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Posts on other areas to live a meaningful life.

Self-Care Isn’t What You Think

These days, it feels like we can’t go a day without hearing the word “self-care.” And while I love that mental and emotional health are starting to get their much deserved time on the stage, I can’t help but feel like something is missing in the self-care conversation.   The …

5 Tips for Mindful Eating + Why It’s Important

If you’ve been reading Dr. Allison Answers for a while, you know that I am a big fan of mindfulness. Quick recap: mindfulness involves bringing your attention to the present moment, focusing all your attention and energy on the here and now. Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening …

10 Scientifically Backed Ways to Get Better Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things for your mental, physical, and emotional health, yet nearly 70 percent of Americans report struggling with sleep at least once a week. Whoa. Are you in that 70 percent?   Thankfully, there is an entire field of research devoted to sleep, and …

The Science of Avoidance + How It Gets In Your Way

Does this scene sound familiar? You know you have to have an uncomfortable conversation with your partner. You’ve been thinking about it, dreading it, and every time you get up the nerve, you change your mind and swear you’ll have the conversation later.   Or maybe you’ve been putting off …

The Message You Need to Hear If Things Feel Hard

Lately, I’ve found myself wanting to scream at people. Not an angry or aggressive scream, but an encouraging, “this is so important, please hear this and know this” kind of scream. And my guess is that if we sat down across lunch, I’d want to scream this at you too. …

How Having a Bedtime Routine Can Help You Sleep Better

Have you ever noticed that dogs seem to sense when it’s dinner time? They start to hover near the kitchen, somehow knowing that their dinner is coming. They pace back and forth, wagging their tales with anticipation.   Dogs can’t tell time, so how is this possible? And what can …

Calm App Review: What You Can Get for Free

People often ask me how I stay calm all the time. The short answer? I don’t. I’m a human, and like everyone else, I have my fair share less than shining moments. (Don’t believe me? Hear my humorous recount of a recent mini-meltdown I had while traveling in the video …