Stress & Mood

Stress, anxiety and mood are becoming bigger issues for Americans as we find ourselves working harder and longer hours. Stress plays a much bigger role in your overall health than you may realize. These articles detail that connection, and provide some healthy ways to manage those ever-increasing stress levels.

Caregiver Support is Expanding Nationally: Find Resources to Help Yourself

Woman caregiver for older man using wheelchair
It’s a scene all too familiar among Baby Boomers – caring for family member in your home. In fact, more than 34 million people have cared for adults over the age 50 in their home in the past 12 months. And that number is growing by the day. Largely, it’s a good thing. Those who […]

Depression’s connection to dementia is clearer

A substantial body of research has linked late-life depression (over age 50) to social isolation, poorer health, and an increased risk of death. These are invaluable findings, useful broad-brush generalizations—an aerial view of the landscape. Now, a new study has drilled down into individual cases and found that vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are also […]

Men’s and women’s symptoms differ for the same disease

Man and woman dancing on beach
News flash: Men and women are different. Before you roll your eyes and laugh, this really is a bit of a novel idea—at least in the medical field. You see, for centuries, men and women were treated the same when it came to disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. But today, we know this approach is […]

Stay social, stay healthy—it’s that simple

We can’t put off growing older. Days come and go.  But we can put off feeling older by simply staying socially active. But here’s a question I’m often asked. Dr. Connealy, sometimes I just don’t feel like being around people.  Is there something wrong with me?   Well, it depends on why you feel that […]

Gardening for Health

At some point we’ve forgotten how fun it is to play in the dirt. Numerous studies show that gardening is not only a tremendous source of happiness, but also a fountain of youth for your body and mind. It’s one of several “green activities” I love to do in the spring, when our bodies are […]

Meditation’s many benefits

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How Meditation Connects Your Brain and Body Meditation and Stress Relief How You Can Start Meditating Today Mindfulness—The Secret Ingredient to Meditation Tips and Meditation Aids to Help Get You Started Accelerate Meditation’s Benefits with These Supplements References “Take a deep breath.” That’s what we tell ourselves and others when stress and anxiety are taking […]

Reclaiming your time improves happiness more than money

older couple counting money and handling bills
So you really don’t want to clean the fridge or do the laundry.  You’d rather relax, take a walk, catch up on reading or emails, buy that cool new kitchen gizmo. So you hire someone to do your boring chores, but then do you feel a bit guilty? That’s predictable—but it’s wrong. Money can’t buy […]

Natural Stress Relief without pills

woman meditating in park
You’d have to be a bit out of touch if you’re not stressed these days. It’s no surprise that millions of Americans down billions of dollars’ worth of Big Pharma’s anti-stress drugs, side effects be damned. Fortunately, there are safe, natural, no-pills ways to make that seemingly inescapable stress disappear. Let’s start with one we […]

Safe, Natural Depression Treatments

Depression is a wicked enemy. It empties people and their families of joy, pleasure, companionship, and often, hope. But there are many ways to push this enemy away—among them, natural depression treatments that work alone or as partners with conventional therapies. Keep in mind that my go-to recommendations are only for cases of mild to […]

3 Natural Depression Remedies

Depression is a serious problem. At any given time, about 8% of the population suffers from depression. Since depression can ebb and flow, the number of folks who are at risk of depression at any given point is much higher. And unfortunately—while we’ve been getting better—depression is still often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or mistreated. Depression isn’t […]

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