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…

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…

10 Things To Know About Treating Your Panic Disorder

Find out more about panic disorder — my article on Anxiety.org: Panic disorder can impair your ability to go to work, limit your ability to enjoy your day, or even stop you from leaving your home. If your panic attacks are so severe that they are disrupting your daily life, it’s important to seek diagnosis…

8 Mindfulness Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a stressful time—whether you are dealing with family and work colleagues or mingling at work holiday parties. Try practicing these mindfulness strategies to reduce stress and bring a calm and attentive approach to your holiday this year. Mindfulness is a way to be open and aware of what is happening…

Mindfulness In the Workplace: Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Mindfulness may protect CEOs/leaders and entrepreneurs against anxiety, depression, and the negative effects of burnout (i.e., emotional exhaustion and cynicism). In a recent study examining hundreds of CEOs, leaders, top and junior managers, and entrepreneurs in this month’s issue in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, researchers found that those who practiced high levels of…

Do Yoga at Your Work Desk

Don’t let being at work stop you from doing some yoga during the day. Even a few minutes of office yoga gives you to a break from your day and release of tension in your body. For those with a desk job working at a computer, studies have shown that sitting for long periods of…

Choose to Explore

Have you ever noticed a visceral reaction when you walk into a room, like a yoga studio, and find that someone else is in your usual spot? Maybe someone is in your routine chair at a conference room at work, work area in a classroom, or favorite table at a restaurant? What do you observe…