5 Ways to Use Yoga for Better Sleep

Yoga is a gentle and restorative way to wind down your day. A national survey found that over 55% of people who did yoga found that it helped them get better sleep. Over 85% said yoga helped reduce stress. You can use supportive props like bolsters, blankets, and blocks to make poses comfortable so that…

Top 10 Foods for a Better Mood

When was the last time your therapist or doctor asked you what you’re eating? Food is important, not just for our physical health but also for our mind. It can be an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Growing research supports the theory that what we eat everyday can improve our mood and help…

10 Questions to Ask Yourself From Positive Psychology

How do you retrain the mind to focus on the positive? Find out more in my latest article on PsychToday. Positive psychiatry examines how to enhance well-being by focusing on strengths and positive characteristics, emotions, and behaviors. This is not easy. It goes against our natural instincts. We are set up to pay more attention…

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Light Therapy

Bright light therapy can help seasonal depression– but it can be confusing how to use your light box. It may not just be the cold weather that is making you sluggish and want to hunker down at home on the couch with your best friend Netflix. Shorter days from early fall through winter can cause…

Is Yoga the Next New ‘Antioxidant’?

  Most people do yoga for flexibility and strength, but there is a lot more that yoga can do for your body and mind– even at a biochemical level. A new study shows that 12 weeks of yoga boosts your natural antioxidants and defends you from the damage from free radicals. Read more here on…

Why Do People Do Yoga?

After my last weekend of yoga teacher training, a friend asked me over dinner, “Why do you do yoga? So you can learn to do what… headstands?” Why do people do yoga? More than 90 percent of people come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness. But, for most people, their primary…

5 Areas Your Body Holds Onto Emotional Stress

Where do you carry stress in your body? We carry a lot of emotional stress in our bodies, not just in our minds. Could our bodies be holding onto our emotional memories? If you ask a Western-trained doctor or neuroscientist where we store emotions or memory, you’ll most likely hear:  “the amygdala” or “the limbic…

Build Resilience with a Loving Kindness Meditation

Having trouble being kind to yourself? Try extending compassion to others first, and you might be surprised. Find out how to do a loving-kindness meditation here on my article on Psychology Today. Copyright Marlynn H. Wei, MD, PLLC © 2015

How To Tidy Mindfully

Want to learn how to tidy mindfulness? Find out more about the Konmari method. Read my recent article on Psychology Today on how to bring some Zen to cleaning: Copyright Marlynn H. Wei, MD, PLLC © 2015

The Surprising Psychology of the Common Cold

  New research shows just how bad cold and flu season can be for your mood. If you have already gotten sick this winter season, you can attest to the fact that being sick is stressful, exhausting, and a downer. It is not a coincidence that when you are physically ill, you feel more depressed…