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Overwhelmed? Had a Busy Week? Slow Down with a Poem

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When things get overwhelming and you feel knee deep in distractions, what do you do to slow things down? Some people turn to meditation. I use poetry as my remedy. As soon as I sense a whiff of spring, I dig up the first stanza of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and recite these words to whomever will listen: April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. I don’t know why I memorized this part of the poem in college, but through this exercise I realized that reading and experiencing a poem can be transformative.  It takes me away from what’s happening around me, an escape…

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Finding Joy: Build a Better Brain in 2016

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It’s a new year, and everyone has resolutions. We’re going to lose weight and stay fit. We’re going to quit smoking and eat healthier. We’re going to save money, travel to new places, and spend more time with the family. These are all great ideas, but very few of us will actually adopt resolutions that will address perhaps the most important aspect of our lives: our mental health. Good mental health often goes ignored; we tend to take it for granted. Poor mental health, on the other hand, can cripple every aspect of our lives. Stress, depression, anxiety, anger, inability to focus, or any of the myriad symptoms we might suffer can distance us from our loved ones, keep us…

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