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Ask Dr. Kathleen

I want to get off for a couple long weekends with friends to blow off some stress. Can this really help reduce my stress?

Ashley, Taking time off with friends is the key to health, reducing stress and happiness. Research shows that being around friends is not only healthy but is a great stress reducer. Sharing your challenges and joys in life make you happier and healthier. Laughing and eating with friends helps your body create endorphins and oxytocin…
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I seem to be more stressed during the summer when it’s hot. Is there a reason for this?

Paul, In the summer dehydration creates additional stress as it increases your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a major stress hormone. As your heart rate and breathing increases you become less hydrated. Drinking a glass of water is a simple way to reduce your stress. Staying hydrated is one of your great stress reducing tools. Savor…
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I can’t keep my mind quiet. It keeps racing. Is there anything I can do?

Mindy, The first step is not to pick a fight with your mind and experience it as your adversary. Make friends with your incredible mind and brain. Create a plan that helps you relax your mind. This helps you create greater happiness and mental and physical health. Take a meditation or mindfulness class. If you…
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I lost my job and kept wanting to snack. Could my stress be making me hungry?

Brianna, When you are stressed, you can experience emotional eating. Stress makes us anxious and when you eat these carbohydrates calm you down and make you feel better. The problem is weight gain and unhealthy eating. Do a substitute activity such as reading, walking or playing with your pet. Make healthy snacks ahead of time…
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 I feel depressed since the holidays. My friend thinks I have something called SAD. What is this?

Taylor, SAD is Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a type of mild seasonal depression that can be caused by lack of sunlight during the winter. You can go online and buy a light for light therapy. Take a walk in the morning to get your melatonin production up. Take walks and exercise. Consume omega 3’s.…
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Why can’t I ever seem to keep New Year’s Resolutions?

Abbey,Most of us do not keep our New Year’s Resolutions. Some of the reasons are that we list too many, we want to make a dramatic change, or we are not committed. Make only one resolution. Begin with a small change that is manageable. Finally, ask yourself if you are committed with your heart and…
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What are the spiritual benefits of walking?

Karin, Walking is a revered historical practice. When you study with most ancient spiritual traditions there is undoubtedly a walking meditation so one becomes aware of your connection with the holiness within your Self, with the Divine, and with the elements of the earth. You were created to move that magnificent body. Native Americans, Christian…
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Why should I be grateful for grief and loss?

Jamey, Be grateful for the kaleidoscope of experiences in your life. It may seem difficult to be grateful for loss and grief, but all sacred texts and spiritual teachers tell us there is a purpose for everything. Again, if you look to great spiritual leaders, you see they have transformed their grief into a state…
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Why should I thank my ancestors?

Pamela, Many cultures, especially the Asian and Native American traditions, are grounded in reverence for their ancestors. These cultures are keenly aware that it is only through the sacrifice, choices, and experiences of thousands of years of ancestors that we sit here today. We are the highest expression of our gene pool because we have…
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