Which Type of Probiotic Could Reduce Anxiety?

Taking a probiotic could reduce anxiety if it contains a specific type of bacteria. A new study published in PLoS One has found that, among the many strains of probiotics, Lactobacillus (L.) rhamnosus has the most evidence showing that it could significantly reduce anxiety. Researchers analyzed 22 animal studies and 14 human clinical studies looking at the impact of probiotics on anxiety. While researchers…

Building an Antidepressant Diet

A recent study in BMC Medicine has found that changing your diet could significantly improve your mood. The link between food and mood is part of an emerging field of psychiatry called “nutritional psychiatry.” There is growing scientific evidence that what we eat significantly impacts our emotions and well-being. The randomized, controlled study of 67 participants examined the impact of dietary changes on depression. Researchers provided…

New Research Finds Mindfulness Reduces Worry

It is difficult to concentrate when there are distracting, persistent negative thoughts floating through the mind. Worried thoughts can make it challenging to pay attention and relax. A new study suggests that specific forms of mindfulness techniques can be particularly useful for reducing repetitive and intrusive negative thoughts that frequently occur in depression or anxiety. The randomized study of 77 participants examined the impact of three types of…

10 Ways to Fight Job Burnout

Chronic work-related stress over time can lead to job burnout. Job-related psychological stress was first termed “burnout” in 1975 and is defined as a “prolonged response to chronic emotional and interpersonal job stressors.” Burnout is measured by symptoms in three areas: emotional exhaustion or feeling depleted, cynicism or a sense of detachment from others, and…

Five Affirmations for Resilience

Have you ever wanted to get rid of frustrating or distracting negative thoughts that keep milling about in your mind? A recent study in Brain and Behavior shows that silently repeating a single word to yourself quiets your mind. You can choose  your affirmation based on how you’re feeling. Do you feel bored and want…

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…

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…

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

How To Make Social Media Work In Romantic Relationships

I discuss the complications of social media use and relationships in this Psychology Today article. How can you make social media work in your relationship? 1. Talk to your partner openly about how you want to handle social media—from Twitter to Facebook to Instagram and other apps/sites. Let them know what is acceptable for you…