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Welcome to Rebel Health, my quick and casual attempt at a video blog. Nothing scripted or rehearsed–it’s just me dishing, teaching and speculating on various health topics.
Ellen Vora M.D., is a holistic psychiatrist practicing with Frank Lipman M.D., at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. This week, we’re sharing Dr. Vora’s expertise in a new series on natural remedies to calm the body and mind. To learn more, check out her mindbodygreen class How to Control Anxiety: Doctor-Backed Natural Remedies for a Calm & Centered Life.
When it comes to treating anxiety, it can sometimes take months or even years to effectively address the root of the problem. As a holistic psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher practicing in New York City, I’ve learned a few easy “tricks” that can help people feel less anxious immediately. I’m always surprised that these aren’t more well-known since they’re so simple and they work so quickly. Here are three tips I tell everyone to try when they first tell me about anxiety.
1. Stabilize your blood sugar.
Ellen Vora, M.D., is a holistic psychiatrist practicing with Frank Lipman, M.D., at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC. This week, we’re sharing Dr. Vora’s expertise in a new series on natural techniques for better sleep. To learn more, check out her mindbodygreen course, The Doctor’s Guide to Falling Asleep Naturally + Getting the Best Rest of Your Life.
Once upon a time I had a fabulous life, complete with late-night dancing and midafternoon brunches. Now I have a baby, and those days are gone.
The expectation is that having a baby wrecks your sleep, and you feel exhausted and sleep-deprived for 18 years until they fly the coop for college. But I’d argue that having a baby was actually the best thing to ever happen to my sleep.
My cuddly, 15-pound alarm clock taught me that going to sleep earlier and sleeping on a consistent schedule creates the deepest sleep.
This article first appeared on mindbodygreen.com
After watching this morning routine, our new goal is to wake up before the alarm goes off. That’s how Dr. Ellen Vora knows she truly got enough sleep the night before. At mbg, we believe in the power of routine and ritual, but we also know that there’s always more to learn.
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If you’re as into morning routines as we are, you’ll love Dr. Vora’s tips. Ellen Vora M.D. is a holistic psychiatrist practicing with Frank Lipman M.D. at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. We love that it’s realistic (read: one to two minutes of meditation is enough and OK!) and goes beyond the basics. She shares a few gems, specifically her favorite breathwork and meditation app and her signature morning tonic, which has a fascinating ingredient we can’t wait to try.
Feeling inspired? Check out Dr. Vora’s new class for mindbodygreen, How to Control Anxiety: Doctor-Backed Natural Remedies for a Calm & Centered Life.
As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in NYC, one of the most common complaints I hear from patients is that they can’t sleep. Some people can’t fall asleep, some can’t stay asleep, others sleep eight-plus hours and still feel tired all day.
I tend to believe in the body’s ability to figure it out and heal…as long as we get out of the way. Our sleep wake cycle is cued by things like light changes, temperature changes, and routine. As you know, modern living comes with artificial light after sunset, consistent indoor temperatures whether the sun is at high noon or long gone behind the horizon, unpredictable schedules, and chronic low-grade stress. You can begin to see how modern living has messed with everybody’s cycles, leaving us all tired but wired at night and dragging ourselves through the day.
The good news is we can get strategic and recreate something that approximates the appropriate cues for sleep. After years of helping patients improve their sleep, I’ve distilled this down to a few basics. Here’s the crash course: