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The Health Benefits of Active Leisure

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It’s not often that I find good advice on how to approach my depression in a diet book, but as Eric was reading his most recent volume on how to shed pounds, “The Structure House Weight Loss Plan,” by Gerard […]

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Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower You

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I never considered myself an athlete. My twin sister grew up with the reputation of being the tomboy of the family, the sporty one who participated in soccer and other organized sports. I was the brain and artsy one, who […]

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Just Keep Swimming: How Swimming Reduces Depression

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I’ve always known that I climb out of any pool a lot happier than when I dove in. Yes, I know any kind of aerobic exercise relieves depression. For starters, it stimulates brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder + Fish = Disaster

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Here’s an entry from my archives that you’ll appreciate. Maybe. If you have a sense of humor. And are a tad OCDish like me. The most challenging part of my sprint triathlon last weekend had nothing to do with physical […]

How Do You Find Your Ideal Weight?

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I found this helpful blog post from “Health.com” by Dorothy Foltz-Gray and Beth Dreher on finding your ideal weight. Here are the first two steps:  1. What’s your BMI? How tall you are, obviously, has a lot to do with […]

Feel the Fear, But Don’t Be a Moron

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This is a favorite post from my archives on facing your fears (with a little common sense). Speaking of irrational phobias and obsessions, I learned an important lesson the morning (last month) I was supposed to run the 22nd Annual […]

Nothing Tastes As Good As Being In Shape Feels

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I found this great blog post from Craig Harper, one of Australia’s most respected motivational speakers and educators from my blogging buddy Talia Mana’s “Emotional Eating Carnival” (sounds like cotton candy, but it means collection of blog posts, sorry to […]

Exercise as Empowerment: Kathy Smith

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I don’t think workout queen Kathy Smith would have stuffed herself like I did at my sister’s farm all week. Her exercise regime is a tad different from mine, but we’re alike in this regard: exercise saved our lives! Here […]

4 Exercise Types

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Did you ever consider designing your workout to match your personality? You think the author of this concept has too much time on his hands? I agree with you. But interesting, nontheless. “Fine-tuning your workout based on your personal tendencies […]

Day of Rest, Posture of Rest

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I found this article, “Day of Rest, Posture of Rest” by Diane Bloomfield an interesting read. Excerpted from her book “Torah Yoga,” she believes that both Shabbat and yoga teach us the art of relaxing and restoring ourselves. To read […]

Back to the Basics: Easy Does It

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My doctor’s visit today felt a tad bit like confession. “So how are you?” “To tell you the truth, I’ve been feeling a bit fragile. Nothing like last summer when I awoke each morning fighting feelings of wanting to be […]

I Did It! (And Don’t Ever Have to Again)

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In order to be discharged from the inpatient psych unit at Laurel Regional Hospital, all patients had to make a list of goals that they would work on once they got to sleep in their own beds. Three top goals […]

Weight Gain and Medication: Q & A With Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

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Awhile back a reader asked if I would address the topic of weight gain as a side effect of medications. She feels less depressed now, but is struggling with the excess weight. In the Winter 2007 Issue of the Johns […]

Poor Body Image: Depression’s Evil Twin

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What is the worst possible question you could ask a woman with a history of an eating disorder (or any female, but especially a female with body-image issues)? I’ll give you a hint—it’s three words long and ends with an […]

I Move When I Meditate

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Speaking of races, triathlons, and contaminated Annapolis water, I was so relieved to read Charles Henderson’s article on how long distance running can be an important spiritual practice, because, here’s my confession: I can only meditate when I’m moving. The […]

Confessions of a Suicidal Yogi

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I used to attend a weekly candlelight yoga class. Every Friday evening I would seek courage in warrior pose, stability in tree pose, and peace in lotus pose. And for what seemed like eternity I wondered, “What am I doing […]

Jingle Bell Rock

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Now here’s an image worth a holiday chuckle: a dozen naked women in the gym locker room rushing to get their pants on to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” “I wish they would just kill the music,” one woman says, […]

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Seven Ways to Get Over an Infatuation
“Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I” wrote US songwriter Lorenz Hart about the feeling of infatuation. It’s blissful and euphoric, as we all know. But it’s also addicting, messy and blinding. Without careful monitoring, its wild ...

posted 12:46:43pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

When Faith Turns Neurotic
When does reciting scripture become a symptom of neurosis? Or praying the rosary an unhealthy compulsion? Not until I had the Book of Psalms practically memorized as a young girl did I learn that words and acts of faith can morph into desperate ...

posted 10:37:13am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

How to Handle Negative People
One of my mom’s best pieces of advice: “Hang with the winners.” This holds true in support groups (stick with the people who have the most sobriety), in college (find the peeps with good study habits), and in your workplace (stay away from ...

posted 10:32:10am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a ...

posted 9:30:12am Nov. 21, 2013 | read full post »

Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What if we aren’t glad, we aren’t capable of rejoicing, and even prayer ...

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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