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Several strategies can help prevent a downward spiral — they all start with reaching out

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This is the second in a four-part series on preventing depression, a serious and growing mental disorder that can strike at any age and, if untreated, persist and worsen.

“There is ample…


Age Wise

Self-care strategies to use before depression gets the best of you

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This is the first in a four-part series on preventing depression, a serious and growing mental disorder that can strike at any age and, if untreated, persist and worsen.

Osaka’s decision to “exercise self-care,” as…


It may sound cliche, but learning to befriend your breath can change your life

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Maybe you’re having a panic attack. Maybe you’re stressed because you‘re raising children in a pandemic. Maybe the IRS has just told you that you’re a victim of Social Security fraud. Whatever the reason, the idea that an automatic physiological process we do thousands of times per day without thinking could even marginally improve such a situation can feel ridiculous. Insulting, even.

Except it can. I know. I’m sorry to sound optimistic in these times. But I want you to know that…


Age Wise

The science of sexual satisfaction through the years

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According to science, I’ve got three things going for the older me: I get a lot of physical activity, I feel younger than my actual age, and apparently I’ve developed a little “sexual wisdom.” So if you’re fumbling through your young-adult sex life, or stressed out in middle age wondering where the magic went, trust that there are ways to improve your sex life now and as you get older.

But don’t take my word…


Good Question

New research intensifies the debate

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More than 90% of the U.S. population eats at least one snack a day, and most of us eat several. Some experts have called snacking “a hallmark of the American dietary pattern.”

Our enthusiasm for snacking isn’t new. Between the early 1970s and the late 2000s, the average number of snacks we consumed hardly budged; we ate two or three snacks a day back then, and that’s about how many we eat now.

While we may not be snacking more frequently than we used to, there’s some evidence that our snacks have gotten bigger.

Measured in…


What I learned from retraining myself to breathe through the nose

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Even though getting to sleep was never a problem for me, no matter what I did, I’d often wake up feeling tired, anxious, and riddled with aches and pains. Sadly, I even started to think these issues were normal.

Then, a little over a year ago, I listened…


GOOD QUESTION

Probably. But first, consider the risks.

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Googling “best sleep position” turns up a cool 765 million results, and some of the top hits maintain that how you sleep — back, stomach, left or right side, fetal — has profound implications for your spine, heart, breathing, appearance, and much else. There’s even some Freudian pseudoscience linking certain sleep positions to personality traits, which seems to have about as much solid scientific backing as palmistry.

All of these claims are somewhat confounded by the fact that we all tend to sleep in a…


For the people considered too far gone, was recovery ever possible? The latest research — and innovative strategies — are offering hope.

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His father wrote it off. So did his mother. Donald was a teenager, moody. It was the ’60s. Other kids were doing worse.

But Donald knew there was something wrong. He’d known for a while. He knew that being a star on the football field and having a friendship with another person were two very different things. Sometimes, he would say…


Experiment with props, try new classes, and maybe even ditch your screen

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The past year has thankfully changed some of that perception.

For the first time, people who want to practice yoga have had no choice but to do so from home. Luckily, there has been no shortage of Zoom classes, YouTube videos, and fitness apps for both experienced practitioners and eager pandemic beginners. And beautifully, many people have…


A closer look at copper, cryotherapy, compression, and float tanks

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From copper bracelets to spinal braces, oxygen bars to cryo spas, soak tanks to you name it, there is no shortage of “wellness products” that enter with a splash and exit with a whimper, promising to make quick work of complicated problems. …

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