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…

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…

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…

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…

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