July 1, 2021
Over the years, there’s been a lot of debate over whether work-life balance is possible. And new and related terms and concepts continue to pop up each year, including work-life integration, which focuses less on compartmentalization and more on cohesion, and more recently, work-life negotiation, which focuses more on advocating for your needs at work and home, according to an article in Forbes by Dr. Chris Mullen, Ph.D. In any case, burnout is a real issue. As I cited in my recent TEDx talk, the World Health Organization classified burnout as an occupational phenomenon in 2019. And this past year of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, has made it even more challenging for various job types, family and childcare needs, ever-changing workplace arrangements involving remote, hybrid or in-office work
June 14, 2021
The last year of the pandemic has created uncertain and isolating times, which have impacted our wellbeing in many ways. It’s made us more aware of just how important our health really is, and what can happen when it’s not intact. And as vaccine rates continue to rise, Covid-19 cases continue to decline, and the world continues to open back up, we’re emerging into a new normal. Two important components of this new normal, for many, include a desire for wellness and community. According to a Gallup Active Living Study and a Texas A&M Wellness Community Study featured in Fast Company, those living within active environments and communities experienced lower rates of obesity, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and depression, and higher rates of social interaction and cohesiveness. Studies show there’s a
May 25, 2021
As we continue to progress through the pandemic, and California prepares to reopen June 15, many employees will be returning to the office in the summer or fall. While these are positive changes as we work toward finding our new normal, for many, they are prompting stress, anxiety, fear and uncertainty. To deal with the challenges, below are four wellness tips for reducing return-to-work anxiety. To read the full article in the Los Altos Town Crier, click here.
May 5, 2021
It’s hard to believe we’ve been living through a global pandemic for over a year now. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a day that that would change the world forever. Following, is a look back at four ways the pandemic has impacted our health and lives in the last year and also some thoughts on where we go from here. To read the full article in Thrive Global, click here.
February 17, 2021
February is American Heart Month, so it’s a good time to take stock of your heart health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with heart disease in the past few years. And now that we’re in the midst of a pandemic, COVID-19 poses an even greater risk to the heart, given it can damage the respiratory system, which makes it even harder for the heart to work. Following are four tips for maintaining a healthy heart during the month of February, the pandemic and beyond. To read the full article in the Los Altos Town Crier, click here.
January 27, 2021
According to Mckinsey and as many of us have experienced since early 2020, the pandemic has intensified the challenges women have already been facing. As working moms, we’re all familiar with the double shift of putting in a full day at work and then having a full set of additional responsibilities at home with caring for our children and the household. And with most support resources being unavailable over the last 10 months, along with many of us working remotely or on the front lines and having children who continue to be in virtual and/or hybrid school, all of our worlds have completely collided. While spouses and significant others may be helpful for those of us who have them, it still has been a stressful situation nonetheless. However, with the New Year in full
December 16, 2020
After a year that will certainly go down in history, 2020 will soon be coming to a close. So, what’s in store for 2021? Following are my thoughts and predictions on four wellness trends for the new year. To read the full article in the Los Altos Town Crier, click here.
November 24, 2020
With the holidays on the horizon, the world continuing to be stuck in quarantine with many travel and social gathering restrictions in place to help fight the global pandemic, celebrations will be looking very different this year. Many people won’t be able to keep up with their annual holiday traditions and see loved ones they usually see within their families this time of year. While this is a harsh reality everyone has to face, there are things we can all do to take care of ourselves and those we love during these challenging times. Below are reasons why rest, reflection and relaxation (i.e. what I like to call the 3Rs) are more important than ever this holiday season. To read the full article in Thrive Global, click here.
October 21, 2020
We’re about to embark on what health officials are calling a “twindemic,” where we’ll face the overlap of the flu season and an increase in COVID-19 cases over the fall and winter. Health Magazine reported that doctors are concerned with not being able to distinguish between the flu and COVID-19, as many of the symptoms are similar – cough, fever, chills, breathing problems, body aches, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose. Also, health professionals are worried about medical systems being overrun by patients coming in for both the flu and COVID-19. It’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your and your family’s health and keep everyone safe. Following are five actions you can take to do just that. To read the full article in the Los Altos
September 22, 2020
The year 2020 has tested people in many ways, including impacting our ability to breathe fresh air. COVID-19 has put us at risk of upper respiratory illnesses, which could have long-term effects on the lungs and breathing. We’ve had to shelter in place and wear masks both in public indoor facilities and outdoors to protect against the virus, which has made it hard to breathe fresh air in day-to-day life. And most recently, much of California and the West Coast has had to deal with wildfires, smoky skies and poor air quality, which has made it dangerous to venture outside for nearly a month. While it’s been hard to take on these challenges this year, we certainly have perspective and an appreciation for the basic necessities and joys in life,