our lives like never before through the explosion of wearable technology. Our ability and desire to quantify our lives seem to increase with each technological advance. Now, millions of us have access to this data 24/7 — and it is changing how we see our health. But is this reliance on wearable technologies a good thing? Only if you start with the right relationship.
Is laughter really the best medicine? Dr. Madan Kataria launched thousands of laughter clubs, inspired by one man’s search for hope in light of a life-threatening prognosis. That man went on to live for another 25 years. Science is now proving why laughter is so powerful and the benefits it offers all of us — and it all starts by nurturing human connection.
There’s a good chance that there are two things that are true for you. First, that you’re suffering from some degree of mental fatigue. And second, that you just denied it in your head as you read that last sentence. As a society, we have created a near-moralistic view of being mentally exhausted, but to overcome your mental fatigue and set yourself up for sustainable life-changing success, you need to acknowledge that it’s real, that it’s not a failing, and then take specific actions to address it. Here’s how.
By Dr. Brandon Gonyo, PharmD
Fear can creep in at any time and push us to behave differently than we’d normally expect of ourselves. How can you overcome fear and improve your resilience to it? And is there a way to surrender yourself to the vulnerability, without getting scorched by the elements, and, instead, transform that fear into fearlessness?