3 Tips to De-stress at Work from a Naam Expert

We all get stressed and anxious at work. Whether your boss is always on your case, your coworker makes you anxious, or you put the stress on yourself, there are luckily ways to minimize the effect. We spoke with Naam Yoga Experts on ways to make the most of your workday and de-stress from your boss and coworkers. “Once you try these three exercises, your workday will be much more pleasant, and your stress levels will instantaneously decrease,” explained Naam Yoga Expert.

  1. Fist Tighten & Release: Place your thumb on base of your pinky finger and squeeze thumb. Put your fists at your side. When you inhale, raise shoulders up. When you exhale, push shoulders down. Repeat this breath and shoulder movement at different speeds. This exercise is great for opening and loosening shoulders, specifically for those working at a desk.
  2. Chest Opening: Place your hands on hips then connect hands behind your back. Intertwine your fingers. Inhale and turn head to left. Exhale and bring neck back to center. Repeat this movement for both sides, up and down, coming back to center each time. This exercise opens up your chest, releases negative energy and brings positive energy in.
  3. Triangle Hands: Place hands in triangle across lower abdomen, underneath the belly button. With your hands placed on abdomen, repeat mantras. While speaking mantras, lightly tap your hands and bend your knees. This releases negative energy as well as anxious thoughts and feelings. For advanced exercise, alternate between tapping your hands on abdomen and clapping. Clapping sends messages to your brain that you are happy. This exercise is great for those stressed and anxious as it sends positive thoughts to brain.

“The best part about these exercises is that they can be done at your desk,” Naam Yoga explained. Give them a try and see for yourself how your workday mood brightens.

I hope you enjoy the tips and exercises brought to you by Naam experts to brighten up your summer work schedule.

To learn more about de-stressing, relaxing and meditation, check out Dr. Levry’s newest book titled The Ultimate Secrets of Intimacy and Creation.

From Lasers to Balloons: The Skinny on Slim-Down Treatments

New treatments and procedures claiming to blast fat and smooth skin enter the market regularly, offering the possibility of a contoured, toned body. Many people who exercise regularly and watch what they eat find stubborn weight collecting anywhere from the back, arms, abdomen, hips, thighs and derrière. Frustrated, they seek solutions, but which ones deliver and how safe are they? To give us answers, we turned to Dr. Stanley Poulos, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in the San Francisco Bay area and co-founder of Plastic Surgery Specialists who has over 3 decades expertise in body aesthetics.

What is driving women’s decisions to try these treatments and how have attitudes changed from a decade ago?

Ten years ago, women would come to my office with photos of celebrities who were working with highly effective fitness trainers. Today both women and men come to my office, show me a random “hot body” in their Instagram feed, looking fabulous in a swimsuit, and want to look like that person. Social media bombards people with images, and they feel if these people aren’t well-known celebrities and look great, then they can too.

What are the most common frustrations when it comes to achieving their desired look?

Well, most people try their best to work out, watch what they eat and try to take care of themselves. They notice, though, that through pregnancies, hormonal and metabolism shifts that happen with age, gravity is winning. Men notice more fat around the waist and “breasts”, women notice cellulite dimples in their thighs and buttocks, bra rolls, extra fat at the waist despite maintaining their diet and exercise routines. A workout routine at 45 will not yield the same results as 35; it becomes frustrating. Collagen production typically falls off a cliff at a certain point in the early 50s; this means treatments need to treat both fat deposits and skin tightening.

What do you advise them to do? There are so many treatments to choose from. It can be overwhelming.

Absolutely, and it’s very important to approach any procedure with the facts and a realistic expectation of what’s achievable, and required.. Some women think they just come in for a few hours and they are magically transformed. In some cases, results are immediate, and in other cases healing can take up to 2 to 3 months.

Ok so let’s explore these treatments. What’s the best one out there to deal with cellulite? It seems like most women struggle with cellulite. 

Cellulaze

Yes, cellulite is a very common issue women want a solution for, and fast. Cellulaze is a treatment that safely and effectively treats cellulite under local anesthesia with initial results appearing in one to four weeks, with significant results due to thickening collagen by four months. The 2-hour treatment involves an injection of a local anesthetic and wetting solution onto the cellulite, which is then zapped with a laser. This unique side-cutting laser removes the contracted fibrous bands responsible for the cellulite. Finally, the subdermal region is treated for increased collagen production. The result is tight, smooth, supple skin where the cellulite once was. Many women opt to get Cellulaze along with liposuction to address several concerns at once.

Vaser Hi- Def liposculpture

Yes, let’s talk about liposuction. How has that treatment changed?

Well, I’ve seen significant improvements over the years. Now, we have a much more precise method called Vaser Hi-Def LipoSculpture. This method is liposuction, but with techniques and tools that precisely suction out localized fat deposits from various parts of the body. This technique is used effectively, for example, in “sculpting” the washboard abs so desired by many. The fat that is harvested can then be used to fill out other areas of the body. The differentiating factor between Vaser Lipo and traditional Liposuction is the preliminary step taken to break down the fat: ultrasound frequencies. The acronym Vaser stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance.

The vibrations emitted cause expansion and contraction of air bubbles located in tumescent fluid which is ejected from the Vaser Lipo instrument. The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage. This means eight times less blood loss, easier fat removal, stimulated skin elasticity, less bruising and a tiny incision. Through this process, the fat that is collected is separated to use for fat injections in other areas. The surgeon has the ability to truly sculpt the body. 

Balloon Weight Loss Method

What about people who have 20-50 pounds to lose, but not enough weight for gastric bypass surgery? 

These patients can be considered for the Balloon Weight Loss Method. An ideal candidate for this procedure has a body mass index of 30 to 40 and did not had previous weight loss surgery. Patients diagnosed with bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating, high liquid calorie intake habits or similar eating related psychological disorders are not good candidates.

This non-surgical outpatient procedure begins with a diagnostic endoscopy, to ensure that there are no contraindications and that it is safe to perform. Once the patient is mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin. The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into the stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. Once the weight loss balloon has been filled with saline, it expands to approximately the size of a grapefruit and remains there for 6 months. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes. Patients can usually return home after the placement or removal procedures within 30 minutes. Over the last 20 years this procedure has helped over 277,000 people. The gastric balloon encourages portion control while patients make healthy changes to diet and lifestyle. After six months the balloon is then removed.

What’s key here is to find a doctor who provides the full support and team to address diet and exercise to achieve and maintain optimal results. Dr. Poulos has assembled a team that has achieved some of the best nonsurgical weight loss results in the country.

Regardless of what you choose it’s important to do your research by speaking to doctors and understanding the instruments used, the process and what’s needed for an optimal recovery and result. 

About Dr. Poulos:

Dr. Poulos is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Co-Founder with Yngvar Hvistendahl, M.D of Plastic Surgery Specialists recognized as one of the premier aesthetic surgery clinics in Northern California.

Dr. Poulos helped pioneer the quick lift facial rejuvenation surgery in California and has extensive experience in body contour procedures. With over 30-years’ experience in aesthetic procedures, Dr. Poulos has been on the forefront of innovative procedures such as the quick-lift facial rejuvenation, mommy makeover, and vaser lipo-contouring. Dr. Poulos combines his consistent knowledge of new treatment options with his mastery of facial and body symmetry.

His recent focus has been on the gastric balloon, a groundbreaking, non-surgical, medically assisted, outpatient procedure offering weight loss to those seeking to lose between 30 and 75 pounds who may be ineligible for the more invasive gastric bypass surgery. This exciting new procedure allows patients to achieve optimal health and, when combined with exercise and proper nutrition, the results have been exceptional.

A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Poulos completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completed surgery and plastic surgery training in San Francisco prior to entering private practice in Marin County where he co-founded PSS (www.psspecialists.com).

Hatching a Plan

Providing a comfortable environment for chickens can allow them to express normal behaviors and lead healthier lives. As part of its “Commitment to Animal Care,” Perdue

is working to be more humane in raising chickens for food by creating a set of best practices consumers can feel good about and other companies can follow. Find more information about the commitment and plans to further development at Perdue.com. (Family Features)

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Perdue

3 Things to Add to Your Summer Morning Routine

Getting a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning sounds amazing for the average person. However, the most successful people use those few extra minutes to get ahead of their peers. According to Naam Yoga Therapists, “adding a few things to your morning to-do list can change your day, week and in the end, your life.” See their tips below to make the most of your morning.

  1. Stretch: Even if only for 30 second holds, loosening up your muscles and opening your heart sets the stage for the rest of the day.
  2. Perform Shakti Naam Healing Pendulum Exercise:  The Shakti Naam Healing Pendulum Exercise bestows lifelong health benefits and is for everyone who desires a high quality of life. When practiced on a daily basis, this simple yet extraordinary practice ensures an enhanced state of health in every realm of the body, mind and spirit. The special movement of the arms used during the exercise is an expression of the great power that moves people onwards on the path of Life. It represents the awakening of the longing in the human soul for the Supreme. Raising the arms up from below symbolizes moving from the material world to the Divine World.
  3. Give Thanks: This doesn’t need to be long, but giving thanks has many positive benefits. Not only does it start your day with positivity, it opens you up to healthy, positive energy in the world.

“By taking just a couple minutes out of your morning and dedicating them to yourself, you will experience a happier, healthier and more productive lifestyle,” Naam Yoga Therapists explained. “After doing it for a few weeks, you will actually start looking forward to mornings!” Well, if that is the case, sign us up now for this morning routine!

To learn more about making the most of your mornings and being the best version of yourself, check out Dr. Levry’s newest book titled The Ultimate Secrets of Intimacy and Creation.

Older Americans Who Neglect Oral Care Put Overall Health at Risk

Conscientious parents constantly remind their children to brush and floss, and routinely schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy – and staying that way.

But youngsters aren’t the only ones who who can use such reminders. Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they aren’t doing so.

In fact, the statistics are grim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost every single American over age 65 (96 percent) has had a cavity, and 20 percent have untreated tooth decay. Another 65 percent suffer from gum disease, an ailment that has been linked to a host of other problems, such as strokes, heart disease and diabetes.

Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz

“Anyone who thinks they can ease up on dental care as they age is making a big mistake,” says Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist, bacteriologist and developer of TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse (www.therabreath.com).

“Not only do poor dental habits affect what’s going on in your mouth, they also affect your overall health.”

Some of the CDC’s findings that Katz says are troubling include:

  • Tooth loss. Nearly one in five adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Complete tooth loss is twice as prevalent among adults aged 75 and older (26 percent) compared with adults aged 65 to 74 (13 percent).  The CDC points out that having missing teeth, or wearing dentures, can have a detrimental effect on nutrition. “It’s not surprising that people who have lost teeth, or wear denture, often are going to choose soft food they chew easily,” Katz says. “They will pass up fresh fruits and vegetables that are more nutritious, but are more difficult for them to eat.”
  • Oral cancer. Cancers of the mouth (oral and pharyngeal cancers) are primarily diagnosed in older adults; median age at diagnosis is 62 years. “That’s another reason it’s important for older people to have regular checkups,” Katz says. “Your dentist can check for signs of oral cancer during those visits.”
  • Dry mouth caused by medications. Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, many of which can cause dry mouth. Reduced saliva flow increases the risk of cavities. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, and also lubricates the mouth, making it easier to eat, swallow, speak and taste food. “Sometimes dry mouth might just cause mild discomfort,” Katz says. “At other times it can lead to significant oral disease that can compromise the person’s health, dietary intake and quality of life.”

“As you age, proper oral care is just as important as ever,” Katz says. “It’s not something you want to ignore because your overall health is at stake.”

About Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), developer of TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse, received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of The Bad Breath Bible. He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breath test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.

How to Spot and Prevent an Addiction Relapse

America is in the midst of an opioid crisis.  Unlike the crack epidemic, which was disproportionately happening in inner cities, the opioid crisis has reached children in suburbs and is thus receiving more attention.

As unfair as that is, the increased spotlight could help everyone pay more attention to all who suffer from addiction to alcohol, cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, and more.

After all, addiction is a disease that does not discriminate based on race, gender or socio-economic factors.

To help people recognize when a loved one may be headed towards a relapse, the team at UWA.edu put together an Infographic on Relapse Warning Signs.

The infographic highlights facts about addiction in America, certain behaviors that indicate a relapse is coming, and tips to prevent a relapse.

Did you know?

  • 64,070: The number of drug overdoses in 2016.
  • 40 to 60%: The percentage of those who struggle with substance abuse relapse at least once.
  • 8 to 10: The average times a heroin addiction relapses before maintaining sobriety.

View the Relapse Warning Signs infographic from Aurora University Online

New Media Company Revolutionizes Access for Cancer Information

News Media Veteran + Leading Healthcare VC Raise $3M in Seed Funding to Launch SurvivorNet

 Aim be Top Player in Health Media with Premium, Video-Focused Platform Democratizing Access to Experts from the World’s Top Comprehensive Cancer Centers

The world is on the cusp of a revolution in the treatment of cancer: a record number of clinical trials are in underway; and the $497 million spent on oncology consumer ads for cancer last year was more than six times the $80 million spent on cancer DTC over seven previous years (2008-2014).

Yet, even in today’s age of consumer-driven, patient-centered healthcare, where patients expect to be informed and demand information at their fingertips, it is still incredibly difficult to access the top cancer doctors who might be able to help, and tens of millions of Americans struggle to access information about new treatments which could save their lives.  

Taking on WebMD, a new video-focused media company is launching to democratize access to these top cancer doctors by bringing them directly to the people who need them the most. With $3 million raised in seed funding, SurvivorNet is the only consumer focused media platform that has brought experts from the top comprehensive cancer centers together in one place. The product contains deep, nuanced video content from the world’s most respected cancer doctors on the kind of research and trials being pursued by large drug companies in collaboration with comprehensive cancer centers, including commentary on the risks involved.

SurvivorNet is the brainchild of Steve Alperin, whose background in the media business includes serving as the former Head Writer for ABC’s Peter Jennings, the Managing Editor of ABCNews.com, and the Chief Business Officer at Vocativ. Alperin was there as Jennings struggled with his lung cancer diagnosis and ultimately died soon after. But he also saw the positive impact Jennings’ death had on increased lung cancer screening. Alperin’s co-founder is Tim Langloss, a leading venture capitalist in healthcare who backed one of the only successful new treatments for brain cancer called Optune, produced by the publicly traded company Novocure.

“When you get cancer, it’s much too difficult to figure out what to do, even if you have all the money in the world. The data on this devastating information gap is clear, and, like so many people, we struggled when our own families got sick,” said Steve Alperin, Co-founder of SurvivorNet. “From a business perspective, this is a huge undeserved market. We’re building a media company with an urgent reason to exist, and we’re betting that content which is valuable to human beings can become a valuable business. We strongly believe that existing sources of health media are totally inadequate if your life depends on it. All this confusion harms patients, physicians trying to do their jobs, and, yes, the pharmaceutical industry as it tries to increase understanding of its products. We are working with all sides, but the patient comes first.”

Created in collaboration with leading physicians and researchers at top institutions including the National Cancer Institute, Cedars Sinai, MD Anderson, The University of Pennsylvania, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dana Farber, Harvard, Stanford, and UCSF, SurvivorNet will empower the cancer community via:

  • Rigorously vetted information from the world’s most respected cancer doctors
  • Differing view points on key issues such as how to treat early stage breast cancer
  • An essential connection point for patients, survivors and their loved ones
  • A destination for showcasing the inspiring stories of people living with cancer

The content is driven by a group of highly-experienced journalists who have managed national television and digital news platforms at ABC, FOX, and CNN. Already the team has shot hundreds of hours of tape – with patients, physicians, scientists, etc. – to create ultra-high quality video content and short documentaries. The company’s core solution follows the typical journey of someone with cancer: 1. prevention / risk; 2. diagnosis; 3. treatment plan; 4. treatment; 5. living with cancer – and provides education, personal stories, and background on alternative treatments, clinical trials, and risks.

“Access to the top people matters. The field is changing so quickly, so many advances, this service can be a game changer. Cancer is such an exciting and hopeful field these days. We hope SurvivorNet empowers people to ask their doctor the “what about this” question,” said Dr. Elizabeth Comen, an oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center and one of SurvivorNet’s medical advisory board members.

For more information visit https://www.survivornet.com/

View SurvivorNet trailer here: https://vimeo.com/268026744/78f6d2bc5b

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in the Heat

Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months.

Maintaining your dog’s hygiene – including cleaning his ears, bathing him and cleaning his teeth – is a critical component of helping him live a healthy lifestyle, from head to tail.

These five tips can help keep your pup hygienic and cuddle-worthy throughout the hottest time of the year.

  1. Sit, Stay, Hydrate

Be sure to have fresh water accessible at all times to keep your pet hydrated, especially in warm weather. If you’re thirsty, chances are your pet will be, too.

  1. Bond Over Bath Time

After a day in the sun with your pup, a bath is typically a must. Not only will it get your pup clean, but it can help cool him down from the hot weather. When bathing your dog, don’t forget about his sweet puppy-dog eyes and face. Moisten a soft washcloth or sponge with room-temperature water and gently wipe your dog’s face clean.

  1. Throw Some Shade

Warm weather can make you want to spend the whole day outside. While your dog may love the extended outdoor playtime, make sure to fetch a spot that has a mix of sun and shade for when your dog needs a rest and a quick drink of water.

  1. Make Nap Time Cozy and Clean

Your dog’s bed may be where he feels most comfortable, which is why it’s important to keep it nice and clean during the dog days of summer. Any bugs, fleas or germs your dog may pick up will follow him into the bed. Choose one with a removable cover to make cleaning it as simple a quick load of laundry.

  1. Keep a Clean Smile

When considering your dog’s health, don’t forget about his oral care. Dental treats such as GREENIES™ Dental Treats or PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™  Treats help freshen breath and clean your dog’s teeth down to the gum line, helping to keep bad dog breath from getting in the way of snuggling with your pup all summer.

For more information and tips for your pet’s oral care needs, visit pedigree.com and greenies.com.

Photos courtesy of Fotolia

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Pedigree

Greenies

Celebrity Chef Shares 4th of July Treat

Need a cold treat to serve your guests at your 4th of July barbeque? Celebrity Chef Zipora Einav has just the thing with her Hibiscus Blueberry Popsicles.

Celebrity Chef Zipora Einav

Celebrity Chef Zipora Einav

About Chef Zipora

Chef Zipora Einav (www.chefzipora.com) is an accomplished private chef who has cooked for some of Hollywood’s most notable celebrities – Bob Hope, Jack Nicholson, Mariah Carey, Pierce Brosnan, Scarlett Johansson – and for professional athletes, including former National Football League star Donovan McNabb. She tells me the below is a favorite with many of her clients. She is the author of Recipe for a Delicious Life, which includes recipes, a classical music CD titled Music for a Delicious Life, and her anecdotes and adventures while traveling the world as a private chef. She founded her company, Chef Zipora Enterprise – Comfort Food in Harmony with Your Health™ – to improve people’s lives by empowering them to eat well and embrace a healthy lifestyle. The company achieves this through its food, music products, books and edutainment programs.

Hibiscus Sweet Cream Ice Pop

Hibiscus Sweet Cream Ice Pop

Hibiscus Blueberry Popsicle

(Makes 8-10) 

Ingredients for Step 1

½ cup maple syrup

2/3 Cup Water

3 TB Dry Hibiscus Petals 

Ingredients for Step 2

Juice from 4 fresh lemons

1TB Lemon Peel

1 ½ cup water

¼ cup Fresh Blueberries 

Note: You will need 8-10 Popsicle Molds and Sticks

Instructions:

  1. In a small pot, mix the maple syrup, 2/3 cup water and hibiscus petals and heat up on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool for 15-20 minutes; then strain the mixture and throw away the Hibiscus petals.
  3. Combine the fresh lemon juice, lemon peel and 1 ½ cup water; then mix with the Hibiscus water and pour into a measuring cup
  4. Fill 8-10 popsicle molds with the liquid and add the popsicle sticks to each mold. Then add 4-6 whole fresh blueberries into each mold; set the cover on top of the mold.
  5. Place in the freezer for 12 hours or overnight.
  6. To remove the frozen popsicles, rinse the mold under hot water for 30-40 seconds and remove gently. Then serve and enjoy!

Wednesday is PTSD Awareness Day – 10 Tips to Help You Better Cope

June 27 is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. Although it can be a difficult condition to work through and explain to others, there are things you can do to better cope and get on the path to recovery. What do you need to know?

Dr. Prakash Masand M.D.

Dr. Prakash Masand M.D.

Dr. Prakash Masand M.D., a psychiatrist and founder of the Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, offers these 10 tips:

  • Set realistic goals for yourself. Post-Traumatic Stress is a disorder that takes lifelong enacted methods for continual healing. There is no overnight fix, and patience is required to address the recovery. The most important aspect is to remember that recovery from PTSD is a process. “Normal” does not exist in recovery because each situation and trigger is different for every patient. Patience is hard to find, but necessary for dedicated improvement.

  • Talk it over. Talking to someone may feel like the last thing you want to do, but it anchors you in a common reality. It can be all too easy to get caught up in your own mental prison of repetitive fears and negative thoughts. Discuss stressors and anxieties to bring them to light. This helps you form healthier patterns of coping behaviors. Talk about your PTSD and triggers to help educate others about the disorder. Find a trusted friend, family member, counselor or community advocate for support in your recovery.
  • Research and become familiar with the topic. Knowledge is power, and the more you know the better you feel. Information is a powerful tool to combat fear. Seek to understand the root problems that cause your PTSD reactions. Research methods to cope and treat the symptoms of the disorder itself. There is a wealth of information on the topic across libraries and the Internet. Utilize sources such as Facebook and YouTube to connect with communities that suffer from similar symptoms. Someone else’s journey may be a pivotal part of your healing.

  • Seek professional help. Counselors and psychiatrists help individuals form healthy coping mechanisms to better their lives. If you don’t want to discuss your situation with loved ones, a third-party mental health professional can lend a new perspective to your recovery. Since they don’t know you personally, they are better inclined to spot something as an irregularity. Keep in mind—sometimes it takes a couple of tries to find someone that works well with you.
  • Integrate new methods in daily life. Professional help grants you new methods to use in your daily life. The techniques and therapies introduced are only helpful if you put them to use. Practice of these techniques throughout your typical routines creates positive patterns of behavior. In turn, you will develop better reactions to the stressors that previously burdened you.
  • Consider medications. Don’t rule out the chemical and biological aids of medication. Medication can often be helpful when therapy isn’t enough. It also can help you get more benefit from PTSD-specific trauma focused therapies like prolonged exposure therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

  • Get the word out. A powerful method to cope with any disorder is to become an advocate for it. Participate in the community to help your recovery and the recovery of others. Offer to volunteer with those who need assistance. This can be a professional position at a hospital or rehabilitation facility, or something as simple as just talking with others who are suffering in the early stages. Gauge your comfort to determine your ideal level of engagement.

  • Use self-relaxation as a tool to heal. PTSD is a stress response and anxiety disorder. Your brain struggles to self-regulate calm responses. You must develop methodologies with purposeful effort to relax yourself when you notice a stress response reaction. Conscious muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, medication and prayer are good places to start. You must remove the stressful stimuli and find a positive remedy such as a quiet place, nature or other calming location that creates peace for you. These techniques must be approached slowly to see what works best for your healing, and in which manner.
  • VA Resources: The VA has very helpful patient tools and apps like PTSD Coach, which is free at https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/ptsdcoach.asp.
  • Ketamine. For patients who don’t respond to traditional medication and therapy, Ketamine IV infusions may be a good option. Ketamine is a newer treatment for several psychiatric disorders including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). An advantage of ketamine is that the benefits are substantial and are obtained within just one day of treatment. A further advantage is that accompanying depressive symptoms are also improved within a day of receiving ketamine.