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Nature is Nurture

You’ve probably heard that nature is good for you, but did you know there’s real science to back it up? A study from Stanford University found that 90 minutes in nature decreased activity in the areas of the brain associated with depression and anxiety. Furthermore, people living in urban areas are 20% more likely to develop anxiety disorders and 40% more likely to develop mood disorders. But don’t despair just because you live in the city, spending even just fifteen minutes in the park can significantly improve your mental health. So whenever you get the chance to get outside, take it. Read more about Nature is Nurture

Watch Your Eyes

You probably don’t need us to tell you that staring at your screen for too long is bad for your eyes. Luckily there are things you can do to limit the harm. One common technique is the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes, focusing on a point 20 feet away. Position is another factor. Your screen should be 20-30 inches away, and you should be looking down at it at a 15-20 degree angle. Lastly, make sure your monitor brightness is appropriate. If your screen lights up a dark room, it’s too bright, and if it seems dull and gray, it’s too dim. Read more about Watch Your Eyes

Watch Your Own Back

There’s no getting around it, carrying a backpack can be uncomfortable, fortunately, there are some rules you can follow to make carrying your bag less strenuous. Read more about Watch Your Own Back

Family Caregiver Mini Retreat

May 17, 2017

Being a family caregiver for a loved one who is ill or disabled can bring both benefits and challenges to daily life. Finding time to get away from the routine, talking with other caregivers and managing stress can be difficult—yet they are important for your own wellbeing! The better you feel the better care you will able to provide to your loved one.

Come enjoy a free 3-hour mini-retreat where you can connect with other caregivers, learn new ways to reduce stress and other self-care skills. Please join us and take home a free gift! Read more about Family Caregiver Mini Retreat

Coping with disappointment

Dr. Paul
Young boy dissapointed.

Were you were disappointed on Mother’s day? Becky was hoping for the full meal deal from her husband and kids, and all she got was flowers and a card.  She acted pleased, but inside, she felt let down. 

Bill’s birthday was last week. He was hoping for a new fishing rod that he had hinted was his birthday wish. Instead, he got a cake with frosting. Read more about Coping with disappointment


ABCDEs of Melanoma

Shoreline Dermatologist, Dr. Matthew Majerus, explains A, B, C, D, Es of examining your skin for abnormal brown spots. Early detection is life-saving! Read more about ABCDEs of Melanoma

Stress, anxiety, and their antidote

Dr. Paul
Daily mindfulness practice.

When I was a freshman in college, I experienced panic attacks. They seemingly came out of nowhere—my heart pounded, my vision narrowed, and I felt as if I was losing control. When it first happened, I thought for sure I was going crazy or having a heart attack. When I went home for Thanksgiving my mother brought me to see a psychiatrist who recommended Valium, which was widely prescribed in those days. It worked—but I experienced a lot of anxiety during those years. I also saw a therapist, who was helpful too. Read more about Stress, anxiety, and their antidote

Appreciating your parents

Dr. Paul
Adult father and sons.

My father loved spring—with its yellow, red, and white tulips, fresh green leaves, and bright yellow forsythia. He lived in New York City with its long, cold winters. Spring brought new life and the promise of the long, lazy days of summer.

My Dad passed away nine years ago, at the age of 88, after a long winter. He did get to see his final spring, although he was much diminished by the ravages of cancer. I was fortunate. I was able to lend him my support in this last period of his life. Read more about Appreciating your parents



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