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Exercise

We’ve heard since we were little that exercise was good for our hearts. Recent research shows it’s also good for our brains. And scientists are learning where you exercise may be just as important as the fact that you do it, especially where stress-reduction is concerned. Read

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Dr. John MedinaDevelopmental Molecular Biologist
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Gratitude

One way to cope with stress involves focusing on a surprising word – one you might not associate with managing worry of any kind. Perhaps as unexpected as flowers blossoming amongst weeds, that surprising word is gratitude. Read

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Dr. John MedinaDevelopmental Molecular Biologist
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) protocols

One annoying aspect of stress is its ability to distract you from the rest of your life. Almost as if stress were this giant megaphone in your head, continually shouting about some situation over which you should be constantly worrying. Read

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Dr. John MedinaDevelopmental Molecular Biologist
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Definitions of stress

I’m John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist at the University of Washington. I have strong research interests in the genetics of psychiatric disorders, and author of the book Brain Rules for Aging Well. Read

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Dr. John MedinaDevelopmental Molecular Biologist
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Checklist for Downsizing and Moving

You’ve made the big decision and are now ready to move to your new home. While it can be a lot of work, with the right help it can also be exciting. We’ve compiled a checklist for seniors downsizing to help you sort through your important papers, update documents and… Read

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Sleep – an introduction

By the time you’re 85, you’ve spent almost 250,000 hours sleeping. Or at least trying to.  If you’re experiencing even moderate stress, restful sleep is often the first casualty. Remember that rumination story? You spend restless nights looking at the clock, wanting desperately to sleep. But instead, the worry-gods rudely… Read

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Dr. John MedinaDevelopmental Molecular Biologist
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Social Interactions

I’ll be pleasantly blunt here. Positive social relationships are like milkshakes to the brain. That includes the circumstances where the brain needs it most: when it’s under stress. Read

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Dr. John Medina