Posted: November 22, 2021
As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s natural for me to reflect on 1.) the dishes I’m responsible for making this year, and, of course, 2.) what I’m thankful for.
Posted: March 16, 2021
Personal disclosure alert: I am not a naturally “Zen” person (many people do not believe me when I say this). My brain is constantly juggling everything on my to-list – observing, planning and making meaning of the nearly infinite amount of information we are all taking in both consciously and unconsciously, each day.
Rather than a “calm, blue sea of tranquility,” my mind can often resemble more of the proverbial “monkey mind,” as its natural state is to observe, analyze, mull over, reimagine, and so forth. Which can make it a lot more challenging to tune out mental chatter and get a good night’s sleep.
Posted: January 26, 2021
A brand new year is a fine time for assessing what’s working for us and what isn’t. Sometimes this means taking stock of where we are with relationships, old patterns, our health, and how we spend our time. We can then tend to what needs nurturing, prune what belongs in the past, and sow the seeds of the changes we desire.
Posted: January 11, 2021Tags: dr traci stein
It's hard to know what to say when there is so much chaos around us.
In the last 24 hours, I've felt shocked. Angry. Fearful.
Uncertain. In utter disbelief.
Chances are, you have, too, regardless of your political beliefs.
Posted: December 01, 2020Tags: dr traci stein, aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is one of the oldest and most popular integrative therapies, and for good reasons. Aromas are intrinsic to everything from the pleasure of reclining on clean sheets to the relaxation inherent in a hot bath at the end of the day.
Smell is considered the oldest and least understood of our senses; yet, it is generally accepted that scents rapidly and powerfully transport us back in time to beloved people and cherished events. One of my dearest relatives always smelled strongly of either rose oil or strawberries. The memories my aunt’s kindness and warm smile, her fiery red hair, and the way she made me feel loved remain vivid in my mind many decades later and are instantaneously reactivated by roses.
Posted: June 01, 2020
It feels so good to connect with you all once again. I’ve been wondering: how is your self-talk these days?
I’m asking because as you probably already know, we engage in self-talk countless times a day, usually with little to no awareness that we’re doing this. Our self-talk creates an endless stream of affirmations that can either help or hinder us.
Posted: February 03, 2020
It’s that time of the year, when by some estimates, more than three-quarters of us have given up on our New Year’s Resolutions. Some of the most common changes we aim to make are to quit smoking, eat better and exercise more. Other goals may involve starting (or completing) an important personal project, making more of an effort to get together with friends, and perhaps vowing to set healthier limits with people who take more from us than they give.
We set these goals for ourselves because we believe that they will make us better in some way – happier, healthier, more productive, and so forth. And yet, most of us quickly get discouraged and slip back into familiar patterns that feel easier in the short term but prevent us from getting to where we really want to go.
Posted: January 15, 2019
Year after year, the top New Year’s resolutions in the United States are consistently some variation of “Exercise More” “Go on a Diet” or “Lose Weight”. If your goal is to be healthier, that’s great! But it’s important to remember that your healthiest weight may not be the smallest number on the scale.
Nor is it always your best look, for that matter. I have an athletic friend who was naturally stocky and well-muscled, who was so obsessed with having the smallest number dress size possible, that on the two yo-yo occasions that she achieved her goal (an unnatural size 8), her normally round, pretty face became gaunt, lined, discolored, and positively haunted looking. She looked sick.
Posted: October 01, 2018
Dr. Traci Stein has been creating exceptional audios for Health Journeys for 8 years now, and for good reason - she is a mindfulness maven and master of behavioral change. This week on the blog, she shares some of her favorite tips for taking better care of yourself this time of year.
Posted: August 07, 2018Tags: procrastination, dr traci stein
It’s hard to believe, but summer is winding down, and before you know it, it will be time to exchange beach chairs for backpacks and get back to work, school, or any personal goals that await you. Yet, an old nemesis, procrastination, is always lurking in the shadows.