Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
April 06, 2010

My book is NOW available in Paperback
Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

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My book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley), has just been published in Paperback and is available at bookstores everywhere.
Stress will always land on your doorstep, but you donít have to constantly open the door. Itís time to build immunity to external pressures and cultivate an inner peace which does not depend on outside influences. Shed that endless to-do list. Leave the straight lines of your personality to enjoy the surprising detours life has waiting for you.

Affirmation of the Week
Achieve your selfish goals
by cultivating
more unselfishness.

Weekly Wellness Radio Show

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.

April 06, 2010 Show - Hal Zina Bennett, the author of many books, a developmental editor, writing coach and author of Write Starts. Creativity can be taught. You can learn how to write competently.

March 30, 2010 Show - Adrienne Martini writes forInterweave Knits, The Austin Chronicle and is the author of Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously. If you are curious about what knitting can do for you, this interview will let you know what to do when things get unraveled.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • While radiation therapy is common after breast conserving surgery, itís much less frequent after mastectomy, even among women for whom it would have clear life-saving benefit. This is according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Those cute little rolls of fat some infants have may actually slow their ability to crawl and walk, according to a new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study, published recently online in The Journal of Pediatrics, shows that infants who are overweight may be slower than thinner babies to develop motor skills.
  • Fewer than 1 in 4 pregnant women meet physical activity guidelines set by doctors and health officials, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.
  • All parents worry when their child is undergoing surgery and anesthesia. You might assume that children undergoing surgery would be much relieved to find Mom or Dad is there when they wake upóbut that's not necessarily the case, according to a study in the April issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.
  • New research demonstrates that hard-working women in dual-earner couples are at a distinct disadvantage to their male peers. These women are expected to do more housework and caregiving, making them much more likely to quit their jobs.
  • When faced with a choice that could yield either short-term satisfaction or longer-term benefits, people with complete information about the options generally go for the quick reward.
  • According to a new study, small doses of chocolate every day could decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke by nearly 40%. German researchers followed nearly 20,000 people over eight years. If you are a middle-aged woman and do not want to pack on the pounds, you need to work out an hour a day according to the latest studies. To keep a normal body weight is hard work as you age because you have to exercise a lot whether you are normal weight or maintaining a weight loss.
  • Flip-flops and sneakers with flexible soles are easier on the knees than clogs or even special walking shoes, a study by Rush University Medical Center has found. And that's important, because loading on the knee joints is a key factor in the development of osteoarthritis.
  • According to Ohio State University the best way to help teenagers who are struggling in school is put aside their academic problems and focus on what theyíre doing right, according to a family research scientist who has put this theory to practice.

Article of the Week
What Your Doodling Reveals About You

Spring makes me want to play and have more fun. Recently, I attended a health conference and confess that I was bored, more than usual. I donít even think it was the speakerís fault; I blame it on spring. Instead of taking notes, I doodled. Most everybody at one time or another has doodled in a notebook to the chagrin of many teachers who wrongly accused this student of not paying attention. What these teachers didnít realize was that doodling helped many absorb the material in a more relaxed manner. Stress and anxiety negatively impact memory and drawing those funny little sketches was actually reinforcing facts and concepts. Also, this absent minding scribbling is a creative activity which releases images that one might suppress inside. Drawing is much more honest than words which can rationalize almost anything.

Doodling, as any respectable psychotherapist will tell you, is not an exact science and you are the best person to interpret their meaning, the way you do with a dream. However, there seems to be some similarities. more

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Addicted To Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life , Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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