Tension vs. Relaxation

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
–Chinese proverb

uniquekidI just saw this post from Kathryn Budig and had to share it. I love this proverb for its message, I love it for its simplicity, and of course I love that it’s Chinese. As Kathryn would say, aim true.

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How to Beat those Winter Blues

winterbluesAfter the hustle and bustle of the holidays has come and gone, I’m ready to get on with springtime. For me, this means about 3-4 months of waiting and wishing and whining about the weather. I’m less interested in my health, being active, and lack motivation. I know that a lot of my patients feel the same way and this cold winter weather brings about more than just increased aches and pains – we start to get depressed.

SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s a type of depression that occurs during a certain time of year. For most people, its starts Continue reading

Endbeginnings

Happy New Year to all! Although I’m a week late on my New Year plans, goals, and well-wishing, I have not given up the opportunity to reflect on the past year. The recent days of below-freezing temperatures have allowed me to catch up on some reading and enjoy one of my favorite authors, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD and her inspiring book of short stories, Kitchen Table Wisdom (a HIGHLY recommended read). butterflyIn one particular story, “Endbeginnings,” Remen writes, “Nothing ever ends without something else beginning or begins without something else ending… Continue reading

Got Stress? Try Acupuncture.

We all have stress. It’s an organic part of the human experience. Stress can be very useful to us humans; it drives and motivates us to be our best, stay out of trouble, and get things done. Unfortunately, unmanaged stress can also wreck havoc on our bodies and lead to some pretty serious health concerns. Stress is meant to be short lived, a temporary state that throws us into action to solve a problem. Too many of us, however, find ourselves in a constant, chronic battle with stress. This ongoing, low-grade mental and emotional tension has detrimental effects on our physical bodies. Continue reading