My childhood memories of summer revolve around beaches and summer reading. Having grown up in ‘the Hamptons,’ (Southampton, to be precise), I spent most of my childhood sitting on the beach. Reveling in the luxurious sounds of waves crashing against the shore and seagulls singing, I would lie down on my towel not to sunbathe, but to settle in and read a good book. Back then we didn’t have Amazon.com. No, my mom would take us to Rodger’s Memorial Library… Read more »

Ultimate Guide to Relaxing Music

This week has been particularly hectic–boy, am I frazzled and in dire need of relaxing music. So far this week, it’s been jury duty (and getting selected for a high profile case), field trips, candidate interviews (for my boss’s replacement), and flying to Mars (ok, just kidding on the last one). Need I say more? Oh, wait, being short-staffed at work the past two weeks! After a stressful day, no, make that week, I need to reclaim my zen with… Read more »

The Art of Relaxation

Are you a recovering Type A personality (like myself) perpetually in search of zen? If so, you might consider aromatherapy. Two years ago, I realized my health was in jeopardy when my family doctor gave me an Rx for what he characterized as ‘anxiety attacks.’ Just the thought of taking prescription drugs to manage my stress was stressing me out!! Taxing Work (Pun Intended) After a taxing day at work (oh, the irony….I worked for Bloomberg BNA’s International Tax unit),… Read more »

One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!) On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had a restful night, I felt completely rejuvenated and… Read more »

  Guest blogger Stephanie Keltner shares the health benefits of listening to relaxing music. For many of us, a day wouldn’t be complete without music. Whether you wake up to it, pass time at work listening to it, or even play a soothing song or two for your sleeping baby, music plays a role in nearly every part of our waking lives. And whether you like Mozart and the classics, alternative, jazz, acoustic or anything in between, the benefits for… Read more »

Last weekend, thanks to a Groupon offer, I tried out Bethesda Salt Cave, touted as the first and only salt cave in the mid-Atlantic state of Maryland. I opted for the special deal for two sessions and thankfully had a willing volunteer, my 12 year old son, who tagged along for the halotherapy experience. The salt cave consists of chunks of imported Himalayan pink salt adorning the walls, with ground salt on the floor (think ‘beach’ but instead of sand… Read more »

Guest blogger Laura Magnifico provides tips on how to minimize holiday stress. As we head into the time of year cheerfully referred to as the “Season to be jolly,” for many, this time of year is also the “Season to Be STRESSED.”  While you go into the season with good intentions of focusing on the meaning of the holiday and keeping things simple, things always seem to quickly spiral out of control. Learn how to keep stress to a minimum… Read more »

Guest blogger Deborah Hirsch contributed the following post reflecting on mindfulness.
Quick. Close your eyes. Breathe in through your chest. Let thoughts come in and out of your mind. Don’t engage with them. Exhale.
You may think you just started a meditation. But what you were practicing is mindfulness.