Managing Family Interactions over the Holidays

A popular saying goes “At Christmastime, all roads lead home.” It’s a wonderful sentiment that hints at love, togetherness, and fond memories. For some people, however, it inspires mixed emotions, including fear and anxiety: “What will Grandma think of my new boyfriend?” “Will Dad spend an hour comparing me to my ‘pe...

Nutrition: A Holistic Approach to Treating Depression

Sadness is a part of life, something that ebbs and flows with the ups and downs of living in a world filled with both tragedy and triumph, success and failure, sickness and health. None of us can escape experiencing sadness at times, but it is almost always something we can recover from and get over. Depression, however, is entirely different. As the...

5 Tips for Practicing Gratitude

It’s that time of year when we gather around the dinner table with family and friends to give thanks, share a traditional meal, and reminisce on happy times gone by. What happens though when the table is cleared, the dishes are done, and the turkey is gone? Are we continuing to be grateful as a daily practice? Do we leave expressions of gratitude for...

Five Lessons from Nature

As the rust-colored hues of autumn give way to the barrenness that will become winter, there is much to observe—and learn—in nature. Beloved American poet Emily Dickinson wrote: “Nature” is what We see— The Hill—the Afternoon— Squirrel—Eclipse—the Bumble bee— Nay—Nature is Heaven— ...

Using Exercise to Fight Depression

One in ten Americans suffers from depression, a crippling disease that is the leading cause of disability and lost productivity worldwide. Of those who experience chronic depression, just over half seek treatment for it. Those treatment options are varied and include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and combinations of each. Unfortunately, m...