7 Tips for A Healthier, Happier, Low-Stress Holiday

No matter what holiday you celebrate or even if you don’t, the month of December can still be a challenging one for most people. Too much to do in too little time is a recipe for ratcheted-up stress levels.

So how to beat holiday stress – or at least prevent it from gaining the upper hand? By making a healthy holiday habits list, and trying to do at least two or three of them from now thru New Years Day and beyond.

10 Top Music Videos of the Year

Here are 10 great YouTube music videos from this year. With the World Cup this year in Brazil, I had to start with this catchy song by Santana and Wyclef. Next up is one of my favorite videos of the year, a catchy song that took Africa by storm. I love this version of Rodriguez’s “Sugar Man” by Dave Matthews and as he points out before he sings the song, we all grew up in South Africa on this song. Michael Franti’s powerful call for peace between police and communities is vey moving and then there are always the Playing For Change peeps who make the most wonderful videos. The last few are videos of some of my favorite songs of the year. Hope you enjoy these and a Happy Healthy New Year to you.

CD’s of the Year For 2014

At the end of every year I put out 2 CD’s of my favorite tracks. This year, on the first CD there is a mix of my favorite new songs of this year from around the world. The 2nd CD, “The Covers” contains some beautiful cover versions by various artists doing covers of some classic songs. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

8 Tips to Bust Stress and Calm Down Quick

Stress. We’ve all experienced it. For some folks it’s intermittent, for others it’s relentless, and flat-out exhausting. When stress threatens to completely overwhelm, millions of people turn to what they believe is the quickest fix they can grab – a pill or a glass of wine to help bring them ‘back down to earth’. Though it may seem like a reasonable solution, do it a bit too much and you start to lose touch with your ability to calm or comfort yourself naturally. Take it a bit further and you’re looking at dependence or even addiction to substances that can destroy your body’s health.

The Healing Gifts of Sound

Whether we are conscious of it or not, sound surrounds us virtually every moment of the day. There are good sounds – ones that soothe, calm, heal, energize or simply make us smile – and those which have the opposite effect, stressing both body and mind – think sirens, jackhammers, lawnmowers and so on. With its power to create both positive and negative responses throughout the body, it’s important to be conscious of the types of sound we’re exposing ourselves to every day.

Workout Playlist to Get Moving in 2014

This time of the year brings frigid temps and dark days, making it tempting to skip your regular workout. Staying motivated just takes a bit of creativity. Music plays a huge part in my exercise regimen. I’m more motivated to exercise, less bored during my routine and more inspired to crank out an extra mile. Lucky for me, my husband works in the music business and keeps me up to speed on the latest heart-pumping hits. If you’re tired of your workout music, here are some tracks to freshen up your playlist and get moving!

Best of the Year CD’s

At the end of every year I put out 2 cd’s of my favorite tracks. This year, there is a mix of my favorite songs of this year from around the world, and my favorite African chill songs. In the fifteen years I have been doing this, I have never had three tracks from one artist on a mix. This year I do….from Michael Franti’s new cd, “All People” which is definitely my favorite cd of the year. I hope you enjoy the music as much as I have.

Be Well Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season! If you’re making a list and checking it twice, how about giving your friends and loved ones a gift that can transform their health, instead of another sweater or pair of gloves? Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a splurge, here are some ideas from Dr. Lipman and the Be Well Team.